Church Links & Forms

January Birthdays
Charles Casey
Ben Shoaf
Jim Timmons
RC Cannon
Brad Shoaf
Arlene Craddock
Norwood Wolfe
Mandy Shoaf
Cristina Santiago
Mike Brown
Maddie Shoaf

January Anniversaries

Dick & Laura Jones
Leigh Parker & Brian Rubright
James & Susan Weary

WOWs (Widows of Wrightsboro)
WOWs, Take Note!

We have moved our luncheon to the second Thursday of each month.
We will be gathering for lunch on January 10th.   Join us at 11:30am at K&W Cafeteria, 3501 Oleander Drive,  Wimington, NC 28403.

Hope to see many of you there.

For more information contact Pat Everett  910-686-2637
Lost and Foun
Lost and Found items are placed in the large basket in the Welcome Center.  If you have misplaced anything, please check the basket to see if it is there.


Each week, John Fuller records our 10:50am Worship Service.  If you missed worship or would like to share the service  with a friend or family member, copies are  available.  A sign- up sheet is i n the lobby; put your name and date of the service, and we will get a copy to you. A donation of $5.00 is appreciated to cover the cost of supplies. 
Like us on Facebook

Yes, Wrightsboro United Methodist Church has a Facebook page! Some of you have already liked our page and we thank you. If you have not already done so, please take time to go and "like" our page.  Also, you can really help us get the word out about what we are doing here at Wrightsboro UMC by not only liking the posts but also by sharing the posts. This will increase the number of people exponentially who see our posts. Another way you can help is when a question is posted, answer the question. This will help open up the communication. Lastly, if you have some time on your hands and would like to help keep our social media current, please contact the church office. 
Prayer Chain 
Have a prayer concern?  
Who do you contact? 

Email the church office and we will email it out to the Prayer Chain.  Note that the Prayer Chain is a different list from those receiving this Newsletter.  If you would like to be on the Prayer Chain email list, contact the church office. Just remember that you are committing to pray for the members of our church and their family and friends.  
In Case of Emergency
The d efibrillator is now located in the cabinet marked AED on the wall in the hallway beside the sanctuary.
Also, we have consolidated all our first aid supplies - first aid kit, blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, glucose meter,  glucose tablets and Propel or something similar for sudden blood sugar drops.  All these items are now located in the cabinet in the Welcome Center, behind the door with the "First Aid" sign.

The 2019 Flower Chart has been posted on the Bulletin Board in the hallway to the left of the Lobby.  I encourage you to sign up early; that way those special dates you want will most likely be available. If you have never offered to place flowers in the Sanctuary, I would like to encourage you to do so in memory or in honor to mark that special someone or date.

Available Dates:
Jan  13, 20
Feb 3,10,17,24
Mar 3,10,17,31
The cost of flowers is $49.00. You can mark your check or envelope "flowers" and place it in the offering plate or drop it by the church office.  If you have any questions or special requests, please  contact the church office.

We also have a Bud Flower Ministry. After your flowers have graced our Services consider donating them to this Minisrty. Bud Vases are created and then delivered to a local Nursing Home and are also available to be taken when visiting someone in the Hospital. If you would like to donate just let Pat Everett or Donna Fisk know. We thank you for your helping this Minisrty.

Joyce Meyer's 
Love Life Women's Conference
Joyce Meyer will be presenting a conference in Charleston, SC, Friday & Saturday, October 25 & 26, 2019.  Some of the women in the church are thinking about attending, and it would be great if we could assemble a group to attend the conference together.  Cost for the conference is $99.00 to $114.00 per person, depending on seating level.  For further information go to  
If you are interested in attending the conference, contact Eva Czepiel at .   If enough people are interested, we will look into other details and costs, such as transportation and lodging. 
The Book Nook 
is just inside the Welcome Center.

Stop by and check out the many wonderful Christian Fictional Books available. It's the honor system, so no signing out of a book. Take as long as you want to read your selection and then just return to the shelves.

 Happy reading!!

Do you find yourself wanting to praise the Lord by giving back to Him a portion of the many blessings He has so generously showered upon you?  Have you been sitting in the pew when the collection plate is being passed and you realize you have little or no cash and you don't carry a checkbook?  Have you been out of town or sick on Sunday and not sure how to handle your weekly tithe in those instances?  We have all been there. 

