Order 2016 Journal on USB

July 8, 2016

Order your copy of the 2016 Journal on USB Drive.  Deadline is July 31, 2016. The USB drive will consist of the following information: The 2016 Western North Carolina Conference Journal All of the Conference Journals since 2004 USB DRIVE ORDER FORM Read more

Western North Carolina Conference Summary Report

June 23, 2016

(this was submitted to the United Methodist News Service to include in their collection of reports from across the denomination)   The Western North Carolina Conference gathered at Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center in Lake Junaluska, N. C. from June 15-19, 2016.  The theme for this conference was “Go… Read more

Bishop Larry Goodpaster- Closing Worship

June 20, 2016

Turn on the Light! Matthew 5:14-16 Jun 19, 2016 Bishop Larry Goodpaster Jesus said: “You are the light of the world.” Is there any part of that audacious declaration that you do not understand? Say it with me: you are the light of the world. Now make it personal: pat… Read more

Videos available from Junaluska online store

June 20, 2016

All of the sessions of Annual Conference were recorded my Junaluska Media Productions. CDs & DVDs are now available in their online store. You may order them at lakejunaluska.com/shop.   Read more

Annual Conference 2017

June 19, 2016

The Western North Carolina Conference has scheduled the 2017 Annual Conference for Friday, June 23 (noon)- Sunday, June 25 (noon), 2017 [Clergy Session will be Thursday evening, June 22nd] at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center See ac2017.org For more information in Fall 2016 Read more

Bishop Cynthia Harvey- Ordination Sermon

June 19, 2016

And They Saw and They Went Bishop Cynthia Harvey June 18, 2016 John 1:35-46; 1 Samuel 3:1-11   And they went and they saw or is it they saw and they went? Here is the scene: John is standing by with two of his disciples when Jesus comes along.  John… Read more

Celebration of Life- Dr. Ken Lyon

June 18, 2016

Things Worth Remembering Rev. Dr. Kenneth Lyon   [this sermon text was adapted from a transcription. This is not meant to be seen as an exact replica of what was heard in the auditorium] Bishop Goodpaster, members of the Annual Conference, I thank you for this opportunity and great privilege… Read more

Saturday Morning- Laity Report & Other Business

June 18, 2016

Following the Laity Address, Robert Upchurch, the Conference Lay Leader for the past quadrennium, was recognized by Bishop Goodpaster, and introduced the speakers speakers for the Report of the Laity. Neil Brown, President of the United Methodist Men of Western North Carolina, led off the speakers.  Bishop Goodpaster interrupted his… Read more

Laity Address- Sandy Blackburn

June 18, 2016

On Saturday morning, the Conference opened with a focus on the laity. Wade Loftin, from the Board of Laity, introduced Sandy Blackburn, who gave the Laity Address for 2016. Below is the text of her sermon: Shine Your Light by Sandy Blackburn Matthew 5: 16 “Let your light shine before… Read more

Dr. Mark King – Church Administrator of the Year

June 18, 2016

Please note that Dr. Mark King was introduced at Annual Conference on Friday afternoon. Dr. R. Mark King, CCA has been named the recipient of the Maurice Saucedo Award as Church Administrator of the Year by The Church Network.  He will be presented the award at the 60th Annual Conference… Read more

Friday Afternoon Session- Strategic Vision to Budget to Celebration

June 17, 2016

The afternoon was full of business and visioning, and it closed with celebration, tears and surprises. Strategic Vision After the lunch break on Friday, Annual Conference business resumed with the Strategic Vision Plan for 2016-2020. Bishop Goodpaster reviewed his eight years as leader of the conference, the financial challenges of… Read more

Friday Morning- Business sandwiched between worship

June 17, 2016

The Conference gathered early on Friday morning, June 17, 2016, in Stuart Auditorium. The first service of the day was  the Commissioning Service where we recognized clergy who were elected as provisional members of the conference at Wednesday’s clergy session, and those who are newly licensed local pastors. Worship PowerPoint… Read more

Dr. William McClain- Friday Morning Commissioning Service

June 17, 2016

SO, NOW,  WE GO… by William B. McClain Mary Elizabeth Joyce Professor of Preaching and Worship, Emeritus Wesley Theological Seminary Washington, D.C. Texts:  “…and as you go,  preach the gospel…” [ Matt. 10:7]. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father,  and… Read more

Dr. Bryan Collier-Thursday Evening Worship

June 17, 2016

As Those Who Know Him Best John 15 June 16, 2016 Dr. Bryan Collier The Orchard Tupelo, MS Introduction On my last visit to North Carolina, I was asked to preach at a church which was preparing to launch their associate pastor out to plant a new church.  I arrived… Read more

Opening Business at Annual Conference

June 16, 2016

Thursday afternoon, after the lunch break, the business sessions of Annual Conference began with the singing of “And Are We Yet Alive.” We were welcomed by Jack Ewing, the Executive Director of Lake Junaluska who called the Western North Carolina Conference, “Easter Sunday at Lake Junaluska.” Bishop Goodpaster and Rev.… Read more

