United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women is a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ, to develop a creative, supportive fellowship, and to expand concepts of mission through participation in global ministries. More information about the United Methodist Women as an global entity is available at their webpage.   Small study groups or circles meet monthly. The general meeting offers informative and inspirational programs.

UMW Circles

If you are interested in attending one of the circles listed below, the church office can have one of the United Methodist Women officers contact you.

Members of Ogden by the Sea Circle

Members of Enice Bowen Circle

Members of Enice Bowen Circle

Upcoming Events


August 27, 2019 General Gathering Meeting

Common Thread Ministry

Officer installation

Officer installation

2019 Officers

Executive Committee

President:
Nancy Coppedge

Vice President:
Fay Whitfield

Secretary:
Melissa Ciamillo

Treasurer:
Sandra Canady

Librarian:
Susie Lupton

Secretary of Program Resources:
Susie Lupton

Staff Liaison:
Charles George

Circle Chairpersons

Common Thread: Carol Bordeaux

Enice Bowen:
Cathy Gragg and Sherry Rich

Mary Ellen Whitfield: Marylee Gross

Ogden by the Sea: Pam Craig

SALT Life:
Shannon Owens

Mission Coordinators

Education & Interpretation:
Pam Stallings

Spiritual Growth: Shannon Owens

Social Action:
Meg Smith & Sidni Tacia

Membership Nurture & Outreach: Linda Page

Historian: Beverly Cheers

Nominating Committee: All Circles - SALT Chair

 
Leslie Littlefield receives the John Kaiser Home and Heart

Leslie Littlefield receives the John Kaiser Home and Heart

At Welcome Home Angel's brunch each year, we award the John Kaiser Home and Heart Award to someone who has volunteered for the organization and has gone above and beyond to help the children we serve. The winner is given the award for their "unwavering and selfless service in providing joy to children with significant health or life altering conditions in the Wilmington region." 

This year, our winner was Leslie Littlefield! 

She created such amazingly detailed documentation of her project's budget and work plan - everyone said she had the best work plan they'd ever seen! We now use her work as examples for new Design Team orientations! 

She also used only about half the $7500 budget, which included new carpet in the bedroom and living room, and a beautiful custom bed. 

The other thing we loved about Leslie's work this year is that she took care to make sure each volunteer didn't just show up on the day of. Everyone was involved in some part of the planning process - everyone got to "own" something. The group responsible for this incredible project for a sweet girl named Gabby was the Ogden by the Sea UMW Circle - each one of them contributed to making Project Gabby such a huge success! 

- Article submitted by Logan Thompson, Executive Director for Welcome Home Angel. The mission of Welcome Home Angel is to bring joy to children with significant health or life altering conditions and relief to their families by creating happier and more functional living spaces 

Rev. Sheena Cartrette was the speaker for the 2019 UMW Sunday services.

Rev. Sheena Cartrette was the speaker for the 2019 UMW Sunday services.

UWM Sunday w as April 28th. W e celebrated 150 years of United Methodist Women In Missions. Our guest speaker, Rev. Sheena Cartrette, delivered a wonderful sermon. Sandy Dunn and Ashley Coppedge, both members of UMW provided special music. Three well deserving members of PVUMC were recognized and given Mission Pins for the time and dedication they have given to serving and volunteering in various areas of the church and in missions. They are Sidni Tacia, Ginny Spencer and Larry Spencer. Congratulations, and thank you for your dedication. We had an awesome group of ladies who helped with each service by serving as greeters and ushers, liturgists and giving the Children’s Moment. Thank you to all UMW members who help make a difference by the mission work you do to help empower women, children and youth.

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Common Thread won the 2017 Health Care Heroes Award by Lower Cape Fear Hospice in the Volunteers category! The nomination was made by Rose Hunt. This year there were more than 150 nominations in 11 categories. The judges, who make up sponsors and community leaders in the health care industry, deliberated and narrowed down the nominations to three finalist in each category. Health Care Heroes is an annual awards program and event organized by Greater Wilmington Business Journal. Common Thread was one of 30 other organizations/people  featured in the Oct. 20 Business Journal issue and honored on Nov. 11 at the Health Care Heroes event at the Country Club of Landfall.  Jeanne Scott was presented with the award.


