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. 

Articles for the news can be submitted here.

Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries Offering

Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries Offering

8/23/2020
Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries (DBOM) Offering will take place on Sunday August 23rd or anytime this summer of fall. For 21 years DBOM has offered volunteer led Disciple Bible Study ministry in our state and federal prisons and juvenile training schools. Thousands of inmates have received ministry from DBOM. Now, in light of changing times, DBOM is revisioning to provide even greater work among our churches!
The Latest Edition of E-News - Cabinet Calls for Removal of Monument, Conference Events Go Virtual, Zoom Pricing Deal, and more

The Latest Edition of E-News - Cabinet Calls for Removal of Monument, Conference Events Go Virtual, Zoom Pricing Deal, and more

7/8/2020
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.
Carolina Black Clergy Webinar

Carolina Black Clergy Webinar "Corona-Defense: How to Live a BOD4GOD Lifestyle"

7/8/2020
The 60-minute webinar will highlight the importance of "eating to live" and not "living to eat" during a pandemic. This information will identify the direct correlation between what we eat and our current health/how we feel. We will also learn that although exercise is only 20% of the equation, it is still a vital part of living a BOD4GOD lifestyle.
Get One Year of Zoom Meetings for $60 (regularly $240)!

Get One Year of Zoom Meetings for $60 (regularly $240)!

7/8/2020
The Office of Church Development is excited to announce that we have negotiated a great deal to offer corporate licenses to all WNC Conference churches through Zoom. These licenses have several great features, such as: Hosting up to 300 participants per meeting, unlimited number and length of meetings, cloud recording, polling, chat, dial in numbers for audio by phone, streaming to online services (like Facebook Live), and transcription. The discounted price is a year of Zoom for $120, which is half off the regular price. The Office of Church Development is also offering a $60 matching grant to the first 500 churches that request it (limit one per church). Churches can register for as many licenses as you need, but there is a limit of one matching grant per church.
In Memoriam: Dr. Nancy K. Andersen

In Memoriam: Dr. Nancy K. Andersen

7/8/2020
On Monday, June 22, 2020, Dr. Nancy K. Andersen, Archivist Emerita of the WNC Conference, entered the more immediate presence of the Lord. During her years of service as Archivist of the WNC Conference, Nancy brought a wealth of knowledge to the position.  She made answering questions of and assisting patrons with their research requests her top priorities.  Nancy has been recognized for her dedication to record keeping, her flexibility, and her persistence. Praise God for the life and service of Dr. Nancy Keever Andersen!
Means of Grace: Mental & Spiritual Health: Body, Mind, Soul

Means of Grace: Mental & Spiritual Health: Body, Mind, Soul

7/8/2020
In the latest episode of the Means of Grace podcast, Director of Missional Engagement and Connectional Ministries Caroline Wood, and guests Rev. Eddie Ingram and Dr. Lori Dickson, explore how stress affects mental, physical, and spiritual health. Rev. Ingram explains the Enneagram types and helps us understand each type’s unique response to stress. Dr. Dickson shares the challenges and joys of serving as a general practitioner in a rural community lacking in mental health resources. Listen at www.wnccumc.org/meansofgrace or wherever you get your podcasts.
Thank You, WNCC! From Africa University

Thank You, WNCC! From Africa University

7/8/2020
Thank you for loving your neighbor as you do and for building a tremendous legacy through Africa University. Africa University’s transformative ministry is thriving because United Methodists continue to pray for and invest in it. Best of all, the steadfast generosity of Western North Carolina United Methodist congregations inspires and sustains our students as they grow in faith, claim and work towards God’s promise of abundant life.
UMW Celebrations To Be Held Virtually

UMW Celebrations To Be Held Virtually

7/8/2020
In our efforts to care for the safety and well being of all of our members, we are planning virtual Conference and District Annual Celebrations for 2020. We all look forward to the day when we can again gather safely in person, and experience the joy of that wonderful supportive community of United Methodist Women that is a part of every Annual Celebration!
Mission Engagement Blog - July 2020

