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Sunday Snacks: 
3/3-Sharon Honeycutt; 3/10-Renee Weeks; 3/17-Becca Leadbitter; 3/24-John & Suzette Renfro; 3/31-Susan Rozmus

Sunday Greeters: 3/3-Claudette Carroll; 3/10-Virginia Ray; 3/17-Glenda Cooper; 3/24-Wampler's; 3/31-Jamie & Renee Ray

Scripture Readers: 3/3 Wanda Proffitt; 3/10-Teri Darnall; 3/17-Mary Tom Aldridge; 2/24-Russ Darnall; 3/31-Erika Tyner

Youth Dinners: 3/3-; Sonya Vess & Judy Riddle; 3/10-Taube & Sheila Roy; 3/17-Ken & Lynn Walker; 3/24-Alisha Martin; 3/31-Sharon Honeycutt

Nursery Volunteers:
3/3-Nancy Smith & Kim Young; 3/10-Sonya Vess & Judy Riddle; 3/17-Sharon Honeycutt & Lynn Walker; 3/24-Barbara Bradley & Gwen Reynolds; 3/31-Jim & Becky Ashton 

Altar Guild -Phyllis Patterson & Mary Tom Aldridge
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 order 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, March 12, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in the FLC.  Shirley Ann McAllister will present the program.  The Feed-A-Child program was very pleased with food from our service project.  Billie Marie Ray and Mary Nelson will serve as hostess.  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

Mat Sigmon
6 Smythe Street, 3rd
Brookline MA 02445

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.    

March 2019
Pastor John  

The season of Lent will begin this Wednesday March 6, which Christians call "Ash Wednesday." This is a special 40 day season of spiritual preparation to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday April 21. This has also traditionally been a time in the history of the Christian Church that candidates are instructed in the essentials of the Christian faith and invited to join the church. If you have not become a member of Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church I would like for you to consider attending a class called The Wesleyan Way on Monday evenings 5:30 - 6:30 pm March 4- 25 .led by John Fowler. They will also be offered on Sundays at 4 pm in March if we have enough interest. This video / workbook class is based on Bishop Scott Jones excellent book The Wesleyan Way. Those that believe they are ready to make this commitment to Christ and His church will join the church on either Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday. Why is it important to become a member of a local church? First and foremost this is a statement of your faith commitment that publicly you are saying that you believe in Jesus Christ! It also is an important faith commitment that you believe that God is calling you to be a part of this church family. Your gifts are needed for Higgins Memorial UMC to have the brightest light for Jesus Christ possible. Each participant will be given a workbook , learn more about the Higgins Church and spend some time discovering your spiritual gifts. Please contact me ASAP if you would like to attend and consider confessing your faith in Jesus Christ and pledge your heart to uphold the faith and His church by your prayers. your presence, your gifts, your service and your witness. Contact me at John Fowler - email , phone/ text 828-221-4646. I pray our church family will celebrate professions of Christian faith and the power of His resurrection this Easter!
                                                                                                Grace and Peace
                                                                                                Pastor John  

Children's Ministry
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.

First Planning Meeting - Wednesday, March 6, 7:00
in Children's Ministry Center (Flex Space)
(Immediately following Ash Wednesday Service)

