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FlameBuilders Launches Class 2

9/25/2015
In partnership with the Western North Carolina Conference (WNCC) of the United Methodist Church, Boundless Impact, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization fostering global connections in North Carolina, welcomed Class 2 of FlameBuilders during the second weekend in September. September 12 marked the first of nine monthly sessions during which the 18 young adults will learn about spiritual formation, leadership development, and global citizenship. Inspired by 1 Thessalonians 5:19 – Do not put out the ...

Jurisdictional Bishop Count Could Be Reduced in Two US Jurisdictions

9/24/2015
Nashville, TN – The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA), notified the North Central and Northeastern Jurisdictional leadership that the number of bishops representing the areas could be reduced based on reported membership numbers. GCFA, responding to responsibilities and membership formulas outlined in ¶ 404.2 of the Book of Discipline, and the responsibilities of GCFA for the administration of the Episcopal Fund that pays the salaries of bishops, notified the College of ...

Why the Wesleys, and Others, Came to Be Called Methodists

9/23/2015
A UMC.org feature by Andrew J. Schleicher* September 21, 2015 Holy Club. Bible Moths. Methodists. These are just a few of the names people called Charles and John Wesley and those gathered around them before anyone called their group a movement, let alone a church. Charles and John Wesley are considered founders of the Methodist movement that led to what is now The United Methodist Church. It all began around 1728 with a few men at Oxford University, where Charles was finishing his studies. ...

Young Adults- Explore Your Calling- November 6-8

9/22/2015
Registration for three-day, interactive event featuring speakers, music and fellowship continues through September 30. Choosing a career path is a difficult decision. That decision can be even more stressful early in life, especially when ordained ministry is a consideration. While occupational education and career fair options abound for traditional and “hot” jobs, offerings for those considering ordained ministry are not as abundant. Enter Exploration. Exploration is a three-day event for ...

WEEKLY UPDATE 091815

9/18/2015
PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS DeEtta Rivens Joining Episcopal Office Bahamas Habitat’s Fall Fly-In To Serve Others is October 22 – 25 Earlier Ordination Favored by Ministry Study Group Welcoming the Stranger: Difficult and Necessary LATEST CAREERS Children’s Minister Treasurer Custodian Keyboardist Director of Music Ministries Business Manager Traditional Choir Director Director of Youth Ministries LATEST EVENTS The Big ...

DeEtta Rivens Joining Episcopal Office

9/16/2015
Bishop Larry Goodpaster announced this morning that DeEtta Rivens will be joining the Episcopal Office, filling the role of Executive Administrative Assistant, effective November 2. Ms. Rivens has over sixteen years of experience with the Western North Carolina Conference, serving as the administrative assistant in the Metro District office (and prior to that the Charlotte District office). Her experience, skills, and knowledge of the doctrine, polity, and structure of The United Methodist ...

Bahamas Habitat’s Fall Fly-In To Serve Others is October 22 - 25

9/16/2015
Are you ready to do some real good in the world...that feels great? The Fly In to Serve Others, a twice-a-year volunteer experience with Bahamas Habitat to provide dignified humanitarian outreach to The Bahamas, Haiti and Mexico. The Fly-In brings together people from across the US to support island projects. Through the years these projects have included: Constructing a medical center Painting the Zion Children’s Home for neglected and abused island children Roofing a house damaged by a storm ...

Earlier Ordination Favored by Ministry Study Group

9/15/2015
[caption id="attachment_3732" align="alignright" width="217"] Bishop Grant Hagiya of the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area[/caption] By Sam Hodges Sept. 15, 2015 | UMNS Ordination of United Methodist elders and deacons would be faster and training of licensed local pastors more rigorous under proposals by the 2013-2016 Ministry Study Commission. The commission’s just-released report is notable for issues it doesn’t address, namely security of appointment for ordained elders. And the report offers...

