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Mebane United Methodist Church
Pastor Johnnie
Guest Speaker:
David Pate
9:45 am
Confirmation Class
Pastor Johnnie
Speaker, Rev. Donna
9:45 am
Confirmation Class
9:45 am Confirmation
5 pm—Trustees
6:30 pm—MRC
10:30 am
Children’s Writers
10 am-Esther Circle
Rev. Johnnie
6 pm—Trinity Handbell
Hawfields Worship
6:30 pm-Boot Camp
Fellowship Hall
Rev. Johnnie
6:30 pm
Covenant Circle
Planning mtg,
room 212
Rev Martin Luther
King, Jr Holiday
Office Closed
2-4 pm
Damascus Ridge
Bluegrass Concert
6 pm
MUMS Board Mtg
Room 212
No Morning Glories
All Choir Rehearsals resume tonight
Rev. Johnnie
Office Closed
MUMS Closed
Scouting Trip
6:30 pm
Boot Camp
Fellowship Hall
Rev. Johnnie
10 am
Women’s AA
7 pm
Cub Scouts
6 pm—Trinity Handbell
10 am—Morning
Glories Bible Study
6:30 pm
6 pm—Handbells
7:30 pm—Chancel
ELYH Meeting
6:30 pm
7 pm Scouts
10 am—Morning
Glories Bible Study
6 pm—Handbells
7:30 pm—Chancel
Making disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Rev. Johnnie
Rev. Johnnie
10 to Noon
10 am
8 am-Rev. Johnnie @ EHS 10 am—Morning
Glories Bible Study Rev. Johnnie @
Rev. Johnnie—
9 am– Singles & Single
Bishop’s Day
Again Breakfast
6 pm—Handbells
6 pm—Trinity Handbells
Rev. Johnnie at
6 pm—Finance mtg, 212
6:30 pm Bootcamp Duke Memorial
6:30 pm-Bootcamp
7:30 pm—Chancel
for dCom
7 pm—Helping Hands mtg
7 pm—Book Club
7 pm—Scout mtg
7 pm—Boy Scouts
9:45 am
Confirmation Class
Website: www. ~ Office: (919) 563-4301 ~ Fax: (919) 563-4326
6:30 pm
10 am
Women’s AA
Mebane United Methodist Church
200 S. Fourth Street ~ Mebane, NC 27302
Return Service Requested
10 am
Women’s AA
9 am Golden
Chain mtg
All Members
Rev. Johnnie Wright
10 am
Women’s AA
Non Profit Org.
US Postage
Mebane NC
Permit No. 35
Mr. Tom Fifer
Duke Intern
Mrs. Sue Modlin
Director of Music
& Accompanist
Mrs. Sherry Ashley
Administrative Assistant
VISION: Mebane United Methodist Church is a community of the faithful who:
Gathers to worship God.
Nurtures one another in the love of Jesus Christ.
Serves God and others in word and deed.
Your acts of kindness,
gifts and love during
this Blessed time of
year is really appreciated. As we begin new
endeavors always remember that Jesus is
the true reason for this
season. We hope that
you had a Merry Christmas and a Blessed
New Year.
Love and Hugs,
Pastor Johnnie,
Annette and Family
Sunday Evenings
11 am
5 pm
Worship Service
Sunday School
Worship Service
Wednesday Evenings
6:00 pm Handbells
6:45 pm Praise Team
7:30 pm Chancel Choir
Message from the Senior Pastor
O Give Thanks to the Lord”
Thank you, Lord for a new beginning and another
New Year as we usher in 2015. This newsletter might be a
little premature, but I want to get my thanks in to Almighty God
and Jesus Christ who is my Lord and Savior, for the many blessings in
2014 that he gave to Mebane UMC, the community and the city of
Mebane. Within this newsletter I would like to make three references:
First reference is, Psalm 105:1-4 writer wrote, “O give thanks unto
the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the
people. 2 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his
wondrous works. 3 Glory ye in his holy name; let the heart of
them rejoice that seek the Lord.” (KJV) The second reference that I
would like to make comes from Mark 8:38 “Whosoever therefore
shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and
sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed,
when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” I
truly believe and trust Jesus’ this teaching and his firm criteria he had
laid out for those who are, followers, believers, doers, servers, and
proclaimed of the Good News and their responsibilities both physically
and mentally to share his message openly to all.
