August 2018 -- Connector

Holland's United Methodist Church

The Connector

Holland's United Methodist Church




     I have always loved the following story:

     (Two months before my father died I shared this with the church I was serving. Little did I know how much I would need the Shepherd two months later!)

     A professor of English once delivered a brilliant lecture, “The Literary Excellence of the Twenty-third Psalm,” to the Literary Society of the church where he had been brought up as a boy. The old Scots minister, who had been his pastor and teacher in his youth, was the chairman. At the close of the lecture the distinguished speaker asked the old minister to read the psalm. He did so, as he had so often done through the years, to the members of the congregation, in their sorrows and troubles. A hush followed the heartfelt recital by the white-headed old man. Then the lecturer rose and quietly said, “I may know the psalm – but he knows the Shepherd.”

     How about you? Do you know the Shepherd? Or does he seem to be off on some distant hill watching his flock, or is he just a theological word heard in church? Well, the Shepherd is real and he watches over his flock and searches for all of his lost sheep (even you and me!). Remember that as you journey through this month of August, reread that famous 23rd Psalm, and like that old pastor – be sure you not only have heard about, but that you also KNOW the Shepherd.

     It makes all the difference in the world.


Rev. Rich



     We are pleased to announce that Angie Dement has been appointed Financial Associate effective immediately. Angie comes to Holland's with over 20 years of financial experience, including experience with other United Methodist Churches. Ellen has agreed to help with the transfer of responsibilities.

     During this transition period, Angie will be working in the office Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 - 3:30 and at other times. After the transition and things are finalized, we will announce her permanent set office hours. Requests for check approvals/reimbursements should be submitted by Tuesday mornings. 

     Angie's email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The SPRC is excited to welcome Angie to our Holland's family. We thank Ellen for her faithful service and wish her well in her new position.

     As an update, we are still in the recruitment/interview process for the Minister of Music - Connexion, and the pianist/organist. Angela Stephenson is settling into her new role as Minister of Music - Traditional. We very much appreciate the pianists who have served since Angela assumed her new role.

     Thank you for your patience as we go through this process. We continue to ask for your prayers as the SPRC works faithfully to fill the other vacancies.

Vicki Hardee, Chair

Staff/Parish Relations Committee




Applications for the Pianist/Organist of Holland's United Methodist Church are being accepted. Interested applicants should submit the application available here along with a cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to Vicki Hardee, Holland's United.Methodist Church, 9433 Ten Ten Road, Raleigh, NC 27603.  A resume may also be included in addition to the application. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed until a suitable candidate has been retained. 

The pianist/organist will provide leadership for both the choir and congregation by accompanying and providing music during choir rehearsal and two traditional Sunday services so that Holland’s United Methodist Church can more intentionally and faithfully serve as a “caring community that invites and equips people to follow Jesus.”

More detailed information can be found here.




   If you are interested in learning more about Holland's, please join us for a short session from 9:40 - 10:40 am on August 12 in the church office (Room 119). We'll learn more about you and discuss our beliefs here at Holland's as well as our ministries and activities for your spiritual growth. Questions? Call Pastor Rich Cooper at 919.623.5484.



     We are offering a host of wonderful Bible Study offerings this fall.    If you are interested in growing in your faith and connecting more closely to others who want to deepen their walk this is a great opportunity for you.    We are going to be offering the following studies: 

Disciple I  --   Taught by Pastor Rich Cooper.    Disciple I is a wonderful 34 week journey through the New and Old Testaments.   Disciple will transform the way you read the Bible.   It will help you get a big picture of the overall story of the Bible and of God's love for us.    Disciple seeks not just to provide information but to also encourage transformation by deepen your own faith as you journey through. 

Disciple Short-term study on GENESIS-- Taught by Dr. David Spivey.    This course will devote 10 weeks to looking more deeply at Genesis.   From the very first words "In the Beginning..."  you will be carried into the story of Creation!  Come hear more about God's purpose in forming people and explore the likes of people like Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah and Jacob and Esau.  

Fireproof--  Rev. Rich Vaughan will be offering a study dealing with marriage.   This short term study will be on Wednesday nights.

Additional studies may be forthcoming, but watch for the chance to sign up soon following our ministry moment on August 12.     



