January 1 will lead off 131 days of continual prayer for the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, which meets May 10-20, 2016 in Portland, Oregon.
The Western North Carolina Conference designated date is scheduled for Sunday, April 3rd.
We will also have special emphases on the first Sundays of February, March, and May.
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We will offer a bulletin insert for each first Sunday that churches can download and print. These will be made available online a few weeks prior to each new emphasis.
Below is a video from Bishop Goodpaster and Rev. Kim Ingram giving more details about this season of prayer:
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 email@example.com.