ENEWS - August 1, 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 15, 2017, deadline for submissions is August 10, 2017.


Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries Sunday
August 27, 2017

Bishop Leeland invites all of the churches of the Western North Carolina Conference to participate in the Disciple Outreach Ministries Sunday- August 27, 2017.

Click the link below to read the entire invitation and get important information to share about Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries:

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September 25-26, 2017

Registration Starts at 1pm on Monday.
Event Concludes 12pm on Tuesday.

Catholic Conference Center
1551 Trinity Lane  Hickory, NC 28602

  • Price: $65 Single & $85 Couples
  • Food: Dinner will be provided on Monday. Breakfast will be provided on Tuesday.
  • Lodging: Overnight lodging will be provided as well.
Limited spaces available

Ground breaking for new conference center

Less than a month after approving the proposal at Annual Conference, Bishop Leeland, the Board of Trustees, leaders of the conference and conference staff gathered at the property in Huntersville on Saturday, July 22nd, to break ground for the new conference office. Read article | Pictures | Bulletin

Constitutional Amendments Reporting

The archive of Annual Conference will be at: AC2017.ORG
2018 Annual Conference is June 21-24, 2018 (AC2018.ORG)


News from the Conference Archives:

Lay Servant Ministries Training
Catawba Valley District
September 10, 17, 24 & October 1

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

More information

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

Ron Ballard wrote these two articles:
What are gracious accountability groups? How do they function?

Why are gracious accountability discipleship groups important?

Share this with the laity in your congregation. Be watching for a survey that will be mailed to each congregation later in August.

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


Duke Convocation and Pastors' School
October 9-10, 2017
Details | Register Now

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


October is domestic violence awareness month --prepare your church with this online workshop

Do you know how to spot the signs and act to help someone in your church or community?  An online workshop by Dr. Martha Banks is being hosted at which looks at domestic violence from a Christian standpoint and will help churches, clergy, and individuals recognize signs of domestic abuse and support victims in their community.

Cost is just $45 for this comprehensive two-week course.  Class starts on Monday, September 11.  Learn more and enroll at

Mentor a young person in your life toward their vocational call from God
God calls every person in a way that combines their interests, faith, and gifts. Become a mentor to a young person in your community and help them discover their vocational calling.  The Timothy Circle has created an online mentor training workshop to give adults the tools and resources to be successful mentors.  The 4-week workshop costs just $45 and connects participants to a community of fellow mentors as well as a database of volunteer, work, and educational opportunities to help young people clarify their call.  Visit to sign up for an August, or September training.

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

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

Learn more at Questions? Contact Ann Starrette at


Congratulations to Ashley Pimentel and Arely Sofia Guevara, members of Central UMC in Charlotte, who are the recipients of the Young Adult Hispanic Latino scholarship to attend the MARCHA (Methodists Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans) conference from August 9 – 13 at Perkins School of Theology.

REVIVAL with Talbot Davis- Sunday, August 13 through Wednesday, August 16, 7PM at Bethesda UMC, 2922 Bethesda Road, Lexington, 27295.  Talbot is Lead Pastor of Good Shepherd UMC in Charlotte, and has authored several books.  For information, call 336-731-4285.

Groce UMC, Asheville Golf Tournament- September 9. All proceeds go to Groce United Methodist Church local missional outreach programs to benefit individuals and families in the Asheville area. Info

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


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 

Church Sound Bootcamp- August 25-26, 2017
Benton Heights Presbyterian Church, Monroe, NC

More information

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

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

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

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


Director of Student
and Family Ministries

Pinehurst UMC
Pinehurst, NC

Director of Music Ministries
Reveille UMC
Richmond, VA

Child Enrichment Center Director
Long’s Chapel UMC
Lake Junaluska, NC

Program Secretary
St. Stephen UMC
Charlotte, NC

Minister of Children and Youth Program Development
First UMC
China Grove, NC

Children’s Music Specialist
Ardmore UMC
Winston-Salem, NC


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