August 2021 BRD Monthly
posted on August 05
COVID-19 Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry
View & Download a copy of the updated guidelines here.
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Save the Dates: Clergy Meetings
The Blue Ridge District has dates finalized for the 2021-2022 clergy meetings.
September 7, 2021 - In Person at Lake Junaluska
December 7, 2021 - ZOOM
March 8, 2022 - ZOOM
Details for each meeting will be emailed as they become available.
Clergy Housing Allowance Webinar
Tuesday August 10, Mr. Bryan Mills, General Counsel for G.C.F.A. and Rev. Ken Sloane of Discipleship Ministries will be covering details and questions about the Household Expense Allowance as well as Housing in lieu of a parsonage. Questions have come from clergy, Finance Committee members, PPRC Chairs, and Treasurers. Registration also includes an option to send a question regarding Housing Allowance prior to the webinar.
Find details and registration here.
Save the Date: Anti-Racism Ethics Training
The Anti-Racism training event for our district will be held at Covenant Community UMC November 19-20. Details and registration will be on our website and Facebook as they become available.
Here is the WNC Conference's explanation on what to expect.
Developing and Implementing an Outward Mindset
This fall Arbinger Institute is offering 5 workshops throughout the conference in conjunction with the WNC Leadership Development Team. These are designed to encourage deep growth in community relationships, collaboration, engagement, and accountability. Waynesville, Huntersville, Lexington, and Concord will host individual workshops open to both clergy and laity. Registration closes August 22 for the first two workshops.
Complete details and registration here.
Post-Pandemic Game Changers Cohorts
Beginning in September, join teams from other WNC churches via ZOOM once a month for conversation, assessment, action-plan creation, and implementation plans for your congregation as we navigate the changes from the pandemic. Teams should consist of clergy leaders and laity but individuals may attend as well.
Registration and information can be found here.
Support for Ongoing Live Streaming
As congregations begin to move back to varying levels of in-person worship, some are finding live streaming of worship services to be an ongoing need and desire for connection. If your congregation is moving toward a permanent solution for live-streaming, the Blue Ridge District would like to help you navigate this new terrain by providing grant money toward consultation and education in purchasing, setting up, and running live-stream equipment.
The Blue Ridge District will partner with participating congregations by providing $300 of a $400 consultation fee which will include:
- An in-person consultation to assess your needs and budget
- A presentation of customized options
- Assistance in choosing the appropriate equipment
- On-site installation and training
If you would like to participate, and are willing to invest $100 toward a consultant, please email Shonnie (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will help
you get started.
Weekly Lectionary Scripture Reading Focused ConversationsStarting Tuesday, July 6th at 11am, Shonnie Streder (our Blue Ridge District Vitality Associate) will be facilitating a weekly focused conversation via Zoom surrounding the scripture readings from the upcoming Sunday’s Lectionary text (via the Revised Common Lectionary). This will be a time of processing and conversation for all clergy and Certified Lay Speakers surrounding these four questions:
- What words from this text jump out at you?
- What are some insights you have found from researching this text previously?
- How do these verses impact your life in this moment?
- What do these verses mean for the wholeness of the Kin(g)dom of God?
There is no commitment to these conversations. Come as often as you are able. We will limit our conversation to 1 hour, but may shorten it depending on the size of the group.
Here is the Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/93575494027. Email email@example.com with any questions.
Job Openings Within Blue Ridge District Congregations
There are currently several job openings throughout our district posted on our website. Please feel free to share among those who may be interested in applying!
New Congregational Events Calendar
We have a new calendar on our website to share events hosted by ministries and congregations throughout the Blue Ridge District!
- August 10: Clergy Housing Allowance Webinar
- August 13-15: Relaunching Dinner Church
- August 21: Navigating Change Retreat
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