News

Below are news stories published by the Western North Carolina Conference.  We recommend that you also subscribe to ENews and bookmark the United Methodist News Service to be more aware of what is going on in the conference and denomination. 

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AC2021 Offering Report: Thank you for giving generously!

AC2021 Offering Report: Thank you for giving generously!

7/28/2021
Thanks to your generosity, we have received a total of $37,869.44 for the Annual Conference 2021 Offering in honor of Bishop Paul L. and Janet Leeland. The offering will be evenly divided between the Northern Haiti Mission Connection (Partners 4 New Hope) and UMAR with a gift of $18,934.72 to each. Thank you for supporting the mission of these important ministries!
Both/And Learning Lab #2

Both/And Learning Lab #2

7/28/2021
BOTH current grant recipients AND potential grant recipients of the BOTH/AND Grants are invited to join us for the second Hybrid Worship Learning Lab. Participants will worship, learn, experiment, share, ask questions, and discover best practices around hybrid worship experiences. Learn more and register today.
COVID-19 Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry - UPDATED 7.28.21

COVID-19 Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry - UPDATED 7.28.21

7/28/2021
With the Delta Variant becoming the most dominant Coronavirus strain in the United States, The CDC and Governor Cooper have issued new guidance regarding masks, particularly for children under 12 and others who are unvaccinated. In response, the Bishop and Cabinet offer these updated recommendations.
Festival of Wisdom and Grace to be held Aug. 2-5 at Lake Junaluska

Festival of Wisdom and Grace to be held Aug. 2-5 at Lake Junaluska

7/28/2021
The Festival of Wisdom and Grace, a conference for finding purpose and renewal in the second half of life, is coming up Aug. 2-5 at Lake Junaluska, and registration is still open. The event features worship, workshops, recreation, entertainment and learning, and the theme for 2021 is "Living Abundantly in the Second Half of Life." Conference leadership includes Will Willimon as conference preacher, Dr. Amy Hanson as keynote speaker, Bishop Ken Carder as opening worship preacher and workshop leader of "Ministry with the Forgotten," and gospel-rooted quartet King's Cadence.
What You Really Need to Know About Clergy Housing Allowances

What You Really Need to Know About Clergy Housing Allowances

7/28/2021
For the first time, Discipleship Ministries will offer a webinar for laity and clergy to help churches better understand this special provision and how it can be a blessing to everyone! Join Ken Sloane, Director of Stewardship & Generosity, and his guest Bryan Mills, General Counsel for the General Council on Finance & Administration (GCFA), as we try to bring clarity to an often confusing topic.
Means of Grace: Cooperative Parish in the Blue Ridge District

Means of Grace: Cooperative Parish in the Blue Ridge District

7/27/2021
In this week’s episode, Luke Edwards sits down with Mark Ralls, Shonnie Streder and Dianne Johnston of the Blue Ridge District to hear about a new cooperative parish that is bringing together six congregations to do ministry together in the Hominy Valley.
Overdose Awareness Day

Overdose Awareness Day

7/27/2021
August 31, 2021, is International Overdose Awareness Day. This is a day for us to remember those who have died from fatal drug overdoses. According to recent data, opioid overdoses were up 37% in 2020. This year it is estimated that 3.500 people in North Carolina will lose their lives to overdose.  To represent the thousands of sons, daughters, husbands, wives, and countless others Bridge to Recovery will be placing 3,500 flags on our grounds to represent the lives lost to the overdose epidemic in our state. You are invited to visit Bridge to Recovery Friday, August 27 - Monday, August 30 to view the flags and remember the thousands of precious lives lost. In addition, a community remembrance gathering will be held with light refreshments on Tuesday, August 31 at 9:00 am.
Post-Pandemic Game Changers Cohort

Post-Pandemic Game Changers Cohort

7/27/2021
The pandemic created a crisis. Crises can be an accelerator for change in your church. This is a great opportunity to stop doing some things and consider what is needed now. Join teams from other churches in WNC to have conversations about what your church’s post-pandemic ministry looks like.
SEJ Update from the WNCC Delegation

SEJ Update from the WNCC Delegation

7/27/2021
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand shares an update on behalf of the WNCC Delegation to the Southeastern Jurisdiction Called Virtual Session on July 21, 2021.
2022 LEAD Conference