Rev. Dr. James Howell Endorsed as Episcopal Nominee

June 16, 2016

Members of the 2016 Western North Carolina Conference voted unanimously to endorse the Rev. Dr. James Howell as the episcopal nominee. He will be considered as an official candidate for bishop at the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference scheduled for July 13-15, 2016 at Lake Junaluska, N.C. Howell has been the… Read more

Dr. William McClain- Opening Worship Sermon

June 16, 2016

DO YOU LOVE JESUS: ANSWER OR RESPONSE? by William B. McClain Mary Elizabeth Joyce Professor of Preaching and Worship, Emeritus Wesley Theological Seminary Washington, D.C. Text: “… Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”… John 21:15ff. I am delighted to return to Lake Junaluska.  I was… Read more

Clergy Session Notes

June 16, 2016

The Executive Session of Clergy Members of the Western North Carolina Conference met at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, July 15, 2016 in Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. This includes all members of the clergy and the lay members of the Board of Ordained Ministry. The session… Read more

Bishop Goodpaster speaks at Extension Ministries Luncheon Wednesday

June 15, 2016

Over 75 clergy gathered for the Extension Ministries and Beyond the Local Church Luncheon in the Kern Auditorium for lunch on Wednesday afternoon. Bishop Goodpaster addressed the group for the last time before his retirement and he reflected on a number of personal and professional stories from the past and… Read more

2016-17 Clergy Appointments

June 11, 2016

Below you will find the projected appointments as of June 11, 2016.  They will be “fixed” by Bishop Goodpaster on Sunday morning of Annual Conference.  Any changes will be announced at that time.  If you find an error in this list that needs to be corrected, please contact your district… Read more

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

May 23, 2016

CHURCHES + CHILDREN + SCHOOLS = TRANSFORMED COMMUNITIES! It 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… Read more

ChildCare at Annual Conference (DEADLINE EXTENDED)

May 21, 2016

WNC 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):… Read more

Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members Annual Conference Meeting

May 10, 2016

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… Read more

Absence from Annual Conference

May 9, 2016

Annual 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 kingram@wnccumc.org or P. O. Box 18005, Charlotte, NC… Read more

Program and Reports Booklet Available for Download

May 9, 2016

2016 PROGRAM AND REPORTS BOOKLET 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… Read more

Display Information for Annual Conference

May 3, 2016

Below 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,… Read more

Closing Worship Bookmarks

May 2, 2016

As 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… Read more

Before Disaster Training Event

April 13, 2016

UMCOR Training for pastors and church leaders to help churches prepare and respond for possible local to massive scale disasters. Wednesday June 15 4pm-5:15pm Bethea Welcome Center Lake Tragedies happen! In the midst of crisis your church should be ready. This is an excellent opportunity to learn techniques and get… Read more

Emory Club 5K is June 16

March 21, 2016

Emory Club 5K to support Imagine no Malaria and scholarships to Emory University Candler School of Theology will be held on the Thursday of Annual Conference,  June 16th at 8 am. Registration is now open at www.iamathlete.com. Registration is $25. T-Shirts will be available to everyone who registers before May 29th.  Limited T-Shirts… Read more

Applications accepted for Harry Denman Awards

March 8, 2016

The  Western North Carolina Annual Conference is now accepting nominations for The Harry Denman Evangelism Award for Clergy, Lay, and Youth. (Download bulletin inserts for local churches) The Harry Denman Evangelism Award recognizes a person whose life and ministry exemplifies the teaching of Christ and the Great Commission. Recipients of… Read more

Petitions to Annual Conference

March 7, 2016

Petitions to the 2016 Western North Carolina Annual Conference are due by April 1, 2016.  Please submit petitions in the format found in 2015 petitions at this link: http://wnccadmin.org/journals/2015/2015-Journal-Petitions291-294.pdf (#20-23). Petitions should be submitted to Rev. Kim Ingram, Conference Secretary, at kingram@wnccumc.org as a Word document. The Conference Rules indicate… Read more

Laity Address Information

February 29, 2016

The Western North Carolina Conference Board of Laity Announces The LAITY ADDRESS 2016 Annual Conference Conference theme: “Go Light the World” 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… Read more

Anniversaries Celebrated at Annual Conference

February 26, 2016

The 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… Read more

2016 Cycle to Lake Junaluska (C2LJ)

February 24, 2016

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… Read more

Online Housing Request for Annual Conference

February 10, 2016

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… Read more

AC2016 Display applications accepted until April 14th

February 10, 2016

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… Read more

AC 2016 Housing Information

January 25, 2016

This was sent by mail to all clergy and lay members of Annual Conference in January 2016.  This is the only postal mail that will be sent between now and Annual Conference. TO:  MEMBERS OF THE 2016 WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA CONFERENCE We are looking forward to welcoming you to Annual… Read more

2016 Dates

January 21, 2016

2016 Annual Conference of the  Western North Carolina Conference June 15-19, 2016 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center Lake Junaluska, NC .Go to AC2015.org Go to AC2014.org Read more