The articles stored on this page come from the time after Rev. Jay Bissett became Ebenezer's new pastor in July 2016. Then Rev. Tom Hunter arrived in July 2017 to replace Rev. Bissett.
Special Guest Speaker, June 24, 2018
On Sunday, June 24th at 9:00 a.m., our guest speaker will be Nathan Merrill of Finding Hope Ministries. Nathan and his helpers and supporters have started one orphanage in Romania, and are working on setting up another one. He will be bringing orphaned children with him that have been rescued from the streets of Romania. These children have often been subject to physical and sexual abuse before "finding hope" at the Merrill orphanage. We hope that you will join us for his testimony and stay for an ice-cream and cake social after the service as a special treat for the children that have come to the U. S. with him on this trip. We give you permission on this day to have your dessert before you have your lunch! We hope to see you there.
Please note: Sunday school classes will not meet on this Sunday.
Father's Day Breakfast
We will honor the men and boys of our church on Sunday, June 17th at 8:00 a.m. with a free breakfast for everyone. Please join us and express your thanks to our fathers for all they do to support and encourage and guide their families into good and righteous living. Thanks, Dad!
3rd Saturday Supper - 2018, Report
We thank everyone who helped make this small fundraiser such a success. Our cooks did and outstanding job with the food. Everyone who ate with us expressed appreciation for the good food. We thank all our members who helped prepare and serve the meal, and clean-up afterwards. We especially thank those who purchased the meals. We raised $1,395, which will go to our General Fund after expenses are paid. May God bless you, and help us to use this money wisely in service to Him and our community.
On June 16 from 4-7:00 p.m., we will serve up a delicious supper of cubed steak and fixings. We invite you to join us for a hearty meal that also includes dessert and a drink for $8. Proceeds will be used to fund the ministries of our church. We thank you for your support.
Vacation Bible School - 2018
We invite you and your children to come camping with us at the Rolling River Rampage for our annual Vacation Bible School, Sunday, June 10 to Tuesday, June 12 with Commencement on Wednesday, June 13th at Redwood Park Pool, Hudson Rec. In this interactive, energizing, Bible-based program, your children will become Rafters, and explore how to serve God and God's mission in their lives. Each evening's activities includes rollicking music, Bible lessons, playful fun, and tasty snacks as everyone learns wonderful things about God and our purpose in his kingdom's work.
We will serve a light meal at 5:30 p.m. Sunday - Tuesday. Assembly for the children will be at 6:15 p.m. The adult class will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The children will be dismissed around 8:45 p.m. On Wednesday, we will meet at the pool at Hudson Rec. (450 Redwood Street) at 6:00 p.m. We encourage all parents, friends, relatives, and church members to attend the Commencement and Cookout. The pool will be open for swimming. All free!
Mini-BBQ Fundraiser - May 19, 2018 - Report
Thank you to everyone who helped make this short barbecue fundraiser such a success. We raised nearly $1800 for our church and its ministries. May God bless you for your generosity.
We will have a short BBQ fundraiser on Saturday, May 19th from 4-7:00 p.m. Plates include pork barbecue, sauce, slaw, beans, roll, choice of homemade dessert, and drink. Adult plates are $9; children's plates (6-12) are $5; children 5 and under eat for free. A BBQ sandwich is $3. Take-out is available. (No drink with take-out).
Proceeds will help fund Ebenezer's ministries. We thank you for your support.
Blood Drive - May 14th - 2018
We are sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, May 14th from 2:30-7:00 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome or schedule an appointment online at redcrossblood.org and enter "Ebenezer UMC."
We will be serving good food and homemade sweets to the donors for free. Have a good meal or snack and help save a life, too.
