MAY 2018

May 1, 2018 - (an article by Marsha Jones highlighting our longest-on-record church member). Alma Euliss joined First United Methodist Church, Graham on.

MAY 2018 FUMC-Graham—303 North Main Street Graham, NC 27253 336/226-4343 Pastor—G. Kevin Baker

The First Methogram

Making Disciples for Jesus Christ through Love and Service!

Dear Friends, Discipleship is a shared journey. That is one of the core convictions of this pastor and of our congregation here at First UMC Graham. That means that a big part of our mission is to find ways to invite others to discover this amazing, challenging, and lifetransforming journey for themselves. As I concluded our recent sermon series “Grace is Greater,” I lifted up Hebrews 12:15 as one of those verses that should be part of every church’s mission statement: “Make sure that no one misses out on God’s grace.” I love that verse. It inspires and motivates me. I hope it does the same for you. That is our calling. That is our mission. That is our purpose—to do everything in our power to make sure that no one misses out on God’s grace. One of the ways we are trying to do this is by introducing discipleship as a journey. Over the past year, Brian Yoder and I have been working on an “onboarding discipleship” process that seeks to give participants a small taste of what it means to journey together as followers of Jesus. We have named it “Discover the Journey.” It is a short-term immersion experience with a small group that commits to six weeks of shared worship, prayer, study, accountability, and spiritual growth. When we first began designing this experience, we intentionally focused on one main goal above all others: to create a safe space that had the maximum potential for developing spiritual friendships. Along the way, there are secondary goals that we also strive to address like answering frequently asked questions about our church, about United Methodism in general, and about how one can get more involved in this faith community specifically—but the primary goal remains the focus, and it is based on a simple biblical conviction that Christianity is not an individual affair. We need each other.

We are currently offering this experience for the third time beginning on May 2nd. Whether you are a long-time member of our church or a recent member or attendee, I would like you to consider being a part of this journey in one of our future offerings. We have designed it to be an interactive series for anyone who would like to discover (or to be reminded of) how we at FUMC Graham are trying to worship, connect, serve, give and grow together. Consider this your personal invitation from me to you. Come, discover the journey. Come let us grow together in love. Come, let us find new ways to make sure that no one misses out on God’s grace. Worshipping, Connecting, Serving, and Giving with you, Pastor Kevin MAY 2018

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Worship Evangelism Message: He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”—Mark 16: 15

Connect Sonbeams—A Summer Bible Camp for Preschoolers

4-day, 4-week session in June at First United Methodist Church, Graham 4-day, 8-day, and 16-day sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Hours: 8am-12noon Contact Faye Waddell at 336/227-9148 for more information.

Are you a Secret Prayer Partner for One of our Youth? “Reveal” luncheon scheduled for Sunday, June 3 at 12:15 pm in Stafford Hall. Adults, please bring sandwich ingredients to share. Bread, condiments, and drinks will be provided. GRADUATION SUNDAY! We will recognize our high school seniors and college graduates on Sunday, June 10 at the 11am service. High school seniors or parents of high school seniors, please contact Paul Abbott ([email protected]), and college graduates or parents of college graduates, please contact Brian Yoder ([email protected]) RIGHT AWAY if you wish to be included in the service. Church scholarships will also be awarded at that time.

End-of-School Party at Graham Regional Park

Children’s ministry families are invited to celebrate the end of the school year on Sunday, June 3 from 4-6pm at Graham Regional Park (1575 N. Jim Minor Rd., Haw River). Check-in at the pavilion starts at 4pm. Hotdog meal will be served at 5pm, and then we will recognize our 5th-grade students. Families are asked to bring either a side or dessert item. RSVP to Mr. Brian ([email protected]) with number attending and food item by Sunday, May 27. Nell Mooney will celebrate her 98th birthday on May 2. She loves receiving cards, so we are requesting that her church family send her birthday cards. Her address is 504 Alamance Rd. Burlington, NC 27215 Thank you for making her day special! Page 2

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May Birthdays




Co.lab.orate Bible Study







Co.lab.orate Bible Study



5 . 12 Sat. 5 . 13 Sun.


5 . 16 Wed.


Co.lab.orate PARTY!!!

5 . 20 Sun.


REFUGE Worship practice


REFUGE—Regular meeting


REFUGE Worship practice


REFUGE—End-ofschool-year PARTY!!!

5 . 27 Sun.

