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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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Primetimers Event Coming in May!

4/6/2015
Henderson Settlement is hosting an educational ministry event for older adults (50+). This year, Henderson Settlement will be hosting a Primetimers event April 26th-May 2nd, 2015, and the cost is $600. Henderson Settlement has been “at the heart of poverty” since 1925 when it was organized to provide loving assistance to those living in the area and struggling with ongoing lifestyle of poverty. The Settlement brings together the incredible faith of this Appalachian community and the harsh ...

WEEKLY UPDATE- 040315

4/3/2015
PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. Yes, it is Holy Week, so I am sure you might have missed something. LATEST NEWS FYI- Items of Note on the Website Volunteers Needed for General Conference Honor a Phenomenal Woman, Nonprofit Organization or Business! Poverty Events in the Catawba Valley District LATEST CAREERS Church Secretary Assistant to the Archivist Gleaning Coordinator- Triad Gleaning Coordinator- Asheville Director of Student Ministries LATEST EVENTS ...

FYI- Items of Note on the Website

4/2/2015
CEF updated its page and invites you to join http://wnccumc.org/cef/ Central Congo Partners has published its March 2015 Newsletter: March 2015 Newsletter There have been two new articles posted at the VITAL page: Death and Resurrection of an Urban Church SHIFT from Membership to Discipleship – Now What? Several new careers have been added this week as well as several calendar items. You can always keep up with the latest updates to the website by going to this link: http://wnccumc.org/categ...

Volunteers Needed for General Conference

4/1/2015
Nashville, Tenn.: Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles during the 2016 General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly, which will meet in Portland, Oregon from May 10-20, 2016. At this time, volunteers are needed for the following positions: 28 recorders, 10 channel “B” identifiers and 20 verbatim transcribers/copy editors. Recorders will serve as members of the staff of the secretary of the General Conference and work in direct support of their assigned ...

Honor a Phenomenal Woman, Nonprofit Organization or Business!

3/31/2015
Here’s your opportunity to recognize phenomenal women, nonprofit organizations and businesses by nominating them for one of the “Phenomenal Woman: That’s Me” awards. These awards will be presented at Scarritt Bennett Center’s first annual “Phenomenal Woman: That’s Me” gala on April 7, 2016. In honor of our core values, Scarritt Bennett Center is looking for breadth of nominations as we seek to identify women, organizations and businesses who are deserving of recognition. In keeping with Scarritt...

Poverty Events in the Catawba Valley District

3/30/2015
Congregations4Children (C4C) and the Catawba Valley District have scheduled three Poverty Simulation events in the district during April and May. These events are open to anyone from the conference who would like to attend. The dates and locations are below. Click on the links to get more information: Poverty Seminar Cleveland County-Aldersgate UMC, Shelby- April 18 Poverty Seminar Lincoln County-Marvin UMC, Lincolnton- April 21 Poverty Simulation Lincoln County- First UMC, Lincolnton- May 8 C...

WEEKLY UPDATE- 032715

3/27/2015
PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. Did you miss anything? LATEST NEWS Project AGAPE Updates- March 2015 Looking Deeply Building Teams Announces Changes and Revisions Pfeiffer Hosts Wesley President for Three Events in April Amena Brown to Speak at New July 4 Event at LJA Praying Without Ceasing LATEST CAREERS Pianist Organist/Accompanist Music Director Church Secretary Director of Children and Intergenerational Learning Communications Administrative Assistant...

Project AGAPE Updates- March 2015

3/26/2015
Project AGAPE has made a few changes to their web page this week, please take note of these changes: Project AGAPE Page 2015 INFORMATION AGAPE Sunday – April 26 Download Bulletin Insert THE NEXT HUMANITARIAN AID AND CHRISTMAS SHOE BOX PICK-UP FOR ARMENIA Spring Drop off dates : Monday, April 27 – Friday, May 1 (Drop off locations coming soon) Fall Drop off dates: Monday, September 28 – Friday, October 2 To help you, please download the 2014-15 Instructions which includes priority items, ...

