The following provides the information and descriptions of the participants and missions celebrated on Wednesday evening for the Annual Conference 2014 Mission Celebration. The song and slides will move quickly, so we want you to be able to celebrate more fully all of your ministries that we are highlighting. Please use this during the presentation to follow along on your cell phones, computers, or portable devices. Now let us celebrate!
The Bluegrass Band that is playing is called the Gentlemen of Bluegrass.
The Gentlemen of Bluegrass, consisting of Danny Stanley (lead vocals/guitar), JC Rowland (tenor vocals/mandolin), Tom Langdon (resonator guitar/baritone vocals), Greg Penny (bassist/vocals), and Randy Smith (banjo/vocals) provide a sound some have said to be in the sub genera of The Classic Country Gentlemen and Seldom Scene.
Persons making an appearance in video and on stage:
Trey Harris ….pastor of Sandy Plains UMC
Lanella Smith….Conference UMW President
Liz Lowry is a young adult who attends Sandy Plains UMC
Gary Locklear is a Community Worker and the Conference Lay Leader.
Nara Melkonyan is the missioner which is working on behalf of AGAPE in Armenia.
Notes on the slide show:
We realize that the slide show moves quickly to the tune of “I’ve been everywhere, Man…” Listed below are the slides which we saw and a quick description of the ministries which were documented. Obviously even those ministries are just a glimpse at a Church’s total outreach in the community. United Methodists in North Carolina are simply everywhere!
Local missions emphases as they appear in the first slide show:
Rainbow UMC did not present photos before the deadline, so a “stock photo” was used.
Arapahoe UMC prepared backpacks for the local elementary school kids and participated in the local Relay for Life.
Micro UMC brought a Bloodmobile into the community so that members and others could give the gift of life.
In Farmville, church members are engaged in representing Christ by serving at the soup kitchen and by filling back packs for children at the local school.
In Vanceboro, 25 church members gathered to help with the Backpacks for Kids ministry. Their UMM built a ramp for a member of the community so that he could continue with his rehabilitation.
Wrightsboro UMC has a long-standing food pantry which has been able to reach out to families in northern New Hanover County.
The HillsboroughUMC helped to prepare food for the Food For All ministry which is primarily an outreach to the homeless in that community. In addition, the Church hosted an important conference on Human Trafficking.
Nashville UMC volunteers help young members of La Estrella with their homework. Nashville also has a gigantic consignment sale for the community.
Trinity UMC in Belhaven has a Fourth Tuesday Breakfast called Feed the Need to which anyone in the community is welcomed.
In Wilmington, Trinity UMC has a monthly pancake breakfast which raises funds for different missions projects.
At Trinity UMC in Raleigh, a “Community Connections Dinner” is regularly offered for the local Oakwood/Mordecai community. Often community leaders speak briefly at these dinners so folks can learn how to ‘plug in’ to serve the local community.
Louisburg UMC members go to Louisburg Elementary and are engaged in the Lunch Buddies program. Others have helped to serve at the local soup kitchen. Youth have been working at a local free clinic.
In Middleburg, Herman and Middleburg Churches worked together to reach out to make kits to give to parents with newborn children.
Leasburg UMC children, youth and adults are learning how to go into the world to be Christ’s disciples. Their theme has been a song they’ve learned called “Go Serve Our World.”
In Cerro Gordo (and Fair Bluff), faithful disciples of Jesus created a unique 5K and Canoe Race to help combat Juvenile Diabetes.
Shady Grove UMC hosted a Cycle NC event in which they hosted cyclists who were riding across the State.
Cedar Grove UMC gave backpacks to a local middle school after blessing them at the Church altar.
Pleasant Grove UMC worked hard to help the local school clean up its grounds.
Second verse of local church ministries:
Near Henderson, members of Cokesbury UMC worked at their community school on a “Cokesbury Cares for Carver” day.
Wesley Chapel in Godwin has a bi-annual “free sale” of clothing for the community.
At Wesley Memorial UMC in Wilmington, youth have reached out into their community by buying bikes for the Methodist Home for Children home in that city—and worked together to shop for the Salvation Army Angel Tree ministry.
Epworth UMC near Vanceboro makes dresses for children in Appalachia for holidays and the start of the new school year.
Asbury UMC members have helped to spruce up their partner school, Lynn Rd Elementary in Raleigh. In addition, members have worked hard on building a local Habitat home.
Youth at St. Luke UMC in Sanford helped to build raised bed vegetable gardens for people identified by the local soup kitchen.