The church office will provide you a self-addressed envelope upon request, if you wish to mail a check.  But why not utilize the online giving option?  Online giving is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  It can be accessed by going to the church website,, and choosing the red Give button in the upper right corner, or by clicking the link, "click here to give online", in the weekly announcement email. Simply pick the amount of your tithe or offering and where you wish the funds to be applied, check out and you are done.  You can even elect to set it up as a recurring payment to ensure the funds are sent each week without any extra work on your part. 

What an easy way to ensure the missions of WUMC are able to continue and grow.  I am proud that we offer multiple options for our congregation, and I encourage you to at least check it out to see if it would be a good fit for you. 

Jim Timmons
Finance Committee Chair 

Thank You!

Thank you to all that helped make the Christmas Extravaganza a success! Thank you to all who donated toys, parent gifts, gift storage, wrapping paper, craft activities, clothing, Christmas trees and decorations. Also, thanks to  everyone that donated their time and to everyone that prayed for this event to be a blessing to others.

What a great way to shine for the Lord in our community.   

Happy New Year! 

Christi Tate
Bright Lights Ministry
Thoughts from Pastor David...  
Greetings, friends,

Happy New Year!!!   It's hard to believe that 2019 is officially here.   I believe the beginning of a new year is a good time to look back and reflect upon the past year, and also look forward to the new one.   It is an opportunity to close out the old year and start fresh with the new one.  
I remember when most of us greeted the new year  with a list of resolutions - plans to improve some aspect of our lives in the coming year.   They don't seem to be as popular as they once were, but I still hear about them now and then.   And they still include the same goals: losing weight, beginning an exercise routine, eating a healthier diet, spending more time with friends and/or family, giving up a bad habit or beginning a good one, and so forth.   Anything that helps to improve our health and relationships is certainly commendable, but shouldn't we also be considering how we might improve our spiritual lives and our walk with Christ?   After all - if we resolve and strive to be more like Christ, I believe all those other things will more easily fall into place.
            I suggest we look at this from two (2) perspectives.  First, what do we need to leave behind in the old year and not carry into the new one?  Many of us carry around such things as a hurt or grudge that we are reluctant to let go of; or, perhaps an unwillingness to forgive ourselves for something we have done or failed to do.  These are heavy and destructive burdens to carry around, and they will hinder our walk with Christ throughout the coming year.  We need to leave these behind in the old year, and let them stay there!
            Second, what can we add to our lives in the coming year to strengthen our relationship with Christ?  Perhaps we could get more involved in serving in His church or reaching out more to those around us who need help.  We could also work on improving our Bible study habits - both on our own with such things as daily devotions, or by attending Sunday school and/or Bible study on a regular basis.  Perhaps we could commit to strengthening our prayer life, setting aside time each day for prayer and meditation and make it a priority.  These are just a few things that come to mind, and I'm sure there are many others.
            God has blessed us richly during 2018, both as individuals and as a church.  But more importantly, I believe that even greater blessings are in store for us in 2019.  Let's continue to do our part and live into the wonderful plans He has for us! 

