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News Article May 24, 2022
Visit this page to see what's happening in our churches around the district! As It Is (Gastonia) May's Chapel (Maiden) Camp Tekoa Foothills Double Shoals/St. Paul Shelby First Bessemer City/Bethesda Gastonia  

Discussions on the Continuing UMC

News Article May 10, 2022
While no one knows exactly what the future holds, our District Superintendent (David Christy) and Conference Secretary (Kim Ingram) will be leading a discussion on the future of the United Methodist Church in Western NC. This will be a chance to hear from conference leaders what our shared future can look like and to ask questions you may have. Our focus will be on the United Methodist Church, and not on any groups or other denominations that wish to separate from the United Methodist Church. We...

Methodism Classes Offered

News Article March 10, 2022
The Catawba Valley District is offering classes on Methodism for clergy and laity who serve in leadership positions in your church.   These classes meet the requirements for Advanced Lay Servant courses in the Catawba Valley District.   All classes are taught Dr. Jonathan LeMaster-Smith.  There are three 2-day classes offered this spring: UM History, UM Doctrine, and UM Polity.  Each class consists of 2 days of instruction, held on a Friday - Saturday. There are also books that are required, ...

COVID Guidelines

News Article March 2, 2022
COVID Update- 3-1-2022   The Bishop and Cabinet continue to be extremely grateful for all the many ways that you have led faithfully through these two years of the pandemic.  We thank you for being the church.   We remain committed to our biblical mandate to “love our neighbors as ourselves” and our Wesleyan call to “do no harm” as Covid slowly moves from a pandemic to an endemic.  As we share these new recommendations, we do so asking that we all continue in the spirit of Philippians 2, “...

Tempered Resilience book study with David Christy

News Article February 24, 2022
Webinar and Study Groups           Author, Tod Bolsinger will lead a webinar on March 15 at noon with Bishop Carter moderating. Information about the webinar can be found here. Tod Bolsinger provides a vision and language for how we address the trials and crucible of leadership in the midst of change, cultivating leadership not just to survive but to thrive. Clergy colleague and study groups will be offered for 8 sessions following the webinar.  One will be sponsored by each district and...

Year End Reports -- Instructions

News Article January 5, 2022
Statistical Reporting for 2021 is READY and AVAILABLE! To Our Local Church Pastors, Treasurers, and Membership Secretaries: The Western North Carolina Conference statistical system will open on January 3, 2022, and thus, be available for input of 2021 information.  All statistical information must be entered and complete by Monday, January 31, 2022.  In order to access the system, you can do so in the following manner: Access http://ezra.gcfa.org to connect to the statistical system login ...

PPRC Consultations with District Superintendent

News Article January 3, 2022
  PPRC Chairs, if your committee has requested a pastoral change for 2022, please schedule a time to meet with Rev. David Christy. We have set up many opportunities for your committee to meet -- either at your church or at our District Office. Use the scheduler at the link below to register for an appointment time. **These meetings are assumed to be in person. If you would prefer to meet by zoom, please register here, but then email Jana at JAlexander@wnccumc.org to request a Zoom link.

Clergy Consultations with District Superintendent

News Article January 1, 2022
  Clergy, if you would like to meet one-on-one with Rev. David Christy, we have set up many opportunities. We encourage everyone under appointment in the Catawba Valley District to consider scheduling a time for this meeting where we will discuss your current placement and share a time of prayer. All conversations shared will contribute to consultation regarding your ministry appointment. **These meetings are assumed to be in person at the CV District Office.  If you would prefer to meet by ...

Advent Video Game -- Checkpoint Church

News Article November 22, 2021
Our own Checkpoint Church is producing a video game advent experience!  View the trailer here:     Play the first episode here.  

