Easter Greetings!!

Easter Greetings!!

We have a great weekend ahead as we walk through the Holy Week with Jesus and welcome Him as our risen Lord on Sunday!!

Come for the Good Friday Service at Pleasant Gap! Special Music will be happening at the 11:00 service, anthems, new songs, and a flute solo! Remember to get your goodies at the Helping Hands Bake Sale on Saturday…(you can bring them on Sunday…hint, hint). Please bring some breakfast stuff for Sunrise Service so we can support this wonderful tradition!!

Easter Announcements:

Friday, March 30, 2018, 6:30pm
Good Friday Service
[music starts at 6:20]
Pleasant Gap UMC

Saturday, March 31, 2018, 6am-10am
Helping Hands Bake Sale

Sunday, April 1, 2018, 7:30am
Easter Sunrise Service
Mountain Valley UMC
(bring breakfast fixins’!)

Sunday, April 1, 2018, 11:00am
Easter Service
Barnardsville UMC


More Announcements:

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 8:45am
Barnardsville Men Breakfast
Barnardsville UMC

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 6:30 PM
Fifth Sunday Hymn Practice

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 6:30 PM
Fifth Sunday Hymn Practice

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Weekly Updates for the week of November 26th, 2017


Saturday, December 2, 3:30 pm Bible Study

Sunday, December 3, 5 PM, “Carols & Cookies” at Pleasant Gap UMC. Everyone from Barnardsville Charge and community invited. Sing Along Christmas songs (carols, as well as favorites such as “Jingle Bells”) accompanied by Wayne Figart, and followed by cookies and beverages.

Saturday, December 9, 3:30 pm Bible Study

Sunday, December 10th at 3:00pm Christmas Tea at BUMC!! There’s still time to join in. Let us know what you can do for the Tea!!

Saturday, December 16, 3:30 pm Bible Study

Saturday, December 23, 3:30 pm Bible Study

Sunday, December 24, 5 PM, Charge-wide Christmas Eve Service at Pleasant Gap.

Bible Study begins Saturday, Dec. 2nd.

Book is “Faithful – Christmas Through the eyes of Joseph” by Adam Hamilton

Dec. 2, 3:30 – “A Carpenter Named Joseph” at Carolyn’s

Dec. 9, 3:30 – “Whose Child Is This?” at Graci’s

Dec. 16, 3:30 – “Raising a Child Not Your Own” at Judy’s

Dec. 23, 3:30 – “The Journey to Bethlehem” at Wayne’s

The email I sent out has links to maps.  Please correct if they are wrong.  If you want to add a worded description of how to get to your home, please email me and I will include it in the next installment.

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Weekly Update for the week of 11/10/2017

Worship Preview:

#662 “Stand Up and Bless the Lord”
#396 “O Jesus, I Have Promised ”

Message: “What if Jesus is with the foolish bridesmaids?”
Scripture: Matthew 25:1-13 (Common English Bible)

25 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten young bridesmaids who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and the other five were foolish. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but didn’t bring oil for them. 4 But the wise ones took their lamps and also brought containers of oil. 5 “When the groom was late in coming, they all became drowsy and went to sleep. 6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Look, the groom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 “Then all those bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. 8 But the foolish bridesmaids said to the wise ones, ‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps have gone out.’ 9 “But the wise bridesmaids replied, ‘No, because if we share with you, there won’t be enough for our lamps and yours. We have a better idea. You go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 But while they were gone to buy oil, the groom came. Those who were ready went with him into the wedding. Then the door was shut.11 “Later the other bridesmaids came and said, ‘Lord, lord, open the door for us.’ 12 “But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’ 13 “Therefore, keep alert, because you don’t know the day or the hour.

    Sunday, November 12, 3:00 pm Charge Conference at Clark’s Chapel in Weaverville, NC.
  • Sunday, November 19, 6:00pm Community Thanksgiving Service at
    Barnardsville Baptist Church. Bring finger food to share and
    canned food for the food bank.
  • Sunday, December 10th at 3:00pm Christmas Tea at BUMC!! There’s still time to join in. Let us know what you can do for the Tea!!
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Updates for the Week of October 23rd, 2017

Well it’s really rainy today, but we need the rain.  I hope you are warm and dry this rainy day.  We have lots of things going on for the next few weeks.  Join in and experience community together! I haven’t even really gotten past the Tea.  December will be busy!!

Helping Hands reports that they made $658.00 at the bake sale last Saturday.  Only in Barnardsville can bake sales do this well!!



