Juneteenth Freedom Celebrations
we’re passing it along to the next generation—
God’s fame and fortune,
the marvelous things he has done.
*If your church or community is hosting a Juneteenth celebration, we'd love to add it to the list! Send an email to Aimee Yeager with the details.
Charlotte - The Place UMC, 3835 West W. T. Harris Blvd. from 1:30-5:30 p.m. - Outdoor live worship at 1:30 p.m. followed by music, food, and fun. COVID-19 vaccines will also be available from 3-5:30 p.m. All participants who receive the vaccine will be entered in a drawing for $10,000! Register to receive your COVID-19 vaccination here. Learn more about this event at theplaceumc.org.
Davidson - Ada Jenkins Center, 212 Gamble Street, Davidson from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Join us for this free celebration including student presentations, spoken word poetry, dance, keynote reflections, music and entertainment, food truck, children's activities, and more! Free lunch provided for the first 200 people to stop by the Welcome Tent. Learn more about this event and the Ada Jenkins Center.
Smoky Mountain District:
Lake Junaluska - Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center, 91 North Lakeshore Drive from 2-6 p.m. - Worship begins at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand will deliver a keynote address; acclaimed storyteller and historical interpreter, Novella Nimmo, from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, will share re-enactments of the harsh realities of slavery; and local clergy and gifted musicians will lead in a powerful and celebratory worship experience. After worship, the community is invited to party on the grounds (3:00 – 6:00 p.m.) with food trucks, inflatables, horseshoes and cornhole, vendors and exhibits, dancing, and family fun. Learn more.
Marshville - Downtown on Main Street from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Join us for activities, performances, food, and local vendors - Download a flyer for the event.
Find a list of Juneteenth Celebrations across the state from the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
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 email@example.com.