Welcoming the Stranger: Difficult and Necessary

9/14/2015
The arrival in Europe of massive numbers of Middle Eastern refugees is causing crises for humanitarian organizations and churches as well as for governments. At such a time, scripture draws us to Matthew 25:35b: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me,” Jesus said in a sermon about the behavior he expects of those whose lives reflect the grace and love of God. The thousands of displaced persons pouring out of Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and various parts of Africa into Europe put a tremendous strain...

WEEKLY UPDATE 091115

9/11/2015
PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS World Communion Sunday is October 4 Clergy Age Trends- Some WNC Specific Data World Methodist Museum Receives Wesley Artifact LATEST CAREERS Organist Organist Children’s Coordinator Youth Pastor Youth Ministry Assistant LATEST EVENTS 3rd Annual Pastors Breakfast-October 1 Clergy Ethics Seminars: October 29 Appalachian District November 12 Smoky Mtn & Blue Ridge Districts January 14, ...

World Communion Sunday is October 4

9/11/2015
World Communion Sunday is one of the six denominational wide Special Sundays celebrated in The United Methodist Church. It has historically been on the first Sunday of October, and this year we celebrate on October 4th. World Communication Sunday calls the church to reach out to all people and model diversity among God’s children. The special offering provides World Communion Scholarships, the Ethnic Scholarship Program and the Ethnic In-Service Training Program. This is how this Sunday's ...

Clergy Age Trends- Some WNC Specific Data

9/10/2015
The Lewis Center of Wesley Theological Seminary released its 2015 clergy Age Trends report for The United Methodist Church this week. Here are some highlights from that report: Numbers of Young Elders Grow Over Ten Years; All Gains from Clergywomen In 2005, the United Methodist Church reported the smallest percentage of under-35 elders ever. The 850 young elders that year represented 4.69 percent of active elders. Growth among young elders has been slow but relatively steady over the past ten ...

World Methodist Museum Receives Wesley Artifact

9/8/2015
A piece of furniture belonging to The Most Reverend John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, has been gifted to the World Methodist Museum. This rare one-of-a- kind gift will be unveiled at the Museum on Sunday, September 20 at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to celebrate in this special occasion. “Scanty but choice,” is how John Wesley’s furnishings in his home were described by those maintaining The Old Rectory, Epworth, England in a letter to the former owner of the furniture. Bishop Ivan ...

WEEKLY UPDATE 090415

9/4/2015
PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS On Labor Day Weekend: Can your work bring you closer to God? Early Response Team Training in October A-Mazing Church Youth Outing Idea! When New District Superintendents Go to School Re-Think Church Launches New Ad Campaign in WNC LATEST CAREERS Communications Coordinator Director of Music Ministries Praise and Worship Leader Director of Christian Education Director of Student Ministry Director...

On Labor Day Weekend: Can your work bring you closer to God?

9/4/2015
A UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino* Large portions of our lives are spent at work. Some go to an office each day while others labor outdoors. Some work in 12-hour shifts to provide our food, keep us safe, and heal our wounds. Others travel near and far to sell, build, consult, and transport products and people. Still others teach children, cook meals, clean, and provide other services for our communities. No matter the nature of the work, our jobs are an opportunity to serve Christ every day. The ...

Early Response Team Training in October

9/2/2015
The Disaster Response Team of the Western North Carolina Conference is offering Early Response Team (ERT) Training October 2 & 3 at Ardmore United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, NC. October 2nd- UMCOR ERT Re-Certification class The cost is $30. It is "FREE" to register, but please bring a $30 check payable to Western NC Conference to the event. You must have a valid ERT or an expired badge within the last six months in order to participate in re-certification. Otherwise, it will be necessary...

A-Mazing Church Youth Outing Idea!

9/2/2015
The Farm at The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem has grown and cut a sorghum maze adventure and is inviting Methodist church groups to come at a discounted rate. The HOME MAZE & Pumpkin Patch is open weekends from Sept. 19 through Nov. 1. Participants will find their way through an adventure trail more than two miles long. Additionally, there are kids’games, a pumpkin chucker, a cow train ride for the littlest ones and other activities to enjoy on site. Plan for a two to three hour visit. ...

