Yadkin Valley E-News - September 2020
posted on September 09
September 2020 E-News
Ponderings from Sam
Reverend Samuel H. Moore, Jr. D.Min., District Superintendent
This year is different. It seems that many of our former habits and routines have been taken away from us. We find ourselves adjusting, adapting, and hopefully learning. COVID -19 has turned our world upside-down. Yet, God continues to love us, to forgive us, to transform us, to empower us, to use us, and to give us grace. This statement gives me hope. Our hope is grounded in the God of Jesus Christ.
We are moving into the season to prepare for Charge Conference 2020. You will soon be receiving information regarding Charge Conference. It will state that portions of the Lay and Clergy reports to the Charge Conference need to include ministry plans in light of the COVID-19, racism, and white supremacy pandemics. The ministries that we will be planning will be practiced in these contexts. I hope that your laity report will provide buy-in from your laity.
We will have the opportunity to perfect our ministry plans in an educational setting. Brian Zehr with Intentional Impact is a proven consultant in the Western North Carolina Conference. He will be offering a Post-Crisis Leadership intensive that will be online. It will provide education in light of COVID -19. I invite you to pray about participating in this intensive. We are sharing additional information in this newsletter.
Secondly, we are planning to provide opportunities for additional learning regarding racism and white supremacy. I am asking pastors to save the date of October 1, 2020. This is the date that registration will open for the first session of the quadrennial clergy ethics training scheduled for May 14-15, 2021. This session will be held at Mt. Tabor UMC in Winston-Salem. Clergy who attend a session are asked to bring one lay person with them. This session is open to forty (40) people. The cost is $120.00 per person. There will be another session held in Fall 2021 on September 17-18. The time and location will be announced later. Pastors will have the quadrennium to complete this training as other sessions will be scheduled each year. We will also offer other opportunities in which clergy and lay leaders may better understand the pandemic of racism and receive training to combat it.
My hope is that the Yadkin Valley District will provide you with the resources that you need so that you may perfect what you share in your Charge Conference reports. I also hope that it will give you additional tools that you may place in your ministry tool boxes. The more tools we possess, the better equipped we are to make differences in the lives of those with whom we share ministry. This is what we want to happen as we follow Jesus. We want God to use to make differences in the lives of others.
Leading Yourself and Others Through Unwanted Change
Tomorrow is not yet defined! Unwanted change uproots our culture and disrupts all we know and call normal. The post-crisis world needs your leadership. But what if you're just hanging on yourself? What if the way you have been leading is not enough for what comes next?
There's too much at stake! You succeed in bringing your organization through to the other end of a crisis, but you, personally, become the casualty. Who then is left without direction and confidence?
It's time to lead differently. Never has it been more important. It's time to lead with a brand new confidence.
Introducing: The 6 Moves to Post-Crisis Leadership
Join Brian Zehr for this seven session live-streamed leadership intensive.
The first session will be held on Wednesday, September 9 with future sessions held on Tuesdays every other week from September 22 until December 1.
For more information or to register, please go to the following link:
2020 Laity Service Awards
As a reminder, the deadline for nominating your church's Laity Service Award recipient(s) is September 28. The nomination forms must be received by that date in the District Office.
This year, due to COVID-19, our event will be pre-recorded and then streamed on Laity Sunday, October 18.
If you need any other information, please contact Kara Miller in the District Office at either 336/725-4502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yadkin Valley Board of Laity
The Yadkin Valley District Board of Laity's purpose aligns with that of the WNCC Board of Laity. Fundamentally that purpose is:
- To foster an awareness of the role of laity within the local congregation and through their ministries.
- To provide for the training of lay members of the YV District
- To provide support and direction for the ministry of the laity on the local and district levels.
- To provide organization, direction, and support for the development of local church leaders.
The board is now accepting nominations for at-large members. We would like to have a board staffed with members covering the geographical boundaries of our district and full of diversity.