CV District Clergy Retreat

News Article November 22, 2021
January 21 - 22, 2022 You are cordially invited to an evening away with other Catawba Valley District clergy and District Superintendent David Christy. It is our hope to provide you with an opportunity for rest, relaxation, fellowship, and mountain air to rejuvenate your souls as you gear up for the spring season! Our plans include dinner on Friday night, time together after dinner, and breakfast on Saturday morning.  We will be staying at The Terrace and providing supper on the 21st and ...

Basic Lay Servant Class (Section #2)

News Article November 18, 2021
**We are offering a second opportunity for this class because the first class filled up quickly**      The Catawba Valley District will offer a 5-session Lay Servant Training course, Introduction to Lay Ministry (Basic Course), held via Zoom.    "God calls you to a life of servanthood as a disciple of Jesus Christ. …Lay Servant Ministries is the first step for many laypersons toward their faith journey as they strive for a closer relationship with the Lord," the authors write in the ...

Basic Lay Servant Training

News Article October 4, 2021
The Catawba Valley District will offer a 5-session Lay Servant Training course, Introduction to Lay Ministry (Basic Course), held via Zoom.  The sessions will be held on five (5) evenings from 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM: Wednesday Nov. 10 Thursday Nov. 11 Tuesday Nov. 16 Wednesday Nov. 17 Thursday Nov. 18   Attendance is required at all five (5) sessions to qualify for a course certificate. No exceptions will be made. Instructor: Rev. Karen Doucette This course will be offered at no cost. However, you ...

Charge Conference Reports -- CV District Instructions

News Article August 25, 2021
Charge Conferences must be held between September 10 and November 14. All items required on the Charge Conference Checklist must be completed and submitted online no later than November 18.    NO PAPERWORK IS TO BE TURNED IN TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE.   Detailed Steps for 2021 Charge Conference:   SELECT YOUR CHARGE CONFERENCE DATE BY SEPTEMBER 1:  Select and request your date for your charge conference. Use special care in choosing the date for your conference – once authorization is emailed, ...

Spiritual Renewal Grants Offered

News Article August 11, 2021
Spiritual Renewal Grant for Clergy and Lay Ministry Professionals   This season of ministry has been hard on leaders and many are exhausted, discouraged, and in need of time away.  The WNCC Leadership Development Team wants to help nurture the spiritual growth of clergy and ministry professionals, as they nurture the spiritual walks of others. This could be through a renewal retreat or by engaging with a Spiritual Director.  Ministry leaders (clergy and lay professionals) who sign up for a ...

COVID-19 -- Updates & Resources

News Article August 9, 2021
UPDATED 8/8/2021: Updated masking recommendation: Due to the increasing Covid-19 spread verified by the data revealed on the CDC’s Community Transmission Map (see below), the Bishop and Cabinet are strongly recommending the wearing of masks at all indoor ministry activities, including worship.  We also recommend that pastors and church leaders consider offering outdoor worship and alternative ministry activities to protect children and other vulnerable persons.   County Transmission Data ...

2021-2022 District Appointments

News Article June 17, 2021
  View the full list here.

Methodism Classes Offered Summer 2021

News Article May 25, 2021
  Methodism Classes Once again the Catawba Valley District is offering classes on Methodism for clergy and laity who serve in leadership positions in your church. Dr. Jonathan LeMaster-Smith holds a PhD from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Christian Education and Congregational Studies. He regularly teaches United Methodist studies for Garrett-Evangelical, as well as courses in faith formation and discipleship for various schools.  There are three 2-day classes offered this summer: ...

Lay Servant Training "Transformational Prayer"

News Article March 2, 2021
This Class is Full -- Registration has closed. The Catawba Valley District will offer a 4-week Lay Servant Training course, Transformational Prayer, held via Zoom.    The course will be based in part on the book "Transforming Prayer" by Daniel Henderson.  Purchasing the book is not necessary. You will be emailed your course materials for this class.     Instructors: Jesse Caldwell and Dick Strachan The sessions will be held on four Sunday afternoons, from 2:00 - 4:30 PM: April 11, 18, 25 May 2...

