Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration set for Jan. 14, 2017
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The WNCC-Justice & Reconciliation Team, in partnership with the WNC-Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) and the WNCC-Commission on Religion and Race (CORR ) announce that the conference Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is scheduled for January 14, 2017 at St. Luke's UMC in Hickory, NC, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., with doors opening at 9:00 a.m.
This year's theme is "Confronting Chaos: Creating The Beloved Community" with keynote speaker, Dr. F. Willis Johnson, Wellspring Church of Ferguson, MO.
Bishop Paul Leeland invites all of the clergy and laity of Western North Carolina to join in the celebration that will include fellowship, worship, communion, music, small group dialogues, youth session and essays, action steps and follow-up about how we can take up Dr. King’s call to transform the world around us.
Reservations are appreciated by Tuesday, January 10
. Donations will be collected at the door to defray the cost of lunch. To register, or to get directions please visit this page on the conference website:
Download Flyer of Event
Download Youth Essay Application Form
(Students in grades 7th to 12th are eligible to submit no more than two double-spaced pages in
12 pt black font. Artistic Expressions and Drawings will also be received. All entries should be emailed along with this form by December 31, 2016- THIS DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED)
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
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: 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.