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Called to Preach Class

News Article September 30, 2022
  October 22nd and October 29th 9:00am - 3:00pm Sylva First United Methodist Church  $35.00 class fee includes both book  Called to Preach is designed for those who have not had formal preaching training or who seek a basic refresher course. It is the required preaching course in the lay speaker track of study, covering topics like choosing scripture, finding a focus, writing and presenting the sermon.    The classes will be held over two Saturdays. You must attend both Saturdays for full ...

ReEvangelism Conference

News Article September 29, 2022
October will be a great time to enjoy the beauty of the Hinton Center AND learn together as we remember our Methodist roots while sharing new ideas to revitalize our church today!   Discounted Registration Extended until September 30th!    Grassroot Evangelism in Our Local Context "Understanding and Practicing Grassroot Evangelism" First Session  - October 27-29, 2022 (Starting with Thursday Dinner through Saturday Lunch) Hinton Rural Life Center in Hayesville Re-Evangelism pursues to ...

Smoky Mountain District Newsletter September 2022

News Article September 29, 2022
As a spiritual leader on the margin, Rev. Jae Lee has led people from the edge. From the Edge* will become a voice for diverse perspectives and encouragement among the Smoky Mountain District's churches and leaders. In addition, Jae may ask the district lay and clergy leaders to write a short article from our edges.   Rediscover the Love of Jesus in Our Hearts When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "...

A former Olympic paddler leads waterfront worship services in North Carolina [via Blue Ridge Outdoors]

News Article September 6, 2022
Check out this article by Blue Ridge Outdoors featuring Wayne Dickert and River of Life. Article from Blue Ridge outdoors can be read from their site here. ----------------------- A former Olympic paddler leads waterfront worship services in North Carolina [via Blue Ridge Outdoors] Instead of dress shoes, there were Chacos. Instead of organ music, the sound of rushing water. This June, for the first time in many years, I found myself at a Sunday morning church service. It looked nothing like ...

A Resource From Bishop Carter About Misinformation in The UMC

News Article August 3, 2022
A message from Bishop Carter: "There is misinformation about what the ongoing and future United Methodist Church believes.  Some of this misinformation is being shared in local churches. If we do not tell our story, others will construct a story about us, in this instance a false witness about the UMC.  This is a violation of the 9th Commandment.   This statement was overwhelmingly affirmed by the Council of Bishops last fall, and had enthusiastic affirmation from bishops on each continent. I ...

Smoky Mountain District Newsletter July 2022

News Article July 14, 2022
As a spiritual leader on the margin, Rev. Jae Lee has led people from the edge. From the Edge* will become a voice for diverse perspectives and encouragement among the Smoky Mountain District's churches and leaders. In addition, Jae may ask the district lay and clergy leaders to write a short article from our edges. Re-Evangelism (Rediscover Wesleyan Evangelism) “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but ...

Smoky Mountain District Newsletter May 2022

News Article May 5, 2022
 As a spiritual leader on the margin, Rev. Jae Lee has led people from the edge. From the Edge* will become a voice for diverse perspectives and encouragement among the Smoky Mountain District's churches and leaders. In addition, Jae may ask the district lay and clergy leaders to write a short article from our edges.   Together in One Spirit Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for an entire year, they met with the...

Bishop Carter’s Pastoral Response to the General Conference Announcement

News Article March 3, 2022
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District E-News - December 2021

News Article December 8, 2021
District E-News December 2021 From the Edge* As a spiritual leader on the margin, Rev. Jae Lee has led people from the edge.  From the Edge* will become a voice for diverse perspectives and encouragements among the Smoky Mountain District's churches and leaders.  Jae may ask the district lay and clergy leaders to write a short article from our own edges. The Spirit of Christmas: “With” “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with ...

Coming Together: Clergy Collegiality and Care

News Article November 22, 2021
Article via WNCC can be viewed here. 

View The Service Celebrating the Appointment of Rev. Dr. Hyung Jae Lee

News Article November 2, 2021
Thank you to Long's Chapel for capturing and sharing this video of the service celebrating the appointment of Rev. Dr. Hyung Jae Lee.  The service can be viewed by following the link here. 

Burn the Burden - First UMC Franklin Helps with Medical Debt Relief

News Article September 8, 2021
Earlier in Summer 2021, First UMC Franklin held a campaign, Burn the Burden, to help alleviate medical debt for families in our region.  They raised $31,394.27, which they were hoping would alleviate about $3.1 million in debt.  They just received the final report and with their funds, RIP Medical Debt was able to purchase $4,067,694.39 of medical debt for 2,837 families in NC, northeast GA and eastern TN!  They were able to help 68 families in far western NC, and 7 in Macon County where the ...

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ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES

Blog Post October 29, 2020
Follow this link for WNCC'S ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES.