The Disciple Newsletter
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May Schedules
Online Giving
Ingles Cards
Susanna Wesley Circle
A Message from Wes
Children's Ministry
Higgins Youth
Music Ministry
Howell's Newsletter
Caleb Grindstaff's letter
Vietnam War Veteran's
Rise Against Hunger
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May Schedule:
Snacks:   5/7-Renee Weeks; 5/14-Becca Leadbitter; 5/21-Fran Maresh; 5/28-Jan Scott & Susan Rozmus 
Greeters:    5/7-Virginia Ray; 5/14-Bob Drummond; 5/21-Wamplers'; 5/28-Nelsons'
Scripture Readers:  5/7-Wanda Proffitt; 5/14-Bunnie McIntosh; 5/21-Nancy Williams; 5/28-Betsy Myers
Youth Dinners:  5/7-Sonya Vess & Judy Riddle; 5/14-Ken & Lynn Walker; 5/21-Alisha Martin; 5/28-Sue Parker
Altar Guild for May  -Mary Nelson and 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.
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!  
Volunteer Opportunities
We would love to have some more volunteers for "Greeters" and/or "Scripture Readers" for the 11:00 service. Please call the office if you are interested.

The Susanna Wesley Circle
The Susanna Wesley Circle will meet on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. in the FLC.  The program will be presented by Bunnie McIntosh.  Mary Ann Wampler and Phyllis Patterson will be hostesses.  All ladies are welcome.  
Some of the Higgins family may have moved, but they are still in our hearts. Send them well wishes!

Ms. Libby Hammond
6500 Gaines Ferry Rd, G5
Flowery Branch, GA 30542
ph: 678-886-7805

Zach & Cori Howell
10126 Ballyclare Ct.
Charlotte, NC 28213

Bev Hunsucker 
209 Hatfield Drive
Franklin, TN 37064
Cell: 828 230-1787

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

Emily Sigmon
Furman PMB 29396
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, SC 29613

Mat Sigmon
6 Smythe Street, 3rd
Brookline MA 02445
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
Volunteers Needed to Visit Shut-ins
     Higgins has a growing number of shut-ins who would greatly benefit from your visit. They are often adjusting to one of the following changes: living alone following the death of a spouse, maybe their adjusting to living in a care facility, some may have more pressing health issues and in general they just need a friendly face who will take the time to sit down and have a cup of coffee, just talk, have a devotion or prayer time together and just simply care!
   The word of God directs us to visit those in need. If you feel you would enjoy spending time with one of them, please prayerfully consider contacting either Elaine Dellinger at the 11 o'clock service {PH 682-74524} or Nancy Smith (284-6142) at the 8:30 service to sign up.
You may be surprised that you receive the greater uplifting in spirit by the time you leave them.

"In addition to visits, Higgins will also be serving communion to the home bound or anyone in the community that would like it brought to them the first Sunday of every month. If you'd like to add anyone to the list, be added or would like more info. Contact Deena Bingham (828)208-2377."

Monday Prayer
Do you want to see more of God's presence, power and purpose
 in our church?  If you do, please join us in prayer for that purpose alone - to pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  We are meeting each Monday in the Prayer Room at 1:00 and praying for about 20-30 minutes.

Wednesday night prayer:
May 3- Soaking prayer at 6:30 pm in Sanctuary

May 10-Intercessory Prayer in prayer room at 6:30 pm

May 17-Soaking prayer at 6:30 pm in Sanctuary

May 24-Intercessory Prayer in prayer room at 6:30 pm

May 31-Intercessory Prayer in prayer room at 6:30 pm

A gathering for women of all ages and denominations

Bible Study, Sundays at 2:00 pm   All women ages 19-45....or those  who are young at heart.  Contact Kristy Sutton if you need more information - 828-682-2935 or

May 2017
Our Vision

Jesus tells us in Matthew 22:37-40, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets."

As the group of believers that meets in the building known as Higgins Memorial UMC, what does that look like?

We love and serve the Lord with all that we are. We live our lives in worship to Him, through serving Him, using the gifts He gave us when He welcomed us as members of His family and joined us to the Body of Christ. (Luke 4:8; John 4:23, Romans 12:5-8, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31). He prepares us for His work through the study of His Word, fellowship with one another, and prayer - equipping us, so that we may accurately speak the truth in love and act in love (Acts 2:42, John 13:35, Ephesians 4:11-16, 2 Timothy 2:15). We fulfill the purpose He has for our lives by acting in God's power, not our own (Luke 24:49, Acts 2:1-4, Titus 2:11-12, Matthew 11:28-29).

As members of His Body, we are driven by God's heart for others so that our hearts are changed (John 13:34-35, Romans 8:5, Ephesians 5:2, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8). We love our neighbors as we love ourselves (Luke 10:25-37). We partner with and involve other churches (Hebrews 10:24-25, Ephesians 4:4, Colossians 1:18).Together, we go out into the community to reach the lost (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15). Together, we serve the hungry and unsafe; youth, particularly those with inactive or absent parents; the homebound; those struggling in poverty; those who feel unloved; and those who don't have biblical understanding (Galatians 6:2). We are a sanctuary for all, just as He is our Sanctuary (Jeremiah 17:12, Psalm 46:1, Psalm 28:7).
The Wessage
A Message from Wes

Apart From Me, You Can Do Nothing

In the last Chapter of John's Gospel, the Disciples seem to have gotten discouraged.  Even with Resurrection, their journey with Jesus has not turned out the way they had imaged.
So in John 21, they return to fishing.  Now this isn't a group of friends deciding to let their hair down and relax by doing a night of fishing together.   They are making a decision to turn away from the call of Jesus to put their life into the work of God's Kingdom.

Peter was the first to say, "I'm going fishing!"
When he was first called to follow Jesus, Jesus said to Peter: "I will make you fishers of people."   So Peter is abandoning fishing for the lives of people and returning to fish for fish.
Now what a step down!

The result of a night of fishing at their own initiation and planning was they caught nothing - no fish at all.  And these are professional fishermen.  This is the point of the story: "apart from Jesus we can do nothing."

Jesus said in John 15:5:
5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."

Jesus calls all of us to a focused ministry of service or missions.   Staying away from His call results in nothing.   Within the Son's call to our lives - is abundance, purpose and results that will have an eternal impact.

What place in God's kingdom work is God calling you to focus your time and talent.   With Summer upon us we are in a need for more people to serve in our vital and exciting Children's Ministry.   Both across the Summer months and as we plan for the Fall.   What role in Children's Ministry is God calling you to?  Contact our Children's Minister, Kim Garland and find a place to serve!  Ask God, what role He might be calling you to in the Children's Ministry or another ministry team.
In His Grip Forever,

Pastor Wes
Children's Ministry
A Message from Kim

We are winding up another wonderful year of Living Inside Out, our weekly after school Bible club for elementary-age kids.  This year we focused on the Attributes of God and on the character traits He wants to produce on us.  We did this by using the 26 letters of the alphabet and by producing two beautiful "virtual" quilts.
The attributes of God that we studied are:  
God is..
Almighty God and Abba
Beautiful Burden-bearer
Creator, Comforter and Coming King
Deliverer, Defense and Dwelling place
Eternal and Everlasting Father
Faithful and Forgiving
Generous and Full of Grace
Holy, Healer and Helper
Incredible Immanual
Judge of the Whole World and Jesus
King of Kings
Mighty, Meek, Magnificent and Merciful
Name Above All Names and Near
Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and Omniscient
Powerful, Promise-Keeper, Prince of Peace and Provider
Quickening Spirit
Redeemer, Restorer and Reconciler
Savior and Shepherd
Truth, Trustworthy and Teacher
Understanding and Unwavering
Wise, Wonderful and Worthy of Worship
eXtra-ordinary, eXcellent, and eXalted 
And we said that because God is all of those things, we can be....
Brave and Bold Blessing
Diligent and Dependable
Encouraged and Equipped to be and Encourager
Forgiving and Faithful
Generous and full of Grace
Humble and Hopeful
Interested in Others and Taking Initiative
Joyful and Just
King's Kids
Meek and Merciful
Near to God and Nurturing Others
Obedient Overcomer
Prayerful, Peaceful, Patient and Powerful
Quick to Respond to God
Responsible, Resourceful and Respectful
Secure and Self-controlled
Trusting God, Trustworthy and Transformed
Understanding and Using our Unique Talents
Victorious in Jesus
eXcellent and eXalting God
Yearning for what God wants and saying "Yes!"
Zealous for God's will to be done and His Kingdom to come!
Higgins Youth News
I don't know if you know this, but we have an amazing group of youth at Higgins! We are crossing denominational borders, joining with our brothers and sisters in Christ, and chasing after Jesus!

In late March, we attended a Youth Rally at Rebel's Creek Baptist Church with several other youth groups. It was at this Youth Rally that many of our teens grew closer to God, and one, in particular, started following Jesus. Over the last couple of years, I have had the pleasure of watching this young man listen to the gospel and learn. I've seen the Lord tugging at his heart. It gives me such joy to see our Father's work and relentless wooing come to fruition. I was reminded of Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 3:5-7, "So, what is Apollos? And what is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, and each has the role the Lord has given. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth." So many believers have reached into this young man's life, some planting, some watering... and when he attended the Youth Rally, we saw that tiny seed sprout!! God is good!!

We're excited to be bussing the teens over to The Bridge in Spruce Pine to worship with their youth group on Wednesday nights. God is doing amazing things there! Just this past February, the youth pastors, Tyler and Jordan Anglin, had reached a point of deep discouragement and were debating if they should move on from youth ministry. That very week God showed up in a powerful way and has continued showing Himself in greater ways! I'll admit, sometimes ministry can be discouraging. Sometimes you can feel like you are doing exactly what God has called you to; pouring your heart and life into people and don't seem to see results. But, God's ways are not our ways. 2 Peter 3: 9 says, "The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance." Sometimes He's working in people in ways that our human eyes can't discern. We need to remind ourselves that seeds are planted, watered, and begin growing under the surface.

We're eager to see what God is doing in our youth and in the Body of Christ. We're enthusiastically chasing Him so we can be witnesses to what He's doing. 2 Corinthians 3:17 tells us, "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." We don't want to be like the Pharisees, held back by traditions (do this, don't do that), but instead be freed by the Spirit of God. We know God is always with us (His Spirit lives in us as believers in Christ. Where two or three are gathered in His Name, He is in the midst), but we want to be where He is freely working. Amen?! We don't want to hear secondhand about Jesus' miracles and words, we want to be in the crowd following Him and witnessing for ourselves!

He said if we seek Him we will find Him. Well, brothers and sisters, we are running full out into His open arms. We are open to what He has for us. And what He has is so good. He offers peace, love, truth, freedom, life. His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
Kristy Sutton
On behalf of Higgins Youth Leaders
(Jake & Jordan Honeycutt, Mitch Rote, and Kristy Sutton)

Congratulation to the Class of 2017!!
Michael Ruane Bingham, Jonah Creech, Caleb Grindstaff,
 Maggie Howell, Raelin Reynolds, Austin Timma
Join us on Saturday, June 03, 2017, to support our graduates!! 
Graduation will take place at Mountain Heritage High School at 10:00 am. 
Music Ministry
A Message from Andrea

  I want to thank everyone involved with the Good Friday Stations of the Cross.  It was an amazing experience for those who attended. Many lives were touched.  Thank you for letting God work through you in service to our Community.  Your ministry is important!!!!

