The Latest Edition of E-News - 2022 Apportionments Available July 1, Means of Grace with Dr. Bill White, Jr., and Reporting Historical Changes

 

E-News - June 30, 2021

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.


NEWS 

Means of Grace: Equity and Justice with Rev. Dr. Bill White, Jr.
In this episode of the Means of Grace podcast, Jesse Enniss has a conversation with Rev. Dr. William (Bill) White, Jr. to speak about his new role as the Director of Equity and Justice for the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, and how lay and clergy leaders can take first steps in moving toward these goals. Listen on our website or wherever you get your podcasts.
Reporting Historical Changes for the 2021 Journal
The Conference Office is working to pull together information for the 2021 Journal, and as in years past, is requesting churches to report data on church and parsonage renovations, remodeling, new buildings, dedications, etc. that took place over the past year.
2022 Apportionment posted to church dashboards
The 2022 General Church, Conference, and District apportionments for all churches will be posted to the church dashboards on July 1st.  These become effective January 1, 2022.  Please advise Treasury Services of any errors or questions.
Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) - Why Membership is Important

"With everything that's happening in our society and has been happening with the Church structure for year, dating back before the merger of the Church, more than ever ring true the words of Rev. Earnest Smith for not only Black United Methodists, but for ALL United Methodists, "Our Time Under God Is Now." Right now is the time for all of us to really live out the meaning of unity so that the world will know that we are Christians by our love for one another!"

Pamela Shoffner shares more about the important work of Black Methodists for Church Renewal and offers an invitation for ALL to join. Associate members (non-Black United Methodists) are also welcome and encouraged to become a part of this work and to journey alongside their Black brothers and sisters to help make the United Methodist Church whole. Learn more today.

Ten WNCC Congregations Partner with The Duke Endowment to Improve Early Childhood Literacy in North Carolina
Ten congregations in the Western NC Conference are working with The Duke Endowment's Summer Literacy Initiative to provide six weeks of literacy instruction, enrichment activities, family engagement, meals, and wrap-around services for students and families who are traditionally underserved in rural North Carolina. Read the full report and learn how your church might be a good fit to join the Summer Literacy Initiative and improve early childhood literacy in North Carolina's rural communities.
NC Pastors Survey for UNC Research Project
Prominent UNC professors, Liesbet Hooghe, Gary Marks, and Stephanie Shady, are requesting pastors in the WNCC to participate in a short, confidential survey for research they are conducting regarding the moral underpinnings of political change in North Carolina. Please consider participating in this important study.

Lake Junaluska hosts its first-ever Juneteenth celebration
"Juneteenth has made its way to public awareness in the last few years, and was just made the 11th federal holiday. However, months before the vote to solidify that, the decision was made to host an event in Haywood County commemorating the day that the last enslaved individuals in America were told they had been emancipated." Kyle Perrotti of The Mountaineer has the story.

 
 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Thank you to everyone who helped to make Annual Conference 2021 a success!
Save the date for our much-anticipated return to Lake Junaluska for next year's Annual Conference, June 17-19, 2022!
 
WNC Lands of the Bible Cruise with Bishop Ken Carter
Announcing the Western North Carolina Annual Conference's Lands of the Bible Cruise on the Celebrity Apex with Bishop Ken Carter, Jr.
 
Convocation on the Rural Church Set for 2023
The next gathering of the Convocation on the Rural Church has been rescheduled for August 7-9, 2023. As the event draws closer, you will receive more information regarding event details and registration information. Until that time, please save the date on your calendar. 
 

UPCOMING WEBINARS & EVENTS: 

Project AGAPE Virtual Mission Trip
Thursday, July 15, 6 p.m.
Whether you have traveled with us in the past or simply would like to know more about the work being done by North Carolina Methodists in Armenia, join us for a Virtual Mission Trip to Armenia.  We will learn about the history of Armenia and Project AGAPE, hear from past mission participants, have a live chat with Project AGAPE board and get an update from the Project AGAPE Country Director, Nara Melkonyan.  The event is FREE to everyone who registers. 

 

Both/And Learning Lab #1

Saturday, July 17, 9:30 a.m.
BOTH current grant recipients AND potential grant recipients of the BOTH/AND Grants are invited to join us for the first Hybrid Worship Learning Lab. Participants will worship, learn, experiment, share, ask questions, and discover best practices around hybrid worship experiences. Learn more and register today.
 

Eating Together Faithfully Introductory Training (Virtual)
Saturday, July 17, 10 a.m.
As congregations and communities begin to safely gather together in person again, NOW is the perfect time to organize an Eating Together Faithfully (ETF) small group! The team at Life Around the Table invites you to join us for our next Eating Together Faithfully (ETF) Virtual Introductory Training.

AntiRacism Ethics Training
Dates vary throughout August-November, 2021
This workshop is designed for clergy and laity together. It is essential for each pastor to identify a key lay person to attend it together with him/her as a partner in advancing the work of antiracism.
All who are under appointment or assignment in WNC are expected to participate in one of the training events over the next four years by June 2024. 

 

Director of Communications: Melissa McGill

Associate Director of Communications: Aimee Yeager

Resources for Vital Congregations

 

CHURCH LEADERSHIP

Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources

eLEAD

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

DISCIPLE FORMATION:

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

WESLEYAN STUDIES:

Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

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

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology

REACHING PEOPLE:

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

RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:

Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children

GRANTS:

The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment

OTHER:

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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