When New District Superintendents Go to School

9/1/2015
by Michael Rich (This is an article that was written for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry related to their event at Lake Junaluska. It may show up in other publications in different forms.) New District Superintendents (DS) and Directors of Connectional Ministry (DCM) from across the denomination gathered at Lake Junaluska, August 23-27, for Cultivating Vital Ministries, the new DS/DCM Orientation. This event was sponsored by the Council of Bishops, the General Board of Higher ...

Re-Think Church Launches New Ad Campaign in WNC

8/31/2015
This week RETHINK CHURCH launched the Education – Church Can Happen Anywhere national advertising campaign. I just wanted to let you know that we have bought media (TV spots) in Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem areas running now until September 13 for Back to School. They also bought Cable TV spots in Charlotte. They will be running all times of the day. We can tell you the networks they will be showing on so you can watch: A&E, ABC Family, AMC, Bravo,CMT, CNN, Comedy Central, Cooking ...

WEEKLY UPDATE 082815

8/28/2015
PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Building Teams Publishes 2016 Information Missional Network Packs 41,000 Meals of Hope Community Carnival at Mission First in Reidsville LATEST CAREERS Youth Ministry Intern Office Administrator Business/Human Resource Manager Church Administrator Youth Director LATEST EVENTS Building Teams Leader Training- October 2 Camp Carolwood 5K, 10K and Fun Run- November 21 Pages Added/Edited Upcoming...

Building Teams Publishes 2016 Information

8/27/2015
The Western North Carolina Conference VIM Building Teams Committee unveiled their 2016 Building Teams information today. All of the latest information can be found at this page on our website: http://missionwncc.org/mission-teams/building-teams/ You can download individual documents below: 2016 Projects Flyer 2016 Projects Booklet (August 2015) 2016 Poster 2015 Reunion and Rally The Building Teams Committee invites you to their 2015 VIM Reunion/Rally on Oct. 3, at Broad Street United Methodist ...

Missional Network Packs 41,000 Meals of Hope

8/26/2015
The East Greensboro Missional Network packed 41,000 Meals of Hope for area food pantries on the afternoon of Sunday, August 16th. Rev. George Coates, pastor of the Laughlin Memorial- Newlyn Street Charge is their Network leader. More Photos

Community Carnival at Mission First in Reidsville

8/24/2015
First United Methodist Church in Reidsville offiicially merged with Woodmont UMC on Easter Sunday 2015. The building at First UMC is now used as a Mission Center in downtown Reidsville. United Way, UMAR and Rockingham County Children’s Advocacy are all moving in as renters this fall. The pre-school that was already meeting there prior to the merger continues to serve the community. They began a Monday Night Live worship service and free meal on June 1, and it now exceeds 140 in weekly ...

WEEKLY UPDATE 082115

8/21/2015
PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Caroline Wood Assumes Interim Role as Director of Mission Pathways How’s Your Spiritual Life? The Class Meeting for today Rev. Randy Harry Installed as Smoky Mountain DS LATEST CAREERS Choir and Worship Arts Director Contemporary Worship Leader Youth Pastor/Director Director of Children’s Ministry Administrative Assistant Church Accompanist Music Director Bookkeeper Director of Music Ministries...

Caroline Wood Assumes Interim Role as Director of Mission Pathways

8/20/2015
Following the Rev. Jaylynn Byassee’s move to Vancouver, British Columbia, with her family, Caroline Wood’s position of Associate Director of Discipleship Ministry is being reconfigured to include serving as the Interim Director of Mission Pathways. In this new role, she will work to strengthen and expand lay ministry, missional partnerships, and the intentional outreach of the local churches of the conference. Her specific responsibilities include resourcing, relating to, and working closely ...