Looking Deeply

3/25/2015
by Pratt Davis If we ask modern people if they believe in miracles, the answers will probably range from "Of course not, everything has a logical explanation," to "Miracles happened in Bible times, but not so much today." Then we hear the story of the rescue of an infant last week. A fisherman spotted a wrecked car turned upside down in water under a bridge over the Spanish Fork River in Utah and called 911. The wrecked car was not visible from the roadway above. Police and firemen arrived and ...

Building Teams Announces Changes and Revisions

3/24/2015
The WNCC VIM Building Teams have a number of changes/revisions to the 2015 schedule. Note the changes below: Armenia Team 2 is now September 8-22 Mexico Team 20 is cancelled New dates for Mexico Team 21: June 22 – July 3. Marsha Cornelius is the team leader. Haiti Team 16, a youth team, will work July 24-Aug. 2. Some summer teams still need team members. Please complete the application and send them to Louisa Suggs, Registrar, as soon as possible. Download Revised 2015 Project Booklet To learn...

Pfeiffer Hosts Wesley President for Three Events in April

3/24/2015
Pfeiffer University has scheduled three events in two days, April 21 & 22, with Dr. David McAllister-Wilson, president of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. The event is titled: "A Wesleyan Approach to Leadership" and will include a full day session at the Pfeiffer University-Charlotte Campus on Tuesday, April 21st. This is scheduled for 10 a.m to 3 p.m. and CEU's are available. Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m., McAllister-Wilson will speak at Williamson's Chapel UMC in Mooresville on ...

Amena Brown to Speak at New July 4 Event at LJA

3/23/2015
Poet, speaker, author, and event host Amena Brown will excite, ignite, and inspire youth during Lake Junaluska’s special 4th of July youth weekend July 2-5, 2015. New this year, the 4th of July Youth Event Celebration includes inspiring worship as well as fireworks and other activities. Amena and her husband, Matt, will share "Breaking Old Rhythms" on Friday evening, including a combination of poetry, monologue and deejaying. Saturday morning, Amena will lead a morning worship session, followed ...

Praying Without Ceasing

3/23/2015
[caption id="attachment_2082" align="alignright" width="240"] Haywood Respite’s Program Manager Jody Halstead talks with a potential volunteer at the Blue Ridge District UMW Prayer Breakfast.[/caption] by Emily Cooper Jody Halstead’s prayer life has included everything from a child’s bedtime rituals to God laughing at her. Halstead, an RN, deaconess and program manager of Haywood Street Congregation’s Respite Center, told about 200 United Methodist Women at Mills River UMC Saturday prayer can be...

WEEKLY UPDATE- 032015

3/20/2015
PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. Did you miss anything? LATEST NEWS News You Can Use- Grants Available & Website Training Your Story- An Outdoor Baptism in January Individual Volunteer Mission Opportunities South Sudan Wrap-Up Announcement: Future of Gathering of the Laity What St. Patrick Can Teach United Methodists Camp Tekoa to Assume Operation of Camp Loy White This Spring 5 Out-of-the-Box Easter Ideas LATEST CAREERS Pianist/Accompanist Director of ...

News You Can Use- Grants Available & Website Training

3/20/2015
RETHINK CHURCH OFFERS GRANTS TO LOCAL CHURCHES Rethink Church Event Grants: You may already know about these grants. They are media and marketing grants awarded to clusters of churches (3 or more working together), districts and conferences who hold a one-day service event outside the walls of the church. These events combine church and community volunteers to create a sustainable ministry in their area. Churches interested in this type of grant can complete a quick survey here, which will let ...

Your Story- An Outdoor Baptism in January

3/19/2015
“United Methodists may baptize by any of the modes used by Christians. Candidates or their parents have the choice of sprinkling, pouring, or immersion; and pastors and congregations should be prepared to honor requests for baptism in any of these modes. Each mode brings out part of the rich and diverse symbolism given to baptism by the Bible.” (From The United Methodist Book of Worship, Copyright 1992, The United Methodist Publishing House) Since marrying four years ago, Maddy and Cyrus ...

