ENEWS - July 18, 2017

This edition of the ENEWS was published on the Brick River system, which will be the new system for the conference email in the future. 

The next edition of ENews is scheduled for August 1, 2017, deadline for submissions is July 27, 2017.

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The Fresh Expressions US Team is pleased to announce a new partnership agreement with the Western North Carolina Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. This is the latest step forward in a growing collaborative cross-denominational movement.
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October 7th is Fresh Expressions Vision Day
9:00 am - 3:30 pm- Covenant Community Church, Asheville


A Thank You note from ENDOW F-TECC:


"I received the wonderful news that the Western North Carolina Conference raised more than $34,000 for the Endowment Fund for Theological Education in the Central Conferences (Endow F-TECC), during annual conference...

Western North Carolina was the first conference to conduct a special offering for Endow F-TECC, and will serve as a powerful example for others to follow. In fact, the activities in Western North Carolina are exactly what Endow F-TECC hopes to duplicate in conferences across the country." Read entire letter

Lost & Found items from Annual Conference at Lake Junaluska are being held at the Conference Secretary's office.  To claim an item, please contact Marsha Bradley, or (704) 535-2260 x122.

The archive of Annual Conference will be at: AC2017.ORG

2018 Annual Conference is June 21-24, 2018 (AC2018.ORG)

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

Ron Ballard writes this second article entitled:
What are gracious accountability groups? How do they function?

Share this with your laity in your congregation.

From 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

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


Here’s Some Good News For College Students . . .

The United Methodist Credit Union (TUMCU) is offering SnapLoan, an educational line of credit available to help with the funding gap once scholarships, subsidized federal student loans and college savings accounts have been exhausted. The program comes with exceptionally low rates for students attending any accredited college and even lower rates for students attending seminary or Methodist affiliated schools within the United Methodist Conferences we serve.
It’s structured as a low fixed rate Line of Credit

  • Only one application-no need to reapply each year
  • No annual FAFSA required
  •  Quick and easy one page application
  • Complete flexibility to draw the money whenever you see fit (subject to annual limits)
  • Funds can be used for any educational related expense-even study abroad
  • Borrowers may need a co-signer if not otherwise qualified

 Visit or call 866-657-0004 for details or to apply online.
*All loans are subject to approval and credit restrictions apply. Must be a TUMCU member to apply.

Online master’s in Wesleyan youth ministry now enrolling
Earn a master’s degree or certification in Wesleyan youth ministry from Southwestern College! Learn practical, applicable theology from top United Methodist scholars alongside other youth workers from around the country.  Courses will help you plan confirmation classes, UMYF lessons, and mission trips that are theologically sound while giving you the tools you need to counsel and lead your youth like never before. No travel is required for this degree – all of the master’s-level courses are entirely online. Apply and start the program at any time, but Fall 2017 courses start August 14 and are a great place to begin. The program’s academic advisor can guide you through the application and acceptance process.  Learn more and apply at or email

Events at Union Seminary Richmond

Understanding and Engaging our Muslim Neighbors
August 1-3, 2017- Click here for more information on the course, and instructions on how to register.

August 2 from 7:30 – 9 p.m., there will be a stand-alone lecture and discussion, which is free and open to the public.  This event, also led by Dr. Ralston and Prof. Siddiqui, is entitled “Between Theology and Politics: Christian and Muslim conversations in a fractured age.” 

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.

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 the fall! 
Read more



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:  August 21 * and/or  November 20  *  Starrette Farm Retreat, Statesville, NC. Everyone seeking wisdom is invited! 

Learn more at Questions? Contact Ann Starrette at

Festival of Wisdom and Grace Conference-August 7-10, 2017
Lake Junaluska, NC 
More Information

Convocation on the Rural Church- August 7-10, 2017
Myrtle Beach, SC
Sponsored by Duke Divinity School
More information and Registration

Global Leadership Summit- August 10-11, 2017
Catch this year's teleconference via Christ UMC (Mountain View and Statesville campuses)
Detailed information and registration link 

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

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

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


Festival of Wisdom 
and Grace 

Aug 7 @ 8:00 am - 
Aug 10 @ 1:00 pm

Global Leadership Summit 
Aug 10 @ 8:00 am –
Aug 11 @ 5:00 pm
Smoky Mountain District Lay Servant Training 
Sep 8 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Smoky Mountain District Lay Servant Training 
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 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



Youth Coordinator
Friendship UMC
Burlington NC

Choir Director
Southern Pines UMC
Southern Pines, NC

Director of Youth and College Ministries
Guilford College UMC
Greensboro NC

Musician/Choir Director
Faith UMC
Waynesville, NC

Middle School Youth Associate
Myers Park UMC
Charlotte, NC

Contemporary Worship Leader
Mouzon UMC
Charlotte, NC


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