Month: May 2016

Western North Carolina 2016 Annual Conference Special Offerings in support of Children and Schools


Special-Offering-300It all adds up! When United Methodist churches reach out to children in our local schools, everyone scores an A+! We give thanks that congregations across our conference have been connecting with schools through food and backpack ministries, tutoring and homework help programs, school supply drives, and teacher support and assistance. In addition, the movement called C4C.
(Congregations for Children) is helping churches transform the lives of school children impacted by poverty through collaborative partnerships with public schools. But, we want to do more!
To encourage local churches and missional networks to connect in meaningful ways with schools in their communities, we ask that every church across our conference receive a special offering for Children and Schools on Sunday, June 5th. Gifts received are to be sent to your district office for later distribution within your district. Churches and missional networks will be given an opportunity to submit grant requests for a portion of this money to be used in connecting creatively with a local school and supporting its children.

Each church is asked to report the amount collected on June 5 to the district office promptly on June 6, so that we can celebrate the conference-wide offering when we gather for annual conference.
We will also receive two special offerings for the same purpose during the opening worship service (Thursday, June 16, at 10:30 am) and the closing worship service (Sunday, June 19, at 10:00 am) of annual conference.
Jesus had a heart for children and gave them his time and energy. So should we! Please give generously to these special offerings!

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ChildCare at Annual Conference (DEADLINE EXTENDED)

childcare_blocksWNC ANNUAL CONFERENCE CHILDCARE, June 15-19, 2016

Childcare will be available during the following times:

June 15, 2016
Wednesday Evening

June 16, 2016
Thursday Morning
Thursday Afternoon
Thursday Evening

June 17, 2016
Friday Morning
Friday Afternoon
Friday Evening

June 18, 2016
Saturday Morning
Saturday Evening

COST (Per child, per day):
Morning session $20
Afternoon session $20
All day $40
Evening session $18
All day and evening $53

** Lunch care will be available on Thursday and Friday. Please bring bag lunch or you may purchase a lunch for $8.50 per child.


  • Deadline: May 31, 2016-DEADLINE EXTENDED
  • Pre-registration required (REGISTRATION FORM)
  • Complete the registration form and return to:

Tammy Hall McDowell
P.O. Box 67
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745
Fax 828-456-4040
Phone 828-454-6681


Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members Annual Conference Meeting


The Western North Carolina Conference
Fellowship of Local Pastors and
Associate Members
Annual Conference Meeting

Please join us as we gather together on
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 11:30am
for our Annual Meeting at

Maggie Valley UMC
4192 Soco Road
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
in the Fellowship Hall

Come fellowship over a delicious meal of chicken and fixings. We will have a time of worship; hear updates from Ron Hartman, Chair of the Fellowship and vote for the 2016-2020 slate of officers.

The meeting will end at 1pm.

Donations will be accepted to offer Maggie Valley UMC a love gift for the use of their facility
and to defray the cost of lunch.

To make your reservation

Please contact Rev. Sue Anne Morris
by mail at 1426 Carolina Avenue, Eden, NC  27288
by e-mail at
 or leave a message at 336-635-8573

Family is welcome just tell us how many are attending.

Deadline for Reservations is June 5, 2016

Absence from Annual Conference

absenceAnnual Conference is right around the corner.  Any active clergy member who needs to be excused from conference should make a request through the Conference Secretary.  Please address your email or letter to Bishop Goodpaster and send it to Kim Ingram at or P. O. Box 18005, Charlotte, NC 28218.  Please indicate the reason you will need to miss conference this year. Kim will respond to your request and Bishop Goodpaster will review all of the requests.

Program and Reports Booklet Available for Download


This year’s issue of Program and Reports is 95 pages. The Supplement to this publication will be posted online in June and distributed at registration at annual conference. It will have the  information needed to conduct business and to find your way at conference. In addition, all of the reports included in this publication will also be printed in the annual Journal.

We anticipate that you will not need to print this publication of the Program and Reports book, however if you wish to do so for your own convenience, it is formatted to print front and back on 3-hole punch paper.

NOTE: If you are used to carrying a mobile device, the site is fully compatible for use with phones and tablets.  Rather than printing documents, you may wish to use your device to keep your documents handy.

Download 2016 Program and Reports (2.95 mb)

Display Information for Annual Conference

Indoor-Displays-300Below is information for display participants for Annual Conference:

These groups and organizations applied for space prior to April 14th and their spaces have been assigned.

Some basic information for groups:

  • Set-up will be Wednesday, June 15, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Tear down will be Saturday, June 18 between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • If you have been assigned a space with electricity, you will need to provide your own cords, etc. and share the limited outlets.
  • When you arrive to Lake Junaluska to set-up, you can go directly to your space after 10 a.m–there will be a small sign on the table indicating your spot.
  • Chairs for indoor spaces will be available in stacks in the room.  If you don’t need chairs, that is fine.  If you need chairs, no more than two per display.
  • We are working with Lake Junaluska to meet your requests for extra tables, etc.  You will be contacted if we have questions.
  • One reminder will be sent out between June 1-7.

Indoor Display Participants

Map to Auditorium Space

Outdoor Display Participants

Map to Outdoor Space

Closing Worship Bookmarks

BookmarksAs part of our celebration of Annual Conference 2016, the Annual Conference Worship Committee is asking churches and groups across the conference to put their creativity to work and to design bookmarks that be distributed at the closing worship service on Sunday, June 19th. Using the conference theme of “Go Light Your World” and the theme Scripture of Matthew 5:14 – “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid,” we encourage children’s groups, older adult ministries, youth groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, United Methodist Men and Women’s groups – anyone – to design a bookmark to give away at Annual Conference. Please use the sample bookmark found at this link.

We encourage all groups and individuals to use their imaginations to capture the theme and Scripture for Annual Conference and to design a bookmark using permanent media such as markers or acrylic paints. Include the artist’s first name only and age on the back of the bookmark.

Mail the completed bookmarks to Rev. Oliver Helsabeck, Fairfield UMC, 1505 NC Highway 62 West, High Point, NC 27263 by May 31st.

Download the bookmark template