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'Launching a Non-Profit' Ongoing Peer Learning Workshop

News Article May 31, 2021
  Beginning June 10, The Non-Profit Peer Learning Cohort will meet every 2nd Thursday from 1-2:30 p.m. This is designed for clergy and/or laity who are working to develop a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Find more details and registration here.  

The Ultimate ReLaunch Playbook Workshop

News Article May 30, 2021
Based on best-selling author Kay Kotan's book, Being the Church in a Post-Pandemic World, The Ultimate ReLaunch Playbook Webinar will be hosted by The WNCC Leadership Development Team Wednesday, June 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This is for leaders thinking about what it means to be the local church and how to show up differently in the community as both a faith community and as a disciple. It is for those who have already opened their doors and are thinking toward fall and for those who are still ...

June 2021 BRD Monthly

News Article May 19, 2021
COVID-19 Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry (updated 5.18.2021) View & Download a copy of the updated guidelines here. For more resources related to COVID-19 visit https://www.wnccumc.org/covid     Annual Conference 2021 This year's Annual Conference will be live-streamed on the WNCC website, Facebook and YouTube page.  The Ordering of Ministry Services, however, will be held in-person at Lake Junaluska! The Annual Conference Offering will be gifted to UMAR and the Northern Haiti ...

May 2021 BRD Monthly

News Article May 1, 2021
  COVID-19 Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry (updated 3.24.2021) View & Download a copy of the updated guidelines here. For more resources related to COVID-19 visit https://www.wnccumc.org/covid     Annual Conference 2021 This year's Annual Conference will be live-streamed on the WNCC website and their Facebook and YouTube pages.  The Ordering of Ministry Services, however, will be held in-person at Lake Junaluska! The Annual Conference Offering will be gifted to UMAR and the ...

Faith into Action: Advocating for Children in NC!

News Article April 22, 2021
Join us from 1-2 p.m. on May 6th for Faith into Action: Advocating for Children in NC! The Western NC Child Advocacy Network, Congregations4Children (WNCCUMC), and NC Child will share their experience and expertise related to child advocacy. This one-hour virtual session will include: An overview and explanation of legislative process in NC Current status and needs regarding funding for child and family programs Steps to activate congregations and community partners   More information and ...

WNCC Second Sunday of Easter Worship Service

News Article April 10, 2021
On the Sunday after Easter (April 11), the Western NC Conference will offer a conference-wide virtual worship led by our District Superintendents, with music and liturgy from pastors and churches around our conference, and a homily from Bishop Leeland. Clergy and worship leaders, take a much-needed break after the Lenten season and worship with friends around the conference. The video files are available for download through Dropbox and Vimeo, and for viewing on the WNCC website and YouTube. ...

BRD Monthly - April 2021

News Article April 1, 2021
Updated COVID-19 Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry (updated 3.24.2021) View & Download a copy of the updated guidelines here. WNCC Second Sunday of Easter Service On the Sunday after Easter (April 11), the Western NC Conference will offer a conference-wide virtual worship led by our District Superintendents, with music and liturgy from pastors and churches around our conference, and a homily from Bishop Leeland. Clergy and worship leaders, take a much-needed break after the Lenten ...

Live with Chris Singleton

News Article March 24, 2021
The Blue Ridge District, in partnership with Rev. Heidi Campbell-Robinson, President and Lead Coach of WaterRock Institute, is excited to host Chris Singleton at 2pm on May 2nd, live online via Zoom. We hope you will join us as we hear from and enter into conversation with Chris who is a former minor league baseball player drafted by the Chicago Cubs. He became a nationally-renowned speaker with a message of resilience, forgiveness and unity following the loss of his mother to Dylan Roof in ...

WNCC's Faith Formation Community Meet and Greet Event via ZOOM

News Article March 3, 2021
Come gather with church leaders, both clergy and laity, staff and volunteers. This will be a time of collaborating, learning, sharing difficulties, and celebrating ministries in a variety of faith formation areas including age level ministries, small group, virtual discipleship and more.    During the meet and greet we will start out all together. We will then split into breakout rooms based on your ministerial area of focus. You will then have the opportunity to share one thing that has worked...

BRD Monthly - March 2021

News Article March 1, 2021
    Updated Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry During Covid-19  February 24, Governor Cooper issued an easing of Covid-19 restrictions. The Bishop and Cabinet remain committed to our biblical mandate to “love our neighbors as ourselves” and our Wesleyan call to “Do no harm.” We celebrate that percentages of positive test results and hospitalizations continue to show improvement while vaccine distribution increases. However, we are also aware that people across our conference are losing...