  • October 25th, 6:30pm-8:00pm Hymn Rehearsal for Fifth Sunday at BUMC.
  • Friday-Saturday, October 27-28 Barnardsville Community Club
    Haunted Trail (money collected will go to fireworks fund).
  • October 29th 11:00 am Fifth Sunday!! Bring a covered dish and be ready to sing!!
  • October 29th 12:00 pm BUMC Council Meeting
  • Sunday, November 5th Communion Sunday (bring canned goods for the food bank) Special Music!!
  • Saturday, November 11, 4:00-6:00pm Poor Mans Supper at the fire station. This is to benefit the Boone family that lost their home to a house fire in October. To go plates at 3:30pm.
  • Sunday, November 12, 8:45am Barnardsville Men meet at
    Barnardsville Baptist Church
  • Sunday, November 19, 6:00pm Community Thanksgiving Service at
    Barnardsville Baptist Church. Bring finger food to share and
    canned food for the food bank.
  • Sunday, December 10th at 3:00pm Christmas Tea at BUMC!!  There’s still time to join in.  Let us know what you can do for the Tea!!


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Weekly Updates for the Week of October 9th, 2017

We bid a fond farewell to Bob and Sandra yesterday after the service.  Dinner was wonderful and we will all miss them very much.  We pray for safe travels and blessings on them in all their future travels and hope, one day, their travels will bring them back for a visit.

Thanks to McKenzie and Susan for bringing us a great worship time in song!  I thought you might enjoy hearing the music again:

Happenings and Events:

NOTE corrected dates on Fifth Sunday practice

  • Sunday, October 15, 8:45am Barnardsville Men’s Breakfast at Barnardsville UMC
  • Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 6:30-8:00pm We will have a Fifth Sunday hymn practice Wednesday night at the church beginning at 6:30 PM. We will learn some new hymns and talk about the stories behind these hymns. This practice will end promptly before 8 PM
  • Friday-Saturday, October 20-21 & Friday-Saturday, October 27-28 Barnardsville Community Club  “Haunted Trail”  money collected will go to fireworks fund.
  • Saturday, October 21 6:00am-10:00am at D&D’s Helping Hands Bake Sale money collected will fund Barnardsville Elementary School
  • Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 6:30-8:00pm Fifth Sunday hymn practice at BUMC
  • New Projects:

The Big Ivy Community Center has had their funding slashed by 25,000.00 this year.  We have also been informed that Manna Food Bank is sending less food than before and demand in the community is going up. As a result the stores in the food pantry have gotten very low.  We would like to propose an ongoing effort on the part of the Barnardsville Men and the churches of the Big Ivy area to keep the pantry stocked.  It has been proposed that every first Sunday we at Barnardsville UMC collect goods to send to the pantry.  This is not a temporary measure but an ongoing commitment. Paul will see the items delivered.  Other churches also are taking up this need and committing to helping our infirmed and elderly in the community get the food they need from the pantry.


I’ll send upcoming worship notes when I get them.

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Minutes from the BUMC Council Meeting of August 13, 2017

Sunday (8/13) we had a council meeting (with the largest council group ever) and here are some of the results:

Alycia encourages lay participation in the service, ie, lay
person read the scripture. A list will be passed out for folks to sign up for
that. Tim would like to see our youth involved. He suggested they attend
the Junaluska Annual Conference if they wish to let them see how that
aspect of the Methodist Church works. Alycia will put the Lord’s Prayer into
the service and it will be in different versions so will not sound the same
each Sunday. Birthdays and anniversaries will be recognized in the
beginning of service so folks can “pay up” in the little church bank at the
front of the church. It was recommended that Alycia head to the back of
the church near the end of the last hymn to give the benediction to give
folks at the back of the church an opportunity to greet her.

  • Tim’s Lay Servant Application renewal was approved.
  • We considered and approved a plan to renovate and replace the roof on the garage at the church-owned house.  We also plan to tear off the roof of the side shed, because it has become a hazard. Costs for materials $618 painted or $554 silver plus $200 or so for the wood, making the total somewhere around $800-$900 (padding that a little for unforeseen costs)
  • We discussed Worship styles and recommended the following practices:
    • continue responsive call to worship
    • benedictions will be pronounced from the back of the church to make sure everyone can be greeted by the pastor
    • general announcements with birthday announcements at the beginning of service
    • Prayer and praise requests before Pastoral prayer.
    • Lord’s prayer to be said after the Pastoral prayer.
    • Alleluia sung after Holy Communion
    • restart our practice of Scripture reading by congregants
    • Fifth Sunday will have short devotionals and a couple of songs
    • Fifth Sunday will be used to learn new songs (Wayne will head this plan up.) It was recommended that we learn /sing new hymns that
      Sunday. Wayne suggested that we meet on Wednesday evenings to
      practice these songs so we at least have an idea of the tune.
      Also discussed maybe having a shorter sermon those Sundays to go along
      with adding the fellowship meal. Next 5th Sunday- Oct 29th .
      5. Email list update- Tim passed around paper for people present to fill out
      with their contact information. Will be completed in next few weeks so we
      get everyone on the list. Tim will then make copies of BUMC contact list so
      we will each get a copy to ease communication
    • Communication was discussed with the following results:
      • new email lists will be compiled for the churches in the charge (this should happen every 2 years anyhow)
      • the email list(s) will be shared with everyone.  This will facilitate communication throughout the group when the webmaster/email person is unavailable, as well as encourage others to send out things of interest to the group(s) at large. This will facilitate networking.
      • the webpage authorship will be shared with the pastor. (It always is but no one has really taken full advantage of it yet)
      • facebook pages need updating and review.
      •  Suggestion that each Sunday sermon be available for those who are unable
        to attend church and still want to hear the message. Details to be worked
      • Discussed having more folks attend Annual Conference.  We will discuss this further in the months ahead.
      • Paul will make a copy of the church and house keys for the Pastor.

