The Latest Edition of E-News - Bishop Carter and Cabinet Announce 2022-23 Appointments and Conference Staff Changes, and more

April 27, 2022

E-News - April 27, 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.


Seven Reasons Why I Love The United Methodist Church

"Grace. Holiness. Mission. Discipleship. Inclusion. Doctrinal Standards. Theological Task. Cross and Flame. Better Together." Bishop Carter shares seven reasons why he loves The United Methodist Church.

Bishop Carter Announces Conference Staff Changes
Bishop Carter and the Cabinet announce conference staffing changes, effective July 1, 2022. “I am grateful for the gifts and leadership of Renee Easter, Caroline Wood and Jae Lee. In a season of adaptation to change, the conference is seeking to align God’s resources in partnership with local churches and their needs in serving our communities,” Bishop Carter said.
2022-2023 Local Church Appointment List
Bishop Carter and the Western North Carolina Cabinet have made the following local church appointments for the 2022-2023 year.
Means of Grace: No Cure for Being Human with Kate Bowler
In this episode of the Means of Grace podcast, Bishop Ken Carter has a conversation with Kate Bowler about her book No Cure For Being Human (And Other Truths I Needed to Hear). This conversation was originally shared as a clergy leadership webinar jointly offered by the Florida and Western North Carolina Annual Conferences.
Have Student Loans? Learn Whether They Can Be Forgiven at an Upcoming Webinar
Clergy and employees of not-for-profit organizations engaged in faith-based work may now qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. However, time is of the essence. Join Wespath for an informational webinar on the PSLF Program.
Racial Healing and Reconciliation Learning Cohort

With generous support from the Reynolds Ministry Fund of the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina, the Racial Healing and Reconciliation Learning Cohort will be offered again in Fall 2022. Interested churches are invited to complete an Interest Form providing basic information and describing their local church’s efforts in racial equity and justice. 

The framework for the Learning Cohort is a 6-step process for racial healing and reconciliation developed by Rev. Brian Tillman of the North Georgia Conference of the UMC. “Without racial healing, the wounds of racism will remain and will continue to inflict those who endure racism and those who benefit from it. We all need healing. It is the path to beloved community,” stated Rev. Tillman.

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. The deadline to submit special events is THIS Friday, April 29.

The AC2022 Advanced Meals Purchase request form is now available! Submit your request by May 26th to receive discounts on your meals.

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.

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  • Is your church looking to connect with new people in your community? On May 14th and 15th we have two opportunities to learn about and experience fresh expressions with a focus on the rural context. Saturday’s event will be in Albermarle and Sunday’s event will be in Boone. Clergy and laity from across the conference are invited to join!

  • Now more than ever, the Church needs forward-thinking leadership. That's why we're excited to offer the next class of the Reynolds Program in Church Leadership, offered to 24 United Methodist pastors from the Southeast Jurisdiction. Past participants describe it as a transformative experience unlike any they have attended. If you or someone you know aspire to grow in your capacity to serve the Church, please prayerfully consider whether God is calling you to this opportunity.

  • 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 two years. On Monday, May 2, we invite you to help Luke Edwards brainstorm fun activities that will foster connections between Annual Conference attendees. 

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Creation Ministry Ideas Exchange
Tuesday, May 3
Clergy and laity alike are invited to join with the WNCC Creation Care Ministry Team on  May 3rd with a "WNCC Creation Ministry Ideas Exchange" to brainstorm and share ideas on how to incorporate more of a creation care ethic in our daily personal and congregational lives.

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.

2022 Carolina's Black Clergy Leadership Retreat
May 23-27, 2022
Clergy, you are invited to come away to a quiet place where you can worship, reflect, and refuel.


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