November Connector

Holland's United Methodist Church

The Connector

November 2017




     There is an old song that has the words, “count your many blessings, name them one by one, count your many blessings see what God has done.” We all know that in America the month of November has the holiday of Thanksgiving in it. It is a day of football, hunting, golf and great meals with lots of good food. But is it a day that we really reflect on our blessings? Is it a day when we truly are thankful for all the things in our life?

     As I pondered that very question, I decided to take a random number for someone’s age. I chose 40. So let’s consider someone who is 40 years of age right now. (You may be above that age, right on that age, or below it. It really doesn’t matter for this illustration.) The reason I picked that number was to get a sense of how many days someone has had in their life if they are now 40. The answer is 14,600 days. Now think how many of those days (and your days) have been spent with family and friends. How many of those days were ones of feeling good and laughing? How many days did not have an accident in it, or a “bump” in the road of life? How many of those days did we wake up and think … “ah, a new day” filled with wonder and the future? How many clothes have you worn in those days? How many provisions have been provided? How many apartments, condos and/or homes have provided shelter for you? Psalm 103:1-2, reminds us to “bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the lord, O my soul and do not forget all his benefits.” (NRSV)

     As I consider all my days (a little more than 14,600!) I realize how blessed I am and how thankful I am to God. I am thankful for my wife and family, for the churches I have served and serve. For the people in all those churches who have blessed Debbie and me in so many ways. I am thankful for my friends and for my parents who loved me and guided me. I am thankful for our Nation, imperfect as it is, because even with its problems it is still the greatest place to live and to grow up! I am thankful for the men and women in our armed forces who protect our freedom and who sacrifice far more than most of us. I could go on and on, but I think you get the message!

    I would bet that there are easily over 10,000 reasons to thank God right now if we counted each one! And each and every day God is merciful and gracious in new ways. So as you walk through this month and you take November 23rd (Thanksgiving) off, take a moment between the turkey and football, between the golf and the mashed potatoes, between the hunting and the pumpkin pie and count your many blessings and thank God for what he has done. After all, that’s what Thanksgiving is really all about! Amen? Amen!

Rev. Rich



Friday, November 3, 2017

There are several ways to help out

with this great fundraising event for our church:

  • Consider joining one of the BBQ committee teams.
  • Purchase some pork shoulders to defray costs.
  • Bake or buy a dessert to donate.
  • Sell take-out plates at your place of work.
  • Pray for good weather and a hungry crowd!

BBQ wouldn’t be the same without dessert and we need YOU!

We are asking each family in the church to donate at least one dessert.

You don’t have to pre-cut your desserts. 

The dessert committee will take care of that for you!

You may drop off your items in the choir room on Thursday, November 2 or early Friday morning, November 3. 

If you don’t have time to bake, store-bought desserts work wonderfully too.

We appreciate all your donations for the 4,000+ desserts, and we need one for each BBQ plate.


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 for additional information.  


Advent Study

      “Christmas Is Not Your Birthday” by Mike Slaughter - Experience the joy of living and giving like Jesus.  This study will be offered beginning Tuesday, November 28. Every year, we say we’re going to cut back, simplify, and have a family Christmas that focuses on the real reason for the season -- Jesus. But every year, advertisements beckon, the children plead, and it seems easier just to indulge our wants and whims. Overspending, overeating, materialism, and busyness rob us of our peace & joy and rob Jesus of his rightful role as the center of our celebration. This Christmas, cut through the hype that leaves you exhausted and broke at the end of the year. Instead, experience the peace of knowing that God is truly with us.


Hand-in-Hand Ministry

     At this time of THANKS and GIVING; A BIG THANK YOU to all of our volunteers for GIVING of your prayers, time, talents and support this school year at Vance!! We have 44 prayer partners and 12 reading buddies -- Our faith in action for our community!!! You all are a BLESSING to the staff and students!! They appreciate our service to their school!! -- 2 Corinthians 9:12(NIV) 'The service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.


Pecans for Sale

     It’s time to purchase your pecans for the holidays! First Journey Circle will be selling gift bags of chocolate-covered, cinnamon, and pecan clusters. The 16-ounce bags of halves and chopped pecans for cooking holiday recipes are also available. Gift bags are $10 and the 16-ounce bags are $12. 