Reclaiming and Living Covenant : An In-Depth Lenten Study

News Article February 12, 2021
  The Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church has created and shared an in-depth Lenten study with a focus on scripture, UMC Social Principles, and anti-racism. Although it is intended to be started on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, this study is enlightening enough to be completed at any point throughout the year. There are 6 sessions covering biblical excerpts, UMC doctrine, and various articles. Under "Appendix B: Going Deeper" are suggested accompaniments and ...

BRD Monthly - February 2021

News Article February 1, 2021
Resources for Black History Month With racial justice becoming an ever-increasing focus of the United Methodist Church, we would like to share some great resources for Black History Month. United Methodist Women have curated a selection of resources and stories for Black History Month including links and quizzes from UMC.ORG.  Find them here   What's Love Got to Do with It? White Supremacy in the Church An introduction and invitation to examine how the church can return to love, cast out white...

Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

News Article January 28, 2021
The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund aims to support ministries who demonstrate an intention, plan, and ability to make disciples of Jesus Christ. All award decisions are made by a team of dedicated volunteers. The team will review and prayerfully consider all applications. The team will meet in March 2021 to make the difficult award decisions regarding which applications best match the intentions and parameters of the Reynolds Ministry Fund. Application deadline is Saturday, February 13. ...

BRD Monthly - January 2021

News Article December 29, 2020
Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King Day Under Covid A wonderful piece from United Methodist Communications on making the most of Martin Luther King Day for your congregation this year while navigating the seemingly never-ending changes of Covid-19.   Stories of Us This year marks the beginning of a new series on our website, Stories of Us! Highlighting each of the Blue Ridge District congregations one at a time, we hope to build a sense of family within our district and open doors for more ...

Stories of Us: Haywood St. Congregation

News Article December 29, 2020
On the edge of Downtown Asheville, in an area known as the "homeless corridor", stands a unique mission congregation of the United Methodist Church. Haywood Street Congregation has stood a pillar in the houseless and poverty-stricken community since it's foundation by Rev. Brian Combs in 2009. With their mission statement as "Relationship, above all else", Haywood St. is home to 6 core ministries: The Haywood Street Gardens, God's Outfitters, Worship, Respite, the Downtown Welcome Table and ...

Information on Christmas Service from the WNC Conference

News Article December 22, 2020
As a gift of many thanks for this season's hard work, conference leadership is creating a virtual service for clergy to enjoy a break the Sunday following Christmas.  One full-service video is available for streaming and several video files are accessible via download.  For more information please visit https://www.wnccumc.org/blogdetail/wncc-christmas-worship-service-14899526/wncc-christmas-worship-service-14899526

BRD Monthly - December

News Article December 1, 2020
December 2020 *We apologize for any inconvenience, but after sending this email on Monday we realized Spiritual Renewal Grants are no longer available as listed under #5. Please see the wnccumc.org website for further information on their future availability. 1 Advisory Forms  Advisory forms were mailed November 12th.  If pastors or their 2020 S/PPRC Chairs did not receive the form and letter, please contact Ruth Kapely at rkapely@wnccumc.org.  Church and Clergy Profiles must be completed by ...

BRD Monthly - November

News Article November 1, 2020
Advisory Forms  Advisory forms will be mailed November 12th.  If pastors or their 2020 S/PPRC Chairs do not receive the form and letter, please contact Ruth Kapely at rkapely@wnccumc.org.  Church and Clergy Profiles will need to be completed by January 6, 2021.   Staying Awake: A Conversation to Guide SPRCs Amid a Clergy Health Crisis (November 19th - 7:03pm) Findings from the Duke Endowment Clergy Health Initiative have found that North Carolina UMC Clergy are more likely to suffer from ...

BRD Monthly - October

News Article October 1, 2020
    October 2020   1 Lunch Conversations with Mark (District Superintendent, Missional Strategist) 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, Mark will be hosting leadership conversations via Zoom with pastors in the Blue Ridge District. All BRD pastors are welcome (not expected) to attend. The following are the topics for the next few weeks: Oct. 6 - "Asking Different Questions" Oct. 20 - "Taking Multiple Perspectives"  Mark will send a Zoom invitation the Monday before each conversation. If you wish to ...

Farewell Letter from Rev. Beth Crissman

News Article June 25, 2020
Every time I think of you, I give thanks to God. I always pray for you, and I make my requests with a heart full of thanksgiving because you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. And I am sure that God, who began this good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus comes back again. Philippians 1: 3-6   Greetings, brothers and sisters, in the gracious name of our Lord, Jesus...

