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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.
 
CHUCH COUNCIL MEETING  .  SUNDAY APRIL 11



Church Council will meet at 6pm on Sunday, April 11 in the fellowship hall.  

Bob Carruth, Council Chair, will send a link for those who wish to join via Zoom



 
   
   GIVEN IN MEMORY OF ...
  • Ed & Sarah Nimmo by Ed & Bonnie Nimmo (Ed's parents)
  • Bud & Verna Ling by Ed & Bonnie Nimmo (Bonnie's parents)
  • Dr. & Mrs. Phil Tesh by Phil & Lynn Tesh (Phil's parents)
 
    GIVEN IN HONOR OF ...  
  • Jan & Bill Ellis by Phil & Lynn Tesh (Lynn's parents)        

Parish Nurse, Sis Mills, will be offering a CPR - First Aid class on Saturday, April 10 from 8:30am - 1pm. If you'd like to register or need more information contact Sis at epworthnurse@epworthnc.com

The Cabarrus Women's Center is again holding its Baby Bottle Blessings campaign to raise funds to support the mission of the Cabarrus Women's Center.  The services at the CWC are confidential and free.  They offer appointments for pregnancy testing, STI/STD information, and limited ultrasounds all provided by highly trained medical staff.  For more information about the CWC, please visit the Cabarrus Women's Center website. 


Normally, to make your donation you are asked to check out a baby bottle, fill it with change, and return it to the church.  This year we are providing easy options for making your generous contributions:

 

MAIL YOUR DONATION TO:  
Epworth United Methodist Church
1030 Burrage Rd NE .  Concord, NC . 28025
       
Make checks payable to Cabarrus Women's Center. Note "Baby Bottle Blessings" on memo line

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MAKE ON-LINE DONATION:  







Under the "Fund" tab, select "Baby Bottles".
       

Please direct your questions about the Virtual Baby Bottle Blessings campaign to Lynn Tesh at 704-425-8718.  Our campaign for 2021 will close on April 18.  Thank you for your support of the mission of Cabarrus Women's Center. 
 
APRIL MESSY CHURCH

We'll be asking some interesting questions in April; What is New Life in Jesus? What does it mean? What does it look like? If you'd like a Messy Church kit to take home just let us know how many in your family using the link below. Kits will be available for pick up during our Preschool / Learning Center hours on Friday, April 16 or you come by between 9:30am-11:30am Sunday, April 18. If you need to make other arrangements, let Mrs. Teresa know. 

 




 
SMILE PROJECT

We continue to spread smiles and send cards through our Smile Project ministry. We have 55 names on our April recipient roster. If you'd like to be part of this effort, sign up for a card making kit that you'll pick up in a few weeks, decorate your card and send it on its way using the stamped, addressed envelope supplied. Let us know how many kits you need by using the link below.



 
SUNDAY FUNDAY

Sunday, April 25 from 1pm-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. I 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!

 
SHOE DISTRIBUTION

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. 
 
CAMP MT. SHEPHERD

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. 



 
CAMP EPWORTH

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.
 






 



 

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

DUH!SCIPLES ON SUNDAY
SUN. APRIL 18 | 4:30


The original flagship of all things DUH!SCIPLES. It's time to mount up and get back to each other and Jesus!
 

CROWDER'S MOUNTAIN HIKE
SUN. MAY 2


Doing naturey things in nature. Time and details coming soon!

 

SERVING ON SATURDAY
SAT. MAY 8 | 10am


Been on our donkeys way too long! Time to do some good stuff!

 

DONKEY DAY
SUN. MAY 16 | 4pm


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

 
CAROLINA CROSS CONNECTION
HOME REPAIR MISSION TRIP
SUN JUNE 20 - SAT JUNE 26


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.

 

BACKYARD MISSION CAMP
SUN JULY 19 - FRI JULY 23


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)! 
 
In 1984, when Leonard Cohen wrote his famous song, "Hallelujah," he didn't write it in the context of religion or the church, but from the perspective of the ordinary world where life is hard and raw and often ugly.  At one point it says, "...love is not some kind of victory march, no it's a cold and a very broken Hallelujah."  Fast forward to 2020 and it doesn't take any effort to identify with the weight of those words!  We have lived them for over a year.   If ever there was a need for resurrection and a joyful Hallelujah, it was this Easter.  And we walked through Lent, Holy Week, and Easter not because we didn't know the story, but, because we forgot the story and a cold Hallelujah got stuck in our throats!  It took Easter to give us hope.
 
