News

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

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Means of Grace: Leadership, Technology, & Relationships

Means of Grace: Leadership, Technology, & Relationships

9/16/2020
Six months into stay-at-home orders, every church has had to make significant shifts in their ministry. In this episode of Means of Grace, Jesse Enniss talks with Rev. Dr. Andrea Smith, pastor of West UMC in Mooresville, NC, and Rev. Dan Hester, pastor of Skyland United Methodist Church in Asheville, NC about leadership in this time of change. They discuss how they have adapted their use of technology, their engagement with their communities, how they, as leaders, have been making decisions, and so much more!
Public Education Advocacy and Faith: Why The Church Should Care

Public Education Advocacy and Faith: Why The Church Should Care

9/16/2020
Join us Wednesday, September 16 at 7 p.m. for a discussion around the importance of equity in public schools and actions we can take to accomplish the vision of every child in North Carolina having a sound basic education through public education.
Recover.Restore.Retreat: Lord, Help! COVID Disparities in the Black Community

Recover.Restore.Retreat: Lord, Help! COVID Disparities in the Black Community

9/16/2020
Chenequa Walker-Barnes, PhD at the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University, is closing out the Recover. Restore. Retreat. webinar series. She’ll be speaking on theories and praxis to COVID disparities in the Black community. You do not want to miss this!
Pass It On Cafe

Pass It On Cafe

9/15/2020
What do you get when you combine Dinner Church with Messy Church? A Messy Dinner Church.
Spiritual Renewal Grant Available Now!

Spiritual Renewal Grant Available Now!

9/15/2020
COVID has been hard on leaders and many are exhausted, discouraged, and in need of time away. The Leadership Development Team wants to help nurture your spirit in order to be renewed and restored in life and in ministry. This could be possible through a private, renewal retreat or by engaging with a spiritual director. Ministry leaders (clergy and lay professionals) who sign up for an offering and pay a personal investment of $50, are eligible for up to $500. Funds are available because of the generosity of churches who pay their apportionments.
Racial Healing and the Gospel of Reconciliation

Racial Healing and the Gospel of Reconciliation

9/14/2020
A Workshop on the Ministry of Reconciliation Rooted in 2 Cor. 5:16-20, this workshop will teach reconciliation as spirituality, highlighting biblical examples of reconciliation and our call to be ministers of reconciliation as followers of Christ. With this theological foundation, participants will learn practical strategies for the Church to live out our role in the reconciliation process
UMCOR COVID-19 grants help with housing and homelessness

UMCOR COVID-19 grants help with housing and homelessness

9/14/2020
Among the 230 grants given by Global Ministries to help communities respond to the coronavirus are a few requested by conference and national United Methodist institutions. These agencies bring years of experience to their specialized mission within their conferences and communities. Part I of this series covered grants received by Gum Moon Residence, Red Bird Mission and Henderson Settlement. Part II covers grants funded by the UMCOR COVID-19 Sheltering in Love campaign to Good Neighbor Settlement House in Texas and Restore Hope Ministries in Oklahoma.
Who are these with you?

Who are these with you?

9/11/2020
This is how we answer at Methodist Home for Children ...
The Latest Edition of E-News - Updated Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry, Bishop Leeland & Discovering God's Call, and more

The Latest Edition of E-News - Updated Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry, Bishop Leeland & Discovering God's Call, and more

9/10/2020
E-News is an email newsletter sent out by the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. This week's E-News highlights the updated Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry During COVID-19, Bishop Leeland discussing God's call to ministry, updates on Hurricane Laura relief, and more. Subscribe to E-News at https://wnc-email.brtapp.com/subscribe.
Anti-Racism 101: Required Skills for White People Who Want to be Allies

Anti-Racism 101: Required Skills for White People Who Want to be Allies

9/9/2020
This online course centers on one big idea: that anti-racism is anything that actually interrupts and dismantles racism. As a 101 course, the content will focus on defining anti-racism, identifying anti-racism, and practicing anti-racism by interrupting racism. The three sessions will roughly fall under these categories: theory (big idea), practice [working with the big idea), and personal (implementing the big idea).
Called to Witness, Care, and Act:  A Message for the Laity of the UMC

Called to Witness, Care, and Act: A Message for the Laity of the UMC

9/9/2020
Recently, the Executive Team of the Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders (AACLL) published a letter to all laity in the UMC. Entitled "Called to Witness, Care, and Act", the letter provides both encouragement and a call to action to laity in light of the dual pandemics with which we find ourselves engaged, COVID-19 and the sin of deeply rooted racism.
Chronic Condition Management Benefit Available

