The Connector

Holland's United Methodist Church

June 2018



     It was June many summers ago, and I was a young pastor just appointed to my first church. Sometime during those first couple of weeks one of my church members came up to me and offered me some words of wisdom. “Preacher, I want you to know that during the summer our worship attendance is always up and down.” I nodded with my great young wisdom and listening closely to this sage advice, when my church member then added, with a twinkle in his eye, “It really is true preacher, they are UP at the mountains and DOWN at the beach!

     As we all know there is a lot of gospel truth in that statement. Church attendance during the summer months is never as strong as it is the other nine months of the year. What can we do about that? I actually have several suggestions. When you are going to be out of town at the beach or mountains and etc., don’t forget that if you are here on a Thursday evening there is a great opportunity to worship known as the Higher Ground Service. It’s every Thursday from 7-8 PM in the youth room. Great music, preaching and fellowship, all wrapped up in an informal setting – a “come as you are” service.

     Of course for those of us who are staying right here you could always invite someone to church. I know it’s a radical idea! On the other hand, the idea originates from Jesus and after 2000 years church growth, experts agree, it is still the best plan to grow a church! Holland's is a wonderful church!! Don’t make it one of the best kept secrets in the Raleigh area, take Jesus at his word and invite someone to share a wonderful experience. By the way….really quickly now….do you remember what our mission statement is? Give up? It is “We are a caring community THAT INVITES and equips people to follow Jesus.” So let’s live out our mission and make a difference. Our worship services are beginning to grow, let’s keep it going, for Jesus’ sake! 



Rev. Rich  


Confirmation Sunday, June 3

Graduate Recognition Sunday, June 10

Flag Day, June 14

Father’s Day, June 17

ASP Commissioning, June 17

El Salvador Commissioning, June 17

First Day of Summer, June 21

Vacation Bible School, June 24-27




Sarah Katherine Cheshire

Camden Miller Crooks

Kirsten Leigh Jackson

Grayson Kirk Leone

Grace Catherine Smith

Haley Grace Vojtko

Hannah Marie Young

William Miller Young



Graduate Recognition Sunday will be June 10. Graduates of high school, undergraduates, graduate college programs, and community and technical schools are invited to be recognized at all worship services. Meet in the narthex 15 minutes prior to the start of your preferred service and wear your cap and gown if desired. Sign-up sheet located in the narthex.

High School Graduates

Erica Abernathy

Kasey Adams

Jack Baird

Gerard Chamra

Tyler Chase

Daniel Gray

Taylor Hayes

Reid Jones

Noah Kieft

Spencer Kieft

Kaitlin Myers

Nathan Reyes

Austin Scott

Ashton Sims

Graham Wilkins

Evan Wright

John Yokley

Noah Youngs



Paul Hicks




Dear Church Family,

     I wanted to keep you in the loop, so here is the update. The Council met Tuesday, May 15 and after much discussion it was obvious that the church was not ready at this time to go to 2 services. Therefore, we will be continuing the normal worship schedule of 3 services for the foreseeable future. The meeting was affable and good points were made for each option. In the end, however, it was clear that the church was not ready or desiring of the
2-service option.

     In His Love, Rev. Rich 


The first celebration of Father’s Day is thought to have been in July 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia. Grace Golden Clayton suggested the special observance to her pastor after a deadly explosion in a nearby town killed 361 men. 

Soon after, Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, wanted to show her gratitude to her father, who’d cared for the family after his wife died. Dodd asked her pastor to choose a June Sunday to honor all fathers, and he selected June 19, 1910. 

In 1924, President Coolidge suggested that Father’s Day become a national holiday. In 1966, President Johnson designated the third Sunday of June to be Father’s Day. Six years later, President Nixon instituted Father’s Day as a national observance.



