ENews- March 13, 2018

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The next edition of ENews is scheduled for March 27, 2018, deadline for submissions is March 22, 2018.

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Commission on a Way Forward

Please join us for:

Healthy Conversations Toward the Way Forward

The General & Jurisdictional Conference Delegation from the WNCC is sponsoring Healthy Conversations Toward the Way Forward.  These conversations are an opportunity for local church pastors and one laity from each church to come together, learn more about the work of The Commission on a Way Forward, and receive resources to take this conversation back to your local church or missional network.

These events will be held from 3:00 – 5:00pm at:

  • March 18: Mount Tabor UMC (3543 Robinhood Road,                              Winston-Salem, NC 27106)
  • April 8: Macedonia UMC (10890 NC Hwy 8, Lexington, NC                 27292)
  • April 15: Myers Park UMC (1501 Queens Road, Charlotte,                   NC 28207)
                   Christ UMC (410 North Holden Road, Greensboro,                 NC  27410)
  • April 22: Millers Creek UMC (3260 North Hwy 16, Millers                      Creek, NC  28651)
                  Christ UMC (2416 Zion Church Road, Hickory, NC                  28602)

Who is invited:

  • Local church pastors
  • One laity from each church who has the ability to help facilitate discussions in the local church
  • Clergy in extension ministry or appointments beyond the local church
  • Clergy staff in local churches


In the midst of a growing cultural revelation of sexual harassment and misconduct in our society, this seminar is an opportunity to consider the way trauma affects each of us - cognitively, emotionally, and theologically.  In learning a bit more about trauma and our responses to it, we will also be able to better respond and care for others.  As a result of time spent together, you will discover understanding, language and tools in order to be present with those who have experienced trauma in ways that are life giving for you and the people you serve.
Each quadrennium, clergy are required to participate in clergy ethics training designed by the Annual Conference.  The Board of Ordained Ministry clergy ethics team has developed this day to provide clergy an opportunity to become more self-aware, encourage relationships with colleagues and parishioners, and equip clergy for ministry in our current cultural context.

10am-4pm (lunch provided)
Morning Session:
"Changing the Question: Trauma-Informed Christian Ethics"
Afternoon Session:
"Sexual Harassment and the Church"  

Participation in both sessions is mandatory for all clergy actively serving under appointment or eligible to serve under appointment in WNCC.

Cost is $10 per participant

Pre-registration and payment required by Thursday, May 3rd.
Participants may register and participate at any location regardless of their current appointment location.  

Dates and Locations:

  • Thursday, May 10th, Christ UMC, Salisbury
  • Friday, May 11th, High Point University, Congdon School of Health and Sciences
  • Saturday, May 12th, St. Luke’s UMC, Hickory
  • Wednesday, May 16th, Covenant Community Church, Asheville 


Deadline for Petitions for Annual Conference- April 1
Cycle to Lake Junaluska 2018

All AC2018 Information


United to End Racism

On April 3-5, 2018 the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) and our partners will gather in Washington, D.C. for a historic event to launch its Truth and Racial Justice Initiative. As we mark 50 years since the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968, we will commit to do our part to eradicate the entrenched racism that grips the United States and paralyzes our ability to see every human being as equal.

Pastors and Church Staff- Fund Day at Tekoa Foothills!

Join us on Wednesday, April 11th from 10-2pm for a fun day at Tekoa Foothills! Tekoa Foothills is formerly known as Camp Loy White. April 11th, we are inviting all clergy (pastors, youth ministers, DCEs, missions, etc.) to come out for a day of ziplining over our lake, shooting archery, boating and more! We will have a free lunch and a devotion time as well.

RSVP to by April 4. We hope to see you there!

All churches represented will receive a full Tekoa Foothills Day Camp or Half Tekoa Foothills Overnight Scholarship  to be used this summer for a child in your church.

Fresh Expression

Fresh Expressions National Gathering
March 15-17, 2018
Reston, VA
Get $15 off using promo code WNCUMC for being a member of the Western North Carolina Conference


Apply for seed money grants for social justice projects through the Justice and Reconciliation Team- Applications will be received from February 15th to March 15th, 2018 
Download Application

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ENCORE! Preparing for Life and Ministry in Retirement
Sponsored by UM Foundation of WNC, Inc.
April 23-25, 2018

Encore! is for clergy who are 2-3 years from retirement and who are ready to engage the idea of what retirement will mean for them spiritually and emotionally.    Please contact Elizabeth Coppedge-Henley at the UMF for more information at:

Register Now →

Reynolds Program for Church Leadership

The United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina, Inc. is now accepting referrals and applications for the next offering of the Reynolds Program in Church Leadership. Please visit to learn more.

This is a certification leadership development program offered to United Methodist clergy in the Western North Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, North Georgia, and Florida conferences. The program takes place during four different sessions over a 10-month period beginning in August and ending in May. Participants regularly praise this program as transformational for self and ministry.


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Critical Issues Seminar: Wisdom of Women
April 14 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
At Guilford College United Methodist Church in Greensboro
The NC Council of Churches’ 2018 Critical Issues Seminar will focus on women. The theme for this daylong event is “The Wisdom of Women” and will cover topics such as the Equal Rights Amendments, sexual harassment and work place policy, elected office, health care, and public education. This conference is for people of all ages, genders, and ethnic and racial backgrounds. 
Co-sponsors for this year’s event are AFL-CIO, Church Women United, Women Advance NC, MomsRising, NARAL, ERA NC, and the NC Faith Forward Coalition.
More information and Registration can be found at:
Council Website:

Spiritual Writers Conference
May 9-10, 2018
St. Mark's UMC in Raleigh
Featuring Barbara Brown Taylor, Lauren Winner,
and Robert Benson.
Pastors can earn 1.1 Continuing Education Units.

