Three Important Ministry Opportunities
posted on December 17
Love to All,
Rev. Beverly B. Coppley
& Chief Missional Strategist
United Methodist Churches in the Western NC Conference are encouraged to participate in a Special Sunday Offering on December 19th to support relief efforts following the destruction caused by the tornado outbreaks during the weekend of December 11, 2021.
One of our greatest assets and privileges as United Methodists is to know we are not alone in our ministries but are part of a greater connection. While conferences in the hardest-hit areas will work directly with UMCOR and established relief agencies like FEMA and the Red Cross, conferences in other states are raising funds to support these efforts.
Funds collected through this weekend's special offering will be presented as a gift from the Western North Carolina Conference to the affected conferences in the Southeastern Jurisdiction to aid the disaster response endeavors in their communities. It is our prayer that those impacted by these catastrophic storms will be blessed by the generosity, prayers, and support of our connection through the Western North Carolina Conference.
Individuals are encouraged to donate to this special offering through their churches.
Churches, donations collected for this Special Sunday Offering can be submitted online OR if you prefer to pay by check, make checks payable to WNCC Treasurer, note "Special Offering: Tornado Relief" in the memo line, and mail to:
Western North Carolina Conference
P.O. Box 2757
Huntersville, NC 28070-2757
Attn: Carol Bateman
As always, following a disaster, donations may also be made through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Use this link to donate towards UMCOR's relief efforts.
Enhancing Stewardship In Your Church
Webinar series Thursday evenings in January and February 2022
An offering of the WNC Conference Office of Equity and Justice
and the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina
What we’ll explore - Discover trending best practices and proven strategies for cultivating a culture of year-round generosity.
Who should attend - This series is designed for a clergy person and at least one lay person from each participating church.
Dates - Thursdays on Jan. 13, Jan. 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb. 10. All webinars are at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom and will last for one hour. Post-webinar series group follow-up will be offered by Rev. Amerson.
Areas of focus:
- Biblical Foundations for Transformative Generosity
- Leading Transformative Generosity
- The Offering and Transformational Generosity Post COVID-19
- Year-Round Generosity
- Next Steps…
How to register: Click here to register by January 10
Feel free to contact A.J. Thomas at the Foundation at AJThomas@umfwnc.org or 888-450-1956, Ext. 1509.
Meet our guest: Rev. Melvin Amerson is an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church and a stewardship consultant with the Texas Methodist Foundation. His experience and passion lie in encouraging and developing generous, faithful leaders and congregations. Beyond strengthening congregational leaders, one of Melvin’s favorite ways to use his skills is to empower Wesley Foundation staff to effectively fund their college ministries. Melvin is the author of Celebrating the Offering and Stewardship in African-American Churches: A New Paradigm.
WNCC Christmas Worship Service 2021
The Western NC Conference is pleased to offer a conference-wide virtual worship with a homily from the Bishop, music and liturgy from the Appointive Cabinet and churches around the conference. Clergy and worship leaders, take a much-needed break after the Advent season and worship with friends around the conference. The video will be available for viewing on our website, YouTube, and Vimeo on December 20, 2021. A downloadable version of the video and order of worship will also be available for churches to upload and stream through their own platforms.