Month: February 2016

Laity Address Information

The Western North Carolina Conference Board of Laity


2016 Annual Conference

Conference theme: “Go Light the World

Jane Wood gave the Laity Address in 2015
Jane Wood gave the Laity Address in 2015

Any United Methodist interested in presenting a 10 to 12 minute address on the subject of “Go Light the World” at Annual Conference at Lake Junaluska in June 2016 is invited to submit a proposed address for consideration.

Matthew 5: 14-16

Jesus said,You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” NRSV


  1. Submissions must be based on the theme or a closely related one.
  2. Submissions must have a cover page with the following information: Name of submitter, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, local church, District, and a recommendation signature of the Local Church Lay Leader. Manuscripts must be typewritten and pages must be numbered.
  3. Manuscripts must be received by Friday March 22, 2016.
  4. The actual presentation must be as submitted in the manuscript.
  5. This invitation is open to all United Methodist Laity in the Western North Carolina Conference, excluding members of the Board on Laity.

Send submissions to: Wade D. Loftin, Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries, 5570 Windemere Circle, Trinity, NC by Friday March 22, 2016.  Submissions may be emailed to

If any question I can be reached at (336) 431-7458 or 336-687-6029.



Anniversaries Celebrated at Annual Conference

Circuit-Rider-smThe WNC Conference Commission on Archives and History will recognize all churches celebrating their 100th, 150th, and 200th anniversary during 2016 during Annual Conference in several ways.  If your church is celebrating one of these anniversaries this year, please contact James L. Pyatt, Archival Associate, by April 1.  All churches recognizing significant anniversaries this year will be recognized at the Commission on Archives and History’s display at Annual Conference and in a PowerPoint Presentation to be shown before and after several of the conference sessions.  Please send your responses to

2016 Cycle to Lake Junaluska (C2LJ)


You are invited to join the 3rd Annual Cycle to Lake Junaluska which will take place Monday, June 13 to Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Join us as we pedal to Lake Junaluska in a charity ride that benefits the Campus Ministries of our conference. This year the C2LJ Team have been hard at work to secure an ALL NEW ROUTE of 155 miles with a new host site for this year’s edition of C2LJ.

  • Day 1 will start in Gastonia, NC at First UMC on Monday, June 13 and cycle to Polkville, NC. Polkville and Casar United Methodist Churches will once again be our hosts us, and if you remember, they go way beyond the call of duty to make us feel welcomed. This route will be around 45 miles on beautiful rural roads in the heart of the Piedmont.
  • Day 2 will take us from Polkville to Hendersonville on a metric century of 62 miles. It is our longest day and will follow much of the route used by Cycle North Carolina in the fall of 2015, only in reverse. The day will conclude with with a 2 mile climb up to a final run in to picturesque Hendersonville. Our new host site will be First UMC, very near the downtown shops for evening relaxation.
  • Day 3 will conclude will a 45 mile route to Lake Junaluska (Waynesville, NC). The course will take us north along the French Broad River to the west side of Asheville and on towards Lake J. Fear not, will have a much gentler route into Waynesville than 2015. We will conclude our ride with a celebration meal at the hall near the swimming pool where you can use the showers before heading home.

This is a full supported ride with indoor camping, meals, rest stops, showers and SAG support. Instead of a tee-shirt, our team is very excited to offer you a 2016 C2LJ cycle cap and a great “SWAG” bag as a way of recognizing your participation. Go online to register today at If you have any questions or any trouble with registration give me a call 336-460-0615 or shot me an email at

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Online Housing Request for Annual Conference


In order to request housing in one of the Junaluska-owned facilities (not including the cottages), you will submit a Housing Request Reservation Form between Monday, February 15, 2016 and Friday, February 26, 2016.

This can be submitted in 3 different ways:

  • mail your completed form (download form here) to Lake Junaluska Reservations (PO Box 67, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745)
  • fax it to reservations at Lake Junaluska (828-452-2225),
  • or fill in the on-line form (see link below) available at

Once all of the reservation forms are received, persons will be randomly placed into available rooms. You will be notified by Friday, March 11, 2016.


(The link above will work only from
Monday, February 15th at 8:00 AM
until Friday, February 26th at 5:00 PM)

AC2016 Display applications accepted until April 14th


Applications for Annual Conference Displays are being received now and until April 14, 2016.

Download (and read) the instructions for 2016 Displays before filling out the application.

Purpose of Conference Displays

Displays connect conference members to groups who have information to share about their ministry. Displays are provided to encourage conference members to learn more about the resources that are available through the wide variety of agencies and ministries in the conference and beyond.

The basic process:

  • We will receive applications until 5:00 PM, April 14, 2016/late applications will not be guaranteed an opportunity to participate in 2016
  • We will begin sending out confirmations by email that we have received your application after March 1, 2016
  • You will be notified soon after April 14th (by email) if you will be assigned a space at Annual Conference (or if your application was rejected)
  • We will notify everyone who has been assigned  a space at Annual Conference where their space is located around the week of May 1, 2016 (along with final set-up directions)


(We will not be taking reservations for display space by any other means in 2016)