The Latest Edition of E-News - #EndRacism, Clergy Session, Rethinking Summer Mission, and More


E-News - June 10, 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. Submit articles for the next e-news. Submit events.


A Summons To Witness, Protest, & Promise
We, United Methodists in The Western North Carolina Conference, join our voices with The North Carolina Conference in witness, protest and promise in these times of violence against our Black brothers and sisters.

In case you missed it, read Bishop Leeland's Pentecost Call to Action in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the more than 100,000 COVID-19 deaths in America.  

United Methodists Stand Against Racism
Find resources regarding the systemic injustice of racism for ongoing learning, action, and prayer.

Read statements condemning racism and systemic injustice from the Council of Bishops and the Bishops of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church.


Bishop Leeland Shares Details for 2020 Virtual Clergy Session
Bishop Leeland shares details for the 2020 Virtual Clergy Session which will be held on Thursday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. as a Zoom webinar.


Means of Grace: Race, Racism, The Church's Clarion Call
We invite you to listen to this special episode of the Means of Grace Podcast featuring the Metro District of The United Methodist Church's Sights & Sounds Podcast. In this episode, Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand and Rev. David Hockett speak with Dr. Elaine Heath and Dr. Fatimah Salleh about race, racism in America, and the United Methodist Church's responsibility to speak up, act, and make change for the Kingdom of God.

This episode is part one of series. Listen and subscribe to Metro District's Sights & Sounds Podcast to hear the full series of conversations.
Mission Engagement Blog
Check out the Mission Engagement Blog page for a new blog by Caroline Wood. This month's topic is Mission During Covid-19 - 2020: Back to the Basics. 
Means of Grace: Rethinking Summer Missions
In this episode of the Means of Grace Podcast, Brian Mateer, Associate Director of Missional Engagement, leads a conversation with Rev. Kris Mares and Rev. Laura Byrch on how churches should evaluate summer missions during COVID-19. 
Cloth Face Masks Available
The Committee on Relief has secured a donation of cloth face masks through FEMA. These masks are available to staff and volunteers of non-profit organizations and will be available to distribute in the next week(s). For additional information contact Ben Rogers (
Shelby Systems Offers Special Pricing For Online Giving
One of the Western NC Conference’s Ministry partners, Shelby Systems, has agreed to partner with churches in the conference by providing a comprehensive online giving program that will include text-to-give, custom website form, and mobile app at a discounted rate. 
Resuming Care-Filled Worship and Sacramental Life During a Pandemic

An extensive resource from Candler School of Theology featuring in-depth guidance and advice from an ecumenical group of theologians, scientists, physicians, pastors, bishops, and practitioners. This guide includes theological foundations, benchmarks, best practices, planning checklist, and practical solutions.

Congratulations to the WNCC Seminary Graduates of 2020!

The United Methodists of Western North Carolina congratulate our seminary graduates on completing this blessed journey. May you always feel God's abiding presence with you as you look towards the journey ahead.

WNCC United Methodist Women 2020 Spiritual Retreat to be held virtually
For Such a Time as This, the Western North Carolina Conference United Methodist Women Spiritual Growth Virtual Retreat 2020 is coming to you online June 12-14. 
Family Retreat and Mission Opportunities at Hinton Rural Life Center
Hinton Rural Life Center is responding to individual and family needs to retreat, reflect, and renew during this uncertain and stressful time by offering affordable options to getaway, but still be mindful of protecting oneself and others.
Tekoa Foothills Day Passes Available

Pack a cooler and sunscreen. Take a day trip to Foothills. Enjoy the lake, swimming pool, and hiking trails with a Tekoa Foothills Day Pass.

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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