Living and Leading from Within
Do you hunger for ancient wisdom, modern tools, and a committed community to support your journey toward living and leading from unforced rhythms of grace? A thought line filled with good intentions, but how do we turn the rhetoric into action? Participating in The Sacred Invitation is one way. Please investigate and forward to those you think this would be right for. Complete details here: Questions? Contact Ann at

WNCC CEF and Pfeiffer invites you to a Day Apart May 17th

Are you seeking ways to thrive in ministry for the long-haul?  Maybe you? are tired, feeling the pressures of a 24/7 on-call ministry, or stressed at leading your church to make disciples for Jesus Christ in today's world?   Led by Big Sigh Ministries Inc. co-founders Jacqueline and Jack Tookey, this workshop will help you focus on self-care, rest and renewal. DETAILS

The Third Annual
All Hood Alumni & Friends
Center for Chaplaincy Symposium
March 15 & 16
Register Now


The Duke Divinity School Hispanic House of Studies, in partnership with The Duke Endowment and, the North Carolina and Western North Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church, will hold its annual event, Sumérgete: Retreat for Pastors in Ministry with the Hispanic and Latino Community.sumergete  The retreat will be held April 22-24, 2018 at Trinity Center in Pine Knoll Shores, NC.  At this retreat, we will immerse ourselves into the heart of the "Good Shepherd" through praise, worship, and theological reflection.  Dr. Justo González will lead participants in a time of reflection on “Reading Scripture in a Nation of Immigrants and Minorities: Luke and Acts.” For more information and/or to register, visit the  HHS webpage .  The deadline to register is April 2, 2018.  The reduced registration cost is $150 each.

The 8th Annual Conference on Faith and Mental Illness Cultivating Mental Health: Hope and Healing will focus on how individuals and families can experience hope and healing while living with mental illnesses. 

Friday, April 13, 2018
Chapel Hill, NC
More Information

Created for Connection: A Christian Couple's Retreat
March 17-18, Foundation for Evangelism, Lake Junaluska 

We are created for a lifetime of love and intimacy, but relationships can be hard, even for the happiest couples. You may be looking to enrich a healthy relationship, revitalize a tired one, or adjust one gone awry. This retreat will help you to better understand your partner, and learn to cultivate warmer, more joyful and loving experiences. The weekend will combine Emotionally Focused Therapy techniques and a deep understanding of God's love and grace in our lives.  

Led by:
Ned Martin, MDiv, LPC & Jennifer Belhem, LPC
Learn more and register at:

Timothy Circle Mentor Training

Three-week online training for adults to be mentors for youth. Learn more at:  Registration is just $45.

Together, we can help young people stay connected to God and their faith and ensure that the future of our Church looks bright.


Myers Park United Methodist Church will focus this Lent on breaking the silence surrounding mental illness. The series – Mental Health: A Journey Toward Wholeness For All – seeks to inspire a community conversation around the topic, and explore how the faith community can help foster better mental health. The church is at 1501 Queens Road in Charlotte. Details: Rev. Bill Roth at (704) 295-4835 or Learn more and preregister at

The Lord's Supper in the Upper Room on Thursday, March 29th, 7:00 PM, at Bethesda UMC in Lexington, NC More info: 336-731-4285.

Stephen Ministry Training

If you have someone in your congregation that would like to become a trained Stephen Minister, but you don’t have a training class scheduled soon, consider letting them attend the upcoming class at Matthews UMC.  Classes begin March 23rd. Their leaders have been welcoming Stephen Minister trainees from area churches for over ten years, and have a combined experience of over 91 years serving as Stephen Ministers.

For more information about scheduling contact Richard Martin at 704-517-5000 or

Mark your calendars- September 7th at Matthews UMC- "Laugh Your Way To A Better Marriage" with Mark Gungor (see Mark at work)

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Day of Health- March 17, 2018
in Atlanta, sponsored by Global Ministries | Details

The Odd and Wondrous Calling- April 9-11, 2018
St. Francis Prayer Center, Stoneville, NC | More information

WNC Conference United Methodist Men
Annual Spiritual Rally- May 18-19, 2018
University City UMC, Charlotte, NC  
Information | Download Brochure

Western North Carolina Annual Conference- June 21-24, 2018
Lake Junaluska, NC | Website



  • March 17- 8:30 AM Rowan Missional Network Presents How to Build Church and School Partnerships - First United Methodist Church
  • March 17- 9:00 AM Metro District Disciples Making Disciples: A Workshop
  • March 17- 9:00 AM Yadkin Valley Lay Servant Training Day 2 of Choice 1 - Trinity UMC
  • March 17- 9:00 AM Yadkin Valley Lay Servant Training Day 2 of Choice 2 - Midway UMC
  • March 17- 9:00 AM Yadkin Valley Lay Servant Training Day 1 of Choice 3 - Smith Grove UMC
  • March 18 3:00 PM Yadkin Valley District Healthy Conversations Toward a Way Forward - Mt. Tabor



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Phone: 704.535.2260