YOUNG IN HEART IN MAY Regular Meeting Tuesday, May 1 10:30am T. J. Whitehead classroom (Rm. 132) Adult Game Day Wednesday, May 9 1-4pm Stafford Hall (Rm. 125) Who we are: We are a group of mostly 50+ aged adults who enjoy going places, taking interesting day trips, eating, laughing, and generally enjoying each other’s company. Our adventures or explorations are usually to cultural sites, nature sites, theaters, or restaurants. The group also has a number of luncheons each year. Come and join us! MAY 2018


DISTRICT Chicken Pick’n 5.1 Camp Chestnut Ridge 5.2

5.5 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.7 5.7 5.7 5.9 5.9 5.11 5.11 5.12 5.12 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.14 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17

5.18 Cody Woody 5.18 Sarah McLeod 5.19 Dylan Bowes 5.19 Rose Folks 5.19 Dina High 5.20 Jeff Wood Comesy Bob Manuel 5.22 Lydia Linens Chris Lowe 5.23 Bill Bradshaw Nell Mooney (See p. 2!) 5.23 Harriett Wisse Katie Hook 5.23 Jackson Brink Alex Cook 5.24 Ethan Fogleman Kaleb Long 5.24 Marilyn Perkey Kevin Ingold 5.24 Emma Lou Rinaldi Virginia Sykes 5.24 Eva Vincent Lucas Cameron 5.25 Melinda Whittemore Sarah Hook 5.25 Victoria Pryor Will Yoder 5.26 Gavin Lee Critcher Lillie Robbins 5.26 Dave Huffines Kenny Linens 5.26 Kinsley Long Becky Payne 5.27 Kim Fulkerson Ken Hall 5.27 Ashlyn Long Jeff Rayle 5.28 Martin Perkey Keileigh Blackwell 5.28 Joseph Walker Maiya Woody 5.29 Milton Clapp Craig Brantley 5.30 Alexandra Taylor Stephen Whittemore 5.31 Doris Riley Jordan Benton 5.31 Howard James Ben Barnhill Rhonda Lee Please call the church office Jim Gibson (336.226-4343) with changes.

United Methodist Men Hotdog Lunch Immediately following Sunday School and following Traditional Worship Sunday, MAY 6 Stafford Hall Monetary donations gratefully accepted for the UMM Scholarship Fund

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Coming soon . . . Vacation Bible School!

Penny Augustine Jane Bryan Gretchen Briggs Curtis Clapp Nancy Clark Jackie England Toni Ennis Michael Few John Hancock Betty Hardt Judy Hayes Bob Hood Brenda Hudson Elizabeth King Susan King

Jeff Krummel Pam Lax Robert Lynch Revonda Barnwell Mosher Donna Peterson Loby Phillips Frances Price Mary Evelyn Rich Phil Richards James Ryan John Schweitzer Mike Smith Janice Stutts Virginia Sykes Dillard & JoAnn Witherow

This year at Vacation Bible School, children will venture onto an uncharted island where they survive and thrive. They will be anchored in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms. Shipwrecked VBS will be held July 9-12 from 6:308:40 nightly. We will hold a special Family Celebration on July 13 starting at 6pm. Preregistration will begin on Sunday, May 27. Register early and receive a CD with all of the fun, high-energy music we will sing each night of VBS. Spread the word, and encourage your friends to register, too! Please be in prayer for this ministry. If you would like to volunteer during the week of VBS, or if you have other questions, please contact Jennifer Easter or Candice Harrod.

Please call the church office (336/226-4343) or e-mail [email protected] to request changes or additions.

Celebrating Alma Euliss—for the 90th Time! (an article by Marsha Jones highlighting our longest-on-record church member) Alma Euliss joined First United Methodist Church, Graham on September 30, 1928, and she is still a member here, nearly 90 years later! A true servant of God, she now lives in Holden Beach with her daughter Gay Foley and attends Sharon United Methodist Church in Supply, NC. There, she has played piano for the Wednesday Night Prayer Service and for a quartet that visits area nursing homes. While in Graham, she taught the Doris Crissman Sunday School Class. She is currently in the process of reading the Bible straight through—1 Chronicles as I write this article! Alma has a son and daughter, four granddaughters, eight great grandchildren, and a great-great granddaughter. When anyone in her family has a religious question, they call her, as she is the go-to expert! She is an avid reader, crossword puzzle worker, and sports enthusiast, especially when it comes to UNC basketball, football, and college World Series baseball. And that is not all: She has cross-stitched enough Chrismon ornaments to fill a three-foot tree! Alma considers herself to be truly blessed. John 3: 16 is her favorite verse: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” On September 26, she will celebrate birthday #98, and we are proud to know her and call her our friend. Please join me in congratulating her for her faithful service to our Lord and Savior, and acknowledge these two accomplishments by sending her a card to show our love at First United Methodist in Graham. Her address: 122 Frigate Drive, Holden Beach, NC 28462-1702. Many thanks to Sylvia Euliss, Alma’s daughter-in-law, for her assistance in writing this article. By the way, Ms. Alma is a cousin to our very own Dot Lee!

