ENEWS - August 29, 2017

This edition of the ENEWS was published on the Brick River system. Please share this information with your church leadership.  

The next edition of ENews is scheduled for September 12, 2017, deadline for submissions is September 7, 2017.


Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast of the U.S. August 26 affecting millions of people with multiple days of heavy rain, winds, and rising tides. The United Methodist Church is actively present, working with local and state emergency management, FEMA, and other volunteers active in disaster. The Western North Carolina Committee on Relief encourages you to:


We invite you to stand with our neighbors on the Gulf Coast during this time. Your gifts ensure that our church will be able to provide help and hope for those left homeless or otherwise affected by this disaster for years to come. Please mark your donations for Western North Carolina teams and relief aiding in Texas and beyond "Disaster Response" and make checks payable to:

Western North Carolina Conference
PO Box 18005
Charlotte NC 28218

Or you may mark your offerings to
UMCOR Advance 901670

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Clergy Assessment forms for 2017 are now available for completion by clergy and S/PPRCs.

The forms are identical to last year’s assessments.  The only change is that they have been converted to fillable pdf files to make it easier for them to be accessed.  All needed documents can be downloaded from this link.

Clergy and S/PPRCs should

  • Open the forms and save them to their computer
  • Open the saved forms, complete them
  • Save them again (!)
  • Then email them to the district office.

(Following the above procedure will help prevent the loss of any data which has been entered.)

The deadline for completion of all assessment documents and emailing them to your district office is November 30.


Extended Cabinet meets and looks
at discipleship processes

The Western North Carolina Conference extended cabinet met, Monday, August 21, 2017, for the purpose of continuing to support and encourage our clergy and United Methodist Churches in building sustainable discipleship processes. Read entire article

Elephant in the Sanctuary:
An Introduction to Missional Entrepreneurship

September 9, 2017
at UM Foundation in Huntersville, NC

September 25-26, 2017

Online Registration


From the UM Foundation

Grant Writing Seminar- September 22, 2017
with Giselle Jones-Jones at the UM Foundation offices in Huntersville, NC.  (Deadline to register is September 8th) DETAILS

Stewardship in African American Churches- October 7, 2017
with Rev. Melvin Anderson and Bishop Paul Leeland at Greater Vision UMC, Huntersville, NC DETAILS

From the Board of Laity- 
An emphasis during this next quadrennium will be on Gracious Accountability Groups.

Each pastor and lay leader were sent an email last week with a survey to gt baseline information.  If you have not responded, please go to:

(Please, just one response per church)


The Western North Carolina Leadership Development Team has several opportunities to grow your leadership capacity this fall!  

Called and Gifted to Lead Workshop
A 3 day workshop
October 23-25, 2017
Hickory, NC
Great Ministry in the Second Half of Life
A 5-day workshop
October 30-November 3, 2017
Lake Junaluska, NC
EQ-HR (Emotional Intelligence - Human Relations)
A 5-day workshop
October 30 – November 3, 2017
Hickory, NC
Preaching Well:  Purposeful and Intentional Preaching

All of this information and more opportunities are also available on the LEAD site: LD opportunities.  

Lay Servant Ministries Training
Catawba Valley District
September 10, 17, 24 & October 1

Light the Fire of Discipleship
Saturday, October 21, 3 - 5pm
First UMC, Gastonia
Jim Harnish, guest speaker

More information

 Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts
(Advanced Lay Servant Ministries Training- Blue Ridge District)
Dates: September 16th and 30th
Location: Black Mountain UMC
Time: 10:00 - 4:00 PM
Class Leader: Mary Cash
More Information


Plan ahead for this Special Sunday. Get all of your special offering and celebration information here.


Laity Sunday in the United Methodist Church is on October 15, 2017 and the Board of Laity of the WNCC invites all congregations to celebrate the ministry of the laity on this Sunday.

Methodism has long celebrated and recognized the ministry of the laity.  In the early days of American Methodism, the laity served and maintained congregations between visits of the circuit riders.  Today, lay people are at the front line of daily ministry in our congregations and in our communities. Read this entire article by Shannon Sherfey


Methodist Home for Children Updates

The Methodist Home for Children, headquartered in Raleigh, serves children across the entire state.  Learn more about their ministry at their website:

They currently have staff openings in Western North Carolina:
Resident Counselors

Check out their summer newsletter: MHC Spotlight Summer 2017

Seminary for a Day
September 23, 2017
Union Presbyterian Seminary 
Richmond, VA

You will have the opportunity to listen to two keynote addresses, attend two workshops led by UPSem professors, and enjoy a delicious lunch on our beautiful campus in Richmond.  All of this costs only $25, including the lunch!  It’s a great way to meet up with old friends, make some new ones, and enrich your faith as you learn about some of the areas of interest of our excellent faculty.

