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



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.

Learn more about the Innovation initiative at

Complete a few questions here to be included in the number of innovative ministries in WNCC.

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

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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