NC Diaper Bank Donation

NC Diaper Bank Donation

The Social Action Committee for UMW sends a huge THANK YOU to all who donated diapers and wipes for the NC DIAPER BANK for our 2018 General Meeting.  We were able to deliver 3,041 diapers and 1,228 wipes and the Diaper Bank Volunteers were thrilled!  Here George is surveying the pile ready to be moved from the entry to the Diaper Bank.


Do you like to read?

The UMW Reading Program offers a variety of books which encourages members to think critically about current issues and often Leads toAction! Read as few as 5 books during the year from the UMW reading list along with Response magazine and receive a certificate.  Books are located in the Church library in the UMW Parlor.  Some of the books that have been reviewed and recommended are listed below.

Leadership Development

  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

  • Called To The Fire by Chet Bush

  • Falling into Place by Hattie Kauffman

  • Sum It Up by Pat Summit

Education for Mission

  • Faith and Struggle on Smokey Mountain by Benigno P. Beltran

  • Coffee, tea, and holy water, one woman’s journey to experience Christianity around the globe by Amanda Hudson

  • WHEREVER the RIVER RUNS, how a forgotten people renewed my hope in the gospel by Kelly Minter

  • Chasing Chaos: My decade in and out of humanitarian aid by Jessica Alexander

  • Good God, Lousy World & Me, the Improbable Journey of a Human Rights Activist from Unbelief to Faith by Holly Burkhalter

  • What’s so Blessed about being poor: Seeking the Gospel in the Slums of Kenya by Susan L. Slavin and Coralis Salvador

 

Social Action

  • Blue Gold by Elizabeth Stewart

  • The White Umbrella by Mary Francis Bowley

  • Return toSender by Julia Alvarez

  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Nurturing for Community

  • Miss Brenda and the Loveladies by Brenda Spahn

  • Money On Purpose: Finding a Faith-Filled Balance, by Shayna Lear

Spiritual Growth

  • Extraordinary Grace, by Gary Chapman and Chris Fabry

  • Coaltown Jesus by Ron Koertge

  • Finding God in a Bag of Groceries: Sharing food, discovering faith by Laura Lapins Willis

  • Not Worth Saving: How a Severely Handicapped Boy Transformed Lives by Ann Joyner

  • Reluctant Pilgrim: a moody, somewhat self-indulgent introvert's search for spiritual community by Enuma Okoro

  • Tilly: a story of hope and resilience by Frank E. Peretti

United Methodist Men

United Methodist Men stand behind the backpacks they assembled for the Methodist Home for Children

United Methodist Men stand behind the backpacks they assembled for the Methodist Home for Children

United Methodist Men Hebron Chapel Picture

United Methodist Men Hebron Chapel Picture

The Hebron Colony is located in Boone, NC and is a Christian-based residential recovery ministry. The Methodist men have made annual trips to the Hebron colony for more than twenty years. On these trips, we but extra groceries for the kitchen that is above and beyond what the kitchen usually gets. As the Hebron Colony has needs, the men have helped by trimming up ditches and driveways prior to the Saturday evening graduation service, painting, and providing general labor around the campus.

The Pine Valley Methodist Men have a long-standing tradition of supporting this Christian-based residential recovery program. Learn more about Hebron Colony at their website.

The United Methodist Men is comprised of every adult male member of Pine Valley UMC. Each one is invited to participate in our programs and projects. The purpose of the Methodist Men is to:

  • Enjoy good fellowship

  • Deepen our spiritual lives

  • Strengthen and enhance the role of men in the church

  • Challenge, inspire and motivate service in the name of Jesus Christ.

The Pine Valley UMM are organized around a monthly breakfast meeting. Breakfast is a small fee and is the best two (sometimes three) meat breakfast for that small fee. Breakfast is followed by a brief business meeting and program. Program topics focus on the interest of the group and important issues facing our congregation and denomination.