ASP 2018 Summer Youth Trips

     Holland’s UMC is in the process of planning and fundraising for the 2018 summer youth trips.  WNL was October 11th … “Thank You” to all who participated. The ASP Auction will be Saturday, December 2, 2017 and volunteers will babysit on Saturday December 16, 2017 for parents who may need assistance while Christmas shopping. In addition, there is a fundraising tree in the narthex. Our 2018 Summer Youth trips will be 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.. Look for upcoming meetings to be announced in Sunday Bulletins.


Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

     In October, Holland’s UMC volunteers worked our regularly scheduled monthly work date at the Food Bank warehouse on Capital Boulevard & participated in Hunger Relief Day at the NC State Fair working with Girl Scout Troop 1555 collecting cans for one of the largest food drives in the state. 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.


Missionary of the Month

Katherine Parker


Serving At: Health Team of the United Mission to Nepal

Location: NepalAsia and Pacific

Home Country: United States of AmericaNorth America

     Katherine T. Parker is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as part of the health team of the United Mission to Nepal.  In Nepal since 2013, she was previously in Cambodia with the Community Health and Agricultural Development Program of the Methodist Mission there. She has been a missionary since 2004 and was a mission intern for three years beginning in 2000.

     The United Mission to Nepal (UMN), an ecumenical ministry, has a vision of a “fullness of life for all in a transformed Nepali society.” United Methodists have been involved with UMN since it was founded in 1954. More information on its work is available on the UMN website.

     Katherine’s work in Nepal is focused in three areas: 1) Adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights and menstrual hygiene; 2) Maternal and child health; and 3) Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). The United Mission works in five areas: education, health, hospitals, peacebuilding, and sustainable livelihoods.

     Katherine attended Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Her Master of Science degree, also in biology, is from California State University in Sacramento. Her thesis was on bacterial contamination of drinking water in rural Ghana.

     Katherine’s home church is Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church in Mill Valley, California. She has been involved in the life of the church in many capacities, including as a California-Nevada Annual Conference delegate to General Conference, service on the conference Board of Church and Society and the Golden Gate District Council on Ministries, and a local church organizer of volunteer mission trips.


Holland's November Events

Nov. 3 - Holland's BBQ

Nov. 5 - All Saints Sunday

Nov. 5 - Daylight Saving Time Ends

Nov. 8 - Social Media Parent Session

Nov. 11 - Veterans Day

Nov. 12 - Shoebox Dedication

Nov. 19 - College Exam Kits

Nov. 23 - Thanksgiving Day



Let’s Decorate God’s House for Advent and Christmas!

Time to order your poinsettias!

     The Worship Committee invites you to help decorate the sanctuary during Advent with poinsettias. If you would like to purchase a poinsettia(s) in memory or in honor of someone, please complete an order form and place it in the offering plate or return it to the church office. The order forms are located in the narthex. Each poinsettia will cost $10. Please make checks payable to Holland’s UMC and indicate on the check memo line “Poinsettia.” If you have questions, contact Carolyn Middleton, 919-280-1795, or Mary Giorgino, 919-604-3394, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Season of Advent 

The season of Advent, which comes comes from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming” or “visit," begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year for Christians.

Although we are accustomed to celebrating Christmas on a single day, in both Christian tradition and on the Church calendar, the Christmas season lasts sundown on December 24 (Christmas Eve) through Epiphany of the Lord (January 6). This is sometimes popularly referred to as "the twelve days of Christmas."




Holland's Advent & Christmas Events


December 3: 1st Sunday of Advent

December 8: Children's Jingle Jam Christmas

December 10: 2nd Sunday of Advent

December 10: By Grace Christmas Concert  "All Creation Sing"

December 17: 3rd Sunday of Advent

December 17: Christmas Cantata “Little Lion, Little Lamb”

December 21: Higher Ground Moravian Love Feast

December 24: 4th Sunday of Advent

December 24: Christmas Eve Services – 5:00, 7:00 & 9:00


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