The New Years and it beginning is a perfect time to start with a
simple thanks to our Lord. I do not know how you celebrated the ending of 2014 or how you brought in 2015. More importantly, 2015 start
and your total disposition could positively impact your life over next
twelve months and your faith in the Lord. I must warn you that just
because you gave God a big time thanks, that this 2015 will be challenged free. What, I am saying to all,
that challenges and disappointments
will come in the mixture sadness,
illness, death, but triumph shall come
with blissful joys and overwhelming
happiness.. Therefore with some
expectations and unexpectations of
life’s journey we all need to be covered daily with the love of Christ.
Indeed, coverage is important during this beginning of 2015 and
giving thanks to the Lord. The third reference of giving thanks comes
Cont. on next page
Angie Bartis
Jim Hill
John Payne
Johnnie Wright III
Jan 4
Jan 11
Jan 18
Jan 25
BJ Smith, David
Weislak & Pam
Ron Wilson &
John Payne
Bernice Wilson,
Ben Saunders &
Kevin Matthews
Gary Brant &
Jane Johnson
The Albright
Ted & Linda
Ann Sykes
Peggy Ray
Millie Stielper &
Sherri Buckner
Millie Stielper &
Chloe Scott & Mil- Norah Harbold &
lie Stielper
Patrick Forrest
The Mebane Ringers
Youth (9-12) & Adult Handbell Choir
Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 6:00-6:45 pm
The Trinity Ringers
for children 3rd grade—8th grade.
Rehearsals Tuesdays, 6:00-6:45 pm.
First rehearsal will be January 6th.
Message from the Senior Pastor cont.
January 1
January 11
Chyrise Bradley
Ashley McClain
Lisa Stanley
January 2
January 12
January 25
Marie Ashley
Audrey Hill
Susie Sanford
Carol B. Payne
Robert Wolf
Joan Henderson
Laura Huntley
January 13
January 26
January 3
Pam Saunders
Katharine Weislak
January 4
Janet Wilkinson
Hunter Wilson
January 14
January 22
Brenna Kerins
January 27
Deborah Hill
Alex Baptiste
Cara Hill
Emily Philipps
January 7
January 15
Joseph Auditori
Addison Hoover
Debra Grener
January 8
January 16
January 29
Gregory Hupman
Carolyn Loy
Sydney Ramey
Larry Teague
Myra Warren
January 30
Angie Bartis
Colin Belangia
Emory Hill
January 9
Libby Born
January 17
January 10
Kathryn Miller
Anna Gail Workman
Kenneth Wilkinson
January 19
Evelyn Eaves
January 28
Ann Wood
January 31
Dale Ramey
Sarah Nelson
for the Epistle of Apostle Paul. Apostle Paul spoke in detail about
have the total armor of God on in Ephesians 6:11,14-17 “11 Put
on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand
against the wiles of the devil… 14 Stand therefore, having your
loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of
righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of
the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith,
wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the
wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the word of
sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.” What I a purporting that we all need to be protected daily with the word of
God. The of God is so vast and covers to many thing, especially
referring to a man/woman who is in the Lord and that give thanks
daily. Thus, it take more than a “word
of thanks” it take serious and committed action.
In review, of the above statement
for 2015 on “O Give Thanks” I am calling you to remember three things. First,
acknowledge our Lord this New Year
and simply thank him to where you are
in life. It might not be in the best place,
best job, or best health, but still give the
Lord a shout out of praise and thanks. Next, acknowledge to yourself that you love Jesus, and you are not ashamed of the Gospel of
Jesus Christ. Carefully, let me suggest, that I am not asking you to
go and be a pastor, preacher, or evangelist, but if you are approached by believers or non-believer give thanks as a follower and
do not be ashamed of Jesus’ teachings. Finally, keep your full armor
on for the Lord in all seasonal of experiences. Apostle Paul laid out
six particular covering in being suited for the task and you are not
to take off any parts of this armor covering.
