UMW Celebrations To Be Held Virtually


The WNCC UMW Program Committee has made the decision to cancel our Annual Celebration at Lake Junaluska for September 11-13, 2020.
Our Annual Celebration will be a virtual event via Zoom Webinar on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27. It will be necessary to register for the free Zoom Webinar. More information soon on this process. Watch the Annual Celebration page of our website for updates.  
Lake Junaluska has been very gracious in regard to our agreement. We’ve had a long relationship with them and we greatly appreciate the understanding they have shown to us. We look forward to the day when we can return to the Lake for another United Methodist Women event!
Julia Willis, WNCC UMW President
Joanie Strohm, WNCC UMW Vice President

All eight District Annual Celebrations will be virtual events via Zoom Webinar. We have created a special page on our website where you will be able to find ALL information about the District Annual Celebrations. Check it out as information continues to develop. Registration will be required for these free Zoom webinar meetings.
Here are the dates and times for our virtual meetings:
  • Appalachian - Saturday, August 29, 2020 – 10:00am
  • Blue Ridge - Monday, August 31, 2020 – 7:00pm
  • Catawba Valley - Tuesday, August 25, 2020 – 7:00pm
  • Metro - Monday, August 24, 2020 – 7:00pm
  • Northern Piedmont - Saturday, August 29, 2020 – 3:00pm
  • Smoky Mountain - Wednesday, August 26, 2020 – 7:00pm
  • Uwharrie - Friday, August 28, 2020 – 7:00pm
  • Yadkin Valley - Thursday, August 27, 2020 – 7:00pm

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

Design Thinking

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

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


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


  • Resources
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