October 2017-- Connector

Holland's United Methodist Church

Holland's Connector

October 2017


    On October the 27th 1771 (246 years ago), Francis Asbury arrived in the Colonies when he disembarked in Philadelphia. For the next 45 years, traveling on horseback or by carriage, he would cover more than 270,000 miles sharing the Gospel of Jesus! He would preach over 16,500 sermons and ordain over 4000 Methodist preachers! (In 1784 there were only 83 Methodist preachers in early America). He preached his last sermon on Sunday, March 24th, 1816. HE HAD TO BE CARRIED INTO AND OUT OF THE CHURCH. He was so weak he could not stand, yet he preached for an hour seated at a table. Asbury died on March 31st , 1816 and is buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland. He is known as the “Father of American Methodism.”

    I wonder what “Father” Asbury would think of the United Methodist Church and United Methodist Pastors and laity today? I think he would be incredulous that his beloved church was losing membership. I think he would challenge the preachers to preach the Word of God and only HIS word. He would challenge us to lift up and live the Gospel everywhere we went. He would challenge the laity to know Jesus and to share him with their neighbors. I think he would wonder how many Bible studies we taught and/or attended. He would question all of us about how passionate we are about Jesus. I know he would challenge us to reach the lost and the hurting and to preach the gospel all the time – even if it required words!

    The man who preached every Sunday on the trip to the New World even preached in the midst of a terrible storm during that trip. In his journal, Asbury writes of that moment,  “I fix (tied) myself to the mast and discoursed (preached) with warmth and freedom to the sailors*.”   Are there any doubts that Asbury then would also call you and I to the same passion for God’s church and the gospel of Jesus Christ that he had? So, the challenge and question for each one of us is, do you have that passion?

    If you are looking for it or wanting to strengthen it, Holland's UMC is a great place to do it! Between our Sunday school classes, our children and youth activities, the Higher Ground Service, our Bible Studies and our worship services, we have no excuses but to get excited and passionate about Jesus!!! We are called to be the church and the Disciples that Asbury knew we could be. 246 years ago a single man came with a heart on fire to share Jesus. Dare we do less today? I think not!

  • =  Asbury’s Journal


Rev. Rich  



     Holland's UMC is in the process of planning the 2018 summer youth trips.  Adult & youth volunteers will have the opportunity to serve in Jonesville, VA (Lee County) the week of 06/17 to 06/23 & in western North Carolina (probably Rutherford County) the week of 07/15 to 07/21. Look for sign-up sheets currently on the Holland's Youth bulletin board to sign-up or contact Laura Hoffman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Bill Band, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    In addition, please note much of our fundraising will occur during the Fall prior to the summer trip, so even if not committed to going helping us fundraise will be very much appreciated. Similar to last year if there is enough interest we will have teams of all college-age volunteers.  


    Samaritan’s Pantry is an ongoing, church-wide ministry to help those in need.  Each month, we will suggest an “item of the month” or you can bring whatever you have on hand.  The proceeds are donated to Garner Area Ministries.  The Samaritan’s Pantry is located in the hallway near the church office. Items for donation in are Peanut butter & jelly.  For more information, please contact Lavonda Bagwell at 919-772-8171.


    In September Holland's UMC volunteers worked our regularly scheduled monthly work date at the Food Bank warehouse on Capital Boulevard. This month volunteers participated in “salvaging” dry goods, canned foods, water and drinks & non-food items, donated by local food stores.  In total our work helped salvage 12,600 lbs. of food or approximately 10,800 meals.

    Reminder, Holland's UMC regularly scheduled monthly work dates are the 2nd Thursday of each month.  We meet at the church parking lot at 8:15 a.m. & caravan up to the food bank warehouse, where we work from 9:00 a.m. to noon. There is no monthly commitment, no heavy lifting, just come and work when you can. We have a lot of fun working with others as the hands & body of Christ. If interested in joining us, please contact Bill Band @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Holland’s UMM Charity Golf Outing

October 21, 2017 – 1:00 pm

Eagle Ridge Golf Club - Raleigh, NC

     Holland’s Methodist Men’s group invites you to join us for an afternoon of fun, fellowship and challenging golf at Eagle Ridge Golf club in Raleigh. The tournament will be a super-ball format. All ages and skill levels are welcome. The goals are to have fun and to raise money for our missions supported through the Men’s group at Holland’s United Methodist Church.

    Your individual registration fee of $65.00 includes green fee, cart, range balls and a box lunch. Check in at the course will begin at 12:00 pm (noon). The golf outing will have a shotgun start at 1:00 pm.  A box lunch will be provided for each golfer. A short scoring review and awards ceremony will follow immediately after the golf. You can register your foursome as a team or register individually to be paired with other golfers.

