The Latest Edition of E-News - Bishop Carter talks leadership & resilience with Tod Bolsinger, updates on Annual Conference, and more

March 30, 2022

E-News - March 30, 2022
E-News is an email newsletter sent out by the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. It contains important news, stories, and events from around our conference. Submit articles for the next e-news. Submit events.


Means of Grace: Tempered Resilience with Tod Bolsinger
In this week's episode, Bishop Ken Carter has a conversation Tod Bolsinger on his book Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change. This conversation was originally shared as a clergy leadership webinar jointly offered by the Florida and Western North Carolina Annual Conferences.
Celebrating Women's History Month in the WNCC: Mrs. Margaret Dixon
Did you know Mrs. Margaret Dixon was the first woman to serve as a pastor within the bounds of the present Western North Carolina Conference? In the short bio linked below, Conference Archivist and Historian, Jim Pyatt, shares the story of Mrs. Dixon and the impact she had on the Western NC Conference and greater United Methodist Church.
WNCC Discount on Amplify Media
It's not too late to take advantage of the conference partnership with the United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) and get Amplify Media at a deeply discounted rate! Discount codes expire TOMORROW, March 31st. Go to to learn more.


A Conversation with Kate Bowler
Join Bishop Ken Carter for a virtual conversation with New York Times bestselling author, Duke University professor, and incurable optimist, Kate Bowler, Wednesday, April 6 at 10 a.m. *If you are not available to watch live, go ahead and register and a recording will be sent to you after the webinar.

Annual Conference Deadlines
Please be aware the following submissions are due by THIS FRIDAY, April 1st.

Petitions for consideration by the 2022 Western North Carolina Annual Conference should be submitted by April 1, 2022 to Rev. Kim Ingram, Conference Secretary, at Petitions should be formatted similar to petitions found here: 2019journal.vol1.ix.pdf (

If your congregation is celebrating its 100th, 150th, or 200th anniversary this year, please contact Jim Pyatt, Archivist, at by April 1, so that your church will be included in this year’s recognition.  

Keep up with the latest news and resources for Annual Conference 2022 at

LEAD 2022 Online Conference
Register now for the LEAD 2022 Online Conference! LEAD creates space for Christian leaders to be vulnerable and courageous, connects them around their hopes for the future, and equips them to bring those hopes into reality.


  • United Methodists respond to the crisis in Ukraine:
  • Holy Week Resources:

    • Recently, the men on Tennessee’s death row painted the Stations of the Cross. Christian tradition says these events happened leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus. These stations have been used for hundreds of years to contemplate the death and resurrection of Jesus. While awaiting their own execution, these men contemplated the state-sanctioned execution of Jesus.

    • As a part of your Holy Week observance, plan now to join us as we keep vigil with Christ on Holy Saturday, April 16, on the sacred grounds of Starrette Farm Retreat, Statesville, NC. Come and depart as you are able. A host will be there to greet you, answer your questions and provide a vigil prayer guide to support your keeping vigil with Jesus.

  • The Harry Denman Evangelism Award program honors United Methodists in each annual conference whose exceptional ministry of evangelism – expressed in Word (what), Sign (why), and Deed (how) – brings people into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ

  • Church Development is pleased to partner with Text In Church to offer a matching grant to offset the cost of a yearly subscription for Text In Church. Text In Church believes it should be easy to reach more people with technology. That’s why they built an easy-to-use tool that lets you engage people in a way that’s familiar to them. Learn more and apply for the matching grant today

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Registration now open for Lake Junaluska Friends of the Lake 5K
Saturday, April 16
The Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race and Walk will take place at Lake Junaluska on Saturday, April 16, and those who register by Thursday, March 31, enjoy discounted registration and are guaranteed to receive a “Love the Lake” T-shirt.

Now in its 15th year, the event supports the Lake Junaluska Walking Trail, one of the most popular privately-owned recreation areas in Western North Carolina. All profits from the 5K go toward improvements and annual maintenance of the trail and other recreation areas around the lake, which cost over $250,000 annually.
Hood Theological Seminary to Hold 2022 ICFSH Earth Day Conference
Friday, April 22, 9 a.m.
Join us as we reflect on responses to the current climate crisis through the Science and Spirituality of George Washington Carver: “Mother Wit from Mother Earth.” Hood Theological Seminary’s International Center For Faith, Science, and History (ICFSH) Earth Day Conference is a hybrid experience. Attendees will be able to attend in-person or virtually.
Marriage Enrichment Retreats at Lake Junaluska

Wednesday-Friday, May 4-6
Registration is now open for Lake Junaluska’s two-night Marriage Enrichment Retreats in 2022, with Ned Martin, a licensed clinical mental health counselor who also holds a Master of Divinity degree. 

"Lake Junaluska is ideal for this sort of retreat," said Martin. "Lake Junaluska provides a beautiful setting to come and be apart from the daily stresses, to be in an environment that encourages people to get out, to take a walk, to sit in a quiet place and have one of those deeper conversations."

Couples who simply wish to grow closer or are experiencing marital stress can benefit, and pastoral participants can earn 1.5 continuing-education units for participation in the program.


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