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Brotherhood/Sisterhood Sunday is February 18th

Brotherhood/Sisterhood Sunday is February 18th

1/18/2018
Sunday, February 18 is our designated Conference Brotherhood/Sisterhood Sunday. We encourage all churches to include the following information in their February newsletters and weekly bulletins to inform everyone of this significant ministry to our clergy families. The Brotherhood/Sisterhood of the Western North Carolina Conference has been engaged with the families of clergy members ever since this voluntary association of clergy and laity was organized in 1894. With the founding 121 clergy ...
United Methodists asked to join Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

United Methodists asked to join Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

1/18/2018
WASHINGTON – The Council of Bishops is urging all United Methodists to join with other Christians throughout the world to participate in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which begins tomorrow, January 18, 2018. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is promoted by the World Council of Churches, most regional councils of churches, and most mainline denominations, including The United Methodist Church. This year’s Week of Prayer (January 18-25, 2018) uses Exodus 15:6 with the theme “Your ...
Boone musician records

Boone musician records "Songs from the Mount"

1/17/2018
While finishing his Master of Arts in Christian Practice degree at Duke Divinity School, worship leader and singer/songwriter Kyle Sigmon, from Boone, NC, became inspired to create something new out of words of old.  It was early spring of 2014 and the candidate for ministry as a deacon in the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church was taking a class on Methodism from Dr. Randy Maddox and Dr. Lacey Warner. One article written by Dr. Maddox particularly spoke to Sigmon ...
Housing Allowance Update

Housing Allowance Update

1/11/2018
Recent Housing Allowance Opinion Judge Barbara B. Crabb of the Western District of Wisconsin recently found the housing allowance tax exemption for clergy to be unconstitutional, violating the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Legal Services Department at GCFA has reviewed the decision and prepared a thoughtful analysis of its contents and the reasoning of the judge. The Legal Services Department will continue to monitor this case and will update its analysis when necessary. Updates...
Big Sigh Ministries announces 2018 events

Big Sigh Ministries announces 2018 events

1/10/2018
All too often, renewal leaves are not sought by clergy or their district leaders until a pastor enters a crisis situation.  We at Big Sigh Ministries are changing the conversation from “burnout crisis” to “prevention and ministry resilience” with our GRACE BREAK program. Through this informative program, we help clergy dream and plan ahead for renewal leaves; we educate church Staff and Pastor Parish Relations Committees as to the unique, numerous stressors clergy face, the real threat of ...
IDK '18 set for March 3 in Hickory

IDK '18 set for March 3 in Hickory

1/10/2018
IDK’18 will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at First UMC in Hickory, NC.  "IDK", short hand for “I don’t know”, is a youth conference for middle school and high school students who are sensing a call from God.  This isn’t a conference for entire youth groups but for those one, two or more youth who feel God’s call into some sort of ministry.  During the day the youth will hear from different people about their callings in our “Sharing Your Story” moments.  These are designed to be like TED...
Marriage Encounter- February 9-11 in Charlotte

Marriage Encounter- February 9-11 in Charlotte

1/10/2018
Get Connected…To Each Other!  On a Worldwide Marriage Encounter you can make your good marriage GREAT!  Marriage Encounter is 44 hours where married couples can get away from jobs, kids, chores, in-laws and technology to focus only on each other.  If you’d like greater depth, growth and enrichment in your relationship, you’ll love the difference a Marriage Encounter Weekend can make!  Join millions of couples worldwide who have learned how to keep their marriage vibrant and alive.  The next ...
Registration is open for YeTI at Pfeiffer

Registration is open for YeTI at Pfeiffer

1/9/2018
YeTI is a two-week summer experience for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who want to become useful and effective servant leaders—and are ready to learn more about their relationship to God and God’s call on their lives. Program dates for 2018 are June 17 through June 30. Over the course of two weeks, students will engage in eco-service, bible study, worship and fellowship. They will put faith into action through hands-on learning, field trips, community service and outdoor ...
Human Relations Day Sunday is January 14th

Human Relations Day Sunday is January 14th

1/2/2018
The first Special Sunday of 2018 is scheduled for January 14, 2018.    Below are links to Human Relations Day Sunday resources for your congregation:   Here is the link to the Pastor’s Kit for more downloadables: http://www.umcgiving.org/resource-articles/human-relations-day-pastor-and-leaders-kit Here is the link to order print resources: https://shop.umc.org/product/3137/2018-human-relations-day-sunday-offering-envelope-and-poster Here is the link to the overview page on umcgiving.org: http...
A New Year’s letter from Council President Bishop Bruce Ough

