January 2018 -- Connector

Holland's United Methodist Church

The Connector

Holland's United Methodist Church




     As we begin a new year, (2018 sure sounds strange doesn’t it?), I thought I would direct our thoughts toward an article that was in the “Ladies Home Journal” by one of our Presidents. It was addressing why we should attend and be involved in church:

1) We live in a churchless age when people ignore their religious needs. Such an age is on the downgrade. We must not disregard spiritual values.

2) Church attendance reminds us of our responsibility for others and a sense of our own moral strength, preventing our decay.

3) The excuse of not attending is well known: worship can be done in a forest by a stream, or in your own house; but the fact is that the average person does not concentrate only on God in such settings.

4) You may not hear a good sermon in church every week, but you will hear a sermon by a good person with a good spouse who, in a weekend series of hum-drum and important tasks makes hard lives easier.

5) You will hear beautiful words in Scripture and sing good hymns. You will also nod to good neighbors and come away feeling more charitable to the world.

6) The person who does not connect with some working active church misses many opportunities to be of help to others, and also incidentally to be of help to themselves.

     These words were not written by Presidents Obama, Clinton, or either Bushes. They were written by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1917!!!! They are 100 years old this year. Yet they are as relevant and important today as they were 100 years ago – maybe even more so. Holland's is a GREAT church. It is a church where you can encounter the Lord through sermons and songs, scriptures and prayers, Bible studies and fellowship. So NO EXCUSES (see #3 above)!

     If it will help you, make a New Year’s resolution to come to church faithfully. In fact, make a New Year’s resolution to bring someone as well! Happy New Year and see you in Church!

Rev. Rich


Thank You!

Dear Church Family:

On behalf of Debbie and myself, I wanted to thank each and every one of you for the multitude of Christmas cards and  wonderful “glad you are here” messages.  We also want to thank you for  all the gifts from sweets, (even  candy “coal” in my stocking!), to books bowls etc.  We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love. Thank you for making our first Christmas at Holland’s so very, very special!


Rev. Rich & Debbie


Family Promise of Wake County

    Holland's will be hosting Family Promise of Wake County the week of January 28 through February 4. We will need volunteers to help with cooking/serving meals, drivers for the van, and overnight hosts. The sign-up poster for volunteers will be in the narthex soon.  Please be thinking about how you can help serve for this wonderful mission.  If you need more information, or would like to sign up ahead of time, please contact Joey Neal at 919-480-3908 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



     The ASP 2018 Summer Youth Team would like to take a moment to say a blessed “Thank You” to the church for the support in our fundraising efforts for our upcoming June & July 2018 summer trips. The Auction Fund Raiser on Saturday December 2, 2017 helped raise $10,700 in our efforts to achieve our annual goal. In addition, the team “thanks” the following for making this event such a huge success:

  • Laura Hoffman & the ASP Fundraising Committee for coordinating this event.
  • Jeff & Donna Hayes for their efforts in planning and preparing the meal.
  • Al & Ronnie Burnette and Steve Middleton, our auctioneers.
  • Higher Ground for providing musical accompaniment.
  • All the parents & youth who planned, served, cooked and cleaned.

     If you missed the auction, as we proceed in 2018, be on the lookout for winter and spring events for other opportunities so you can help support our teams both spiritually & financially. Upcoming events will be announced in Sunday Bulletins.



     Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina – In 2018, Holland’s UMC volunteers will continue to work our regularly scheduled monthly work date (2nd Thursday of each month) at the Food Bank warehouse on Capital Blvd. We meet at the Food Bank or the church parking lot at 8:15 am and 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 and 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.



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 an item 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.  For more information, please contact Lavonda Bagwell, 919-772-8171. For the month of January, the donations are: Soup, chili and crackers.



 Thankful Messages from Vance Families to Holland Church 2017

Family 1: Family of 2 children- We feel very blessed that you could help our family this year. I’m a single parent and this is helping me bring warmth and joy to my family. Thank you to everyone and God bless all of you.

Family 2: Family of 3 children: The members of Holland Church are spreaders of joy. Thank you so much for spreading joy to our family this year. This has been a difficult year for us and you’re helping the year end in positive way. God Bless.

Family 3: Family of 4 children: We are overwhelmed by your generosity. Thank you for helping our family. May God continue to bless all of you.

Family 4: Family of 4 children: We thank you for making our Christmas brighter this year. My children will feel your love and support on Christmas and throughout the year. We hope all of you have a blessed holiday season.

Family 5: Family of 3 children: Thank you so much to the members of Holland’s Church. Your support is greatly appreciated. My family will be praying for all of you.

Family 6: Family of 1 child: I really appreciate you supporting my grandson this Christmas. We feel truly blessed to be supported by the generosity of the members of Holland’s Church. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Family 7: Family of 5 children: This has been a very difficult year for our family. Thank you for helping us begin to bring joy back into our lives. God Bless all of you.

Family 8: Family of 3 children: I greatly appreciate the help Holland’s Church is giving my family this Christmas. I’m currently out of work due to having surgery and would not have been able to provide gifts for my children this year without your help. Thank you to all!

Family 9: Family of 3 children: You are truly going to put smiles on my children’s faces this Christmas. We had to move unexpectedly and my children were sad about the move. Your support is going help them feel better. God Bless.

Family 10: Family of 5 children: We appreciate everything Holland’s Church has done for us. I had to take time of work to care for my five year old after his surgery. This support came at just the right time for my family. Thank you for caring for others.

Family 11: Family of 6 children: Thank you for helping our children. Through your support my children will have a wonderful Christmas and they will learn that there is kindness in the world. My family will pray for your families this holiday season. Bless all of you.

Family 12: Family of 2 children: Our family has been through many ups and downs this year. We our thankful for your help. We hope all of you have a joyful Christmas and a Happy New Year.


       The Young at Heart Senior group will have their January Meeting at Smithfield BBQ on 401 Highway at the McCullers area, January 18 at 11:30 am.  Come and join us and help us make plans for 2018.

     God Bless!   Judy, Paulette and Jan 



    Please join us for a baby shower honoring Allison and Lee Walton Saturday, February 3. The floating shower will be from 1 - 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the church. They are expecting a boy and are registered at Target: tgt.gifts/BabyWalton514; Allie and Lee Walton, Bluffton, SC. One small request if it isn't too hard, bring a book instead of a card. By signing your book they will remember and share, your special gift even when you're not there.

    The shower is hosted by Nicole Peeler and Vicki Hardee (Lee’s Mom).



     If you are interested in hosting a WNL for the Winter/Spring session, please contact Donna Hayes at 919-632-4955 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  WNL will begin January 10th and run through the end of April, with the exception of Holy Week & BBQ week. Thanks, Donna Hayes.



     You can help beautify our sanctuary all year long by donating an altar flower arrangement in honor/celebration or memory of loved ones.

Sign-up sheets are available outside the church office on the bulletin board. If you have any questions, please contact the church office.



Church Pictorial Directory

Dear Church Family: 

A Church Pictorial Directory is a powerful tool in our church to help us to know each other better.  Please make an appointment to have your picture taken by signing up either online or at the sign-up table in our narthex.   Every family photographed for the directory will receive a free directory and a 8x10 portrait at no cost.  You will have the opportunity to purchase additional portraits at the time of your photo appointment.   

The online scheduler can be found through C.P. Photo and Video here.   A link will soon be added to the homepage on our website as well.  Dates available for photos are Jan. 26, 27, Feb. 5, 9, and 10.   Sign up today.



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