2022 LEAD Conference

7/26/2021
The 2022 LEAD Conference will be held January 23-26th in San Diego, California. Speaker application and registration are now open.
HIRING: Yadkin Valley & Smoky Mountain District Administrators, Coordinator of African American Church Vitality & Growth

HIRING: Yadkin Valley & Smoky Mountain District Administrators, Coordinator of African American Church Vitality & Growth

7/26/2021
We are now hiring for three positions: District Administrators for both the Yadkin Valley District & Smoky Mountain District and Coordinator for African American Church Vitality & Growth. Are you one of the qualified leaders we're looking for? Apply today!
2 jurisdictions plan for church future

2 jurisdictions plan for church future

7/22/2021
Heather Hahn, UM News, shares updates from the recent special sessions of the Southeastern and Western Jurisdictions.
Youth Ministry Network Retreat & Resource Gathering

Youth Ministry Network Retreat & Resource Gathering

7/22/2021
Get excited for our first Youth Ministry Network Gathering! We're looking forward to getting together September 21-23 to share resources, ideas, and to develop a network of collaboration and encouragement for one another and our ministries with young people.
The Latest Edition of E-News - Update from the Juridictional & General Conference Delegation, Learn how the Church Development Office can help you relaunch your dinner church, and more

The Latest Edition of E-News - Update from the Juridictional & General Conference Delegation, Learn how the Church Development Office can help you relaunch your dinner church, and more

7/21/2021
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.
Get your college student plugged in!

Get your college student plugged in!

7/21/2021
Are you going to college for the first time or do you know someone who is? We would love to connect you with a United Methodist campus minister or chaplain at your school!
Celebrating New Beginnings

Celebrating New Beginnings

7/20/2021
The Conference Center was filled with laughter and fellowship Tuesday morning as the staff offered congratulations and blessings upon Bishop Leeland as he prepares for retirement and as we welcomed three new district superintendents.
Jurisdictional Conference Session

Jurisdictional Conference Session

7/20/2021
The Special Session of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference will be held virtually on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. EST. View the session live at http://www.sejumc.org/.
Renfro Trust Fund

Renfro Trust Fund

7/20/2021
The Renfro Trust Fund awards annual bricks-and-mortar grants to small, rural United Methodist congregations in the Southeastern Jurisdiction.
The Ultimate ReLaunch Playbook Webinar

The Ultimate ReLaunch Playbook Webinar

7/20/2021
Did you miss the ReLaunch webinar? The recording is now available!
WNCC Jurisdictional & General Conference Delegation Update

WNCC Jurisdictional & General Conference Delegation Update

7/20/2021
Rev. Ashley Crowder Stanley shares a message from the Western North Carolina General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegation. The delegation will be providing periodic updates through the rescheduled General Conference.
Mission Engagement Blog - July 2021

Mission Engagement Blog - July 2021

7/19/2021
Check out the Mission Engagement Blog page for a new blog post by Rev. Rob Parsons titled "Practicing Hospitality".
Summit Youth Conference

Summit Youth Conference

7/16/2021
We are excited to announce that Summit will be returning this fall at Asheville's Crowne Plaza Expo Center, November 5-7, 2021. Summit is a weekend retreat for youth and youth groups. Summit promises lively and powerful worship, a focus on social justice, and four outstanding messages. Registration opens September 7th.
Niner United at UNC Charlotte

Niner United at UNC Charlotte

7/15/2021
Niner United, our United Methodist campus ministry at UNC Charlotte, is gearing up for a great fall semester. Please contact Rev. Steve Cheyney, the campus pastor, at steve@ninerunited.com if you know a future 49er or a faculty or staff person who should be linked to the campus ministry.
Relaunching Dinner Church

Relaunching Dinner Church

7/15/2021
The Church Development Office invites dinner church leaders and those who might be interested in starting a dinner church to join us for a time of food, fun, and inspiration. We will be hosting three events across the conference during the weekend of August 13-15. Learn more and register today!
The Latest Edition of E-News - Project AGAPE Virtual Mission Trip, Register for the Both/And Learning Lab, and more

The Latest Edition of E-News - Project AGAPE Virtual Mission Trip, Register for the Both/And Learning Lab, and more

7/14/2021
This week's E-News includes information on the Project AGAPE Virtual Mission Trip, a racial reconciliation cohort sponsored by WNCC Equity & Justice Ministries, and more! 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. Do you have news you want to share with us? Click "Submit News Item" at the bottom of our homepage!
Racial Healing and Reconciliation Learning Cohort