Grace & peace,
Pastor David
Administrative Council for 2019
(*Denotes members as required by the Book of Discipline, par. 252-5)
*Church Council Chair                                            Todd Parker
Recording Secretary                                                 Claudia Campese
*Lay Leader                                                              Chris Crowder
*Lay Member to Annual Conference                     Joyce Wardrip
Nurture/Congregational Care Coordinator           Gina Crowder
Mission Team Coordinator                                      Leigh Parker
Church-School Superintendent                               Norwood Wolfe
Worship Volunteers/Altar Guild Coordinator      Pat Everett
Children's Ministry Coordinator                            Courtney Hodges
Youth Ministry Coordinators                                  Chris & Gina Crowder
Scouting Coordinator                                               Chris Crowder
*President of United Methodist Men                      Darren Poe
*President of United Methodist Women                Eva Czepiel
*President of United Methodist Youth                   (to be elected)
*Board of Trustees Chair                                        (to be elected)
*Staff-Parish Relations Chair                                 Pansy Rumley
*Finance Chair                                                           Jim Timmons
*Treasurer                                                                 Freda Stephenson
*Young Adult Representative                                  Andy Timmons
Financial Secretary                                                   Suzanne Timmons
*Pastor                                                                       Rev. David Hollowell
Committees and Leadership for 2019
Council Chair . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Todd Parker
Recording Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . Claudia Campese
Lay Leader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chris Crowder
Lay Member to Annual Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joyce Wardrip
Alternate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Joyce Hollingsworth
Superintendent of Sunday School . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Norwood Wolfe
Children's Ministries Coordinator . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Courtney Hodges
Youth Ministries Coordinators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris & Gina Crowder
Scouting Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Crowder
Church Historian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joyce Hollingsworth
Safety Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Darren Poe
MISSIONS AND OUTREACH      Team Coordinator:   Leigh Parker
Work & Mission teams          Joyce Parker
Conference Missions              Joyce Parker
Hand-in-Hand (C4C)              Jennifer Matthews
Backpack Buddies                  Debbie Wheat & Becky Marshburn
Disaster Response/ERT          Joe Hodges
Community Food Pantry        Tom Carver
            Bright Lights                           Christi Tate
            Operation Enduring Love       Pam Spencer
            Meals on Wheels                     Joyce Parker
            Crafty Friday                           Gail Nunn
            Wednesday Breakfast              Rev. David Hollowell
            Evangelism                              Dick Jones
Class of 2019                        Class of 2020                       Class of 2021
Pansy Rumley (chair)             Todd Parker                         Cindy Shoaf
Debbie Gossett                        Betsy Gainey                       Lucy Lee
                                                            Jerry Lipka                           Brian Kivett
          Lay Leader: Chris Crowder          Lay Member to AC: Joyce Wardrip                           
Chair: Jim Timmons                                              Board of Trustees: (To be elected)  
Treasurer: Freda Stephenson                                 Lay Leader: Chris Crowde
Asst. Treasurer: Leigh Parker                                Lay Member to AC: Joyce Wardrip
Financial Secretary: Suzanne Timmons (staff)      Missions & Outreach: Leigh Parker
Admin Council: Todd Parker                                 SPRC Chair: Pansy Rumley
Member at Large: Wendy Donovan                       Pastor: Rev. David Hollowell                         
COMMITTEE ON NOMINATIONS AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT              Class of 2019                      Class of 2020                         Class of 2021
Joyce Wardrip                     Wanda Robertson                   Gene Rivenbark
            Marsha Hayes                      Ed Wrenn                               Charles Lawhon
            Gene Wheat                         Carolyn McLearie                              
Chair: Rev. David Hollowell           Lay Leader: Chris Crowder                                                   
            Class of 2019                       Class of 2020                         Class of 2021
Paul Donovan                        Joe Steagall                            Tina Messenger
            Lisa Ash                               Joe Czepiel                             Joe Hodges
            Tom Carver                          Pam Lipka                              Brad Shoaf
 Team Coordinator:  Gina Crowder
 Visitation & Meals                 Alma Allard & Joyce Parker
Bereavement Meals                Joyce Wardrip            
            Prayer Shawls                         Debbie Grigsby
            Cards                                       Linda Watkins
                          SMALL GROUPS
                         Widows of Wrightsboro                      Pat Everett
                         Classic Club (Senior Adults)               Alma & Jerry Allard
                         Friday Night Fellowship                      Christi Tate
 Team Coordinator: Pat Everett
                        Ushers: Joe Steagall (8:30) Brian Kivette (10:50)
                        Greeters: Debbie Steagall (8:30) Laura Jones (10:50)         
                        Acolytes: Courtney Hodges
                        Decorations: Gail Nunn, Eva Czpiel, Chris Crowder, Pat Everett

Have you ever thought about joining the choir? If so, come to the choir's open house on Tuesday, January 15 at 6:00pm.   Enjoy refreshments, join in or observe a rehearsal, and learn more about this ministry.

Also, the choir will be going to Bradley Creek Health Center to offer the Christmas cantata, "The Star Still Shines", on Sunday, February 3rd at 3:00pm.  Everyone is invited to come out and be a part of this ministry. 

Greetings from the WUMM ,
The Wrightsboro United Methodist Men continue to meet on the second Sunday of every month in the Fellowship Hall for breakfast. And, as usual, women are also welcomed. We eat at 7:30am, have a short devotional, and then conduct the business portion. We are finished in time for those who want to attend our 8:30am service.

