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August Schedules
Online Giving
Ingles Cards
Susanna Wesley Circle
Pastor John
Children's Ministry
Youth News
Missions Opportunities
Summer Fellowships
Celebrate Recovery
Volunteers Needed
Golf Tournament
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Sunday Snacks: 8/4-Renee Weeks; 8/11-Becca Leadbitter; 8/18-John & Suzette Renfro; 8/25-Susan Rozmus

Sunday Greeters: 8/4-Virginia Ray; 8/11-Glenda Cooper; 8/18-Garland & Mary Ann Wampler; 8/25-Jamie & Renee Ray

Scripture Readers: 8/4-David Cort; 8/11-Bunnie McIntosh; 8/18-Betsy Myers; 8/25-Teri Darnall

Youth Dinners: 8/4-Mary Anne Elliott; 8/11-Wade & Amy Shehan; 8/18-Gwen Reynolds; 8/25-Ginger Eton

Nursery Volunteers:
8/4-Nancy Smith & Kim Young; 8/11-Sonya Vess & Judy Riddle; 8/18-Sharon Honeycutt & Lynn Walker; 8/25-Barbara Bradley & Gwen Reynolds

Altar Guild -Betty Ann Young and Lucy Kates
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, August 13th, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in the FLC.  Our program will be presented by Samantha Phipps, Director of Family Violence Coalition.  Hostess will be Billie Marie Ray and 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.    

Yancey Community Blood Drive
Higgins Memorial UMC
Tuesday, August 27th
1:00 - 5:30 pm
Therapeutic Riding Center
presents Horsin' Around with
The Mt. Mitchell Road Kill Band
August 24, 2019
7:00 pm
Burnsville Town Center
Tickets - $2- (dancing, snacks & coffee)
children under 12 free
Tickets available at Banks Jewelers & Sandy's Salon, or by phone at 828-284-4166. 
Proceeds will benefit ATRC 

August 2019
Pastor John  
THE CLASS MEETING: The Heart of the Methodist Revival 
Never omit meeting your Class or Band. These are the very sinews of our Society; and whatever weakens, or tends to weaken, our regard for these, or our exactness in attending them, strikes at the very root of community. John Wesley
            In the eighteenth century, a small number of Anglican priests began preaching on the importance of justification (forgiveness, or pardon with God) by faith and the new birth (entering into a new relationship with God the Father as an adopted child). The best know of these priests were George Whitfield and John and Charles Wesley. Many of their contemporaries were more scandalized by the fact that they were preaching outdoors than by the content of their preaching. These preachers soon became known as Methodists because of their methodical approach to Christian life. Thousands of women and men were converted to the Christian faith by these Methodists. Particularly, through the ministry of George Whitfield, the message of justification by faith crossed the Atlantic Ocean gaining momentum in the British colonies in America. The First Great Awakening in America was due largely to the traveling and preaching of George Whitfield, not John Wesley. Whitfield was the more dramatic orator with audiences that were sometimes in the tens of thousands of people.
           Benjamin Franklin was in awe of Whitfield's voice which could be hear d(without amplification) for great distances. He believed that just the way Whitfield could pronounce "Mesopotamia "could convert people! Yet most historians would agree that the fruits of those converted under Whitfield's ministry did not last nearly as long as those of John Wesley. What was the difference? John Wesley was a gifted organizer. Methodist preacher Adam Clarke summed up the difference was the class meetings as the key to the Methodist Revival.
From long experience I know the propriety of Mr. Wesley's advice ; Establish class- meetings and form societies wherever you preach and have attentive hearers; for, wherever we have preached without doing so, the word has been like seed by the way-side." It was by this means we have been enabled to establish permanent and holy Churches all over the world. Mr. Wesley saw the necessity of this from the beginning. Mr. Whitfield, when separated from Mr. Wesley, did not follow it. What was the consequence? The fruit of Mr. Whitfield's labor died with himself. Mr. Wesley's remains and multiplies.
            The Class Meeting was started in 1742 and was a weekly small group meeting 10-12 people with a class leader. The purpose was "to watch over one another in love." Each week they ask each person "How is it with your soul." It was different from our current Sunday School Class or Bible Study in that the focus was on life transformation. Scripture was read and there was a time of prayer for sure, but there was time for sharing or "doing life together. The Band meeting was a smaller group who met for the same reasons but was intended for more spiritually mature believers.
            On Sunday August 25 we will share the different opportunities for you to participate in a small group at Higgins. Barbara Blankenship and our Prayer and Evangelism Group have been working with those who have volunteered to be leaders and to open their homes for small groups. I pray you will consider participating in this "means of grace" of meeting with other Christians that will help you to grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."! We might just have another Methodist Revival!
 Grace and Peace