United Methodist Men Missions

At their August meetings, the Methodist men assemble backpacks for the Methodist Home for Children.

Ever49ers

This group enjoys wonderful fellowship on the third Tuesday of most months.  Our gatherings are for anyone 49 and older.  We meet at 5:30 pm in the Church Fellowship Hall for an evening of fun, food (catered) and fellowship. Our entertainment is varied and has included solos, duets, groups, and informational gatherings. Check the newsletter and bulletin for Ever49ers date changes. Please call the church office at 910-791-0353 for any more information.

 

For more information on the Adults Ministries, please contact Pastor Barry Stallings.

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program open to everyone with any hurts, habits or hangups.   We meet every Friday night for dinner, fellowship, and a teaching or a testimony. We welcome new folks every week as together we celebrate God's transforming power in our lives. 

Schedule:

  • 6:00 p.m. Dinner - no reservation necessary, donations accepted

  • 7:00 p.m. Large group gathering with music and teaching or testimony

If you need help finding another meeting time or location, Celebrate Recovery offers a group meeting locator.  The ministry of Celebrate Recovery was started over over 25 years ago at Saddleback Church.  From Saddleback's webpage: "The purpose of Saddleback Church´s Celebrate Recovery ministry is to fellowship and celebrate Gods healing power in our lives through the "8 Recovery Principles." This experience allows us to "be changed." We open the door by sharing our experiences, strengths and hopes with one another. In addition, we become willing to accept Gods grace in solving our lives´ problems. By working and applying these Biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually. We become free from our addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others. As we progress through the program we discover our personal, loving and forgiving Higher Power - Jesus Christ, the one and only true Higher Power."

For more information about Celebrate Recovery at Pine Valley UMC, call Rev. Kim Collins at the church office.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

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The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a ministry of healing where prayer shawls are knitted or crocheted for church members and their families. The shawls are blessed by a minister during one of our church services and are then given to a church member or family member due to illness, bereavement, or a new baby. Anyone is encouraged to notify a Prayer Shawl member or a pastor of a need for a prayer shawl - there are also request forms available in Communication Central in Fellowship Hall.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry currently meets 2 times a month, but almost none of us makes every meeting:

  • The FIRST and THIRD Monday of the month we meet from 10 - 12 noon in the Parlor in Building B.

  • (schedule changes are announced in the weekly bulletins)

The only constant in this ministry is that we talk as fast (sometimes faster) as we knit and enjoy the Christian fellowship.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry, while not an official UMW Circle, consists of mostly women who are members of other UMW Circles and share many of the same desires for serving our community.  While started as a group to make Prayer shawls for members having medical or bereavement concerns, we have branched out to welcoming new babies with a baby blanket, making chemo caps for the Lumps to Laughter Organization to give to their clients going thru breast cancer treatments and hats for the Seamen's Center to provide to the visiting seaman during the winter months.  This group of women enjoy not only the work we do with our hands but the friendships that have developed during our work sessions.  The late Barb Ivers was a dedicated member of this ministry and found innovative ways of using her time and talent to serve God and our community.

For more information on the Adults Ministries, please contact Pastor Barry Stallings.

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Prayer Ministry

There is nothing more important to us in our time of need than prayer. It is important to us not only in our times of need, but it is equally important for us to praise God with thanksgiving for our many blessings; that is Prayer; our communication with Almighty God. We at Pine Valley UMC treasure our opportunities to pray with and for each other. During all of our Sunday Worship Services, we have dedicated people in prayer for all involved in that worship experience. We ask all those with prayer requests, both praise and petition, to submit a written request. Each of these requests is individually prayed over by our “Prayer Team” on Monday mornings. The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a very personal effort by many caring ladies to help provide Gods love and comfort to those who may be traveling some of the life’s very difficult roads.

