Mother of Bishop Kammerer Passed Away on January 9th


Candle150We are saddened to hear the news that the mother of Bishop Charlene Payne Kammerer passed away on January 9, 2015. Bishop Kammerer served the Western North Carolina Conference from 1996- 2004. Below is the obituary for Mrs. Mary Payne: Mary Payne,  90 years of age, passed away on January 9, 2015 at Vitas Hospice in Winter Garden, Florida. She was born on February 6, 1924, an only child, to Allen Brown Kannon and Sudie Wilkes Kannon, of Winter Garden, Florida. Mary Elizabeth grew up in Winter Garden, attended local schools and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden. She attended junior college in Henderson, North Carolina. There she met Floyd Charles Payne of Garland, Texas at a USO gathering for soldiers. Mr. Payne was in the US Army, serving as a chef. During the length of their marriage, they had three children. As a young woman, Mary Elizabeth became mentally ill and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. While she was never able to work full-time or drive a car, she did help raise her children when she was able. All her children were raised by their maternal grandparents. Mary Elizabeth enjoyed social occasions, her large extended family in Winter Garden, had a love of pets, especially cats, and played the piano flawlessly by ear. After the death of her parents, she was able to live on her own for many years. Then she became a resident at Orlando Health and Rehabilitation Center for 13 years. She continued to enjoy family visits, traveling to be with her daughters and family members, shopping and dressing up, remaining active until she suffered a stroke a year ago. Mary Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, Brown and Sudie Kannon, her son, Floyd Allen Payne, and her grandson, Michael Albin Newberg. Mary Elizabeth is survived by her daughters, Sue Newberg Shuman (David Shuman), of Ocoee, Florida and Charlene Payne Kammerer (Leigh Kammerer) of Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. Grandchildren: Shane Bradley Newberg (Lori), Lithia, Florida; Alpha Sanders Newberg (Michael), Windermere, Florida, Christopher Hal Kammerer (Rosemary), Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Frazier De Loach, Arden, North Carolina. Great- grandchildren include Katelyn and E. J. Newberg, Collin and Anna Rose Newberg, Christopher, Noelle, Elton, and Maxton (Max) Kammerer, Braydon and Audrey Thompson, a host of cousins and extended family members. A graveside service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery for family and friends on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. The service will be conducted by Rev. Rusty Belcher, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Winter Garden, Florida. The family is eternally grateful for the long-time community care for Mary Elizabeth, expressed in so many ways, by family, church members, family friends, doctors and nurses and hospital staff. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 125 N. Lakeview Avenue, Winter Garden, Florida, 34787 or Vitas Hospice Care, 12751 W. Colonial Drive, Winter Garden, Florida 34787. - See more at:

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


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