S U N D A Y   .   A P R I L  2 5  .   2 0 2 1
Worship with us on Sunday! Join us at reduced capacity in the sanctuary or via livestream. Our traditional service is at 10am. If you plan to be with us in person please allow yourself extra time to be checked-in and screened.

S U N D A Y  .  A P R I L   2 5  .   1 PM - 3PM

All are invited for a time of being outside and having fun. Bring a lunch to share as a family. It will be completely unstructured. Mrs. Teresa will have balls of all kinds.  Children can go on the playground, or we can organize a kickball, basketball, or volleyball game.  We are just going to have some good ole’ fashion fun on Sunday Funday!

W E D N E S D A Y  .  A P R I L   2 8  .   6 : 3 0 P M

Grab a chair and join us for a casual outdoor "Camp Meeting" worship on Wednesday, April 28 at 6:30pm. We'll share some familiar hymns, a little time in the Word and wrap it up with a few rounds of BINGO!

Now's your chance to thank them for all they've done for you; for shaping and molding you into the fine person you are today (let's be honest ... they deserve medals for putting up with your mess and nonsense).

If you would like to lift up and brag on your mom and dad and those men and women who have been like parents to you, we'll be putting together special Mother's Day and Father's Day tributes.  

Mother's Day is May 9.
All submissions are needed by Wednesday, May 5.

Father's Day is June 20.
All submissions are needed by Wednesday, June 16
Send your photos, stories and kind words to Jen Hedrick at

S U N D A Y   .  J U N E  6   

We'll be lifting up our high school and college graduates on Sunday, June 6 during worship. If you're a member of the class of 2021 we'd love to recognize your accomplishments and cover you in prayer. Use the link below to tell us a little about yourself. 

Lastly, if you'd like to be included in our Graduate Recognition video, please submit up to 40 digital photos to Jen Hedrick by May 30. Photos can be shared to a platform like Google Drive or submitted via thumb drive.

Students from the Flock pre-school passed on a few smiles this week by giving out "Random Acts of Kindness" bags. This one went to Sharon Loyd, our administrative assistant. 

Packets for the May SMILE Project will be ready soon!  If you would like to be a part, please sign-up.  Be sure to indicate how many cards you would like to create!  Individuals may pick up the packets beginning on Friday, May 7th during preschool/learning center times.  They may also be picked up on Sunday, May 9, 2021 (from 9:30 am to 11:30 am).  


“STAND UP FOR JESUS!”  Messy Church in a Bag has been a GREAT ADVENTURE over the past several months as we continued to learn in a safe way!  However, it's time for in-person worship and activites that are sure to be AWESOME FUN!  Come experience May Messy Church IN-PERSON on Sunday, May 23 from 4pm - 5:30 pm.  There will be praise and worship and lots of fun activities for your family to interact together, while learning and studying scripture, all outdoors with weather permitting.  If it rains, we will move inside.  This month, we will be exploring Daniel 3 and really delving into how we, as a family, can "Stand Up For Jesus!" each and every day.  Some of the activities include participating in an obstacle course, competing in a tug-a-war game against other families, making S'mores, decorating a stepping stone, and creating Friendship Bracelets.  Come worship with us in a fun and creative way, as we all grow closer to Christ as individuals and as a family!   

T E A C H E R  A P P R E C I A T I O N   |   M A Y  3  -  M A Y  7

Please pray and give thanks for all the staff of our preschool and learning center!  They are ESSENTIAL, and they have been DEDICATED to God’s vision at Epworth UMC throughout this entire year of living through the pandemic.  Also, give thanks to all teachers and school staff everywhere!  Educators and all school staff have been true Super Heroes this year as they worked tirelessly to provide the best possible education in the safest way possible.  If you know a teacher or anyone who works in a school, consider writing a note to them just to say “thank you” for all they have done this year during the pandemic to meet the needs of children and youth in our community.

We have scheduled a week for day camp at Mount Shepherd - June 14-18. 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.


CAMP EPWORTH is looking for staff for preschool and elementary-aged groups this summer.  Camp will be operating Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, and there are a total of nine weeks of camp in June, July, and August.  All applicants must go through the application and interview process, as well as a background check.  Anyone who is interested in being on the Camp Epworth Staff should email Mrs. Teresa Gray, Director of Family Ministries at for more information and an application.

