A Friendly Reminder . . .

In an effort to help maintain social distancing to combat the coronavirus, the Presbytery office is currently closed to visitors. Most staff are working remotely and email will be monitored and answered in a timely manner. Emergency contact information can be found at the end of this communication. Stay safe!
January 15, 2021
Two MLK Events Planned Virtually
Kenilworth Presbyterian will be hosting an online celebration of Dr. King and Black History Month. This year will be a little different, obviously but will no doubt be fun. For 2 weeks we will be curating interesting content about artists, film, history, etc. and posting it on the FaceBook event page for people to explore. Here is the link to the FaceBook event page: MLK Facebook Event
We are also pleased to share that Byron Wade, General Presbyter of the Presbytery of Western North Carolina, will be the keynote speaker at the Association of Asheville and Buncombe County Candlelight Service on Monday, January 18th at 6 p.m. Below is the YouTube link for the service which will be live-streamed: MLK Candlelight Service
New Pastor in Lenoir

Fairview and United Presbyterian Churches in Lenoir are happy to announce the installation of their new shared pastor, Rev. Leah E. Epps.  Since this is her first pastoral call, she was ordained on December 5th in an outdoor service at United. Those participating in the service were Rev. Mary Katherine Robinson, Rev. Dr. J. Mark Stanley, Rev. Becky Stanley, Rev. Dr. Harold Bennett, Rev. Kelly Lindsay, Rev. Bob Forsythe, Lois Clark, and Tom Gibson. Rev. Epps is a 2016 graduate of Union Theological Seminary, and she has served as a supply pastor in several other congregations prior to this call. As yoked congregations, these churches are able to remain viable in spite of smaller attendances and other factors. Both churches have long histories in the Lenoir community. When these churches are again able to meet in person, United's service will be at 10:30 and Fairview's will be at 11:30 on Sundays. In the meantime, they are sharing Zoom services.
Lunch with the GP

Our General Presbyter, Byron Wade, is available for more virtual lunch dates! These were highly successful last year and he would like to get to know more people in the Presbytery. The lunch dates will be at noon each Thursday using Zoom and will last up to an hour. Available dates are listed below –

February 4, 11, 18, and 25
March 4, 11, 18, and 25

The virtual lunches are open to ministers, Commissioned Ruling Elders, Christian Educators, youth workers, or anyone! If you would like to schedule a date, please contact Byron at bwade@presbyterywnc.org or call/text his mobile at 828-430-1515. Looking forward to an enjoyable lunch with you!
Congrats and Best Wishes!

We are pleased to announce that our former Associate Presbyter, Reverend Anita Bernhardt, has been elected as the next General Presbyter of the Presbytery of Lake Erie! She will begin her new ministry position in February. We are very excited for Anita and wanted to share the good news with her friends here in PWNC.
Attention Youth Leaders!
For other youth news and information, visit our website.
Winter/Spring 2021 Continuing Education

Union Presbyterian Seminary shares the following continuing education opportunities for consideration:

Saturday, January 30, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST

Rev. Phanta Lansden, Associate Pastor, C.N. Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian
Rev. Kamal Hassan, Pastor, Sojourner Truth Presbyterian
Andrea Cole, Wellness Consultant
Click here for more information.

Explore other online workshops at the following link: Continuing Education - Union Presbyterian Seminary

The following online courses meet weekly for five-weeks, one class meeting per week. Class sizes are limited. Waiting lists will be generated, as needed.
The Christian Life (Pathways Online Course)
Led by: Dr. Cindy Kissel-Ito, Associate Professor of Christian Education
Dates: Tuesdays, January 5 - February 2, 2021
Pastoral Care (Pathways Online Course)
Led by: Dr. Carol Schweitzer, Associate Professor Emerita of Pastoral Care 
Dates: Thursdays, January 7 - February 4, 2021
Reformed Theology/Church History (Pathways Online Course)
Led by: Dr. Paul Galbreath, Professor of Theology
Dates: Mondays, January 25 - February 22, 2021
Mission & Evangelism (Pathways Online Course)
Led by: Dr. Aram Bae, Adjunct Instructor
Dates: Tuesdays, February 16 - March 16, 2021
Preaching the Bible (Pathways Online Course)
Led by: Dr. Rich Voelz, Associate Professor of Teaching & Worship
Dates: Thursdays, February 25 – March 25, 2021
Worship & Sacraments (Pathways Online Course)
Led by: Dr. Paul Galbreath, Professor of Theology
Dates: Thursdays, April 15 – May 13, 2021
NEW Course Offering Polity & Administration II (Pathways Online Course)
Led by: Rev. Carson Rhyne, Adjunct Instructor
Dates: Tuesdays, April 27 – May 25, 2021
More information can be found here.
Free Monthly Seminars Offered

The Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School is offering a series of free monthly webinars designed to support veterans who have experienced moral injury in their service to country. Center director, the Rev. Dr. Nancy Ramsay who now lives in Black Mountain, describes the webinars this way: “The programming is to provide resources for religious leaders, chaplains (military, VA, and hospital), and professional caregivers who seek to support veterans and their families affected by moral injury. There are very few congregations in the PCUSA without such veterans since moral injury is a new term for injury as ancient as war. There are also lots of resources at the site. All webinars will be available at our site after they air and they’ll also be on the VOA YouTube channel.”

A link to upcoming seminars as well as recordings of previous ones are available here.
Helpful Resources for
Church Leadership

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is providing resources for pastors and leaders of congregations in this time of rising COVID rates. The resources offered include –

• A Faith Leader Tool Kit which includes sample talking points for congregational
• Places of Worship Guidance
• Mental Health Helplines
• No-Cost Community Testing Events

Along those same lines, the Task Force on Returning to Face to Face Gatherings recently sent out a communication with helpful information about returning to in person gatherings. To read what was shared, click here to access the file.

A special section has also been designated on Presbytery's website to share information relative to COVID-19. Click here to access material that has been pooled for our members and churches, and to find other helpful resources for ministering in these unprecedented times.
Annual Statistical Report

It's that time! The Annual Statistical Report information has been shared with our churches and Clerks of Session. If you missed that important material, click here to find the information.
MLK Holiday Office Closing
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Rev. Dr. Byron Wade ~ 828/430-1515
Rev. Dr. Cameron Murchison, Jr. ~ 404/556-8041
Rev. Billy Robinson ~ 828/448-2153
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