We're looking forward to welcoming Rev. Bill Roberts and his wife, Lisa, into our Epworth family. While they are still getting settled in and acclimated, you may reach out to Sis Mills or Rev. Karen Kaser-Odor until July 6.

Rev. Roberts' first Sunday with us in worship is July 11.

We look forward to John Shepherd bringing our message on July 4.

S U N D A Y  .  J U L Y  4

add reception info for Roberts family
church council July 11 at 6pm

Backyard t-shirt thank you
photos from messy church???


This Sunday we welcome John Shepherd to the pulpit to deliver our message from Psalm 23 (KJV). Rev. Karen Kaser-Odor will serve as worship leader this Sunday. 


Worship with us Sunday in-person or via YouTube livestream at 10am.


Thank you to everyone who has served, supported and filled in over the last few weeks of transition!

Music:                  Lisa Ewers, Matthew Davis, Betsy Graham, Johnny Lazenby

Lay Speakers:       Jen Hedrick, Chris Hughes, Steve Medlin, John Shepherd

Worship Leaders:  John Shepherd and Rev. Karen Kaser-Odor

Kingdomtime:      Mrs. Teresa

Tech Support:      Chris McClamrock, Bruce Wall,
                          Jen Hedrick,
Becky McClamrock, 
                          Willie the Squirrel (handler -
                          Connor McClamrock)

Rev. Bill and Lisa Roberts are officially the newest residents of the parsonage. The Pastoral Pod was unloaded at breakneck speed and the Roberts were introduced to local fare at Mr. C's for lunch (the Cherry-Lemon Sundrop was flowing).  
There will be a meet and greet reception to welcome
Rev. Bill and Lisa to Epworth  

Sunday, July 18 at 1:30pm

Mrs. Teresa will be on vacation July 3-10. If you have an emergency, do not hesitate to contact her on her cell at 704-239-3811.  Otherwise, she will get back with you as soon as possible after her vacation.


The Smile Project has been an invaluable way for us to connect with people who need to be reminded of how wonderful and loved they are through a simple homemade greeting card. To participate, sign up for a Smile Project packet and we'll provide you with materials, instructions and the names and addresses.  We have a list with 60 names and are happy to add more if you've got someone in mind.  Next round of packets will be ready to go the morning of Sunday, July 11 or during the week 9am-1pm. Contact Mrs. Teresa for more info.

SUNDAY FUNDAY | JULY 18 | 1:30pm

In collaboration with Church Council and the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, we're happy to be part of welcoming Pastor Bill and Lisa Roberts to Epworth. We'll have games, a time of meet and greet and fellowship. There will be light refreshments and an ice cream bar so grab a chair and be part of the fun! 



We'll use Mark 10:17-27 (Jesus' encounter with a wealthy man who wants to know how he can inherit eternal life) to throw us into our theme: "Follow with Your Whole Heart."  Through worship, hands-on interaction and some messy theology, we hope to get you thinking and inspired. Messy Church is for ALL ages and we encourage you to invite others!


Thanks to the support from this congregation we have met our monetary goal that guarantees we can provide 500 pairs of shoes to children and youth in our community. Further donations will be used to purchase backpacks and school supplies in-bulk.. Beginning July 11 you can drop off school supplies in the narthex area. Items needed are:

* Backpacks                 * Scissors
* Binders                     * Glue Sticks
* Notebook paper        * Crayons
* Folders                     * Pens
* Pencil box / pouch    * Highlighters
* Pencils                      * Markers / Colored pencils



After a lengthy wait, we're excited to announce that we're able to re-engage our Honduran mission this Fall. The Project Education team consists of Teresa and Dennis Gray, Scott Randolph, Taylor Bodenheimer, Allison Hicks and Dr. Kayla Garcia. The primary focus of this mission is to provide support for schools and teachers but there will be a couple of repair and renovation projects as well. Please be in prayer as this team prepares for its mission and for the Honduran natives with whom they are partnering (Roxanna and Misael, Steve and Audrey, Iris, and Sandra and Jimmy).  This trip is scheduled for  Oct 4 -11.



Camp Epworth is thriving this summer. We have over 100 pre-school and elementary-aged kids with us Monday - Thursday. We fill the days with praise and worship, learning about the beatitudes, crafts, outdoor playtime and visits from Papa Robb's Paradise Ice truck.  We'll be closed July 5-8 in observance of July 4 holiday. 


