September BRD Monthly

posted on September 07


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,
Ruth Kapely,
Shonnie Streder,
Anita Adams,

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 (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 (Marion)

  • 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, Bethlehem (Mill Spring), First (Hendersonville), Tanner’s Grove, Tabernacle (Black Mountain)

  • 3:00pm 
    Grace-Bell, Emma, Avery’s Creek, Little Sandy, Antioch-Fairview, Spring Creek, Mars Hill-Bright Hope Laurel, Weaverville, Spruce Pine, Pleasant Gap, Christ (Weaverville), Salem (Weaverville), Big Sandy-Western Chapel (Leicester), Clark’s Chapel (Weaverville)

  • 3:30pm 
    Bald Creek-Pensacola, Barnardsville, Higgins Memorial, 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, Wellspring, Bethel (Asheville), Bethesda, Trinity (Asheville), Asbury Memorial, Abernethy, St. Paul’s (Asheville)
November 13 (in person)
  • 11:00am 
    Providence (Rutherfordton)
November 20 (in person)
  • 12:00pm

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



Spiritual Renewal Grants and Retreats:

Available to All WNCCUMC Ministry Leaders

Ministry leaders are exhausted and in need of time away to recharge.  The LDT wants to help nurture your own spiritual health, as you nurture the spiritual walks of others.  Ministry leaders (clergy and lay professionals) who sign up for a Spiritual Renewal offering, and pay a personal investment of $50 toward the experience, are eligible for up to $500 for a private retreat, engaging with a spiritual director, or going to a structured spiritual retreat.  Visit the Spiritual Renewal Grant Page to learn more about the options available!



Mentoring Pew Sitters Into Servant Leaders

The Appalachian District office in Wilkesboro will hold a workshop October 3-4 Led by Rev. Dr. Michael D. Kurtz, LMFT, DMIN. This workshop will encourage leaders as they empower laity to serve. A $20 registration fee covers lunch for both days and a copy of "Mentoring Pew Sitters Into Servant Leaders" by Rev. Dr. Michael D. Kurtz. Registration deadline is Sep. 23. Register Below.

Mentoring Pew Sitters Into Servant Leaders (



Free Online Classes with Wakening Ministry

Wakening Ministry classes are engaging and personal while expanding and deepening faith. They are connecting with Christians, Questioners, and Doubters who are hungry for qualified and engaging studies, classes, and groups, and you don't have to know much about the Bible to fit in. They have a great list of new classes and hope you will join in the conversation and/or invite others. All classes are small groups where you will feel welcome, and meet online using Zoom. They are always free.

View and sign up for classes here.



Top TED Talk Speaker Simon Sinek Hosts Online Courses

Simon Sinek wrote “Start with Why” and “Leaders Eat Last.”  Now he offers online courses to advance a vision of the world in which each person feels inspired, safe, and fulfilled. Courses include Infinite Mindset, Clear Communication, Start with Why, Leaders Eat Last, Beat Burnout, and more. You pay 1/3, LDT will pay 2/3 of any offering under $100.

Live Online Classes | Simon Sinek 



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:  




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