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Laity Address by Tom Bridges

Laity Address by Tom Bridges

6/22/2018
This is from a rough transcription provided by Loveeta Baker, Realtime Captioner.  Good afternoon.  I am Tom Bridges, the Yadkin valley district lay leader and the member of ‑‑ in Kernersville. Last November I was in Gastonia with a group, including Bishop Leeland, several from the cabinet and the Board of Laity, who were exploring ways to have the laity of Western North Carolina Conference 1* # become more engaged in ministry.  Towards the end of the meeting we were talking about the laity ...
Opening Worship Notes

Opening Worship Notes

6/22/2018
Opening Worship at Annual Conference kicked off at 10:30 AM at Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. You can check out the service order on pp. 2-6 in the 2018 Worship Book. The service was opened with a video: Following the Call to Worship and the Processional Hymn, we were reminded that this is the 50th Anniversary of The United Methodist Church: Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball offered her sermon- "Go and Teach" using the texts Matthew 28:16-20 and 1 Timothy ...
Bishop Steiner Ball- Sermon at Opening Worship

Bishop Steiner Ball- Sermon at Opening Worship

6/22/2018
This is from a rough transcription provided by Loveeta Baker, Realtime Captioner.  Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball:  Thank you for asking to participate in your opening worship.  We gather an around this table this morning to remember and to be remembered, to be remembered with God, and to be re‑membered, knitted together with one another.  This table and the story and its host, where we can learn again, so that we can take in, so that we rehearse, practice, literally swallow the story of a loving...
Worship Book Available Online

Worship Book Available Online

6/22/2018
If you would like to use the worship book at Lake Junaluska, please download it to your device and feel free to use it at the auditorium for all services. 2018 Worship Book  This document covers all of the services that will be held at Lake Junaluska this weekend.
Annual Conference preparation at full steam

Annual Conference preparation at full steam

6/21/2018
The first hours of Annual Conference 2018 are underway at Lake Junaluska. Registration began promptly at 11:00 AM. Clergy pictures began at 12 Noon and will go through Saturday. Indoor and Outdoor Displays began setting up around 10 AM. There are over 40 different special events scheduled on the grounds of Junaluska between Thursday and Sunday.   The main event on the schedule for Thursday afternoon is the Clergy Executive Session in Stuart Auditorium at 3:00 PM Thursday. The first major ...
Joel Gilland named president of Wesley CDC

Joel Gilland named president of Wesley CDC

6/20/2018
The Board of Directors of Wesley Community Development is pleased to announce the third President in the company’s sixteen-year history has been appointed.  Effective June 15, 2018, Mr. Joel Gilland was elected as President of Wesley Community Development Corporation. Mr. Gilland has served as Senior Vice President of Wesley for the past three years leading the organization’s work in church real estate development in Western North Carolina. This change marks Wesley’s full commitment to serving ...
Bishop Leeland writes on immigration debate

Bishop Leeland writes on immigration debate

6/19/2018
Members and Friends of the Western North Carolina Conference:   The national debate related to immigration, expressed in the “Zero Tolerance Policy” of separating children from their families is boiling over, fed by the flames of fear and anger.  The outcry of the nation has been rapid and robust.  As the Bishop of our Western North Carolina Conference, I wish to express my dismay at the way in which the current policy of our nation to address the issue of immigration is framing the conversation...
Faith leaders’ statement on family separation

Faith leaders’ statement on family separation

6/19/2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. -  The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is joining other faith organizations in a statement urging the U.S. government to stop its policy of separating immigrant families. Below is the full statement signed by dozens of faith organizations. Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, president of the Council of Bishops, signed on behalf of the COB. FAITH LEADERS’ STATEMENT ON FAMILY SEPARATION  Recently, the U.S. Administration announced that it will begin separating families ...
A WELCOMING TABLE: A Ministry WITH the poor experiential training event

A WELCOMING TABLE: A Ministry WITH the poor experiential training event

6/14/2018
At the altar table and around the dinner table, in the meeting room and beside the picnic table, this highly diverse congregation is thriving in part because of its emphasis on authentic relationship and mutual service. This workshop offers an opportunity to explore Haywood Street’s organizational structure and examine best practices for sustainable and transformational ministry WITH the poor. A focus of the workshop is supporting congregations in developing or strengthening ministry with the ...
Brooks-Howell’s Expanded Admissions Criteria