Layman's Revival - 2018
Our annual Layman's Revival will be May 6-9 at 7:00 p.m. Lay people will speak about their relationship with the Lord, and we will have special music each evening. Below is a list of our guest speakers and musicians for the week. Invite all your friends and co-workers and family to hear how ordinary (non-clerical) Christians live out their faith in the world.
|Sun., 6||Scott Triplette||Purpose Quartet|
|Mon., 7||Nathan Atwood||Angela Wagoner|
|Tues., 8||Linda Moretz||Patrick & Cliniece Bradshaw|
|Wed., 9||Sonya Crouse||New Life Praise Band|
Switcheroo Sunday - 2018
We will switch the times of our services on Saturday, April 29th. Sunday school will meet at 9:00 a.m. and worship will begin at 10:15 a.m. We will return to our regular schedule on Sunday, May 6th.
UMM Fish Fry - Report 2018
The United Methodist Men and Ebenezer thank everyone who helped with this fundraiser and came to eat. The men cleared over $879 that will be used to buy materials for local mission projects. Praise God. Please continue to pray for the men as they show the love of Jesus by helping those in need in our community.
Ebenezer's United Methodist Men's group will have another fish fry on Saturday, April 14th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.--or for as long as the fish last! Proceeds go toward the UMM's local ministries. Adult plates are $9; child's plate (6-12) is $5; children under five eat for free. Menu includes: fish, baked potato or fries, cole slaw, hush puppies, drink, and choice of homemade dessert. Take-out is available. We thank you for your support.
Easter Party - 2018
Bring your children for a fun time with lots of candy, cupcakes, cookies, and hot dogs--all free! Our annual Easter Party is on Saturday, March 31st 10-12:00 p.m. Young children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Soup and Sandwich Fundraiser - 2018
Sunday, March 11th, 11:30-1:00 p.m., we will be serving delicious homemade soup and sandwiches with sweets and a drink for donations to the next Bolivia Missions trip. Enjoy a hot meal and fellowship, and help fund a worthy mission project, too. Since you will have lost one hour on this day (Daylight Savings Time begins Mar. 11th), why not let us cook and clean up for you on this Sunday. We thank you for your support.
3 on 3 Basketball Tournament - Report - 2018
We thank everyone who turned out for the Tournament and came by to buy lunch. You have made this another successful fundraiser.
For a good time and a chance to show off your basketball prowess, get together a team of 3 and enter Ebenezer's 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament on Saturday, January 27th from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. An entry fee is required. Enjoy the competition as players or spectators. Contact Wayne or Kim Ellis to register (Tel: 828-396-1320) and for more information.
Hamburgers and hot dogs will be sold during the lunch hours (approximately 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.). Proceeds go toward the Bolivia Mission Trip this summer.
Happy Birthday Jesus Party - 2017
We cordially invite everyone in our community to Ebenezer on Sunday, December 10th at 5:00 pm. for a Happy Birthday Jesus Party. We will have a cake, along with finger foods and sweets, hot and cold drinks, music; and we'll sing, sing, sing Christmas carols. So, come help us celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior and have some good old-fashioned fun, too.
Gateway School Breakfast - 2017
The people of Ebenezer UMC will be serving breakfast to the students of the local Gateway School on Monday, December 4th at 9:30 a.m. This annual event is a way of supporting these students and their teachers. Our members are encouraged to come and spend time with the students and teachers, and help us prepare the meal, serve it, and clean up afterwards. See Kim Ellis to volunteer.
Community Thanksgiving Service - 2017
The annual community-wide Thanksgiving Service will be at Burgess Chapel on Highland Ave in Granite Falls this year. The service will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 19th. Because there is limited parking available at the chapel, First UMC Granite Falls is offering a shuttle service to the chapel that will leave their church at 5:30 p.m. We hope that you will join us at Burgess Chapel to praise and thank our Lord for all the blessings he has poured upon us in the past year.
UMW Country Store - 2017
Our United Methodist Women's group will open their annual Country Store on Saturday, November 11th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Breakfast biscuits will be on sale in the morning, and hamburger and hot dogs during the lunch hours. Come by for some good, hot food, and shop for useful or decorative crafts for possible gifts to friends and family. You can also look for bargains among the gently used items on sale, and canned and baked goods.