A New Year’s letter from Council President Bishop Bruce Ough

1/1/2018
To the People Called United Methodists: Grace and peace to you as we embrace the New Year. The joy of Christmas and the gift of Emmanuel – God with us – gives us the confidence to face the future with hope.  This hope is born of our faith in the Living God.  Thus, as we enter the New Year we affirm that God who started a good thing in us will see it to fruition. As United Methodists, we are at a precipitous moment, uncertain about our denomination’s future.  Yet, we do know that we have been ...
New Earthkeepers poised to launch creation care projects

New Earthkeepers poised to launch creation care projects

12/29/2017
ATLANTA, GA—Global Ministries and UMCOR will commission 17 new EarthKeepers in its first ecommissioning on January 22, 2018 at 8pm ET. The commissioning may be viewed via livestream at https://goo.gl/ffDMj8. This online service will affirm members of the EarthKeepers Arkansas class of 2017 in their call to the ministry of creation care and bless their work in their communities. Livestreaming will minimize the carbon footprint of the service while creating the opportunity for their communities ...
Bridge to Recovery available in Stanly/Union/Cabarrus  counties

Bridge to Recovery available in Stanly/Union/Cabarrus counties

12/28/2017
Bridge To Recovery (BTR) is a faith-based alcohol and drug treatment center serving Stanly/Union/Cabarrus counties, and all surrounding areas. BTR offers low-cost, high-value treatment in a gentle Christian environment. Due to our generous supporters, we often have the ability to scholarship those without funds. We have provided direct care to over 1,300 men and women since we opened our doors in 2011. We strive to offer substance abuse services to all in need, regardless of ability to pay. ...
Construction on new conference center update

Construction on new conference center update

12/20/2017
The Annual Conference voted in June 2017 to move the Western North Carolina Conference Center from Charlotte to Huntersville. (see AC2017 documents) Trustees and Conference leaders had a ground breaking ceremony in July 2017 on the site next to the United Methodist Foundation building in Huntersville.   After working through permitting and construction formalities during the fall, contractors are making progress on preparing the land for new construction on the site on Professional Center ...
Christmas greetings from Bishop Bruce Ough and the Council of Bishops

Christmas greetings from Bishop Bruce Ough and the Council of Bishops

12/20/2017
United Methodist Council of Bishops December 15, 2017 In a Christmas message to the people of The United Methodist Church on behalf of the Council of Bishops, Council president Bishop Bruce Ough encourages us to enkindle our longing for the birth of Christ in our lives.   Bishop Ough’s message follows: Longing for the Savior Bernard of Clairvaux, the great twelfth century abbot, once wrote about Christmas in his Sermons on the Song of Songs: During my frequent ponderings on the burning desire ...
Five things you may not know about Christmas

Five things you may not know about Christmas

12/19/2017
A UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino* We know the stories in the Bible, attend Advent and Christmas Eve worship each year, listen to tons of Christmas carols, and have seen just about every Christmas movie and special. We United Methodists know a lot about Christmas, but like most things there is always more to learn. Here are a few lesser-known tidbits. John Wesley never published a Christmas sermon If you search for Christmas sermons by John Wesley, you won’t find any. He never published one. One ...
Conference Center Holiday closings announced

Conference Center Holiday closings announced

12/18/2017
Please mark your calendars: The Conference Center in Charlotte (and our district offices) will be officially closed from Friday, December 22, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 8:30 AM. Please enjoy this Christmas Season with your families and churches!
IRS releases 2018 mileage rates

IRS releases 2018 mileage rates

12/18/2017
The Internal Revenue Services has released  reimbursable mileage rates for 2018. Business standard mileage rate is $0.545 (54.5 cents) per mile (up 1 cent from 2017) Medical or Moving standard mileage rate is $0.18 (18 cents) per mile (up 1 cent from 2017) Charitable standard mileage rate is $0.14 (14 cents) per mile (unchanged from 2017 as this is set by Congress) The release can be downloaded here:  https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-18-03.pdf The tax bill currently at work in Congress may ...
Booklet offers resources Way Forward has used