Darren Poe - President, WUMM

* Also, a reminder to the men of our annual men's dues will be upcoming again in January - see me or Suzanne.*
December was a busy month for us. Heavenly Harold was our Christmas program on Dec 9th.  All ages were included in it. The Good News Singers sang a song, "Twas The Light Before Christmas", in the adult choir's cantata on Dec 16th and "Wonderful Counselor" on Dec 23rd. Our annual sleepover at the church was Dec 27th - 29th , with 16 children and 5 adults helping. We caroled at one private home and 3 retirement homes. We went to the Bounce house and we bowled. We watched movies and played games. We made pizzas, cookies, brownies, finger jello, cup cakes and macaroni and cheese and we ate them all. We had a great time.
January is a time for new beginnings and we are looking to include more children in our Sunday School classes. Miss Courtney teaches the younger children and Mrs. Pam teaches the older elementary children. We meet every Sunday at 9:45 am in the Education Building. Your children, grandchildren and your neighbor's children need to know and grow in Christ. Please help us to bring the Gospel to life in them.
The Good News singers practice every Wednesday evening at 6:30 after the family dinner. We sing every month in church, usually the third Sunday. After practicing, we have a snack and then the older children act out a Bible skit, while the younger children do a simple craft or coloring project. We finish at 7:30 pm. We look forward to including your child in the fun. If you have any questions, please talk to Pam Lipka (910-706-1252) or Courtney Hodges.

We meet every Wednesday evening at 6:30pm and Sunday mornings at 9:45am.
United Methodist Women

Meeting Information: 
Tuesday, Jan 8, 2019 @ 6:30PM in the Fellowship Hall.
Meeting Agenda will include voting on projects for next year, making a final decision on books to be purchased for our UMW bookshelf, and several other items.

UMW Reading Program
The book list for the 2019 UMW Reading Program is available at $100.00 has been allocated to purchase titles of our collection. If you want to make suggestions for purchase, bring your recommendations to meeting or email them to Eva Czepiel ( by Friday Jan 4. I already have received recommendations from three women and will provide a consolidated list of titles for the meeting.

Wrightsville United Methodist Church Women's Retreat: 
Saturday, February 23, 2019.
Registration deadline January 31 and preregistration is required. Retreats focus: The Bee Attitudes - Renewing Your Mind, Body, Spirit and Emotions. Speaker: Molly Rice.  Flyers are available in Welcome Center and online at

Thanks to all who supported the UMW projects in 2018.
The UMW mission focus is on ministries to women, children and youth. In 2018, Wrightsboro United Methodist Women assembled 146 school kits, 66 birthing kits, and 30 sewing kits. Most of these were delivered to the Merci Center in Goldsboro. We delivered over 1000 books to Wrightsboro Elementary School, donated time and monies to the Rise Against Hunger meal packing event and contributed to other church ministries. We also offered Joyce Meyer's Women's Conference as a telecast open to all women in the church. This was made possible through your support of our Candle Burning fundraiser and other donations. Thank You.

Books for Wrightsboro Elementary School Summer Reading 2019: We are collecting age appropriate books for Wrightsboro Elementary School. Books can be brought to the church and placed in the basket provided.

Questions about UMW items in the newsletter or about WUMW can be sent to Eva Czepiel at


W rightsboro Church furnished Christmas joy to three families from our community this year.  Our Angel tree was loaded with toys and clothes for seven children who might not have had a very merry Christmas without your generosity.  We also sponsored six angels from the Methodist Home for Children.  Our folks went the extra mile this season.  Some gifts had to be ordered but everything got here on time for delivery.  One of our children from MHC received five free horseback riding lessons from the daughter of one of our members.  It was definitely the season of love and giving for Wrightsboro  UMC.

The Missions committee also furnished back packs and school supplies for the Methodist Home for Children in December.


If you are interested in a work day at the MERCI Warehouse January 17, please sign up in the narthex.  If enough volunteers want to go we will take the van and work from 10:00 till 3:00.  As I always say, the best BBQ comes from Goldsboro!  So join us for a day of fellowship, helping others to have a better life, and lunch.


We continue to serve the shut ins in our community with a hot meal on the first Saturday of each month.  Our  route is temporarily down four people who have not been able to return home after Hurricane Florence.  We anticipate, and pray, that they will be back home soon.