Proceeds will fund the UMW's ministries throughout the coming year. We thank you for your support.
Church Clean-Up Day - 2017
We ask our members and friends to come to the Ebenezer on Saturday, October 21st starting at 9:00 a.m. for a day of cleaning. We will be working on making our church shine for the upcoming Advent Season of celebration of the Lord's first coming and anticipation of His promised Second Coming. We hope that you can join us for a few minutes or a few hours.
All ages are encouraged to help. We have cleaning supplies, but you can also bring some of your own to make sure everyone can clean something during this fall cleaning.
Homecoming - Oct. 8, 2017 at 10:30 a. m.
We invite all of our members, friends, and former members and affiliates to join us for worship on Sunday, October 8 at 10:30 a.m. If you can, please bring a favorite dish of food or dessert to share at the after service fellowship meal in the Christian Life Center. We will provide the beverages.
We will be kicking off a week of prayer at the church on Sunday, which will conclude with a worship service centered on prayer on Sunday, October 15th at our regular worship time of 9:00 a.m. Our church will be open for people to come in to pray Sunday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Lift up your voices to the Lord and ask for His help for yourself, your family, our churches, our country, and the world.
Be persistent in prayer, and keep alert as you pray, giving thanks to God. --Colossians 4:2 GNT
I call to you, LORD; help me now! Listen to me when I call to you. Receive my prayer as incense, my uplifted hands as an evening sacrifice. --Psalm 141:1-2 GNT
Listen to my prayer, O LORD, and hear my cry for help! When I am in trouble, don't turn away from me! Listen to me, and answer me quickly when I call! --Psalm 102:1-2 GNT
Pray without ceasing. --1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV
Annual BBQ Fundraiser - 2017 - Report
THANK YOU! We thank everyone who helped make this year's barbecue fundraiser such a success. The final count was over $11,000 before expenses. God bless you all. Please continue to pray for us and our ministries for the Lord in this community and around the world.
Ebenezer UMC will be serving up pork barbecue, freshly smoked and cooked at Ebenezer, on Friday, September 29th, 4-7:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 30th, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Cost is $9 per adult plate, which includes chopped barbecue, BBQ sauce, slaw, baked beans, roll, choice of homemade dessert, and beverage. Take-out will be available. Proceeds go toward the church and its ministries.
We are asking our members and attendees to begin making pies, cakes, cookies and other desserts now that can be frozen until the time of the barbecue. We can store them in the church's freezer if you do not have room in your home freezer. Thank you to everyone who plans to work the fundraiser, supply desserts, or stop by to eat!
Back 2 School Bash - 2017
We invite you to the Grace Chapel UMC Community Park for the 2017 Back 2 School Bash on Saturday, August 12th, 11-3:00 p.m. There will be food, games, and music (including Ebenezer's own praise band)! School items will be given out to students and teachers for free. It will be a fun time that will help children and teachers to be better prepared for the start of the new school year. Thank you for your support.
Vacation Bible School - 2017
We are working hard to prepare for our annual Vacation Bible School. Our theme this year is all about Heroes for God. We hope you and your children will join us Sunday, July 16 through Tuesday, July 18 with Commencement and a Cookout at Redwood Park Pool in Hudson (450 Redwood St.) on Wednesday, July 19 from 6:30-8:30 PM. A meal will be served each evening at 5:30 p.m. for the children. Adults are asked to wait until 6:00 p.m. to eat. Assembly for the children will be at 6:15 p.m. The adult class will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. (Food and everything else is free.)
(Pease note: there will be classes for children 3 years old to middle school age; plus the adult class. Our youth will be working the VBS, so there will not be a class for the teenagers this year.)