A big Thank You to all volunteers who have served in this ministry throughout the past 2017-18 school year and all the 15 years prior!

The new school year begins July 27. We are entering our 16th year in partnership with our community neighbor, Vance Elementary school!

 We are seeking reading buddy volunteers for children who need extra help reading, and prayer partners for staff who request prayers and encouragement throughout the coming year.

Volunteers, previous and new, are welcome to help serve! We serve at the following 3 levels:

(1) Praying for all students and staff,

(2) Praying and encouraging specific staff member, AND/OR

(3) Reading with a student who needs extra help (only 30 min/wk)

Volunteer forms are available in the church narthex at the sign-up table.

FOR MORE INFORMATION - Contact Joanie Smothers (919-961-3699, cell) or (919-773-4612, home); Donna Hayes (919-662-1197); Karen Wilkins (919-779-6242).

' The service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.'

  2 Corinthians 9:12(NIV)

 ' Pray for one another ….the prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.' James 5:16



     Holland’s is hosting Family Promise, Sunday, July 29 through Saturday, August 4. We need volunteers to help make the host week successful. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up in the narthex. Contact: Joey Neal, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 919-480-3908.



     The next Kairos Prison Ministry weekend will be August 1 through August 4. Please keep team members and prison residents in your prayers. Thank you for all of your support!



     The United Methodist Men are hosting a CPR and AED training class on Saturday August 18, 10:00 am at the church.

     This class will hold up to 30 people.

     This is not a certified CPR class so you will not receive a certificate.

     If we need to add additional classes on the same day due to the demand, we will look at that option as well.

     For now, this is open to the first 30 people who sign up for the class.

     There is no cost for participation in the class.

WHAT: CPR and AED Training Class

WHEN: Saturday, August 18

WHERE: Holland's United Methodist Church

     Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up.



     Sunday, August 19 - Game Time: 2:00 pm. Holland’s United Methodist Men are selling tickets to this game against the Potomac Nationals. Tickets are $7. Contact the church office, 919-772-5294 to put your name on the list. This event is open to all baseball fans who would like to spend a faith-filled day at the ballpark.



     The Chancel Choir will resume practice on Wednesday, August 29 from 7:30 – 8:30. Interested adults and youth, 14 years and up, are invited to join us for an hour of great music, fun and fellowship!

     For more information about our music program, contact Angela Stephenson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



     Lydia's Fall Rummage Sale is Saturday September 8, 7:00 am - noon. Join us for shopping and/or selling. Our rummage sale is a good way to declutter your home, recycle, and give back to the community by making clothes and home goods available at secondhand prices. You are actually helping other people, yourself and the environment! Set up is Friday September 7, and any donated items can be dropped off then. You don't have to be a member of Holland's to participate. To rent table space ($10 for 1 table) or to have questions answered, contact Linda Anderson, 919-662-9575.



     Wednesday Night Live dinner and activities resume September 13! Dinner begins at 5:45 pm and activities at 6:30 pm. If you have never experienced WNL before, or if you are a seasoned participant, we invite you and your family to come join us! If your group would like to prepare dinner for a Wednesday dinner, please contact Donna Hayes, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the church office.


Save the Date!

     Join us for the 2018 Women's Spiritual Enrichment Retreat, “Why Are You Looking For The Wizard?” will be September 15 from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm. Our guest speaker will be Laura Hamilton. Registration begins Sunday, July 22. The cost is $20 through August 31, $25 after August 31. Registration forms are available in the narthex or register at Holland's website, For questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 



     Holland's United Methodist Women Annual Craft Sale is Saturday, October 6, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. The sale showcases local vendors and offers breakfast, lunch and baked goods. Great Christmas ideas for teachers, co-workers, family and friends!



     On the third Saturday of each month, HUMC partners with other churches to help feed the homeless and those in need. Consider being a part of H.O.P.E. Ministry - truly rewarding for all involved. Please contact Ed Williams, 919.602.4819 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.  



     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 August, the donations are toothpaste and bath soap. 



     The Young at Heart Group (YAHS) will not meet during the month of August. Our next meeting will be Thursday, September 20.