We're excited to announce the return of the Back-to-School Shoe Distribution. The date is Saturday, August 14. We are currently raising funds to purchase shoes and supplies. Cost of shoes and a new pair of socks is $20. As we get closer to the event, we'll begin collecting school supplies as well. If you are able to financially support the shoe distribution, place your donation in the offering plate and note "Shoe Distribution."  Thank you for your commitment to this outreach that supports children and youth in our community. 

Y O U T H   M I N I S T R Y   &   S T U D E N T    M I S S I O N S

SUN. MAY 2 - MEET @ 12:30pm

Doing naturey things in nature. Meet at church at 12:30pm. Make sure you have water bottle, good shoes and stamina. Please let Jen know if you're planning to go so we have adequate transportation. Moderately responsible adults welcome!


SAT. MAY 8 | 10am

Been on our donkeys way too long! Time to do some good stuff! Meet in back parking lot at 10am to accept your mission.


SUN. MAY 16 | 4pm

Ridiculous games, stunts and shenanigans to celebrate the donkey in all of us!


Congratulations to two of our own for being named summer staff with Carolina Cross Connection. Charlie Walker will be working with CCC's Urban Ministry in Asheville.  Max Hedrick will be working with the Home Repair Ministry in western North Carolina. 

Charlie and Max continue a long-standing partnership of Epworth students who have served on the staff of Carolina Cross Connection. 

Ashley (Carruth) Odom        Madison Tesh             Taylor Bodenheimer
Jessica Christy                     Kelli Tesh
Megan Emerson                    Lauren Hughes

As part of their commitment, CCC summer staff are required to raise half of their salary through donations. Charlie's letter is posted below.

If you have questions for Charlie he can be reached at 843.687.3367



This week-long home repair trip will be spent serving families in Catawba, Lincoln and Gaston counties. We'll be staying at Camp Dogwood in Sherrill's Ford. This week is an ideal way to start your youth mission trip career! Five spots are still available for students who are 12 years and up. We'd also love to have some grown up types (who by default will become the "cool adults"). Don't worry about costs yet ... just need commitments. We have credit with CCC since we were unable to go last summer. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CCC HOME REPAIR HERE.


It's literally the most fun you can have camping in a tent behind the church. Registration opens in May.  There's so many ways we can make a difference right here in our own back yards! Camp is geared for rising 6th graders - 12th graders (and ridiculously cool adults)! 


"Blades of Glory"
 By Linda Henley


"Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain, 
Wheat that in the dark earth many days has lain."


John MacCleod Campbell Crum (1872-1958), an Anglican priest, wrote "Now the Green Blade Riseth" in 1928, the same year he became the Canon of Canterbury.  He likened the crucified Jesus to sprouting grain, and a symbol of Jesus as our bread of life.  t's based on John 12:24: "Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains a single seed. But, if it dies it produces many seeds."  The hymn was written with a deep sense of wonder at the power of God in creation.   It is set to the tune of the French Carol, "Noel  Nouvelet".


We are old pros at resurrection.  It happens every spring, yet the beauty of it always catches us by surprise!  We look longingly into the dark earth and wait for some hint that life remains. Often, we forget what's planted in a particular spot and gasp when an unexpected gift stubbornly pushes its little head through the soil.  Yes, we know about resurrection.


No place served as a witness to it more than fourth floor at Haywood Regional Medical Center where I was a Chaplain. The West wing was ICU.  The East wing was the Baby Nursery.   Standing at the elevators one felt like Janus, the two headed God of abstract dualities.   At one moment Brahms lullaby would play for the birth of a baby, but soon the overhead speaker would sound three chimes, which signaled there had been a death at the other end of the hall.  We lived those cycles daily.


Eastertide reminds us of the long stretches that seem dead and forlorn. Yet, miraculously, spring returns and everything makes its way out of the dark.  The green blades begin to rise and fill the world with hope. The resurrection fern that lies dormant on the graceful branches of the live oak trees spring to life at the first rain. Seeds from the damp earth send shoots of joy and restore spirits that have lain in death too long.  Bulbs suddenly become flowers and seeds sprout into fruit trees.  Redbuds, dogwoods, flowering cherries, Bradford pears all dance in unison.   And we crawl out of our tombs of despair and isolation, turning our faces to the sun.  All of nature knows without explanation that death is the entry point to new life!


