WNCC United Methodist Women 2020 Spiritual Retreat to be held virtually


For Such a Time as This, the Western North Carolina Conference United Methodist Women Spiritual Growth Virtual Retreat 2020 is coming to you online June 12-14.

You’ll recognize familiar elements from our traditional retreats at Lake Junaluska—inspiring and challenging messages from Rev. Pam Blackstock, Rev. Dr. Suzanne Michael, and Rev. Lisa Beth White, information about “where the money goes”, uplifting music provided by Catherine Ritch and Rev. Dr. Mark Barden, and more. “God’s Word is not chained” (or kept at home), and United Methodist Women members will join in spirit three times during the weekend:

Session 1: June 12th, 7:00pm
Session 2: June 13th, 2:00pm
Session 3: June 14th, 2:00pm

Three recorded sessions will appear on the WNCC-UMW Facebook page, website, and YouTube page. You will be able to watch the sessions at the appointed times, or any time after that. The videos will continue to be available, and would make a great virtual program for your local United Methodist Women group.

Visit our website at: www.wnccumw.org for updates.

Through pandemic and protests, the United Methodist Women of Western North Carolina are gathering to reflect on our calling “For Such a Time as This”. Please join us!

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 hfleming@wnccumc.net.


  • Resources
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