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Uwharrie Summer Clergy Fellowship Events

News Article May 16, 2022
Summer is a time that many people rest, take some time off, and enjoy a slower pace. Many church schedules slow down and clergy time time to plan and prepare for the upcoming fall (and even for Advent). This summer, the Uwharrie District is hosting some opportunities for clergy to gather for a time of fellowship, play, and rest. On Friday, June 24, clergy will meet at City Lake Park in Albemarle for paddle boarding/kayaking and a picnic. Bring a paddleboard or kayak if you have one, but we will...

Advanced Lay Servant Class: Living Our United Methodist Beliefs

News Article April 25, 2022
Participants in this class will be able to articulate an overview of the life and ministry of John Wesley and will gain an awareness of the place of doctrine in the missional movement known as Methodism. Participants will begin to see the history of Methodism by beginning a Methodist family tree. Dates: May 10 (Tues), 19 (Thur), 24 (Tues), 31 (Tues) Time: 7-9pm on Zoom Materials needed: Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way Instructor: Rev. Fred Jordan This class will count as an ...

The Uwharrie District is on Instagram!

News Article April 25, 2022
Have you seen the news! You can keep up with Uwharrie District information on Instagram! In order to celebrate and gain followers, we're giving away three $10 Amazon gift cards. To enter, follow @uwharriedistrictwncc on Instagram and on the giveaway post, tag 2 clergy, laity, or church accounts who are a part of the Uwharrie District. Once we reach 100 followers, we will draw our winners!  (This giveaway is in no way associated with Amazon or Instagram. Only personal accounts of those who are ...

Uwharrie District Supports Ukraine Relief Efforts

News Article April 4, 2022
Rev. Laura Auten, Uwharrie Superintendent and Missional Strategist issued a challenge to pastors and churches across the district. She dared everyone to match a donation and double dog dared them to give even more! The people of the Uwharrie District rose to the challenge. To date, over $29,740 has been raised through the Uwharrie District for direct relief efforts in Ukraine and neighboring countries. (4.7.22 update: over $47,190!!) Rev. Auten shares, "I am proud and grateful for how the ...

Uwharrie District Grants and Resources Team Awards over $60,000

News Article March 8, 2022
In February, the Uwharrie District Grants and Resources team met to review and approve the most recent round of grant applications. Twice a year, local churches and United Methodist based ministries within the Uwharrie District have an opportunity to apply for mission engagement or vitality grant funds. A church or organization can apply once in a twelve-month period. Local church applicants should be current on apportionments.   This spring, the Grants and Resources Team awarded seven grant ...

Amplify Media Partnership

News Article January 11, 2022
The conference has negotiated a partnership with the United Publishing House (UMPH) to offer their online platform, Amplify Media, at a deeply discounted rate for all churches/charges in our conference.  If you aren't familiar with Amplify Media, it is home to thousands of study, worship, training, and devotional videos for all ages. This is trusted content from publishers like Cokesbury, Abingdon, and Sparkhouse that has been vetted through a Wesleyan lens by the UMPH. Depending on the type of...

2021 Uwharrie District Laity Awards

News Article November 16, 2021
Each year we ask local churches to recognize laity who have made a significant contribution to the life and ministry of the church. This year, eleven people from eight churches across the Uwharrie District were selected by their church and honored during worship. The laity below were selected because they exemplify a commitment to the Christian way of life and their contribution to the life of their church and community reflects a devotion of self to the service of others. We give thanks to God ...

Recovery During the Holidays

News Article November 16, 2021
Re | cov | er | y - “a return to a normal state of health, mind, or  strength”  Oxford dictionary defines the word “recovery” as the return to a  previous state, a normal state of mind, body, and soul. Recovery from  substance use disorder is just that, being restored to a previous  healthy state, one where our minds are restored to sanity, and our  strength comes from a power greater than ourselves. Often times  when we think of addiction we only think about the substance. The  alcohol or the ...