As we look on our days and our times of unknowing, an ancient Jewish saying from the Talmud comes to mind: " Every blade of grass has its own angel bending over it, whispering, "Grow, Grow!"   I don't know about you, but I believe we all have one that whispers to us and leads us into the light.


"Love lives again, that with the dead has been: Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.”

  • Cereal (sweet stuff like Honey Nut Cheerios goes quick)
  • Canned Fruit (esp mandarin oranges & fruit cocktail)
  • Canned Pasta
  • Soup (esp tomato & chicken noodle)
  • Canned chili (with and without beans)
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly (grape)
  • Snacks of any kind
  • Cookies
  • Pop Tarts
  • Pudding cups
  • Fruit cups
  • Chips
  • Snack bars

Our current big needs are:
  • Cereal
  • Peanut Butter
  • Soup
  • Canned carrots, peas, potatoes and mixed veggies
  • Canned fruit
  • Any dried beans
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Toilet Paper
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
Thank you for the continued support from our church partners.  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 10am - 1pm 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, and North Kannapolis Baptist Church Food Pantry will accept donations by calling the church in advance.
  • The pantry at New Life Baptist Church is temporarily closed.

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


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                                                                  
Rose Emerson
Linda Widenhouse Fink
Nancy Fisher                            
Noah Goertzen  
Carol Goodrich                    
Becky Holshouser                    
Hannah Hughes
Sarah Hughes                                        
Bob Lentz 
Jake McClamrock
Bob Moss                          

Debby Myers                                                                 
Shirley Nichols 
Ed Nimmo                                         
Elizabeth Schavillie                         
Charlie Sehorn
Joanne Shepherd 
Rachel Thomas                 

Betty Towell                             
Betty Wagner 
John Watson
Carolyn Williams                               

OUR BELOVED MEMBERS:              
Prayers for continued recovering
Glenda Baker
Wanda Bodenheimer 

Peggy Caton                                
Prayers for health concerns             

Pam & Doug Adams ______________ Daughter/son-in-law of Marylyn Smith
Rob & Mae Aldrons _______________Friends of Epworth Hot Dog Ministry
Grace Alexander _________________Friend of Jane Hinson 
Ed Anderson ____________________ Cousin of Wayne Reid
Morris Anderson _________________ Friend of Betsy Graham
Janet Barbour ___________________Friend of Carol Blackwelder
Brian Barbour ___________________ Friend of Carol Blackwelder
Cindy Barfield ___________________Friend of John Mitchum
Nancy Bebber ___________________ Friend of Carolyn Williams
Lisa Blackburn __________________ Teacher at Flock Preschool
Jim Bonds ______________________Friend of Kathy Taylor
Michael Breamer _________________Friend of Kathy Taylor
Jo Anne Bullins __________________ Mother of Patty Randolph  
Ricky Clatterbuck ________________Friend of Tiffany Carter
TJ Daniels ______________________ Husband of Courtney Daniels (Flock teacher)
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
Chad Hudson ___________________ Grandson of Sis Mills
Dee Hutcherson  ________________ Friend of Nancy Fisher
Bill Jackson ____________________ Uncle of Kathy Taylor 
Vicky Jackson ___________________Aunt of Kathy Taylor (caretaker of Bill Jackson) 
Arden Lewis ____________________ Friend of Jenny Bodenheimer
Jeff Luther ______________________Friend of Sjodahls
Lynda and Jim Lynch _____________ Friend of Carolyn Williams
Nancy Matthews _________________ Husband Jake is employed by IKE'S
Emily McGuire __________________Cousin of Betsy Graham
Charlie Mullis ___________________Brother of Carol Blackwelder
Shantelle Muntiah _______________Great niece of Jean Lamb    
MaryAnn Neilson ________________Former Epworth secretary    
Kurt Randolph __________________Brother of Scott Randolph
Tim Reynolds ___________________ Son of Nancy Olive
Karen Rowland__________________ Friend of Betsy Graham          
Edna Shefield ___________________Friend of Jane Hinson
Debbie Sides  ___________________Friend of Betsy Graham
Stephen Smith __________________ Grandson of Becky Holshouser
Michelle Swemley _______________ Sister of Sharon Loyd 
Robby Tucker __________________  Brother of Rick Tucker
Sherry Turner___________________ Mother of Bethany Bostic

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