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October Schedules
Online Giving
Ingles Cards
Pastor John
Children's Ministry
Music Ministry
Summer Fellowships
Youth News
Missions Opportunities
Celebrate Recovery
Rise Against Hunger
Women's Retreat
High Pastures Retreat
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Sunday Snacks: 10/6-The Renfro's; 10/13-Susan Rozmus; 10/20-Donna Banks & Lynn Walker; 10/27-Sharon Helsher

Sunday Greeters:10/6-The Wampler's; 10/13-Jamie & Renee Ray; 10/20-Bob Drummond; 10/27-The Schoen's

Scripture Readers:  10/6-David Cort; 10/13-Wanda Proffitt; 10/20-Teri Darnall; 10/27-Mary Tom Aldridge

Youth Dinners:  10/6-Alisha Martin; 10/13-Julena McQueen; 10/20-Jeanne Tyner; 10/27-Mary Ann Elliott

Nursery Volunteers:
10/6-Nancy Smith & Kim Young; 10/13-Sonya Vess & Judy Riddle; 10/20-Sharon Honeycutt & Lynn Walker

Altar Guild -Phyllis Patterson 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.

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!  
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
13001 Word of Life #109
Hudson, FL 34669

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.    

Reading Buddy Description and Information - School Year 2019-2020
The Reading Buddy Program in Yancey County has been in existence since the Fall of 2013. The program operates with adult volunteers who read with struggling readers that are identified by their teachers at Blue Ridge Elementary, Burnsville Elementary and Micaville Elementary Schools.
Adults desiring to be a volunteer in the program must be able and willing to complete volunteer and background check paperwork required by Yancey County Schools. In order to complete this paperwork, contact info, social security number, driver's license number and three non-family references must be submitted on the required forms. Leigh Bennett, Coordinator of the Reading Buddy Program, has copies of the necessary paperwork and once the forms are completed by a prospective volunteer, Leigh will have the forms processed by Central Office. Once approved, Leigh will notify the volunteer and make a student assignment at the school site requested by the approved volunteer.
After a student assignment has been made, the adult volunteer will choose any two days per week to read with their assigned student for thirty minutes each visit during a time selected by the classroom teacher. Ideally, most assignments will be made by the end of September 2019; the program will conclude for the year on Friday, May 15, 2020.
Please contact Leigh Bennett at or by calling 757-334-1379 with questions or for the required forms needed to be a reading buddy volunteer. Thank you for considering this ministry!
                                                    FISH FRY-Friday, October 25th from 5-7 pm at Higgins FLC
Fish, slaw, beans, cornbread, tea & coffee                   $10.00 a plate                     Contact John Rice 371-7281 or Claude Vess 284-0101    Benefits Prison Ministry        
Women's Circle

October 2019
Pastor John  

Then Jesus said to his disciples: "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." Matthew 9:37-38

This past year has been an exciting and inspiring year at Higgins Memorial UMC. We have seen the beginning harvest of two dreams for ministry that have seen much planning, prayer, and especially the leadership of our laity in using their gifts in ministry to serve a hungry and hurting world.

One of our dreams for several years at Higgins has been the birthing of new small groups for Christian discipleship. This year we have birthed two new adult Sunday School classes that are equipping our people with the Wesleyan means of grace of covenanting together to meet for accountability, learning, and support. Both classes began with laity sensing a need, a call from the Lord, and following God's call to serve. We also have some new home small groups that have begun and a new one that will begin soon. Once again, this is very lay led and obviously a work of the Holy Spirit birthing a new thing. It has been inspiring to see the response of our church family in cultivating the faith of our present members and using these new small groups to reach out to our community.

Another dream for a couple of years at Higgins has been the birthing of a Celebrate Recovery Ministry. This ministry was officially launched in June of this year and meets every Wednesday evening for a meal. worship and small group support. The lay leadership has been inspiring in their devotion to training and their commitment to helping people in our community discover the Lord's help with their hurts, habits, and hang- ups. Our staff has been outstanding in a variety of ways with a new music band, children's and youth ministry. Also our church family has been supportive with weekly meals and hospitality. It is an inspiring worship service each Wednesday night with solid teaching and encouraging testimonies. The strong presence of lay leadership with staff support, bathed in prayer, has resulted in the fruition of lives being blessed with the good news of Jesus Christ!