We are providing a few links to providers of online daily devotionals.  We are providing these links as an enhancement to a prayer life and are not endorsing nor condoning any specific ministries. If you are one of the providers and need us to change how we link to you, please contact us through the contact forms.

For more information on the Adults Ministries, please contact Pastor Barry Stallings.

 

Travelers

What a great way to have fellowship and learn the many interesting areas in the greater Wilmington area.  This group takes day trips each month with an occasional overnight trips to exciting destinations.  We look for creative and fun trips while trying to keep them inexpensive! In April, the Travelers attended a performance at Brunswick Community College where a musical program was given by the Drifters were performed.  Dinner and fellowship was enjoyed by all at Jerome’s Seafood & Steak In February, the Travelers attended a live performance of “Carousel” at Thalian Hall. Before attending the performance, we all enjoyed fellowship and dinner at “Rucker Johns”.

All information about the Travelers and where they will be traveling next will be posted on the Bulletin Board in the Welcome Center or you may call the church office at 910-791-0353 for the information.

For more information on the Adults Ministries, please contact Pastor Barry Stallings.

Shut-In & Hospital Visitation

Our opportunity to care for those in the hospital and to be alongside those that are being challenged by the difficulties of illness are very important to us at PVUMC.  Many times in life we can find ourselves isolated from the people and activities that we cared so much about.  Very often we took them and their access for granted.  What are many times a significant loss; we view as an opportunity to help bring joy.  This is a joy that is equally shared by those that choose to visit and also the joy experienced by those that are visited.  This visiting may also include the privilege of sharing Holy Communion with these loving people.  Some of the people are shut-ins at their own homes while others are residents of assisted living facilities.  All are very deserving of our attention. 

Flower Ministry

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The flower ministry is done by the church through church volunteers twice a month.  The flowers are lovingly arranged by expert designers and then delivered to 35+ people by dedicated volunteers who carry the love and beauty of Christ in those flowers to those shut in or in poor health.  Through both serving and being served, we're able to enjoy the fellowship, blessing, and encouragement a flower holds for our church family. For information on how to serve, please contact Pastor Barry for details.

For more information on the Senior Adults Ministry, please contact Pastor Barry Stallings.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is a congregational care program that equips lay persons to provide Christian one-to-one care to those who are experiencing all kinds of life needs and circumstances, both in our congregation and community.

When you may need Stephen Ministry:

  • After the phone call you hoped you’d never get.

  • After the divorce papers are served and the bottom falls out of your life

  • After the funeral, when everyone has left and the emotions you’ve held at bay come crashing in on you.

  • After the doctor says, “I’m sorry, but there’s nothing more we can do.”

  • After the nursing home director shakes your hand and says, “Welcome to your new home.”

  • After the last child honks the horn, waves and drives away and the house suddenly seems empty.

  • After the gavel goes down, the handcuffs go on, and your loved one is led away.

  • After the baby arrives, demanding more of you than you ever dreamed possible.

  • After you find a pink slip with your final paycheck.

  • After your family and friends have heard your story one too many times, but you still need to talk it out.

What does a Stephen Minister do?

  • Listens

  • Encourages

  • Keeps confidences

  • Prays

  • Supports

  • Offers Christian friendship and love

If you are interested in learning more about Stephen Ministries at Pine Valley United Methodist Church or if you know of someone who may be in need of a Stephen Minister, contact the church office.  We especially encourage you, after you have learned more about Stephen Ministry, to explore the possibility being a part of the Stephen Ministry training.  If this is something you wish to pursue, please contact the church office.

More information about Stephen Ministries is available at their website.

Counseling

Our counseling ministry is available to any and all who may be experiencing difficulties in their life.  This ministry is in addition to the services that are offered through our Stephen Ministry.  We encourage you to reach out to us if you may be having challenges spiritually, emotionally,  physically, or relationally. You can't do life alone and we're here to ensure you don't have to. Please don't hesitate to contact our counseling hotline at (910) 520-8036.  We're here to help and offer any assistance we can. 

For more information on the Adults Ministries, please contact Pastor Barry Stallings.