District News & Announcements
For a complete listing of up-to-date Conference news & announcements visit wnccumc.org/news.
November 14, 2017 - View the latest Board of Laity Newsletter
November 7, 2017 - Mountain Xpress features Groce UMC in recent article.
ASHEVILLE – After seven years of visioning, exploring and deliberating, Groce United Methodist Church created homes that changed the lives of two previously homeless people. Homeward Bound clients Dan, a veteran, and Tish, formerly(...)
The Big Silence is a 4-Day mostly silent retreat offering an immersion in solitude, silence, and deep prayer at the beautiful St. Francis Springs Prayer Center from Sunday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon, January 14-17, 2018. Start the year off by setting an inner course of connection with God to support your life and ministry in the months to come. Praying the hours in community is complemented by a variety of silent prayer practices and wonderful spaces just to be present with the Spirit. For more information and registration: www.centenary-ws.org/the-big-silence-retreat.
A "hatch-a-thon" is a collaborative incubator experience, where creative people get coaching and colleagues around mission and social enterprise. We will run you through a 46-hour intensive "hatch" process designed to turn ideas that feel "wild ‘n’ woolly" into actionable, sustainable ministries. In the world of computer programming, hackathons are marathon sessions where playful collaborators explore new programming ideas and work through an intensive process of concept development. ("Hack" in this case does not refer to a computer crime!) This process has been widely adapted for business and social entrepreneurs. Ministry Incubators, Inc. has reimagined this process for early stage missional thinkers (youth ministers, ministry leaders, congregations, faith-based nonprofit leaders, etc.) who are still "hatching" ideas that blend mission and social enterprise. If that’s you, please join us.
The deadline for completion of all assessment documents and emailing them to your district office is NOVEMBER 30. (It would be very helpful if the pastor or the S/PPRC chair would gather the set of completed PDF files and email them to the district office at the same time, indicating in the subject of the email the name of the clergy and the church for whom these assessments are being submitted.)
All completed and signed MINUTES and clergy compensation forms from the Charge Conference are due into the District Office immediately following the completion of your charge conference date OR no later than today.
The Blue Ridge District will help host a dinner reception to increase awareness and support for the Central Conference Theological Education Fund (to provide financial assistance to seminary students in the Central Conference of the UMC).
You can spend, waste or kill chronos time but Kairos time can only be inhabited. Chronos gets us from event to event, while Kairos is the moment in which time stops or is fulfilled. You can plan for Chronos and only be vulnerable to the truth in Kairos.
Connect with Others through Story.
Our true stories can set us and others free.
Tell us a story about how you spend your time. Hear stories about how others spend their time. Come experiment with us
Saturday, Oct. 7, 4-5:30 at Habitat Tavern and Commons.
If you would like to tell a story about your experience, put your name in the hat by 4:15. 6 people will be chosen at random.
Free and open to the public.
What is Fresh Expressions?
Fresh Expressions is a movement that is cultivating new forms of church alongside existing congregations in order to reach a changing world. Begun in England ten years ago, it has resulted in the birth of over 2,500 new communities in the UK alone. Fresh Expressions has spread to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and is taking shape in the US.
At its heart, Fresh Expressions is about empowering and equipping God’s people to develop creative expressions of church that can reach the increasing diversity of our society.
What is Vision Day?
Vision Day is a great way to discover more about Fresh Expressions. In an interactive format, you will have the chance to:
- Hear how Fresh Expressions is renewing the church
- Talk about the development of Fresh Expressions US
- Learn more about the Mission-Shaped Church
- Discover tools to start Fresh Expressions in your area
The WNCC Mission Engagement Team invites you to Camp Tekoa in Hendersonville, NC, Saturday, September 23, 2017.
The missional call in the hearts and churches of the Western North Carolina Conference is strong. Many individuals and churches serve in a myriad of ways around the world.
The Mission Engagement Team is forming Bridge Teams for the purpose of collaboration and resource sharing.
Bridge Teams will gather as many individuals and church teams as possible to share what has been learned while being involved in mission. Collaboration, working together to increase impact and discerning how God would have us make a transformational impact are the focus of the strategies. How to move our mission involvement with ministries and churches to a place of sustainable partnership is the focus of our collaboration.
You are needed to help shape the future of mission on behalf of the Western North Carolina Conference.
There will be teams formed focused on the following;
Armenia, Belize, Africa, Haiti, Jamaica, Guatemala, Cambodia, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, India, Mexico, United States, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Bahamas
If you or your church are involved in a country you do not see listed here, please let us know! And then please come to share about the mission work that you are doing.
Attached, you will also find a one page information sheet on Healthy Transitions.
This seminar is designed to help you and your key leaders FORM well as the best ministry team you can possibly be. We are asking that you enlist five strategic leaders with whom you will be working closely in your ministry to participate in this seminar with you. (For example: SPPR Chair, Council Chair, Lay Leader, Finance or Trustees Chair). If you are in a multi-staff ministry, then you would bring your senior Pastor or Associate Pastor in place of one of the other leaders. In addition to the afternoon seminar, you and your other key leaders will be receiving the Everything Workplace DiSC profile to assess the leadership strengths each of you will be bringing to your shared work together. You will need to complete these profiles before the seminar.
In our commitment to help you and your church begin strong, the Blue Ridge District is underwriting the majority of the cost of this seminar and DiSC assessments. Each church is being asked to pay a $100 registration fee to minimally offset the cost of the profiles (retail is $65 per profile) and the other costs of the afternoon, including special offerings for your family as well!
The Blue Ridge District is committed to making this your best appointment ever, and so we want your family to connect well, too. Therefore, we have a special afternoon planned for clergy spouses and children, including facilitated discussion with clergy spouses, childcare for children under the age of five and a fun afternoon at LAUNCH, a trampoline park, for children ages 5 and above.
Please RSVP to Ruth Kapely the following information by Wednesday, August 16th:
- Your name and email address
- Name and email address of each of the leaders attending with you (up to five leaders)
- Spouse and/or children (number and ages) who will be attending
Send RSVP to:
Ruth Kapely, District Admin for Clergy Relations
For more information on the Healthy Transitions Seminar, here is a link you can share with your leaders to encourage their participation.
2. Please notify Debra Luther NO LATER THAN September 1, 2017 of your scheduled charge conference by providing the following information via the form below or by emailing email@example.com with:
A. Church Name
B. Date, Time, and Location of Charge Conference
C. Presiding Elder Requesting Authorization