Chronic Condition Management Benefit Available

9/9/2020
The HealthMapRx Chronic Condition Risk Management program continues to be offered to WNCC clergy members and their dependents who are currently covered under WNCC-UMC health insurance. You are eligible for this program if you are diagnosed with or take a medication for: diabetes, pre-diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol or depression.
Fresh Expressions Free Webinar: People Over Property

Fresh Expressions Free Webinar: People Over Property

9/9/2020
Our cities and towns are littered with deteriorating church buildings. It's easy to feel like time and energy is being lost that could be invested in loving and serving others. What if we could reimagine our buildings as spaces that exist to serve our communities? Join Rev. Dr. Audrey Warren and Bishop Kenneth Carter Monday, September 14, at 11 a.m. EST for this FREE webinar perfect for pastors, church leaders, or anyone who is more passionate about people than property.
Today, Shades of Grace served its 10,000th meal since March 13

Today, Shades of Grace served its 10,000th meal since March 13

9/9/2020
Instead of providing a hot meal from a full serving line inside the building, Shades of Grace immediately went to providing brown-bag meals in an alley behind its downtown building. The safety guidelines enforced by Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church also changed or suspended many of Shades of Grace’s high-contact ministries.
Mission Engagement Blog - September 2020

Mission Engagement Blog - September 2020

9/8/2020
Check out the latest Mission Engagement Blog.
Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry During COVID-19 - Updated 9/4/20

Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry During COVID-19 - Updated 9/4/20

9/8/2020
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 advise that all churches continue following CDC, state and local guidelines for indoor and outdoor gatherings, including handwashing, wearing masks, and observing physical distancing rules and group size limits.
The Latest Edition of E-News - 30 Days of Anti-Racism, Update on Hurricane Laura Disaster Relief, and more

The Latest Edition of E-News - 30 Days of Anti-Racism, Update on Hurricane Laura Disaster Relief, and more

9/3/2020
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. Subscribe to E-News at https://wnc-email.brtapp.com/subscribe.
GCFA offers A/V assessments and services

GCFA offers A/V assessments and services

9/3/2020
The experienced AV staff of GCFA can help enhance and elevate your church’s ministry and worship encounters. We can provide you with tools and technology that help you carry out the vision and mission of your church in real and tangible ways.
New United Methodist advertising campaign encourages hope

New United Methodist advertising campaign encourages hope

9/3/2020
A new advertising campaign from The United Methodist Church urges people to find hope together amid the challenges posed by this year’s COVID-19 pandemic and heightened racial tensions.
Reimagining creative, safe yet socially distant holiday celebrations

Reimagining creative, safe yet socially distant holiday celebrations

9/3/2020
"With the number of coronavirus cases across the country, fall and winter holiday celebrations are likely to look very different this year. Adjust your church plans now for fall festivals, Halloween and Christmas. With a little creativity you can create celebrations that are fun and safe. Here are a few ideas to get the creative juices flowing."
7 tips to engage your virtual community during in-person worship

7 tips to engage your virtual community during in-person worship

9/2/2020
We can all learn and grow from our virtual worship experiences. As in-person worship becomes more frequent, we want to share some creative ways your church can merge your virtual and physical worship communities.
A Study of

A Study of "Sacred Companions" by David G. Benner

9/2/2020
The North Carolina Institute for Spiritual Direction and Formation is offering a seven-session book study on David Benner’s book, “Sacred Companions.” The sessions will be held via zoom, weekly on Monday evenings beginning September 14, 2020 through October 26, 2020, from 7:00-8:30 pm. We are offering these sessions for persons who have expressed serious interest in being a part of the Spiritual Direction Training Institute and are discerning a call to the ministry of spiritual direction and for continuing education for those who are already trained as Spiritual Directors.
Church and Society grant applications due September 4, 2020

Church and Society grant applications due September 4, 2020

9/2/2020
Church and Society awards three different grants available to United Methodist congregations and groups related to the UMC. Apply by September 4!
Committee on Relief Update: Hurricane Laura

Committee on Relief Update: Hurricane Laura

9/2/2020
The Committee on Relief has been in communication with the Louisiana Conference and is preparing to assist when it is deemed safe. At this time, ERT’s have not been asked to deploy as the assessment period is still ongoing. Please remember that ERTs cannot self deploy. If requested to deploy, the invitation will come from the host Conference through our Disaster Response Coordinator, Ben Rogers. If you have not taken the ERT certification course or are in need of renewing your badge, contact our Training Coordinator, Cailee Franklin.
Engaging Zoomed Out Youth

Engaging Zoomed Out Youth

9/2/2020
Are you struggling to keep young people engaged online? Join Sarah Leer and youth from her congregation to talk about how they keep online connections fresh and fun, but also how they engage each other safely offline in this season of life. Tuesday, September 2, 7 p.m. EST
Health benefits rates for 2021