O Give Thanks to the Lord… Have a Great New Year.
Luminaries on
Christmas Eve
Our youth once again sponsored a fund raiser for luminaries. The luminaries lined
the sidewalks on Christmas
Eve. They were placed in
honor and in memory of our
friends and loved ones. A list
of those honored can be
found in the newsletter.
The youth would like to express their thanks to all who
helped with this fundraiser
through donations, volunteering to put together the
luminaries, set them out and
to light them. It has become a
beautiful addition to our
Christmas Eve service.
~Thank you
MUMC Youth
Dear Church Family
& Friends,
We would like to
thank you for many
acts of kindness
during the holidays.
We love and cherish
each and every one
of you.
~The Staff of MUMC
Johnnie, Sue, &
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” to
quote a very favorite song of mine. It’s cold outside and family celebrations are being planned.
Wonderful things are happening at MUMC!!
Let’s celebrate!!!
Congratulations to Hannah Hawks for making
“A” Honor roll for the first nine weeks at
Woodlawn Middle School. Also congratulations for making the school musical “Sound of
Congratulations to Luke Hawks for making “A/B”
Honor Roll for the first nine weeks at Woodlawn Middle School and for making the basketball team.
In Honor of
Thank you for your
cards, food, visits,
and especially your
prayers during my
illness. The Lord
surely takes care of
us and has given us
a wonderful, caring
church family. Pastor and Annette's
visits at the hospital
were priceless!
With love and
Sara Miesner
Jane Johnson
By Esther Circle
In Honor of
Mae Edla Shaw
By Suzanne & Mike Niver
In Honor of
Linda Zeller
By Helping Hands Circle
In Honor of
B. J. Smith
By Workers’ Bible Class
In Ho
nor of
Peg Kueider
In Loving Memory of
In Loving Memory of
John Albright Sr.
Polly Roberts
John Ward III
C. T. Pope
Arthur Snead
Terry Case Thomas
Doug Smith
Marta & Butch McKenzie
George Tyson
Curtis & Kay Chandler
B. J. Smith
Peg Kueider
Mebane Business Association
By David & Julia Walker
By Workers’ Bible Class
Please join us on
Wednesday mornings at 10 am for
“Morning Glories”
bible study. The
meeting is held in
room 212. We hope
to see you there!
The Mebane Industries Blood mobile will be Thursday, January
8th at Mebane Arts Center, 9 am to 1:30 pm. Please consider
giving at this time. There is a great need for blood. Please contact BJ Smith at 919-563-6531 or Colleen Payne at 919-5631776 to schedule an appointment.
In Honor of
Kitty Hupman
By Workers’ Bible Class
In Honor of
In Loving Memory of
Joyce Snyder
By Peg Kueider
In Loving Memory of
Christine Thomas
Jim & Sandi Bagby
Peg Kueider
In Loving Memory of
Joe Carroll
Florence Funk
George Tyson
Peg Kueider
Margaret Bullard
By Ann & Scott Seibert
The Coffee Café invites you to join us between the services
each Sunday. Have a cup of coffee, a (normally) homemade
treat), and some good conversation with others. Also, Sally
MacDonald. has made some beautiful creations which she has
donated to the Coffee Café. We have them priced for sale and
the sales proceeds will go toward our operating costs. Please
stop by between the early and late service and join us.
Please join us in the church fellowship hall on
Sunday, January 25th
at 8 am
for wonderful food and fellowship.
Thank you to all who participated in our Saturday Sandwich Ministry through donations, lunch
preparations, deliveries, and prayers during the past year. You are vital to this outreach and we are
grateful for your support—we could not do it without you! As we begin this new year, 2015, we
would appreciate your continued support and invite you to join us on the fourth Saturday of the
month in the Fellowship Hall at 9 AM to help us assemble the lunches.