Booklet offers resources Way Forward has used

12/13/2017
WASHINGTON — The United Methodist Council of Bishops offers an 88-page booklet that contains some of the resources the Commission on a Way Forward has used so far in its work. The booklet contains information on three proposals the bishops will discuss in their respective areas. The bishop-appointed commission has the task of trying to move the denomination past its impasse around homosexuality. DOWNLOAD BOOKLET  
Changes for churches using wireless microphones

Changes for churches using wireless microphones

12/5/2017
Thanks to Scott Nowlan at West Market Street UMC in Greensboro who shared this news with the conference. If your church is currently using wireless microphones in the 600 mhz service band, you will be required to cease operations no later than July 13, 2020 (or earlier if they cause interference with new licensees). Please read the notification below: https://www.fcc.gov/general/wireless-microphones-0   Wireless Microphones   Wireless microphones are used to transmit sound to an amplifier or ...
Lake Junaluska Board of Directors releases Statement on Racism

Lake Junaluska Board of Directors releases Statement on Racism

11/29/2017
At a recent meeting of the Board of Directors of Lake Junaluska Assembly, a statement was released regarding historical racism at the conference and retreat center: Statement on Racism Lake Junaluska Assembly, Inc. Board of Trustees Lake Junaluska was established by people of the Christian faith more than 100 years ago and has continued to be led by followers of Jesus Christ throughout its history. People of the Christian faith believe in a God of love. Not only do Christians believe that we ...
Interpreter Magazine says goodbye - WNC featured in final issue

Interpreter Magazine says goodbye - WNC featured in final issue

11/29/2017
By Diane Degnan November-December 2017 For nearly five decades, the multi-award winning Interpreter magazine has been a primary source of inspiration and information for United Methodist church leaders. With this issue, the magazine goes the way of LIFE, Popular Photography, Mademoiselle and National Lampoon as it ceases publication.   Looking back over the years, change has been one of the periodical's hallmarks. When the Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church united in ...
Camp Tekoa has new offerings in 2018

Camp Tekoa has new offerings in 2018

11/27/2017
COMING UP SOON... Tekoa Foothills Community Day We’d like to invite Pastors, Christian Educators and Youth Ministers to a fun day at Tekoa Foothills!  We want to show you what is happening at Tekoa Foothills and explore partnerships with churches in the area for our new Day Camp and Missions Camp.  For each church that attends, we will offer one full-price Tekoa Foothills Day Camp scholarship or a half Tekoa Foothills Overnight scholarship. Lunch is provided. Jan 17- 10 AM- 2 PM To register- ...
Bishops receive interim Way Forward report, elect new officers

Bishops receive interim Way Forward report, elect new officers

11/17/2017
WASHINGTON – The Council of Bishops (COB) met at Lake Junaluska in North Carolina last week to receive an interim report from the Commission on a Way Forward, elect new officers, and prepare for the 2019 Special Session of General Conference, among other things. From the president’s address to giving feedback on the interim report of the Commission, the bishops stressed the importance of the mission of God, the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the love of Jesus Christ in The United Methodist ...
Taking Christmas spirit on the road with “The True Meaning of Christmas Tour”

Taking Christmas spirit on the road with “The True Meaning of Christmas Tour”

11/15/2017
NASHVILLE, TN – Sixteen states, 21 cities, 23 days, 500+ volunteers, 16,400 cups of cocoa, a truckload of Christmas spirit and just one purpose: to help people unwrap the true meaning of Christmas. The United Methodist Church is hitting the road in December in a gift-wrapped touring truck, decked out to share fellowship from city-to-city. Warm invitations to visit United Methodist churches bring a cheerful message of hope to people during Advent. United Methodist churches will host a come-and-go...
UMC Bishops call for respectful conversations in time of uncertainty

UMC Bishops call for respectful conversations in time of uncertainty

11/10/2017
LAKE JUNALUSKA, NORTH CAROLINA _ United Methodist Church bishops are calling on members of the denomination to engage in respectful conversations amidst growing conflict over political, religious and justice issues in many places in our world. In a pastoral letter released at the end of the Council of Bishops (COB) meeting at Lake Junaluska in North Carolina today, COB President Bruce R. Ough reminded the members that the UMC was a Church which is diverse in its theological understanding of ...
Bishop Ough’s Opening Address- November 6, 2017

