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Disaster Response Update- South Carolina Flooding

10/5/2015
Over the weekend, torrential rains from weather systems, including Hurricane Joaquin, inundated parts of South Carolina and the coast of North Carolina. Though the hurricane did not hit landfall in the U.S. the combined effects of other weather systems brought record rainfall that has caused extensive flooding. Western North Carolina experienced some minor flooding and damage, and the Conference Disaster Response Team, led by Ken Anderson worked over the weekend preparing for the days ahead with...

Clergy Health Initiative Releases 2014 Survey Findings

10/5/2015
A new report from the Duke Clergy Health Initiative explores the state of health of North Carolina’s United Methodist clergy. Drawing on data from the initiative’s 2014 statewide survey of 1,788 clergy, the report highlights demographics, key facets of life in ministry, and measures of pastors’ spiritual, mental, and physical health. The 2014 data suggest that most clergy have a vital relationship with God. This spiritual health may have a buoying effect on clergy’s mental well-being: 68 percent...

Registration for School of the Spirit is Open

10/5/2015
School of the Spirit #7 begins May 2016 Plan NOW to journey with 20 other pastors and Christian leaders in this twelve-month spiritual formation & renewal retreat series. Click here to learn more. http://SchooloftheSpirit.TheLydiaGroup.com Don Carroll, retreat team member says: “Serving as a busy pastor with a fervent desire to preach the Word and care for the hurting, will inevitably lead us to neglect deepening our own spiritual journeys unless we have a structure in place to keep us grounded...

WEEKLY UPDATE 100215

10/2/2015
PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS WNCC Clergy Leading Project to Get Children Involved at General Conference Disaster Response- Train the Trainer- Program on November 6 & 7 Scandinavian Caravan Receiving Applications for 2016 Camp Carolwood Board Announces Closing Local Pastors on the Rise Young Adult Network Seeks Applicants LATEST CAREERS Worship Leader Youth Director Music Director Youth Director Director of Christian ...

WNCC Clergy Leading Project to Get Children Involved at General Conference

10/1/2015
General Conference will be meeting in Portland in May of 2016, and as you might expect, not many children will be in attendance. An initiative of the United Methodist Rural Advocates (UMRA), and with the leadership of two Western North Carolina Conference clergy, children from across the world will have the opportunity to be involved. Laura Beach of Boone UMC and Kevin Miller of Messiah UMC in Lincolnton, are inviting children and congregations across the globe to participate in GC4JC, making ...

Disaster Response- Train the Trainer- Program on November 6 & 7

10/1/2015
The Western North Carolina and North Carolina conferences are providing a combined Disaster Response Train the Trainers program. This training enables you to teach the Early Response classes required to obtain the ERT Badges required for disaster early responses. November 6-7 in Greensboro or Raleigh (tbd based on applicants). The class begins promptly at 1pm on Friday November 6 and ends at 5pm on Saturday. You must have a current (not expired) ERT badge. You must also have an early response ...

Scandinavian Caravan Receiving Applications for 2016

9/30/2015
Since being initiated by Dr. Carl H. King in the summer of 1955, the Western North Carolina Conference has shared ministry with United Methodists in Scandinavia, and, in recent years, the Caravan has expanded into Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The Caravan ministry has enabled young adults from the WNCC to travel during the summer to northern Europe and young adults from northern Europe to travel during alternate summers to North Carolina. These young adults are able to share their faith ...

Camp Carolwood Board Announces Closing

9/29/2015
Below is the statement from the Camp Carolwood Board that was placed on the camp website and their Facebook page: End of an Era After much prayer, conversation, and consideration, the Board of Camp Carolwood has made the decision to close Camp Carolwood effective Nov. 30. This decision is due to the rising costs of upkeep and dwindling revenue. We celebrate the many lives that have been positively impacted through this camping ministry and thank God for this inspiring place. Thank you to our ...

Local Pastors on the Rise

9/29/2015
First in a 10-part series By Sam Hodges Sept. 25, 2015 | UMNS When large, multisite Grace Church in Florida needed a pastor for its new downtown Fort Myers campus, the Rev. Arlene Jackson got the call. She began with about 30 in worship. Over five years, her flock at Grace — a United Methodist church — has grown to more than 400. Many were previously “unchurched” and recovering from addictions, as she did. “It’s the most diverse bunch of mixed nuts you’ve ever met,” Jackson said. “They’re ...

Young Adult Network Seeks Applicants

9/28/2015
Grace and peace. In The United Methodist Church bishops are responsible for ecumenical and interreligious ministries. The Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships (OCUIR) was created in 2012 to assist the Council of Bishops in this calling. The vison of OCUIR is to support the bishops as they lead our denomination to live more fully into Christian unity and deepen interreligious relationships. One way we do this is to engage and train young adults. United Methodist Ecumenical ...

WEEKLY UPDATE 092515

9/25/2015
PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS FlameBuilders Launches Class 2 Jurisdictional Bishop Count Could Be Reduced in Two US Jurisdictions Why the Wesleys, and Others, Came to Be Called Methodists Young Adults- Explore Your Calling- November 6-8 LATEST CAREERS Youth Ministry Assistant Minister of Music Director of Music Ministries Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries LATEST EVENTS Elder’s Day Apart- November 17 ...

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...
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