Youth News

Youth Sunday is March 10th

  • T-SHIRT order going in for youth if anyone else is interested let Jake or Jordan know we'll be glad to get you one ordered the cost is $17.00
              MARCH 9TH SO YOU WON'T BE LATE FOR               CHURCH SUNDAY                       MORNING!
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
  • Georgia Clark, health issues
  • Ada Lee Hipps, health issues
  • Miranda Renfro, health issues
  • Doyce McClure, home
  • Dick Dahl, radiation therapy
  • Mary Ann Wampler, health issues
  • Ken Walker, knee surgery-home
  • Jim Rozmus, home
  • Woody Cunningham, stroke while in the Ukraine
  • 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) 
  • Bill Riddle, health issues
  • 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
March 10, 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.
March Birthdays
3/02   Jon Perry                                          3/21    Charles Williams                       
3/03   Kathy Williams                                  3/22    Bunnie McIntosh
3/04   Carolyn Johnson                               3/22    Helen McIntosh
3/06   Emily Sigmon                                    3/22    Debbie Phillips
3/08   Chris Cooper                                     3/23    Susan Strickland
3/08   Michael Crooks                                 3/24    Alice Drummond
3/11   Shirley Chandler                               3/25   Joe Scott
3/12   Barb Jackson                                    3/25   Lynn Walker
3/13   Mandel Crain                                    3/25   Garland Wampler
3/14   Ansley Caterson                                3/27   Bowen Tyner
3/14   Caden Cooper                                   3/27   Renee Weeks
3/15   Daniel Boone                                     3/29   Caleb Tabor
3/17   Becky Gillespie                                  3/30   Donna Banks
3/17   J P Tabor                                            3/30   Hillary McPeters
3/20   Elizabeth Bingham                             3/30   Ethel Nash
3/20   Bill Cullom                                          3/31   Timothy Tabor
3/20   Nancy Watkins                                   3/31   Charlie Willis
3/21   Jeff Reynolds
March Anniversaries
3/08   Ronnie & Lucy Kates
3/09   Troy & Barb Jackson
3/10   Marvin & Sue Holland
3/15   Bob & Shirley Ann McAllister
3/29   Jim & Tennille Garofalo
3/29   Will & Hannah Morgan
3/30   Pat & Janet Hepburn
Library News
MARCH, 2019
          I picked up the "Book of uncommon Prayer" to put in the stack going to the church library, hesitated, laid it down, and finally decided I could part with it, if reluctantly. Written by Brian Doyle, who died just last year, well, it was difficult to let it go. He has the most beautiful way of expressing himself. We read this last thing every night before turning out the light and plan to do so again after giving you a year or two to read it also!
          When my oldest grandson went off to college the required reading for freshmen that year was Tracy Kidder's "Mountains Beyond Mountains". The biography of Dr. Paul Farmer who while at Harvard Med. School made a trip to Haiti and became very desirous of eliminating tuberculous there. That was the beginning of his life's work of eliminating infectious diseases throughout the world. This book also takes us to Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the philosophy that " the only real nation is humanity." And we are all a part of that. This incredible book truly shows how one man can make a difference.
          Tracy Kidder has been called the "master of non-fiction literature". Which leads us into the next book, "Strength in What Remains". Deo arriving in the U S from Burundi with $200 in his pocket. He was escaping from all manner of horrendous experiences there. Here with no English, no contacts, this is the story of how an asylum seeker facing all odds can eventually become a college graduate from Columbia Med. School. To quote the jacket flap "this book shows us what it means to be fully human by telling the heroism inherent in ordinary people, a story about a life based on hope. So heartwarming to see how generous so many are, giving without expecting anything in return. A truly feel good book (in the end).
          "Pain: The Gift Nobody Wants", subtitled Life Without Pain Could Really Hurt You by Dr. Paul Brand and Philip Yancey.
          Paul Brand, who became a world-renowned hand surgeon and leprosy specialist, spent his early years in India with his missionary parents until old enough to attend boarding school in England. After getting his medical degree he returned to India and worked with his mother, "Granny Brand", as a medical missionary. Leprosy became his lifes work. He made many observant discoveries which changed the way leprosy was seen. Later in life he came to the United States, worked in Washington state and in the leprosarium in Carville, LA. The woman he married had a degree in advanced eye problems. Both these occupations fit hand and glove with the ailments at the leprosarium. Incidentally, Carolyn and David Cort met Paul Brand at a smposium many years ago, makes the book more interesting somehow.
          Paul Brand's contributions along with those of Paul Farmer and the success of Deo in making his way through the labrynth of problems he faced in becoming a valued citizen of our country are all so uplifting as well as just plain old fascinating reading. Makes one inspired to value these special people while trying our best to do what we can where we live. We are very much the fortunate ones.                                                     

Thank You
Thank the Susanna Wesley Circle for having the trim work done on the Sanctuary.  The pecan sales from the past two years paid for this work to be done.  We appreciate all involved.   There are two more cases of pecans to be please buy a bag to further help our church.  
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.


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

My Dear Higgins Church Family,
Blessings to each of you in this new year. I surely miss the wonderful 8:30 services and the afternoon activities we shared with the children from the community.
This past month has really been an experience! A friend of mine from my local church, Galina Drozien, referred me to a wonderful hospital in Odessa. Her father had had a stroke several weeks earlier and was a patient there. The care I received far exceeded ANY I have received at any hospital in the Asheville/Burnsville area. I remained in the hospital for ten days. And am now receiving follow-up therapy here in Nikolaev.

Thank, you all, so much, for the money you collected for me for this unforeseen illness. I need to return to America in several weeks but have several things to attend to here before leaving. Please continue praying for me, that my recovery will continue as well as it has been. While in America, I do hope to travel some, visiting my children and friends in other places.
God bless you all. Much love, Woody Cunningham