Bishop Ough’s Opening Address- November 6, 2017

11/9/2017
Bishop Bruce Ough, of the Dakotas-Minnesota area of The United Methodist Church, gave the opening address, as the president of the Council of Bishops, on Monday, November 6th at Harrell Auditorium at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. His address was entitled “In Love with Union” and was presented in anticipation of receiving the update from the Commission on a Way Forward later that day. Download and Read the Entire Address  (10 page PDF can be downloaded and printed) Below is the ...
Bishops uphold values of mission, unity, space, contextuality in interim report on Way Forward’s work

Bishops uphold values of mission, unity, space, contextuality in interim report on Way Forward’s work

11/9/2017
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C.  Placing emphasis on the values of unity, space and contextuality – all for the sake of mission – the Council of Bishops (COB) is exploring sketches of three models as possible directions for a way forward for The United Methodist Church over LGBTQ inclusion. With the mission of God through the risen Christ at the core, the bishops this week received an interim report from the Commission on a Way Forward that offered three sketches of models that would help ease the impasse ...
Council of Bishops Closing Worship at Lake Junaluska

Council of Bishops Closing Worship at Lake Junaluska

11/9/2017
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church met at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center from November 4-8, 2017.  This meeting included all bishops, retired and residential bishops for four days of business, worship and covenanting together. Time was set aside on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for the bishops to be in executive session and discuss the draft report from the Commission on a Way Forward to the Council of Bishops. The official schedule included these topics for ...
Bishop Carter elected as president of Council of Bishops

Bishop Carter elected as president of Council of Bishops

11/8/2017
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – Florida Area Bishop Kenneth H. Carter today was officially elected as the next president of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church. Bishop Carter will take over from Dakotas-Minnesota Area Bishop Bruce R. Ough effective at the end of the May 2018 meeting. The United Methodist bishops also elected: Louisiana Area Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey as the president-designate. She is currently serving as secretary of the Council. North Katanga-Tanzania Bishop Mande ...
Camp Tekoa announces 2018 offerings

Camp Tekoa announces 2018 offerings

11/6/2017
Registration opens on November 20th…apply now for summer staff positions: Camp Tekoa Registration is opening Nov 20th for Camp Tekoa!  Camp Tekoa continues to fulfill our mission through helping campers experience God here in the mountains of NC.  We now offering a wide variety of adventure camps including specialties camps for rising 6th and 9th graders.  Whether you attend Day Camp, Mini Camp, Overnight Camp or and Adventure Camp- we know that God will help you grow in your faith, build deep ...
Commission on a Way Forward working on interim report to bishops

Commission on a Way Forward working on interim report to bishops

11/1/2017
NASHVILLE, TN – The Commission on a Way Forward, which is working to find unity for The United Methodist Church regarding human sexuality, began its sixth meeting on October 30, 2017, with a devotion that challenged the members to be as one in the body of Christ and to see each person as a reflection of God. The Rev. Dr. Tom Salsgiver, of the Susquehanna Annual Conference in the U.S., sharing on Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12, told his fellow Commission members: “I must be the reflection of the ...
Cabinet meets October 23-26, 2017

Cabinet meets October 23-26, 2017

10/27/2017
The Western North Carolina Extended Cabinet focused their work on a sustainable discipleship process and leadership development.  This discipleship process concentrated on the importance engaging our context and building relationships; connecting new relationships with faith communities and connecting them to others; equipping, training, and preparing these new disciples to minister; and living out our lives as disciples, becoming Christ-like, and serving.  All of this begins to shape the ...
Recap: Connectional Table meeting, October 21, 2017

Recap: Connectional Table meeting, October 21, 2017

10/25/2017
The Connectional Table of the Western North Carolina Conference met for its quarterly meeting on Saturday, October 21st, at the United Methodist Foundation in Huntersville, NC. The focus of this meeting was to continue the evaluative session from July’s meeting and to continue fostering alignment among all of the conference boards and agencies around our common mission: “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” We began the meeting with a devotion and shared “glory...
Giving Tuesday is November 28th

Giving Tuesday is November 28th

10/24/2017
The season of giving is nearly upon us and that means it’s almost time for UMC #GivingTuesday. On Nov. 28, you will have the opportunity to once again “Connect Your Passion with God’s Mission” to address the needs in the world today. Last year, you were one of nearly 2,550 donors from 19 countries who donated more than $850,000 through The Advance to support mission and ministries around the world. Thank you for your faithful giving. Your generosity illustrates the true meaning of the season. We...
Jack Ewing to retire as executive director of Lake Junaluska

