Good Morning Church:
Last week I was able to catch up with this summer’s Duke Intern Shawana Darnall. As I walked the halls of the Duke Divinity School and talked with some former interns, students, facility and other Field Education Supervisors they commented to me that we will enjoy having Shawana this summer and talks to me about the quality of person she is. For those of you who are new to the summer intern experience allow me to explain. For the past 20+ years Hayesville First has hosted a Duke Divinity student for 10 weeks in the summer. As part of their degree requirement, students at Duke Divinity are required to participate in two Field Education experiences in either a local church or an agency. It is the responsibility of the church to help prepare the student for ministry by exposing them to the life of the local church. The students are given responsibilities for worship leadership, preaching, committee and program work, visitation and other ministry opportunities under the supervision of the pastor and a committee of lay people. At the end of the summer, the student is evaluated by the Lay Mentoring Committee and the pastor and these evaluations are put in their academic record and are used by Conference Boards of Ordained Ministry in the ordination process. Additionally, the student fills out an evaluation of the Field education placement…apparently HFUMC has been doing a pretty good job of teaching because we seem to get the best and brightest. I like to think we take very seriously our role as a teaching congregation as we form these students.
You will have an opportunity to meet Shawana as she starts here placement with us next Sunday. We will circulate a schedule for you to sign up to host her for lunch or dinner. We have found over the years that sitting around the table is a great teaching tool for the student as well as keeping them well-fed. I hope you will consider hosting Shawana once or twice this summer. Thanks to Roger and Laura Hove who will host Shawana this summer. Roger and Laura have hosted interns for almost as long as we have had them.
In other news:
Remember this Sunday is our annual Spring Fling from 5:00-7:00pm! Bring your family and friends for an afternoon of food, fun and fellowship. Enjoy a cookout, face painting, a bouncy castle and register for Vacation Bible School !!! Everyone is invited and bring a friend or 2!
June is coming quickly and that means it's almost time for Vacation Bible School!! This summer's theme is EVEREST, Conquering Challenges with God's Mighty Power. This year promises to her another awesome experience for all ages. If you haven't signed up to help yet it's not too late. There are volunteer forms in the glass hallway outside the sanctuary or contact Myra at 389-8413 for more information. Registration forms are now available as well! VBS will be June 21st-25th from 5:30-9:00pm with dinner served each night. Classes are for kids 3yr and up plus youth AND adult classes.
You have seen on the news the devastation in Napal in the aftermath of several earthquakes and in our own county we witnessed flooding and destruction from tornado activity. The United Methodist Church is responding through our UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). If you would like to help in that effort, you may give through HFUMC designate “Nepal” or “US Tornados” and every cent of your contribution will be used in the recovery effort.
We will be celebrating our seniors that have graduated from college or will be graduating from High School on May 31st. If you are a graduating senior, please contact Myra at 389-8413 and confirm your status.
TABLE OF GRACE is our free lunch to the community that takes place at the Sweetwater Campus every Thursday form 11am-1pm. Typically, we are feeding anywhere between 20 and 30 people each week. If you would like to serve in this ministry, please contact Roger Engley.
That is all for now. Be the face of Christ.