Volume 3 Issue 47- November 25 - December 1, 2022

Hertford UMC Weekly E-News

Inviting Loving

Growing Sharing

Hertford United Methodist Church

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It’s Time to Wait!


      By the time you receive this you are probably recovering from a day of overindulgence, lying on the couch or your favorite chair and singing the Alka Seltzer blues. I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving and were able to spend it with loved ones and friends.


       Sunday is the beginning of the Advent Season and the beginning of the Christian Year which we follow in worship and practice.

  • Advent is the 4 weeks prior to Christmas day and is a time of preparation and waiting to celebrate the birth of Christ.
  • It is followed by the Christmas Season which is 12 days beginning with Christmas Day.
  • Christmas is followed by Epiphany which is the coming of the Kings or the Magi and is normally the first Sunday in January.
  • Epiphany is followed by the baptism of Jesus and the beginning of Jesus' 3-year ministry.
  • Lent is the 40 days before Easter/Resurrection Sunday.
  • Pentecost is 50 days after Easter, which was the pouring out of the Holy Spirit and the beginning of the church – this is normally the first of June.
  • The next 5 months are called ordinary time until we come again to Advent.


   The Biblical narrative of Advent is twofold: It is a time of waiting and it is a time of preparing. The word Advent comes from the word Adventus meaning “coming” or “appearing”.Thus it is a time of waiting and preparing to celebrate the coming or appearance of the promised Messiah and Savior of the World. The “waiting” is to remind us how the world waited over 2000 years for the birth of Jesus the Messiah, the son of God.


   It is also a season of preparing to celebrate the coming of the promised King of Kings and Lord of Lords. As a bride prepares for the bridegroom and the wedding plans are prepared for that glorious day, we prepare our homes with all kinds of decorations that speak of the coming of the Lord. We decorate our homes with manger scenes, stars, lights, and other such things.

   We prepare ourselves spiritually through our prayers and devotional life, attending Advent worship services and gatherings, volunteering in our community, and reaching out

to our neighbors with the love and Grace of Jesus Christ.


   Join us this Sunday in-person or online at 10:00 a.m. as we begin the glorious Advent Journey together.

Grace and Peace

Pastor Gene

Sunday’s Message:                             ”Hope is On the Way”

Sunday’ Scripture:                                   Jeremiah 33:14-16

“‘The days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.

15 “‘In those days and at that time

I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line;

he will do what is just and right in the land.

16 In those days Judah will be saved

and Jerusalem will live in safety.

This is the name by which it will be called:

The LORD Our Righteous Savior.’


It is our custom for our members and those who call HUMC their church home to make a financial commitment to God and to the missions and ministries of HUMC for the coming year.


After receiving your “Blessed to be a Blessing” Commitment Card and a “Guide to Giving". Would you prayerfully consider doing the following?


1. Review the 2023 Guide to Giving

2. Prayerfully determine your 2023 giving commitment

3. Return your “Blessed to be a Blessing” card by the end of the year by placing it in the offering plate, mailing it to the church office or dropping it in the locked outside mailbox.


Why Do We Fill Out Commitment Cards?

It Allows The Church To Plan Mission and Ministry Responsibly.

When the church has a general idea of what the giving will be for the coming year it allows for ministries and mission planning in a responsible, accountable and transparent manner.


Annual giving makes possible mission and ministry in our community and world.

All the ministries and mission work by HUMC happens because of the generosity of the people of HUMC. Worship opportunities, small group studies, music ministries, nurturing ministries, Bible studies, and Christian formation for stations of life don’t happen without your support.


All We Have Is A Gift From God.

Since all we have comes from God, we believe that giving to God’s work is an act of worship, discipleship and mission that allows us to participate in the work of the Kingdom of God in our community and our world.


Thank you for your faithfulness to God’s work through HUMC as we move into this new year. Good things are happening and Grace abounds at HUMC.