Jack Ewing to retire as executive director of Lake Junaluska

10/20/2017
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — Lake Junaluska Executive Director Jack Ewing announced today that he will retire on December 31, 2017. Over the past seven years Ewing has led Lake Junaluska following four guiding principles: clarity of mission, focus on place, support of staff and development of a sustainable business model. “Jack brought a vision to Lake Junaluska, and over the last seven years he has helped us live into that vision,” said Mike Warren, chairman of the Lake Junaluska Board of Trustees. ...
United Methodist Student Day is November 26th

United Methodist Student Day is November 26th

10/19/2017
On United Methodist Student Day Nov. 26, churches will come together to support students as they prepare for a life that unites faith and knowledge. Our gifts on this Special Sunday go to scholarships for diligent United Methodist students in local congregations just like yours. Many of these young people plan to return to their churches after graduation to share their gifts, including a pastor’s son who is studying to be a church pianist, a religious studies major focused on interfaith ...
Annual Conference offerings already assisting seminary students

Annual Conference offerings already assisting seminary students

10/18/2017
By Rev. Laura Alexander Elliott, Ministry Education Funds (MEF) Coordinator WNCC Board of Ordained Ministry Just like education costs in general, tuition expenditures for attending seminary are ever on the increase for those pursuing ordained ministry as their vocation.  Yet this fall, our WNCC certified clergy candidates enrolled in seminaries across the connection, received a little extra funding thanks to everyone who gave to the Special Offering designated for Ministry Education Funds (MEF)...
Hood Seminary hosts 1885 Society Dinner on November 3

Hood Seminary hosts 1885 Society Dinner on November 3

10/13/2017
Hood Theological Seminary (HTS) invites all alumni to the annual 1885 Society Dinner on Friday, November 3, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in The Aymer Center on the seminary campus at 1810 Lutheran Synod Drive, Salisbury, NC. This special fund-raising event is sponsored by the HTS National Alumni Association and all alumni and friends are welcome! All proceeds from this event – 100% - go towards scholarships for seminary students awarded each year by the HTSNAA at the Honors Convocation in May. Tickets ...
Global Migration Sunday is December 3rd

Global Migration Sunday is December 3rd

10/12/2017
Brothers and Sisters of The United Methodist Church, Grace and peace to you in the compassionate name of our Lord Christ Jesus. I write to you in behalf of our Council of Bishops to invite you to observe Global Migration Sunday on December 3, 2017.  This is the first Sunday of the season of Advent, a time when we remember the coming birth of the Christ Child who was himself a migrant. From Asia through Europe and Africa to the Americas, the plight of the over 65 million men, women and ...
Appalachian Christmas at Lake Junaluska

Appalachian Christmas at Lake Junaluska

10/11/2017
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — All are invited to Lake Junaluska December 7-10 for Appalachian Christmas, a special festive event including three concerts and a craft show. The Lake Junaluska Singers will return, under the direction of Mary Huff and Associate Director Kathy Geyer McNeil, to perform Handel’s Messiah and a special Christmas concert during Appalachian Christmas. Handel’s Messiah is a baroque-era music composition by George Frideric Handel, composed in 1741-1742 and the Lake Junaluska ...
Disaster Response information in Western North Carolina

Disaster Response information in Western North Carolina

10/9/2017
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The Hudson NC, area in Caldwell County, suffered two tornados at around 6:15PM on Sunday evening. Initial damage assessment which is subject to change is over 100 homes damaged and Mount Hermon UMC lost their steeple and initial damage estimate at the church is over $200,000.00. Mount Hermon UMC property was evacuated due to a failed rain water drainage pipe underneath the church parking lot. Rev. Mike Duncan, Appalachian District Disaster Response ...
Commission on General Conference looks toward 2019 and 2020

Commission on General Conference looks toward 2019 and 2020

10/9/2017
Gallant, Ala.: Meeting at Camp Sumatanga in Gallant, Ala. for their fall meeting, the Commission on General Conference announced the America’s Center Convention Complex will be the venue for the 2019 special session of the General Conference, to be held February 23-26 in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Sara Hotchkiss, General Conference business manager, reported that hospitality for the 2019 event will be provided by the two annual conferences in the surrounding Greater St. Louis area -- the ...
United Methodist bishops call for a ‘Clean Dream Act’

