Overdose Awareness Day


Dear Community Members,

Opioid Overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. More Americans die as a result of an opioid overdose than from Breast Cancer, Guns, and Car Accidents combined. Data from 2016 shows that more people died from an overdose that year than died in the Vietnam War.

August 31, 2021, is International Overdose Awareness Day. This is a day for us to remember those who have died from fatal drug overdoses. According to recent data, opioid overdoses were up 37% in 2020. This year it is estimated that 3.500 people in North Carolina will lose their lives to overdose.  To represent the thousands of sons, daughters, husbands, wives, and countless others we will be placing 3,500 flags on our grounds to represent the lives lost to the overdose epidemic in our state.

Our campus will be open and we invite you to visit the field of flags.  Please come by at your convenience and choose a flag to dedicate in memory of someone that died of an overdose from Friday, August 27-Monday August 30th. In addition, we will host a community remembrance gathering with light refreshments on Tuesday, August 31 at 9:00 am.

When we talk openly about addiction people get the help they need. With the right information, resources, and support people can recover.

Yours respectfully,
Bridge to Recovery Staff

Learn more about Bridge to Recovery.

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 hfleming@wnccumc.net.


  • Resources
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