February 2018 -- Connector

Holland's United Methodist Church

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Holland's United Methodist Church

February 2018



     February has always been known as the month of love because Valentine’s Day is in this month. Candy, cards, and flowers are big sellers. But this year it is truly an extra special month of love because Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day this month. Let that sink in for a moment. February 14th is not just Valentine’s Day it is also the beginning of Lent for us Christians! Lent is a period of 40 days (not counting Sundays) which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. So Valentine’s Day this year begins our journey to the greatest gift of love ever given – EASTER. Easter also has cards, candy, and flowers (Easter Lilies) but it is so much more. It reminds us of God’s love for us. If Christmas is God’s love letter to us then Easter is the exclamation point (!!!) at the end of the story. Many say that John 3:16 is God’s Valentine to us:



Jesus gave us two main commandments… “Love the Lord and love each other”.

     Make sure February is a month you practice that every day! In fact, let February be the month that jump starts you into loving God and each other, EVERYDAY of the year! Amen? Amen!!!


Rev. Rich     


    Please join us for a baby shower honoring Allison and Lee Walton Saturday, February 3. The floating shower will be from 1 - 3 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the church. They are expecting a boy and are registered at Target: tgt.gifts/BabyWalton514; Allie and Lee Walton, Bluffton, SC.


Hosted by the El Salvador Mission Team

     The El Salvador Mission Team will be selling Dean Edward’s Uncle Bennett’s famous Brunswick Stew again this year! We will be selling quarts for $8.00 each as a fundraiser to purchase medicine for this mission trip. Sales will begin on Sunday, February 11. We will be in the fellowship hall after each service or you can see a member of the 2018 El Salvador Team. If you would like to pre-order or for more information, please email Nancy Gregory at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Jim Gregory at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     Thanks for your support! 


Responding to the tragedy of Human Trafficking both Domestically and Internationally

at Garner United Methodist Church on Wednesday, February 14, 1:00 – 3:30 pm.

     This conference will provide an introduction regarding the tragedy of human trafficking, and equip churches and individuals to respond both locally and internationally.

     Please register to attend by visiting http://www.garnerumc.org/event/freedom-and-justice-conference/register

     There is no charge for the event.


     The Yahs will meet on Thursday, February 15 in the fellowship hall at 11:30 am.  Please bring a covered dish and come join us, and bring a friend for a fun time of games, bingo and fellowship.



     Time again for Lydia’s Spring Rummage Sale. Come join us Saturday, March 10, 7:00 am till noon for shopping and selling!  It is open to the community, you don't have to be a member of Holland’s to rent table space or participate.You can rent the table space and sell it yourself, or if you have items you would like to donate, they can be dropped off Friday, March 9, in the fellowship hall. To rent table space or have questions answered, contact Linda Anderson, 919-662-9575.      



     On behalf of First Journey Circle, thank you to everyone who donated during the 2017 blood drives. Thank you to the volunteers for hosting during the year. The dates for the next two blood drives held at Holland’s are March 18 from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm and July 16 from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

     What to expect when you sign up to donate:

     Have a light meal and plenty to drink. Bring your photo ID and the name of any medication you are taking. The volunteers will sign you in and you will fill out a brief health history questionnaire. This process is private and confidential. Your temperature, pulse and blood pressure will be checked. A sample of blood will be taken to measure the number of red blood cells present. The donation process does not take long. Red Cross staff and volunteers will be available if you have any questions or concerns. After donating, you will be provided with refreshments while you rest for 15 minutes, and then you are ready to leave. Review the criteria to become a donor at www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/eligibility.

     RapidPass allows you to start the blood donation process from your home or office and save time at the donation site.  RapidPass can be found at www.redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and be completed on the day of the drive.

Please make your appointment at www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code "Hollands" or contact Sibyl Pedzwater at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 919-773-9149.


24 Hours That Changed the World

    Rev. Rich will be leading a Lenten study on Wednesday nights beginning on Wed., Feb. 21- continuing through Mar. 21.   The study will focus on Adam Hamilton's book, 24 Hours That Changed the World




March 23-24, 2018

     The WINGS Kids Consignment Sale is a twice-yearly children’s consignment sale at Holland’s United Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC.   

