Getting the Help You Need

posted on July 22

GETTING THE HELP YOU NEED   “Come unto me, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28   I recently had the pleasure of taking part in a virtual Word...
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Living with Joy!

posted on July 12

The apostle Paul ministered at Philippi during his second missionary journey, spending about three months in the city. Paul did not write Philippians in response to a crisis, as he did with Galatians...
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Updated Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry During COVID-19

posted on June 30

Dear Friends,   Thank you for your questions about next faithful steps during the COVID-19 pandemic. I took your concerns to the Cabinet meeting, and below you will find a link to recommendations ...
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Remembering Juneteenth

posted on June 16

Remembering Juneteenth Dear Friends,   Below please find a video with a wonderful time of sharing from the Revs. Rod and Tammy Ingram, sharing with us the history of Juneteenth. We hope you can share ...
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A Pastoral Letter, and A Summons

posted on June 05

Dear Friends, Please find some recent Episcopal letters to encourage and bolster you in your ministry this weekend. Wishing you a bright and bountiful weekend of worship and service. Looking ...
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What Can You Do?

posted on June 01

What Can You Do?   “If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” Romans 12:18 (NRSV)   Words are one of my great joys in life, but I’ve struggled to find words to ...
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A call to grieve and honor those who have died from COVID-19

posted on May 26

Dear Friends,   We have moved into a period of this pandemic where we have reached the marker of 100,000 deaths. It is truly a momentous time, and we ask that you take time this Sunday to mark this ...
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Phase Two Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry During COVID-19

posted on May 21

From WNCC Bishop & Cabinet: Phase Two Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry During COVID-19 As the state of North Carolina prepares to enter Phase Two, the Cabinet has updated our Conference ...
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COVID Update from WNCC Bishop & Cabinet

posted on May 20

Hi Friends,   I want to reach out and share a few updates: Our Governor is releasing next steps for "reopening" our economy. Please be aware that this does NOT mean that the Western North Carolina ...
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Love Your Neighbor...Resources & Ideas to Consider

posted on May 16

Resources and Ideas to consider... I have been participating in a variety of webinars lately as we work to resource and assist local churches, clergy, and laity. A particularly good one this week was...
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In the "In-Between" Times

posted on May 01

In the “In-Between” Times   Each day we have a choice to be a person of kindness to ourselves and the world or find ourselves hiding in the empty tomb in fear.  As I find my way out of the tomb, I ...
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After the Quarantine: An Argument Against An Overscheduled And Under-Authentic Church

posted on April 25

After the Quarantine: An Argument Against An Overscheduled And Under-Authentic Church “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become ...
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Celebrate a zip-a-dee-doo-dah Easter day, Easter people!

posted on April 12

I never related much to Mary Magdalene personally until this Easter Sunday morning.  For more than 50 years, Easter tradition at my church began early…4:30am for choir members with the cantata at ...
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The Life of the World to Come

posted on April 07

The Life of the World to Come   “We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.” -The Nicene Creed   One of the best gifts Christian parents can give their children is ...
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The Top Twelve Things I Have Learned During Lent 2020

posted on April 07

The Top Twelve Things I Have Learned During Lent 2020   It’s been six weeks since I opened the Lenten Season with a sermon and the imposition of ashes on a clear evening at Mount Carmel UMC in ...
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Update from SBA on Paycheck Protection Program and Faith-Based Organizations

posted on April 04

Important Update Regarding SBA Funding Opportunities for Faith-Based Organizations Last night, the Small Business Administration issued a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for ...
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IMPORTANT Update on CARES Paycheck Protection Program

posted on April 01

IMPORTANT Update on CARES Paycheck Protection Program   We have received updated information that you are NOT required to have a charge conference to apply for this loan.  Please do make sure that...
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Important Opportunity for Local Churches: SBA Paycheck Protection Program

posted on April 01

Dear Friends, We urge you to closely read this article, which was published by Forbes magazine: $349 Billion In Forgivable Paycheck Protection Loans For Nonprofits. Here’s How To Apply  "The $2 ...
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Greeting from Bev Coppley, District Superintendent - April 1, 2020

posted on April 01

A greeting and message from Rev. Bev Coppley, Northern Piedmont District Superintendent, shared on April 1, 2020. “The Sturdy Dreamers” Rev. Bev Coppley April 1, 2020   Mark 10:32-40   They ...

