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April 6, 2022

E-News - April 6, 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.


WNC Churches, Conference, and Agencies Shine Bright During the 2022 Annual Meeting of the United Methodist Association of Communicators
We celebrate these Western North Carolina churches and agencies who were recognized at this year's United Methodist Association of Communicators Awards: Lake Junaluska, Centenary UMC-Winston-Salem, the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina, and WNCC Communications and IT staff. Read the full story on this exciting night of recognition and celebration. 
Black Methodists for Church Renewal 55th General Meeting
Join Black Methodists for Church Renewal for their 55th General Meeting, April 28 - May 1, 2022. Find registration and more information at
Hatch-a-Thon 2022

Are you nursing an entrepreneurial idea for ministry, but don’t know how to get it started (much less fund it)? Is your church ready to move a social enterprise idea down the field that funds other aspects of ministry? Could you use the wisdom of others to test-drive an idea for missional entrepreneurship–or are you just curious about what’s involved in starting a sustainable nonprofit or for-profit ministry?

Join us for a Hatch-A-Thon this May, a collaborative incubator experience, where creative people get coaching and colleagues around mission and social enterprise.

Asset Thinking? What's That?
Have you ever wanted to learn more about Asset Based Community Development to help transform your community, neighborhood, congregation, or organization using the gifts and strengths of all? Then Neighborhood Seminary has what you need!

Annual Conference News
This year, special events being held at the WNC Annual Conference must be submitted online. To book your event at Lake Junaluska, or to request that your event be included in the official special events calendar for Annual Conference, follow this two-step process.

You still have time to register your display at Annual Conference but time is running out! The deadline to register is Friday, April 15.

Save the Date for the Smoky Mountain District & Lake Junaluska 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration at Lake Junaluska immediately following Sunday's closing worship. Watch this video to learn more about this holiday and celebration.

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



  • 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.

  • In this week's episode of the Means of Grace podcast, 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.

  • Clergy and laity alike are invited to celebrate Earth Day and join with the WNCC Creation Care Ministry Team on April 23rd from 9:30am to 12:30pm as we participate in “Hope and Healing for the Earth: Redeeming Creation 2022”, sponsored on Zoom by the North Carolina Conference Creation Care Ministry Team. 

  • 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.

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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.
Aldersgate’s Day of Prayer
Tuesday, May 3, 9 a.m.
On the evening that he first trusted in Christ alone for salvation on Aldersgate Street, John Wesley wrote, “I felt my heart strangely warmed.” Please be our guest as we celebrate and remember this sacred moment on Aldersgate's Day of Prayer. Bishop Carter will lead the celebration in dedicated prayer and mindfulness. Join us as we virtually come together to break bread and offer words of healing and faith to our community.
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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Associate Director of Communications: Aimee Yeager