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S U N D A Y  .  F E B R U A R Y  7  .  2 0 2 1
 

We hope you'll join us for worship this Sunday.  We'll be live streaming beginning at 10am. Pastor Sonny will teach from
1 Corinthians 9:16-23 (ICB)




We will offer a drive through communion at 1:30pm this Sunday. If you'd like to receive the sacraments drop by the front entrance of the church.

Sing along during worship this Sunday

"A Charge to Keep I have"
UMH No. 413

 
We will soon be entering the season of Lent; forty days of preparation leading us to the cross and then to the victory of the resurrection. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (February 17) and ends on Holy Saturday (April 3). The forty days represent the time Jesus spent in the wilderness being tempted by Satan and preparing to begin his ministry. (Matthew 4:1-11)

As Christians, we observe Lent as a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church Lent was observed through periods of fasting and penance (confession of sins). While fasting and penance are still part of Lent, modern-day Christians focus on their personal relationship with God and stretching their spiritual lives as disciples. People often use Lent as a time to give up something or to give something of themselves to others.  

The staff at Epworth has been working on meaningful ways we can observe and participate in the tenets of Lent while keeping gatherings to a minimum. We invite our church and surrounding community to be part of an ongoing effort set to launch on Ash Wednesday and wrap up Easter weekend. Along with a couple of new opportunities, we want to beef up our existing collections of food for our Shop & Share food pantry and winter item collections for "The Giving Tree" (both located by the front entrance).

While a few things are still being finalized, here's an overview of what's in the works. 

 

"The Giving Tree" is a place to donate items like gloves, hats, coats and blankets. They are available to anyone who needs them; no strings attached. The Giving Tree is located at the front entrance beside our Shop & Share food pantry.

This ministry is sponsored by the Flock Preschool and Learning Center. 

 


Shop & Share began as a response to the pandemic last winter and continues to gain momentum. It is a place where folks can take the food they need, whenever they need it. Items are re-stocked daily and we rely on your kindness and donations to keep the shelves full. 
Stained Glass Prayers is an invitation to offer up prayers, penance, thanks and reflection. We'll have colored vellum (opaque) paper available at the front entrance and for you to pick up from the church office. You're encouraged to write your prayers, thoughts, Lent reflections often and as many times as you'd like. Leave your prayers in the prayer box located at the front entrance any time during Lent - beginning Ash Wednesday. We'll add them to our windows to create a stained glass window of our collective prayers.  


Dinner at Salvation Army Center of Hope Night Shelter.  Epworth has been assigned the week of Sunday, March 28 - Saturday, April 3 to provide evening meals to guests of the night shelter. This happens to be Holy Week and a wonderful opportunity to reach beyond ourselves. If you or your group are interested in providing a meal one of these nights, please contact Teresa Gray at epworthchildren@epworthnc.com.

 


We want emphasize the importance of food donations right now. After the holidays food pantries typically see a lull in donations and giving. Covid's ripple effects have touched everything from employment and education to housing and food insecurity. During Lent, we need you to help us  "Cram the Van" with food donations. We'll have our church van parked out front beginning Ash Wednesday. Come by with your donations and cram them in the van. We encourage multiple donations during Lent and if we fill it up, we'll deliver the food and cram the van again! 

 
The SMILE PROJECT will continue throughout 2021!   Last month, we made and sent out 38 cards that made individuals smiles!  This month, we now have 44 names of individuals who need a smile!  So. . . let’s make them smile!  February packets with materials to make the cards, including a stamped and addressed envelope, will be ready on Monday, February 10.  To assist individuals who are participating in this outreach, I have set-up a sign-up genius page.  When you sign-up, please indicate the date and time you want to pick-up the packets, as well as how many cards you want to make.  Packets can be picked up Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, as well as on Sunday, February 14, 2021 from 9:30 am to 11:30 pm.  Click here to be a part of this amazing outreach that is spreading love within our own community, as well as across the nation:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B4CAFA728A1F85-thesmile
 
 
February Messy Church is coming!  We will continue to do the Messy Church in a Bag format during February and our theme will be “What is Love?”  Older Children and Adults will dig deep into 1 Corinthians 13 and younger children will discuss what love is through the book “God Gave us Love” by Lisa Tawn Bergen.  Get ready to make some real messy “love” slime, a bird feeder, a yummy heart cake, and much, much more.  When you are finished, you will have lots to share with others about what it means to love like Jesus and, as always, you will have an opportunity to share love through a special project!  Bags with supplies may be picked up on Sunday, February 21 from 9:30 am to 10:00 am and from 11:00 am to 11:30 am.  If these times are not convenient for your family, just let Mrs. Teresa know and arrange an alternate time to pick up your bag!  In order to plan, please use the sign-up genius to indicate you would like to participate:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B4CAFA728A1F85-what
With fingers crossed, we have scheduled a week for day camp at Mount Shepherd - June 14-18. As long as everything is safe by June, we'll move forward with our planning. This week is for students K-6th grade (we've added 6th graders for those who missed out last summer). Day campers will meet at Epworth daily at 7am, head to Mount Shepherd on the church bus and return by 4pm each afternoon. 

