Interpreter Magazine says goodbye - WNC featured in final issue
By Diane Degnan
For nearly five decades, the multi-award winning Interpreter magazine has been a primary source of inspiration and information for United Methodist church leaders. With this issue, the magazine goes the way of LIFE, Popular Photography, Mademoiselle and National Lampoon as it ceases publication.
Looking back over the years, change has been one of the periodical's hallmarks.
When the Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church united in 1968, each had its own program journal — Spotlight and The Methodist Story. The 1968 Uniting Conference decreed that there should be "a free program journal for pastors and local church leaders." In May 1968, the two journals became one.
"With this issue, the United Methodist Church unveils the new program journal — the first merged publication in the new church. ... You hold in your hand the first issue of Methodist Story-Spotlight. Its purpose is the same as its predecessors: to help you do your job in your church."
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in the final edition of The Interpreter, three persons from the Western North Carolina Conference were featured in an article:
- Long’s Chapel UMC, Lake Junaluska, the Rev. Justin R. Lowe: “Living in Gratitude,” http://www.interpretermagazine.org/topics/living-in-gratitude
- First UMC, Salisbury, Richard Paschall: response to “We asked…, You said” question, “How did you learn to express gratitude?” http://www.interpretermagazine.org/departments/ways-how-did-you-learn-to-express-gratitude
- Oak Hill UMC, Morganton, Ann Aldridge: response to “We asked…, You said” question, “How did you learn to express gratitude?” http://www.interpretermagazine.org/departments/ways-how-did-you-learn-to-express-gratitude
- Myers Park UMC, Charlotte, Sandy Hieronymous: response to “We asked…, You said” question, “How did you learn to express gratitude?” http://www.interpretermagazine.org/departments/ways-how-did-you-learn-to-express-gratitude
Resources for Vital Congregations
GBHEM Leadership Resources
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
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.