United Methodist bishops call for a ‘Clean Dream Act’

10/5/2017
 WASHINGTON – United Methodist bishops are urging the United States Congress to pass a Clean Dream Act that would allow undocumented young people the opportunity to work, receive an education and serve in the U.S. military. In a statement released today, the bishops said they are praying and urging action for the young people affected by the U.S. government’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The young immigrants, also known as Dreamers, had October 5 ...
Mary Huff announced as Director of the Lake Junaluska Singers

Mary Huff announced as Director of the Lake Junaluska Singers

10/5/2017
Lake Junaluska, N.C. – Mary Wannamaker Huff has been named the director of the Lake Junaluska Singers, a choral group that has been a part of Lake Junaluska’s history for more than 60 years. Huff, who served as the group’s interim director for the 2017 season, has agreed to lead the Singers for three more seasons. “I am grateful for the kind welcome and support extended to me this past summer as interim director, and I look forward to extending that welcome and support in song to the Lake ...
Boomer Spirituality Webinars start today

Boomer Spirituality Webinars start today

10/4/2017
Boomer Spirituality Webinar Series The Boomer Spirituality Webinars start this evening.  Join Craig Kennet Miller, author of Boomer Spirituality: Seven Values for the Second Half of Life for this in-depth series which will give you a new understanding of this generation.  Each episode will be recorded, so if you can't watch live, you will be able to view it at on your own time. Webinars will be streamed at 6:30 pm, Central Time (7:30 pm, Eastern; 4:30 pm, Pacific) Register for the webinar ...
Givens Communities announces last phase of Gerber Park

Givens Communities announces last phase of Gerber Park

10/4/2017
Re-Imagine Senior Living Making it possible for more seniors to afford housing with supportive services Givens Gerber Park is the answer for those 55 and older with modest income to enjoy the next chapter in their life. Located in vibrant south Asheville this community offers residents an engaging, convenient community to thrive amongst friends. This new community is excited to announce “60 Gerber Park” – the newest affordable living solution.  This phase includes 60 one-bedroom and 22 ...
Open Letter to Clergy and Church Leaders Following  Las Vegas Shooting From Bishop Leeland

Open Letter to Clergy and Church Leaders Following Las Vegas Shooting From Bishop Leeland

10/3/2017
An Open Letter to Clergy and Church Leaders of the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church. This week many of our congregations will be expressing grief and dismay at the newest assault on the sacredness of human life and Christian values following a violent attack on innocent individuals attending a concert in Las Vegas, NV, last night.  At the time of this writing, CNN News reports more than 58 people killed and 500 plus have been injured in the attack. Many in our ...
United Methodist Credit Union offers churches ways to save

United Methodist Credit Union offers churches ways to save

9/22/2017
The United Methodist Credit Union is pleased to be a financial resource for the church members and churches of the Western North Carolina Conference. Here are just a couple of ways we can help churches grow their savings or cut loan expenses. First, if a church has significant cash balances (earning nearly nothing), we can help them with something we’ve created just for United Methodist churches in the conferences we serve. We call it the Church Reserve Account, and it gives a church the ...
Revision Committee begins work on new version of The United Methodist Hymnal

Revision Committee begins work on new version of The United Methodist Hymnal

9/22/2017
 NASHVILLE, Tenn. Sept. 21, 2017 /Discipleship Ministries/ – Work on a groundbreaking revision of The United Methodist Hymnal, designed to be a print/digital contextually adaptable resource for primary use in the United States, begins this fall following the selection of the full Hymnal Revision Committee. The process for Discipleship Ministries, The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH), the Council of Bishops, and the Association of United Methodist Theological Schools to select the 15 ...
Commission starts to sketch options for the way forward

Commission starts to sketch options for the way forward

9/21/2017
BERLIN, Germany – The Commission on a Way Forward has started sketching models to share with the Council of Bishops as options for finding a way forward for The United Methodist Church (UMC) regarding human sexuality. During the meeting in Berlin, Germany (Sept. 18-20), members of the Commission expressed the need for the unity of the UMC, yet recognizing the different theological understandings and expressions on human sexuality. From spirit-led devotions through heartfelt discussions to ...
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