Cost is $150 for the week and includes all meals. Donations to cover fuel costs are much-appreciated. 

 
 
Plans for Camp Epworth 2021 are in the works! We will offer 9 weeks of day camp for pre-school aged children and 8 weeks of camp for elementary children. Download overview and registration forms below.


 
 



SUN FEB 7 @ 2pm - 3:30ish            ALL students! Devo, announcements, shenanigans
SAT FEB 13 @ 10am                       February SOS (Serving on Saturday)
SUN FEB 21 @ 3:30pm - 6pm         "Son of God" movie (sanctuary)                            
You know the drill ... plans, just like rules, were made to be broken. Should everything continue to improve and we're not overcome by giant squids or the zombie apocalypse these are our mission plans for this summer.
 
CAROLINA CROSS CONNECTION COASTAL HOME REPAIR (Manteo, NC)
SUN. JUNE 20 - SAT. JUNE 26

There are 12 spots available (6th graders up). PREFERENCE is given to those who were signed up for summer of 2020 and trip was cancelled (but you must claim your spot by Feb 14 if you were on last year's roster). 

If you want to go and DID NOT sign up last summer, $100 non-refundable deposit holds your spot (after Feb 14).


 
2021 BACKYARD MISSION CAMP
SUN. JULY 18 - FRI. JULY 23

These dates should hold ... will know for certain in a couple of weeks. 
 

MORE INFO ON THE WAY ...
 
Direct all your questions to Jen Hedrick -
Chaos Coordinator for Student Summer Missions
 704.932.9328

 

My Angel Likes to Whistle!    
By Sharon Loyd

 
It’s been a while since we’ve had any devotionals from the treasure trove of God’s people at Epworth!  I’ve been lamenting about that because I loved to open my email every morning and look forward to a fresh new perspective shared by an Epworthian.  If I am going to complain about something, I should make every effort to do something about it, right?  So, I will go ahead and write a “pop up” devotional for you today. I hope you like it, and if it encourages you, and you miss those daily devotionals, I hope it will also inspire you to sit down and write something to your Epworth family. Everyone has a story!  Everyone has a “praise”, or a “Thank you” to share. I am looking forward to hearing from you!

Those who know me well, know that I am rarely quiet, and if I am, you can bet something is up. LOL!  When I am at home, I am either singing (sometimes at the top of my lungs), humming, or even whistling! Yep! I’ve been fascinated with folks who can whistle since I was a very young girl. I don’t pretend to be the best at any of these vocal activities, but when I am happy, it’s going to either “show” or “be heard”.

So, one day while driving about town, I was “whistling” in the car while my husband drove. I got to thinking about how some folks believe each person has their own personal guardian angel.  I wondered aloud humorously to my husband, “I wonder if my angel ever gets sick of hearing me whistling?!”  We both got a good chuckle out of that.  It wasn’t even a prayer, mind you, but I do believe Father God listens to our every conversation!

Fast forward a few days, having totally forgotten about my humorous musing on an angel who might not enjoy my whistling.  I was working in the kitchen. My cell phone battery had died, and it was in the back bedroom on a charger with the door closed. My husband was in the living room enjoying his easy chair. No TV was on at the time. I grew quiet as I worked and suddenly, I heard the most beautiful whistle of a few brief notes!  I thought, Oh!  My husband had decided to take up my habit of whistling too.  After only a few notes, it stopped. I was puzzled, and peaked around the corner and called to him: “What were you whistling just now?  It was so beautiful!”  He responded: “I didn’t. I heard it too and thought it was you!”
I started looking around the house to see why I had heard that. It certainly seemed weird.  I was satisfied it wasn’t my cell phone, or the TV. Just one of those “quirky” things and brushed it off.

I am a “blonde”, and a gray-haired Granny, and I can be a bit slow, or dull at times. A few days went by without a repeat occurrence, but I got to thinking about it again while we were driving about town. 

Suddenly a light bulb went off as I recalled the incident a few days earlier when I my mused about “my angel”! I finally connected the dots!  I think my angel was casually letting me know, he/she likes to whistle too, and they were not tired of hearing me do it either!  

Scriptures for today: 

Heb 13: 1-2  Let love of the brothers and sisters continue.  Do not neglect hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. 

John 9:31 “We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.”