                                                                                                Pastor John
Source: The Class Meeting - Reclaiming a Forgotten (and Essential) Small Group Experience
Author - Kevin M. Watson                                                                                                                                                                              
Children's Ministry
Expanding Ministry to Kids! We're Growing!
We have added some new Kid's and Youth Ministry to our busy schedule here at Higgins.  On Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30, we are doing Celebration Place for kids and The Landing for youth.  It is a ministry for the kids of people attending Celebrate Recovery.  We are using the curriculum that correlates with what the parents are learning, so that the kids and youth are learning how to keep from developing the habits, hang-ups and hurts that their parents are dealing with.  It is wonderful, Biblically sound material applicable to all kids and youth.  The number of kids and youth attending these programs is growing each week.  Please pray for these new ministries.
We will again have an eight-week series of dinners and Bible studies on Wednesday evenings organized by the Family Life Committee starting September 4th and going through October 23rd.  The kids will join in The Celebration Place during those eight weeks.
Small Group Ministry (relational ministry in homes) is beginning to get off the ground and we are committed to offering any childcare that is needed for that.  It would be great if the small groups that will need childcare would all meet on the same evening (Wednesday would be awesome), so that we can do just one additional evening of ministry.
We Need YOU!
Expanded ministry means a greater need for volunteers.  Please prayfully consider volunteering to help us minister to kids.
Here are some of the volunteer opportunities:
  • Sunday morning
    • Nursery
    • Sunday school teacher
    • Sunday Evening Youth - 5:30 - 8:30
      • Van Driver (to pick up kids from community and take them home)
      • Meal coordinator
      • LIO After-School Program 3:00-5:00
        • Van Driver (Tues/Wed/Thursday)
        • Van Monitor (Tues/Wed/Thursday)
        • Snack coordinator (Tues/Wed/Thursday)
        • Tuesday Mentor (reading/homework help, etc)
        • Thursday Mentor (reading/homework help, etc)
        • Wednesday Arts and Crafts Coordinator
        • Wednesday Helper (supervise/play with kids)
        • Wednesday Evening Ministry
          • 5:30 - 6:15 Helper (supervise/play with kids)
          • 6:15 - 8:30 Helper (supervise/play with kids)
          • Nursery 6:15-8:30
          • Mother of Preschoolers (MOPS) - 3rd Thursday of each month September - May 10:00 - noon
            • Mom's mentor
            • Childcare Helper
We adhere to the UMC's Safe Sanctuaries guidelines which means all of our volunteers need to be screened and trained. 
We will have a Safe Sanctuaries training for ALL Kids and Youth ministry volunteers on Tuesday, September 3rd at 3:00 and again at 5:00.  
Please plan to attend one f the trainings that day if you plan to volunteer!  If you want to volunteer, but absolutely cannot attend one of those trainings, let me know and I'll schedule another one.
We also have a First Aid/CPR class that is highly recommended for all volunteers on August 6th at 6:00 p.m.
Thank you all for everything you do to make the important ministry to kids and youth possible.  As you know, if kids don't make a decision to follow Jesus by the time they are 12 years old the odds are they never will.
Youth News
Upcoming events for Youth Group:
August 16-18 - chaperoning the middle school retreat! Pray for our young adults to be good role models in this trip! 
August 23rd - 2nd Annual Back to school Bash!! Open to all the youth in the county!! Decals will be sold before and during big bash to go into the youth fund!! Contact Jake or Jordan to get your decal today!! #WEFAMILY 
Annual Dollywood trip upcoming date TBA. 
Mission Opportunities
A missions service opportunity for you
   at Higgins UMC...     
Community Love Local Mission Project
Reconciliation House Expansion
In May we had a pledge drive to sign up volunteers for this "local mission" project to help construct a much needed addition to Reconciliation House. We had a great response to filling out pledge cards and now is the time for you to follow through!
Higgins will be using our "Community Love" ministry to organize volunteers of all ages to help when appropriate in September and beyond. Skills used in typical mission trip construction projects are needed. Feeding volunteers are needed as well as construction skills, so anyone can be involved.
If you have not already done so, please complete the "Community Love Signup" survey form; that way we will know what skills you have, what days of the week work best for you to volunteer, and how you would like for us to contact you when jobs are ready for volunteer labor. Community Love Signup sheets are  available at the FLC Welcome Wagon, in the church office and online. Please                     return the completed forms to the office, Jim Swaim, Ray Strickland                    or Paul Bradley.
Construction work for the foundation has begun! Don't miss your opportunity to 
serve Christ right across the street. Thanks!