We are also very involved as a congregation with the expansion of the Reconciliation House which was birthed by our church over 30 years ago. The expansion will especially help meet the food scarcity needs of our community and is located across the street from our campus.

It is truly amazing what can happen in the life of a church when we pray for workers to come forth in the Lord's name. Jesus said that the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Pray ye therefore to the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into His harvest. Let's keep praying for workers in the Lord's Harvest.
          Grace and Peace
                                                                                                                John Fowler
                                                                                                                Pastor - Higgins Memorial UMC
Youth Ministry

The youth have started the Chip Ingram study "Why do I Believe" on Sunday nights at 5:00 in the FLC. 


Our annual Dollywood trip on Saturday the October 26.  


We are meeting on Wednesday nights at 6:30 in the dungeon for Celebration Place. 


Come join us!  Contact Jake at 208-3126 or Jordan at 208-2877 for more information.  

Music Ministry

A BIG THANK YOU to all those who supported our annual Pancake day!  We cleared $2,400!!!!!  That money will go to support our music ministry.  Thanks for making it one of the best in recent years.  THANKS!!!!!!
Fall Festival of Faith
Wednesday Evening Ministry at Higgins
Various programs, including a fellowship dinner, are available on Wednesday evenings starting at 5:30.
Because we have parents picking up kids from our after-school program on Wednesdays, we ask that those coming to the dinner come up the steep driveway off of North Main Street to keep everyone safe.
Here is what is offered every Wednesday evening:
  • For 8 weeks each fall (ending on October 23rd) and spring (starting February 26th) there is a fellowship dinner open to anyone. There is no fee but donations are appreciated to cover the cost for the food.
  • During these 8 weeks there is a one-hour Bible study after the dinner, open to all. This fall Pastor John is teaching on the book of Daniel in the classroom in the Family Life Center.
  • Kids have their own Bible teaching from 6:00 to 7:30 called Celebration Place (lasts until 8:30 for kids whose parents are attending Celebrate Recover) in the Children's Ministry Center.
  • Youth (middle school and high school students) have The Landing Bible teaching at the same time in The Dungeon.
  • Celebrate Recovery is in the Sanctuary from 6:30 to 8:30 and anyone is welcome to attend (See description below).
What is Celebrate Recovery?
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ Centered ministry where people can find God's healing and strength to face and move beyond their hurts, habits, or hang ups. This ministry is for anyone struggling with past or current dysfunctions or compulsions, whether they are affecting their own life or the lives of those around them.
Celebrate Recovery is not centered on a specific habit or problem, but is rather an umbrella ministry that ministers to people facing a variety of life's difficulties and struggles. We at Celebrate Recovery are a community of people working our way along the road to recovery, sharing our lives, experiences, hopes and fears with one another, and finding God's grace and forgiveness in solving our problems.
The Celebrate Recovery Principles (based on the Beatitudes and developed by John Baker and Rick Warren) and 12 Steps provide a path for Spiritual Growth and freedom from addictive, compulsive, and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy and a stronger relationship with God and with other people.
The overall intent of CR is to:
  • Help people understand the purpose of personal responsibility.
  • Encourage participants to let go of the past to focus on the future.
  • Introduce or renew a dedication to Jesus.
  • Move people into ministry.

Bus Fund
We are enjoying our new bus, but would love some help with our bus fund!  We still owe $34,331 on the bus and the monthly payment is $781.35.  It would be greatly appreciated if you could possibly pay one payment or any donation would be appreciated.  This has been a huge blessing for our church and we are very grateful to use this with the youth, children, etc.  

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!

