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

September 3, 2020

E-News - September 2, 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. Want to get WNCC E-News sent directly to your inbox? Subscribe today. Submit articles for the next e-news. Submit events.


Join us for 30 Days of Anti-Racism

This September, we are joining the General Commission on Religion and Race 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. Click here to download the challenge calendar. 

Committee on Relief Update: Hurricane Laura

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.

COVID-19 and Your Congregation: How Can We Help?
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. This survey will close Tuesday, September 8.

Adventures in Ministry Kick-Off Event October 3rd

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.

2020 Clergy Assessments Have Been Released

Information about the 2020 Clergy Assessments has been emailed to clergy and S/PPRC chairs this week.

Means of Grace: Meet John Crane, WNCC Lay Leader

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.

Pertinent information for churches regarding the Social Security Tax Deferral

Dr. Mark King, Conference Treasurer, offers pertinent information and advice for churches regarding the Social Security Tax Deferral option.

Health benefits rates for 2021
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. 

Charge Conference Technical Updates for 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. 
Discipleship Ministries offers more considerations as you plan your Charge Conference in COVID-19 times. 

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission seeks nominations for Board of Directors

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

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.

Stepping up your virtual worship game

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. 
WNCC IT Services Recommendations for Websites and Online Worship Streaming
7 Tips to Engage Your Virtual Community During In-Person Worship
Online and Virtual Gatherings: Inclusion for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Members
Producing Your Own Virtual Choir Video from Start to Finish
The Foyer Moved: Training Digital Volunteers

Be sure to visit regularly for ideas on engaging your congregation, resources for children & youth ministry, financial stewardship information, and online worship & tech support. 


Engaging Zoomed Out Youth
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

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

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.

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

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.

Register for Eating Together Faithfully introductory training

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.

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

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.

Director of Communications: Melissa McGill

Communications Ministry Assistant: Aimee Yeager