Potluck Dinner
There will be a church-wide  POTLUCK WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14 at 5:15 pm. This will be the last event for the summer.    MAIN ENTREE PROVIDED.  Please bring your favorite sides to share.

Also  Fall is quickly approaching. Mark your calendars for "FALL FESTIVAL OF FAITH" to begin on Wednesdays,  September 4 thru October 23. There will be 8 weeks of  blessings and fellowship with meals, adult Bible studies, and youth and children's programs. 

*Watch bulletin for more information. 
Celebrate Recovery





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: Faye Skiff, Pete Hensley, Estelle Sheldon, hospice and Jerry Helsher
  • Bill Cooke, stroke
  • Mary Anne Deaton, broken foot
  • Stephanie Willis and her family in the loss of her grandmother, Ellen Lindsey
  • Janet Grindstaff, hospice
  • Sharon Wiley, fractured foot and back pain
  • Mary Nelson, broken pelvis-home
  • Dorene Branton, surgery on arm
  • Emmy Wells, cancer (cousin of Pat Terrell - 6 years old)
  • Tonya Mease, breast cancer
  • Brooke Payne, health issues (niece of Marcia Schoen)
  • Jackie Laferia, health issues (friend of Barbara Blankenship)
  • Jerry Ezzelle, health issues
  • Bob Proffitt, home- health issues
  • Ada Lee Hipps, health issues
  • Bill Riddle, health issues
  • Miranda Renfro, health issues
  • Doyce McClure, home
  • 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
  • Logan Eckert, 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
August 11, 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.
August Birthdays
8/01   Courtney Tabor                                 8/19   Donna Cassida
8/01   Bob Williams                                     8/20   Arthur Ley
8/02   Darrell Beaver                                   8/20   Keitha Swaim
8/03   Paul Randolph                                  8/21   David Stines
8/04   Dora Turner                                      8/22   Mike Lawrence
8/06   Willie Weeks                                     8/22   Ron Moss
8/07   Jared McQueen                                8/23   Jim Ashton
8/08   Ray Fox                                            8/23   Caitlin Leadbitter
8/09   Abbi McCourry                                  8/23   Claude Vess
8/10   Lavonne Buckner                              8/24   Gabe Garland
8/12   Jim McQueen                                    8/25   Linda Zillweger
8/13   Pat Bullett                                          8/26   Tennille Garofalo
8/15   Steve Bardwell                                  8/26   Phil Reynolds
8/16   Alton Robinson                                  8/28   Pete Hensley
8/17   Oscar Turner                                     8/29   Cole Shehan
8/18   Patti McCall                                       8/30   Diana Noble
8/19   Marisha Beaver                                 8/30   Erica Wahlers
       8/31   Becca Leadbitter
August Anniversaries
8/01   Jeff & Gwen Reynolds
8/05   Wade & Amy Shehan
8/08   James & Judy Byrd
8/14   Warren & Larissa Bare
8/16   Fred & Debra Rickman
8/18   Caleb & Courtney Tabor
8/20   Harrison & Martha Tyner
8/22   Isaac & Tiffany McCurry
8/23   Forrest & Patti McCall
8/28   Sam &  Kim Young
8/29   Lee & Joyce Coons
Volunteers Needed
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. . . Matt. 25:35

Here's an opportunity for you to do this.

Tuesday, August 6, Higgins Memorial UMC will be providing volunteers for the distribution of fresh produce and dry goods to Yancey County families with young children who need assistance providing for them. This is part of the Summer Food Program, sponsored by Partners Aligned Toward Health (PATH), Reconciliation House, and Dig In! Community Garden. Higgins also supports this outreach financially.

We need 8-12 people to do this. There are several different jobs to do starting at 8:00 a.m. The packing is done at the parking lots across N. Main from the church. We need 4 or more people to help pack boxes and then must have at least 8 people to ride in the vans to deliver the boxes. You can do both! Yancey County Transportation vans drive the routes. Delivery teams should be back by noon. HMUMC participated in this program the last 3 summers and it was an eye-opening experience for many of us.

There are over 100 families participating in the program this summer. There are five distribution days throughout the summer. Area churches and organizations provide volunteers.

Please contact Barbara Bradley (828-284-2133, email: or call the church office if you are willing to help in this project.
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