The United Methodist Church (UMC) is preparing for the 2019 General Conference in February. The Commission on The Way Forward was established in 2016 to help the UMC find a new path forward on the topic of Human Sexuality. We are the last large umbrella denomination that has not split over this issue, and…

It’s taken me a while to get back to writing my blog after moving to Boone.  Part of it could be that a company that shall remained unnamed took 10 days just to get our internet and TV running a total of 15 days to get telephone and still hasn’t gotten the order completed -one of…

I was doing a training hike the other day on Grandfather Mountain and stopped to take this picture.  I love this part of the trail but this week I was particularly struck by the image of the roots so interwoven and interconnected with one another- so you can hardly tell which tree the roots belong…

I need to write this blog now while my heart is filled with joy and a smile is on my face because that is not where my heart typically is these days.  Last night I attended Centenary’s annual Chancel Choir picnic and they surprised me with an awesome gift.  They purchased a new anthem in…

This Sunday I have the privilege of guest preaching at St. Paul UMC in Winston-Salem.  I am so thankful I have the chance to say goodbye to these wonderful friends I have made while at Centenary but to also encourage the continued growth in the relationship between St. Paul and Centenary.  St. Paul is our…

I’ve been thinking about a lot of things lately.  As I watch less and less news because I can’t bear the onslaught of negativity and the next unexpected turn of events I am reminded of my trip to Antarctica.  What does Antarctica have to do with anything?  Bear with me.  For my 40th birthday my…

It’s such an interesting day across the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.  We call it Announcement Sunday when churches who are experiencing a change in pastors announce that their pastor is leaving and who the new person that will be coming in July will be.  For some it comes as a…

I’m still reflecting on a truly amazing moment in the life of Centenary last Sunday.  For over 19 years plans and designs have been drawn up and discussed, vetted and unfortunately most times shelved.  But not anymore.  We voted 301 to 8 to support a $6M renovation project to renovate our 1960’s Children’s Building into…

    2018 VBS Shipwrecked   Come ashore with Shipwrecked VBS! Venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive. Where they are anchored in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms.   When:  June 18 through June 22                                 Times:   9:00am until 12:30pm Location:  471 New Market Blvd.   Who:  …

2018 Sermons in Text   January 7, 2018 Baptism of the Lord by David Hockett   God Is… January 14, 2018 God Is…Wild and Predictable by David Hockett January 21, 2018 God Is…Vast and Personable by Laura Byrch January 28, 2018 God Is…Compassionate and Just by David Hockett February 4, 2018 God Is…Already and Not…

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