The Latest Edition of E-News - Resources for Observing Black History Month, Clergy Tax Discount, and more

February 2, 2022

E-News - February 2, 2022
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. Submit articles for the next e-news. Submit events.


Resources for Celebrating Black History Month
It's Black History Month! No matter your heritage, culture, or racial background, Black history is everyone’s story. The UMC General Commission on Religion and Race offers resources for Black History Month including 29 Ways You Can Participate in Black History Month, Do's and Don'ts - Helping White Congregations Observe Black History Month, and Black History Month Activities for Kids.
Means of Grace: Our Pathways to the Post-Covid Church with Bishop Ken Carter
Over the past two years, the world has changed dramatically and our ways of doing church have been disrupted.  In this episode, Bishop Carter explores four interrelated pathways to the Post-Covid Church. This is a journey we are called to walk together.
WNCC PAUMCS To Host National Conference
The Western North Carolina Chapter of PAUMCS (Professional Administrators of The United Methodist Connection Structure) will be hosting the annual conference of the national PAUMCS organization April 21-23, 2022, at Lake Junaluska.  In addition to offering continuing education workshops led by leaders in the WNCC, there will also be times of worship led by Bishop Kenneth Carter, Rev. Dr. Stephanie Hand, and Rev. H. Jae Lee. All church administrators are invited to attend.  You don't have to be a member of PAUMCS in order to attend this event.
Tax Preparation Discount Offer for WNCC Clergy
C. DeWitt Foard and Associates, PA, CPAs, a nationally renowned accounting firm and also the Western NC Conference’s auditors, is offering WNC clergy $50 off usual tax preparation fees for 2021 returns. Simply mention you are a WNC clergyperson or spouse to receive the discount. Returns can be submitted from all regions of the conference.
Applications Open for 2022 Explore Summer Ministry Internships
The Explore Summer Internship exists to help young adults (18-25 years old) discern their call to vocational ministry. The internship is a hands-on experience in a church setting or a church-affiliated organization. Interns engage in a broad range of ministerial work and/or program development then reflect on their experiences. Applications are due February 16, 2022.
Easter Outreach Promotion
Encourage those in your community to take part in your Easter worship services with the help of our outreach resources. Choose from banners, signs, postcards, invitation cards, posters and more that feature a wide variety of designs and messages. Order soon and use promo code UMCEA22 to get up to $200 off.
Resources are also available in Spanish here (use promo code UMCEASP22).
This offer is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Once funds are depleted, the code will expire.
Worship Matters Podcast - Digital Media: What We Have Learned
The Worship Team is joined by Rob Hutchinson and Mike Symonds of Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, and Steven Adair from United Methodist Communications to talk about the perils and pitfalls, but mostly about the joy and possibilities of digital media for worship today.
Online Workshop Series "Loving People and the Planet in the Name of God: Engaging the Local Church"
The WNCC Creation Care Ministry Team is partnering with the UM Creation Justice movement to provide a series of online workshops in late February and early March on practical steps toward greening your facilities and promoting an ethic of creation care for your local church.


  • Catch the replays of Bishop Carter's keynote address and any of the Winter Leadership Training webinars you may have missed!
  • The Smoky Mountain District of Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church is seeking candidates for the position of District Administrative Assistant. The purpose of this position is to support the District Superintendent as he/she both resources the mission and ministry of the churches within that district, and will foster a relationship with clergy and
    candidates associated with the district. Read the full job description and find directions for application
  • Join the Metro District on Mondays in Lent, as we journey through the Lenten season together. We will use the book Unrevealed Until Its Season: A Lenten Journey with Hymns written by Dr. James C. Howell, senior pastor at Myers Park UMC in Charlotte. The study will be offered in English and Spanish/En inglés y español and is open to all who want to join!
  • Global Ministries launched a new initiative joining interfaith partners in an effort to increase the equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine around the world. The project was established to support UNICEF’s interfaith movement to end the pandemic. The Love Beyond Borders campaign will support COVAX’s initiative to equitably distribute vaccines around the world. For just $37 dollars, you can help provide 10 people with two doses of the vaccine. Global Ministries has created this project to ensure that 100% of donations go directly to UNICEF USA.
  • Local church finance leaders interested in learning best practices in accounting, stewardship, legal matters, apportionments, taxes, and insurance are invited to join the next cohort of the Certificate Program in Church Treasury.
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WNCC Discount for Amplify Media
Informational Sessions on Zoom - February 3, 7, and 8
The conference has negotiated a partnership with the United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) to offer their online platform, Amplify Media, at a deeply discounted rate for all churches/charges in the Western NC Conference! Information available for new and current Amplify subscribers in the full article.

Upcoming Events at Starrette Farms
The Welcoming Prayer Using the Labyrinth - Saturday, February 26, 9:30 a.m.
Using the ancient prayer practice of walking the Labyrinth, you will learn to release and return with an open-hearted embrace of all that is in ourselves and the world.
Stations of the Cross - Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m.
We will explore the history, the scriptures, and experience the newly-created Stations of the Cross prayer walk —nestled in a peaceful setting leading through the woods near the labyrinth at Starrette Farm Retreat Center. Limited to 20 participants.

Youth Ministry Network Retreat & Resource Gathering
March 7-9, 2022
Get excited for the next Youth Ministry Network Gathering! We will be getting together to share resources and ideas, and to develop a network of collaboration and encouragement for one another and our ministries with young people. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions:

Clergy Leadership Webinar with Author, Tod Bolsinger
Tuesday, March 15 at 12 p.m.
Join Bishop Carter as he moderates a webinar led by Tod Bolsinger on his book Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change. The webinar is open to all clergy in the Western NC and Florida Conferences.

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