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Clergy and Lay Institute – November 14, 2020

October 30, 2020

TO:  Pastors and Laity of the Western North Carolina Conference

This note is being sent to remind you about the virtual edition of the Clergy/Lay Institute that will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2020, 10:00 a.m.

You have an option of registering online for $15.00 or by mail-in registration for $10.00.



We know that you do not want to miss the discussion of the Pastor’s Compensation package and the overall conversation with our Presiding Elders. The theme:   “The Church During Unprecedented Times:  Doing a New Thing in Christ” with the scriptural reference Isaiah 43:19   “Look!  I’m doing a new thing….”

The committee has worked very hard over the last several weeks to create, edit, develop and do all that is necessary to take care of the finished product that will be ready for presentation on Saturday, November 14.  Therefore we need your registration by deadline, November 7.

Our Committee members are:  Penny Oliver, Shontea Smith, Mary Harris, Gertrude Upperman, Dwight Patterson, Azzie Conley, Bettie Duell, Brandon Owens, Kenneth Woods, Betty Parker, Sonia Barbre and Adam Johnston.  Let us keep each other in prayer but when you pray ask for a special blessing for Sonia who is recuperating from surgery.   Congratulations to Adam Johnston and his new bride!

Please see the flier for additional information.   In the meantime, please do not hesitate to give me a call, 828-433-8424 should you need to do so with inquiries, comments, and/or tell us about the new thing you are doing for Christ.

“May God bless us with a true spirit of Christianity that we may live together not as man over man but as lay persons working with God.  This we ask in Jesus’ name…..Amen.”

Jackie, WNCC-Lay Organization Director of Lay Activities

Penny, WNCC-Lay Organization President

WNCC-LO Schedule of Events

Greeting my Sisters and Brothers in Christ!
Below is information that we believe Pastors and Laity will find helpful as we journey through this annual conference year.
We ask that each church have an organize lay organization. Pastors and Laity as you organize your church this conference year, begin with the Lay Organization. A lay organization that promotes love, conversation, unity and empowerment between the Lay and the Pastor. We are available to assist you, if needed. Contact myself,, cell 336-348-3259 or Jackie Kanipe, Director of Lay Activities,, cell 828-403-1762. Conference lay dues are $6.00 per person.

Our conference lay meetings will be held virtual – January 9, 2021 @ 10 am and March 13, 2021 @ 10 am with $5.00 registration per meeting. Online registration available.

Lay Witness Sunday, traditional observed the 2nd Sunday in October, however any Sunday is fine. Lay Witness Sunday provides lay persons with the opportunity to witness about our faith in Jesus Christ and our commitment to fulfilling His mission in the world.  This event was established for lay persons to carry out the morning worship services at their respective local church. Traditionally, Lay Witness Sunday recognized the work and mission of all laity, which takes place within and outside the walls of the AME Church. Our theme this year is “I am a Witness” with scripture reference Matthew 28:19-20.

In the November edition of the Lay Expresswe would like to recognize the WNCC laity COVID-19 Frontline workers. We will recognize not only laity that are members of the WNCC-LO organization but also non-lay members. We are hoping that this will encourage non-ordain persons to join the lay organization. Email the information to on or before October 26thPlease send a picture (if available) your name, church and pastor name, lay president (if applicable) and your job: Community Health Workers, doctors, nurses, EMTS, Firefighters, Pharmacists, transportation and delivery drivers, janitorial and sanitation workers, grocery/service clerks, postal carriers and clerks, maintenance and warehouse worker, cooks, chefs and servers, office staff, etc.

Registration is open for our 1st Virtual Clergy and Lay Institute – Church During Unprecedented Times: “Doing A New Thing in Christ!” Look! I’m doing a new thing . . .” Isaiah 43:19 on November 14th at 10 am. We will have an open dialogue with the Presiding Elders in understanding the Pastor’s Compensation. Online reservation is available as well as the traditional way (churches sending names and check to Jackie Kanipe).