Malachi 3: 16: Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD listened attentively and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and esteem His name.
Have you ever had an experience where you might have entertained an angel unaware? I would love to hear your stories of how the Lord encouraged you, helped you, or protected you in the midst of a normal everyday occurrence.
Shalom!


 
Please feel free to submit your original content to
Jen Hedrick at
duhsciples@gmail.com or
Sharon Loyd at
epworthsecretary@epworthnc.com.

Special thanks to Scott Randolph for passing along a few stories about encounters he's had with folks who have stopped by Epworth's Shop & Share. We'll share them with you on a weekly basis. 
 


For I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you
gave me water to drink. I was a stranger and you gave me a room.  
I had no clothes and you gave me clothes to wear.
I was sick and you cared for me. I was in prison and you came to see me.’

- Matthew 25:35-36

 

One item that was a fast mover were Ramen Noodles; they were hard to find anywhere in the stores.  So whenever I was in a store for whatever reason I would check.  I was in the Walmart Market near Pitts School road, I had gotten a couple of items and as I used the self check out I realized forgot to check for noodles.  I asked the attendant (Laura) if I could go back, she said that was fine and when I came back with three 10 packs she looked at me a little funny.  I explained what Epworth was doing and some items like that were fast movers. As I got ready to leave she asked me to wait a minute, she walked into the store got two more 10 packs, pulled out her wallet and purchased them, handed them to me and said “Have a nice day”.
 

IDEAS FOR FOOD DONATIONS TO SHOP & SHARE
Individually packaged eating utensils and grocery bags also needed
COOPERATIVE CHRISTIAN MINISTRY
FOOD PANTRY UPDATE



Happy New Year to all our faithful food donation partners!
 
We have been SO blessed by our community partners over the past year! In 2020, our community donations (not counting what came from or through Second Harvest Food Bank) were up 39% from 2019! That was such a blessing, because we also served a record number of households through our Crisis Center Food Pantry. Thank you so much to all our church, organization, and business partners who found a way in the midst of very challenging times to collect and donate food.
 
We will continue to operate our drive-through pantries in the coming year, and we anticipate serving continued high numbers. So we greatly appreciate your continued partnerships!
 
Our current big needs are:
  • Cereal
  • Peanut Butter
  • Soup
  • Canned carrots, peas, potatoes and mixed veggies
  • Canned fruit
  • Any dried beans
  • Pasta Sauce
 
As always, we especially seek low sodium items,
no-added-sugar items, and whole  grain items.
 

Right now, we have plenty of the following:
  • Canned chicken and tuna
  • Canned green beans and corn
  • Canned Pinto Beans
  • Spaghetti noodles
  • Macaroni & Cheese
                        
Our Crisis Center at 246 Country Club Drive NE in Concord serves as the warehouse for most of the food.  We will gladly accept all donations at that site from 10 am to 1 pm Monday through Friday.  

Bethel Baptist Helping Hands Food Pantry, located at 1209 1/4 Opal Street in Kannapolis, will gladly accept donations from 9 am to 1 pm on Monday and Thursday. 

The food pantry located at Westford UMC on Highway 49 and the Kannapolis Food Pantry at West Point Baptist Church can accept donations on Saturday morning from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. 

The Feeding Our Souls Food Pantry at Bethel UMC in Midland, North Kannapolis Baptist Church Food Pantry and the New Life Baptist Food Pantry will accept donations by calling the church in advance.

Mail your gift to:
Epworth UMC
1030 Burrage Rd NE
Concord, NC  28025


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Contact Sis Mills with your prayer requests and be sure to let her know how prayers have been answered along the way. Sis can be reached at epworthnurse@epworthnc.com
 

FOR OUR MILITARY MEMBERS:

Mary Elise Capron
Will Capron                        
Zachary Capron                          
Ben Carruth                                   
Brandon Carson
Brandon Cook 
Caleb Odom
Ryan Tennis    

   
OUR BELOVED MEMBERS:              
Prayers for health concerns    
                               
Joyce Baucom 
Mike Bodenheimer
Judy Bonkowski   
Tiffany Carter                                                                  
Rose Emerson
Linda Widenhouse Fink
Nancy Fisher                            
Noah Goertzen  
Carol Goodrich                         
Becky Holshouser                    
Hannah Hughes
Sarah Hughes 
Georgianne Jenkins                    
Martha Kimes                          
Bob Lentz 
Jake McClamrock                           
Debby Myers                                                                 
Shirley Nichols 
Ed Nimmo                                                
Neva Jo Roberts 
Elizabeth Schavillie                         
Charlie Sehorn
Joanne Shepherd                   
Betty Towell                             
Betty Wagner 
John Watson
Carolyn Williams                               