Brooks-Howell’s Expanded Admissions Criteria

6/13/2018
Have you heard?  Brooks-Howell, a retirement community in Asheville, NC owned by United Methodist Women, has expanded its Independent Living criteria to include those who have served in one or more service capacities in The United Methodist Church for 10 years or more. This means if you’ve been a Sunday School teacher, member of United Methodist Women, Director of Music and more, then you qualify to apply. Brooks-Howell continues to be a community of faith and fellowship for both men and ...
Lake Junaluska Singers prepare for summer performances

Lake Junaluska Singers prepare for summer performances

6/13/2018
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. –  With the arrival of the Lake Junaluska Singers, music is in the air, and it is officially summer at Lake Junaluska.   The Lake Junaluska Singers are Lake Junaluska’s well-known summer vocal ensemble comprised of young singers from around the nation. Throughout the summer, they perform at Lake Junaluska and other regional worship events.   Director Mary Huff and Associate Director Kathy Geyer McNeil held the ensemble’s first rehearsal in early June.   “The most exciting ...
The United Methodist Church releases Alzheimer's/dementia resource

The United Methodist Church releases Alzheimer's/dementia resource

6/6/2018
NASHVILLE, Tennessee – How can churches help people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, and their caregivers? Answering that question is the topic of a new, free resource now available from The United Methodist Church.  The five-part study, titled “Alzheimer’s/Dementia: Ministry with the Forgotten” includes downloadable videos and a leader’s guide. Retired Bishop Ken Carder wrote the resource based on his experiences caring for his wife, Linda, who was diagnosed in 2009 with ...
Chris Hampton joins conference staff as webmaster

Chris Hampton joins conference staff as webmaster

6/4/2018
Chris Hampton will be joining the Western North Carolina Conference staff as Webmaster as of June 4. He is a lifelong United Methodist who grew up in Thomasville, NC. He attended UNC-Charlotte where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and a minor in Computer Science. At UNC-Charlotte, Chris was very active with Niner United, the United Methodist campus ministry led by Rev. Steve Cheyney.  He has worked as a Youth Minister in Concord, NC and has served as Lay Associate ...
July 4th festivities at Lake Junaluska

July 4th festivities at Lake Junaluska

5/30/2018
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – All are invited to spend a patriotic Fourth of July at Lake Junaluska. The Independence Day Celebrations will feature three concerts, a variety of family friendly activities, a parade and a fireworks display. The theme for the event is Red, White & Bluegrass: Celebrating the Music of the Mountains, and it will be incorporated throughout the events.    Bluegrass band Balsam Range kicks off the celebrations on July 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Stuart Auditorium. On July 3, hop on any ...
The WNC Archives are moving

The WNC Archives are moving

5/23/2018
Just like everyone else in the Conference Memorial Center, the WNC Conference Archives will be moving this July.  The Archives will be moving to Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, NC.  Moving more than 1,500 linear feet of records and documents of the WNC Conference and keeping everything organized will not be a small thing.  As the archivists prepare for this move and the transition into the new home at Pfeiffer, there will be a period of time when access to all documents and records will be ...
Mission Connection Team Meeting - Saturday June 2nd

Mission Connection Team Meeting - Saturday June 2nd

5/22/2018
The Mission Connection Leadership Team Team of the Western NC Conference of The United Methodist Church will be hosting a Mission Connection Team Meeting on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 10 am to 2 pm at Williamson's Chapel UMC in Mooresville. Lunch will be provided. Mission Connection Teams are being formed for collaboration and resource sharing. The missional call in the hearts and churches of the Western North Carolina Conference is strong. Many individuals and churches serve in a myriad of ...
AC After Hours- Thursday, June 21