How’s Your Spiritual Life? The Class Meeting for today

8/18/2015
A UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino* The second in a series of four stories on Wesleyan small groups. Read the first story here. Into their already jam-packed schedules, many United Methodists are setting aside time to connect with other Christians, to receive encouragement to grow in their discipleship, and to spiritually mentor one another. The typical Sunday morning interactions that occur in the church narthex after worship are unsatisfying for some. We talk about the weather or sports, but when...

Rev. Randy Harry Installed as Smoky Mountain DS

8/17/2015
The Smoky Mountain District installed the Rev. Randy Harry as their new Superintendent on August 16th at Memorial Chapel at Lake Junaluska, NC. The service of worship included clergy and laity from across the district, and included the former superintendent, Rev. Amy Coles, and Bishop Goodpaster introduced Harry to the District. Harry was presented with the signs and tools of the District Superintendent that included: the Bible, Water, Bread and Cup, Hymnal and Book of Worship, Towel and Basin, ...

WEEKLY UPDATE 081415

8/14/2015
PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Proposals Aim to Increase Bishop Accountability Sharing Jesus at the 50th Gathering of the Laity WNC College Presidents Prominent at NASCUMC United Methodist Churches Invited To Explore Crisis Communications LATEST CAREERS Director of Children and Youth Ministry Director of Worship Childcare Worker LATEST EVENTS Prepare/Enrich Training and Certification Workshop- September 4 Heritage ...

Proposals Aim to Increase Bishop Accountability

8/13/2015
[caption id="attachment_3443" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist CommunicationsLegislation is coming to General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking assembly, that if passed would require a definitive timeline for processing complaints against bishops under church law.[/caption] By Heather Hahn Aug. 12, 2015 | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) What does it look like to hold bishops accountable? Over the past four years, a number of ...

Sharing Jesus at the 50th Gathering of the Laity

8/10/2015
The laity of the Western North Carolina Conference for the 50th Gathering of the Laity on August 7 & 8 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. The entire event was held in the newly refurbished Terrace Hotel. Nearly 200 participants from across the conference were in attendance. The gathering was bittersweet, in that it was the last one in the series. However, the Board of Laity is making plans for new possibilities and opportunities for engaging the laity of the Conference. [caption ...

WNC College Presidents Prominent at NASCUMC

8/10/2015
NASCUMC explores Wesleyan identity, takes action for justice and dignity on campuses By Bonnie Atwood As it celebrates its 75th anniversary, the National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church (NASCUMC) is undertaking two ambitious projects. The 39 members attending the annual meeting July 26-29, 2015, in Williamsburg, Virginia, held a series of conversations that will culminate in a collection of essays on what it means to lead United Methodist-related educational ...

United Methodist Churches Invited To Explore Crisis Communications

8/10/2015
After the tragedy in Charleston and shootings in other public places, Faith Communicators will explore how best to communicate in a crisis. The Charlotte-based networking group begins a new season of free monthly programs at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at the Cornwell Center at Myers Park Baptist Church, 2001 Selwyn Avenue. Liz Chandler and David Coburn of Luquire George Andrews will lead a discussion on how houses of worship and other nonprofits can handle a crisis or other unexpected event – ...

WEEKLY UPDATE 080715

8/7/2015
PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS Marriage Encounter Scheduled for October in Charlotte Francis Cove UMC Involved in Multi-Cultural Ministry in Haywood County Lake Junaluska Offers Fall Events In the News: Young United Methodist Shares Her Birthday Money FUMC Hickory Featured in SEJ Newsletter LATEST CAREERS Director of Children and Youth Ministries Youth Pastor Executive Director Church Administrator Minister of Families ...

Marriage Encounter Scheduled for October in Charlotte

8/6/2015
The focus of Marriage Encounter United Methodist is on communication between husband and wife. It is an opportunity to spend a weekend together away from the distractions and the tensions of everyday life and to concentrate on each other as a couple. It's not a retreat, nor a marriage clinic, nor group sensitivity. It's a unique approach aimed at revitalizing Christian marriage. This is a time for you and your spouse to be alone together. To rediscover each other, and together, focus on your ...