    Proceeds received through the golf outing will go to help support local charities within the community and to support the Handy Man fund of Holland's United Methodist Men. The Handy Man fund is continually used to assist those in need of general home repairs within our church and community. This work is provided through Holland's UMM and includes roof repair, handicap ramps and other interior/exterior home repairs as required for those needing assistance.

    Eagle Ridge Golf Club is located at:  565 Competition Road, Raleigh, NC 27603   

    Registration forms will be available for pick up on the narthex table at the church.

    For additional information including sponsorship opportunities… contact Mike Hinton (919) 669-7430 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registration forms can also be emailed to you as requested.




Sunday, October 22

    It’s time for our Holland’s Church family to get together again and celebrate God’s goodness. Join us Sunday, October 22th from 3:00-5:00 pm for our annual Hoedown at Lake Wheeler Park.

    Bring your lawn chairs and a dessert or side dish to share. The church will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, all the fixings and drinks.

    Old fashion games and crafts will be available for all young children. Ya’ll come and enjoy a great afternoon of good music (DJ), food, crafts and games as we fellowship together, while giving God all the glory, with our brothers and sisters in Christ!



Hello all,

    Holland's United Methodist Church and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.

    Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!

Drive Details:

Site: Holland's United Methodist Church

Address: 9433 Ten-Ten Rd., Raleigh, NC, 27603

Room Name: Fellowship Hall

Date: Mon Oct 23, 2017

Time: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Coordinator Name: Sibyl Pedzwater

Coordinator Phone Number: 919-773-9149

To sign up:


    The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

    Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!



    It is our 15th year of service in support of Hollands' partnership with Vance Elementary School! 

    There are 42 staff members that have requested prayer partners to pray and encourage them throughout this school year! 

    We have 11 reading volunteers that help students once a week! Our focus is on first and second graders.

    Our volunteers are a blessing to the students and staff at Vance!

    Thanks to them, our faith and service are in action in our community!


1 Thess. 5:17,11 "... pray continually,' 'encourage each other and build them up."

James 5:16 "Prayer of a righteous person is very powerful."




Operation Christmas Child

Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has brought joy to 146 million boys and girls around the world through Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts.  Each shoebox provides the opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with boys and girls around the world.  Please prepare your shoebox gift and bring it to any of the three worship services on Sunday, November 12.  Brochures and shoeboxes are located in the hallway outside the Church office.  2017 Updates:  Candy and toothpaste are no longer allowed due to customs regulations, shipping donation - $9.00.  See samaritanspurse.org for additional information.  




    The Young at Heart seniors meet the third Thursday of each month, so our next meeting will be October 19 in the NFH.  Please come and join us at 11:30 am and bring a covered dish to share and bring a friend.  George Yuhas, Pre Planning Specialist Funeral Director with Bryan Lee Funeral Home will be our guest speaker, along with Mary Lee.



Gaston Nkulu Ntambo is a missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church assigned to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Based in Luena, Gaston serves as a pilot and mechanic with the Wings of the Morning Aviation Ministry in the North Katanga Conference.

The aviation ministry provides transportation in hard-to-reach areas of Africa, especially in emergency situations. Reflecting on his work, Gaston says, “I believe God is using me as a tool to reach out and save lives.” He recalls that he once flew unknowingly into a war zone in an attempt to save lives. “As a miracle, the highest officer in that village on that day happened to also be my uncle,” he reports. “Out of nowhere, he suddenly introduced himself to me for the first time.”

A native of Kamina, DRC, Gaston earned associate degrees in accounting and piloting from Davis College in Toledo, OH. He received a mechanic's certificate from the Michigan Institute of Aeronautics in Detroit, MI.

Prior to his commissioning as a GBGM missionary, Gaston worked six years as a Wings of the Morning pilot. He previously served as an assistant and secretary with the United Methodist Church in Lumbumbashi, DRC.

Gaston is married to Jeanne Kabove Ntambo, also a GBGM missionary. They have five children: Andy Nkulu and Lorree Nkulu, born 8/1996; Gabriel Kahenga, born 8/1998; Noah Kabove, born 6/2000; and Eileen, born 10/2003. Gaston's father is Bishop Ntambo Nkulu of the North Katanga Conference. Gaston is a member of a local United Methodist church in Luena.







Live Boldly as a Disciple!

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Susan Wright

Director of Youth Ministries

9433 Ten Ten Rd,

Raleigh NC 27603

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919-772-5294 Church

919-931-3541 Cell



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Sunday: 8:30 & 11:00 am Traditional Service

Sunday: 9:45 Connexion Service

Thursday: 7:00 pm Higher Ground Service

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