Condolences at the Death of Bishop McCleskey's Mother


DORIS REESE McCLESKEY, 94, of Asheville, North Carolina died peacefully and surrounded by  family on Wednesday, November 25, at Givens Estates United Methodist Retirement Community, where she lived for the last 15 years.  A native of Birmingham, Alabama, she lived in Tampa, Florida from 1951-2000.  She was a member of Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa for 64 years, where she was a lifetime Honorary Member of the Administrative Board.   At Givens she was the longtime volunteer coordinator for the resident-operated Gift Shop, benefitting the Residents Assistance Fund.  She took a special interest in helping to welcome and orient new residents to Givens, and she was dearly loved by residents and staff there.  A person of deep faith and great courage, she was a blessing to her friends and family.  She was predeceased in 1998 by her husband of 59 years, Waller McCleskey.  She is survived by a son, Lawrence, and his wife, Margaret; a son, Stanley, and his wife, Karen; a daughter, Sara M. Luciene, and her husband, Bob; nine grandchildren,  ten great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, a brother, two sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews. Committal of her body will be in the Garden of Memories, Tampa, Florida, on Wednesday, December 2, 11:00 AM.  Memorial Services will be held in the Chapel at Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Tampa, on Wednesday, December 2, 3:00 PM, and in the Chapel at Givens Estates, Asheville, North Carolina on Saturday, December 5,  2:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to the Scholarship Fund at Hyde Park United Methodist Church, 500 W. Platt St., Tampa, Florida 33606, or to the Residents Assistance Fund at Givens Estates, 2360 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803.

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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