Individual Volunteer Mission Opportunities

3/19/2015
One of the practical ways of engaging in mission is through a short-term mission experience. If you would like to serve for a longer period, the Individual Volunteer Program sponsored by Global Ministries can help you accomplish that. The program offers opportunities for individuals and couples to serve in mission from two months to two years in a variety of placements around the world. One placement site that is in need of a volunteer is Open Doors, Inc., a Church World Service agency that ...

South Sudan Wrap-Up

3/18/2015
By Lory Beth Huffman It is good to be back home after an awesome and incredible experience working with United Methodist pastors in South Sudan. I participated in the South Sudan Theological Training Initiative (sponsored by Duke Divinity School and the Pastor Parish Fund) where we worked with 4 of the best English speaking pastors of the 18 currently serving the country. We taught them for during a weeklong intensive with the expectation that they will take what they learned and teach the rest ...

Announcement: Future of Gathering of the Laity

3/17/2015
During the past two years, the Conference Board of Laity has had an ongoing discussion regarding the Gathering of the Laity. Because of the significantly diminished attendance and the financial deficits related to the presentation of the event, the discussion has focused on the status and the continuation of the Gathering. At its meeting on February 15, the Board decided unanimously to conclude the Gathering of the Laity with the 50th celebration of the event on August 7 and 8, 2015. In the ...

What St. Patrick Can Teach United Methodists

3/17/2015
by Heather Hahn, UMNS The saint Americans celebrate each March 17 was not born in Ireland, and his birth name might not even have been Patrick. While many of the details of his life are shrouded in legend, on this scholars agree: The patron saint of Ireland left a legacy far more vibrant and lasting than the green food and beverages served on his feast day. St. Patrick's commitment to the gospel led him at great personal risk to spread Christianity across Ireland. After his death, Irish ...

Camp Tekoa to Assume Operation of Camp Loy White This Spring

3/16/2015
The Board of Camp Loy White is pleased to announce that Camp Tekoa, the Western North Carolina Conference Camp in Hendersonville, NC, will assume operation of Camp Loy White later this spring. Camp Tekoa will bring a level of experience, expertise, and professionalism that smaller camps such as Loy White are challenged to maintain. Camp Tekoa shares Camp Loy White’s focus on providing a Christian environment for growth experiences for children and youth, and their operation will ensure the ...

5 Out-of-the-Box Easter Ideas

3/16/2015
By Jeremy Steele As cultures all over the world celebrate Christ’s Resurrection, churches have an incredible opportunity to connect with their communities. To help you do that, we have gathered great outreach ideas from across the United Methodist connection to share with you. Here are four of the best: 1. Carry the cross on Good Friday The people of Winstead United Methodist Church in Wilson, N.C., decided that they wanted a way to “do something tangible and memorable to witness to Jesus on ...

WEEKLY UPDATE- 031315

3/13/2015
PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. Did you miss anything?   LATEST NEWS Update 2 from South Sudan Communication Tips and Tools for March Young People in Mission Taking Reservations Now Opportunity for Ministry at the Haw Creek House 50 Years Later- Reflections on Selma Pastor-Parish Relations Committee Webinar Scheduled for March 19th An Update from South Sudan Scandinavian Caravan Extends Application Time to April 5 Pfeiffer Challenges You to a Healthy ...

Update 2 from South Sudan

3/12/2015
Greetings from Yei, South Sudan, We are enjoying our work providing basic theological training to local UM pastors. Though most of them have received little formal education, they have received our instruction with grace and enthusiasm. Heidi Campbell Robinson, Lory Beth Huffman, and Rennie Salata have been indispensible to the work of the South Sudan Theological Training Initiative. With their help, these South Sudanese pastors have planned worship, learned about spiritual disciplines, pastoral...

