BRD Monthly - December

posted on December 01

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 website for further information on their future availability.

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  Church and Clergy Profiles must be completed by January 6, 2021.

The final day for 2020 Apportionments to be received for 2020 credit is Wednesday, January 6, 2021 by 3 pm. Apportionments must be in by then, not postmarked and dated to come.

WNCC Christmas Service
On the Sunday after Christmas, the Western NC Conference will offer a conference-wide virtual worship with a homily from the Bishop, music and liturgy from pastors and churches around our conference. Clergy and worship leaders are invited to take a much-needed break after the Advent season and worship with friends around the conference. Easily access the video (once available) from the conference on the Blue Ridge District website HERE.

Virtual Leadership Lunch with Mark Ralls
District Superintendent Mark Ralls invites the clergy of the Blue Ridge District to gather via ZOOM for lunch and conversation to enhance relationships and learn from each other. The topics of discussion for the next few months are as follow:

December 1: Setting Boundaries and Establishing Attractors
January 19 - March 16: Putting New Habits into Practice

  • January 19: Taking Multiple Perspectives
  • February 2: Asking Different Questions
  • February 16: Seeing the System
  • March 2: Managing Polarities
  • March 16: Setting Boundaries and Establishing Attractors

Join each conversation with this ZOOM link


Spiritual Renewal Grants 
COVID has been hard on leaders and many are exhausted, discouraged, and in need of time away. Ministry leaders (clergy and lay professionals) who sign up and pay a personal investment of $50, are eligible for up to $500 toward their spiritual renewal. More info here.

*No longer available for 2020

Covid-19 Update for Local Churches
Bishop Leeland and Cabinet urge pastors and church leaders to use the COVID-19 Alert System to monitor their county and reconsider their decision to hold indoor worship, particularly if their county is “red." All local churches are asked to use extreme caution in response to the recent rapid spread of the virus. We thank the United Methodists across Western North Carolina for “loving their neighbor” by doing all that they can do to limit the spread of COVID-19. View Guidelines Here


Upcoming Events:

December 1: Virtual Leadership Lunch with Mark - Setting Boundaries and Establishing Attractors ZOOM Link Here

December 1, 3, 8, & 10: Webinar Series - Mental Health and Care: Coping with Stress During This Season and Beyond Info and Registration Here

December 8, 9, & 10: Virtual Mission Trip - ZOE Empowers Info and Registration Here