October 2022 BRD Monthly

posted on October 01


Current COVID-19 Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry
(updated 7.25.2022)

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Blue Ridge District Office Has Moved!

The Blue Ridge District Office is in transition to our new office at Abernathy UMC! Please note our phones are temporarily out of order. Please contact us individually by email:

Mark Ralls, mralls@wnccumc.org
Ruth Kapely, rkapely@wnccumc.org
Shonnie Streder, sstreder@wnccumc.org
Anita Adams, aadams@wnccumc.org

If you need to mail something to us, please mail it to:

P.O.Box 6302
Asheville, N.C. 28816



Charge Conference Schedule 2022


October 16 (in person)
  • 12:00pm 
    Alexander (Host)-Kistler’s Chapel
  • 4:00pm 
    Oak Grove-Salem (Bostic), Wellspring-Mundy’s Chapel-Brooks Chapel, Pisgah-Pleasant Grove,
October 23 (in person)
  • 12:00pm 
    Balfour (Hendersonville)
October 25 (in person)
  • 12:00pm 
    Lebanon, Ned will preside
October 30 (in-person)
  • 11:00am
    Bethlehem (Mill Spring) – Sheila Bishop presiding

  • 12:00pm (Following worship service)
    Weaverville (Weaverville) - Richard Blount will preside

October 30 (online)
  • 1:30pm 
    Covenant Community, East Asheville, Groce, Bethel (Old Fort)-Old Fort (Old Fort), Black
    Mountain, East Marion, Alexander Chapel, Francis Asbury, Montmorenci, Snow Hill (Candler), Oak Hill,
    Piney Mountain, Acton, Reeves Chapel, Sardis, Bethany (Fairview), Snow Hill (Morganton), St. Mark’s
  • 2:00pm 
    Cummings Memorial-Hope, English Chapel, Etowah, Fanning Chapel-Upward, First (Brevard),
    Lake Toxaway, Moore’s Grove, Selica, St. Timothy, Fruitland, Mills River, Fletcher
  • 2:30pm 
    First (Rutherfordton), Gilboa-Gilkey-Thermal City, Saluda-WithALL, Spindale, New Hope, Tryon,
    First (Forest City), Caroleen, First (Hendersonville), Tabernacle (Black Mountain)
  • 3:00pm 
    Grace-Bell, Emma, Avery’s Creek, Little Sandy, Antioch-Fairview, Spring Creek, Mars Hill-Bright
    Hope Laurel, Spruce Pine, Pleasant Gap, Christ (Weaverville), Salem (Weaverville), Big Sandy-Western
    Chapel (Leicester), Clark’s Chapel (Weaverville)
  • 3:30pm 
    Bald Creek-Pensacola, Barnardsville, Teague’s Chapel, Newdale Charge, Pleasant Grove Union,
    Addie’s Chapel-Clinchfield, Avondale-Cliffside, Trinity, Ebenezer, Glenwood-Pleasant Hill, Cross-Concord,
    First (Marion), Mitchell Yancey (Bakersville)
  • 4:00pm
    Biltmore, Balfour, Haywood Street Congregation, Oakley, Skyland, Bethel (Asheville),
    Bethesda, Trinity (Asheville), Asbury Memorial, Abernethy, St. Paul’s (Asheville)
November 13 (in person)
  • 11:00am 
    Providence (Rutherfordton)
November 14 (in person)
  • 5:30pm
    Higgins Memorial 
November 20 (in person)
  • 12:00pm
November 21 (in person)
  • 6:00pm
    Tanners Grove

A detailed email with Zoom links will be sent to your clergy email.



Blue Ridge District Invites You to Join Pilgrimage to Montgomery

On November 16 and 17, Blue Ridge District will visit the Legacy Civil Rights Museum and Memorial in Montgomery Alabama. Located just blocks from one of the largest slave trades in the nation, Legacy Museum is kin to the critically acclaimed National Memorial for Peace and Justice. History of American slavery and racial injustices are highlighted through film, art, and collections. Hear first-person accounts from descendants of lynching victims and witnesses, view an extensive collection of authentic signs from the Jim Crow era, and so much more.  

To prepare ourselves for this experience our District pilgrims will read together, The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone.  This is open to both clergy and laity of the Blue Ridge District and all expenses other than meals will be paid for.  If you are interested in joining this experience please contact the District Office by Monday, October 17.



First United Methodist Church Hendersonville with Bishop Ken Carter

The 2022 Annual FUMC Spiritual Formation Weekend will take place October 8-9. Bishop Ken Carter will teach on his books, “A Way of Life in the World: Spiritual Practices for United Methodists,” and “Scriptural Imagination,” during a free Saturday workshop from 1:00-4:00. A book signing will take place at the end of the workshop. Sunday morning services will be led by Bishop Carter as well. Registration is required for Saturday's workshop. 

Register Here



BOTH/AND Learning Lab – What’s Next!

The next BOTH/AND Learning Lab will be offered BOTH In person AND Online October 22, 2022!  This lab's theme is Pushing the Progression of Hybrid Ministry - Worship/Discipleship/Equipment/New Expressions.

Find more information and Registration here.


Living with an Outward Mindset

Rev. Joy Moss and Rev. Kent Smith will host the next Outward Mindset training Wednesday, October 19 at Etowah UMC. Limited to 15 participants, this training will run 9:00am to 1:00pm with lunch included. 
Register for this event here.


Understanding and Practicing Grassroot Evangelism

Smokey Mountain District has extended an invitation to all of Western North Carolina Conference to participate in Rev. Dr. K. Kale Yu's first of four conference sessions on "Rediscovering Wesleyan Evangelism" and the roots of Methodism. This session will take place at Hinton Rural Life Center in Hayesville, NC, October 27-29. Registration fees cover a two-night stay at Hinton and six meals. For more information and registration, visit the Smokey Mountain District's website, here.



Encouraging Laity Participation

Laity Sunday is October 16th. This year we have focused heavily on laity empowerment within our congregations and are excited to recognize Laity Sunday. Here is a link for several resources to look through for this Special Sunday.



A Message from Jody Bullard Halstead

Haywood Street is looking for a few pews. On our ministry days our friends often use our space for much needed rest.  We encounter folks sleeping on the floor or curled up in a corner.  We are thinking of ways to be more welcoming and so would like a few pews to place in various areas so that our friends can stretch and rest.  If you have pews to spare or share please contact us.
Grace and peace,
Jody Bullard Halstead



Registration for Fall 2022 Antiracism Ethics Training is open!

The Conference will be offering nine RISE! Workshops Fall 2022.  One of these workshops will be offered virtually and eight workshops will be in-person. 

The 2-day in-person RISE! Workshops will take place from 10am-6pm both days.

The Virtual RISE! Workshop will include self-paced lessons, online small group discussions, and scheduled Zoom meetings spanning approximately 12 days.

Antiracism Ethics Training is the Clergy Ethics Training for the quadrennium through June 2024, and thus it is mandatory for all clergy in the Western North Carolina Conference. The training will be facilitated by RISE! (Race: an In-depth Spiritual Examination) trainers. Each clergy person is to have a lay leader participate in the training. This inclusion of laity will foster more effective change in congregational culture.

Register and learn more: https://www.wnccumc.org/ethics-in-ministry-virtual  






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