Pastores Caminantes Program

The Hispanic House of Studies at Duke Divinity School is recruiting a sixth cohort of pastors for its  Pastores Caminantes program.  All pastors (Latino and non-Latino) who are passionate about ministering for and with the Hispanic/Latino community in North Carolina and elsewhere in the U.S. are encouraged to apply.  
During the program, a group of up to 12 sojourners meets periodically for spiritual formation from a Hispanic/Latino Methodist perspective, reflects on ways to be more culturally humble, and participates in language immersions. Thanks to a generous grant by The Duke Endowment, the cost of this program is only $250 for North Carolina participants and $500 for participants from other conferences and states. Continuing education credit will be granted after the completion of the program.  Deadline to apply September 15, 2017.

Discount registration ends this Thursday, Aug. 31 for the 2017 Convocation & Pastors’ School – We Have the Power: Dismantling Bias and Hate. Don’t miss the chance to gather with Christian leaders of all traditions for two days of lectures, worship, seminars and conversation on strategies for living into God’s will and action for the world.

Pastors serving churches eligible for grants from The Duke Endowment, current students, 1st year seminary graduates and retired pastors can attend the event at a discounted rate.

Register for Convocation & Pastors’ School

Duke offers study leave for ministry professionals

Get the details for week-long study opportunities during 2017-18 school year at Duke Divinity School.  Registration is open now for all scheduled weeks! Read more


October is domestic violence awareness month --prepare your church with this online workshop

Do you know how to spot the signs and act to help someone in your church or community?  An online workshop by Dr. Martha Banks is being hosted at which looks at domestic violence from a Christian standpoint and will help churches, clergy, and individuals recognize signs of domestic abuse and support victims in their community.

Cost is just $45 for this comprehensive two-week course.  Class starts on Monday, September 11.  Learn more and enroll at

 Open to WNCC- 5 Day Academy for Spiritual Formation

The 5 Day Aacdemy of Spiritual Formation, scheduled for October 1-6, 2017 at Trinity Center, Atlantic Beach, NC is open to participants from the Western North Carolina Conference.  More information and registration materials.


Retreat Days for Nurturing a Different Wisdom
Come away and experience a set-apart time from the outside world to increase your capacity to listen for a wisdom the world cannot give.  Mondays: November 20  *  Starrette Farm Retreat, Statesville, NC. Everyone seeking wisdom is invited! 

Learn more at Questions? Contact Ann Starrette at


Groce UMC, Asheville Golf Tournament- September 9. All proceeds go to Groce United Methodist Church local missional outreach programs to benefit individuals and families in the Asheville area. Info

Oak Forest UMC, Winston-Salem Fall Festival- September 15-16. Lots of fun for the entire family:

VIENNA BOYS CHOIR- October 18th at First UMC Charlotte. Story and link to buy tickets


EATING TOGETHER: A Learning Retreat,
September 15-16, 2017
Camp Chestnut Ridge, Efland, NC
For more information, visit  To register, click here. Registration is $75 for adults and $30 for children.

A Conversation with Angela Thomas- September 15-16, 2017
Rehobeth UMC in Greensboro- A Conference for Women
More details and registration

Bishop Minerva Carcano Preaching September 26, 2017
at Wake Forest Divinity School, Winston-Salem, NC
Full Information

SEJ Disaster Response Academy- September 26-29, 2017
Hosted by WNCC.  Held at Central UMC in Asheboro.
More information and registration.

UMW Annual Celebration- September 29- October 1, 2017
Change is Good, Shannon Priddy, National UMW President, speaker at Lake Junaluska more information

Fresh Expressions Vision Day- October 7, 2017
9:00 am - 3:30 pm- Covenant Community Church, Asheville

Christian Community Development Intensive- November 4, 2017
10am - 3pm, St. Luke UMC, Hickory, NC ($12 dollars includes lunch)
More information and registration link

Mourning's Dawn  - November 12 -14, 2017
Healing and Living with Grief
Led by Margaret Fields and Leslee Wray

Due to a nice gift made to Linden Tree Ministries, the cost for Mourning's Dawn has been reduced. The new cost of $210 for a Double and $270 for a Single covers everything. (Deadline to Register is September 7, 2017) 


Smoky Mountain District
Lay Servant Training 

Sep 8 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Groce UMC
Golf Tournament
Sep 9 

Smoky Mountain District
Lay Servant Training 

Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

The Elephant in the Sanctuary:
An Introduction to Missional Entrepreneurship
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Catawba Valley District
2017 Lay Servant Ministry Training 

Sep 10 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

A Learning Retreat 

Sep 15 @ 4:00 pm –
Sep 17 @ 3:30 pm

A Conversation with
Angela Thomas 

Sep 15 @ 6:00 pm –
Sep 16 @ 5:00 pm



Chief Connectional
Ministries Officer

Connectional Table
Chicago, IL

Choir Director & Pianist
Vanderburg UMC
Mooresville, NC

Youth Pastor
Saint Luke’s UMC
Yorktown, VA

1) Director of Discipleship
and Staffing
2) Director of Youth Ministries
3) Director of Children’s
and Family Ministries

Philadelphia UMC
Fort Mill, SC

Director of Children’s

Christ UMC
Greensboro, NC



Western North Carolina Conference
PO Box 18005 Charlotte NC 28218
Phone: 704.535.2260