Francis Cove UMC Involved in Multi-Cultural Ministry in Haywood County

8/6/2015
By Bill Upton For the past several years, Francis Cove United Methodist Church in Waynesville, NC has been assisting the Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center (PCMDC). PCMDC’s mission is: “To promote and facilitate harmony among residents of our community by helping to reestablish the longstanding tradition of community as family.” Commonly referred to as The Pigeon Center, the 501-3C non-profit organization is located in a historically African-American school from the segregation ...

Lake Junaluska Offers Fall Events

8/4/2015
Women's Retreat With Dr. Lauren Winner September 17-19 The Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center of Lake Junaluska, NC, will host a retreat for women on Thursday, September 17 through Saturday, September 19, 2015. Through worship, music, discussion, and free-time options such as massage, yoga, and spiritual counseling, conference participants will find a renewal and restoration of spirit. Dr. Lauren Winner, Professor at Duke Divinity School and renowned author of Girl Meets God and ...

In the News: Young United Methodist Shares Her Birthday Money

8/3/2015
WXII- Channel 12 News was covering the Elkin Resuce Squad Food Drive in July, and the reporter discovered a young United Methodist in the crowd who shared her birthday money to help those in need. She also shared the story of receiving 300 pounds of food from Santa Claus to share with hungry kids. Check out the video here: http://www.wxii12.com/news/way-to-go-girl-donates-birthday-money-to-food-drive/34321092 Ellie is the daughter of Katie Poplin who is the Administrative Assistant for Church ...

FUMC Hickory Featured in SEJ Newsletter

8/3/2015
In January 2015 the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops and Annual Conference Lay Leaders committed to make children in poverty a common ministry focus across the Southeast. This article was featured in the July 2015 of the SEJ Newsletter featuring stories of churches working with children in poverty. Last year First United Methodist Church in Hickory, North Carolina, contacted the local school district social workers and asked what particular need was not being met. The response was ...

WEEKLY UPDATE 073115

7/31/2015
PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS New UM Hymnal Project Endorsed Children’s Ministry Forum Scheduled for November 17-19 Katrina Anniversary Reunion Upcoming Camping Ministries Events ERT Recertification Class on August 1 LATEST CAREERS Administrative Assistant Choir Director Youth Minister Youth Ministry Director Director of Music Director of Youth Ministries / Camping and Outdoor Ministries Music Associate/Organist Director of...

New UM Hymnal Project Endorsed

7/30/2015
Nashville, July 30—The United Methodist Publishing House and Discipleship Ministries (the General Board of Discipleship) announce that their respective boards have endorsed legislation to be submitted to the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church that, if approved, would begin the process of developing a new official hymnal and provide for ongoing revision of the hymnal in the future. A new hymnal collection would be offered to the 2020 General Conference for approval and be ...

Children's Ministry Forum Scheduled for November 17-19

7/30/2015
Children’s Ministry Forum (CMF) is an annual conference for children’s ministry leaders in large United Methodist congregations (over 300 in worship). It is sponsored by Discipleship Ministries, the Large Church Initiative, and the United Methodist Publishing House. Through inspirational preaching, insightful keynotes, dynamic pre-conference seminars, and revitalizing workshops, conference leaders will affirm, teach, encourage, and guide participants as they grow in their ministry together. This...

Katrina Anniversary Reunion

7/29/2015
Dear Friends, We are approaching the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina which brought so much devastation to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. But in the wake of the destruction there came a wave of compassion and caring that brought thousands of volunteers who helped the people of the Gulf Coast begin to recover and rebuild. This summer, on August 22-23, St. Paul United Methodist Church in Ocean Springs, MS is hosting a 10 Year Katrina Observance to remember and give thanks for those volunteers ...