Resurrection is not confined to sanctuaries, but appears in the trenches of everyday life where we reside.  Jesus first appeared in a garden, on a dusty road, and on a beach at breakfast. So, watch out!   Resurrection is most unpredictable. It's a reminder that nothing is so traumatic that it can't be redeemed, justice will ultimately prevail, hope will triumph over despair, love is the only way, and there is life after unthinkable loss.  Resurrection is not a magical promise that nothing bad will happen.  It is an assurance that, no matter what happens, all shall be well.  That is the message of the Risen Christ and it can melt cold Hallelujahs, both great and small, as they make their way to our lips and beyond!
   
"And even though it all went wrong,
I'll stand before the Lord of song with nothing,
nothing on my tongue but
Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!” 
 

Linda Henley
 
 

Thanks to everyone for there support for both
Shop & Share and our Lent food drive "Pack the Pew" 

 
  • 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
COOPERATIVE CHRISTIAN MINISTRY
FOOD PANTRY UPDATE



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 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                                                                  
Jim Emerson (travel mercies)
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
Wayne Reid                                               

Neva Jo Roberts 
Elizabeth Schavillie                         
Charlie Sehorn
Joanne Shepherd                   
Betty Towell                             
Betty Wagner 
John Watson
Carolyn Williams                               


OUR BELOVED MEMBERS:              
Prayers for continued recovering
                
Glenda Baker
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
Grace Alexander _________________Friend of Jane Hinson 
Ed Anderson ____________________ Cousin of Wayne Reid
Morris Anderson _________________ Friend of Betsy Graham
Brian Barbour ___________________ Friend of Carol Blackwelder
Cindy Barfield ___________________Friend of John Mitchum
Alex Barnhardt __________________Cousin of Wayne Reid
Nancy Bebber ___________________ Friend of Carolyn Williams
Lisa Blackburn __________________ Teacher at Flock Preschool
Wendy Blake ____________________Friend of Betsy Graham
Jim Bonds ______________________Friend of Kathy Taylor
Michael Breamer _________________Friend of Kathy Taylor
Douglas Buckwell _________________Friend of Carol Blackwelder
Jo Anne Bullins __________________ Mother of Patty Randolph  
Gary Burris ______________________Brother of Carolyn Williams
Ricky Clatterbuck ________________Friend of Tiffany Carter
Kyle Cooper _____________________Husband of Carolyn Williams' niece, Susan
Brenda Craven __________________ Friend of Jane Hinson
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
Anderson Heathington____________Son of Gabby Silk & Jameison Heathington
Karen Hopson ___________________Niece of Betty Wagner
Chris Hopson ___________________ Great nephew of Betty Wagner
Dee Hutcherson  ________________ Friend of Nancy Fisher
Bill Jackson ____________________ Uncle of Kathy Taylor 
Vicky Jackson ___________________Aunt of Kathy Taylor (caretaker of Bill Jackson) 
Charlotte Kiefer _________________Friend of Jane Hinson
Arden Lewis ____________________ Friend of Jenny Bodenheimer
Jeff Luther ______________________Friend of Sjodahls
Cindy Martin ____________________ Friend of Glenda Baker
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    
Mike Nimmo ___________________ Son of Ed and Bonnie Nimmo
Kurt Randolph __________________Brother of Scott Randolph
Karen Rowland__________________ Friend of Betsy Graham          
Edna Shefield ___________________Friend of Jane Hinson
Debbie Sides  ___________________Friend of Betsy Graham
Courtney, Aaron & Hank Snell _____ Nephew & family of Sharon Loyd
Michelle Swemley _______________ Sister of Sharon Loyd 
Robby Tucker __________________  Brother of Rick Tucker
Sherry Turner___________________ Mother of Bethany Bostic
Wayne Wagoner _________________Friend of Betsy Graham





We offer heartfelt prayers and condolences
to the family of Sandy Barnhardt
(aunt of Wayne Reid).




 
 


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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