The Flowers on the Altar This Week

Are Given to the Glory of God

and In Celebration of the Advent Season


Ardie Eaton

Please Remember these in your prayers

Susan Dickerson (Daughter of Maxine Dickerson)

Tommy Tilley (Father of Todd Tilley)

Joy Cope

Wayne Ashley

Brenda White

Jean Ashley

The Windsor House

Janice Boyce

Chowan River

Tom Gard 

The Landings

Bobbie Boynton

Ila Gray White

Margaret Denison

Jane Jordan


Miriam J Haskett

Extended Church Family  

The Gates Family

Gail Smith

Bodie Cestaro (Marta Colson's 2yr old great-grandson)

Janice Allie (Donna Adams’ mother)

Finn Booker (Nephew of Bob Halter's Daughter, Alyssa)

Leona Williams (mother of Andie Cook)

Diane Selleck & husband (daughter of Kathleen Selleck)

Mary Frances Baker (sister of Angela Rose)


*Bold text indicates recent additions/updates to the prayer list* 

Advent Small Group Study

The Angels of Christmas

Sunday Mornings after Worship

Band of Brothers

Every Tuesday Morning - 10:00 AM

Cub Scouts

Every Wednesday Evening - 6:30 PM

Choir Practice

Every Wednesday Evening - 7:00 PM

Miriam J Haskett 11/26

GregHoy 11/26

KittyPippen 11/27

RaymondSawyer 11/27

Lisa Joyner Davenport 11/27

DrewRoberts 1/28

JeanneOverton 11/28

John & Dorothy Larson11/25

Wayne & Jean Ashley11/28

Stephen & Lisa Hard11/29


Advent Small Group Study

The Angels of Christmas

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Sunday, November 27 - December 18

Each Sunday Morning

Following the worship service

Fellowship Hall

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Join our church family in celebrating and dedicating our NEW outdoor nativity on Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 5:00 PM. We will have light refreshments, fellowship and a short devotional before officially lighting our new nativity scene for the holidays. We hope you will plan to join us!

UWF Website

What can five ladies with a heart for missions do?


Thanks to everyone who supported the Joy Circle's

"Return of the Pies" fundraiser for UMW Missions.


The UMM have restocked the office with a fresh batch

of peanuts for your holiday gatherings!

$8 per jar - No limit

Stephen Ministry is a team of laypeople doing one-to-one, distinctively Christian caring with those going through difficult times in life. The care is completely confidential. We know no one wants to admit they need help, but no one other than you and your Stephen Minister will know that you are having discussions. Difficult times in life constitute many things and times we all go through. Why go through it alone when you can have a person at your side to help carry the load. We are here to serve you and will be by your side whether you are lonely, ill, having problems at home, or grieving.  

The Stephen Ministry team looks forward to helping you. The team consists of Carroll Harrell, Susan Winslow, Carol Kuhn, Ruth Lacefield, Kay Whedbee White and Jean Ashley (temporarily on leave of absence). If you want to know more about the ministry or need help yourself or know of someone who you think needs help, please contact one of the Stephen Ministers.  

From Our

District Superintendent

David Blackman

"Driving With David"

No Idling Zone

Read the current newsletter to find out what is happening in the Beacon District. A new newsletter comes out every other week.

Beacon District Newsletter

United Methodists Meet to Approve Disaffiliation

"The Bishop's Corner"

Bishop's Office

The People of the

United Methodist Church

What We Believe 

How We Serve

Ways to Grow


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The Outreach Ministries group needs your help. In order to help grow the membership of HUMC, we would like to send a card to all newcomers who move into Perquimans County.

In order to send this "Come meet new friends this Sunday at Hertford United Methodist Church . . . ., " we need the names and addresses for any folks who are new to the area.

Please provide this information to:

Nancy Lodge:

nancyrichlodge@embarqmail.com or (264-4143)

Lynne Raymond

63lynner@gmail.com or 426-5102 and we will do the rest.

As always, thanks for helping us grow!


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Hertford United Methodist Church
200 Dobbs Street
Hertford, NC 27944
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Website: hertfordumc.org
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