October 2021 BRD Monthly
Disaster Response Efforts
The WNCC Committee on Relief has been putting their efforts into assisting with damages caused by Hurricanes Ida and Fred across Western North Carolina.
"Clergy, we ask that you appeal to your congregations, both in person and those online, to give generously to this fund so that we, as a Conference, may assist these churches in working with their communities."
Changes for Clergy Meeting with Bishop Carter
Tomorrow, October 6th from 10-11am is the last of two meetings with Bishop Carter. Clergy, if you did not participate in the previous meetings, please attend this one.
Dates, times, and a zoom link for the 2021 Fall Charge Conferences are available on our website and will continue to be updated as needed. Those who are not listed have been scheduled individually. Please reach out to Ruth (email@example.com) for more information.
Meeting ID: 850 1127 5824
Connect online: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/8501
Connect via phone: 929 205 6099
Clergy Health Opportunities
In order to help BRD clergy further pursue spiritual, mental, and physical health, we are now offering the following opportunities:
Discounted YMCA Memberships
The Blue Ridge District has entered into a partnership with the YMCA of Western North Carolina to offer clergy and their families discounted gym memberships. Below are links to locations, rates, and an application for membership. You can apply by filling out that application and emailing it to Chris Fox with the Y (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Counseling with Stacy Watkins-Griffith
Clergy are invited to schedule up to 6 counseling sessions with UM Elder and Licensed Counselor, Stacy Watkins-Griffith for $10/session. Stacy only communicates with the Blue Ridge District about supplemental fees. Counseling sessions and those who enter into them are held completely confidential by her.
Online Means of Grace
We know that a lot of times when clergy are the ones providing opportunities for others to participate in the Means of Grace, there is little space for them to participate as well. Because of this we want to offer the opportunity for clergy to gather with other clergy from around the Blue Ridge District in prayer, scriptural study & conversation, fasting & communion, and conversations/action planning surrounding justice. So that we can better plan, if you are interested in any of these opportunities, please fill out this form. We will provide more information as available.
Ongoing Grant Opportunities
Native American Ministries Sunday Grant
Through offerings collected each year on Native American Ministries Sunday, the General Board of Global Ministries is able to grant funding to congregations and ministries working to enhance the relationship or wellbeing of Native Americans.
WNC Leadership Development Team Scholarship Opportunities
The WNC Leadership Development Team is offering scholarships to Clergy and Ministry Professionals to participate in your choice of growth opportunities!
The expectation is that leaders will share their learning within their church or ministry context.
Check out the preferred provider list here:
Preferred Provider Scholarship Opportunities (wnccumc.org)
Scholarships are available until December 1 or funds are completely utilized.
Conference-wide Training Opportunities
Anti-Racism Ethics Training
Rise! Anti-Racism Ethics Training has 4 starting points left for 2021.
- October 10 (ZOOM meetings 10/15, 10/22)
- October 17 (ZOOM meetings 10/23, 10/29)
- October 25 (ZOOM meetings 10/30, 11/12)
- November 8 (ZOOM meetings 11/13, 11/19)
The redesigned workshop for 2021 is now an eLearning course with self-paced lessons, small group discussions, and scheduled ZOOM meetings. The entirety of the workshop will run 12 days, with 3 days of ZOOM sessions included.
Green Church Initiative
Are you interested in beginning or expanding a Creation Care Ministry at your church?
Lay persons who are interested in learning more about how to start a Creation Care Ministry at their church, as well as those who want to receive more details about the Green Church Initiative, may register to attend one of the virtual training sessions offered by the Conference Creation Care Ministry Team on Thursday, October 21st, or Sunday, October 24th, from 7:00-8:30pm.
To register, email CreationCareWNCC@gmail.com and provide the name and address of your church, as well as which session you prefer to attend.
Developing and Implementing an Outward Mindset
This November, Arbinger Institute is offering one online workshop designed to encourage deep growth in community relationships, collaboration, engagement, and accountability.
Resources for Special Sundays in October
October has 4 Special Sundays - World Communion Sunday, Laity Sunday, United Nations Day, and Reformation Sunday. Below are resources including leader kits, graphics, and pew cards for each Sunday.
Events Within Our District
Our Congregational Event Calendar is here to help share events and workshops from our congregations that are open to all members of the Blue Ridge District. Please have a look, and if you would like to add an event, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
- October 1 - November 11: Emmaus Ministries to Host Virtual Walk and Challenge
- October 6: Clergy Meeting with Bishop Carter
- October 10: 2021 Charge Conference (Unless otherwise noted)