OUR BELOVED MEMBERS:              
Prayers for continued recovering
                
Wanda Bodenheimer 
Peggy Caton                                
                                            
 
FOR OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES: 
Prayers for health concerns             

Pam & Doug Adams ......... Daughter/son-in-law of Marylyn Smith
Rob & Mae Aldrons .......... Friends of Epworth Hot Dog Ministry 
Ed Anderson ..................Cousin of Wayne Reid
Morris Anderson ............. Friend of Betsy Graham
Alex Barnhardt .............. Cousin of Wayne Reid
Lisa Blackburn................Teacher at Flock Preschool
Wendy Blake  .................Friend of Betsy Graham
Jo Anne Bullins .............. Mother of Patty Randolph  
Gary Burris ....................Brother of Carolyn Williams
Cindi ............................Friend of Glenda Baker 
Ricky Clatterbuck ............Friend of Tiffany Carter
Kyle Cooper ...................Husband of Carolyn Williams niece, Susan
Debby & Michelle Cox ...... Friends of Betty Wagner
Brenda Craven ................Friend of Jane Hinson
Elizabeth .......................Co-worker of Bob Carruth
Friend ...........................Kathy Taylor
Friend ..........................Connie Williams (Betty Wagner’s daughter) 
Dave Goff  ......................Father of son-in-law - Gaye Seifel
Karen Hopson ................. Niece of Betty Wagner
Chris Hopson .................. Great nephew of Betty Wagner
Bill Jackson .................... Uncle of Kathy Taylor 
Vicky Jackson.................. Aunt of Kathy Taylor (caretaker of Bill Jackson) 
Ken & Holly .................... Friends of Karen Kaser-Odor
Arden Lewis ................... Friend of Jenny Bodenheimer
Nancy Matthews .............. Husband Jake is employed by IKE'S Construction
Josh McGough .................Husband of grand-niece to Betty Wagner  
Emily McGuire .................Cousin of Betsy Graham
Charlie Mullis ..................Brother of Carol Blackwelder
Shantelle Muntiah ............Great niece of Jean Lamb    
MaryAnn Neilson ..............Former Epworth secretary    
Mike Nimmo ....................Son of Ed and Bonnie Nimmo
Allen O'Neal ....................Father of Gayle Seifel
Kurt Randolph .................Brother of Scott Randolph
Jessica Sem ....................Friend of Emily and Kathy Taylor                   
Edna Shefield ..................Friend of Jane Hinson
Sybil Nichols Sheltuk .........Sister-in-law of Shirley Nichols
Debbie Sides  ..................Friend of Betsy Graham 
Frances Steedley ..............Mother of Lydia Carruth
Darren Thompson..............Friend of Carol Blackwelder
Shirley Thompson .............Friend of Carol Blackwelder
Robby Tucker  .................Brother of Rick Tucker
Sherry Turner...................Mother of Bethany Bostic
Wayne Wagoner  ..............Friend of Betsy Graham



We extend our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the
families and friends of:


John Parker
(friend of Betty Sides)







ADDRESS CHANGE ....
Eunice Medlin has a new mailing address
and she'd love to hear from you!

Crescent Heights
240 Branchview Dr. NE – Room 328,
Concord, NC 28025

Her phone number hasn't changed.


 


FOR THOSE ON THE FRONTLINES ...
OUR PRAYERS AND GRATITUDE

 

Ashley Bornstein             MOA
Stephanie Canipe            DNP
Jenna Carson                  MOA
Will Carter                      LINEMAN
Jessica Christy                POLICE
Dr. Clifford Compton       DENTIST 
Teresa Compton              DENTAL ASST.
Dr. Amanda Cook             MD
Linda Cranford                PHARM TECH
Karen Elledge                  RN
Jim Emerson                    EMS
Dr. Kayla Garcia               MD
Dennis Gray                     SHERIFF DEPT
Dr. Tony Hinson                MD
Tim Hoagland                  RN
Eli Kaser-Odor                 TREE LINEMAN
Rev. Karen Kaser-Odor     HOSPICE CHAPLAIN
Carlos Kelly                     LINEMAN
Dr. Kristina Kelly              MD
Dr. Patrick Kelly               MD
Beth Lott                         RN
Rhonda Milward               PHYSICAL THERAPIST
Joanne Neubauer             RN
Robert Neubauer             LPN
Rick Odor                        RN 
Dr. Geoffrey Rackoff        MD
Judy Talley                      NURSING HOME WORKER
Julie Tennis                     RN
Patrick Tennis                 HEART CATH TECH
Bruce Wall                      HOSPITAL IT SUPPORT
Sandra Wall                    RN
Angela Watson                RN
Dr. James Wheless          MD

 
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