Smoky Mountain District Newsletter September 2022
posted on September 29
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, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you."
Jesus said to him, "Feed my lambs." (John 21:15)
"Do you love me?" When Jesus asks this question, without hesitation, Peter answers, "Yes, Lord, I love you!" Then, Jesus commands, "Feed my lambs." In John's Gospel, Jesus asks this question three times, and Peter answers the exact three times. In his response, Jesus expands Peter's love toward him to love others. That is, loving Jesus Christ is to love others. In this sense, feeding God's sheep begins with rediscovering the love of Jesus in our hearts and growing that love toward others.
You may have heard ESL, English as a Second Language. ESL teachers intentionally use simple vocabulary and sentences and speak slowly. I want to introduce you to a different kind of ESL, Evangelism as a Second Language. In the United Methodist Church, we have lost the language of evangelism and need to relearn it by recovering our love for Jesus and others.
I invite you to join us on October 27th- 29th, Thursday evening to Saturday midday, for our Re-Evangelism Conference at Hinton Rural Life Center. Registering by Sept. 22 costs only $30 for two nights' sleep, six meals, and great learning experiences at the beautiful Hinton Center. Re-Evangelism Conference has simple mindsets: Collaboration and Grassroots. Evangelism must be both clergy and lay-driven and owned by local churches. In other words, your active participation is the key to success in our evangelistic efforts! We will rediscover Wesleyan evangelism in our local context by listening, sharing, envisioning, praying, and planning together. It will grow our love toward others and transform our life, church, and community.
Pastors, act now and register for it HERE and invite two or three lay persons from your church.
Lay leaders, act now and register for it HERE and invite your pastor. It is a collaborative and grassroots movement.
I pray that the Wesleyan evangelism movement will renew our love for Jesus and others and grow our churches with the life-giving spirit of God!
Blessings and love, Jae
Don't Miss Out On This Exciting Opportunity!!!
Grassroot Evangelism in Our Local Context
"Understanding and Practicing
First Session - October 27-29, 2022
(Starting with Thursday Dinner through Saturday Lunch)
Hinton Rural Life Center in Hayesville
Re-Evangelism pursues to become a collaborative movement of lay and
clergy by renewing our hearts for our neighbors with the Good News. It is not
only a movement that should encourage church growth but a spiritual renewal among United Methodists. By revisiting Early American Methodists in our
mountain communities and confronting our realities with courage and faith,
we will restore our passion and love toward God and others.
Timeline for Re-Evangelism:
First Evangelism Session on Oct. 27-29,
Second Evangelism Session in the spring of 2023,
Evangelism Pilgrimage to South Korea in the early fall of 2023,
Third Evangelism Session in the winter of 2023.
Registration and Cost by September 22nd:
The cost includes two nights stay and six meals at Hinton!
$30 for Smoky Mountain District Lay and Clergy
$100 for Western North Carolina Conference Lay and Clergy
Registration AFTER Sept. 22nd
$80 for SMD Lay and Clergy and $150 for WNCC Lay and Clergy
This discounted cost is possible through a generous grant from
September is Suicide Awareness/Prevention Month
Grace Episcopal, Sylva First UMC, and FUMC Waynesville are joining together for an ecumenical service to provide a safe place to talk about the complexities of suicide ideation, suicide attempt, and suicidal loss.
We will gather at Grace Episcopal
at 4pm on Sunday, September 18
to share in worship as we reflect, listen, name
our brokenness, and seek God's healing.
We will gather to talk about something that usually
evokes silence—silence of shock, pain, terror and loss.
We will gather to stand in solidarity about something that often keeps people isolated—in despair, grief or guilt.
We will gather to find hope together that we perhaps
struggle to find alone. We invite everyone to share in
coffee and snacks following the service.
This will be the only
in-person training for
the Smoky Mountain District
so please try to attend
if at all possible!!
Please Register for this REQUIRED Training!!!
In-Person Two- Day Fall 2022 Workshop
Franklin First UMC
October 7th and 8th
10am - 6pm both days
Please plan to take advantage of one of these workshops
Lunch and Snacks Provided at In-Person Training
$100/person to attend
Clergy are encouraged to use continuing education money offered
Racial Healing and Reconciliation
Called to Preach Class
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 credit.
The cost is $35.00 for the class,
two books and lunch both Saturdays.
For more information, please contact
the Smoky Mountain District Office at (828) 454-6820.
Wesley Foundation Haunted House
The Wesley Foundation at WCU is hosting its 13th annual Haunted House on October 28th and 29th!
Tickets cost $10 each and all the money goes to support the campus ministry and all of their local mission projects.
The Wesley Foundation Haunted House has become one of the most unique ways that the Wesley Foundation - and by extension, Cullowhee United Methodist Church, where Wesley lives - reaches out to the local community. There are some people who go through the haunted house that would otherwise never step into a church building.
Enjoy a spooky, fun night with your church's youth group this October and support a local campus ministry at the same time!
If your church's youth group would like to come and see
what great, silly, fun a campus ministry has, email
Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org and your
youth group can get a $5/person discount!
Two Exciting Celebrations at Robbinsville UMC!
Pastors Eric and Beverly Parker Reece welcomed a new granddaughter!
Savannah Rain was born August 16th!
Everyone is doing well!
The church was also
featured in the Duke
Endowment Annual Report
for their willingness
Great job, Pastors and Church!
View the Duke Endowment
article by clicking here!
Cashiers UMC in Cashiers
is looking for a church Accountant and Administrator!
Church administrative position with solid accounting,
book-keeping and payroll knowledge and experience.
College degree in business administration and/or five years experience in business or accounting.
Microsoft Office experience and ability to learn
church membership and accounting software.
Full-time with benefits. Salary range $40-$50,000/annually.
Send cover letter and resume to email@example.com
with subject line: CA Position.
Central UMC in Clyde
is seeking to hire a part-time music person!
This position would play at the 11:00am
service and lead a small choir.
If you are interested or would like more
information, please contact the church at 828-627-2287
or Diana Little at 828-456-4749.
We will receive flood offerings through September!
So far 11 churches in our district have made donations!!
Thank you so very much for your generous giving!
Please send your offering money to the District Office.
Be sure your check is made payable to Smoky
Mountain District and include in the memo line,
Kentucky Flood Relief. All money collected will be
sent to the Kentucky UMC Conference.
Checks can be mailed to:
Smoky Mountain District
PO BOX 1269
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745
Hayesville, North Carolina
The Wesleyan Way Adult Confirmation Experience – Nov 18-20, Hinton Rural Life Center. Led by Rev. Dr. Chris Hughes, this adult experience is for newcomers to Methodism and those wanting a refresher course. Includes music, worship, and creative and engaging activities, culminating in a celebration of each one’s place in the ministry of all Christians. Great opportunity for church leaders, teachers and small group leaders, Confirmation mentors, and those exploring membership. For more information and to register (online and pdf form), visit www.hintoncenter.org/retreat . Spots are limited.