Afresh: Recovery Ministry and Fresh Expression

News Article October 25, 2021
A new episode of Afresh is now out and it's a great one! In this episode, Rev. Katie Lineberger talks to Rev. Caitlin McAlhany & Laina Davis-Harvey about recovery ministry and Fresh Expressions. The conversation is rich with compassion and vulnerability. You will be glad you took the time to listen. You can find Afresh on Apple Podcasts or the Uwharrie District website. This episode and all the previous episodes are available.

Uwharrie Clergy Hiking Group

News Article October 5, 2021
Calling all clergy! You are invited to join the monthly Uwharrie District Clergy Hike. This time with colleagues in nature is intended to restore and refresh your soul. You are welcome to join the hike every month, just one time, or as you can make it. Hikes will always be on a Friday morning at 10am at varying locations. The current schedule is listed below. Email Rev. Katie Lineberger if interested or to ask questions. November 19, 2021 December 10, 2021 January 29, 2022 February 25, 2022 ...

Afresh: New Ways of Being Church in the Uwharrie District

News Article May 17, 2021
The Uwharrie District Fresh Expressions Team has launched a podcast! "Afresh: New Ways of Being Church" will share stories and inspiration regarding Fresh Expressions. Afresh is hosted by Rev. Katie Lineberger (Uwharrie Vitality Associate), Rev. Caitlyn McAlhaney, Rev. Kelly Shrader, and Rev. Patrick Ledford. Each month one of the hosts will share interviews and stories on different aspects of Fresh Expressions in hopes that listeners might be inspired to explore new ways local churches might ...

Milford Hills UMC Shares Their Virtual Choir

News Article March 2, 2021
Great news! The virtual choir at Milford Hills UMC in Salisbury has created a playlist of the hymns and songs they have made for worship and have agreed to make them available for other churches in the Uwharrie District. Songs may be found on this page: www.milfordhillsumc.org/virtualchoir   To include these songs in your virtual worship, click on the video you want to use and then use a YouTube Downloader (this one is good: https://y2mate.guru/en9/) to download the video to your computer. The ...

Why Not?

News Article November 11, 2020
Why Not? By Rev. Alexis Coleman   In Church Planting Bootcamp they tell you to write an elevator speech. Here’s mine: What do you do with a closed church building in a town without a shelter for unhoused women and children, in a neighborhood with no Methodist presence, in a pandemic nonetheless? Why not open up the building, start an internet café/virtual learning space, create a non-profit, build new partnerships and start connecting with your neighbors? That’s the dream for Lydia’s Place, the...

Outdoor Hanging of the Greens

News Article November 1, 2020
by Rev. Susan Ewing Of all the Advent preparations, one of my favorites is the Service of the Hanging of the Greens. Almost instantly, the sanctuary is a beautiful transformation of red ribbons, wreaths, chrismons, greenery, and all the best Advent finery. How does it look this year with many churches continuing outdoor worship? Maybe the year 2020 lends itself to an outdoor Hanging of the Greens service as well as a way for families and children to participate, even while socially distanced in...

Table of Grace in the Season of COVID

News Article July 27, 2020
By Rev. Kari Howard This season of life and ministry has helped me to see Elijah’s story in a whole new light. He was called to stand up to difficult challenges and act on God’s word. He had to speak up for God when there was evil all around. And he had to lift up those who were oppressed and lacking resources. So when the famine came, he found God providing in new and creative ways. When he had to leave home, his source of food and water was a brook and whatever food the ravens supplied for ...

Uwharrie District Resources for Church in a Pandemic

News Article May 13, 2020
Uwharrie District staff will update this resource list as we come across helpful information. We hope that in providing this list, you can easily find what might be helpful for you and your context, without duplicating information and further overwhelming you.

Seagrove UMC Receives Reynold's Foundation Grant

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During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Seagrove UMC applied and received a grant from The Reynold's Foundation. The $1000 funds assisted in mission outreach to their local community.   On July 14, Pat Voncannon, Chairperson of the Church Council, presented a $250.00 check to Sheriff Greg Seabolt of Randolph County, for Operation Red Sleigh Inc. (501C). Operation Red Sleigh provides Christmas gifts and meals to underprivileged children in Randolph County.   On July 19, Rev. Ed Carter presented a check for...