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: Doyce McClure, Faye Skiff, Pete Hensley, Estelle Sheldon, hospice and Jerry Helsher
  • Millie Randolph, knee replacement
  • Liam, 5 yrs old, health issues
  • Deena Bingham, health issues
  • Mary Nelson, health issues
  • Karen Trimble, hip replacement
  • Mary Anne Deaton, broken foot
  • Emmy Wells, cancer (cousin of Pat Terrell - 6 years old)
  • Brooke Payne, health issues (niece of Marcia Schoen)
  • Jackie Laferia, health issues (friend of Barbara Blankenship)
  • Bob Proffitt, home- health issues
  • Ada Lee Hipps, health issues
  • Bill Riddle, health issues
  • Miranda Renfro, 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
October 13, 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.
October Birthdays
10/03   John Medina                                        10/18   Logan Brock
10/08   Karen Trimble                                      10/18   Schell McCall
10/09   Judy Byrd                                             10/18   Judy Riddle
10/09   David Cort                                            10/19   Paul Bradley
10/09   Joshua Young                                      10/19   Logan Reynolds
10/10   Stewart Leadbitter                                10/21   Judy Durham
10/10   Emilie Pinho                                         10/22   Scott Moncrief
10/14   Phyllis Patterson                                  10/24   Nancy Smith
10/14   Dick Soffe                                             10/24   Armin Wessel
10/14   Ken Walker                                           10/25   Mike Bingham
10/16   Monte Hogan                                        10/29   Wade Shehan
10/17   Bob Drummond
October Anniversaries
10/01   Joel & Megan Robertson
10/04   Bill & Nancy Watkins
10/10   Jimmy & Jennifer McCourry
10/12   Bob & Kathy Williams
10/15   Doyce & Louise McClure
10/25   Ray & Susan Strickland
10/26   Steve & Christie Bardwell
Bible Study Fellowship
Men's Evening Class in Burnsville begins
Tuesday, September 10th at 6:55
Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church.
"Acts and Letters of the Apostles"
September 2019 through May 2020
"Acts and Letters of the Apostles" captures the joys and sorrows of first generation Christians for 30 years after Jesus ascended to heaven. It describes the Holy Spirit's empowering of their mission to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the world.
Books:   Acts, 1 Peter, Hebrews, 1&2 Thessalonians, 1 Corinthians and James.
What is Bible Study Fellowship (BSF)?
BSF Men's classes offer straight talk and biblical truth built on the foundation of Jesus Christ. Every week, men 18 years of age and older come together to study the Bible, learn from one another and be challenged and encouraged to live for something larger than themselves.

You are Welcome to Attend!   Whether you are discovering God's Word for the first time or have studied the Bible over a lifetime, come join us for an in-depth study of the Bible. If you would like more information, contact John Bennett at (828) 678-1805 or Rich Eten at (828) 284-5260 or go to the website 
Rise Against Hunger

Volunteer Programs

Women's Retreat at High Pastures

High Pastures Retreat
"HEALING OUR FAMILY LEGACY" - Choosing Life for our families!
               A Prayer Ministry Conference, "Healing Our Family Legacy", will be held this coming November 1 -3 at High Pastures Retreat Center, located just a few miles east of Burnsville, North Carolina. The Blessing Place, an inter-denominational healing ministry begun in 2018, is presenting this conference with the purpose of bringing family members into the loving presence of God, setting their families free from generational struggles and strengthen (even increasing) the blessings passing down through the generations.
Many would ask, "What is healing our family legacy?" Most families recognize that physical characteristics, talents, and skills can pass from generation to generation within a family. Scripture refers to these as blessings. For example, just last week I talked with a landscaper who proudly told me that he was a 6th generation farmer. Some years ago, I attended a family reunion where four generations were present. During their family talent show, members of each generation either sang, played a musical instrument, or recited poetry they had written. Music and creativity was a generational blessing in this family.
              However, families usually do not recognize that harmful and life diminishing traits and behaviors frequently appear as a repeating pattern in the generations of their family ancestry. Scripture refers to these repeating struggles as curses. Some examples are depression, fear, addictions, physical illness, anger, divorce, pre-mature death, abuse, and unforgiveness.  We are not powerless in the face of such struggles. God uses wise and caring medical and psycho-therapy interventions. God also provides us with powerful, life-changing spiritual tools. Prayers focused on "Healing Our Family Legacy" is one of those tools!
               Teachings presented at the conference include: "God's Desire to Heal our Family Legacy", "Representational Confession", "A Family Story of Generational Healing", and "Preparing our Family Tree History". The conference moves to its most powerful moment, where each individual is invited to bring their Family Tree form and place it on the altar as their offering during the Generational Healing Service. This simple yet powerful act has been deeply healing and transformative for thousands of individuals and families.
               Scripture instructs us to "choose life, so that you and your descendants may live." (Deut. 30: 19) Participating in "Healing Our Family Legacy" conference is a practical way of "choosing life, choosing God's blessings, so that we and our descendants [our children and grandchildren and great grandchildren!] may live" life fully as God's beloved daughters and sons!  To register or learn more about "Healing Our Family Legacy" conference, go to our website at www.
                                                                        Rev. John Rice