AC After Hours- Thursday, June 21

5/18/2018
AC After Hours Thursday, June 21st, 8-10 pm BearWaters Brewing 101 Park St Canton, NC Join us at BearWaters Brewing for an evening of conversation and laughter among friends. We may have a guest Bishop or two on hand as we talk about the future of the church and then will chat with some colleagues about some of the creative ministry they're doing in our conference. Come unwind and get inspired! Questions? Contact Louis Timberlake (ltimberlake@wnccumc.net)  
Women in Ministry Breakfast at Annual Conference

Women in Ministry Breakfast at Annual Conference

5/18/2018
To All Women in Ministry of the Conference,  As we excitedly prepare for our time together at Annual Conference, we have two things to share with you.     You are warmly invited to join together for our annual Women In Ministry Breakfast at Annual Conference.  The breakfast is open to all women who serve in professional ministry throughout the conference (deacon / elder / local pastor / Christian educator/ provisional / student).  We have varied gifts and callings  in diverse settings, and this...
Clergy Spouse Social is June 21st

Clergy Spouse Social is June 21st

5/17/2018
Thursday, June 21, 2018 3:00 pm Home of Lisa Roberts 76 Atkins Loop Lake Junaluska A time of fellowship for Clergy Spouses to get together during closed Clergy Session. Easy access to house - trolley stops at Sunset Inn at corner of Atkins Loop - then short "3-house down" walk. Hosted by Lisa Roberts 707-677-6728 There will be emailed invitations going out soon, or please call Lisa Roberts to let her know you will attend.
Space4Grace on June 21st

Space4Grace on June 21st

5/17/2018
FROM: Bishop Paul L. Leeland TO; WNCC Clergy Dear Friends,   I want to invite you to participate in one of two Space4Grace events on Thursday, June 21, the day of our Executive Session of Clergy Members. These Sabbath experiences are brought to us by the Sabbath Living Initiative. There will be two different options offered - either from 10:30 to 2:00 before the Clergy Session or from 5:30 to 9:00 after the Clergy Session.  Both of these sessions will include a Sabbath meal and a time of ...
Spiritual Directors offer retreat from Annual Conference

Spiritual Directors offer retreat from Annual Conference

5/17/2018
The Spiritual Directors of the Western North Carolina Conference would like to offer you a place to slow down and take a breath during conference. The pace of day to day living makes it difficult to attune ourselves to the rhythms of soul, the rhythms of the Sacred within and all around us. This one hour guided experience is designed to provide you with a transitional space between the worries of the world and the slower, deeper, and more natural flow of Spirit. While there will be some space ...
Wesley CDC invites you to luncheon on June 22

Wesley CDC invites you to luncheon on June 22

5/17/2018
You’re Invited to attend the GET TO KNOW WESLEY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ANNUAL CONFERENCE LUNCHEON   Stop by and learn about the services offered by Wesley Community Development Corporation throughout the Western North Carolina Conference and beyond.   When: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 12pm Where: Foundation for Evangelism at Lake Junaluska   Please RSVP Michael@WesleyCDC.com by June 10, 2018, as space is limited. We look forward to seeing you and sharing some of the past, present, and future ...
Lineup of Internationally known preachers announced for Lake Junaluska Summer Worship Series

Lineup of Internationally known preachers announced for Lake Junaluska Summer Worship Series

5/15/2018
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — All are invited to attend the Summer Worship Series at Lake Junaluska from June 10 to August 5. The Summer Worship Series includes spirited traditional worship services led by internationally known preachers on Sunday mornings. Most services begin Sundays in Stuart Auditorium at 11 a.m., with a prelude by the Lake Junaluska Singers at 10:45 a.m. This year two special services will be held in the evenings at Memorial Chapel and the amphitheater by the Lake Junaluska Cross....
Christ in the Community

Christ in the Community

5/10/2018
from Northern Piedmont District Churches Thanks be to God for all the volunteers from Laughlin Memorial, Newlyn Street, Mt. Zion AME and all who contributed financially to our Tornado Relief Effort!  We even received contributions by mail from Little Rock, AR! We (Laughlin Memorial UMC) carried out our effort for two weeks.  During the first week, we were without electricity and telephones, but our congregation wanted to do something.  It began by working with our District Vitality Specialist,...
NC Bishops offer letter in support of education