For the Birds

posted on March 30

For the Birds   “…let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” -Genesis 1:20   When I think of all I hope to remember positively about this time in history, I think about the birds. ...
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COVID-19 Resources for Your Local Church

posted on March 21

RESOURCES FOR LOCAL CONGREGATIONS - COVID-19 Updated April 6, 2020 Click here to get to our Northern Piedmont COVID-19 Resource page Conference and District Staffs are working remotely now. The best ...
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Northern Piedmont COVID-19 Update - March 20, 2020

posted on March 19

Graceful Contact   Dear Friends,   Communication and contact among people has never been easy and there is always room to grow to communicate better. We have different ways of expression with sharing...
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Northern Piedmont COVID-19 Update - March 17, 2020

posted on March 17

Hi Friends,   Our Western North Carolina Conference and District Offices have been asked to implement additional governmental COVID-19 precautions by working remotely for a period of time. Each of us...
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COVID-19: Message from Bishop Leeland

posted on March 12

Hi Friends, Please read the important letter from Bishop Paul Leeland shown below regarding precautions around the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As always, we are available in the District Office to ...
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Preparing your Church for COVID-19

posted on March 11

How is your church preparing for COVID-19? Dear Friends, We in your District Office join you in concerns for health and well-being during this flu season and in this time of uncertainty about the ...
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Tornadoes in Tennessee - Compassion & Solidarity

posted on March 10

We have all been pained by the news of the devastating EF-4 tornado in the Caney Fork River District of the Tennessee Conference. It has been inspiring to see Early Response Teams (ERTs) at work and ...
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Living as Those Who Are Prepared to Die: A Reflection for Lent

posted on March 02

Living as Those Who Are Prepared to Die: A Reflection for Lent “Help us to live as those who are prepared to die…”   There is a line in one of our funeral prayers in the United Methodist Book of ...
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POSTPONED: Helping Your Congregation Prepare for General Conference: An Event for Clergy & Laity

posted on February 19

Update on March 17, 2020: This event has been POSTPONED. The future date is to be determined. Northern Piedmont District Helping Your Congregation Prepare for General Conference:  An Event for ...
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Means of Grace: Growing in Racial Awareness

posted on February 19

Check out this Means of Grace podcast, with Rev. Rodvegas Ingram (Memorial UMC), Rev. Tom Latimer (Jamestown UMC) and Rev. Maria King (NP District Vitality Associate) of the Northern Piedmont District...
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Local Church Resources

posted on January 23

Dear Friends,   I am reaching out to say thanks to all of you for your connectional spirit in this new year. It has been my joy in December and January to conduct clergy consultations and to begin the...
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All Shall Be Well

posted on January 10

Wellness … In All Manner of Things Reflections on The Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation   “…all manner of things shall be well.” -Julian of Norwich, Showings   I’ll begin by ...
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At Your Merriest

posted on December 14

At Your Merriest “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!...
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Northern Piedmont Equipping Seminars

posted on December 09

Coming in Early 2020... Northern Piedmont District Equipping Seminars! Greetings in the name of Christ, We are pleased to offer Equipping Seminars for pastors and your local church officers who serve...
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An Expression of Thanksgiving

posted on November 14

An Expression of Thanksgiving   “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  1 Thessalonians 5:18 I suppose today’s ...
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Truth and Reconciliation in Northern Piedmont

posted on October 29

by Rev. Maria King, Northern Piedmont District Vitality Associate   In 2016, the Northern Piedmont District Vitality Team set a priority for the district to confront white supremacy and racism in ...
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Become Like Children

posted on October 09

Become Like Children “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of...
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I Can't Wait / I Will Wait: Adventures in Waiting

posted on September 16

I Can’t Wait / I Will Wait: Adventures in Waiting   “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.” Psalm 130:5 (NIV)   Like many of us, I have a “go-to” music playlist. ...
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Fall 2019 Charge Conference Information

posted on September 04

CHARGE CONFERENCES – FALL 2019 – NORTHERN PIEDMONT DISTRICT Complete instructions for our Fall 2019 Charge Conferences are available on our website at:
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The Superintendent’s Pilgrimage

posted on August 28

The Superintendent’s Pilgrimage   “O taste and see that the Lord is good; Happy are those who take refuge in him.” -Psalm 34:8   I hope my email finds you all settling into the routine of a new school...
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New Kids In Town

posted on July 09

New Kids In Town   There's talk on the street; it sounds so familiar. Great expectations, everybody's watching you. People you meet, they all seem to know you. Even your old friends treat you like ...
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A Sunday of Solidarity for Suffering Children

posted on June 28

As a church that is united on the need to care for children, we can be in mission together. This Sunday, June 30, Global Ministries encourages you to take part in A Sunday of Solidarity for Suffering...
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New Safe Sanctuaries Resources

posted on June 26

Have you checked out our conference Safe Sanctuaries webpage lately? We now have a sample policy, sample forms, training templates, and free ONLINE TRAINING!   Yes, that's right! Thanks to a grant ...
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News from Annual Conference 2019

posted on June 23

News from Annual Conference 2019, concluded June 23, 2019 at Lake Junaluska.
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Annual Conference - Be Informed, Prayerful, and Present!

