Western North Carolina named top conference unit of United Methodist Men


[caption id="attachment_8695" align="alignright" width="221"] Neil Brown (R) accepts the top unit award from Dan Ramsey (L) on March 3rd[/caption] The United Methodist Men of Western North Carolina were honored March 3 as the top conference unit of United Methodist Men in the United States. The award is sponsored by the General Commission on United Methodist Men and the National Association of Conference Presidents (NACP) of United Methodist Men. Dan Ramsey, former NACP president, served as chair of the Judges Panel, and he and Mississippi Area Bishop James Swanson, president of the commission, presented the award at their meeting in Nashville. In addition, five local churches were honored for their accomplishments. Dan Ramsey offered these comments prior to presenting the award to Neil Brown, president of the Western North Carolina Conference UNited Methodist Men. "Every year, the winning conference sponsors a conference-wide event and, in 2016, they changed from a two-day rally to a one-day event. Attendance jumped by 75 percent. Meeting monthly by conference calls, the executive committee maintains an e-mail database of 1,050 people and contacts them frequently.  They designated September 11, 2016, as 'First Responder Recognition Sunday,' and many churches across the conference participated. They also designated July 17 as 'United Methodist Night at the Ballpark' held at a semi-professional baseball stadium." In other activities the men:
  • packaged 10,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now;
  • provided $6,000 for five second career clergy;
  • gave $1,000 to the Upper Room Prayer Center;
  • restarted the conference disaster response ministry;
  • created a building team;
  • supported a children’s home;
  • maintained church camps;
  • deployed ERT teams to a flood damaged neighboring state;
  • assisted with workdays at local churches;
  • Engaged in prison ministry through KAIROS.
This is the second year the conference has won the award. In 2016, the Western North Carolina Conference tied with the South Carolina Conference. This year they hold the title alone.

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The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

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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.


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