The Disciple Newsletter
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April Schedules
Online Giving
Ingles Cards
Susanna Wesley Circle
Stephen Ministry
Thank You
Pastor John
Music Ministry
Children's Ministry
Article Headline
Women's Ministry
Andrea & Brian in concert
Celebrate Recovery
Library News
Volunteers Needed
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Sunday Snacks: 
4/7-Donna Banks & Lynn Walker; 4/14-Sharon Helsher; 4/21-Sharon Honeycutt; 4/28-Renee Weeks

Sunday Greeters: 4/7-Bob Drummond; 4/14-Cliff & Marsha Schoen; 4/21-Claudette Carroll; 4/28-Virginia Ray

Scripture Readers: 4/7-Nancy Williams; 4/14-Betsy Myers; 4/21-Bunnie McIntosh; 4/28-Renee Ray

Youth Dinners: 4/7-Julena McQueen; 4/14-Jeanne Tyner; 4/21-Easter - NO YOUTH; 4/28-Mary Anne Elliott

Nursery Volunteers:
4/7-Nancy Smith & Kim Young; 4/14-Sonya Vess & Judy Riddle; 4/21-Sharon Honeycutt & Lynn Walker; 4/28-Barbara Bradley & Gwen Reynolds

Altar Guild -Mary Nelson & Glenda Cooper
Online Giving is
Now Available!
Higgins is offering online giving through EasyTithe!

Try it now, online or through the mobile app!
Please contact the office or send us an email if you have any questions.

MONDAY - THURSDAY-8:30-4:00 
FRIDAY - 8:00 - 12 noon

Ingles Gift Cards!
Purchase Ingles Cards and 5% of the face value goes directly to Missions. It doesn't cost you anything extra! (If you purchase a $100 card, $5 will go directly to Missions and you still have $100 purchasing power). It can be used for anything at Ingles including GAS. See Stewart and Rebecca Leadbitter after Celebration service at the Welcome Desk. Sanctuary service participants please drop by the Welcome Desk before Sunday School. Thank you!  
The Susanna Wesley Circle
The Susanna Wesley Circle will meet on Tuesday, April 9th at 9:30 a.m. in the FLC.  Shirley Ann McAllister will present an Easter program.  We will be preparing gifts for the shut-ins.  Our Service Project will be to bring snacks for 1st grade children.  This will be for the class that I serve as a reading buddy (Mary Nelson).  All ladies are welcome!

Some of the Higgins family may have moved, but they are still in our hearts. Send them well wishes!

Gabriel Garland
101 Chestnut Street
CPO 697
Berea, KY 40404-0001

Raelin Reynolds
255 Eagle Rock Lane
Burnsville, NC 28714

Lizzie Bingham
458 Cow Branch Road
Green Mountain, NC 28740

Britney Stines
37 Summit Street
Burnsville, NC 28714

Matthew Bare
NCSSM Box #B357
1219 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27705
Att:  1st Hill, Room 120

Christopher Bare
1 Flycatcher Way - Apt 303
Arden, NC 28704

Mike & Mollie Lawrence
8713 SE Riverfront Terrace
Tequesta, FL 33469

Allen &  Bevo Peterson
491 Blackberry Drive
Mineral Bluff, GA 30559

New Address
Bev Hunsucker 
870 Oak Meadow Drive
Apt. 3332
Franklin, TN 37064
Cell: 828 230-1787

Sam & Ethel Nash
3066 Point Clear Drive
Tega Cay, SC 29708

J.P. Tabor
Unit #61807
APO, AE 09321-1807

Low-impact Aerobics class on Monday mornings at 9:00 a.m. for older adults.  It is free!!!  Contact Teri Darnall at 208-1904 for more info
Men's Group 
The Thursday Morning Men's Group meets each Thursday morning at the coffee shop on Main Street from 6:30 am to 7:30 am - All men are invited to come and be part of the group. We always have a great time of  fellowship and Bible study. 

Boy Scout Troop 502
The Troop is sponsored by Higgins.  They meet each Monday from 6:30 to 8:00 PM in the white Annex Building behind the Family Life Center.  Open to all boys 11 and older. Scoutmaster, Brian Schwock.    
Stephen Ministry

Are you experiencing a challenging time
in your  life? 
Stephen Ministry can help!  Contact Julie
 Spit zer
at 919-302-0897 or call the
 church office.   
Thank You from Hospice
I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the Ugly Quilt Group.  Since
2012, they have given out 751 quilts to our hospice patients.  The majority of those quilts came from this group.  This is such a dedicated, giving group.  They give so much to their community and I am so thankful that we are able to give these beautiful lap quilts to our patients.  

