“long dark night of the soul” ……….. “the winter of our discontent”
For many, the approaching holiday season can be a painful time of year. The constant refrains on radio and tv, in Shopping malls and greeting cards about the joy and happiness of the season, reminds many people of what they have lost. They may be facing a holiday after the death of a loved one or after a divorce. Perhaps they have been unable to have a child or have suffered through an emotional trauma. Or maybe they simply feel pressured and over whelmed by holiday preparations. Perhaps it’s a past pain and sorrow which brings a flood of memories to darken and dampen the days. Regardless of the reason, this season can be a time in which memories of past experiences and the pain of present experiences can become overwhelming.
Blue Christmas is a service where we can, with others, acknowledge the “blue” feelings we have at Christmas time, the reasons for them, and offer them to God. It is a Safe, Quiet Space for us to grieve, no matter what grief-related event we may be experiencing, without apologizing for the way we feel. It’s also a place to experience the message of hope the season brings.
In this service, we will have some singing appropriate to the season, recognizing that this is not a season of joy for everyone. We will invite you to reflect on the pain, the loneliness, the sadness, anxiety, anger or fear you may feel and offer it to God for healing and transformation. We pray that you will find comfort in knowing that you are not alone and hope in God who knows your pain and loves you unconditionally.
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.