Mission Engagement Blog - July 2020

7/7/2020
Check out the latest Mission Engagement Blog.
Additional Cloth Face Masks Now Available

Additional Cloth Face Masks Now Available

7/6/2020
The Committee on Relief has secured a additional donation of cloth face masks through FEMA. Masks are available to anyone who requests them while supplies last. Requests will be processed on a weekly basis and mailed out each Tuesday. For additional information contact Ben Rogers (brogers@wnccumc.org). Click here to complete a request form. 
Local Church Historian School offered by GCAH

Local Church Historian School offered by GCAH

7/6/2020
GCAH is offering a FREE, 12-week course on capturing and preserving the history and stories of the local church. For church historians—or anyone interested in the story of their church! Register now for the school starting mid-September.
The Western North Carolina Conference Extended Cabinet Calls for Removal of Confederate Monument Adjacent to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church

The Western North Carolina Conference Extended Cabinet Calls for Removal of Confederate Monument Adjacent to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church

7/6/2020
As leaders of the United Methodist Church in Western North Carolina, we call on the Mt. Zion Monumental Association to remove its Confederate monument in Cornelius, North Carolina. This monument sits adjacent to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, and the leadership of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church has asked that it be moved.
Clergy Compensation Report for July 1 Appointment Changes

Clergy Compensation Report for July 1 Appointment Changes

7/2/2020
Did you move to a new appointment on July 1? If so, we request that you fill out a new Clergy Compensation Report in your church or people/clergy dashboard. New for 2020 1. We made some design changes. The layout, buttons, colors, etc may have changed in various places for better user experience. 2. You now have the option to DELETE compensations. You can do this in the church or people/clergy compensation area. Please note, you can only delete a compensation if it has not been submitted by ...
Carolina Black Clergy COVID Webinar Series

Carolina Black Clergy COVID Webinar Series

7/1/2020
Black Clergy of the Carolinas are invited to join 12 weekly webinars sponsored by the South Carolina, North Carolina, and Western North Carolina Conferences, which seek to: -engage in collective work and responsibility by modeling faithful stewardship in a collaborative ministry that aligns with the unique and distinctive social location of black pastors and the neighboring communities we serve, -while addressing self-care, social media responsibility, and social justice amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Plans Move Forward to Hold Annual Conference Virtually on August 8

Plans Move Forward to Hold Annual Conference Virtually on August 8

7/1/2020
Given the current challenges of meeting in-person and keeping our constituencies safe in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we realize it is no longer feasible to gather 3,000 people in the same location. Therefore, Bishop Leeland, the Cabinet, and Conference Secretary, Rev. Kim Ingram, propose a virtual meeting on August 8, 2020. Lay and clergy delegates to the 2020 Annual Conference will receive a paper ballot in the mail to approve moving Annual Conference to a virtual platform this year. Please return this ballot by July 15.
Lake Junaluska Offers Newly Created Vacation Packages for Summer 2020

Lake Junaluska Offers Newly Created Vacation Packages for Summer 2020

6/30/2020
Couples, families and individuals can now enjoy a selection of newly created vacation packages and specials for summer 2020 at Lake Junaluska.
Celebrating 2020 Retiring Clergy

Celebrating 2020 Retiring Clergy

6/30/2020
With grateful hearts for all you have done for our churches and congregations members, we celebrate this special moment with you!
God Plays Indoor Soccer

God Plays Indoor Soccer

6/30/2020
As churches strive to do more in their communities, it is common for them to forget that the best way to be a presence in the community is by working with the community.
Reporting Historical Changes for the 2020 Journal

Reporting Historical Changes for the 2020 Journal

6/30/2020
Please help us celebrate with you by reporting renovations, remodels, and changes to churches and parsonages 07/2019 - 06/2020!
Meet some UMC missionaries