Thank you,
Hospice of Yancey County

April 2019
Pastor John  
Alas! And did my Savior bleed and did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head for sinners such as I?
As we enter the last three weeks of the Lenten Season, we especially remember the suffering that our Lord endured during those last days. The prophet Isaiah prophesied about the Messiah to come and the pain he would endure:

Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53: 4-6

Isaac Watts was a great hymn writer that lived (1674-1748). His hymn Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed, certainly has touched the hearts of many throughout the years. After drawing stark contrasts between the sacrificial death of our mighty Maker and the unworthiness of the sinful creature, he concludes with the consecration "Here, Lord, I give myself away- Tis all that I can do." A thirty year- old blind woman heard a revival choir sing this simple hymn. Stanza after stanza stirred her heart, but when the choir came to the final line "Here, Lord, I give myself away," she gave herself to the Lord as well. That blind woman was Fanny Crosby, who went on to become a great writer of gospel hymns. We never know how deeply our lives will touch the lives of others.
But drops of grief can ne'er repay The debt of love I owe;
Here Lord, I give myself away- "Tis all that I can do.
May the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross touch your life in a mighty way as we prepare for the celebration of His resurrection on Easter Sunday April 21!
                                                                                                Grace and Peace,
                                                                                                        Pastor John                                                                              
Music Ministry

Good Friday, April 19th  6:00 : Prepare Your Heart for Easter
This Good Friday, April 19, 2019 take a walk in Jesus' sandals with Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church! Our church community is preparing a representation of Christ's Journey to the Cross. The Friday before Easter, otherwise known as Good Friday, is a day set aside to remind ourselves of not only Jesus' suffering, but of his great love for us. Easter, as the celebration of Jesus' resurrection, is meaningless without Christ's death on the cross. Come, take a journey to the cross, and let the joy of Easter come alive in your heart!
That evening, your journey will begin at the church office entrance. This is the only entrance that will be open at that time. As you enter, you will receive a written guide that will include scriptures and prayers that correspond to each classroom that you enter. All the rooms will be set up to depict a different station of Christ's Journey. The stations start with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and end with his burial. Your journey will culminate with everyone in the Sanctuary with short reflections on the cross and music. The music will be provided by the Higgins Music Department and special guests.
Helpful Hints: Please arrive between 6:00 and 6:15 to start the first portion (1-9) of your journey through the stations. If you feel that you would like to spend a good amount of time in each station to prepare your heart then come earlier. Enter the church through the church office entrance under the breezeway. Keep this in mind as you find parking. The second portion (10-14) of the stations will be in the Sanctuary. If you finish the first portion quickly you will have time to reflect on what you have seen before the start of the second portion.
Children are welcome! A separate children's guide will be provided to help parent's guide young ones along the way. Each station will include a sticker for children to collect in their guide. 
The Journey is handicap accessible. 
Easter Sunday - April 21
  7:00 a.m. - Community Sunrise service on the square
  8:30 a.m. - Celebration Service
10:00 a.m. -  Easter Family Walk-through
11:00 a.m.  - Sanctuary Service
Children's Ministry
For the second year, we will offering stations for families to journey through on Easter morning from 10:00 to 11:00.  There will be four stations and the kids will make a craft to take with them at each station, while they learn about what Easter means for us today.  Please invite families to join us.
Put it on Your Calendars!
Higgins Vacation Bible School - The Incredible Race!
July 22-26, 5:30-8:30
Kids and youth will discover that, no matter where we live, what shade of skin we have, or what language we speak, we are all part of the same race-the human race, and that we are all called to be part of one family - God's Family. We will discover how to join God's Family as we race from continent to continent learning about different cultures.

We will need lots of help. Last year we had 50 kids each evening. Dinner will be included again this year and we would love to offer a different ethnic cuisine each evening. Please put it on your calendars and plan to use your wonderful talents, skills and loving hearts to bless the children of our community and help them to know and love Jesus.
Youth News

The 30 hour famine will be

in April in the FLC.  More info to come....


We are also studying "Crazy Love" by Frances Chan on Sundays - come join us!

5:00 every Sunday night in the Dungeon 




Women's Ministry
Ladies Event-April 5th from 6:30-8:00 pm.
Higgins MUMC FLC

Ladies! You are invited to attend our "Spiritually Empowered" Event! Come and learn "How to Bless Your Children and Grandchildren", "How to Love Unconditionally" and/or "Fitting Quiet Time into our Busy Schedules". Light refreshments will be served. Please contact Kathy Williams ( if you need a ride to the event or if you need childcare. Invite your friends to this spiritually empowering opportunity! All are welcomed!

Andrea & Brian in Concert
Come join us at 5:00 pm in the Sanctuary for a concert with our own Andrea and Brian.  There is no charge for this event, donations accepted.    


