Dear friends in Christ, Grace and peace to you all in the name of Jesus Christ. As we approach Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas, we yearn for gathering in the ways we have been accustomed. This pandemic year has called us into new ways of connecting, celebrating, and comforting one another. The number of people directly… Continue Reading→
Dear United Methodist friends, Today, Monday, June 1, 2020, we join an expansive Day of Lament as we remember 100,000 persons who have died as a result of COVID-19 and as we remember the violent murders of Black persons, most recently Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. In these days of anxiety, grief,… Continue Reading→
As we in the United States mark the death of 100,000 people to COVID-19, let us as United Methodist people join in prayers in worship on Sunday, May 31, and join with countless others on Monday, June 1, in a national Day of Lament. Religious communities and civic leaders including governors and mayors are summoning… Continue Reading→
In this time of COVID-19, we find ourselves in a unique position to receive the fullness of God’s Spirit into our lives.
Dear United Methodist friends, Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. This year, Ascension Day and Aldersgate Day converge meaningfully on our calendars this Sunday, May 24. To a narrow question of limited hope, Jesus responded, announcing that you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;… Continue Reading→
Bishop Ward shares the plans for the 2020 Annual Conference and for re-entry and re-gathering in our local churches.
Dear United Methodist friends in Christ, With our neighbors across North Carolina, we receive Governor Cooper’s public health guidance for the first phase of the three-phase plan to continue to protect the health and safety of all people in our state. As we plan onward for community and worship in our church families, we echo… Continue Reading→
Dear United Methodist friends in Christ, Grace and peace to you as we approach Good Shepherd Sunday, with the appointed lessons Psalm 23 and John 10. Even when we walk through the darkest valley, we fear no danger because you are with us. – Psalm 23 Thank you for your partnership in compassionate care as… Continue Reading→
Let us all unite ourselves in prayer as we continue through the COVID-19 journey, and pray for our families, our communities, and our world in the month of May.