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Vacation Bible School “To Mars and Beyond”

Harrisburg UMC, Hwy 49 S. Harrisburg, NC 28075

To Mars and Beyond

July 9 – 12 — 9:00 AM – Noon

Register: https://tmab.cokesburyvbs.com/harrisburgumc

Or Call our church 704-975-373

At To Mars and Beyond VBS, your students will enjoy an interactive, energizing, Bible-based good time as they explore where God’s power can take them. They will become Voyagers and discover how to serve God and God’s mission for their lives.

After a high-energy Opening Assembly time, Voyagers make their way to the Bible Story Station. Interactive Bible lessons reveal Power Launcher (key learnings) to equip them for an active life with God. Your Voyagers will also discover our Vector Verse (Bible memory verse), Ephesians 3:20 – Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us!

Students will expand on their discoveries by making their own art projects at the Craft Station, singing new songs at the Music Station, exploring the wonders of creation at the Science Station, playing games at the Recreation Station, and enjoying tasty treats at the Snack Station. Along the way, the Voyagers will hear about our mission project and respond to a call for action!

Blast Off on this Epic Adventure with Us!

 

Sunday Worship 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.

We invite you to worship with us on Sundays at 9 a.m. or 11 a.m.

    What a joyful gift of love it is to be invited to share a meal and fellowship with others!  As we invite others to eat with us, we do so guided by Christian Hospitality which is more than a clean house and a nice meal.  As followers of Jesus, our lives are shaped by the values and practices of the Lord.  This month we will consider some of these values and practices of hospitality,  consider how they take shape in our lives and why they matter so much in our disconnected world.

June 16th – A Generous Welcome  Celebrating Father’s Day

June 23rd – An Intentional Welcome   9:00 am Commissioning the Middle School Mission Team

June 30th – A Welcome with Dignity   Commissioning of New Stephen Ministers

Keep your eyes on the skies in July…  Coming Soon: Jesus is my Superhero! 

Summer Sunday School

Our Children’s Summer Sunday School theme is Superheroes Make Life Super for Others! Sometimes superheroes do great things. Other times it’s the little things that make them super. Big and small things add up to a life that honors God and allows us to do some super things for others.  Kids will learn that small acts done for Jesus can lead to a super life and they’ll learn how to make life super for others. Beginning June 9, our children’s Sunday School classes will be combining in the fellowship hall for an exciting time of learning about what real superheroes are like and how we can become Superheroes in the lives of others around us. Sunday School will begin at 9:45 am! Don’t be late and miss out on any of the fun!! Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31b (NIV)

Parent or adult interested in leading a class, and yes we do need you!!!!, please check out our sign-up  genius and choose a class to teach! Our curriculum is all downloadable and will be available from Denise Spittle our Summer School coordinator! We also need a helper for every week. The only thing we ask is that you be safe sanctuary trained and I can help you out with that training.https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084ba9a722a3fc1-childrens1

Pastor Richard

Why I Am a Stephen Minister

Pictured left to right:  Richard Smith, Kris Lomonaco, John Lomonaco, Roger Spittle, Pam Prentice, Dan Whipple, Shirley Luce, & Sandra Bilbro

I chose to become involved in Stephen Ministry because of my own life experience. When we were told that our 1st child had a nonsurvivable birth defect, the disbelief, pain, and feelings of isolation were overwhelming. Luckily, we were urged to join a support group that allowed me to share openly and truthfully about things that most people do not want to hear. Once others have helped you reach the other side of such dark places, you know God would not want you to sit silently while others suffer. Sometimes your most effective ministry comes out of your own deepest hurts.

– Kris Lomonaco

Stephen Ministry is a one on one opportunity to share the love express that love connecting with my “neighbor”.  When someone else is experiencing a difficult time, it allows me to let that person know how much they are valued by others, their church and Christ! In response to what Christ has given me…..Stephen Ministry!

– Roger Spittle

Stephen Ministry is aprovide high-quality, Jesus centered, confidential support for people who are hurting and need someone to talk to.  Having had a few friends in other churches who became Stephen Ministers, I knew this was an opportunity to serve the Lord by helping others. In 1998 I agreed to become a Stephen Minister. The commitment I made was for 1 year.  That commitment turned into 12 years of offering care to people who needed a shoulder to lean on while they sorted out their troubles. I was hooked. Now after a few years sabbatical, I am thrilled to be offered the same opportunity once again.  I loved watching my care receivers become stronger and readier to take on the world. We laughed, prayed, cried and hugged as we grew to love each other and what God was doing in our lives.

I am excited to be able to serve the Lord and some of His people in this capacity, once again.  We have all needed to talk with someone at one time or another, when our life has become troubled.  Many of us don’t ask for help.  We “suffer” in silence or burden our close family and friends.  Stephen Ministry offers the chance to talk to someone without judgement, and in strict confidence. Your caring Stephen Minister will not tell you what to do or not do. They will not try to fix what is wrong or broken. What they will do instead, is listen and reflect back what they’ve heard. They will walk with you as you figure what to do next in your life.  They will help you feel the presence of God when they pray for and with you.

I believe my gift is serving and helping others. I feel better when I can do something to help someone else.  Jesus said in Matthew 45:25 “Whatever you do for the least of these you do for me.”  By ‘least of these’ I see Jesus referring to His followers. Jesus also said to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  What better way to do that, than to serve as a Stephen Minister. If you need some loving care, because you see your world a little off balance, or crazy, don’t hesitate to ask for a Stephen Minister.  You do not need to walk a troubled path alone.

– Pam Prentice

I have been involved with Stephen Ministry before and am very pleased to see HUMC resurrecting this ministry.  People need people to connect with.  Especially people who are struggling.  The struggle might be: mourning the loss of a loved one, loss of a job, divorce, family issues or dealing with an illness. The list of struggles people deal with is endless.   Having someone who will listen in strict confidence, showing care for them and their struggle, brings healing.  Having someone to pray with, when they can’t find the words, brings healing.  Stephen Ministry is a way to wrap God’s arms around someone.

I choose to become involved in Stephen Ministry for that very purpose.  To show God’s love to people, especially when they are having difficulty seeing His love.   Stephen Ministry doesn’t solve problems, but it can support people through their journey through prayer, love and understanding.

– Shirley Luce

Stephen Ministry is an opportunity to take time to stop and listen. Everyone comes to a point (or more) in their life where they need a non-judgmental, sympathetic, attentive ear. Life was not meant to be weathered alone.  I’m excited about this ministry because it is a metaphorical “Open” sign for everyone to see. How do we show others we are there for them if we open our arms inside our own home? Support systems such as AA and Al Anon blossom from organization and offering public messages of uncompromising support. There will always be people who need care and support. I know that at some point in time I will be needing help like this. Most people are impacted by an event which drive them to take on a cause, I’m just being proactive about it.

– Dan Whipple

A Taste of Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that will soon be taking place in our congregation.  Stephen Ministry equips and empowers lay caregivers – called Stephen Ministers – to provide high quality, confidential, Christ-Centered care to people who are hurting.  The best way to understand how Stephen Ministry works is to learn about three groups of people involved in this ministry: Stephen Leaders, Stephen Ministers, and care receivers.  Joins us on October 14th at 9:45am in the Fellowship Hall for A Taste of Stephen Ministry.  Come learn about the benefits, structure, and opportunity available through a Stephen Ministry Program.

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