2020 Charge Conference Instructions

News Article September 15, 2020
To view the recordings of the Help Session with Jana Alexander or the Presiding Elders Session with David Christy, click here: www.cvdistrictumc.org/videos Charge Conferences must be held between September 15 and November 15. All items required on the Charge Conference Checklist (to be available by September 1) must be completed and submitted online no later than November 18.    NO PAPERWORK IS TO BE TURNED IN TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE.     Detailed Steps for 2020 Charge Conference:   I. SELECT...

CV District News -- Tech Help Session

News Article September 9, 2020
 Dear Catawba Valley Family,  For my wife’s birthday in July, I got her a bike. The problem was that due to the pandemic, there has actually been a bike shortage. Seriously. We had to order the bike that was finally delivered on the last day of August. The problem was that on the cover of the box were the three most dreaded words to me: Some Assembly Required. Those three words have been my nemesis for all of my adult life. They have caused Santa to leave notes to our children saying that the ...

Lay Servant Training "The Class Meeting"

News Article September 8, 2020
The Catawba Valley District will offer an 8-week Lay Servant Training course, "The Class Meeting", held via Zoom.    Instructors: Jesse Caldwell and Dick Strachan The sessions will be held on eight Sunday afternoons, from 3:00 - 4:30 PM: September 27 October 4, 11, 18, 25 November 1, 8, 15 Attendance is required at all eight sessions to qualify for a course certificate. No exceptions will be made.   This course will be offered at no cost; however, each participant will be responsible for ...

Potato Drop Ministry

News Article August 5, 2020
On Tuesday, July 8th a tractor trailer backed up to the BackPack Weekend Food Program (BWFP) warehouse loading dock with approximately 40,000 pounds of potatoes which would become food for hundreds of families across Gaston, Lincoln and Cleveland Counties! Rev. Angela Hollar, an elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church felt the need to help the community in some way and reached out to a colleague, Rev. Michael Binger, who is the regional director of the ...

Greetings from David Christy, District Superintendent

Blog Post July 14, 2020
Dear Catawba Valley Family,               I am excited to begin this season of ministry with you! I know that my learning curve is steep and I have big shoes to fill from Angela’s graceful leadership. I am enjoying learning more about the district and can already see why the strength of this district is so strong. It is because of YOU! Thank you for your leadership and your love of Christ. Pam and I are enjoying traveling around on Sundays to “drive-in” worship services. If you have one, could ...

Welcome New Clergy!

News Article July 1, 2020
Welcome to our new Catawba Valley District clergy!  We are excited to be doing ministry with you!

CV District Prayer -- Week of 4/13/2020

News Article April 13, 2020
  We are people on the go. Even when we sit in meetings, we are not fully present because our mind is on the next meeting that will take place in ten minutes. So, we excuse ourselves early, only to be fifteen minutes late for the next meeting. We don't pause in between to catch our breath, reflect, and process.   We wear the badge of honor, or more like dishonor, for our busyness. The badge is not a blue ribbon. The badge is our poor health and troubled family and friends because we are living ...

Online Giving to Your WNCC Church

News Article March 25, 2020
Online Donations to Churches  A giving portal is now available to submit tithes and offerings to any United Methodist Church within the Western North Carolina Conference. To give to a church, a donor would go to the following website:  https://www.wnccumc.org/online-donations-to-churches   Follow the prompts to identify the church, along with the amount of the donation. The conference will then remit the donation to the specified church, minus the convenience fees (unless you choose to add the...

Encouragement & Updates from Bishop Leeland

News Article March 19, 2020
UPDATED: March, 24, 2020 UPDATE TO SUSPENSION of PUBLIC WORSHIP GATHERINGS and GUIDELINES FOR COMMUNION   March 24, 2020   Dear Western North Carolina Conference UMC Family and Friends,   The decision to suspend all in-person worship and gatherings is an effort to assist in halting the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  This change certainly creates a new set of challenges for all of us.  We really are building the bridge as we are walking across it. One new challenge we are facing is ...