Every January, many of us, even it we don’t like to admit it, make New Year’s resolutions. The standard resolutions are losing weight, getting organized, exercising, eating healthier, and managing finances. Maybe this year a new possibility could be a spiritual New Year’s resolutions? Challenging oneself to take a new step in your Christian journey. How…..by increasing your daily prayer and devotional time, or joining a bible study, checking out a Sunday school class, or to even take a step out of your comfort zone to work with those in need one on one.
Yes, you can find many opportunities to grow spiritual at HUMC and we welcome you to join us. But there are opportunities to be in service to this community and to the world all around us. Spend time in prayer and listen to what God is saying to you. If you should need guidance, the pastors at HUMC are available to speak with you.
It’s the start of a new year and an opportunity get your vision checked and corrected by God so you can see more clearly and live more faithfully in 2020.
January 5 Seeing Yourself Clearly
January 12 Seeing the Situation Clearly
January 19 Seeing the World Clearly
January 26 Seeing God Clearly
Special Congregational Events
*Town Hall to review final Building Team proposal
1:30-3:00 in the Sanctuary
*Church Conference to approve 2020 Building Plans
2:00 in the Sanctuary
(All Full Members may vote)
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.
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.”
Justice Ministries – A Rescue Mission in the Fight Against Human Trafficking
This year the Missions Team has proposed that all offerings collected will go to fight human trafficking through a local non-profit, in the middle of the fight, team of courageous Christians willing to take a stand against one of the most horrifying forms of modern day slavery. Jesus calls us to shine a light in the darkness and by supporting the folks at Justice Ministries we can add to that light and be a apart of some wonderful work being done in our own community. Their mission statement is “Justice Ministries is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to combating sex trafficking and sexual exploitation of women, with a focus on rescue and housing. Our goal is to locate victims of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, help them get out of their situation and into a safe place, facilitate an environment conducive to healing, and assist them in their transition to independence.” They rescue trapped victims, find protected housing for them and their families, and seek and provide care for recovery. Please prayerfully consider supporting Justice Ministries, Christmas eve through your Christma offering. You can learn more at www.justiceministries.org.