NC Bishops offer letter in support of education

5/9/2018
Dear United Methodist friends, Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. We are deeply committed across North Carolina to the education of all children, to the support of teacher and administrators, and to stronger funding for public education.   At the 2016 Sessions of the North Carolina and the Western North Carolina Conferences, we voted overwhelmingly to be energetic advocates for public schools.  Together we engage directly in public schools through C4C (Congregations for ...
Bishops announce results of five constitutional amendments; bishops react

Bishops announce results of five constitutional amendments; bishops react

5/7/2018
WASHINGTON, D. C.:  The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has completed canvassing the votes of annual conferences on the five constitutional amendments that were approved by the 2016 General Conference.  Summary of Votes by Annual Conferences   Amendment Total “Yes” Votes Total “No” Votes % of Yes Votes Amendment I 31,304 15,753 66.5% Amendment II 29,049 18,317 61.3% Amendment III 42,639 4,578 90.3% Amendment IV 43,770 3,340 92.9% Amendment V 38,087 8,828 81.2% ...
With passing of gavel, Bishop Carter becomes president of UMC bishops

With passing of gavel, Bishop Carter becomes president of UMC bishops

5/4/2018
CHICAGO – (May 3, 2018) With a handshake and passing of a new, official Council of Bishops’ gavel, President Bruce R. Ough on Thursday night transferred leadership to Bishop Kenneth H. Carter as the next President of the Council of Bishops. During a special evening celebration of leadership and passing of the gavel on May 3 at the Hilton Rosemont Hotel near Chicago, Bishop Ough said it brought him great pleasure to pass the mantel of presidency to Bishop Carter and said the Council of Bishops ...
Disaster Response Update - Greensboro Tornado

Disaster Response Update - Greensboro Tornado

4/26/2018
Disaster Response Update - Greensboro Tornado On April 15th, 2018 an EF2 Tornado struck the Greensboro area, killing one and causing widespread damage. Disaster Response teams from various organizations, including some from the WNCC UMC, are currently helping with disaster relief efforts in the area. Habitat for Humanity is coordinating the disaster response effort in the area. Guilford County has indicated there are still many areas with down trees and power lines.  There are many homes and ...
The United Methodist Church, Moravian Church in North America move closer to full communion

The United Methodist Church, Moravian Church in North America move closer to full communion

4/26/2018
BLACK MOUNTAIN, North Carolina -- The Southern Province of the Moravian Church in North America on Friday, April 20, voted at its synod meeting in Black Mountain to enter into a full communion relationship with The United Methodist Church. This key step in the process toward full communion will be followed up by a vote of the Northern Province at its synod meeting in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on June 21-25, 2018.  An affirmative vote at the Northern Provincial Synod would finalize the ...
Missional Network receives award for mobile food pantry

Missional Network receives award for mobile food pantry

4/18/2018
The Anson-East Union Missional Network received an award from Second Harvest for their work with the Mobile Food Pantry.   “Each year Second Harvest hosts an awards luncheon for our partners in the community who have gone above and beyond to help us in our mission of ending hunger. ...We would like to honor Anson-East Union Mission Network with a Faith Based Partner Award."   We celebrate missional engagement that is making a difference in the lives of the people in their community. If you are ...
Blackburn House taking applications for new cohort

Blackburn House taking applications for new cohort

4/18/2018
Interested in spending 11 months growing closer to Jesus in community? The Blackburn House is a unique opportunity for folks who desire discipleship and service! Located in Todd, NC, Blackburn House is an intentional Christian community that seeks to help people in their 20’s grow as disciples as they serve in a rural context. The house is a program of Blackburn Community Outreach, a non-profit that works towards revitalization and rural community development. Days are framed by prayer, work at...

"God's Back Porch" scheduled for Annual Conference

4/16/2018
"Come and see what God is up to in our Wesleyan tradition! Class meetings, Band meetings Emmaus Reunion groups, Covenant Discipleship groups... all are a part of God's Back Porch."   Register Now →  
Conference Council on Campus Ministries meets to MAP a new direction.

Conference Council on Campus Ministries meets to MAP a new direction.