Saturday Sandwich Ministry
Warm greetings from Liberia where I arrived November 7. I am humbled to be your missionary assigned
to Liberia serving in a special six-month role to assist the United Methodist Church (UMC) Liberia Ebola
response effort.
Ebola messaging and heightened awareness is everywhere! Upon arrival at the airport, we sanitized our
hands with a Clorox solution. Next, our temperatures were taken as we entered the arrival area. Billboards, posters, leaflets, pamphlets, car stickers, and other visual and written Ebola messaging is seen
throughout Monrovia and other large cities and towns.
Though diagnoses of Ebola continue on a daily basis, the national health authorities currently notes a substantial decrease in its spread and prevalence. A constant state of fear and despair is gradually being replaced by a state of hope and expectancy.
Ebola has invaded the normal spirit of community! Cultural practices of touch, sharing a meal, burial
preparations and ceremonies, etc. are laid aside. The traditional, heart-warming Liberian greeting of a
handshake and a hug is no longer the norm.
The ripple effects of Ebola are ever present. More than seventy percent of the population is dependent
upon subsistence farming activities. Restricted movement within the country has compromised subsistence farmers’ ability to plant their farms. Restricted movement throughout the country caused closure of
schools, offices, and businesses. People aren’t receiving salaries. School age children aren’t in school.
Health care centers are strained in their attempts to provide general medical services to an economically
challenged public.
A recent United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Disaster Response grant will provide food
assistance for the economically challenged Topoe Village community in Monrovia. Another UMCOR
grant is targeted to respond to food scarcity and Ebola education and sensitization needs of three communities in southeastern Liberia.
medical school.
I warmly invite you to support me with prayers. Please pray for my safety and pray for Ebola to be eradicated from Liberia and throughout the West Africa region.
I am humbled and thankful for this opportunity to be your hands and feet in Liberia and to experience
your spiritual, material and financial support which gives me courage and strength. I hope to hear from
you by emailing me at [email protected] . Above all, I solicit and depend upon your
prayers! Blessings, Mary Zigbuo Advance # 10721Z
efore You Blink and it is a New Year
How many of us are guilty of making New
Year's resolutions that never come to fruition? I for one love to spend time deciding
what I vow to accomplish, as January 1st
brings excitement and promise of all things
new. Very quickly however, January fades to
February, February fades to March, and by
April the crazy pace of keeping
up with the daily rat race leaves your once well thought out
goals in a blur. Before long, the year has passed, and you
have not accomplished anything remotely close to the original
Maybe instead of spending so much time deciding on what
our resolutions need to be, we should make an even more
important resolution to seek Christ more in our everyday
lives. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."
~2 Corinthians 5:17. Christ has given us the promise of all
things new-as if we have our own personal January 1st each
and every day of the year!!
Make a resolution to turn to the One who can give everyday
beauty in all things new, before you blink and it is a new year
The Trinity Ringers
for children 3rd grade—8th grade.
Rehearsals will be Tuesday, 6:00-6:45 pm.
First rehearsal will be January 6th.
See you there!
Presents in concert
Damascus Ridge
Bluegrass Gospel Band
January 25, 2015
2:00—4:00 pm
Held in the sanctuary of
Mebane UMC
Ticket Prices:
Advance Purchase:
$10 Adult
$5 Child
(Child: 12 and under)
At the Door:
$12 Adults
$7 Child
(Child: 12 and under)
To Purchase:
1. See concert sales rep after
2. Stop by the church office
3. Go on line
Go online at
and click “Give Online”; click “other”
and enter the total for the number of
tickets you wish to purchase. In the
comments filed type “tickets”. Tickets will be mailed to you.
Nursery will be available with
advance notice.
PURPOSE of United Methodist Women
The organized unit of United Methodist Women
shall be a community of women whose PURPOSE is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to
develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and
to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
2015 Officers
Gloria Glenn, Spiritual Growth
Shelby Kueider, Pres.
Sherri Buckner, VP & Comm.
Pam Saunders, Secretary
Sue Bell, Treasurer
Annette Wright, Membership
Nancy Graves, Social Action
Linda Zeller, Program Resourc.
