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February Opportunities to Serve

posted Jan 30, 2019, 10:47 AM by Christina Barnes

Newsletter:  We need someone who can give as little as one hour, once a month (to as much as 2 hours, twice a month) to assist with the mailing of the newsletter.  This is easy work! We need helpers to put stickers and labels on the newsletters before they are mailed. Contact Christina to volunteer (, 739-7581, extension 0).

Youth:  Ms. Heather is looking for youth volunteers to watch children during the Valentine’s Dinner on Feb. 13.  Responsibilities include playing with kids, serving them a snack, and keeping them safe and happy for 1 hour and 30 minutes.  Contact Heather to volunteer (, 739-7581, extension 2).

Children’s Musical:  Ms. Heather needs the following volunteers to help with the musical:  

Costumes:  Some costumes we have and some we need to buy or make.

        Set:  We need a simple boat frame built to seat 6 kids for our stage.

                   We need wheels put on our puppet stage.

Props:  We need a few props such as clipboards, “manna”, a large purse, a camera with strap, etc. This job involves looking at the script and finding props.

Contact Heather to volunteer  (, 739-7581, extension 2).

Committee Participation:  It is not too late to serve by joining a committee!  Most committees meet for an hour once a month. Contact David or Eva to volunteer (, 739-7581, extension 1 or, 739=7581, extension 3).


Opportunities to Serve

posted Jan 17, 2019, 10:38 AM by Christina Barnes

As you begin working on your New Year's resolutions for the new year, we ask that you consider dedicating as little as thirty minutes per week of your time to volunteering and giving back to our church. Below are a few things we are hoping to receive assistance with. Let us know if you have other gifts and talents you would like to share.

Newsletter: We need someone who can give one to two hours of their time twice a month to assist Christina with mailing of our church newsletter. This involves folding the newsletters, placing seals on each newsletter, placing labels on newsletters, and sorting newsletters by destination. If you can serve with this easy talk, however often, please let Christina know.

Bulletin Boards: We need someone who can give less than an hour of their time once a month to assist with decorating our bulletin boards in the fellowship hall. Let Heather know if this creative outlet is your calling.

Youth and Children: Volunteers are always needed with youth and children ministries. Heather is looking for someone to open their home for Youth Game Night on January 27th from 5:30-7pm. All that is needed is space and snacks! Heather will do the rest.

Snacks for Youth: Youth needs volunteers to bring snacks to meetings and bible studies on Sunday nights. Time commitment is dependent on how long it takes to buy, make, and drop off food at 5:15 on a Sunday night. Snacks are needed January 13th, to be dropped off at Heather’s home (504 W. 33rd Street).

Kirk Fellowship: Once a month, Kirk takes a field trip. This is usually local but occasionally out of town. We are looking for someone who can help assist Eva in arranging and organizing these fun trips.

Special Event Assistance: The church offers special events, such as VBS and the Family Christmas party, about once a quarter. We could use help setting up for these events, which may involve decorating or organizing supplies. Time commitment is 2 hours.

Committee Participation: The church is forming committees for the upcoming year. Committees are the backbone of the church. If you would like to serve on a committee, please let David, Eva, or Heather know. The time commitment is about 1 hour per month.

David 910 739 7581 Extension 1 
Eva 910 739 7581 Extension 3 
Heather 910 739 7581 Extension 2 
Christina 910 739 7581 Extension 0 

Angel Tree Blessings

posted Jan 17, 2019, 10:36 AM by Christina Barnes

    Christmas Eve brings with it many memories of family gatherings and beautiful candle-lit worship services, but perhaps the most wonderful of all is the delivery of the Angel Tree gifts that are piled up high under our tree in the Fellowship Hall. Bicycles and dolls and food all wrapped and tagged and ready to go as soon as they are sorted – why you’ve never seen such a sight unless you have joined one of the many teams that travel to the families chosen through our school guidance counselors for a little extra help making Christmas merry and bright.

I was fortunate enough to travel with two teams making deliveries this year. The first was a single mom with a middle school son. When we arrived and unloaded, a family friend met us at the door. We unpacked the cars with gifts and food and then out came the beloved bicycle. With that the mother appeared, crying and hugging us all: “All my son wants for Christmas is a bike! I had no idea you’d bring him one.” Her tears of joy mixed with ours were sacramental as heaven met earth, Christ’s hands touching others.

The second visit was two weeks after Christmas, a snag in the system of poverty. The family moved suddenly due to circumstances beyond their control and a language barrier prevented us from knowing how to find them. Our disappointment at not being able to deliver Christmas joy was tangible as we unloaded the gifts back at the church. When school started back we reconnected with our family and our second delivery was successful. Six children eager and ready, toys and ribbon flying as gifts were opened; a mother overwhelmed as she opened a box with food; and a family learning that Christmas truly is about Emmanuel, God with us, shown through strangers who search to find you to deliver gifts meant just for you. This is the beauty of being a part of the body of Christ. Joy is from the heart and not always found where we think. But oh, the blessing when it comes.   


