News and Updates
The Conference Office in Huntersville and all District Offices remain CLOSED due to governmental recommendations. Our Conference and District staff are working from home, with email as the most effective means of communication. Links to the staff directories for the Conference and District Offices can be found HERE
Holy People
by Rev. David Hockett, District Superintendent

There has been a lot of conversation the past several years about the decline and future of mainline Protestant denominations including the United Methodist Church. The past seven months the COVID pandemic has only highlighted and accelerated the changes and challenges facing us. Numerous articles and books have been written diagnosing the problem and offering a variety solutions. But, is the decline of the Methodist Church as an institution our most pressing concern?  
The Church Has Left The Building
Metro District was able to "Be The Church" when church buildings were closed!
Stay-at-Home VBS
Here are various ways Central UMC, Charlotte continued to be in ministry during the pandemic! They held a stay-at-home Vacation Bible School!

Various Ministries
Central UMC also distributed meals to their community and held preschool graduation. They continued to advocate for their neighbors and formed a caravan as part of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Alliance and traveled to Washington, DC.
Drive-Thru Pizza Party
Simpson-Gillespie held a drive-thru pizza party! This provided the community an opportunity to receive pizzas with words of encouragement and an option for a time of prayer. 100 pizzas were donated and it was such a success the first time they held the event a second time.
Share and Shop Ministry
Check out this video from Epworth UMC, Concord! (turn up your volume). Hear Scott Randolph talk about the Share and Shop Ministry - Scott volunteers many hours accepting donated food, buying food with cash donations and keeping the food pantry well-stocked.
Mission Monday
Providence UMC Youth Group volunteered each Monday this summer for a couple hours during an event called "Mission Monday." Several Mondays were spent making signs which were hung outside the church for the public to see. Youth created many different messages such as "Black Lives Matter", "We've Got This", "God Loves You", "Wear Your Mask", "Thank you Healthcare Workers", "Love Lives Here" and more.
Backyard Mission Camp
Over the course of five days, about 25 students and mentors at Epworth UMC camped on the back lawn of the church while completing seven outside projects in the community on hot, humid and often stormy days. Their work included building a back deck and steps, cleaning gutters, pressure washing, tons of yard work, a little painting, helping at the Cabarrus Cooperative Ministry’s food pantry and some great visits with residents as they did their work.
Important Updates
Metro's January Session of the Antiracism Ethics Training Canceled
Due to rapid spread of COVID-19, the January 2021 session of the Antiracism Ethics Trainings has been canceled. Our September 10-11, 2021 dates are still on the calendar and will be held at Hickory Grove UMC in Charlotte. We have scheduled another training session for November 12-13, 2021, location TBD. This will keep us on pace for two sessions each year throughout the quad. Anyone who already registered for the January session will be issued a refund and will need to register again for another training. Please check the Ethics webpage for updates and more information.
COVID-19 Update for Local Churches
Bishop Leeland and Cabinet urge pastors and church leaders to use the COVID-19 Alert System to monitor their county and reconsider their decision to hold indoor worship, particularly if their county is “red." All local churches are asked to use extreme caution in response to the recent rapid spread of the virus. We thank the United Methodists across Western North Carolina for “loving their neighbor” by doing all that they can do to limit the spread of COVID-19.

WNC Conference-Wide Christmas Service
On the Sunday after Christmas, the Western NC Conference will offer a conference-wide virtual worship with a homily from the Bishop, music and liturgy from pastors and churches around our conference. Clergy and worship leaders, take a much-needed break after the Advent season and worship with friends around the conference. More information to come soon.
Final Day to Receive 2020 Credit for Apportionment Payments
The final day for 2020 Apportionments to be received by churches for 2020 credit is Wednesday, January 6, 2021 by 3 pm. 

It MUST be in our hands by then, not postmarked and dated to come. Payments should be remitted to the Western NC Conference Treasury Services with the Remittance Form below.