The Latest Edition of E-News - Bishop Carter shares an Easter message with the Conference and more

April 13, 2022

E-News - April 13, 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.


An Easter Message from Bishop Carter
Watch Bishop Carter's Easter message and find links for viewing and downloading the video as well as a downloadable copy of the transcript, all of which can be shared with your congregations this Easter Sunday.
Are We Continuing to Execute Jesus? WNC United Methodists Grapple with the Death Penalty During Holy Week
"On Tuesday of Holy Week, members of churches across the Conference gathered in Taylorsville to learn about the execution of Jesus. Facilitated by death penalty abolitionist, Shane Claiborne, and pastor of First UMC, Taylorsville, Rev. Joel Simpson, participants were led through the traditional fourteen stations of the cross. On this night, however, the images for each station were far from traditional. These images portrayed the execution of Jesus as painted by the men awaiting their own execution on Tennessee’s death row." Aimee Yeager brings the story.
Means of Grace: A Future with Hope - A Conversation with the WNC Delegation
In this episode of the Means of Grace podcast, members of the WNC Delegation to the General and Jurisdictional Conferences give an update about where the conferences currently stand and the decisions that are waiting from the Judicial Council. They share about the work of the delegation that was elected by the Annual Conference in 2019. In addition, they offer their hopes and dreams for the future of the United Methodist Church and specifically for churches and members in Western North Carolina.
WNC Wildfire and Flash Flood Disaster Response
Western NC is currently experiencing a high number of forest fires in the mountains and flash flooding from heavy rains. The WNCC Disaster Ministries would like to remind you to contact our Disaster Response Hotline (980-354-4157) to report any significant damage in your area, local churches, or immediate humanitarian needs.

Annual Conference News
You still have time to register your display at Annual Conference but time is running out! The deadline to register is this 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.

Please remember, while the conference will be livestreamed for at-home viewing, registration and full participation (including voting) will ONLY happen in person.

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



  • "As we prepare for Holy Week, I offer a few of these that help us remember and reconnect with the power the stories of our tradition have to speak to our world today in creative ways, and that can connect us more deeply with how we’re called to serve and join in God’s mission..." Read more of this month's Mission Engagement blog.

  • You're invited to a special Annual Conference edition of the Innovator's Buzz Session. One of the themes of this year's Annual Conference is reconnecting with one another after a long 2 years. 

  • 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!

  • Earth Day Events
    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.

    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. 

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Keeping Vigil - Holy Saturday
Saturday, April 16
As a part of your Holy Week observance, plan now to join us as we keep vigil with Christ on Holy Saturday 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.
Black Methodists for Church Renewal 55th General Meeting
April 28 - May 1, 2022
Join Black Methodists for Church Renewal for their 55th General Meeting. Find registration and more information at


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.
Hatch-a-Thon 2022
May 19-20, 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.


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