Many of us are only a few missed pay periods away from having no place to lay our heads down at night. Melissa knows that feeling all too well. After experiencing domestic violence in her relationship, she left and moved into Cabarrus Victims Assistance Network (CVAN) with her son while he was an infant. She vowed then that her family would never be homeless again. This situation pushed Melissa to work hard and strive for success. Melissa currently lives in subsidized housing through the Section 8 program. The house that she is renting now has multiple issues.
Melissa wants to have a better, more stable future for herself and her children. She heard about Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus through some of her friends who were in the Homeownership program. After earning her sweat equity and taking the Dave Ramsey financial literacy classes, Melissa feels that she is now equipped with the tools to become a homeowner. She has made a few friends during this process that have truly helped her. Her new home will provide her with more stability, and it will allow her children and future grandkids to have a safe place to visit.
Melissa is originally from Arizona and moved to Cabarrus County when she was in the 4th grade. She has two children ages 20 and 16. She is also excited about being able to teach her children about working hard to get what they want and to never give up on their dreams.
HUMC will be working on Melissa’s home on e Saturday, October 5th. HUMC’s Should you be interested in working on the Habitat house, please contact John Lomonaco JKLomonaco@ctc.net.
Our goal is to raise $2000 for Habitat for Humanity. There will be a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser October 13th at 12:15 in the church fellowship hall.
District Superintendent Rev. David Hockett will be the guest speaker at HUMC’s Homecoming service on September 22nd at 1o a.m. Rev. David Hockett currently serves as the District Superintendent of the Metro District in the Western NC Conference. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University (B.A, 1991) and Duke University (M.Div., 1994).
He served the Haw River Charge (1992-1994) while a student at The Divinity School at Duke University; Christ in Greensboro as an associate (1994-1998) and St. Timothy in Greensboro (1998-2003); Milford Hills, Salisbury (2003-2009), Forest Hill in Concord (2009-2015), and prior to joining the Cabinet he served as Senior Pastor of Boone UMC. Rev. Hockett chaired the committee on Doctrine and Theology for the Board of Ordained Ministry and served as Chair of the Order of Elders for the 2012-2016 quadrennium. David currently serves on the Leadership Development Team and has been a member of The Royce and Jane Reynolds Leadership Academy for Evangelism and Discipleship.
David and his wife Kim are native North Carolinians. Kim is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and works for Novant Health as an IT analyst. They have three children: Salem (22), Abbey (21) and Eli (16). They enjoy time with friends and family, great movies, reading, and travel.
You’re invited to join us on Sept. 8th at 9:45 am a meet and greet with Pastor Toni Ruth and Pastor Wes. We’d love to for you to join us.
School Begins Soon and We have a Place
for Your Young Person in Sunday School!!
August 25 is promotion Sunday, and that means we are gearing back up for regular Sunday school in the youth and children’s areas. We are excited for your young people to join us in Godly Play in the elementary-aged groups, for the 5 th and 6th graders to be joining us for our Connect Sunday School Class in the Library, and the youth, grades 7 th – 12 will be meeting in the youth room exploring a variety of topics and books in the Bible.
Our purpose in Sunday School is to do our part in providing basic education and understanding of our faith and all that it encompasses. It is an important piece of faith development and connection to the church. Another very significant piece of Sunday School is the connection of children and families to one another as a part of our connection to the body of believers and specifically the family of Harrisburg United Methodist Church. I want to invite all of you to come and join us in Sunday School, there is even an adult component and we definitely have a place for you!
A second and larger piece of helping your young person to develop a life long love and reliance on Jesus is you, the parent. You have the most influence on your children. You spend the most time with them and you have the most opportunity to help them grow and make faith decisions. We have a place for you too! Toni Ruth will be doing a parenting study in her class this fall, that will help equip you and encourage you as you raise your children. We also have a loving and caring community that will be there to support you when you need it. Come and join us in Sunday School and bring your whole family!
Promotion Sunday – August 25th
Children ages 2 through the 4th grade and their parents are invited to the Fellowship Hall at 9:45 a.m. for a morning snack and fellowship. At 10 a.m. the children will be lead to their classes by the teachers.
Preschoolers – ages 2 & 3 (Room 14)
Children ages 4 years old through the 4th grade will attend Godly Play Classes. (Room 7 & 8)
Godly Play Curriculum provides children the opportunity for spiritual development through storytelling, creative play, and community.
5th & 6th graders (Room 2) use a curriculum called Connect, which connects all the Godly Play story to a larger picture of God working in our world.