4/10/2018
The Western North Carolina Conference Council on Campus Ministries met Friday April 6 and Saturday, April 7, 2018 at First UMC Gastonia. The purpose of the meeting was to create a Ministry Action Plan (MAP) to help guide the councils work.   The weekend began with a time of communion led by Chairperson, Rev. John Howard, and Rev Jill Alventosa-Brown. The meeting was facilitated by Jack Ewing, senior consultant at Gonser Gerber and former executive director of Lake Junaluska.   During the meeting...
Bishop Leeland announces a new superintendent

Bishop Leeland announces a new superintendent

4/8/2018
Bishop Leeland and the cabinet announce a new appointment that will be effective July 1, 2018.  Linda Kelly, currently serving at First United Methodist Church Lenoir, in the Appalachian District will be appointed to the Smoky Mountain District.   She is a graduate of Wake Forest University (B.S., 1977), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.,1981) and Duke University (Th.M.,1985)   She served Centenary UMC in New Bern (NCC) associate (1983-1984,1986-1989); Central UMC in Shelby, ...
Partners in Health and Wholeness 2017/18 announcements

Partners in Health and Wholeness 2017/18 announcements

4/6/2018
Congratulations: 2017 PHW Collaborative Congregations Congratulations to the following congregations from the WNCC UMC and the NCC UMC who were a part of the PHW Collaborative in 2017 and are/were eligible for grants to expand or implement health and wellness ministries in 2017/2018. We are delighted to walk alongside these churches who are exploring what it means to engage with the health needs of their communities through a lens of faith. Goldston UMC                                          ...
Reminder: Nominations for 2018 Denman Evangelism Awards Now Being Accepted

Reminder: Nominations for 2018 Denman Evangelism Awards Now Being Accepted

4/5/2018
“Who do you know that should be considered for this year’s Harry Denman Evangelism Award?”   Each year The Denman Evangelism Award is presented at Annual Conference to the youth, clergy, and/or lay person that best personifies what it means to live our call to make disciples of Jesus Christ. The recipients are those who have followed in the footsteps of noted lay evangelist Harry Denman by showing Christ to others through their actions, ministries, and heart for living and sharing the Gospel. ...
WNCC COSROW offers a prayer and resources for the struggle

WNCC COSROW offers a prayer and resources for the struggle

4/4/2018
Prayer and Resources for the Struggle In light of the long, painful and ongoing struggle for women to have the same rights and privileges as men – not only in society as a whole but even within the church – your WNCC COSROW (Commission on the Status and Role of Women) would like to offer the following prayer:   We give you thanks, O God, that at Pentecost your Spirit was poured out on all people – on women no less than men. Anoint your church again, we pray, so that every barrier to faithful ...
The United Methodist Church Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Historic Merger

The United Methodist Church Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Historic Merger

3/28/2018
Nashville, Tennessee – Congregations across the connection are invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary commemorating the event on April 23, 1968, when leaders of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church declared the creation of a new denomination, The United Methodist Church. With the words “Lord of the Church, we are united in Thee, in Thy Church and now in The United Methodist Church,” the new denomination was birthed at the constituting General Conference being held ...
Conference Council on Campus Ministries hosts training for local campus ministry boards

Conference Council on Campus Ministries hosts training for local campus ministry boards

3/26/2018
The Conference Council on Campus Ministries recently hosted a training for local campus ministry boards on March 23 and 24th at the Catholic Conference Center in Hickory. Twenty-five people were in attendance representing six of the seven campus ministries in Western North Carolina Conference. Rev. John Weaver, Executive Director/Campus Minister at Middle Tennessee State University Wesley Foundation lead the board training. A variety of topics including how to recruit and develop a local ...
Tell me, “What exactly is the function of the Church?”

Tell me, “What exactly is the function of the Church?”

