ENEWS - September 12, 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 26, 2017, deadline for submissions is September 21, 2017.


 As United Methodists, let us stand together in prayer and support of all of those who have been affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. 

Read the email sent over the weekendOCTOBER 7, 2017
Covenant Community Church, Asheville, NC
Details and Registration


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.

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



DBOM wishes to thank the churches for their support for the special offering on Sunday, August 27.  If you have not yet taken the offering you may do so at a date of your choosing.  Envelopes have been provided to each church/charge and are available from the district offices.  If you have any questions, please contact Mark Hicks at 336-689-1443.  Thank you for your support!

Bishop's Letter 



Just a reminder about the release of the Health Benefits rates and that all forms must be in the Treasury Office by December 1, 2017. 
Read Memo on Health Rates 2018
If individuals wish to make a CHANGE from one health plan to another; if they wish to add or delete dependent coverages, they must submit NEW HealthGram 2018 Open Enrollment Form.  If they do not need to make ANY changes, then no form is required.

For FSA Medical and Dependent Care, new enrollment IS REQUIRED even if they currently use the plans.  If they wish to discontinue, then nothing is required.  If they wish to begin participating, new enrollment form is required.
Link is: for all forms and rate information.


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

Reynolds Ministries: Celebrating the Past
and Looking to the Future

Wanda Carpenter has been invaluable to the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina during her 5 year tenure. After serving as the Executive Assistant to the President, in 2015 she transitioned into the role of Associate Director of Reynolds Ministries. In this position, Wanda used her experience as a lay leader in the church to not only facilitate the Reynolds ministries, she was very dedicated to embodying and executing the vision of Royce and Jane Reynolds. 

Wanda’s last day is October 31, 2017, and while Wanda is sad to leave the Foundation, she and her husband James are excited to be moving closer to family. She said that her precious twin granddaughters, Amelia and Amaya, are especially pulling hard on her heartstrings.
Moving forward, the Foundation is pleased to announce that an exceptional candidate for this position was found within our own office. Effective November 1, 2017, Caroline Cox will transition into the position of Associate Director of Reynolds Ministries.

The Foundation President, Reverend David Snipes, said, “Although we are sad to see Wanda leave, we are happy to celebrate this milestone in her life. We are equally excited to see Caroline move into this key position of leadership within Reynolds Ministries that will enable us to continue to fulfill our mission of building the Church for generations to come.”
To learn more about Reynolds Ministries and other offerings of the Foundation, please visit our website at
The United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina is now accepting applications and referrals for the position of Executive Assistant to the CEO and COO. This is a full-time position that would be located in the Foundation’s office located at 13816 Professional Center Drive, Huntersville, NC. To be considered, please send a cover letter and resume to by or before September 22, 2017. Please review the full job description at before applying.


"Mercies in Disguise" is a spiritual retreat for clergy and ministry professionals who are caregivers for family members, whether spouses, aging parents or children with special needs. The retreat will be offered at St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in Stoneville, NC on Monday, October 23, 2017 beginning at 5pm through Tuesday, October 24 at 3pm. 

Cost for participants is only $30 which includes overnight lodging and meals.  The remainder of costs are covered by a grant from the WNCC Leadership Development Team. Registration deadline is September 30, 2017. 

Great Ministry in the Second Half of Life
Lake Junaluska, NC
October 30-November 3, 2017
A 5-day workshop

By the time people reach mid-career, they’ve learned the basics of their work.  The challenge of being new to ministry is gone and one’s attention turns to meaning and balance.  Sometimes mid-career ministry leaders find themselves asking, “Is this all there is?” or “Can I keep up this pace for the next decade?” or “Is God wanting me to try something new?”  Maybe you’ve been wondering how you can blossom and flourish in the second-half of your life.  Or maybe you’ve been wondering how you can put aside the past disappointments so you can prosper in passion once again. 

Great Ministry in the Second-Half of Life is designed for ministry leaders over the age of 50 with a minimum of 10 years of service to the church.  In a beautiful retreat setting, we will examine research about mid-career, reflect on our own lives and passions, and talk with God and each other about how to find meaning, balance, joy and success at mid-career and beyond. More information is available at this link:

EQ-HR (Emotional Intelligence - Human Relations)
Hickory, NC
October 30 – November 3, 2017
A 5-day workshop

The mission of EQ-HR to increase the effectiveness of leaders in faith-based communities.  This workshop increases skills for pastoral leadership in clergy and laity, improves awareness of emotional intelligence and impact, enhances the awareness of the presence of God’s Spirit in group life. Thanks to a WNC Leadership Development grant of $1000/person (already paid) for 10 participants, the cost for you to participate is $367.   Learn more and register:

Emergency Response Teams Training

Two events scheduled for November 18:
Christ UMC, Greensboro
Harrison UMC, Pineville

More from Disaster Response Training


Discover what the Justice & Reconciliation Team is about, and read current and past articles:

The latest article is a letter on immigration and the church by Emmanuel Boakye-Yiadom, Convener of WNCC Religion and Race:
Justice and Reconciliation Letter on Immigration and the Church


From the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women:

The survey will take between 5 and 20 minutes depending on your experience with sexual harassment in the Church.  Since this survey is about sensitive information, it is totally voluntary and you are invited to skip over any questions that are uncomfortable.  However, the more complete your survey, the more we can understand from the data.

We are relying on you to share this with anyone you know who attends or is employed by The United Methodist Church.  It is important for this survey to be distributed as widely as possible and completed by a broad sample of clergy and laity.  Here is the link to the survey: UMC Sexual Harassment Survey The deadline for submitting surveys is October 3.

If you have any concerns about sexual misconduct in your ministry setting, or believe that you may be a victim of sexual harassment, please contact Becky Williams at the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, 312-346-4900.  If you have a question about the survey, please contact Gail Murphy-Geiss, Ph.D. at 719-389-6868.
Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

 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


Christian Community Development Intensive 
November 4, 2017
10am to 3pm
Location: St. Luke UMC Hickory.
Lunch is included.
Cost for the event is $12.

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.

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.

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

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


Clergy Lunch at 11:30  on Monday, September 25 with Dr. John Ed Mathison, " Best Practices of How To Do Ministry That I have Learned"   Please email First UMC,Mocksville 
at to register your attendance.    

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

Matsiko World Orphan Choir- September 19 Details Online

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



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) 


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
Blue Ridge District-
Advanced Lay Servant Training 

Sep 16 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Catawba Valley District 2017
Lay Servant Ministry Training 

Sep 17 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Study Leave for Ministry Professionals 
Sep 18 @ 8:00 am –
Sep 22 @ 5:00 pm
Matsiko World Orphan Choir 
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm


Praise Team Leader
Wilkesboro UMC
Wilkesboro, NC
Director of Youth and
Children’s Ministries

Camp UMC
Shallotte, NC
Director of Youth and Outreach
Aldersgate UMC
Durham, NC
Executive Assistant to
 the CEO and COO

United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina
Huntersville, NC
Director of Youth Ministries
Keller UMC
Keller, TX
Facility Person
Providence UMC
Charlotte, NC


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