The Latest Edition of E-News - Project AGAPE Virtual Mission Trip, Register for the Both/And Learning Lab, and more

 

E-News - July 14, 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: Project AGAPE - Where We Are, Where We Have Been, and Where God is Leading?

In this week's episode of the Means of Grace podcast, Brian Mateer explores the history, the present, and the future of our mission partnership in Armenia, Project AGAPE, with Board Chair Allan Van Meter.

Please join us for a Project AGAPE Virtual Mission trip tomorrow, Thursday, July 15, 2021, at 6:30 PM EST via Zoom. 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, you're invited to join us for a Virtual Mission Trip. We will learn about the history of Armenia and Project AGAPE, hear from past mission participants, have a live chat with the Project AGAPE board, and get an update from the Project AGAPE Country Director, Nara Melkonyan. The event is free to everyone who registers. Sign up today!

Registration closes TOMORROW for the first Both/And Learning Lab

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. Registration closes tomorrow, so learn more and register today!

*Mark your calendars! Registration for Both/And Learning Lab #2 at West Market St UMC in Greensboro opens Saturday, August 28th!

Racial Healing and Reconciliation Learning Cohort

WNCC churches are invited to participate in a learning cohort for local church teams doing intentional ministry in racial healing and reconciliation, as well as racial equity and justice ministries.

Faith leaders support providing health coverage to 600,000 uninsured North Carolinians
On June 30, the Care4Carolina Faith Advisory Council brought together faith leaders from across NC virtually to pray together and call for closing North Carolina's health insurance gap to provide coverage for 600,000 uninsured North Carolinians. You are invite to join with them and sign your support as a faith leader.

Developing and Implementing an Outward Mindset
In this workshop, participants learn how to change their mindset and behaviors to better engage others through training developed by the Arbinger Institute. The habits of self-awareness, mindset change, accountability, an collaboration can be contagious and help form more loving communities. Join an in-person workshop across the conference in five locations between September and November.

UMW Deaconess & Home Missioner Virtual Discernment Event

For laity in the United Methodist Church who feel called by God to a full-time vocation in service with those who are marginalized and in need in the world today, there is an opportunity to be a part of a supportive community in connection with The United Methodist Church as a deaconess or home missioner. Learn more at the virtual discernment event on Thursday, August 12.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

HIRING: Conference Office Front Desk Receptionist
WNC Conference Office in Huntersville is seeking a full-time Front Desk Receptionist. Responsibilities include answering the main phone and directing calls to appropriate parties, receiving guests to the Conference Center, meal/event coordination for on-site meetings and events, ordering office supplies, and maintaining a warm and welcoming presence to the front office. Competitive salary and benefits.
 

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 were 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.

 

UPCOMING WEBINARS & EVENTS: 

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. 

 

Annual UMW District Celebrations
Dates vary throughout August 2021

We all look forward to the day when we can again gather safely in person, and experience the special joy of that wonderful supportive community of United Methodist Women that is a part of every Annual Celebration! This year, however, in an effort to care for the safety and well-being of our members the celebrations will be held virtually. Learn more about the celebration dates and Zoom information for your district.
 

WNC Lands of the Bible Cruise with Bishop Ken Carter
September 22-October 5, 2022
Announcing the Western North Carolina Annual Conference's Lands of the Bible Cruise on the Celebrity Apex with Bishop Ken Carter, Jr.

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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