Health benefits rates for 2021

9/2/2020
The Health Benefits Committee recommended and the Conference Board of Pensions and Health Benefits approved the Health rates for Active and Retiree Health plans for 2021.    In addition to the rate changes, the Active Health Plans will have new names for 2021.  The Basic Plan is now called Plan 6000 due to the maximum out of pocket expenses being $6,000.  It will increase for all ranges of premiums by 3%.  The Basic Plus Plan is now called Plan 4000 again due to maximum out of pocket and will ...
Join us for 30 Days of Anti-Racism

Join us for 30 Days of Anti-Racism

9/2/2020
Join us this September for 30 days of anti-racism. Each day we will engage in an activity that helps us to become more anti-racist in the ways we think and act. Share your progress with a picture or a reflection using #30DaysAntiRacism.
Means of Grace: Meet John Crane, WNCC Lay Leader

Means of Grace: Meet John Crane, WNCC Lay Leader

9/2/2020
In this episode, Caroline Wood has a conversation with John Crane, WNCC Lay Leader about the ministry of the laity and John’s passion for the church.
Mission Beyond COVID: Asian Americans, COVID-19, and Race

Mission Beyond COVID: Asian Americans, COVID-19, and Race

9/2/2020
The COVID-19 pandemic in the Unites States has been associated with an increase in discrimination against Asian Americans. How is the church responding to this form of racism? How do these anti-racist efforts intersect with the anti-racist efforts of the Black Lives Matter movement? What have been other significant features of the Asian American community's experience of the COVID-19 pandemic? On September 17, at 10 a.m. EST, join Dr. Eleazar Fernandez, President of Union Theological Seminary of the Philippines, Dr. David Scott, Mission Theologian at Global Ministries, and others to discuss these important questions.
Online and Virtual Gatherings: Inclusion for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Members

Online and Virtual Gatherings: Inclusion for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Members

9/2/2020
"Just about all churches have persons with hearing loss, a condition that is particularly true of seniors. In-person gatherings typically use public address systems as assistive technology, but online or live streamed worship services present challenges to ensure that persons with hearing loss can hear through computers, iPads, and laptops. We will look at several options to ensure that everyone can participate."
Pertinent information for churches regarding the Social Security Tax Deferral

Pertinent information for churches regarding the Social Security Tax Deferral

9/2/2020
Dr. Mark King, Conference Treasurer, offers pertinent information and advice for churches regarding the Social Security Tax Deferral option.
Producing your own virtual choir video from start to finish

Producing your own virtual choir video from start to finish

9/2/2020
Many virtual choirs debuted out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic, inspiring and comforting people during a difficult time. As I write, many of us are still practicing distance worship. Even after this crisis ends and potential weather-related closings begin, churches will benefit from having learned the steps to produce a virtual choir.
Register for Eating Together Faithfully introductory training

Register for Eating Together Faithfully introductory training

9/2/2020
Interested in becoming an Eating Together Faithfully (ETF) facilitator? Mark your calendar for Friday, September 25th for our first online ETF Introductory Training! This two-hour training video call is for anyone interested in becoming an ETF facilitator and learning how to lead small ETF groups among their families, friends, congregations, and communities. Participants in this online training will be introduced to Life Around the Table and our mission, how the ETF Framework is designed, and things to consider before starting your own ETF small group.
Stepping up your virtual worship game

Stepping up your virtual worship game

9/2/2020
Even as many churches return to in-person worship, virtual worship is here to stay, which makes investing in the experience a worthwhile task. Here are some resources to help as you look to up-level your virtual worship experience.
The Church's Mission in the World: An online global missions course from Candler School of Theology

The Church's Mission in the World: An online global missions course from Candler School of Theology

9/2/2020
This online course offers a space for global mission dialogues. In this significant transition period in history, the church is called to rethink its mission of being the people of God called for the transformation of the world. Affirming the biblical tradition that forming a model community of mutuality and friendship in faith is an essential act of mission, the course takes a virtual mission journey with diverse mission scholars and practitioners who are serving around the world. By doing so, the course invites students to participate in God’s mission contextually.
The Foyer Moved: Training Digital Volunteers

The Foyer Moved: Training Digital Volunteers

9/2/2020
"In a lot of small to medium churches, the digital platform is managed by a volunteer, a pastor, or someone on staff, but they are given a hundred other duties to do so social media and the online experience are not a priority...choosing the right set of volunteers to engage digitally is important."
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission seeks nominations for Board of Directors

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission seeks nominations for Board of Directors