UMM Cornhole Tournament - 2017
Ebenezer's United Methodist Men's group are calling on all cornhole enthusiasts to come to Ebenezer for their tournament on Saturday, June 24th. Register your team for $20 between 5 & 6:00 p.m. The double elimination contests will begin soon afterwards. First and Second Place trophies will be presented to the best teams, and door prizes will be given out during the tournament.
The men will be cooking up and selling great tasting hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, and Nachos and cheese to the athletes and spectators. So, come test your aiming and throwing abilities, or just watch the fun! Proceeds will fund the UMM's local ministries.
Father's Day Breakfast - 2017
We will honor all our men and boys on Father's Day on Sunday, June 18th with a free breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Join us for the meal and fellowship, and let the fathers in our church and community know how much we appreciate them. (Note: Breakfast is free for all; not just the guys.)
Pastor Jay's Farewell Supper and Service - 2017
We invite you to bring a favorite main dish or dessert to share at the Farewell Covered-dish Supper for Pastor Jay Bissett on Saturday, June 17th at 6:00 p.m. Pastor Jay will be moving to his new location this month.
On Sunday, June 18th, there will be an official good-bye service for Jay, as well. We invite you to join us at both these events to say your farewells to Jay and Monica as they prepare to move to a new place of service.
Blood Drive - May 1
We hope you will come to Ebenezer UMC on Monday, May 1 between 1:30 and 7:00 p.m. to donate blood for the American Red Cross Blood Drive. We will be serving spaghetti, salad, and homemade desserts to the donors. We thank you for helping to save lives by giving blood.
Nancy Sears Birthday Party
We invite our church members and all Nancy Sears' friends and family to join her in the Christian Life Center on Sunday, April 23rd from 2-4:00 p.m. to help her celebrate her 80th birthday. (No gifts please.)
Combined Worship/Fellowship in CLC
We encourage all our members and friends to join us for the Combined Worship Service on Sunday, April 30th at 10:30 a.m. Sunday school will move to 9:00 a.m. We will be serving coffee and doughnuts from 10-10:30 a.m. in the Chrisian Life Center, and you may continue to indulge during the worship service that will be held in the CLC, too.
Relay for Life Poorman's Supper - 2017
We will be serving up lots of pinto beans, fried potatoes and onions, slaw, cornbread, and cobbler for dessert on Saturday, March 4th from 5-7:00 p.m. to help raise funds for Relay for Life. We are asking for donations to help fund our booth at the annual Relay for Life event that raises money for the American Cancer Society to fund cancer research and help people dealing with cancer. Thank you for your support.
Girl Scout Sunday, Feb. 26th - 2017
We will have a special worship service led by local Girl Scout members during our 11:00 a.m. service on February 26. We invite you to bring a covered-dish food to share during a time of fellowship with the troop members and leaders after the service. Drinks will be provided by the church.
3 on 3 Basketball Tournament - 2017
Find out how good your backyard basketball skills really are on Saturday, February 25th (all day). Organize a team of 3 athletes and see how many other teams of three you can defeat on the court of battle. For those not athletically inclined, we invite you to watch the fun and eat lunch with us. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be on sale during the tournament. Proceeds go toward a Bolivia Mission trip this summer. Contact Wayne or Kim Ellis at: 828-396-1320 to sign up your team. There is a fee to participate. Thank you for your support.
Sweetheart Banquet Returns - 2017 Report
Thank you to everyone who helped to make this year's banquet such a success. Ricky Baker served up some delicious and excellently cooked chicken teriyaki and prime steak. The youth waited on tables and helped prepare the salads. Youth Leader, Scott Miller, reports that the effort netted over $1500 for youth activities and ministries. Praise the Lord, and thanks again to everyone who participated!
Our youth are putting on their Sweetheart Banquet again on Saturday, February 18th from 5-7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. The cost is $15 per plate or $20 if you want both meats (chicken teriyaki or T-bone steak). Babysitting services will be available. The children will be served a light meal, too. Proceeds go to the Youth Activities fund. You do not have to be a "romantic couple" to attend. Everyone is invited to participate; so come and enjoy a good meal, lively conversation, and a welcoming atmosphere provided by our youth and their helpers.
