E-News - July 3


E-News - July 3

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. Articles for the next e-news can be submitted here.


Anam Cara: Training in Missional Spiritual Direction
Anam Cara is a two-year missional spiritual direction training program that, along with traditional preparation for one-on-one spiritual direction. moves participants toward a posture of spiritual direction within the wider context of the ...more
Author Carol Howard Merritt to speak at Lake Junaluska’s Summer Worship Series July 8
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — Award-winning author and renowned public speaker Carol Howard Merritt will preach at Lake Junaluska on Sunday, July 8. The service starts with a prelude at 10:45 a.m. in Stuart Auditorium. The service is part of the Summer ...more
Lay Servant Ministry - Open the Door
Have you noticed a call to ministry in a member of your congregation? Perhaps, you feel God's calling? The WNCCUMC wants you to know there are pathways available to equip laity with the resources they need to serve in Lay Servant Ministries. With ...more
Retirement of Nancy Anderson
 On Tuesday, June 26, the Conference Staff recognized Dr. Nancy Andersen as she transitions into retirement.  Nancy joined the WNC Conference Staff as Archivist in January of 1999 and has served faithfully in this capacity ever since, ...more
As the WNC Conference offices move to a new office building in Huntersville, the WNC Conference Archives will move to the G. A. Pfeiffer Library at Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer, NC.  The present schedule has the Conference Archives moving at the ...more
Worship Service and Reception will Celebrate Former Lake Junaluska Singers Director Glenn Draper
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — A free worship service led by the Lake Junaluska Singers and the Lake Junaluska Singers Alumni Association will take place on Saturday, July 7 at 10 a.m. in Memorial Chapel to honor the legacy of former Lake Junaluska Singers ...more
Clergy Debt Reduction Loan Program
Creating good stewards of God’s financial resources Application Deadline August 30, 2018 The Clergy Debt Reduction Loan Team is promoting its first loan offering this year!   Loans will be offered at 1.5% interest for a period not to exceed 15 years...more
Justice and Reconciliation Team News
In recent weeks, we have watched with horror at the implementation of policies from the Department of Justice regarding the treatment of people migrating to the United States. Read Statement from ...more
Resource Center Closing Temporarily - Updated Dates
The Resource Center will be closed July 16—August 1 for Annual Conference and the move to our new office in Huntersville. Thank you to everyone who stopped in and helped to rehome our free resources! At this point, all of the freebies have all be ...more
Tornado Disaster Response Update: Work Teams Needed
Tornado Disaster Response Update - July 2, 2018   We are grateful to finally announce Greensboro is ready for work teams to assist with recovery from the tornado that caused so much damage in East Greensboro on April 15th. Below ...more



Check out the latest email to supporters sent out by the United Methodist Campus Ministry at UNC-Charlotte.

Community Yard Sale hosted by Brooks-Howell Retirement Center - proceeds to help jump start Bear Closet at Brooks-Howell. More Information here.

Pastor Michael Kurtz has authored a new book "Mentoring Pew Sitters into Servant Leaders," published by Plowpoint Press (2018).  This resource presents and promotes a theology and a practical step-by-step plan for developing a mentoring ministry in local churches.

Come enjoy a weekend of laughter while strengthening your marriage with Mark Gungor the Comedic Relationship & Personality Expert who travels the world to help couples boost their marriage through humor at Matthews United Methodist Church Laugh Your Way To A Better Marriage with Mark Gungor on Friday, September 7, from 7:00-10:00 pm and Saturday, September 8, from 9:00 am- Noon. Watch Mark here. Event is $35 per person. Childcare provided if you reserve by August 20 with Kim Layton. Purchase tickets here.




2018 WNCC United Methodist Women Mission
July 19 - 22, 2018 2018 MISSION U July 19 - 22, 2018 Pfeiffer University Misenheimer, North Carolina Complete information at:  https://wnccumw.org/events/mission-u-2018/ 2018 Mission Studies: Embracing Wholeness: An Earth Perspective for ...more
Lay Servant Ministries Come and See Session
7/28/2018 9:30am-11:30am The Western NC Conference of the UMC is committed to equipping and empowering laypersons who have responded to the call of God to serve in mission and ministry. The United Methodist Church has established three categories ...more
SpiritUS 2018 - Weekend # 1
August 4-6  SpiritUS is an annual youth event of the Western North Carolina UMC. Youth groups from all over the NC region come together for music, speakers, faith formation, and joyful fun at the beach!! We will have two great weekends of SPIRITUS ...more
Catawba Valley Lay Servant Training
Sundays, August 5 - 26, 2018 Fall 2018 Lay Servant Training Sundays, August 5 - 26, 2018 3-5 pm More Details to Come -- Please check back!...more
Yadkin Valley District Talent Show
8/7/2018 - 6pm-8pm Showcase your talent at the Yadkin Valley District Talent Show.  Click here for more information...more
SpiritUS 2018 - Weekend # 2
August 10-12 SpiritUS is an annual youth event of the Western North Carolina UMC. Youth groups from all over the NC region come together for music, speakers, faith formation, and joyful fun at the beach!! We will have two great weekends of SPIRITUS ...more
Festival of Wisdom and Grace
August 13-16 Lake Junaluska will host the Festival of Wisdom and Grace, a conference for those looking for purpose and renewal in the second half of life, from August 13-16. The conference invites all older adults to attend, from those nearing ...more
Thursday, AUGUST 16, 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. Do you have questions about charge conference reports and end-of-the year statistical reports?  If so, don’t miss the WNC PAUMCS Workshop on  Thursday, AUGUST 16,  St. Luke’s UMC  52 16th Avenue NW  Hickory, ...more
A Welcoming Table - A Ministry WITH Experience
August 29-31, 2018 A Welcoming Table- A Ministry WITH the poor experiential training event Haywood Street Congregation, Asheville, NC More info here...more
A Weekend with Dr. Jerry Wright
September 7-9, 2018   Jungian Psychology and Celtic Spirituality: Resources for a Grounded Mysticism The Retreat will seek to address the deep hunger for a soulful spirituality, one which overcomes the centuries-old splits between matter and spirit, ...more
Effecting and Implementing Change workshop
Effecting and Implementing Change Workshop Thursday and Friday, October 4 and 5, 2018 at the Hickory Conference Center. sponsored by Moxley & Associates More information to follow...more

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Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at hfleming@wnccumc.net.


  • Resources
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