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Serve Gifts to our Librar y

Adults: New Resources Added in 2018 Mrs. Greta Johnson Title: Adventures of Ascent: Field Notes from a Lifelong Journey Author: Lucie Shaw Summary: Octogenarian poet and writer reflects on life and aging Donation: Given in memory of Rev. Dennis Ricks by Jeanne Owen

Mrs. Vivian Williamson Title: America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America Author: Jim Wallis Summary: Wallis calls on the church to respond to our legacy of racism and change as he reminds us that Sunday mornings are “the most segregated hour of the week.” Donation: Given in memory of Rev. Dennis Ricks by Jeanne Owen

Title: Passing It On: How to Nurture Your Children’s Faith Season by Season Author: Kara L. Oliver Summary: A guide with daily practices, weekly plans, symbols, and activities to help caring adults pass on their spiritual heritage to the next generation Donation: Given in memory of Rev. Dennis Ricks by Jeanne Owen

Title: Tattered and Mended: The Art of Healing the Wounded Soul Author: Cynthia Ruchti Summary: The author encourages us not to pretend everything is all right. Rather, declare your character flaws and brokenness as you invite Jesus to heal, reclaim, and transform your wounds. Donation: Given in memory of Rev. Dennis Ricks by Jeanne Owen Title: The Masterpiece [Recent fiction release] Author: Francine Rivers Summary: A moving love story with rich character and spiritual development Donation: Jane Albright Watch for more new youth and children’s additions to be featured in the June Methogram—just in time for summer reading! Youth: New Resources Added in 2018 Title: Because of Mr. Terupt and the sequel Mr. Terupt Falls Again Author: Rob Buyea Summary: Memorable teacher teaches more than academics to students in his class at Snow Hill School Donation: Given in memory of Carolyn by Joe Fisher

MAY 2018

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WANTED: A Work Team June 2 9am Church Parking Lot

The Board of Directors needs several folks to join in fellowship, fun, and sun (and work, too!) Bring a step ladder, if you have one, and some soft rags. The church bus needs waxing! If you can help or if you have any questions, please contact Ray Dorsett or Chris Fulkerson. [email protected] Graham Elementary DID YOU KNOW THAT . . . •

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52+ SGE students receive Panda Packs every week with kid-friendly food and drink items for the weekend? 1,132 Panda Packs have been distributed to SGE students so far this school year (as of 3.31.18)? 6,375 snacks have been donated to 7 classrooms of K-1 students so that students who are unable to bring snacks from home will have a snack during the school day? At the start of each school year, every student at South Graham receives a book of his/her very own, donated by our church? Our Book Buddies recently went to Fifth Street Books in Mebane and selected 700 books to be distributed when school starts in August? Our Library Ministry Team cleaned, labeled, and sorted those 700 books by grade level? 11 Panda Buddies are building important mentoring relationships with the 19+ students they tutor weekly?

Good things are happening at South Graham Elementary, thanks to our fabulous C4C volunteers. We thank you for your generosity to this mission and welcome your continued monetary support of these important activities. Please keep the staff and students in your prayers as they finish up the school year. [email protected] making a difference for the kids of our community! Page 6

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Give Memorials In Memory Of Mary Jane Salter Mary Jane Salter Mary Jane Salter Mary Jane Salter Mary Jane Salter Mary Jane Salter Mary Jane Salter

Given By Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Ellington Gretchen Briggs Julia Howard Gene and Becky Payne Janet Hardie Jim and Cheryl Boggs Jerry and Diana Cummings

Kay Williams Wolfe Kay Williams Wolfe

Jane Ferrell Don and Dot Lee

Ellen Knox Ellen Knox Ellen Knox Ellen Knox

Jimmy and Millicent Linens Don and Dot Lee Donald and Penny Hardie Julia Howard

Kenneth Baker Kenneth Baker Kenneth Baker Kenneth Baker

Gretchen Briggs Julia Howard Jim and Cheryl Boggs June Gayle Turner

Celeste Agner Celeste Agner

Clyde and Marie Ward Jerry and Diana Cummings

Comann D. Isley

Janice Pulliam

Joan Dunn

Peggy Jenks

Carla Harrison

Janet Hardie

A big thank you to my wonderful church family for the prayers, cards, food, and the thoughts during my recent sickness. You are very special. Judy Hayes