Upcoming Camping Ministries Events

7/27/2015
2015 Labor Day Weekend Trail Hike September 4-7 Labor Day Weekend Adult Hike ~ 3 Nights ~ 4 Days Pisgah National Forest - North of Brevard The hike begins after lunch on Friday, usually at 2 p.m. Everyone meets at a staging site and car pooling is encouraged. The hike concludes before lunch on Monday. No prior backpacking experience is required. Hikers should expect to hike several hours under loaded pack each day. Registration for Hike Send the application form along with $10 registration fee ...

ERT Recertification Class on August 1

7/27/2015
ERT Recertification Class will be held Aug. 1, at Ebenezer UMC near Granite Falls. Cost is $30.00, 9:00am until 12:00pm. Mike Duncan will be the leader. This is only for people who have been badged and it has expired in the last year or is near expiration. Please contact Mike Duncan mduncan@wnccumc.net for more information and to RSVP.

WEEKLY UPDATE 072415

7/24/2015
PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS FUSION Coming to Raleigh in February ReThink Church Offers Free Resources for Local Churches Disciple Fast Track in Search of Beta 2 Churches UMCMarket Gets Upgrade and Re-launches A Methodist Reading of ‘Go Set a Watchman’ LATEST CAREERS Accompanist/Music Director Director of Youth and Children’s Ministry Director of Children’s and Family Ministries The Grove Worship Leader (Contemporary ...

FUSION Coming to Raleigh in February

7/23/2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. July 20, 2015 /Discipleship Ministries/ – United Methodist pastors, musicians and worship leaders will meet in February to explore how to use the wide variety of worship styles and resources currently available to revitalize their worship services now and for the future. Fusion: The Future of Worship in the UMC, scheduled for Feb. 4-6 in Raleigh, N.C., will bring together practitioners from vital congregations and recognized expert professors to delve into current worlds of ...

ReThink Church Offers Free Resources for Local Churches

7/23/2015
LOW-COST DIRECT MAIL: Right now, we have an exciting opportunity for local churches to participate in a low-cost direct mail campaign for Back to School. Churches can place their orders HERE. Order deadline is Sept. 1. FREE DOORHANGERS: We have free customized door hangers (1 pkg. of 100 per church) available HERE. This offer is available until Dec. 1. FREE CUSTOMIZED TV SPOTS: Churches can also order free customized digital copies of our brand new “Church Can Happen Anywhere” TV spots HERE. ...

Disciple Fast Track in Search of Beta 2 Churches

7/21/2015
Since 1987, Disciple Bible Study has reached nearly 3 million people worldwide, introducing the grand sweep of Scripture in a 34-week format. Now Disciple Fast Track maintains the integrity and principles of the original study, but its modifications can better meet the needs of a hectic world. Participants still receive a thorough introduction to the Bible, but in almost a third less time. Fast Track is not a replacement for the original; it is simply a practical option. Disciple Fast Track uses...

UMCMarket Gets Upgrade and Re-launches

7/20/2015
Nashville, TN – The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) is announcing that the online shopping portal, UMCMarket, is being re-launched July 13, 2015 using more advanced technology and faster delivery of donations. Working with Tribute, Inc. the re-launched UMCMarket will provide an enhanced user experience, quicker access to status reports, regular distribution of micro-donations and the addition of hundreds of savings offers for participants. Doug Spear, Tribute President, said...

A Methodist Reading of ‘Go Set a Watchman’

7/20/2015
By Bishop Will Willimon Note: Retired United Methodist Bishop Will Willimon, himself a novelist, agreed to review "Go Set a Watchman" — set in the 1950s — with attention to its Methodist references. Jemson was Methodist of the whole cloth: he was notoriously short on theology and a mile long on good works — from “Go Set a Watchman,” by Harper Lee One of the many strokes of genius of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird" — our greatest American novel — is to make a child, Jean Louise “Scout” ...
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