The new year has come bringing many opportunities to share God's love with others.  The next Crafty Friday project is a Valentine gift for the Wrightsboro Elementary staff.  Here is a hint as to what we will be working involves a simple sewing stitch, felt, thread, and rice!  The final hint...cupid might try to use them for target practice!

Please join us on Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall for fellowship and help us make these gifts.  Contact Gail Nunn,, for more information about this ministry.

Operation Enduring Love
Hello WUMC!

Happy New Year!

I received an e-mail from  our Marines over in Iraq.  They were so very happy to get their I-tune gift cards, and said that the knitted toboggans made by the Crafty Friday ladies would keep their heads warm at night!  The  soldiers also expressed their deepest gratitude for all the most welcome Christmas cards.  A total of 162 were sent.  Everyone's  thoughts and sentiments seemed to have really touched their hearts at the core.  I am so very proud of our church family!  I am so happy that you all reach out to our men and women in our Armed Forces and pay them the respect and give them the love they so deserve!  Thank you all and again,  Happy New Year and God bless you and yours.

With the Love of Christ,

Pam Spencer
Operation Enduring Love

We are sponsoring a RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE at Wrightsboro United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 19, from 9:00am to 2:00pm.
There is a sign-up sheet in the lobby, or you can go online to and enter sponsor code "Wrightsboro" or call 1-910-254-4483.
Volunteer Opportunities in our Church
Are you looking for a place to volunteer in 2019?  Consider these opportunities:

1.  Being a scripture reader at either the 8:30 or 11:50 worship service
     Contact Pat Everett  910-686-2637

2. Ushering at 8:30 or 11:50 worship service
     8:30 contact  Joe Steagall  910-675-8822
    11:50 contact Brian Kivett  910-742-6111

3.  Greeter at 8:30 or 11:50 worship service
     8:30   contact Debbie Steagall  910-675-8822 
     11:50 contact Laura Jones   910-520-8495

4.  Our Coffee Corner needs some extra hands!  If you are enjoying 
     the brew... consider helping to keep it perking every Sunday.  
     Contact Pat Everett  910-686-2637

5.  Help create ideas and construct one of the Bulletin Boards.
     Contact Pat Everett  910-686-2637

6.  Help deliver Bud Vases to people who are home bound, in the hospital 
     and in the nursing homes.  Contact Donna Fisk 910-602-0133 or 
     Pat Everett  910-686-2637

7.  Our Food Pantry is in need of a volunteer on Wednesday morning from 9:00am -      11:00am.  Contact Tom Carver  910-264-8012

8.  Our Food Pantry needs someone to pick up food from Food Lion in Porters Neck       once a week.  Contact Tom Carver  910-264-8012

These are just a few of the opportunities to serve. We look forward to hearing from many of you.  Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Harbor District News

           Feb 10 - Joint UMC/AMEZ Event

On Feb 10th from 3pm to 5pm, congregations from local United Methodist and AMEZ churches will come together for an afternoon of fun and unification with a highly entertaining program that includes two comedians and live music.  The event will be held at the historic Hannah Block Community Arts Center in downtown Wilmington (120 South 2nd Street).  Doors open at 2:30pm.
Comedians Jason Earls and John Felts will lead us in a time of fellowship and laughter.  Live music will be provided by the Benny Hill Jazz Band.
Everyone is invited!

For Harbor District News and events  click here


January 4, 2019

Finance Committee Update:

Greetings Church Family - Thank you for allowing us to serve the church in this way each month. We consider it a privilege to be charged with such responsibility, and we make every effort to be good stewards. At all times, financial information is available in the church office or by request.

For the month of November 2018:

Total funds taken in:                                                         $ 31,572.26
Of note, this figure includes the following amounts collected:
               Food Pantry                                       $ 290.00
               Memorial Fund                                 $ 175.00
               Family Night                                      $ 274.00
               Wednesday Breakfast                      $ 106.69
Total funds spent paying bills:                                        $ 36,814.83
Deficit for end of month, November 2018                   ($ 5,242.57)

Due to existing funds in bank account, we had the money to cover the deficit this month.

Our current mortgage payout is $ 697,889.42

Apportionments are paid on schedule. The new amount is in for 2019 and will be slightly lower than this year's amount.

For those who prefer, please remember you can always make your tithes and offerings online through the church website.

As always, thank you for your faithful tithes, your donations, your gifts, and your prayers.

Jim Timmons
Finance Chair
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3300 N Kerr Ave
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