Meet some UMC missionaries

6/29/2020
An invitation to attend a virtual event to get to know a missionary.
Updated Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry During COVID-19

Updated Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry During COVID-19

6/25/2020
As faithful disciples of Jesus Christ in the midst of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain committed to our Biblical mandate to "love our neighbors as ourselves" and our Wesleyan call to “do no harm.” In doing so, we seek ways to engage faithfully in worship, study, and ministry while ensuring the health and safety of our members and communities. We do not recommend returning to indoor worship at this time. Continue hosting online, drive-in, or outdoor worship services while following CDC, state and local guidelines, including handwashing, wearing masks, and observing physical distancing rules.
But I Like My Friends in Ur! Don’t Overlook the Children Whose Parents Itinerate

But I Like My Friends in Ur! Don’t Overlook the Children Whose Parents Itinerate

6/24/2020
"When Abram and Sarai heard God’s voice telling them to go to Canaan, they knew the command came from God and they trusted that God would go with them.  But when they packed up the tents and the sheep to leave Ur, they did not also have to pack up the kids, at least not yet." Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Coppedge-Henley, senior pastor of Harrison United Methodist Church in Pineville, offers practical and compassionate advice for clergy parents, parsonage & staff-parish committees, and congregations during clergy moving season.
Means of Grace: Moving Stories

Means of Grace: Moving Stories

6/24/2020
In this episode of the Means of Grace podcast, Kim Ingram and Jesse Enniss talk with three Western North Carolina clergy: Duncan Martin, Drew McIntyre, and Mark Barden, who share their stories of moving day and getting ready to leave one parsonage and move into another one.
Shelby Systems Webinar on Online & Text-to-Give Campaigns

Shelby Systems Webinar on Online & Text-to-Give Campaigns

6/24/2020
On July 8th at 10 am EST, Shelby Systems will host a webinar over to help equip your church on how to launch successful online and text-to-give campaigns during uncertain times.
Updated Worship Guidelines To Be Released Following Governor’s Address

Updated Worship Guidelines To Be Released Following Governor’s Address

6/24/2020
The Phase 2 Worship Guidelines remain in effect until at least June 30th. Bishop Leeland and the Cabinet will renew or update the guidelines following the release of Governor Cooper's updated statewide guidelines this week. Any extension of Phase 2 or updates to Phase 3 will be communicated as soon as possible through email, at wnccumc.org, and on all WNCC social media platforms. Please continue to be mindful of our scriptural and Wesleyan call to "love others" and “do no harm.”
Kelly McRell of First United Methodist Church in Charlotte Named a William C. Friday Fellow

Kelly McRell of First United Methodist Church in Charlotte Named a William C. Friday Fellow

6/23/2020
The William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations, the flagship program of Wildacres Leadership Initiative (WLI), has named its 2020-2022 class. The William C. Friday Fellowship is a competitive statewide program for cross-sector leaders that seats fewer than 30 individuals across North Carolina every two-year cycle. Nineteen North Carolina counties are represented in this 11th Class of Friday Fellows. Kelly McRell of Mecklenburg County is a Practical Theologian who uses her creativity to foster spaces that include, honor, and celebrate all bodies. Kelly carries a heart full of gratitude for the various individuals who have called her into the work of love and justice, especially Nikkeia Lee of The Possibility Project-Charlotte. Kelly works as the Connect, Family, and Outreach Minister at First United Methodist Church in Charlotte. In 2017–2018, Kelly participated in the Arts and Science Council Cultural Leadership Training. Kelly was a member of Leadership Charlotte Class 37 and volunteers with the Rainbow Express Ministries. Kelly sits on the board of The Possibility Project-Charlotte.
AC2020 P&R Book now online!

AC2020 P&R Book now online!