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: John & Sharon Cooke; Carol Clack, Mary Gilmour, Pete Hensley and Jerry Helsher
  • Family of Wallace Edge in his passing 
  • Betsy Myers, lung surgery
  • Tom Trimble, back surgery
  • Linda Richmond, health issues
  • Ruby and Vic Hewitt; Ruby for neurological issues and Vic for caregiver strength
  • Mary Gilmour's daughters, Margaret and Nora, health issues
  • Herb and Lucy Carl; Herb recently had a brain hemorrhage and will require therapy.  
  • Sue & Marvin Holland's daughter, Sharon, health issues 
  • Kristy Sutton's father, health issues
  • Pam Shelburne, health issues
  • Andrea Bailey's grandmother, Phyllis Ray, health issues
  • Bailey Willis, health issues (11 year old niece of Charlie and Stephanie Willis)
  • Sandra Spell, health issues
  • Jim Buckner, health issues
  • Jenn Chenowith, brain tumor (friend of Diana Noble)
  • Doug Zillweger's brother, Todd (leukemia) 
  • Bill Riddle, health issues
  • Becky Gillespie, Chemo treatments
  • Stephen Carver, health issues
  • Continued prayer for Jennifer McCourry's family
  • Bobby Jack & Shirley McAlister, health issues
  • Renee Wessel, continued prayer for healing
  • Trudy White, Bevo's Mom who is in hospice
  • Ben and Kelly Johnson (Young Life Staff)
  • Tom Alexander, on-going treatments in Chapel Hill
  • Kristen Brooks, terminal cancer
  • Rhonda McCall, missionary to Ukraine
  • The Kohman Family, CRU missionaries
  • Zach Howell, CRU Missionary to Charlotte Metro Team
  • Pastor Wes and your church staff
  • Sam Howell, US Army
  • J. P. Tabor, Airforce 
  • 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
May 14, 2017 - 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.
May Birthdays
5/4    Carole Aldridge                 5/21    Bobby McAllister
5/6    Earl Young                        5/22    Hannah McCourry
5/8    Jerry Ezzelle                     5/22    Jack Myers
5/19  Harrison Tyner                  5/23    Trevor Higgins
5/20  Christopher Tyner             5/27    Mary Nelson
May Anniversaries
5/15   Tom & Joan Alexander
5/21   Eric & Sonya Vess
5/26   Bill & Caryl Cullom
5/30   Ron & Mei Moss
Zach & Cori Howell's Newsletters

Letter from Caleb Grindstaff
March 1, 2017
Dear Family and Friends,
I am writing this letter because I have felt God leading me to take a year before college to focus on Him and His calling on my life. As I prayed, I felt led to serve with an organization called YWAM, and I have now been accepted into the program in North Cascades, Washington. YWAM, which stands for Youth With A Mission, is an international, non-profit, non-denominational, Christian organization whose main purpose is to minister to people around the world through evangelism, training, and mercy. On September 22, 2017, I will be on my way to starting my discipleship training for three and half months, and then sometime in December I will be sent to another country, such as Asia or Africa, to put my missionary training to practice for three and half months. However, this amazing experience that I have been blessed with will cost about $7,300 for education/boarding/food and travel. God has given me the passion to change the world through mission work, and I would be honored if you could help by donating and help fund me. I am asking you to pray about it and whatever God tells you to give, and then please give. Whether it be $500 or $5, anything will be a blessing to me and my dream and will be greatly appreciated!
To learn more about YWAM, go to   You can send donation to 489 Pollard Mine Rd, Burnsville, North Carolina 28714

Trusting in His provision,
Caleb Grindstaff

Calling all Vietnam War Era Veteran's

The Defense Department has partnered with the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution to provide a bronze pin and DAR to provide a certificate honoring them for their service to a grateful nation. The upcoming presentation will be mid-morning during the Home Town Hero's day on the square. If you are a vet or know one please call or email the following information to our own Elaine Dellinger who is with the Greenlee Chapter NSDAR in Marion  682-7524 or by May 15th. Note: Even if you did not serve in Vietnam but was in service during the period of 1955-1975 you are eligible.

Full Name, Rank, Branch of Service, Years of service during this era of [1955-1975] and contact number.
Rise Against Hunger
My National Honor Society students have a Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) food packaging event scheduled for after school on May 12th, here in our school cafeteria. We are in need of funding, and probably warm bodies. Could you please pass this message along to your missions' committee to request any available funds to help out? And also, could you include a message about our event in the bulletin over the next couple of weeks?
I really appreciate any help Higgins Methodist can give to us!
Suzanne Gavenus, LCSW, CSSW 
Mountain Heritage High School
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