Communication Tips and Tools for March

3/12/2015
This is a collection of tips and tools from United Methodist Communications. This is a monthly publication called MyCom. Below are the five articles for March: 7 tips to draw visitors with social media When winning friends and influencing people goes awry Garner more readers by including tweetable quotes Live broadcast your worship service online - free 5 steps to spring clean your church website The entire newsletter online Subscribe to MyCom

Young People in Mission Taking Reservations Now

3/11/2015
Young People in Mission, a camp experience with hands-on mission opportunities for youth and young adults between the ages of 12 to 24, will be held June 28-July 2, 2015 at Lake Junaluska. Our hope is that this event will serve as a launching pad that will empower and equip them to serve with a new eyes and a heart for mission service. Rev. Jack Hinnen, Chaplain of Birmingham-Southern College, will be leading the daily Bible Study sessions this year. We can't think of anyone better to help these...

Opportunity for Ministry at the Haw Creek House

3/10/2015
The Haw Creek House in East Asheville has two openings and is seeking applicants. This community is hosted by Bethesda United Methodist Church and also supported by East Asheville United Methodist Church. The Haw Creek House is a female-only intentional community, which is a group of individuals who share the same home and choose to engage in a rule of life which includes prayer, worship, service, and other practices designed to deepen their relationship with Christ. Living in an opportunity to ...

50 Years Later- Reflections on Selma

3/10/2015
[caption id="attachment_1939" align="alignright" width="300"] UMNS photo by Mike DuBose[/caption] By Mary John Dye The 50 year commemoration of the walk from Selma got me to thinking... I was raised in a Methodist parsonage in the State of Kentucky….a state where the true religion is basketball. Spring break for the public schools was always the week of the High School Basketball Tournament in Louisville so that everyone could go. Year after year, I went to the tournament. Year after year, Mr. ...

Pastor-Parish Relations Committee Webinar Scheduled for March 19th

3/10/2015
Transitioning Well: The Role of the PPRC in Leading through Pastoral Change PPRCs are invited to participate in a webinar on Thursday night, March 19, 2015, which will focus on the best practices of leading through a pastoral change. Below is the link. Please connect by 7:00pm and the content will start at 7:05pm to give everyone a chance to get connected and settled in. For approximately 45 minutes, Amy Coles and Lory Beth Huffman will share information and answer your questions. They, then, ...

An Update from South Sudan

3/9/2015
Rev. Lory Beth Huffman, superintendent of the Appalachian District along with Rev. Rennie Salata and Rev. Heidi Campbell-Robinson, are in South Sudan with Duke Divinity School's Dr. Warren Smith. They are there as a part of the South Sudan Theological Training Initiative sponsored by Duke Divinity School and in cooperation with the North Carolina Conference. Below are some updates excerpted from Facebook posts: Group selfie from the airport (on March 5th) Rennie Salata on March 7th: "We made it...

Scandinavian Caravan Extends Application Time to April 5

3/9/2015
The Scandinavian Caravan application time is being extended to April 5. Sweden and Finland churches will be participating. The current dates will be around June 29, and begin a week before or after depending on Sweden's finalization. Information will be given as soon as possible. Download Application

Pfeiffer Challenges You to a Healthy Lifestyle

3/6/2015
2015 Clergy Health Institute- http://pfeiffer.edu/health

WEEKLY UPDATE- 030615

3/6/2015
PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. Did you miss anything? LATEST NEWS Does your church need a website? ‘Discipleship Ministries’ Is Agency’s New Identity In the News: King Street Church, Boone Bishop and Cabinet Begin the 2015 Appointment Process Book Review: Reading Scripture With the Saints Camp GuilRock Schedules 2nd Annual Cardboard Regatta LATEST EVENTS Folk Psalm at Brevard First UMC- March 22 Easter Sunrise at Camp GuilRock - April 5 2nd Annual ...

Does your church need a website?