These minutes submitted by Mary and Tim.


if anyone has additions or corrections to the above minutes please contact Tim.

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Weekly Updates for the Week of August 27th, 2017

This past year I’ve been remiss in posting all the wonderful things that the church, the charge and the community have been busy doing.  I have kept the calendar up but I have not posted since Christmas 2016…shame on me.  So many bake sales and potlucks, Fifth Sundays, old pastors and new, many efforts to benefit the community from Helping Hands and the Barnardsville Men. You have all done so much!!

In July the Barnardsville Men (a group of men from many churches in the area) held a BBQ to benefit Bailey whose illness has become expensive and life-threatening.  The even raised $8,500.00 to help with medical expenses.

Also in July we said goodbye to our friend David Peeler and welcomed a new pastor, Alycia Johnson.  Please come and visit with us and get to know our new pastor.

On Sunday (8/13) we had a council meeting (with the largest council group ever!) Minutes to follow this post.

Please sign up for scripture reading!!  The scripture will be sent and posted here every Wednesday regardless of whether I have any other news.

Barnardsville Men had a breakfast this past Sunday (8/20.)  Here are the minutes to that meeting:

  • Barnardsville Men are sponsoring the counseling center st the church house. Addiction Counseling is scheduled to start Saturday Mornings in October. We will be creating a flyer and possibly a webpage.
  • Veterans group meets 10-12 Wed mornings at Big Ivy, tell anyone wanting fellowship or counseling about it.
  • 8,500,00 raised at the BBQ benefit for Bailey Willis’ treatment. This community is amazing!!  The God who put us here for each other is amazing!!
  • If you know of folks needing wood for the winter let us know. We will be talking to Lighthouse to see what they anticipate the community needs for wood will be this year.
  • Sept 17 at Antioch next men’s breakfast.
  • Thanksgiving service…what charity to benefit,…be thinking about this. Maybe our counseling service. Still planning where it will be held and who will preach.
  • Steve announced the BUMC Christmas Tea Dec. 10th. Call for musicians. Several folks who have done this in the past have prior engagements or have moved out of the area.  We need you!!
  • One family has been brought to our attention as needing housing.  Be in prayer about this.
  • Paul and Tim will work on creating a flyer for Barnardsville Men to send to churches.


The scriptures for Sunday, September 3rd are Exodus 3:1-15 and Romans 12:9-21.
The title for the message is “Standing on Holy Ground



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Weekly Update for the Week of December 6th, 2016


  • The Annual Christmas Tea will be held at
    Barnardsville UMC on December11th at 3:00pm
  • Christmas Eve Service will be held atnativity2
    Pleasant Gap UMC on December 24th at 5:00pm
  • Christmas Day Service  will be held at
    Barnardsville UMC at 11:00 am

Regular services will be held at all churches on New Years Day.

Outreach Opportunity:

Please send your Season’s Greetings to those in our congregation that are shut in this Christmastime. Contact Tim or Carla if you did not get an email with names and addresses.  Our folks would love a Christmas card!!


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Weekly Update for the Week of November 9, 2016

maryjFifth Sunday was great.  Lots of good food and Wayne’s Halloween party was a blast!


  • TODAY, Nov. 8: if you haven’t voted, please do.  Regardless of your choice, please go and let your voice be heard…besides it gives you fair griping rights for 4 years.  What is it “it is better to have voted and lost than not to have voted at all”…no that doesn’t seem quite right.  Well vote anyway…its good for you and its good for your country.

