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.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW FINANCIAL ASSOCIATE
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.
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
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.
NEW MEMBERS CLASS FORMING
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.
BIBLE STUDIES FOR FALL
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.
HAND IN HAND MINISTRY
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
FAMILY PROMISE OF WAKE COUNTY
KAIROS PRISON MINISTRY
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
CAROLINA MUDCATS FAITH & FAMILY DAY
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.
DO YOU LOVE TO SING?
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!
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
Save the Date!
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!
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 HEARTS
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.
Charity Golf Outing
October 20, 2018 – 1:00 pm
Eagle Ridge Golf Club
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
A NOTE OF THANKS
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 redcrossblood.org or 800-RED CROSS.
THANK YOU FROM THE ASP TEAM
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.
MISSIONARY OF THE MONTH FOR AUGUST
Serving At: United Methodist Mission
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.
HOLLAND'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
9433 TEN TEN ROAD
RALEIGH, NC 27603