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Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas

December 19, 7 p.m., in the Sanctuary

Christmas time is not always a time when we feel joy.  Blue Christmas Worship is a service where those who are missing someone or going through a hard time can bring their struggle to God who comes near to offer us Comfort and Peace this season.

Room in the Inn

Room in the Inn
For the past 23 years, Urban Ministry in Charlotte has partnered with colleges and congregations of many faiths to provide shelter and food for homeless people during the winter months, December 1 – March 31. Each site offers a warm, safe place to sleep, serves three meals (dinner, breakfast and bag lunch) and then returns guests the following morning to uptown Charlotte. The program offers us a unique way to become directly involved with individuals who are homeless. The basic goal is to keep homeless people from freezing on cold winter nights. A greater goal is to provide a more personal relationship to homeless people, at least for a night.

HUMC has been working with this mission along side St. Thomas Aquinas, Advent Lutheran and Newell Presbyterian for several years now. This year, Back Creek Presbyterian will also join us. It is a great way to come together as a community to help our neighbors. We join together on Monday nights to provide 14 beds and meals.  Last year, the Charlotte area Room in the Inn program provided a total of 16,407 overnight accomodations to 1,494 different people (many of whom are single parents with children) through the participation of 105 local groups. 

We share the many jobs between our 4 churches to meet the needs each Monday. We need volunteers to help drive, cook meals, make beds, make pillow treats, deliver laundry, and stay the night. Beginning in November we will post the sign up sheet in the narthex on the bulletin board. There are jobs for everyone! If you would like to know more, please come out to one of our information sessions at Advent Lutheran:
If you have any questions, please contact Megan Mcnutt (704-287-6680 or stridingedge@yahoo.com).
We look forward to another great year helping our community.

Quote from a homeless neighbor:

“For moments each night, if I am fortunate, I sleep not as homeless in the street, but with warmth and friendship, thanks to Room In The Inn. Somewhere during the evenings of friendly faces, piping hot showers, videos and jokes, laughs and sharing a smoke break, I was transformed from homeless to someone with a misfortune.  I no longer view the world from ground level, where each may look down on me. I view the world from ground zero, where each may view my launch. I thank you, all who volunteer for this program. You have given me fortitude, I am sure that I am not alone in this.”

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry

From time to time we all go through difficult times when we could use a little support and help to get through.  Having someone to listen with compassion and offer support can be a difference makerThat’s one reason why Stephen Ministry is at Harrisburg UMC. 

Stephen Ministry is a system of caring ministry where members of a congregation are specially trained to provide one-to-one care to people who are facing a difficult or challenging time in their lives.  Stephen Ministry St Louis, a non-profit ministry organization headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is a transdenominational ministry that maintains a support network to Stephen Ministry congregations in the US, Canada, and 30 other countries around the world.  It is a distinctively Christiancaring ministry in which pastors and lay people work together to meet the needs of people within the church and community who are experiencing a wide range of life circumstances.  

The team of people who direct Stephen Ministry at Harrisburg UMC are called Stephen Leaders and were trained at a 7-day Leader’s Training Course taught by members of the Stephen Ministry Organization. Our current Stephen Leaders are Pastor Toni Ruth Smith, Pastor Richard Smith, Sandra Bilbro and John Lomonaco.  

Lay caregivers, called Stephen Ministers, who have spiritual gifts appropriate for caring ministry are trained by our Stephen Leaders. Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of training, learning principles and skills that equip them to provide high-quality, Christ-centered emotional and spiritual care to others.  Through training, they also gain insight into the thoughts, feelings, and actions of people who are hurting.  For whom are Stephen Minister’s trained to provide care?  Stephen Ministers care for people experiencing grief, separation or divorce, job related stress or loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, unplanned pregnancy, infertility, birth of a child, loneliness, military deployment, spiritual struggles and much more 

Our Stephen Ministers provide one-to-one, Confidential, Christ-centered care to help people, called Care Receivers, through many of life’s issues whether in times of transition or major life crises.  Stephen Ministers meet with their Care Receiver on a weekly basis in a private, confidential setting to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support.   

The joy that motivates our Stephen Ministers to commit to this ministry is based on serving Christ with their best gifts.  Our entire Stephen Ministry team is committed to helping individuals experience the support and concern they need for as long as they need it.  Through our commitment to care, it is our prayer that the hurting and vulnerable among us will experience the hope and healing that Jesus Christ offers. 

Contact Pastor Toni Ruth  should you be interested in receiving a Stephen Minister

Habitat for Humanity Receipent

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.

WNCC District Superintendent Rev. David Hockett

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.

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