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!
PWNC NEWS & EVENTS
July 29, 2020
PWNC Unanimously Votes Wade
as New General Presbyter!
The Presbytery of Western North Carolina met in an unprecedented virtual assembly on Tuesday as the 124th Stated Meeting gathered online via Zoom to do the work of the church and elect a new General Presbyter. (Check out highlights here .)

Reverend Dr. Byron Wade was elected unanimously and enthusiastically following a thorough examination by Examinations Subcommittee Chair Bob Forsythe.

Dr. Wade currently pastors Davie Street Presbyterian Church in Raleigh NC, where he has served for 24 years. He and his wife Regina have one son, Andrew, who begins college this fall.

Dr. Wade is slated to begin his duties with the Presbytery October 1.

Congratulations Dr. Wade! We are excited to have you in ministry in PWNC!
An Invitation for those in PWNC ~

As a pastor, gerontologist, hospice chaplain, and spiritual director, I invite any of you who are seeking spiritual nurture in the midst of this troubling, exhausting liminal space in which we find ourselves, to become part of a Sacred Circle.

Years ago I began offering persons who were in the midst of any kind of transition to become part of a Sacred Circle. Since that time, I have nurtured Sacred Circles in every place where I have served. Sacred Circles are not counselling sessions, but a sacred space for spiritual nurture and discernment - seeking God in the midst of the ordinary and not so ordinary days.

If you are interested in being part of one of these Sacred Circles (which now gather virtually of course) or learning more about this invitation, feel free to contact me via email: drbeverlythompson@gmail.com

Peace,
Rev. Dr. Beverly Thompson
I hope all are healthy and well. I wish we could be together in person, but as the coronavirus pandemic prevents that from happening, I write to share these key updates from the
Board of Pensions. If you have questions, my colleagues in Philadelphia and I are happy to assist.

Blessings,

Elizabeth Little

Elizabeth Little
Church Consultant
M: 252-723-8653
elittle@pensions.org

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Camp Grier is Looking Ahead to Fall

We are continuing to learn and adapt as a community to the changing landscape brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since this crisis started almost 6 months ago we've seen an overwhelming demand for outdoor spaces as we try and find a refuge from the stress and challenges of our daily lives. 
 
Spending time outdoors continues to be one of the lowest risk environments for spreading coronavirus when combined with other mitigation strategies like small group size and physical distancing. This fall our lives will continue to be impacted by the coronavirus as evidenced by the many schools opting for remote learning strategies or a combination of in person and online scheduling. 
 
Looking toward the fall, Camp Grier is creating a way for families and small groups to connect, renew, and recharge in spaces that are low risk for transmission like the outdoors. Learn more about our Family Camp options, Equestrian Club for youth, and our Run and Ride options. Come see us at camp!
Opportunities at Montreat Conference Center
Summer Sabbath (ongoing)

Summer in Montreat this year is a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle, much different from our typical summer. While the usual conferences had to be cancelled this season, the Assembly Inn is currently open to overnight guests at a reduced capacity. Rooms at the inn are comfortable, peaceful, air-conditioned and yes, there is WiFi! Guests will enjoy their own cleaned and sanitized space, while staying close the heart of Montreat, plus the shops and restaurants in nearby Black Mountain.

Come visit and enjoy cool morning walks, take a hike up Lookout, go rock-hopping in Flat Creek, get creative at the Currie Craft Center/Sally Jones Pottery or go shopping at the Montreat Store and Ten Thousand Villages. 

Full details on Summer Sabbath are available at  Summer Sabbath , and you can learn more about summer activities here: Summer Activities . See this page for safety information.


*New!* Special Summer Weekend July 30th

Individuals, couples, and families looking for more adventure might be interested in our first ever special summer weekend in Montreat! July 30 th -August 2 nd This special package is a three-day, all-inclusive deal. Included is lodging at Assembly Inn, Friday breakfast to Sunday breakfast at the Galax Dining Room, evening programming around Montreat’s campus, and more. There are package rates for one guest, two guests, and families. Take advantage of this opportunity to spend a peaceful yet entertaining weekend in Montreat! We are operating at reduced capacity with extra safety precautions in place.

Included in your package for the special summer weekend:

•            An Assembly Inn Room, Thursday night—Sunday Morning
•            Meals in the Galax Dining Room, Friday morning—Sunday Morning
•            Access to Lake Susan paddle boats and canoes
•            Access to the Montreat Pool
•            Evening activities: outdoor movie, outdoor concert, and a guided, sunset Lookout hike.

Stay tuned here for more information to come.
Current and Future Essential Workers

The summer is typically a time for UKirk WCU to plan and prepare for the coming semester. This summer has been understandably different. The semester ended via Zoom, with live streamed Bible Studies and semi-weekly podcasts. Our in-person conversations were replaced with regular chats and check-ins - and the conversations we were having weren't about grades and projects.
A major topic of concern was employment. Some students were already working and some were looking for jobs but nearly all of the jobs and every opportunity for a college student was classified as essential.
One student was working at Petsmart and got a case of bronchitis that was mistaken for coronavirus. A week later she had a negative coronavirus test, a prescription for bronchitis, a string of medical visits behind her, and a week without pay.
Another student was overjoyed when he found work at a call center for Fidelity. After I had reviewed his resume with him and coached him for his interview, I shared his excitement but I also knew it would take him into a workplace where distancing would be difficult and his risks would be higher.
For all the uncertainty brought by the pandemic, we lean more heavily upon the certainty of faith. The promises of Christ are sure, even when everything around us seems unsure.
Continue to pray for the students this summer who are working in so many essential jobs.
Noah McIntee
UKirk WCU & Hillside Grind Coffeehouse
Presbyterian Campus Ministry at Western Carolina University
Helpful Information for our Members

Click HERE to read the most recent communication from the Task Force on Returning to Face to Face Gatherings in PWNC, sent July 7, 2020.

Click HERE to read the Pastoral Letter sent June 5, 2020 to the Presbytery of Western North Carolina from Lauren Vanacore, Chair of General Council, Jill Isola, Chair of Peace and Justice Committee, Cam Murchsion, Stated Clerk and Acting General Presbyter, and Billy Robinson, Associate Presbyter.

Click HERE to access Coronavirus/COVID-19 resources from PCUSA.
Information to Order Planning Calendars,
Books of Order and Books of Confession

Sessional Records

Due to COVID-19, all face to face Sessional Records reviews have been suspended for 2020. Read how this process will be handled in the following communication from Cam Murchison, Stated Clerk/Acting GP: 2020 Sessional Records Review
PWNC OFFICE HOURS
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Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

EMERGENCY CONTACTS
Rev. Dr. Cameron Murchison, Jr. ~ 404/556-8041
Rev. Billy Robinson ~ 828/448-2153
Rev. Dr. Charles Davenport ~ 704/689-0296
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