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What Are You Doing for Kids Home for Winter Break?

By Joe Iovino* December 4, 2014 College students returning for winter break often long to reconnect with old friends, their former youth leaders, and others in the church who were an important part of their faith development. That is not always as easy as it sounds.After years of being active in your church they are no longer part of the youth ministry, and not ready for adult ministries yet. So how can churches minister to their college students when they return for break? Send exam survival ...

WEEKLY DIGEST- Week of December 7, 2014

The Digest is an easy way to catch up on all of the stories that have been published in the last week. Each story is linked to the original, and there is a short excerpt. You may want to share this digest on your church's website so that they know what has been happening in our conference and beyond. MORE JOY, LESS STRESS December 12, 2014 An article from Re-Think Church about enjoying the holiday season more. What are you doing to create more joy, and less stress this Advent/Christmas?   ...

More Joy, Less Stress

from Re-Think Church What's not to love about the holiday season? People are a little more generous, your favorite coffee shop has its seasonal drink ready, and there are more than enough gatherings to fill a social calendar. Festive TV specials are run­ning, and stores have their holiday floor sets up to pique the interests of passersby. Our inboxes are filling up with holiday gift guides, reviews for the latest gadgets, and links to Amazon wish lists. Joyous? Sure. But stressful, no doubt. ...

"Connect" Launches on January 7th

WHAT IS CONNECT? It is a weekly, 30 minute live broadcast on BlogTalkRadio. We will be conversing with United Methodists across the connection. In the beginning, mainly with persons from the Western North Carolina Conference. But, as we continue the process, we will include persons far and wide. Each show will feature a guest (or guests) who will talk about those things that they are passionate about, why they are United Methodists, and what they would like to contribute to the future of the ...

Cokesbury Schedules VBS Showcases

Drew Neill, the Community Resource Consultant for Cokesbury announces the 2015 schedule for VBS Showcases. VBS Showcase 2015 January 10 - 1pm -4pm - Davidson College Presbyterian , DAVIDSON January 24 - 11 -1pm - St. Andrews UMC, CHARLOTTE February 22 - 3-5pm First UMC, GASTONIA Save up to 20%* on all VBS resources plus FREE shipping during Cokesbury's VBS Showcase. Offer good January 1--February 28, 2014 *All VBS items will be sale priced. Group VBS resources are 10% off, other programs are ...

What Makes a Meaningful Gift?

By Susan Passi-Klaus* (article from UMNS) Giving cost-free gifts isn’t always about low budgets or Scrooge-like reputations. Instead, freebies can be about kindness, memories, and creativity. Thought-full-ness. Gifts of meaning and not money are bestowed out of gratitude for the difference someone has made in your life, or to make a difference in the life of another. A COTTON BALL A cotton ball is the best gift Ellen Troy McNish, a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Franklin, Tenn., said ...

WEEKLY DIGEST- Week of November 30, 2014

The Digest is an easy way to catch up on all of the stories that have been published in the last week. Each story is linked to the original, and there is a short excerpt. You may want to share this digest on your church's website so that they know what has been happening in our conference and beyond. (This edition includes stories from November 24- December 4) UMC #GIVINGTUESDAY SHOWS THE STRENGTH OF A DENOMINATION UNITED December 4, 2014 United Methodists once again responded with extravagant ...

UMC #GivingTuesday Shows the Strength of a Denomination United

United Methodists once again responded with extravagant generosity on UMC #GivingTuesday. On December 2, 2014, more than $2.5 million was donated online throughThe Advance to support mission and ministries around the world. The denomination’s General Board of Global Ministries matched the first $1 million in gifts to help build excitement and leverage donations. More than 770 projects and missionaries received more 8,700 gifts through UMC #GivingTuesday. The response was global with donors ...

TV Weatherman Pastor

For two decades, Steve McKay has been telling TV audiences his best guesses about the impending weather, but he's also a United Methodist pastor who tries to help folks see the future on their spiritual journeys. Both jobs require similar skills it seems. You can watch Steve McKay’s weather forecasts nightly on WLBZ in Bangor, Maine. Or hear Steve Smith preach on Sundays at Orono United Methodist Church. This story was first published on November 13, 2014.  

Take the Advent Quiz!

Advent is a special time in the life of the church. It begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. See how much you know about the traditions and symbols of the season by clicking on the daily questions below. We encourage you to share the link to this page with others. Our goal is to make the quiz enlightening and entertaining. Good luck! Click on a date below to take that day's quiz: Dec. 3: ...

Live Nativity Brings The Christmas Story to Life in Trinity, NC

Are you looking for something fun to do with your family this Christmas Season? Would you like to go back to a more simple time where you can focus on the true meaning of Christmas? Then join with several local churches as they take a journey back in time to the town of Bethlehem on the night of Jesus’ birth. You and your family will be able to stroll through the busy streets with Roman soldiers and townsfolk while you imagine what life might have been like in Israel over 2,000 years ago. You ...

Making Mobility Possible

By Sandra Brands* Imagine having to crawl across the floor, down the road or through a store. Now, imagine being able to get around with dignity. That’s what’s happened to Roshan Johan, a 30-year-old polio patient who has spent most of her life crawling on the floor like, in her words, a small child. Today, she can move without pain thanks to the PET Cart, a three-wheel vehicle, she received through the Rural Health and Community Development Project (RHCDP) of the Clara Swain Hospital in ...

The Third Annual All Hood Alumni & Friends Center for Chaplaincy Symposium   Chaplaincy: The Many Roads of Spiritual Service and Compassionate Caring Thursday, March 15, 2018 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Networking Reception: Symposium attendees,  Chaplain Residents, HTS Students, Faculty and Staff Friday, March 16, 2018 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Continental Breakfast Morning Reflections: Rev. Katherine Higgins Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) Director of Community, Practice, & ...
It Only Takes a Spark…..To Get the United Methodist Flame Going!

It Only Takes a Spark…..To Get the United Methodist Flame Going!

I am still in a post Annual Conference haze. Our yearly meeting was busy time. It was a productive time. It was a meaningful time. We have come away from Lake Junaluska some of us pleased with how things turned out and some of us not so pleased. We come away, all of us, returning to our places of ministry and committed to making disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. But beyond the elections and beyond the legislation, I find myself grateful for the connection of ...
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