3/5/2015
Whether your church is just starting an online ministry or you're looking for a fresh design, United Methodist Communications is here to help. Through our web hosting services we offer: Affordable & reliable websites. Easy to use platforms. Top notch customer experience. Featuring: The Power of WordPress UMC Branded Designs UMC Sponsored Content OnDemand Video Tutorials Email Based Support Worry-Free System Updates Monthly or Annual Billing There are three levels of service. Free service: ...

‘Discipleship Ministries’ Is Agency’s New Identity

3/4/2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn.– Discipleship Ministries has officially become the new name of the general agency of The United Methodist Church known for years as The General Board of Discipleship, or GBOD. The name change, which includes new addresses for the website and agency personnel emails, was announced by Dr. Timothy L. Bias, General Secretary (chief executive) of Discipleship Ministries. “The shift from General Board of Discipleship to Discipleship Ministries was an intentional decision to more ...

In the News: King Street Church, Boone

3/3/2015
[This article appeared in the Watauga Democrat on March 2, 2015; Sherrie Norris Reporter/Daniel Barlow Photographer] King Street Church — meeting people where they are A casual Sunday evening gathering on King Street in Autumn 2013 — with about five people in attendance who had drifted away from traditional church — has now become a weekly gathering known as King Street Church. As a network of small worship gatherings focused on bringing people into Christian community, King Street Church is ...

Bishop and Cabinet Begin the 2015 Appointment Process

3/2/2015
From Bishop Goodpaster The process of appointing clergy to our churches is one of the most important responsibilities assigned to the Bishop and the Cabinet, and one of the most visible and distinctive features of the connectional nature of our church. Bishop Goodpaster and the Cabinet met last week (February 23-27) in the first of three retreats specifically intended to prayerfully review, assess, and discern where all clergy will be appointed for the coming conference year which begins on ...

Book Review: Reading Scripture With the Saints

3/2/2015
By Drew McIntyre To read the Bible alone, either personally or chronologically, is to tempt heterodoxy and stunt our growth as disciples of Jesus. C.S. Lewis, in The Weight of Glory, comments, "A [person] who has lived in many places is not likely to be deceived by the local errors of his native village." This conviction, applied to Scripture, drives an excellent new work by Princeton Seminary Professor and WNCC Elder Dr. C. Clifton Black. Reading Scripture With the Saints (Eugene: Cascade Books...

Camp GuilRock Schedules 2nd Annual Cardboard Regatta

3/2/2015
The Second Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta is being held May 2. Registration to build a boat to be in the regatta ends March 15. Be sure to get your forms in to the camp so we can get you the supplies you need and have you on our list. The $100 registration fee includes 10 large sheets of cardboard for you to use in building your boat. We need fans and support groups to join us too! Come out and cheer on your favorite boat! A light lunch will be provided for a small fee. We are need of sponsors to...

WEEKLY UPDATE- 022715

2/27/2015
PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. Did you miss anything?   LATEST NEWS FaithWalk UMC is Spotlighted by Rethink Church One Great Hour of Sharing is March 15th The Journey Within – Centering Prayer SAVE THE DATE! Convocation on the Rural Church Dr. Colleen Perry Keith to become Pfeiffer University’s Next President LATEST CAREERS Organist/Accompanist Director of Children’s and Youth Ministries LATEST EVENTS United Methodist Ecumenical and InterreligiousTraini...

FaithWalk UMC is Spotlighted by Rethink Church

2/26/2015
Local Church Spotlight: “Being the church during the busiest season of the year” By the Rev. Ashleigh Joyner We all know that it is not Advent, so why am I writing an article about Christmas when Easter is almost here? Rethink Church gets questions about how churches really rethink church, so we thought we would give you an example.One of the sayings we use to describe this ministry of United Methodist Communications is “people think you should go to church, but we think the church should go to...

One Great Hour of Sharing is March 15th

2/24/2015
When disaster strikes around the globe—Haiti’s 2010 earthquake or Hurricane Sandy of 2012—so many watching the drama unfold on our living room televisions feel entirely helpless. How could any one person make a difference in the wake of such widespread devastation? As responders around the globe scramble to help survivors, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, UMCOR, is prepared to act. So don’t be fooled by the word committee. Since 1940, when UMCOR’s forerunner was established to meet the ...

