June 2021 Newsletter

posted on June 01

 June 2021 Newsletter

Ponderings from Sam Moore

Reverend Samuel H. Moore, Jr. D.Min., District Superintendent

I wrote the pastors and leaders a note in late April or early May about apportionments, missional giving.  I am going to use this newsletter article to say thank you for your response. I received our report, which showed an increase in our participation. Thank you for participating in our missional giving. I remind us that we are participating in the mission and ministries of the annual conference and the district through this missional giving. I celebrate that these include the ministries of Bethlehem Community Center, UMAR, and congregations offering ministries to diverse populations locally, in our annual conference, and internationally.   

Secondly, I remind us of our virtual 2021 Annual Conference. You may find information on the conference website at Annual Conference 2021. Connection Points will begin on Monday, June 7, through Thursday, June 10, at 7:00 pm each evening. They will be webinars. The clergy session will be a private stream on June 11, 2021, at 10:00 am.  The annual virtual conference will be on June 12, 2021, at 10:00 am. We will celebrate the ministries of Bishop and Mrs. Leeland during our Annual Conference. We, meaning individuals and our congregations, may participate in the offering during Annual Conference, which is being given in honor of Bishop and Mrs. Leeland. They are designated for the Northern Haiti Mission Connection and to UMAR. The Ordering of Ministry will be on June 19, 2021, in-person and live-streamed from Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska. The Commissioning Service will be at 10:00 am. It will include the classes from 2020 and 2021. The Ordination Service will be that afternoon at 2:00 pm. It will include the classes of 2020 and 2021. Bishop Larry Goodpaster will be the preacher at these worship services.

Finally, Sunday, June 27, 2021, will be the last Sunday that our moving pastors will be in their current appointments. They will move during this week, with the understanding that moving day is Tuesday, June 30, 2021. Their first day in their new appointments will be July 1, 2021. Sunday, July 4, 2021, is Transition Sunday. Their first day in the office is Tuesday, July 6, and their first Sunday in worship in their new appointments will be Sunday, July 11, 2021.

Thank you for your stewardship around your missional giving. Thank you to the pastors who are moving out of Yadkin Valley District. I am grateful for your leadership, your faithfulness, and your ministries. I am grateful to your spouses and your families for being on this journey with you. I am grateful for the churches and communities that received you, partnered with you, and shared ministries with you. I wish you well as you move into newer communities. I am grateful for pastors, spouses, families, congregations, and communities who are not moving. I celebrate what God has accomplished through you. I thank God for what God may accomplish through us and with us as we continue our journey into the next chapters.


Covid-19 Update

The CDC and Governor Cooper have issued new guidance regarding masks, social distancing, and mass gathering limits for those who have been fully vaccinated. 

Update can be found on the Yadkin Valley website

Annual Conference 2021

Save the dates for Annual Conference 2021! 
Virtual Clergy Session (Private Livestream) - Friday, June 11, 10 a.m.
Virtual Annual Conference (Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Conference Website) - Saturday, June 12, 10 a.m.
Ordering of Ministry Service (Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska) - Saturday, June 19 - Commissioning Service, 10 a.m. - Ordination Service, 2 p.m.

Stay up to date with the latest Annual Conference news, updates, and announcements at www.ac2021.org.

Develop a ReLaunch Playbook

For leaders thinking about what it means to be the local church and how to show up differently in the community as both a faith community and as a disciple. It is for those who have already opened their doors and are thinking toward fall and for those who are still figuring it all out.

Wednesday, June 23
6:30-8:30 p.m.
The webinar will be virtual through Zoom
A webinar hosted by the WNC Leadership Development Team

Cost: $25/church (unlimited participants) or an individual can register for $25.00.

Register here!

This peer learning cohort is designed for clergy and/or laity who are working to develop a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
There are unique aspects of beginning a non-profit as a ministry within a local church.  The cohort will share challenges, lessons learned, and best practices.  As needed, the cohort will bring in guest speakers to discuss technical skills/areas related to non-profit work such as 501(c)3 applications, accounting that tracks funding streams, bylaws, memorandums of understanding, board development, grant writing, and other topics as determined by the participants.
Participants will give and receive feedback on documents, strategy steps, and challenges.
The cohort will meet monthly for 90 minutes via Zoom and use Basecamp (an online collaboration system) for information sharing between meetings.
The Non-Profit Peer Learning Cohort will begin meeting on June 10, 2021, at 1 pm and continue on the 2nd Thursday of every month.  Meeting times could be adjusted based on group needs.  There is open enrollment and participants will be able to jump in during any part of the ongoing cohort.

Cost: $25.00

Register here!

West Forsyth Missional Network Rise Against Hunger Event

The West Forsyth Missional Network will be packing food for Rise Against Hunger. With plans to package 15,000 packages. This food is needed in many countries and especially now in India. 

June 26th at Pine Grove UMC in Winston-Salem, 1130 Jonestown Road  from 9 to 12. 

Every one is welcome to join! For questions, contact Polly Caudle at pcaudle26@gmail.com

Yadkin Valley District Vitality Team

Provide technical and financial support to implement church sponsored ministries for churches in the Yadkin Valley District to enable them to become more vital by enhancing internal congregational/agency development or reaching outward into the community.

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