If you feel God may be leading you in the above areas or know of someone in your congregation who you feel might be so led, please send your nomination to:
Yadkin Valley District Lay Leader
Just-In-Time Early Response Team Training
This training is for anyone who does not have an ERT badge or has a badge that has expired. Prior to the training class via Zoom, you will need to complete the online ERT coursework. You will receive a link to the online coursework after you register for the training.
To register please click on the following link:
For more information, please contact Danielle Canaday
Free Curriculum on the History of Race and Christianity in the United States
This curriculum by Dr. Sarah Ruble, associate professor of religion at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, is available for Sunday School classes or small groups. It is a YouTube based class including eight videos that are 20-25 minutes in length. There are also questions for discussions and some suggestions about other resources. If you are interested in this curriculum, please visit Dr. Ruble's website at http://www.sarahruble.com.
Following is an excerpt written by Dr. Ruble to describe this curriculum:
Talking about race in the United States is challenging, complicated, and fraught. When some people say “black lives matter,” others answer back that “all lives matter.” Some people applaud
Colin Kapernick while others abhor him. Even as so much of our lives are affected by race—from where we live to how we vote—we disagree about how big a problem racism is and even how to define it.
Churches often mirror this divided reality. Many are still largely racially homogenous. And ideas about race—ideas that affect voting, housing, education and more—still divide Christians. This video series provides one lens through which to explore race in the United States. Focusing
on the history of black/white relations in the U.S., it considers how race and Christianity have interacted, for good and for ill. It offers a narrative that helps to answer the question “how did we get here?” I hope that by offering a look at our racial past, we will better understand ourselves and be better able to have those challenging, complicated, and fraught conversations our
churches and our country need.
Duke Divinity School
2020 Convocation & Pastors' School Webinars
This year due to the pandemic, the annual Convocation and Pastors' School will consist of five, one-hour webinars free of charge and designed for Christian leaders of all traditions. These free webinars will be led by Duke Divinity School faculty & staff and will occur throughout September and October. The webinars will be offered from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. on the following dates:
For more information or to register, please go to
Save the Date
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Come Together Virtually to . . .
Walk. Give. Change the World
For more information or to register, please go to:
Bethel UMC (Winston-Salem) has two positions available.
(For complete job descriptions and information on how to apply please click on the document links below each job title.)
Administrative Assistant/Financial & Membership Recording Secretary
Mount Tabor UMC (Winston-Salem) is seeking an
Associate Director of Student and Family Ministries
The primary purpose of this 30-hour-per-week, part-time salaried job is to provide leadership, development and direction for the Fusion and GAP youth programs, and volunteer programming teams as it pertains to the vision and strategy of all environments and programming specific to Mount Tabor Family Ministry. Links to a full job description with salary range and benefits as well as the Employment Application is found at www.mttaborumc.org/employment-opportunities online. Contact Deborah Keaton (336-817-8830) with questions about the application process. Your completed and signed application with your resume must be sent by either:
Email attachments (include your first and last name in the file name you create) should be sent to: email@example.com
Hard copies sent by USPS mail to:
Search Committee - Staff Parish Relations Committee
c/o Mount Tabor United Methodist Church
3543 Robinhood Road
Winston Salem, NC 27106
before 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. (Interviews for selected applicants will be conducted through a Zoom web conferencing meeting.)
Love's UMC (Walkertown)
has the following sound equipment for sale:
Mackie Pro FX 12 Mixer -- $279
2 Mackie Thump 15 speakers -- $325 each
2 Mackie Thump 12 speakers -- $150 each
2 Prolok PSS 922 speaker stands -- $50 each
For more information, please contact Sandra Beeson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hickory Ridge UMC (Winston-Salem)
has about 40 old black United Methodist hymnals
available for any church that can use them.
For more information, please contact Rev. Wes McLeod
Midway UMC (Lexington)
has 2 clergy robes and 1 stole free for anyone who can use them.
- A CM Almay White Alb (see size tag in pictures below)
- An E.R. Moore "Choir and Pulpit Gown" - size 6
- A Red/White reversible stole
If interested, please call Midway UMC at 336/764-0990.