Rachel Poe's Birthday Party - 2017
Our members and friends are invited to join in Rachel Poe's 100th Birthday celebration on Sunday, February 5 from 2-4:00 p.m. Stop by and say hello to her and her family as they mark a wonderful milestone in Rachel's life. Maybe you can get Rachel to tell you some interesting and funny stories about her life--she has a century of them! She has a good sense of humor, too. If you missed her filmed interview played last week during our worship service, you missed a good one. Congratulations, Rachel Poe, and may you and your family have a wonderful celebration.
100th Birthdays Celebration Jan. 29th - 2017
We will be celebrating the 100th birthdays of Blanche Kohnle and Rachel Poe at our church on Sunday, January 29th during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. We invite you to bring a covered-dish food to share after the service in a time of fellowship with our two birthday girls. Sunday school will meet at 9:00 a.m.
Quilting Workshop January 28th - 2017
Monica Bissett will lead another quilting workshop on Saturday, January 28th from 9:00-1:00 p.m. Sewing machines will be available. Please contact Monica for more information at email@example.com or 828-545-8074. Please sign-up on the sheet in the hallway. A list of materials needed for the workshop project is available there also.
Stop Hunger Now Packing Event 2017 Report
We had 110 volunteers, who helped us pack 20,008 meals for the hungry. A good time was had by all, and the job was completed in less than 1.5 hours. Our volunteers came from Ebenezer UMC, SCCH Interact Club, and 1st UMC of Granite Falls. We had young children, youth, adults, and "grand" adults working. Great job guys and gals! Next year we hope to pack 30,000 meals. Ebenezer is collecting donations to pay for the supplies now. Write the amount on the offering envelope in the "Other" section and write SHN or Stop Hunger Now on the line below. Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's packing event such a success.
Volunteers of all ages are invited to help us pack 10,000 meals for the hungry on Saturday, January 21st from 10:00 a.m.-Noon. No matter what your age or physical condition, we will be able to find a way for you to help with this project; so please come and help. You can stay as long as you like if you cannot work the full two hours. A light lunch of rice and pinto beans will be served after the packing as an example of what many people in the world rely on for food every day of the year.
We are thankful that the South Caldwell High School Interact Club will be packing another 10,000 meals with us. We also express deep appreciation for everyone who gave to this project to help pay for the meals and packing supplies. May God bless you and bless the people we help with these meals.
UMW Country Store - 2016
Ebenezer's United Methodist Women will open their Country Store on Saturday, November 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. They will be serving a hot and delicious breakfast and then lunch later in the morning. Homemade baked goods will also be on sale, along with used items and crafts. Fill up your belly and shop for bargains and Christmas gifts at this annual event.
All proceeds help fund the women's ministries through the coming year. We thank you for your support.
Blessing of the Animals/ONE Worship - 2016
On Sunday, October 30 during the ONE Worship service at 10:30 a.m., Pastor Jay will conduct a blessing of the animals ceremony. We invite you to bring your 2, 4, 6, 8, and no legged companions with fur, feathers, or scales to be blessed. Please put your pets on a leash or in a carrier for their safety, or bring a photo of the animal instead.
Sunday school will meet from 9-10 a.m. on this Sunday.
Revival, Oct. 9-12, 2016
Our annual Fall Revival begins on Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. and runs through Wednesday meeting at 6:00 p.m. each night. We will have guest speakers from the ministries listed below to tell us about the work they are doing to spread the love of Christ throughout the community. We will take up a love offering each night for the ministry being promoted that evening.
Sunday --- KAIROS (prison ministry)
Monday -- Stop Hunger Now
Tuesday -- Congregations 4 Children
Wednesday -- Habitat for Humanity
We will also worship with music and song and prayer. We hope that you will join us and invite your friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
Homecoming & $10,000 Sunday - 2016
We thank everyone who gave extra on this Sunday. We raised a $8,741 to put on the Christian Life Center mortgage principle. God bless you!