Brethren Disaster Ministries

posted Jan 17, 2019, 10:35 AM by Christina Barnes

For the last nine months, we have hosted the Brethren Disaster Ministries. Each week a group of volunteers come from different parts of the United States to work in Robeson and Marion Counties. Recently our base site managers, Kim Gingerich and Steve Keim, presented a very informative Wednesday Night program about their ministry.

Their mission statement is “Inspired by Jesus, Brethren Disaster Ministries focuses on rebuilding homes, caring for children, and providing international relief by engaging our volunteers, supporters, and partners to serve communities recovering from disaster.” The Brethren have three main mission areas:

·         Children’s Disaster Services caring for children after a disaster has
damaged or destroyed their home

·         Rebuilding Homes after disasters like floods, hurricanes and tornados

·         Globally Responding to crises and disasters around the
world.  This includes natural disasters and wars.

To respond and meet these needs, base sites are established in devastated areas with volunteer staff maintaining a consistent presence in the community and coordinating and managing work teams with local ministries to become part of the community. The houses that are being repaired are funded through grants, FEMA, Disaster funds, and homeowner’s money.

       Our Brethren group came to us from Nichols, SC where they had worked diligently after Hurricane Matthew repairing many homes in that small community. As they were almost finished, Hurricane Florence ravaged the area with flood waters destroying the homes once again. With the Mennonite presence gone from this area, the Brethren relocated to First Presbyterian Church Lumberton and we became a double base serving Marion County and Robeson County. Some workers drive 45 minutes to their sites each day to drywall, roof, insulate, paint, or whatever task is needed. The work list is long; the workers are eager.

       As Kim and Steve were ending their presentation, they reflected on the presence of the Church of Brethren in the world and how we are all one in Christ. In the June 2017, there was a mass kidnapping of 110 young women and girls in Boko Haram, Nigeria; some of the non-Muslim girls were actually from the Church of the Brethren, which has a large presence in Nigeria. How enlightening to know that the work being done here in Lumberton, NC is a part of the church worldwide. Praise be to God for missionaries everywhere serving Christ in ways large and small. May we all be better servants.  


Scottish Heritage Sunday

posted Oct 19, 2018, 6:07 AM by Christina Barnes

Thank you to the Scottish Heritage Committee and to all who participated in making our Scottish Heritage Sunday a success! 


posted Jul 23, 2018, 8:21 AM by Christina Barnes   [ updated Jul 23, 2018, 8:21 AM ]

Women’s Circle Bible Studies

All are invited to join us for Bible Study

God’s Promise:


By Amy Poling Sutherlun

The Women have several groups that will meet once a month for study and fellowship. This study will examine God’s promises to be with us wherever we go or whatever our circumstances.

There are several options:

The First Monday of the month this group meets in the Church Library at 10:00am beginning August 27. This group is thrilled Robbie Harrell will be leading their Bible lessons. For more information contact: Betsy Lee: 739-5129; Mildred Barrett: 739-6580; Sally Nantz: 739-6377; Lillian Koonce: 739-9773

The Second Monday of the month this group meets in local restaurants announced in the bulletin and Branch. We will begin September 10 at 6:00pm. Nancy Herthel is leading their Bible lessons and you can contact her for more information. (738-2840)

If you would like a book, contact one of the leaders and they will order you one. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Other groups coming...



posted Jun 18, 2018, 8:03 AM by Christina Barnes

Send your kids on an impacting island adventure!
At Shipwrecked VBS, kids discover how Jesus rescues us through life’s storms. Shipwrecked is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch, and even taste! arts and crafts, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the standout activities that help faith flow into real life. (Since everything is hands-on, kids might get a little messy. Be sure to send them in play clothes and safe shoes.) Plus, we’ll help kids discover how to see evidence of God in everyday life—something we call God Sightings. Get ready to hear that phrase a lot!

Register by following the link on our homepage! 

Baccalaureate Sunday

posted Jun 18, 2018, 7:51 AM by Christina Barnes

Baccalaureate Sunday ~ Congrats to our high school seniors! Connor Kinlaw (not pictured), Caleb Wilkerson, Betsie Miller, McKnight Pope, Wilson McGuirt; our junior Marshals, Conor Metzger and Hunter McDuffie (with Pastor David)

Funeral service for Patrick Adam Pait, June 7th, 2018

posted Jun 18, 2018, 7:48 AM by Christina Barnes

We broadcasted our beloved Patrick's service due to very high attendance, and those who were part of the overflow watched from our fellowship hall. Since this had to be done online, many viewers who were unable to attend had the ability to attend virtually via our live stream. This is a recording of the live stream for anyone who was unable to make it and still would like to see the video. 


posted May 3, 2018, 12:44 PM by Christina Barnes

If a member of your family is graduating or has graduated this year, please send us any graduation information you’d like to share along with a photo (if you have one) for an upcoming issue of the Branch highlighting our graduates.



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