posted on June 11

Dear Clergy and Laity Members of our Annual Conference, I appreciate your important role in next week's session of the WNC Annual Conference at Stuart Auditorium at beautiful Lake Junaluska. The ...
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Near to the Heart

posted on May 09

Near to the Heart   Rescue me in weakness of mind When distraction conquers me Keep me in your shadow, oh Lord Give me grace to follow where You lead Keep me near your heart… Keep Me Near, Rend ...
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Court OKs part of Traditional Plan, exit plan

posted on April 26

From United Methodist News Service:  The United Methodist Church’s top court has found that while some provisions of the newly adopted Traditional Plan remain unconstitutional, the rest of the plan is...
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posted on April 11

“Bittersweet” “Hosanna!”  (Mark 11:9) It’s almost Palm Sunday. Churches all over are preparing for what I have come to call the “second most important” Sunday of the year. I know this because my Mama ...
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2019 Northern Piedmont UMAR Luncheon! Join us!

posted on April 04

YOU are invited! Invite others! 2019 Friends of UMAR Luncheon May 9, 2019 Click here to download a PDF of the Friends of UMAR Luncheon Invitation Thanks for sharing this invitation in your local ...
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Court Oks Tax-free Housing

posted on March 28

From AP News:  "MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that a law giving clergy tax-free housing allowances is constitutional, overturning a ruling in Wisconsin that said it was an ...
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That Time in Lent

posted on March 20

That Time in Lent   “So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.”                                                                        ...
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Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down

posted on March 06

Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down We fall down, we lay our crowns at the feet of Jesus. We Fall Down by Chris Tomlin There is an old nursery rhyme called “Ring Around the Roses” that sadly told the ...
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Endurance and Encouragement

posted on March 01

Endurance and Encouragement We who are powerful need to be patient with the weakness of those who don’t have power, and not please ourselves.  Each of us should please our neighbors for their good in ...
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Words and A Wisdom

posted on February 21

Words and A Wisdom “This will give you an opportunity to testify. So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom…” Luke 21:14-15   Without a ...
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Preaching with the Prophets: Stories and Sign Acts to Shift the Moral Narrative

posted on February 19

Event for Clergy: Preaching with the Prophets: Stories and Sign Acts to Shift the Moral Narrative Thursday April 11th, 2019  Leader:  Rev. Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove 9:30 am - 2:30 pm  (Program will ...
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Agape and Anastasis (Love and Resurrection)

posted on February 14

Agape and Anastasis (Love and Resurrection) “Let all that you do be done in love.”  1 Corinthians 16:14 You’ll receive at least a few Valentines today, I hope. We who labor in love should give, and ...
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Northern Piedmont 2019 Lay Servant Training

posted on January 15

2019 LAY SERVANT TRAINING OPPORTUNITY 2019 Northern Piedmont Lay Servant Training February 23-24, March 2-3 Guilford College United Methodist Church Letter / Information about our 2019 Lay Servant ...
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Northern Piedmont Equipping Seminars

posted on December 04

Coming in Early 2019... Northern Piedmont District Equipping Seminars! Greetings in the name of Christ, We are pleased to offer Equipping Seminars for pastors and your local church officers who serve...
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Ballistic Reentry

posted on October 18

I was amazed and grateful to hear the recent outcome of failed rocket booster in a journey that was supposed to carry NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin to the ...
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Spiritual Preparation for the Storm

posted on September 13

For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress, a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat. Isaiah 25:4a   Storms have a way of getting our attention. ...
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Fall 2018 Charge Conference Information

posted on August 15

CHARGE CONFERENCES – FALL 2018 – NORTHERN PIEDMONT DISTRICT DEADLINE REMINDER:          We need requests for authorization for your Fall 2018 charge conferences.  We need the date / time / presiding...
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Tornado Disaster Response Update: Work Teams Needed

posted on July 02

Tornado Disaster Response Update - July 2, 2018   We are grateful to finally announce Greensboro is ready for work teams to assist with recovery from the tornado that caused so ...
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