Blessed to Be a Blessing During COVID-19
The Reynolds Ministry Fund was already widely-known from its annual ministry grants. The fund, generously entrusted to the Foundation by Royce and Jane Reynolds of Greensboro, supports initiatives that make disciples of Jesus Christ. Though the fund had awarded $371,500 during its regular 2020 grant cycle in February, the need to offer additional support for ministries as they adapted to the new reality was plainly evident.
With the full support of the Reynolds, the Foundation opened a special grant cycle specifically for churches adapting to COVID-19. $100,000 went directly to the Western North Carolina Conference to support various Conference-level ministries. An additional $102,000 in grants were awarded to 178 churches and related ministries to purchase recording and lighting equipment, online meeting software subscriptions, and expand local internet access and capacity.
“Thank you, sincerely, from the bottom of my heart,” offered Lee Rice from Rock Hill UMC in Stanley. “We are a small church with a mighty heart! This will help so much. I am all smiles.”
For the Foundation, these grants are about more than helping out. They’re about faithful stewardship over the resources entrusted to them.
“It’s an honor to be a part of a real-time response to an obvious and pragmatic need. Times of crises require that we all do what we can. The faithfulness and generosity of Royce and Jane Reynolds of Greensboro has, for many years, supported initiatives in this Conference and beyond on an extraordinary level. Our gratitude for Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds cannot be overstated.” – Caroline Cox, Director of Reynolds Ministries and Programs, United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina
Learn more about the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina at www.umfwnc.org.
Resources for Vital Congregations
GBHEM Leadership Resources
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.