ENEWS - October 10, 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 October 24, 2017, deadline for submissions is October 19, 2017.



Open Letter to Clergy and Church Leaders Following Las Vegas Shooting (October 2)

United Methodist bishops call for clean 'Dream Act' (October 5)

Commission on General Conferences looks toward 2019 and 2020 (October 9)

Givens Communities announces last phase of
Gerber Park

Givens Gerber Park is the answer for those 55 and older with modest income to enjoy the next chapter in their life. Located in vibrant south Asheville this community offers residents an engaging, convenient community to thrive amongst friends.

This new community is excited to announce “60 Gerber Park” – the newest affordable living solution.  This phase includes 60 one-bedroom and 22 two-bedroom all-inclusive apartments.  The resident’s monthly fee includes:  rent, utilities (power, water, cable, phone, and internet), activities (social, recreational, spiritual, and educational), dining allowance in the café, use of all common areas and amenities, and routine maintenance.



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.




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.

Launch and Lead
Since the first cohort in 2011, Launch & Lead (formerly known as The Academy for Missional Wisdom) has been equipping people and teams from all over the US to launch and lead alternative forms of Christian community, and/or provide support to those who do.

The Missional Wisdom Foundation has trained many leaders in Western North Carolina and two more opportunities are forthcoming. Launch & Lead is a two-year equipping program. New cohorts are forming in November and January. The WNC Leadership Development Team has given a grant to reduce the cost for WNC participants. Learn more: 

Called and Gifted to Lead Workshop
A 3 day workshop
October 23-25, 2017
Hickory, NC
This workshop is sponsored and funded by the Leadership Development Team of WNCC. It is a 48-hour experience during which you remember your call and best ministry moments, celebrate your strengths, consider your current ministry, identify development needs, and create a 3-5 year plan for growth. Using feedback, small group experiences, and individual and group leadership coaching, you are able to create a self-directed, individualized plan for your next steps in ministry. Once you have completed the workshop, you are eligible for up to $1000 in scholarship funds to resource your leadership develop plan. Over 350 WNCC clergy and ministry professionals have participated in the workshop. You can too! The deadline for registration is September 30. Learn more and find an application at this link:

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

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

Learn more and register:

Boomer Spirituality Webinars (Three in October)

The Boomer Spirituality Webinars start this evening.  Join Craig Kennet Miller, author of Boomer Spirituality: Seven Values for the Second Half of Life for this in-depth series which will give you a new understanding of this generation.  Each episode will be recorded, so if you can’t watch live, you will be able to view it at on your own time. (More info)

Webinars will be streamed at 6:30 pm, Central Time 
(7:30 pm, Eastern; 4:30 pm, Pacific)

Register for the webinar series »

 Emergency Response Teams Training

Tyro UMC, Lexington November 4 (Recertification)
Christ UMC, Greensboro November 18
Harrison UMC, Pineville November 18

      More from Disaster Response Training

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

More information


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


Partners in Health and Wholeness-
Faith and Health Summit

Making Connections: We're Worth It!

October 19-20, 2017
First Baptist Church, Greensboro, NC

Register here.
(tickets are free of cost for PHW Collaborative Church Pastors
and PHW health leads)


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 October 15, 2017.

Seminar: "Building Resiliency in Uncertain Times"

Mondays from 5:30 pm -7:00 pm
October 16 and November 20
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Campus; Winston-Salem, NC  

Humans have a remarkable healing wisdom innate within our bodies. Learning how to utilize this wisdom by understanding the brain science with biblical principles and learning how to regulate our responses to stress and trauma can reduce the long-term negative effects caused by cumulative exposure to stress and trauma. The good news is that "Resiliency Wins Over Trauma".
In today's uncertain times across our churches and communities, now is the time to join us at FaithHealth NC for a 90-minute seminar that explores how stress and trauma affect our bodies, minds and spirits and learn practical methods that help unleash the healing wisdom of our bodies.
For registration and location details please email Emily Viverette at FaithHealth NC,

The United Methodist Credit Union

The United Methodist Credit Union is pleased to be a financial resource for the church members and churches of the Western North Carolina Conference. Here are just a couple of ways we can help churches grow their savings or cut loan expenses. READ MORE

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

An Almost Advent Retreat

Monday, November 20, is the theme for Into the Desert :: Nurturing a Different Wisdom retreat day at Starrette Farm in Statesville.  

Ann Starrette and Roxanne Morgan will facilitate. Everyone seeking wisdom is invited!  
*  Online registration here:  
*  Questions? Contact Ann at

Join the 2018-2019 School of the Spirit program!
If you long for deep down change . . .
If you yearn to be a part of a clergy/leaders community whose aim is to nurture transformation in Christ . . .
If you are ready to deepen your understanding of the contemplative practices of Jesus and the early church and the transforming wisdom they hold for modern times . . . 

Apply to join seasoned facilitators in a one-year course of study and practice in community!

Learn more here: Click on “Apply Now” for full document. 

Read testimonials. Questions? Contact program director, Ann Starrette at

Completed applications are due February 1, 2018.


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

PAY IT FORWARD 5K sponsored by Rocky Mount UMC, Mooresville, NC- Saturday, November 18, 2017- Details and Registration



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


Peace on the Korean Peninsula Forum- November 13-15, 2017
in the United Methodist Building in Washington D.C.
on Capitol Hill. Registration for the event is open here:

Registration is $200 per person which includes housing (shared room), lunch and registration fees.  Registration without housing is $75.

The Big Silence-January 14-18, 2018
St. Francis Springs Prayer Center, Stoneville, NC
For more information and registration:


Vienna Boys Choir Concert 
Oct 18 @ 7:30 pm

Light the Fire of Discipleship 
Oct 21 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
PAUMCS Fall Retreat 
Oct 27 @ 2:00 pm – Oct 28 @ 3:00 pm
Study Leave for
Ministry Professionals
Oct 30 @ 8:00 am – Nov 3 @ 5:00 pm
Uwharrie District-
Lay Servant Training 

Nov 4 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
ERT Recertification Training 
Nov 4 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Christian Community
Development Intensive 

Nov 4 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm


Executive Director of Operations/Treasurer
Matthews UMC
Matthews, NC

Administrative Assistant
First UMC
Newton, NC

Director of Missional Engagement
Upper New York Conference
Liverpool, NY

Director of Children’s Ministries
Mt. Zion UMC
Cornelius, NC
Director of Youth and
Young Adult Ministries

Muir’s Chapel UMC
Greensboro, NC
Director of Youth
Fair Grove UMC
Thomasville, NC


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