2015 Circle Leaders
Pam Saunders, Covenant
Jane Johnson, Esther
Allison Weislak, Golden Chain
Anita Vick, Helping Hands
Norma Herman, Helping Hands
2015 Mebane UMW Theme
Today, Tomorrow and Beyond, God is Calling Us to Protect
“Because they love me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue them; I will protect them, for they acknowledge my name.” ~ Psalm 91:14
January 1
January 6
February 3
February 19
February 20-21
New & Returning Officers Assume Duties
Hawfields Worship, Hawfields Presbyterian Home – Leader, Shelby Kueider -10:30 a.m.
Hawfields Worship, Hawfields Presbyterian Home – Leaders, TBA -- 10:30 a.m.
Mebane UMC Book Club, 7 p.m., Room 212
NC Conference “Women in Mission” Event, Wake Forest UMC, Wake Forest, NC
2015 Mebane United Methodist Women Circle Leaders
Esther Circle – 1
Tuesday, 10 am, at Mebane UMC
Leader – Jane Johnson : [email protected] or 919-384-2112
Helping Hands Circle – 2nd Tuesday, 7 pm at Various Homes
Leaders -- Norma Herman ([email protected] or 919-563-4106)
& Anita Vick ([email protected] or 919-568-8413)
Covenant Circle
– Various Days & Times
Leader -- Pam Saunders; [email protected] or 919-619-6699
Hawfields Worship – 1st Tuesday, 10:30 am at Hawfields Presbyterian Home
Leaders – Various TBA, (Contact -- Shelby [email protected] or 336-684-5343)
Golden Chain Circle – 4th Saturday at 9:00 am in Fellowship Hall;
Leader -- Allison Weislak—[email protected] or 919-304-2307
Mebane UMC Book Club
All men and women are invited to the Mebane United Methodist Church Book Group. We meet on
the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in room 212.
On January 15, we will discuss Sum It Up: A Thousand and Ninety
-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective by Pat Summitt and Sally Jenkins.
Then on February 19, we will discuss The End of Your Life Book
Club by Will Schwalbe.
If you have any questions about the book club, please contact Allison Weislak at [email protected] or 919-304-2307.
As the year 2014 comes to an end, we would like to recognize those dedicated UMW who have
gone beyond. These faithful women were Maxine Blair, Polly Roberts, Joyce Snyder, Christine
“Chris” Thomas, Jean Tyson and Amanda “Bunny” Wilkinson. We will always have a special memory of each of them in our hearts.
The year 2015 is approaching. We have new ways to develop membership, nurture and be involved
with outreach. We encourage you to give UMW a chance and come to one of our events this year. I
challenge you to do so.
In 2015, we would like to take a trip or two to learn more about our heritage as UMW and Methodists. One of our trips could possibly be to Brooks-Howell, a residence for retired deaconesses and
missionaries located in Asheville, NC. Please check your emails and the Mebane UMW Facebook
Page for information. This trip is open to all. Thank you for your faithfulness to God, your church and
Annette Wright, Membership, Nurture & Outreach Coordinator
NC Conference “Women in Mission” Event
NC Conference UMW is sponsoring a new event on February 20-21 at Wake Forest UMC! This is
event is so named because no matter where we are, no matter what we do, we have the potential to
carry out mission. The word mission has many different meanings: it’s not just about sending funds
overseas; it’s not just reaching out to those in need. It’s all these things and much more. It’s about
being engaged in mission and advocacy work in response to God’s calling on our lives. The church
is located on South Main Street in Wake Forest, NC.
In our new event, we will be celebrating Ubuntu (which means “I am human because you are human”), an opportunity for hands-on mission work. Ubuntu will begin at 11:30 am, where we will
gather to pray before beginning our work. There will be a Friday night session and workshops on
Saturday. Paper registrations are now available on the UMW bulletin board. On-line registrations will
be available soon through email and at through the NC Conference UMW Website. The
deadline for early registration is January 20 and all registrations must be in by February 11 to avoid