    Polls are open 6:30 AM–7:30 PM. You’re allowed to vote if you’re in line by 7:30 PM. Bring an accepted ID, if required

  • Sunday, November 13th, 2016 Barnardsville Men’s Breakfast at Barnardsville UMC
  • Sunday, November 13th, 2016 1:30pm Annual Charge Conference at Barnardsville UMC for the entire Charge. We will be voting on our slate of officers. We anticipate a short meeting.
  • Sunday, November 20th 2016 Community Thanksgiving Service:  place and time is being determined. Our charity this year will be Lumberton.  They are still trying to get back to normal after the hurricane.
  • Sunday, December 11th, 2016 3:00pm Christmas Tea
    If you have a song to sing, or a talent to share please contact Steve Carson.

Worship Notes:

This past Sunday we passed through the shadow of death (no I’m not talking about the election… that was the sermon.)  This Sunday we will be seeing what the scriptures say about heaven.  The next two Sundays following we will be looking into what the scriptures say about hell and then about resurrection.  For our advent David will be delivering a sermon series focusing on the Magi.

A Note from Amy Conard:

Stephen had his physical therapy evaluation Thursday and he did very well. He has essentially graduated from the physical therapy program. The next step is a visit to UPS on Tuesday during work hours to see how he handles the noise and stress. If he handles that well, he will start working 1 hour a day, and work his way up to the normal 4 hours. So good things are happening! He is also driving a little now. Also, thank you for all of the work and support regarding the fundraiser. We feel so blessed to have friends and family that would do this for us. I do not have the email address for your pastor or all of the men’s and women’s group members, so please feel free to pass this along to all of them, and to anybody else that I missed.




“It is no fault in others that the Methodist Church sends more soldiers to the field, more nurses to the hospitals, and more prayers to Heaven than any. God bless the Methodist Church. Bless all the churches and blessed be God, who in this our trial, giveth us the churches.” —Abraham Lincoln (shortly before his death in 1864)

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Update for the Week of October 26th, 2016


  • Last Saturday’s BBQ to benefit Steve Conard and his family raised $2,200.00  Thanks to the Barnardsville Men who planned and coordinated the event and thanks to all who shopped, cooked, served and attended the event. This is why we live in community. This is what Christian community is all about, caring for one another.  This is Church!!
  • Water to Lumberton really took on a life of its own (I was thinking of all kinds of water metaphors here…yes, you are welcome.) To date there have been 2 trucks full of bottled water that have been transported to the fire station in Lumberton for distribution.


    David tells us that Barnardsville has contributed something approaching 25% of the water.  Considering it is 100 times smaller than Central, that’s saying something.  Job well done!!  Joe Merrill at Antioch has involved the Rhododendron Society and they have contributed yet another pickup truck and trailer of bottled water that will be driven down to Lumberton this week. I am really pleased and proud that our community has put forth such an effort.


October 2016

  • Thursday, October 27th, 2016, 7:05 am Barnardsville Elementary School Teacher Appreciation Breakfast. Those who signed up for the event will meet in the parking lot at 7:05 am and take their food donations up to the teacher’s lounge. If you signed up and can’t make it that early please let Mary Johnson know and we will make arrangements to get your food donation.
  • October 28th & 29th, 2016. The scouts will be at the Haunted Trail at the Community Center this Friday and Saturday nights.  Come on out if you feel like getting scared silly and want to support the community center.
  • Sunday, October 30th, 2016 Service at all three churches: FIFTH SUNDAY!!  Bring some food to share and David will lead us in a congregational Sunday School lesson!

November 2016


  • Saturday,November 12th, 2016, 5:30 PM. Veteran’s Dinner at The Big Ivy Community Center. In appreciation of our veterans, the Community Center is hosting a dinner in their honor. Doors will open at the Big Ivy Community Center at 5:30 PM.  ALL veterans and their family are welcome.  RSVP to Lynn @ 626-3438.
  • Sunday, November 13th, 2016, 1:30 pm Annual Charge Conference at Barnardsville UMC.
  • November 20th, 2016, 8:45 Barnardsville Men Breakfast at Barnardsville UMC


  • Community Thanksgiving Service is in the works. David will let us know more soon.
  • Continuing Sermon Series on “What Happens When You Die?”  Don’t wait for it, come and find out now!!
  • Sermon Series at Advent will focus on the Magi.

For Your Consideration: Here is a good article on Repentance.  It is a word and perhaps a practice that has fallen into disuse and even disrepute.  Perhaps because many times we, as Christians, have beaten folks over the head with the concept.  Regardless, it remains the truest of Christian practices, the act of turning from our mistakes and turning towards Jesus.

Prayer Exercise: Try this Spiritual Types test. (I rather doubt it is particularly scientific,) but do it for fun and then check out ways to pray for your particular type.  I would say any of the methods for any “spiritual type” is a generally fine way to pray, and any could breathe a little more life into your prayer time. As you have time please check out the Upper Room’s Living Prayer Center for other modes of prayer and other ways to make your prayer time more meaningful this holiday season!


Have a great rest of your week! We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday!!



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