9/2/2020
The United Methodist Volunteers in Mission of the Southeastern Jurisdiction is seeking nominations for its Board of Directors. UVIM, SEJ is led by a Board of Directors which helps oversee the operations, finances, and ministry of UMVIM, SEJ. Members of the Board of Directors are expected to be effective advocates for UMVIM, SEJ in their perspective leadership roles in the jurisdiction, Annual Conference(s), and local church(es). Visit the UVIM website to make a nomination.
Spiritual Farmer Finds Common Ground

Spiritual Farmer Finds Common Ground

9/1/2020
When thinking about the future of the church, it isn’t hard to wonder what role, if any, the young people of today will take on.
2020 Clergy Assessments Have Been Released

2020 Clergy Assessments Have Been Released

9/1/2020
Information about the 2020 Clergy Assessments has been emailed to clergy and S/PPRC chairs this week.
Adventures in Ministry Kick-Off Event October 3rd

Adventures in Ministry Kick-Off Event October 3rd

9/1/2020
Are you a high school student discerning a call to ministry? Or are you an adult who would like the opportunity to mentor a 9th-12th grade student through their discernment journey? Bishop Leeland talks about discovering God's call and John McGill invites you to learn more about stepping into the opportunities utilizing Adventures in Ministry.
Charge Conference Technical Updates for 2020

Charge Conference Technical Updates for 2020

9/1/2020
Charge Conference "season" is again upon us and just like last year, we will submit all forms completely online. This year we have worked hard to make it even easier to submit your Charge Conference forms digitally. Below are some key points, reminders, and new additions to help guide you this year technically. Please remember that the clergy compensation and church leaders will need to be submitted through your church/clergy dashboard while charge conference forms are submitted under "Submittable Forms" in the Church Dashboard.
COVID-19 and Your Congregation: How Can We Help?

COVID-19 and Your Congregation: How Can We Help?

9/1/2020
We want to hear how COVID-19 is affecting your congregation. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey to let us know how the Conference can best support you at this time.
WNCC Churches Are Livestreaming! Join Us For Virtual Church!

WNCC Churches Are Livestreaming! Join Us For Virtual Church!

9/1/2020
Numerous churches across the conference are livestreaming their worship services, Bible studies, prayer services, bedtime Bible stories, and more. Connect with them here!
Churches step up to help salvage school year

Churches step up to help salvage school year

8/31/2020
All across the United States, educators and parents are scrambling to reduce the threat of COVID-19 while ensuring children get the child care and education they need. In response, United Methodist churches are working with school districts to stand in the gap created by the coronavirus.
The Latest Edition of E-News - Back-to-School Message from Bishop Leeland, Dismantle Racism Town Hall, Website & Livestreaming Tips, and more

The Latest Edition of E-News - Back-to-School Message from Bishop Leeland, Dismantle Racism Town Hall, Website & Livestreaming Tips, and more

8/27/2020
Get the latest news, updates, and webinar information from the Western North Carolina Conference in this week's E-News.
2021 Apportionments

2021 Apportionments

8/26/2020
The 2021 budget for the Western North Carolina conference was approved by the virtual conference and subsequent balloting. The apportionments have now been uploaded to each applicable church’s dashboard including conference, general church and district apportionments.
A Message of Encouragement from Bishop Leeland

A Message of Encouragement from Bishop Leeland

8/26/2020
Bishop Leeland shares a message of encouragement with our pastors and lay leaders, as students return to school in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Charge Conference considerations in COVID-19 times

Charge Conference considerations in COVID-19 times

8/26/2020
We are entering that time of the year when (in the old normal) we would be getting into charge conference season— pulling together reports, planning potluck suppers, and considering how to arrange the tables in the fellowship hall. Odds are, this fall’s charge conference won’t look the way it has in previous years. In whatever form it takes, charge conference is as important as it has been in the past; and there are new concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dismantling Racism Town Hall Meeting

Dismantling Racism Town Hall Meeting

8/26/2020
Join in on the discussion during the next Dismantling Racism town hall event today, August 26 at 1 p.m. EST. Don't miss out on this panel of emerging leaders who are studying the leadership of those who came before them, and adding their energy to the ongoing work of dismantling racism. Get details, submit your questions and watch previous events at http://www.umc.org/EndRacism.
Duke Divinity Convocation and Pastor's School to be held virtually

Duke Divinity Convocation and Pastor's School to be held virtually

8/26/2020
Please join us at for our Convocation and Pastors' School Virtual Mini-Series. This year’s theme is Christian Leadership in Turbulent Times and will take over five, one-hour lunchtime sessions, throughout September and October, beginning September 14 with Will Willimon. For more information and to register for free please visit the CPS webpage at https://divinity.duke.edu/events/convocation-pastors-school
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