6/22/2020
Clergy and Lay Members of the 2020 annual conference are invited to review the 2020 Program & Reports Book @ https://www.wnccumc.org/ac2020-publications
Digital Connection and Community Survey

Digital Connection and Community Survey

6/22/2020
We are all built for connection. Over the last two decades, we have seen modern notions of what constitutes “connection” change radically, and nowhere is that more visible than in the digital lives of Americans. Despite the need for connection and the expanding role of digital media into religious life, little is known about how digital media fosters community and the forms of leadership that can support congregations’ engagement in digital spaces. We need your help to fill this gap in knowledge.
Mission Response Center to Re-open for Volunteers

Mission Response Center to Re-open for Volunteers

6/22/2020
The Mission Response Center will re-open to volunteer groups on July 14. 2020.
Paycheck Protection Program Loans Still Available

Paycheck Protection Program Loans Still Available

6/22/2020
The United Methodist Credit Union can still help local churches with the Paycheck Protection Program.
Emory Club presents a Virtual 5K and Journey to the Cross Challange

Emory Club presents a Virtual 5K and Journey to the Cross Challange

6/18/2020
Keeping an Annual Conference Tradition Alive! You can still run a 5K with the Emory Club this annual conference season, or you can take on a whole new challenge and virtually move from the Conference center in Huntersville to the the Cross at Lake J.
General Secretaries Table: Statement on Racism

General Secretaries Table: Statement on Racism

6/18/2020
Along with leaders across the church, the general secretaries of the boards and agencies of The United Methodist Church mark this moment as a time to recommit to urgent action to dismantle racism in the United States and in the church. The recent and callous killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery while the nation is already reeling from the disproportionate death rates of African American and Native Americans from COVID-19 have rightly sparked anger, lament, protest and calls for action and reflection. We write to express our own anger, pain and determination to make change in our own spheres of influence and to support the church in the urgent and ongoing work to eliminate racism.
Blessed to Be a Blessing During COVID-19

Blessed to Be a Blessing During COVID-19

6/17/2020
With the full support of the Reynolds, the Foundation opened a special grant cycle specifically for churches adapting to COVID-19. $100,000 went directly to the Western North Carolina Conference to support various Conference-level ministries. An additional $102,000 in grants were awarded to 178 churches and related ministries to purchase recording and lighting equipment, online meeting software subscriptions, and expand local internet access and capacity.
I Still Can't Breathe: A Faith Response to Racism

I Still Can't Breathe: A Faith Response to Racism

6/17/2020
On Thursday evening, at 7 p.m. the North Carolina Conference will host an online discussion, "I Still Can't Breathe: A Faith Response to Racism". Find more information at https://nccumc.org/events/i-still-cant-breathe/.
Payroll Protection Program Update

Payroll Protection Program Update

6/17/2020
The Payroll Protection Program has helped many of our churches in the Western North Carolina Conference.  We want to continue helping and providing guidance from our various and reputable sources.  There is much information floating around so please ensure the sources of where and what your church may obtain.
ImagineHub Application Opens

ImagineHub Application Opens

6/16/2020
The ImagineHub Steering Committee invites churches to apply to join the Fall 2020 cohort of our learning network of centers for missional innovation in North Carolina.
Carolinas Black Clergy Retreat Scheduled for August

Carolinas Black Clergy Retreat Scheduled for August

6/16/2020
Carolinas Black Clergy Retreat 2020 scheduled for August 24-28. Register at https://www.umcsc.org/2020cbcleadershipretreat/.
Holy Listening, Holy Action: The Work of the Whole Church

Holy Listening, Holy Action: The Work of the Whole Church

6/16/2020
Confronting and dismantling systemic racism and white supremacy and cooperating with God to build a more holy, just, equitable, and Beloved community is the work of the whole Church.
Raise Your Candles High

Raise Your Candles High

6/12/2020
This year we have been able to continue to operate in spite of the cancellation of our spring schedule. However, with the loss of summer revenue, upwards of $1,250,000.00, we anticipate the impact to our ministries will be significant. While some of the summer expenses will not be incurred, that revenue sustains the year- round, fixed costs that make camp possible. We ask that you join us in prayer as we work through this difficult and unprecedented time.
The Latest Edition of E-News - #EndRacism, Clergy Session, Rethinking Summer Mission, and More