Prayer Ministry
Your prayers are greatly appreciated
You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. 
- 2 Corinthians 1:11
  • SHUT-IN'S: Mary Gilmour, Faye Skiff, Pete Hensley, Estelle Sheldon, hospice and Jerry Helsher
  • Bob Proffitt, home- health issues
  • Ada Lee Hipps, health issues
  • Gil  Rowe, health issues
  • Bill Riddle, health issues
  • Miranda Renfro, health issues
  • Doyce McClure, home
  • Woody Cunningham,  health issues
  • Deena Bingham, health issues
  • Leslie Wisch, cancer (friends of the Trimble's)
  • Marcia Schoen, facial spasms and trigeminal neuralgia
  • Jack and Betsy Myers - health issues
  • Shelly Headen (daughter of Ron & Lucy Kates) health issues
  • William Barnwell, colon cancer (Donna Bank's step-dad) 
  • Bobby Jack & Shirley McAllister, health issues
  • Rhonda McCall, missionary to Ukraine
  • The Kohman Family, CRU missionaries
  • Your church staff
  • Dr. John Fowler and his wife, Liz
  • Jonathan Taylor, U.S. Army (grandson of Charles & Nancy Williams)
  • J. P. Tabor, U.S. Air Force 
  • Captain John T. Bennett, U.S. Army  
  • Michael Bingham, U.S. Marine 
  • Ellis Jackson, U.S. Navy
  • Our students in college and grad school
  • For children in foster care and foster parents
  • Pray for those who don't know Jesus.
  • Pray for those looking for a job/employment.
  • Pray for caregivers: Those caring for the elderly, parents, children, etc.
Prayer on the Square
April 14, 2019- Sunday from 4-5 pm across from the Nu Wray Inn. --If the weather is bad, the prayer time will be held in the Family Life Center at Higgins in the classroom next to the kitchen.
April Birthdays
4/01   Pam Shelburne                                          4/15   Carlyn Pelton
4/02   Glenda Cooper                                          4/16   Jessica Weeks
4/02   Erika Tyner                                                4/17   Marc Tyner
4/03   Suzi Plati                                                    4/19   Jim Durham
4/04   George Allen                                              4/19   Randy Woodie
4/04   Matthew Bare                                             4/21   Laurie Perry
4/04   Lizzie Bingham                                          4/21   Emilee Willis
4/04   Walt Wiley                                                 4/22   James Rozmus
4/07   Liz Fowler                                                  4/24   Charles Gillespie
4/07   Millie Randolph                                         4/26   Britney Stines
4/08   Pat Terrell                                                   4/26   Mary Ann Wampler
4/10   April Henkel                                               4/27   Lilly Stines             
4/11   Elaine Dellinger                                          4/28   Cheryl Munyan
4/12   Travis Abernathy                                        4/29   Audrey Cramp
4/13   Sandy Reynolds                                          4/30   Leigh Bennett
4/14   Deena Bingham                                           4/30  Taylor Kirkman
              4/30   Maxine McCurry
April Anniversaries

4/06   Randall & Kim Garland
4/09   Skip & Carol Wilson
4/14   Barry & Cheryl Munyan
4/17   Jim & Julena McQueen
4/17   Charles & Nancy Williams
4/22   Mike &  Carlyn Pelton
4/24   Travis & Karen Abernathy
4/24   Jimmy & Virginia Ray
Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery at Higgins - We are in the planning stages to bring Celebrate Recovery to our Church. Come join us with this world-wide, Jesus centered recovery program for addiction. Since being launched 25 years ago at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church, millions have been able to find real recovery. At present there is no Christian outreach in Yancey County for drug and alcohol addiction. Opioid overdose is now the number 1 cause of death of people under the age of 50. Some of you have been interested in helping either as sponsors, worship support, or attendants for a service. Please reach out to me if you would like to help in any way or would just like more information. Contact Peirce Bingham at or call 208-0299.


Library News
All the happiness in the world comes from thinking about others
and all the suffering comes from preoccupation with yourself.
Shantideva  Awakening the Buddha in You
            Apparently we have come into the windy, chilly rainy season. And perfect for this weather are Jan Karon books. Sitting in a cozy chair by a warming fire while the rain falls and the wind blows, what could be better? Newly arrived to our shelves are the two latest in the Mitford novels Time has passed, Father Tim is very slowly adjusting to retirement. Dooley has married and he too, is adjusting to an adult life establishing an occupation, a marriage, and parenthood.
            Actually, I've begun the last book first. I recommend you read them in proper order - the marriage then the adjustments. First;
            So this book will be all about the wedding of Dooley Kavanagh to Lacey Harper. Dooley has graduated Vet training and is establishing his country animal clinic. Money is tight and they are having a simple, inexpensive wedding. One cost cutter is having a Potluck instead of a catered meal for their post wedding. As an aside, our oldest daughter did that too. (In her case the wedding was on a friends farm and instead of wedding gifts she asked for the potluck). Things in Mitford are always cozy and friendly, moving along in an easy manner while not being like anywhere else.
            Life is very busy for the young couple, most of us remember, fondly, when money was tight and we managed to work it all out and look back at that time with a smile..
This is where they are and also in the process of adopting a preschooler so there is a lot of adjusting going on here. All the while the various inhabitants of Mitford are working out the dramas of every day trials and blessings. Much humor and no small amount of tender moments. Many of us think we are living in a town that could be called Mitford, but the name of Burnsville suits us best!
The thought manifests as the word;
The word manifests as the deed,
The deed develops into habit;
And habit hardens into character;
So watch the thought and its ways with care,
And let it spring from love
Born out of concern for all beings....
As the shadow follows the body, as we think, so we become
Sayings of the Buddha
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child, a garden, or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived,
This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Quotes are from "Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das  
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