Racial Healing and Reconciliation Learning Cohort

7/13/2021
WNCC Churches are invited to participate in a learning cohort for local church teams doing intentional ministry in racial healing and reconciliation, as well as racial equity and justice ministries.
Means of Grace: Project AGAPE - Where We Are, Where We've Been, and Where God is Leading

Means of Grace: Project AGAPE - Where We Are, Where We've Been, and Where God is Leading

7/13/2021
Brian Mateer explores the history, the present, and the future of our mission partnership in Armenia, Project AGAPE, with Board Chair Allan Van Meter.
Developing and Implementing an Outward Mindset

Developing and Implementing an Outward Mindset

7/12/2021
In this workshop, participants learn how to change their mindset and behaviors to better engage others. The habits can be contagious and help form more loving communities.
Faith leaders support providing health coverage to 600,000 uninsured North Carolinians

Faith leaders support providing health coverage to 600,000 uninsured North Carolinians

7/8/2021
Faith leaders support closing NC's health insurance gap to provide coverage to 600,000 uninsured North Carolinians. We invite you to view prayer breakfast and sign your support as a faith leader.
UMW Deaconess & Home Missioner Virtual Discernment Event

UMW Deaconess & Home Missioner Virtual Discernment Event

7/8/2021
For laity in the United Methodist Church who feel called by God to a full-time vocation in service with those who are marginalized and in need in the world today, there is an opportunity to be a part of a supportive community in connection with The United Methodist Church as a deaconess or home missioner. Learn more at the virtual discernment event on Thursday, August 12.
The Latest Edition of E-News - Conference Office Hiring, UMW Mission U, Means of Grace with Dr. Bill White, Jr. and more

The Latest Edition of E-News - Conference Office Hiring, UMW Mission U, Means of Grace with Dr. Bill White, Jr. and more

7/7/2021
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.
Annual UMW District Celebrations

Annual UMW District Celebrations

7/7/2021
We all look forward to the day when we can again gather safely in person, and experience the special joy of that wonderful supportive community of United Methodist Women that is a part of every Annual Celebration! This year, however, in an effort to care for the safety and well-being of our members the celebrations will be held virtually. Learn more about the celebration dates and Zoom information for your district.
HIRING: Conference Office Front Desk Receptionist

HIRING: Conference Office Front Desk Receptionist

7/7/2021
WNC Conference Office in Huntersville is seeking a full-time Front Desk Receptionist.
Join the WNC United Methodist Women for Mission U!

Join the WNC United Methodist Women for Mission U!

7/7/2021
Passionate about mission? Love to learn? Want to engage with others who are? Then Mission u is right for you! Each year, United Methodist Women gather to learn more about missions and about being in mission. This year, we will have two virtual studies with various dates throughout July. Learn more...
First Annual Juneteenth Celebration at Lake Junaluska, a time of worship, story-telling, and celebration

First Annual Juneteenth Celebration at Lake Junaluska, a time of worship, story-telling, and celebration

7/1/2021
On June 19, 2021, the Smoky Mountain District of The United Methodist Church hosted the first annual Juneteenth worship service and celebration at Lake Junaluska. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.
The Latest Edition of E-News - 2022 Apportionments Available July 1, Means of Grace with Dr. Bill White, Jr., and Reporting Historical Changes

The Latest Edition of E-News - 2022 Apportionments Available July 1, Means of Grace with Dr. Bill White, Jr., and Reporting Historical Changes

6/30/2021
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.?
Innovation: Acumen Academy

Innovation: Acumen Academy

6/29/2021
Doing what's right in a world that loves easy.
Means of Grace: Equity and Justice with Rev. Dr. Bill White, Jr.

Means of Grace: Equity and Justice with Rev. Dr. Bill White, Jr.

6/29/2021
Jesse Enniss has a conversation with Rev. Dr. William (Bill) White, Jr to speak about his new role as the Director of Equity and Justice for the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, and how lay and clergy leaders can take first steps in moving toward these goals.
Reporting Historical Changes for the 2021 Journal

Reporting Historical Changes for the 2021 Journal

6/29/2021
The Conference Office is working to pull together information for the 2021 Journal, and as in years past, is requesting churches to report data on church and parsonage renovations, remodeling, new buildings, dedications, etc. that took place over the past year (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021).
2022 Apportionment posted to church dashboards