At St Luke UMC in Goldsboro, 500 warm biscuits were distributed to the homeless and hungry residents on a Sunday morning when the regular soup kitchen is not open.
In Greenville, St James UMC has a Spring Fling, which includes a massive yard sale—with all of the proceeds of the overall event going to missions work.
In Cary, St Francis UMC members have helped to build a Habitat house. Others have worked at the local Hands for Neighbors soup kitchen.
St. Paul UMC (Carolina Beach) has a long-standing puppet ministry on the Boardwalk at Carolina Beach. In addition to feeding a hot meal to the hungry twice a week with First Baptist Church in that town, the church has also started a Lego club for kids.
Unity UMC in Magnolia invited at-risk teenagers to go with their youth group to a high adventure experience which helped to build confidence in all of the youth and adult chaperones.
At Flat Rock UMC, the church youth group helped to school supplies into backpacks for kids in the local school.
Gray Rock UMC worked with the homeless in Henderson and took the time to be engaged in prayer for their needs—as well as offering them food and clothing.
Solid Rock UMC has a free choice food pantry called 5N2 which serves between 800 and 1000 clients per week.
In Plymouth, the UM Church now hosts work teams to work with its CROSS ministries—which helps to renovate homes for persons in poverty. One of the large teams which have been recently hosted by this Church has been one from Wisconsin.
Amity UMC in Chapel Hill has a Wear for All clothing closet for the community and they support a local soup kitchen with gifts of food.
The congregation of Galilee UMC runs a soup kitchen out of their fellowship hall.
In Smithfield, groups of persons from Centenary UMC worked in the community to help persons with yard work.
At Ahoskie UMC, the Church hosted a meal to show appreciation for the staff from Bearfield Primary School.
The faith communities connected to Apex UMC have, among other things, donated a renovated car to a family in need of transportation and worked on a Habitat for Humanity house.
Pine Valley UMC in Jacksonville partners with One Harvest to help supply food to persons in need in the community. This church also has partnered with a local high school and a Montessori school to collect food for the Soup Kitchen.
In Cary, White Plains UMC plans a variety of outreach ministries by offering what is called “Church on the Streets” during which teams do a variety of activities (like help to trim shrubs, collect food, etc).
Uwharrie UMC did not submit photos before the deadline.
Descriptions of videos of local ministries which have been highlighted:
- Winstead UMC has an outreach into the Wilson community in which members have been tutoring local students and have been forming important relationships in the process.
- Apex UMC has a rebuilding ministry led by its youth group.
- White Plains UMC has a long-standing ministry with the Wake County Interfaith Hospitality Network.
- Plymouth UMC hosts work teams to help local persons in that area through its CROSS ministries.
- Wrightsboro UMC in the Wilmington community has a food pantry in that area.
At Mann’s Harbor UMC, the Manteo football team was fed a shrimp dinner as an act of Christian love! Other members of the Church help with a ministry called Newborns in Need which helps to supply items to parents of newborn children.
Vandemere and Swan Quarter became places where teams were housed by our Disaster Relief ministries. Many United Methodist-related Work Teams like those in the photos went out from that Free Will Baptist Church in Vandemere and the Providence UMC building in Swan Quarter to work on homes damaged by Hurricane Irene.
In New Bern, the Sound District worked together to build a house for a person who had been flooded during Hurricane Irene.
In Lumberton, Red Springs, and Pembroke, Gary Locklear has led many local churches and teams from other places to be in outreach ministry to the poor in Robeson County.
In Enfield, New Focus Mission Community is making an impact in Halifax County by using an old school as a place for reaching out to the poor in that area.
Outside Aulander, All God’s Children UMC is meeting the needs of the poor of Bertie County.
In Hampstead, WARM (Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry) worked to renovate a home for a disabled woman.
At Haw River UMC, the church has become multi-cultural by intentionally reaching out to the Hispanic community in that town.
El Camino in the Fairway District helped over 431 persons get connected with a time of fellowship and by sharing resources.
Bunn (and Hill King) Churches have helped to renovate a kitchen for a community soup kitchen and to restore water to a person who was in need. Children collect coins each week for missions work in the community.
Olivia, NC is the home of Solid Start—a Child Care Center started by Solid Rock UMC.
Folks in the Maury (and Lizzie) communities of Greene County got together to restore an old ball baseball park in Maury which had fallen into disrepair.
The pastor and congregation at Murfreesboro UMC have been engaged in helping kids in Hertford County schools. Pictures are of folks who were a part of a distribution of supplies and a drive called Build a Backpack.
