The Pastor's Weekly Missive

Monday March 19, 2018

One  person  with  conviction  will  overwhelm  a  hundred  who  have  only  opinions-   W. Churchill

Hey, Hampstead Family!  Grace and peace!  As Randall Lolly, Southeastern Seminary president, once said  “We constantly rendezvous with our God of surprises”!

Yesterday, we all had one of those wonderful and surprising moments that could only have been designed by God --  and I suspect most of us were not even aware that it was happening! That’s why I’m sharing it with you now!

          As our 945am service ended, a very young lady entered the church with two much smaller children. This was their first time at Hampstead UMC, and they were a bit unsure where they needed to be and go.  Jaime Alberti brought them to me and introduced them.

To my surprise, they were all sisters! Their mother couldn’t come to church because she was working. Their father passed away (I can’t remember how recently) and the oldest sister wanted to take her much younger sisters to church!     As I listened to Jaime relay her story, I was moved to the point of tears--  which would have been  totally unnecessary,  as Jaime was crying  quite enough  for both of us!

Revealing her name (at this point) is not necessary; as I have opportunity to talk with her, I may come back and update the story. Suffice it to say, we all need to give thanks to God for the spiritual determination in the heart of this young lady! We all need to be inspired by her, and in prayer for her, her sisters and her mother.

          And we need to give thanks to God for trusting us enough to lead His children to us,

as we do our best to welcome and receive everyone into His spiritual family! If you think we can’t – or don’t -- have a contribution to make and a Gospel to share, then be aware:  God has a whole different opinion of us! He is bringing these, the loves of His heart, to us, trusting that we can and will make a difference in their lives! And I believe the flood gates are about to be opened!

          Hampstead,  God believes in us!   In humility, thanks be to God!

                                                                               See you in church this Sunday!           Skip




Lots of Things Kicking Off!   Clean-Up Day is Saturday, and Holy Week/Easter is on the way! Check the calendar sections below!



We are looking for volunteers to serve as proctors at Topsail Elementary School
during the final testing periods:

May 30  -  5th grade Science

May 31  -  5th grade   Math

June 1   -  3rd through 5th English Liberal Arts (ELA) 

June 1  -   3rd through 5th grade Read to Achieve (RtA)        

June 5  -   3rd through 5th grade   RtA

Anyone interested please call  Ute Wolf   (C4C / Congregations for Children) 

OPPORTUNITY:  Anyone coming to Sunrise who wishes to bring a special dish for the breakfast table, let Skip know!  (And what you’re bringing!)



29 Thur       7pm             Maundy Thursday Last Supper Communion

30 Fri          7pm             Tennebrae (“Trisagion- The Reproaches”- a series of confessions) 1 Sun 6am+/-        Sunrise                                             Worship Service (at the Front Door)

                    645am+/-    Sunrise Breakfast

                    830am/ 945am/ 11am   Services              

2 Mon                             Office Closed


POINTS TO CONSIDER:   Immediate March Calendar

20 Tue        10am          Quilting Club

                    130pm        Book Club

                    1230pm      Staff Meeting

                    530pm        Finance Meeting

                    630pm        Administrative Council Meeting

21 Wed       10am          Bible Study “Faces Around the Cross #5”    “The Ugly!”

                    630pm        Bible Study

24 Sat         715-815am Clean-Up Day Breakfast

                    8am             Clean-Up Day Work!

25 Sun        svcs            Palm Sunday (Need kids in services to process w/ palms!)

                    1215pm      Confirmation #7


A LOOK AHEAD --  Next Sunday's worship will include a look at what we see in the first Palm processional – as Jesus rides into Jerusalem amid praise and glory, what will we learn about Him and His time, and about ourselves and life today?  The Title is  “Behold!”,

With scripture from John 19: 1-5. (Note: the Choir will share TWO anthems!)


Thanks for being a part of the HUMC family!  Until we gather again, and always, GBY!                                                                                                                                          Skip


PARTING SHOT:  TFTD   Five Important Lessons to be Learned in Life--  


#4 - Fourth Important Lesson. - The Obstacle in Our Path. 

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway.  Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.  Some of the King's' wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it..  Many loudly blamed the

King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.  The peasant learned what many of us never understand:

Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.


Last thought:  Love like you’ve never been hurt.