     The North Carolina Annual Conference will be in session in Greenville at the Convention Center, June 14 – 16. Please pray for our clergy and lay members as they gather to make important decisions regarding the ministry of our Annual Conference and churches. Attending from Holland's will be Pastors Rev. Rich Vaughan and Rev. Rich Cooper, and lay delegates, Paulette Hackney and Vicki Hardee.



     The Holland's Young at Heart group enjoyed great food and wonderful fellowship at our meeting this month, which was held at Aversboro Restaurant. We will meet on June 21st at 11:30 am at Captain Stanley's Restaurant for lunch. This will be our last meeting until September as we decided to take a break for the summer. This will give some of our regulars an opportunity to get well so they can be back with us. We think you would enjoy the fellowship/food so mark June 21st on your calendar and we hope to see you there.

Judy Best, Paulette Hackney and Jan Koot



     ASP 2018 Summer Youth Trips – Holland’s UMC is in the process of preparing for teams to serve the weeks of 06/17 to 06/23 and the week of 07/15 to 07/22. The June trip will be serving in Jonesville, Virginia and the July trip will be serving in Rutherford County in western North Carolina.
     Our July trip is planning for 35 volunteers and is currently full. Our June trip is planning for 28 volunteers and currently has openings for 6 volunteers … adults and/or youths. We are especially in need of a female adult leader. In addition, we are considering an “all adult team” if there is interest. Regarding the June trip, the ASP Center is a year-round center and was initially constructed as a single story hotel. We’re not expecting any “ASP” horror stories of centers with no hot water or a/c. If interested in joining our June trip, please contact Bill Band at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     Reminder, Holland’s regularly scheduled monthly work dates are the second Thursday of each month.  We meet at the church parking lot at 8:15 am and caravan up to the food bank warehouse, where we work from 9:00 am 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. 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 June, the donations are flour and sugar (2 lb. bags).  



God has cast our confessed sins into the depths of the sea, and he’s even put a “No Fishing” sign over the spot.

--D.L. Moody



Innocent P. Afful

Serving At: Churches of Christ in Congo

Location: DRCongoAfrica

Home Country: GhanaAfrica

     Innocent P. Afful is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving as coordinator for orphans and vulnerable children for the Churches of Christ in the Congo, based in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

     The Churches of Christ in the Congo is an ecumenical council comprised of 74 member denominations, including The United Methodist Church, representing 31 million believers, 320,000 congregations, 28,720 schools, and 48 colleges. It relates to 60 percent of the medical centers in the DRC. Innocent’s work is focused in the Diakoinia Department, which serves the most vulnerable, including thousands of children, many orphaned or jeopardized through civil conflict. There are some 18,000 children in distress in the Kinshasa area alone.

     Innocent is a native of Ghana and has worked in social ministry both in his own country and in Liberia and Sierra Leone. He is a member of the Rev. J.C. Mensah Memorial Methodist Church in Accra. He studied at institutions in Ghana and Sierra Leone. He was at one time a United Methodist missioner of hope and from 1999 through 2013 was employed by the James One 27 Vocational Training Project in Mumford, Ghana, a US-based nonprofit corporation.

     “I started my faith journey at Sunday school classes at my local church, and became a teacher and an organizer of the youth volunteers in mission. I later became a community development worker with local churches.

     “At the tender age of 10, I can remember I was serving at church sweeping and dusting the church pews while those of my age were playing in the field. By design as I grew up, the only thing I wanted to do was to serve and bring happiness to those who grieve.”

     Responding later to God’s question, “whom shall I send?” (Isaiah 6:8), he served as a missioner of hope and as a vocational skills instructor. He helped to establish training centers in rural and urban areas to reduce school dropouts and assist teenage mothers to become more self sustainable.

     “I have been transformed, and I say this to the glory of God,” he states.

     Innocent and his wife, Wilhemina M. Afful, have three children, Charity and Ephraim, both teenagers, and Jacobsen, born in 2009.

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“My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.” – Erma Bombeck  

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Dear God,
I saw the Grand Canyon this summer. Nice piece of work!
Kyle (age 9)