In Buies Creek, the home of Campbell University, Spring Hill UMC and other UM’s from that community have established a Wesley Fellowship which meets weekly.
The Reverend Sadot Mendez works with the Reverend Mike Askew to provide a place of ministry for many Hispanics in the Corapeake area.
Sandy Plains UMC is the church home of Gary Locklear and a predominately Native American congregation which is reaching out into all of Robeson County with the love of Christ.
Page Memorial UMC in Aberdeen has a worship service called SOS in which persons who live on the margins in that town are invited into the church for breakfast and for informal worship.
Videos of regional ministries highlights
- A ramp was built by volunteers through the Robeson County Church and Community Center in Lumberton.
- Rosanna C. Panzio-Valladares works with a Hispanic ministry which is based in Haw River, NC.
- Partners in Ministry is led by Melba McCallum in East Laurinburg.
North Carolina Conference churches are involved in numerous overseas missions activities. The slide show shows just a few of these ministries:
Sandy Plains UMC and other Native American congregations have had a long-standing relationship with the people of Bolivia—as they have sent down many work teams to build schools and clinics. Most of all, relationships have been built.
In Liberia, many persons from around the Conference have been to that country, following the lead of the first Methodist missionary from the US to go overseas (Melville Cox of Edenton Street Church). In addition to supporting agricultural interests in that country, the Conference has sent containers full of school supplies and medicines over the years. Stop Hunger Now has become an important partner in the Liberia work.
AGAPE is a 20 year-old ministry that helps persons who are living in an area of Armenia that has been tormented by the effects of war, refugee resettlement, and natural disaster.
Several persons have been to Nigeria to bear witness to the gospel—including a team from Oxford that is shown here.
St. James UMC in Greenville has a long-standing relationship with the poor in Jamaica and has helped to build churches and other essential buildings for ministry.
Many persons have been in ministry in El Salvador with Brian and Ellyn Dubberly. Photos here are of a team from Brian’s home church in Rocky Mount.
Although at present no work teams have been to Afghanistan, many of our members have served there in the military and with NGO’s that are helping the Afghan people. One of the NGO’s requested birthing kits through our partner Stop Hunger Now. Stop Hunger Now was given 6000 kits which had been put together by churches in the NC Conference. These kits were sent to Afghanistan with the help of the US Air Force. We are glad to be present in a place where there has been much conflict.
White Plains UMC in Cary has had a long-term relationship with the people of Peru and has sent several teams to that country—and has in exchange hosted Peruvians in their visits to the US.
Butch Huffman, a missioner from our Annual Conference, led a team of workers to Cuba.
Wesley Memorial UMC has been engaged in ministry with a hospital in Kenya—and has sent that hospital a container of supplies.
Wil Bailey represents our Conference in Costa Rica. Along with his wife and newborn child, Wil hosts numerous work teams who primarily work on building and renovating churches in that country.
As one who has truly been everywhere, the Reverend David Haley has taken several teams to Sri Lanka.
In Rwanda, a team composed of 12 folks from Cary, Apex, Fuquay-Varina, Wrightsboro, and Ahoskie visited working groups that have been established through the ZOE ministry.
ZOE began in Zimbabwe—and still has an important ministry in that country—as these photos show.
Lots of teams from our Conference area have been to Haiti. One of centers of work there has occurred at the Ryan Epps Home for Children. Helen Little of Horne Memorial in Clayton has been to Haiti numerous times and has led the re-building of this home after a devastating earthquake.
Wrightsville UMC has received a call from the Lord to help the people of Sierra Leone. Persons from that Church and other Conference leaders have been to that country to see how they might be of help in one of the poorest and underserved places in West Africa.
When a tremendous typhoon hit the country of Philippines, the NC Conference and Stop Hunger Now partnered together to send a container of food immediately to that country.
Videos of a few overseas ministries
- Two youth told about their experiences with ZOE in Kenya last year at Pilgrimage.
- The Reverend Trey Harris from Sandy Plains UMC shared his experiences in Bolivia.
- The NC Conference partners with Stop Hunger Now, to provide meals for school children in Liberia, the Philippines, Haiti, Armenia, El Salvador, and other places around the world.
- Regine Jeane-Baptiste works in Jeremie, Haiti with a new ministry called Lighthouse LANDS.
- Sarah McCay has being working as a US-2 missioner with the General Board of Global Ministries at the campus of Florida International. Specifically, she has been assigned to assist the staff and students at the Wesley Foundation with a number of its ministries.
All God’s Children UMC – Teddy Bears Children’s Choir will close our night of celebration, thanks, challenges, and summons.