BRD Monthly - March

posted on March 06

March 2019

A Prayer for Ash Wednesday
(from - 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(...)

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 chance to sign up, please visit this page on our website.

Here is a link to the message from Bishop Leeland and the leaders of our WNC delegation following General Conference.

A separate email with FAQs will be sent shortly as a follow up to Bishop Leeland's message from Sunday. 

Continuing the Conversation: Embracing the Power of Welcome?
(Registration ends tomorrow!) An opportunity for pastors from the North Carolina and Western North Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church to join with Duke Divinity School and The Duke Endowment to explore how congregations and their leaders can foster fruitful dialogue and civil conversation across human divides that permeate our communities and civic life.

 - More Information  
 - Register Here

Informational UMAR Luncheon for All Clergy
Save the date! Tuesday, April 30 at the Foundation for Evangelism in Lake Junaluska. Specific time and more information will be provided soon. 

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

Just Mercy Book Group
Rob Parsons will be starting a book group for discussion surrounding Bryan Stevenson's Book, Just Mercy in conjunction with his visit to UNCA on April 25th. If you are interested in being a part of this conversation, email

Support Groups
If your congregation hosts or takes part in a support group that is open to the community at large, please let us know! We would like to start putting together a resource page on the Blue Ridge District website. Please email Shonnie at with a short description including group name, location, date, & time. 

Recognition of Anniversary Churches
The WNC Conference Commission on Archives and History will recognize all churches celebrating their 100th, 150th, and 200th anniversaries in 2019 with their display at Annual Conference. If your congregation is celebrating one of these anniversaries, please contact Jim Pyatt, Archivist, at by April 1.

Other Opportunities for Growth & Fellowship

March 9 - ERT Training at Mt. Pisgah UMC
March 10-12 - Marriage Enrichment Retreat
March 11 - Great Ministry In the Second Half of Life
March 11-13, June 3-5, Sept 9-11 - Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process
March 18-20 - Guided Personal Retreat at Lake Junaluska
March 21-23 - A Weekend with Diana Butler Bass
April 6 - Raleigh Ringers
April 29-May 1 - Retreat for Pastors Serving the LatinX Community
May 3 - Come & See: Missional Spiritual Direction Event

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 Strategist