Thank you for your generous $300.00 donation. As volunteers for the Alamance County Rescue Unit, we are dependent on donations to purchase and maintain our equipment as well as to obtain the training we need to serve our fellow citizens. We are a multiple faceted rescue organization including several specialized fields. We also provide back-up ambulance service for the county EMS. Donations provide us the funds to do what we do. In return, we spend hundreds of hours each year training so that we can learn the latest techniques and maintain our proficiency in each rescue area. You are an important partner in our efforts. Again, thank you. Sincerely, Bill Henderson, secretary

United Methodist Women Mission Focuses for May WOMEN’S SHELTER 1. Coffee 2. Cereal 3. Toilet tissue VETERANS’ ASSISTANCE 1. Towels 2. Band-aids 3. Chapstick 4. Disposable razors Bring donations to the church office (Rm. 113) or give directly to Jeanne Owen. Thank you!

MAY 2018

We send blessings to all at FUMC Graham. We are inTucson . . . where it is toasty warm. Bob has a herniated disc which needs surgery. Complicating matters are his heart and arteries re his triple bypass in 2014. Tests will be run . . . and a cardiologist will inform us of the safety re the spine surgery, now scheduled for April 16. We ask for prayers from the FUMC faithful. We never feel we are estranged from this caring congregation. Bob & Jackie [Hood]

Dear Church Family, Thank you for the prayers and cards during my sister’s illness and passing. Also a thank you to Pastor Kevin for his concern and condolences. Janice Stutts

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The First Methogram—(USPS 715-740) Published Monthly by First United Methodist Church 303 N. Main Street Graham, North Carolina 27253

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SUNDAY SCHEDULE: The Well Service 9am, Sunday School: 10am, Traditional Worship Service: 11am





7am Men’s Breakfast 11am Methodist Men Hotdog Fundraiser 5pm First Place 5pm Youth


10am Circle 2 2pm Circle 1 2pm Circle 3

13 Mother’s Day / 14 “Meet and Greet”

6pm Alamance Chorale Rehearsal 7pm Friendship Circle

Pin Sunday



5 8am VBS Workday 9am UMW Corridor District Mission Studies








5:30pm Exchange Club Project 7pm Board of Directors 7pm Boy Scouts 7pm Cub Scouts

5:30pm Exchange Club 7pm Alamance Chorale Concert 7pm Finance Committee 7pm Boy Scouts 7pm Cub Scouts

27 5pm Youth

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6pm Co.lab.orate Bible Study 6:30pm Handbells 7pm Discover the Journey 7:30pm Choir

9:30am Library Ministry Team 1pm Young In Heart Fun Day 6pm Co.lab.orate Bible Study 6:30pm Handbells 7pm Discover the Journey 7:30pm Choir

8:15 Thursday Prayer Breakfast 6:30pm Girl Scouts 7pm Praise Team 8:15 Thursday Prayer Breakfast 6:30pm Girl Scouts 7pm Praise Team


8:15 Thursday Prayer Breakfast 6:30pm Girl Scouts 7pm Praise Team




26 4pm Peak Worship




28 Memorial Day


30 6:30pm Handbells 7:30pm Choir rehearsal


6:30pm Missions Committee

5:30pm Exchange Club Project 7pm Boy Scouts 7pm Cub Scouts 7pm Crochet 7pm Playschool Graduation

5:30pm Exchange Club Project 7pm Boy Scouts 7pm Cub Scouts 7pm Crochet

8am VBS Workday 1pm REFUGE Youth Paintball

6pm Co.lab.orate Bible Study 6:30pm Handbells 7pm Discover the Journey 7:30pm Choir


5pm Youth



7pm Crochet

20 UMW Mission



10:30 am Young In Heart 5:30pm Exchange Club Project 7pm Boy Scouts 7pm Cub Scouts



6pm Co.lab.orate Bible Study 6:30pm Handbells 7pm Discover the Journey 7:30pm Choir

8:15 Thursday Prayer Breakfast 6:30pm Girl Scouts 7pm Praise Team 8:15 Thursday Prayer Breakfast 6:30pm Girl Scouts 7pm Praise Team

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