We invite all our previous members and affiliates and current ones to our annual Homecoming Service on October 9th. We will begin worship at 10:00 a.m. (there will be no Sunday school), and share a covered-dish lunch afterwards. Please bring a favorite dish or dessert to share, if you can. Ebenezer will provide beverages. Help us celebrate our church and its ministry to the community; and enjoy a wonderful time of fellowship and good, good eating. See you there!
UMM/Youth Breakfast Fundraiser - 2016
Ebenezer's United Methodist Men and Youth groups will be serving up a hot breakfast on Saturday, October 8th from 6-10:00 a.m. to help raise money towards the purchase of a church van. Come in for a delicious meal and show your support of our church youth. Thank you!
Annual Benefit BBQ - 2016
Our annual barbecue fundraiser was moved from springtime to September 16-17 this year. Friday evenings, we will serve meals from 4-7:00 p.m. On Saturday, we are open from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. The barbecue pork is cooked/smoked on the premises. Plates are $9 each and include barbecue pork, sauce, baked beans, slaw, roll, choice of a homemade dessert, and beverage. Take-out is available. Proceeds go towards helping people in the community with their medical bills. We thank you for your support.
Back to College Dinner
Rev. Jay is inviting all our college students and young adults (18-30) to join him at Sims Barbecue on Saturday, August 13th at 7:00 p.m. for dinner. The group will then return to the parsonage for more fellowship.
We want to remind our college students to provide Ebenezer with their contact information while they are in college, so that we can keep in contact with them. You remain a part of our family.
UMM Breakfast Fundraiser 2016 - Report
The men raised over $1220! Thank you guys for the hard work, and thank you to everyone who gave so generously during this event.
Our United Methodist Men's group will have a breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, July 31st at 8:00 a.m. All proceeds will go to a family within the church to help pay medical and related expenses. This is a ONE WORSHIP Sunday, so Sunday school will begin at 9:00 a.m.
Senior Citizens Trip
We invite our senior citizens to a trip to Valle Crucis on Tuesday, July 19th. You need to be at Ebenezer by 9:00 a.m. Food will be provided, but please bring $1.
VBS Commencement and Closing Event
We invite parents, grandparents, and uncles and aunts of our VBS participants to join us for our 2016 Vacation Bible School closing assembly at Redwood Park in Hudson. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Free hamburgers and hotdogs, along with desserts, will be served. Join us as we celebrate and recall another great VBS at Ebenezer UMC.
Rev. Bissett Commissioning Service
There will be one worship service on July 10th as we commission our new pastor, Rev. Jay Bissett, to begin service and ministry at Ebenezer UMC. Sunday school moves to 9:00 a.m., and our combined worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. We hope that you will join us in welcoming Jay and encouraging him as he begins working for God and his kingdom in Caldwell County.
Surf's Up! VBS Begins July 10th
Come on over to the surf shack Sunday-Thursday, July 10-14 and find out about God's waves of love that he has poured out on people all over the world since time began. Below is the nightly schedule through Wednesday. We will have a special treat for everyone, including parents, etc. on Thursday night, so the schedule will be different that evening. Come to VBS to find out all about it. See you there!
5:30 p.m. -- Children/teens and their teachers will be served a light supper.
6:00 p.m. -- Adults will be served a light supper.
6:15 p.m. -- Children/teen's Assembly in the CLC.
6:30 p.m. -- Adult class will begin in the sanctuary and last about 1 hour.
8:45 p.m. -- Children will be dismissed from VBS.
Through games, crafts, and drama, we learn wonderful things about God, and about how much he loves each and everyone of us--and that makes everything else that much more fun. Come and be blessed. All ages are welcome.
Contact Information: 828.396.2214 or firstname.lastname@example.org