• 2016 Bicentennial of Francis Asbury’s Death

    francisasburyimage1This year marks the 200th year since Bishop Francis Asbury, the first bishop of the Methodist Church in America and our congregation’s namesake and founder, died in rural Virginia.  There are many events happening around the world to celebrate Asbury’s legacy, and I’d like to share a few of them in this post.

    An individual has put together a recent podcast retelling the events of Bishop Asbury’s last days.  It can be accessed by clicking this link.

    A recent short documentary about him entitled Francis Asbury: A Flame Spirit can also be found on YouTube by clicking on this link.

    The World Methodist Museum in Lake Junaluska also has a number of museum items related to Asbury, among them the chair that is property of our church (on permanent loan to the WMM), which can be seen anytime the museum is open.  Admission is free, and it is so close that you’d be missing out on a great blessing by not going at some point.

    I will also be travelling next month to his birthplace and cottage outside of Birmingham, England and I’ll be sure to take pictures and other notes to share with everyone.  If you’d like to know more about Francis Asbury, you can find the notes from our study of the book about his life entitled  American Saint in the Bible Studies section of the website, or by clicking on this link.


  • 2016 Bicentennial of Francis Asbury’s Death

    francisasburyimage1This year marks the 200th year since Bishop Francis Asbury, the first bishop of the Methodist Church in America and our congregation’s namesake and founder, died in rural Virginia.  There are many events happening around the world to celebrate Asbury’s legacy, and I’d like to share a few of them in this post.

    An individual has put together a recent podcast retelling the events of Bishop Asbury’s last days.  It can be accessed by clicking this link.

    A recent short documentary about him entitled Francis Asbury: A Flame Spirit can also be found on YouTube by clicking on this link.

    The World Methodist Museum in Lake Junaluska also has a number of museum items related to Asbury, among them the chair that is property of our church (on permanent loan to the WMM), which can be seen anytime the museum is open.  Admission is free, and it is so close that you’d be missing out on a great blessing by not going at some point.

    I will also be travelling next month to his birthplace and cottage outside of Birmingham, England and I’ll be sure to take pictures and other notes to share with everyone.  If you’d like to know more about Francis Asbury, you can find the notes from our study of the book about his life entitled  American Saint in the Bible Studies section of the website, or by clicking on this link.


  • General Conference 2016

    General Conference is a meeting that happens every four years in the United Methodist Church, and it is the only body that speaks and makes official decisions for the denomination that extends to all areas of the UniteGCLOGOd States and across a large portion of the rest of the world.  It is composed of a group of clergy and lay delegates from all over who will be coming together in Portland, Oregon to make some very important decisions that will have a direct impact on our denomination for years to come.

    If you’d like to learn more about General Conference or see a list of clergy and lay delegates from the Western NC Annual Conference, you can check out the General Conference page on our annual conference’s webpage by clicking on the link here.  Please be in prayer for those who will be participating in General Conference in the coming weeks.


  • An Act of Love Viewing

    an act of loveYou’re invited to a special viewing of the documentary An Act of Love which will be held at Asheville Pizza and Brewing (675 Merrimon Ave.) on Thursday, April 21st at 7:00 pm.  A time of discussion will follow after the movie.  Below is an excerpt from an email sent out by our District Office:

     

    As you know General Conference is fast approaching and there will be many topics discussed and votes cast. In an attempt to prepare for General Conference through continuing Healthy Conversations the Blue Ridge District is going to provide a free screening opportunity to watch the documentary “An Act of Love.”

    Created by two up and coming documentarians Scott Sheppard and Kate S. Logan and produced by Pauley Perrette the film takes a look at the story of Frank Schaefer. Frank, a former United Methodist pastor, was defrocked after presiding over the marriage ceremony for his son and his son’s partner.  The film interviews folks from many theological backgrounds and shares thoughts from Good News and the Reconciling Ministries Network.

    We are showing the movie on April 21st at 7:00 PM at Asheville Pizza and Brewing at 675 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804. After the showing, we will have a time of discussion.

    It is our hope that this screening will be a time to further dialogue. We know that not everyone agrees on each theological point but we also recognize that we need to talk and work together to be the church God is calling us to become.

     

    Grace and peace,

    John and Luke

    Dr. John S. Boggs
    Blue Ridge District Superintendent
    WNC Conference  United Methodist Church

    Rev. Luther E. Lingle III
    Church Vitality Strategist
    Western North Carolina Conference
    United Methodist Church

     


  • 2016 Bicentennial of Francis Asbury’s Death

    This year marks the 200th year since Bishop Francis Asbury, the first bishop of the Methodist Church in America and our congregation’s namesake and founder, died in rural Virginia.  There are many events happening around the world to celebrate Asbury’s legacy, and I’d like to share a few of them in this post. An individual… Read more

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