COVID-19 Response

News Article March 25, 2020
Conference and District Offices are closed but working remotely. In cooperation with the directives of the Western North Carolina Conference, The Blue Ridge District office is closed until further notice and district staff are working virtually from home. We are able to retrieve voicemails during this time and will be checking those as well as our email regularly. We will be sending out updates as information is available through email distribution. Subscribe to that email here.  To call the ...

Thank You from Debra Luther

News Article March 27, 2019
Dear District Staff, Clergy and Laity, “I give great thanks for you” and for the last 27 plus years of building relationships that will never be forgotten. Having joined the ranks of the “retired” on February 28th, I’ve often paused to reflect on our times together. I find myself smiling as I recall a moment, a conversation, or perhaps a bit of help that I was able to give. It reminds me of how blessed I am to have shared in this ministry with you! Many of you do not know that I made the ...

BRD Monthly - March

News Article March 6, 2019
March 2019 1 A Prayer for Ash Wednesday (from umcprays.org) - I pray that Christ may come to you early in the morning, as he came to Mary that morning in the garden. And, I pray that you find Christ in the night when(...) 2 2019 Blue Ridge & Smoky Mountain DLC & General Conference Follow Up Thank you to those who participated in the 2019 DLC. If you signed up for a Leadership or Affinity Network, you will be receiving more information on that within the next two weeks. If you didn't get a ...

Time to Push

News Article February 18, 2019
United in Prayer "When they heard the report, all the believers lifted their voices united in prayer to God." - Acts 4: 24 Greetings, sisters and brothers in the gracious name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ: Today begins a momentous week for us as the United Methodist Church. After years of study, preparation, and conversation, our 864 elected delegates from across the globe are preparing to come together for the Special Called Session of General Conference in St. Louis taking place ...

BRD Monthly - February

News Article February 1, 2019
February 2019 1 Year End Statistical Reports Please remember to fill out your year end statistical reports before January 31st.    2 District Leadership Conference, General Conference Recap & Retirement Celebration for Debra Luther Mark your calendar for March 3rd! The Blue Ridge District will host a gathering at First UMC Hendersonville from 1:30-6:30 including time for: Worship - A time of worship celebration led by First UMC Hendersonville's Ignite Worship Team. General Conference Recap - ...

A Way Forward

News Article September 26, 2018
Peace Be with You "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid." - John 14:27   Peace and grace to each of you in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ: In many of our churches each week, we engage in a tradition of “passing the peace” in which we greet one another with the words, “Peace be with you” and the response, “And also with you.” This practice and “liturgy,” or work of the ...

Developing Daily Disciples

News Article March 23, 2018
Being a part of the church as a disciple of Christ is a 24 hour, 7 day a week calling. If we consider ourselves followers of Christ, It is who we are in the very core of our being. Jesus does not call the twelve to leave all that they know behind only to invite them to a weekly worship service, he jumps right in and says “If you want to follow me… you must pick up your cross daily” (Luke 9:23). We are called to this same life, to be a part of community in the everyday eating and drinking, ...

Seeking Sabbath at the Center

News Article March 22, 2018
In our busy lives, taking time to find rest, renewal and delight has an impact on everything else about us. The quiet of Sabbath has the power to inject God’s freedom into our lives of slavery to our own desire for control, power, productivity and more. Our individual decision about keeping it can have an impact on our lives as well as the church. “Remember that you were a slave in Egypt and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm; therefore the ...

Becoming Instruments of Justice

News Article March 20, 2018
“In every moment...we choose to see others either as people like ourselves or as objects. They either count like we do or they don't.” ― The Arbinger Institute, The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict> God is calling us to a life together, following Jesus, making disciples and transforming the world. We believe that world transformation begins when we as individuals start to see the importance of each person, made in the image of God. When we love others as God loves, the Spirit ...

Creating Community for All

News Article March 19, 2018
Jesus told us this was going to happen. When he met the woman at the well, she began by recounting the past and current culture,  “Our ancestors worshipped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” To that, Jesus’ replied, “the hour is coming when you will worship God neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.” If there is one thing we can learn from this exchange it is that God is constantly moving us past what we can see with our eyes to help us ...

2019 Blue Ridge District Charge Conference Dates

News Article
Once again, our annual charge conferences for local churches will be in each Missional Network. The dates for each Missional Network Charge Conference Celebration can be found here.  Training for Charge Conference Online Forms Beginning this year, ALL charge conference forms MUST be completed online before the scheduled charge conference date. To help with this transition, Chris Hampton, WNCC Director of Web and Database Administration, will be offering two training sessions in the Blue Ridge ...
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