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

Nothing's better in the summertime than fiercely competitive, no-holds barred kickball game!  We want to field two teams of DUH!SCIPLES (present and past), a few adventurous parents and let's throw your siblings in for good measure. 
Sport your tube socks, bring a few snacks to share and we'll make an evening of it.
Spectators and hecklers WELCOME!



Last call to get registered for 2021 Backyard!  There's so many ways we can do good stuff for people right here in our community; home repairs, yard work, odd jobs and random acts of kindness!  Why sit on your donkey when you can change the world?

Camp is geared towards rising 6th-12th graders and ridiculously cool adults. Cost is $100 (Adult mentors your camp fee is covered but still need you registered!)

Throw all your questions to:

Jen Hedrick - Chaos Coordinator
 704.932.9328 or

Thank you to everyone who supported Backyard's t-shirt fundraiser. You clearly have impeccable taste and fashion sense! Between donations and t-shirt sales we locked down about $750 to use towards materials and supplies. Your shirts are scheduled to arrive around July 14. We can't wait to see you wearing them!

We are thrilled to be offering a handmade quilt by Jewell Parker as part of a UMW fundraiser. For every donation that is made to Epworth UMW (including the Call to Prayer and Self Denial or World Thank Offering programs), general donations or donations that are made to one of our sponsored campaigns or local missions, the donor's name will be entered into the drawing. The winning name will be drawn and announced on Sunday, Nov 14.
  • 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.
                             Mary Elise Capron            Brandon Carson
                           Will Capron                     Brandon Cook
                           Zachary Capron               Caleb Odom
                           Ben Carruth                     Ryan Tennis

Joyce Baucom                
Mike Bodenheimer          
Judy Bonkowski              
Gary Dukes                     
Rose Emerson                  
Linda Widenhouse Fink   
Nancy Fisher                   
Noah Goertzen                               
Becky Holshouser            
Hannah Hughes                
Sarah Hughes                   
Bob Lentz

Jake McClamrock    
Bob Moss
Shirley Nichols
Ed Nimmo

Elizabeth Schavillie
Charlie Sehorn
Joanne Shepherd
Rachel Thomas
Betty Towell
Betty Wagner
Carolyn Williams


                          Peggy Caton                     Dean Humphries       

Pam & Doug Adams
Daughter/son-in-law of Marylyn Smith

Rob & Mae Aldrons
Friends of Epworth Hot Dog Ministry

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

Lucas Braswell 
Friend Carol Blackwelder

Friend of Garry Dukes

Jo Anne Bullins
Mother of Patty Randolph

Steve Burleyson
Brother of Sandi Billings

Garry Burris
Brother of Carolyn Williams

TJ Daniels
Husband of Courtney Daniels (Flock teacher)

David Farley
Friend of Nancy Fisher

Johnny Fink
Son-in-law of Nancy Fisher

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

Dee Hutchinson & husband, Ron
Friend of Nancy Fisher

Bill Jackson
Uncle of Kathy Taylor 

Vicky Jackson
Aunt of Kathy Taylor (caretaker of Bill Jackson) 

Beth Jennings
Friend of Kathy Taylor 

Arden Lewis 
Friend of Jenny Bodenheimer

Dan Liebel
Friend of Scott Randolph

Lynda Lynch
Friend of Carolyn Williams

Nancy Matthews
Husband Jake is employed by IKE'S

Emily McGuire
Cousin of Betsy Graham


Infant grandson of one of our Shop & Share friends

Charlie Mullis
Brother of Carol Blackwelder

MaryAnn Neilson
Former Epworth secretary  

Hannah Poteat
Granddaughter of Nancy Fisher  

Kurt Randolph 
Brother of Scott Randolph

Tim Reynolds
Son of Nancy Olive

Edna Shefield
Friend of Jane Hinson

Denise Sleet
Friend of Betty Wagner

Aaron Smith
Aaron's mother, Amanda Smith is
friend of Karen Kaser-Odor

Stephen Smith
Grandson of Becky Holshouser

Katrina Sullivan
Friend of Betsy Graham

Robby Tucker
Brother of Rick Tucker

George Wilson
Father of Lisa Goertzen
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