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May 2019

1
Pray for Our Leaders & Congregations
District Superintendent, Rev. Beth Crissman, and others across our conference are continuing to prayerfully make appointments. Please join us in prayer that God would grant them wisdom, peace, and confidence throughout this process.

Announcement Sunday is May 5th. Congregations will be informed if their current clergy are returning or moving and who their new pastor would be. Please remember to pray for all of those impacted by these pastoral transitions as we move forward in fulfilling our shared mission together. 


2
Givens Mother's Day Offering
Each year, individuals and churches in our district are invited to participate in a special offering on Mother's Day that assists Givens Estates in providing needed services and housing for residents with very limited resources. Here you will find a bulletin insert to be used on Mother's Day, May 12th, to be printed and placed in your bulletins or otherwise made available to your congregation that day.

NETworX Pentecost Offering
NETworX is requesting that congregations take up a special offering on Pentecost Sunday (June 9) to help support the ongoing expenses needed to operate this ministry at local sites. Offerings can be sent here: Blue Ridge Community Action; lead agency for NETworX Rutherford, at 800 N. Green St. Morganton, NC 28655.

More information about NETworX:
https://www.wnccumc.org/networx-building-relationships-across-class-and-race


3
FLOURISH Clergy Self-Assessment Opportunity
Clergy are asked to engage in a six-month process of personal and professional assessment and development every eight years. Starting June 19, FLOURISH is being offered as a resource to guide you through that process. 

More information about FLOURISH and link to registration


4
2018 Journal Available
The entire Journal has been broken into sections and converted to PDFs for easier viewing and downloading. 


5
Vitality Grants
Applications for consideration in our second quarter grant cycle are due April 30. Submissions can be made here.


6
Other Opportunities for Growth & Fellowship

April 29-May 1 - Retreat for Pastors Serving the LatinX Community
May 3 - Come & See: Missional Spiritual Direction Event
May 9 - Alongside Seminar
May 12-17, 19-23 - Licensing School
May 19-23 - Orientation to Ministry
May 14-15Rural Faith Communities As Anchor Institutions Conference
May 22-23Partnering with Laity: Improving Culture and Processes to Achieve Excellence
June 3-7 - Summer Institute for Reconciliation
July 8-10Come, Holy Spirit: A Retreat with Jack Levison and Priscilla Pope-Levison


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Conference & District Events
Take a look at the Blue Ridge District web calendar for a full list of Conference & District Events.


In Christ,
Shonnie Streder, BRD Communication Specialist

 

 

Blue Ridge District
27 Balm Grove Ave.
Asheville NC 28806