The Latest Edition of E-News - Reopening Guidelines, Summer Missions & VBS Considerations, and more

May 13, 2020


E-News - May 13, 2020

E-News is a bi-weekly 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. Submit articles for the next e-news. Submit events.


WNCC Guidelines for Phase 1
The Bishop and Western North Carolina Cabinet have released guidelines for North Carolina's Phase 1 reopening. In alignment and compliance with North Carolina governmental mandates and our scriptural and Wesleyan call to "love others" and “do no harm,” these guidelines are to be followed by churches in the Western North Carolina Conference. These will remain in effect until at least Sunday, May 31, 2020.

Bishop Harvey makes history as first Hispanic woman to be Council of Bishops President
Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey of the Louisiana Area has made history by becoming the first Hispanic woman to be president of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church.

Means of Grace: Innovation in Western North Carolina

In this episode, Caroline and Brian check in with Rev. Louis Timberlake for an update on the conference Innovation initiative that began at Annual Conference last year. Listen at or wherever you get your podcasts.

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2020-2021 Local Church Appointment List
Bishop Leeland and the Western North Carolina Cabinet have released local church appointments for the 2020-2021 year.  
One Church's Dedication to Caring for Seniors

First United Methodist Church in Mocksville dedicates itself to caring for seniors in two stages of life - homebound and college-bound.

Online Worship Shifts Our Perspectives on Modern Ministry

Three WNCC churches explore some of the ways our perspectives of online ministry have shifted in the wake of the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.

Mission Engagement Blog
Laura Beach Byrch and the MET Operation Team offer 10 questions to consider when rethinking this summer's mission experiences.
2020 VBS Recommendations
Wondering what to do about VBS? Take a look at these tips on what to consider when deciding what's best for your community.
Camp Tekoa Summer Plans

Camp Tekoa announces suspension of scheduled summer camp and addition of new summer opportunities. Also announced is the establishment of the Tekoa "Raise Your Candles High" Emergency Fund campaign.

Join us May 28th for ‘ALL IN For UMAR’
Grab lunch and join us at noon on Thursday, May 28 for ALL IN for UMAR. This 30 minute virtual event will highlight UMAR’s mission and ministry for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities across western North Carolina. Be ALL IN for UMAR as we help people LIVE, WORK and THRIVE through housing, vocational services, art programs and community services.

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Director of Communications: Melissa McGill
Communications Ministry Assistant: Aimee Yeager