The Latest Edition of E-News - July 17



E-News - July 17

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.


Bishops seek declaratory decisions on three plans submitted to General Conference
WASHINGTON –  The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is asking the Judicial Council for declaratory decisions on the constitutionality of the petitions submitted by the Commission on a Way Forward to the 2019 Special Session of General...More

Hood Theological Seminary Faculty Accepted to Oxford Institute of Methodist Studies
Salisbury, NC - Dr. Ashley Dreff and Rev. Thomas Grinter have been accepted to the 14th Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies to be held August 12-19 at Pembroke College of Oxford University in Oxford, England. This important gathering of...More
UMC Bishops Amend Call for 2019 Special Session of General Conference
WASHINGTON, D.C. _ The Council of Bishops (COB) has amended its call for the Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, in response to Judicial Council ...More


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
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
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
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




For Sale: Da-lite 88612K Fast-Fold Deluxe Portable Projection Screen. 6'x8' with quick set up aluminum stand. Includes hard shell case with wheels. Used only a few times. Screen and stand are in perfect shape. Excellent screen for multiple sized venues. Sells for $850 but you can buy it from me for $400. Pick up only. Phone or text 704-577-0021 - Catawba Valley District

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.

"A Digest of Wesleyan Grace Theology" came off the press just before annual conference, published by MarketSquareBooks of Knoxville. It has endorsements by Richard Heitzenrater, Lovett Weems, Len Sweet, Bishop Paul Leeland, Bishop Ken Carder,  Michael Brown, Nido Qubein, Russell Richey, Peter Graves, Dr. Robert Hopkins of Tulane School of Medicine. The sub title is "Preparing, Pardoning, and Perfecting Grace."  Designed for personal or small group study, each chapter has "Reflection Discussion Questions."  Don, in 2017, published "Reading the Bible Again and Seeing It for the First Time," (Vol 1) that is a companion to each of the thirty-nine books of the New Testament.  Both are available from Cokesbury, Amazon, or Don himself (if you want it autographed!)

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.

Several Lost & Found items from Annual Conference are being held at the Conference Secretary’s office.  To claim an item, please contact Marsha Patton, or (704) 535-2260 x122. Items turned in directly to Lake Junaluska may be located through the “Lost & Found Reporting” link at


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: 2018 Mission Studies: Embracing Wholeness: An Earth Perspective for ...More
Lay Servant Ministries Come and See Session
7/28/2018 10:00am-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
Northern Piedmont - Neighborhood Seminary Come and Discern!
8/2/18 - Laity and Pastors are invited to Come and Discern whether the Neighborhood Seminary is right for you!   Duke Divinity School Neighborhood Seminary August 2, 2018 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm Glenwood United Methodist Church 1417 Glenwood Ave. Greensboro, NC...More
SpiritUS 2018 - Weekend # 1
8/4-8/6  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
Catawba Valley Lay Servant Training will be offered on Sunday afternoons: August 5, 12, 19, and 26.   3:00 – 5:30 pm Aldersgate UMC 1207 West Dixon Blvd., Shelby, NC 28152    Each course listed below consists of four Sunday afternoon class meetings. ...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
Disaster Response Meeting
8/9/18 - The Western NC Conference Committee on Relief invites you to a Disaster Response meeting, Thursday August 9 from 10am – 3pm at Trinity UMC in Statesville. Lunch will be provided. The meeting will include an overview of the Committee’s new structure, ...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

ERT Basic Training - St Francis UMC - 8/18/18...More

Catawba Valley District UMW Annual Meeting
8/18/18 - BE BOLD, BE A LEADER, BE MORE THAN A GIRL   Catawba Valley District United Methodist Women 2018 Annual Meeting Saturday, August 18, 2018 First United Methodist Church Valdese 217 St. Germain Avenue, Valdese NC 28690 Gathering, Refreshments, Walk for...More


Partnering with Laity: Improving Culture and Processes to Achieve Excellence
8/29-8/30 - Clergy are invited to a two day, highly interactive workshop focused on developing, coaching, and mentoring staff and lay leadership to achieve significant improvement in processes and culture, hosted by John Dyer, a life-long member of the UMC with ...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
Retiring Well
9/24/18-9/25/18 Registration starts at 1pm on Monday and concludes 12pm on Tuesday. Price: $75 Single & $95 Couples. Food: Dinner will be provided on Monday. Breakfast will be provided on Tuesday. Lodging: Overnight lodging will be provided at the ...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


  • Resources
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