     Looking ahead, we will be going to Greensboro, NC on December 18 to The Barn Dinner Theater for an afternoon buffet and show, "Christmas, Christmas.”  We will begin taking reservations for this trip at our September meeting.  

We look forward to seeing you in September!

Judy Best, Paulette Hackney and Jan Koot



     Morning Glories is an adult Bible study for women that meets from 8:30 – 10:00 am each Tuesday morning. Our next 12-week study is called The Apostle’s Creed presented by Matt Chandler. August 14 is the enrollment deadline for the fall session beginning September 11 and ending December 3.

     To sign up, please contact Penny Sullivan by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Lucy Whipple at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Holland’s UMM
Charity Golf Outing
October 20, 2018 – 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 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 the UMM. 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 thru the 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.



     The blood drive held on Monday July 16 was one of our most successful.  The goal of collection was exceeded. Thank you for donating to this life-saving cause and the United Methodist Men for hosting it.

     It is interesting talking to the donors after they have given blood. They have their reasons for giving. Some said that a family member always gave so they want to carry on the tradition. One lady said her blood was marked for the pediatric ward at UNC hospital, smiling then hugging her chest thinking of those babies. Some give because they believe it is the right thing to do. It’s a good feeling knowing you helped save lives.  The need is constant; contact the American Red Cross at or 800-RED CROSS.



ASP 2018 Summer Youth Trips – Holland’s UMC had a team of (30) volunteers serve the week of 06/17 to 06/23 in Jonesville, VA & another team of (34) volunteers serve the week of 07/15 to 07/21 in Rutherford County, NC. The teams want to take a moment to “Thank” the HUMC community for their spiritual, physical & financial support throughout the 2017 & 2018 calendar time frame spent in preparing for, and traveling on these trips. It is a true blessing to travel beyond the walls of 9433 Ten-Ten Road to be the hands and feet of our savior to people in need of their homes to be safer and dryer. Planning for next year begins soon and look for sign-up sheets posted in the hallway in late August/early September regarding summer 2019 trips.



 Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

     In July, Holland’s UMC volunteers worked our regularly scheduled monthly work date at the Food Bank warehouse on Capital Boulevard. Volunteers participated in “salvage” operations of drink & food items donated by local food stores.  In total, our work helped salvage approximately 9,000 lbs. of food.

     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 am or at the food bank warehouse, where we work from 9:00 am 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.





Claudette Mora

Serving At: United Methodist Mission

Location: HondurasLatin America and the Caribbean

Home Country: BrazilLatin America and the Caribbean

Spouse: Pablo Mora Bogado

     Claudete de Mello Mora is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as mission administrator and program director of the United Methodist Mission in Honduras, based in Tegucigalpa. She was commissioned in late 2014.

     The Mission in Honduras, serving a Spanish-speaking population, was begun as a Global Ministries mission initiative in 1998 and became a formal mission in 2002. It currently has 19 congregations and 53 faith communities. Many of the constituents are from the economic margins. Claudete works closely with the local groups in building program networks in education and leadership development, and in forging a national identity for the young church.

     Claudete, a native of Brazil, is a member of the Evangelical Community of Paraguay in Asunción. She married her husband, the Rev. Pablo Mora, also a missionary, when he was in ministry in Brazil. Claudete holds masters degrees in school supervision and school administration from the University of Pedagogy in Campo Grande in Brazil.  

     She has worked as a primary school teacher in Brazil and in 1988 went to Paraguay as a missionary with her husband. Claudete worked with the young Evangelical Methodist Community for nine years, until in 1997 she joined the staff of the then new Methodist Biblical Theological Institute, a role she filled until 2013.

     Born into a Christian home, Claudete says that the faith of her parents and their life testimonies instructed her in the way of Lord. She learned to use her ability and skills in the service of God and the church. When her husband left Brazil for mission service in Paraguay, the Lord used her in what she calls “an adventure in church planting.” She worked especially in child evangelization, primary education, Bible institutes, and ministries with women.

     “God has been wonderful,” she says, “In giving me the opportunity to serve in another country and, principally, in the areas for which I was prepared.” She welcomes new challenges in Honduras. “Ever since my youth, I have served the Lord with full conviction that I must use all my skills and gifts for the service of the kingdom.”

     Claudete and Pablo have two grown children, Thiago and Rebecca.