The Latest Edition of E-News - #EndRacism, Clergy Session, Rethinking Summer Mission, and More

6/11/2020
Read this week's e-newsletter to learn how United Methodists are responding to racism, details for the 2020 Virtual Clergy Session, and a conversation on rethinking summer missions in the wake of COVID-19.
Juneteenth Virtual  Celebration-The Place UMC

Juneteenth Virtual Celebration-The Place UMC

6/10/2020
Juneteenth isn’t just a celebration of emancipation, it’s a celebration of the commitment to make it real. Join us June 19th, 6PM to listen and learn in a path toward justice and equality. See you online at The Place Church streaming at https://www.facebook.com/theplaceclt/
Congratulations to the WNCC Seminary Graduates of 2020!

Congratulations to the WNCC Seminary Graduates of 2020!

6/10/2020
The United Methodists of Western North Carolina congratulate our seminary graduates on completing this blessed journey. May you always feel God's abiding presence with you as you look towards the journey ahead.
Family Retreat and Mission Opportunities at Hinton Rural Life Center

Family Retreat and Mission Opportunities at Hinton Rural Life Center

6/10/2020
Hinton Rural Life Center is responding to individual and family needs to retreat, reflect, and renew during this uncertain and stressful time by offering affordable options to getaway, but still be mindful of protecting oneself and others.
Means of Grace: Race, Racism, The Church's Clarion Call

Means of Grace: Race, Racism, The Church's Clarion Call

6/10/2020
We invite you to listen to this special episode of the Means of Grace Podcast featuring the Metro District of The United Methodist Church's Sights & Sounds Podcast. In this episode, Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand and Rev. David Hockett speak with Dr. Elaine Heath and Dr. Fatimah Salleh about race, racism in America, and the United Methodist Church's responsibility to speak up, act, and make change for the Kingdom of God.
Means of Grace: Rethinking Summer Missions

Means of Grace: Rethinking Summer Missions

6/10/2020
In this episode of the Means of Grace Podcast, Brian Mateer, Associate Director of Missional Engagement, leads a conversation with Rev. Kris Mares and Rev. Laura Byrch on how churches should evaluate summer missions during COVID-19. Listen at https://www.wnccumc.org/meansofgrace or wherever you get your podcasts.
Shelby Systems Offers Special Pricing For Online Giving

Shelby Systems Offers Special Pricing For Online Giving

6/10/2020
One of the Western NC Conference’s Ministry partners, Shelby Systems, has agreed to partner with churches in the conference by providing a comprehensive online giving program that will include text-to-give, custom website form, and mobile app.
Tekoa Foothills Day Passes Available

Tekoa Foothills Day Passes Available

6/10/2020
Pack a cooler and sunscreen. Take a day trip to Foothills. Enjoy the lake, swimming pool, and hiking trails.
WNCC United Methodist Women 2020 Spiritual Retreat to be held virtually

WNCC United Methodist Women 2020 Spiritual Retreat to be held virtually

6/10/2020
For Such a Time as This, the Western North Carolina Conference United Methodist Women Spiritual Growth Virtual Retreat 2020 is coming to you online June 12-14.
Bishop Leeland Shares Details for 2020 Virtual Clergy Session

Bishop Leeland Shares Details for 2020 Virtual Clergy Session

6/9/2020
Bishop Leeland shares details for the 2020 Virtual Clergy Session which will be held on Thursday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. as a Zoom webinar.
Cloth Face Masks Available

Cloth Face Masks Available

6/9/2020
The Committee on Relief has secured a donation of cloth face masks through FEMA. These masks are available to staff and volunteers of non-profit organizations and will be available to distribute in the next week(s).   Interested churches or organizations should fill out the following request form. COR will review requests and distribute masks. For additional information contact Ben Rogers (brogers@wnccumc.org).
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