The Journey Within - Centering Prayer

2/23/2015
By Pratt Davis This summer I have been sitting on my sunporch most mornings for a time of meditation. One morning as I settle into my chair, I look at the scene from the windows in front of me. I can see a ridge in the distance with a scattering of trees on top of the ridge. The ridge is far away and the trees are so tiny, I only know they are trees because that is what they must be. Below that ridge and closer to me is another hill top with trees that I can see in a more definite shape, and ...

SAVE THE DATE! Convocation on the Rural Church

2/23/2015
Marriott Resort & Spa at Grand Dunes Myrtle Beach, S.C. August 10-12, 2015 The Convocation on the Rural Church is an annual opportunity for pastors of Duke Endowment-eligible churches from the North Carolina and Western North Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church to join with Duke Divinity School and The Duke Endowment to discuss issues that are important in transforming rural churches and communities and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Participants will join in worship, ...

Dr. Colleen Perry Keith to become Pfeiffer University’s Next President

2/23/2015
Misenheimer, N.C.—Dr. Colleen Perry Keith has been named the tenth president of Pfeiffer University. The announcement was made earlier today by Pfeiffer’s board of trustees. Dr. Keith, who has served since 2009 as president of Spartanburg Methodist College (SMC), Spartanburg, S.C., will begin her term at Pfeiffer on July 1. Regarded throughout the field of higher education as a thoughtful and effective leader, Dr. Keith has achieved extensive and noteworthy administrative and fundraising success...

WEEKLY UPDATE- 022015

2/20/2015
PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. Did you miss anything? Annual Conference Website- All of the latest news concerning Annual Conference is posted on this site: AC2015.org NEW- Petitions for Annual Conference 2015 LATEST NEWS Rethink Church Offers Lent/Easter Resources SEJ Conference Lay Leaders Call for Stories of Churches Working with Children in Poverty Young Clergy Invite You to Lenten Devotions Season of Lent Begins February 18th Online Training for ...

Rethink Church Offers Lent/Easter Resources

2/19/2015
Rethink Church is offering a Lent/Easter video customized for local churches for free (in digital format). (See below) You can order this by contacting mediaservices@umcom.org. They also have complementary pieces like a sermon starter, worship graphics, bulletin cover, and more, all available for download on our e-store here. In addition, they are offering a direct mail program to promote Easter Sunday. United Methodist Communications is managing the printing, customization, mailing list ...

SEJ Conference Lay Leaders Call for Stories of Churches Working with Children in Poverty

2/19/2015
Please help us spread the good news about projects and activities in our churches which are providing ministry for children who are in difficult situations. The bishops and conference lay leaders in the Southeastern Jurisdiction would like to gather stories from the existing work of our churches and conferences where we are providing ministry for children in poverty and other difficult circumstances. We are particularly interested in projects and activities which are unique. These stories will ...

Young Clergy Invite You to Lenten Devotions

2/18/2015
Beginning on Ash Wednesday, two young clergy in the Western North Carolina Conference, James L. Burroughs III and Juston R. Smith invite you to embark with them on a 40 day time of reflection. During the season of Lent, Burroughs & Smith will be writing reflections from varying viewpoints on the writings of theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. They will be using the devotional book God is on the Cross: Reflections on Lent and Easter as a starting point to their reflections and devotions. You are ...

Season of Lent Begins February 18th

2/17/2015
Many new United Methodists come from other traditions that have never celebrated the liturgical year. Most folks in our community know little to nothing about the Church and its historical traditions. Here is a collection of resources that will help explain some of this season of 40 days known as Lent: Ash Wednesday Ash Wednesday is the start of the Lenten journey of forty weekdays (Monday through Saturday) that takes the church to the eve of Easter. While Sundays in the Christian Year are ...
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