     At the WINGS Kids Consignment Sale, you will find thousands of new and gently-used items at great discounts off retail costs. Are you looking for play clothes, school apparel or fancy party outfits for your boy or girl? You’ll find it here! Have a new baby on the way? Stock up on car seats, strollers, diaper pails, room decor and more! You’ll also find children’s toys, books, DVDs, electronics, shoes, bikes, bags and much, much more!

     The items at the sale come from local families who sign up to consign and earn money for the items that sell. Everyone is welcome to become a consignor. The sale is held for one weekend only, once in the spring and again in the fall.

     *New — WINGS is now accepting credit cards for any total purchase over the price of $10. Cash and checks are still also accepted for payment!

     30% of all sales go to the Missions that are sponsored by WINGS, a Holland’s United Methodist Women’s Circle.

     VOLUNTEER!  Why volunteer you ask? Volunteers shop first at the WINGS Consignment! We need you!

     CONSIGN!  WINGS Consignor signup for our 2017 Spring/Summer Sale will open on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 AT 6PM.  Registration will be open to the first 80 consignors.

     Please go to www.wingsconsignment.com for more information on how to sign up to volunteer or consign.  Like us on Facebook at “WINGS Consignment Sale” for pictures and the latest happenings.   


 Friday, March 23 (7-10pm)
Saturday, March 24 (8-11am)
Half Price: Saturday, March 24 (12-3pm*)


Friday, March 23 (5-10pm) 


Friday, March 23 (6-10pm)


Thursday, March 22 (6-8pm)
Friday, March 23 (9am-3pm)

*Doors are closed for an hour prior to the half-price sale.



     Currently we have approximately (15) openings for our summer youth trips. Our June trip will be to Jonesville, VA (Lee County) the week of June 17 and June 23 and our July trip will be to western North Carolina (probably Rutherford County) the week of July 15 to July 21. If interested, contact Laura Hoffman@This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Bill Band@This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will be having a team meeting February 18th. Anyone interested is invited to attend. We will also have information available at the upcoming Mission Sunday celebration on February 11th.



     In January, Holland’s UMC volunteers worked our regularly scheduled monthly work date at the Food Bank warehouse on Capital Boulevard where we helped salvage over 11,000 pounds of food donated by local stores. Holland’s regularly scheduled monthly work dates are the 2nd Thursday of each month.  We meet at the church parking lot at 8:15 a.m. and caravan up to the food bank warehouse, where we work from 9:00 a.m. to noon. There is no monthly commitment, no heavy lifting, just come and work when you can. We have a lot of fun working with others as the hands and body of Christ. Our next work date will be February 8th. If interested in joining us, please contact Bill Band@This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



     Samaritan’s Pantry is an ongoing, church-wide ministry to help those in need.  Each month, we will suggest an “item of the month” or you can bring an item you have on hand.  The proceeds are donated to Garner Area Ministries.  The Samaritan’s Pantry is located in the hallway near the church office.  For more information, please contact Lavonda Bagwell, 919-772-8171. For the month of February, the donations are: Boxed Dinners & Vegetables.



     Ever thought about deepening your prayer life? Centering Prayer is an ancient method of praying that focuses on being silent and attentive to the action and work of God within. It can cultivate a deeper sense of connection to God and fill you with a sense of deep and abiding peace. Our centering prayer group meets on Monday nights at 6:45 pm in Room 101. We are just beginning a new book that we will discuss together as we seek to continue in prayer. The book is Richard Rohr's Falling Upward:  A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life. If you'd like to learn more about centering prayer or if your just interested in knowing more about spiritual formation come join us for this season as we explore Falling Upward



     If you find yourself going through a tough time, I'd recommend seeking out a Stephen Minister to help. I found myself struggling when I lost two friends back-to-back. One was a friend from the past and the other was a close co-worker.   Ordinarily I'd never think to reach out and look for a Stephen Minister. Sure I'd noticed that life just seemed dull and lackluster, but I never thought others could notice.   When my family and friends started pointing it out too, I decided it was time to look for someone to talk to and pray with about had happened.  I am really glad I did!   I found that God worked through my Stephen Minister to bring me deeper peace about my losses, and helped me to see some of the wounds from my past that were behind how I was feeling.   If my experience is any indication, I have no doubt God is at work through our Stephen Ministers and I still thank God for mine.   

(Anonymous Care Receiver)



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