2022 Apportionment posted to church dashboards

6/25/2021
The 2022 General Church, Conference, and District apportionments for all churches will be posted to the church dashboards on July 1st. These become effective January 1, 2022. Please advise Treasury Services of any errors or questions.
Lake Junaluska hosts its first-ever Juneteenth celebration

Lake Junaluska hosts its first-ever Juneteenth celebration

6/24/2021
"Juneteenth has made its way to public awareness in the last few years, and was just made the 11th federal holiday. However, months before the vote to solidify that, the decision was made to host an event in Haywood County commemorating the day that the last enslaved individuals in America were told they had been emancipated." Kyle Perrotti of The Mountaineer has the story.
The Latest Edition of E-News - ReLaunch webinar tonight, Learn how you can help strengthen the Black Church in Western NC, Celebrate Social Media Day with UMCom, and more

The Latest Edition of E-News - ReLaunch webinar tonight, Learn how you can help strengthen the Black Church in Western NC, Celebrate Social Media Day with UMCom, and more

6/23/2021
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. In this week's issue, learn how you can help support the work of the Black United Methodist churches in Western NC, how ten WNCC congregations are working to increase child literacy in rural NC communities, and so much more.
Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) - Why Membership is Important

Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) - Why Membership is Important

6/23/2021
"With everything that's happening in our society and has been happening with the Church structure for year, dating back before the merger of the Church, more than ever ring true the words of Rev. Earnest Smith for not only Black United Methodists, but for ALL United Methodists, "Our Time Under God Is Now." Right now is the time for all of us to really live out the meaning of unity so that the world will know that we are Christians by our love for one another!" Pamela Shoffner shares more about the important work of Black Methodists for Church Renewal and offers an invitation to ALL to join. Associate members (non-Black United Methodists) are also welcome and encouraged to become a part of this work and to journey alongside their Black brothers and sisters to help make the United Methodist Church whole. Learn more today.
Ten WNCC Congregations Partner with The Duke Endowment to Improve Early Childhood Literacy in North Carolina

Ten WNCC Congregations Partner with The Duke Endowment to Improve Early Childhood Literacy in North Carolina

6/23/2021
Ten congregations in the Western NC Conference are working with the Duke Endowment's Summer Literacy Initiative, a subproject of the Endowment's Rural Church program, to provide six weeks of literacy instruction with enrichment activities, family engagement, meals, and wrap-around services for students and families who are traditionally underserved in rural North Carolina. The Summer Literacy Initiative released a full report in May 2021 detailing the initiative's growth from supporting programs at only three churches in 2018 to expanding the program to more than a dozen churches in 2019 and 2020. Read the full report and learn how your church might be a good fit to join the Summer Literacy Initiative and "improve early childhood literacy in North Carolina's rural communities."
UM Communications: Social Media Day Live Q&A

UM Communications: Social Media Day Live Q&A

6/22/2021
This live learning session is an opportunity to answer your questions about Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, livestreaming your worship service, and what social media platforms your church should use to best tell your stories.
United Methodist Communications to celebrate Social Media Day

United Methodist Communications to celebrate Social Media Day

6/22/2021
United Methodist Communications will celebrate Social Media Day on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 with free learning opportunities throughout the day, featuring a special live learning session Q&A at 12pm CT – all at Facebook.com/UMCom.
The Latest Edition of E-News - AC21 videos available for download, Save the date for AC22, Celebrate Juneteenth with us, and more

The Latest Edition of E-News - AC21 videos available for download, Save the date for AC22, Celebrate Juneteenth with us, and more

6/16/2021
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.
WNC Lands of the Bible Cruise with Bishop Ken Carter

WNC Lands of the Bible Cruise with Bishop Ken Carter

6/16/2021
Announcing the Western North Carolina Annual Conference's Lands of the Bible Cruise on the Celebrity Apex with Bishop Ken Carter, Jr. (September 22, 2022)
A Few Words on Innovation: Sacred Ale & Blue Ridge Hope

A Few Words on Innovation: Sacred Ale & Blue Ridge Hope

6/15/2021
Check out this interview with Travis Smith of Salem UMC in Bostic about his innovative ministries to serve the community in the Blue Ridge District.     
AC2021 Worship Videos Available for Download

AC2021 Worship Videos Available for Download

6/15/2021
Would you like to share the Annual Conference worship service with your congregation or small group? Video files are now available for viewing and downloading through Dropbox. Download individual segments, including the opening & closing music or Bishop Leeland's sermon. Or download the full worship service.
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