Etchings, July 24, 2019

Join us for worship this Sunday, July 28
We will have services at 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. See below for more details.

Sermon at all three services: Rev. Karen H. Whitaker
Scripture: Psalm 85, Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19), Luke 11: 1-13
Hymns (8:30 and 11:00): O God Our Help in Ages Past; Open My Eyes, That I May See; What a Friend
We have in Jesus
Response Hymn at 8:30: Surely the Presence
Response at 11:00: Surely the Presence by the Chancel Choir
Songs (9:00): Thy Word; Step by Step; Seek Ye First; In the Secret

Thanks to all our volunteers this week  
Liturgists: (8:30) Maureen Oakes, (11:00) Judy Daymont
Greeters: Brent Engel, Kathy Chaney
Acolyte: Olivia Vandevander
Bus driver: Larry Reeves
Ushers: (8:30) Mike Shiflett; (11:00) Johnie Joyce, Al West, Joyce Dalgleish, Harry Dutton
Sound technician: (9:00) Lewis Bass IV, (11:00) Chuck Darr
Altar guild: Meg Bass, Jane Hanson
Counters: Kathy Chaney, Mary Catherine McSpadden

Altar flowers on July 28 are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of their
parents, Winston and Dorothy Rape, by their children, David and Susan, and
granddaughter, Meredith.

Thanks for all your help with Vacation Bible School Saturdays 
A huge thank you…to everyone who has helped with VBSS this summer — including youth,
UMMen, UM Women, bus drivers, children’s council, and other wonderful volunteers! Over the
three Saturday sessions, we welcomed 50 children who interacted with some great stories of

Backpack ministry in need of donations
Thanks for your continued support of our backpack ministry, which is not included in our budget and requires $12,000 each school year to provide 60 backpacks each week. If you wish to make a contribution, checks should be made payable to Epworth UMC, noted for backpack ministry. If
you prefer to make an in-kind contribution, please donate 14-15 oz. cans of vegetables (corn,
peas, green beans, etc.) and leave them on the counter in the Farthex. Plan to help pack
backpacks following 9:00 and 11:00 worship on Sunday, September 1 to be ready for the first
delivery to Hope Valley Elementary school on September 6.

Come play in the orchestra  
We are a group of adults and youth who enjoy playing our instruments on hymns and special
music several times a year in the 11 a.m. worship service. The music is not difficult. Everyone is
invited to play with us even if you haven’t played for some time. We rehearse on Mondays at 7:30 beginning August 5. The first Sunday we play in church will be August 25. Contact Judy Bolt at
919-384-2289 or via email at

Thursday Class this Fall 
In our continuing series of courses on the world’s great religions, the focus this fall will be on
Buddhism. We will learn about its founder Siddhartha Gautama and about concepts such as
dukkha, karma, and nirvana. The first of twelve class meetings will take place on September 5 at
11:00 am in room 2/3. Please sign up in the office or call Marie Hammond, 919-493-6199. Come
join us.

In memory of Gordon Carpenter from Judy Daymont (Music Ministries), Sam and Marie
Hammond (Backpack Ministries), Elaine Herndon, Jackie and Robert Pollard, Gary and Fran
Whaley (Improvement Needs), Marvin and Debbie Carver (power wash project), David and Patsy Harlow (Backpack Ministries), James B. Richmond, Russ and Susan Harmon, Joan Fletcher
(Backpack Ministries).

Keep up with all the events at Epworth
Our church calendar has a list of great activities scheduled for the coming weeks. 
Epworth United Methodist Church declares itself a Reconciling Congregation, seeking to welcome all

persons regardless of age, race, ethnicities, disabilities, gender or sexual orientation, into the
discipleship of Christian living and proclaim our commitment to seek the reconciliation of all persons to God and to each other through Jesus Christ.
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