3/26/2018
by Charlotte Brendel Our Book of Discipline is clear about why the church exists: ¶ 202.  The Function of the Local Church — The church of Jesus Christ exists in and for the world. It is primarily at the level of the charge consisting of one or more local churches that the church encounters the world. The local church is a strategic base from which Christians move out to the structures of society. The function of the local church, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, is to help people to ...
Commission members grateful to serve, complete work on final report

Commission members grateful to serve, complete work on final report

3/23/2018
LOS ANGELES – Members of the Commission on a Way Forward expressed gratitude at the opportunity to be part of the Commission and they signaled hope for The United Methodist Church as they completed their meeting in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 22. The 32-member Commission has been meeting since January 2017 in various places throughout the global denomination to assist the bishops in their charge from the 2016 General Conference to lead the church forward amid the present impasse related to ...
Brooks-Howell Home shares latest news

Brooks-Howell Home shares latest news

3/21/2018
We here at Brooks-Howell Home have some incredible news that we can’t wait to share with other members of the community. But what is Brooks-Howell Home? We are a not-for-profit charitable continuing care retirement community. Originally it was established as a retirement destination for United Methodist deaconesses and missionaries, but has evolved into a community that includes local residents from Western North Carolina, clergy and spouses, and service personnel from other denominations. Our ...
Lake Junaluska to invest over $400,000 in youth and young adult facilities

Lake Junaluska to invest over $400,000 in youth and young adult facilities

3/21/2018
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C.—Lake Junaluska has recently received more than $400,000 in charitable donations to renovate youth and young adult facilities. Upgrades will begin in late spring.   Rev. Mitzi Johnson, director of programming at Lake Junaluska, said she is excited to see the transformation of the buildings and the effect it will have on the thousands of youth who stay at Lake Junaluska each year.   “I'm thrilled by this resounding affirmation that Lake Junaluska cares deeply about youth and ...
Bishops, leaders of UMC-related institutions optimistic of denomination’s future

Bishops, leaders of UMC-related institutions optimistic of denomination’s future

3/20/2018
DALLAS - Several leaders of United Methodist Church-related institutions voiced optimism and are preparing for possible changes in the global denomination that could occur as a result of the Special Session of the General Conference called for February next year. As part of its commitment of offering a proposal that would move The United Methodist Church forward with as much unity as possible, the Council of Bishops invited leaders of United Methodist-related anchor institutions for ...
Registration for Emory 5K at AC2018

Registration for Emory 5K at AC2018

3/20/2018
WNC Emory Club 2018 5K at Lake Junaluska Register at: runsignup.com/EmoryClub5K $25 before 5/31/18 $35 after Friday, June 22, 2018 8 AM Stuart Auditorium Benefitting: UMCOR/Puerto Rico Recovery
Packing Instructions and Project AGAPE/UMCOR Drop-Off Locations

Packing Instructions and Project AGAPE/UMCOR Drop-Off Locations

3/17/2018
  Packing Instructions and Project AGAPE/UMCOR Drop-Off Locations Please pack all items in the smallest box that is appropriate.  Recommended box size is 16” X 12” X 12” since boxes of that size can be reused as part of a shipment. List the contents on the outside of the box. Also, pack the boxes as full and tight as possible.  That prevents boxes from being crushed as they are stacked in the warehouse awaiting the sorting process. If at all possible, avoid using plastic bags, ...
Lake Junaluska to host 5K, egg hunts, sunrise service for Easter

Lake Junaluska to host 5K, egg hunts, sunrise service for Easter

3/15/2018
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — Lake Junaluska has a full schedule set for Easter weekend, including a 5K run, children’s Easter egg hunt, sunrise service overlooking the lake and buffet lunch. Everyone is invited to attend the events.   Friends of the Lake 5K   Easter weekend at Lake Junaluska begins with the Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race, Walk and Fun Run on Saturday, March 31. The event, which is in its 11th year, is a way for the community to support the Lake Junaluska Walking Trail, one of the ...
Commission on a Way Forward meets March 19-22 to prepare final report

Commission on a Way Forward meets March 19-22 to prepare final report

3/14/2018
WASHINGTON D.C. – The 32-member Commission on a Way Forward will meet in Los Angeles on March 19-22 to prepare a final report to be submitted to the Council of the Bishops for consideration by the bishops at their April/May meeting. “The Commission is focused on suggesting a way forward that pays attention to our public mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, especially with those who are not yet a part of our churches,” said Bishop Ken Carter, resident ...
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