Winterville United Methodist Church

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

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Group Activities of the Church

We would love an opportunity to meet with you and help you to feel welcome and at home at the Winterville United Methodist Church.  We are happy to assist you in becoming familiar with our church and its programs.  If you are looking for a place to fit in and serve, please check out our ministries below.


Food Services

Wednesday Night Suppers have been a very successful family-oriented evening of delicious food, devotion, ministry, and entertainment. We welcome everyone to join us at 6 p.m. Wednesday evenings!

The Kitchen Committee consists of four groups of four people each - one group per Wednesday night. We have three alternates from which to choose when needed. The Chairperson is responsible for keeping on hand a supply of plates, cups, utensils, etc for kitchen use.

The cost is $6.00 for adults and Free for children 12 and under.

Please make a new reservation, whether it be for one night, or as a standing reservation. The forms are on the tables in the sanctuary or you may call the church office.  It is very important that reservations for supper be made by Monday before 1 pm. This is so the person buying the supplies, usually on Tuesday, knows how many to prepare for.

There will be NO TAKEOUTS, except in case of illness at the last minute. These meals are prepared for fellowship at church -- not as a convenience.

Food Service Opportunities:

Wednesday Night Suppers
Covered Dish meals
Special Events

Contact Henrietta Tucker for more information


Music & Drama

Choir Rehearsals on Wednesday evenings during the summer, 7:00 p.m., 7:15-8:30 in the fall.

Winterville United Methodist Church has a very active music & drama ministry. There are several different groups to choose from that give all ages the opportunity to participate.

The Adult Choir meets on Wednesday nights and in addition to providing anthems each Sunday, also performs a major musical or musical/drama at Christmas, and has enjoyed doing dinner theaters on several occasions. They also have done an interactive mystery dinner theater that provided great humorous entertainment. They plan to do another in the coming year. Solo and ensemble work within this organization is encouraged and as a result, has blessed the congregation many times.

We are sure that all those involved in the music ministry are blessed by the experience and that it is all pleasing in God's eye.


Positions Open: In soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass Section. No others need apply.
Physical Qualifications: Must be able to carry light musical notes part way across the church. Must have good vision to see director 20 ft. away.
Experience: No applications accepted from persons who not at one time sung, hummed, or whistled in the shower.
Beginning Wages: Guaranteed satisfaction and joy in the service of the Lord.
Advancement Opportunity: Members who demonstrate ability and courage might sing a solo sometime.
Fringe Benefits: Social Security--We promise you the security of Social Fellowship with other fine members of the choir.
Hours: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings for practice, and on Sunday mornings for Services. Occasionally, there may be opportunities for overtime.
Retirement: After your voice reaches the place where it can hit two notes at once you may sit in the congregation and listen to others use their God-given talents.

Music Opportunities:

Worship Team
Solos, Duets, Groups
Bell choir
Special Events
Services of praise & worship

Outreach & Missions

Community Events:

City of Winterville Annual Events

Winterville UMC Sponsored Annual Community Events

C A N (Cancer Assistance Network)   We provide for individuals and families of loved ones who have cancer. Learn more about our Cancer Assistance Network

Congregational Care

Mission Trips


Yes, I am back at it. Carol Hodges was sweet enough to allow me to finish out her term as Outreach chairperson and then continue next year. So, blame her! (Just kidding).

Let me start off by just saying – I AM EXCITED – AREN’T YOU! New pastor (isn’t he great) and new fresh ideas (plus some familiar ones).

   First - Outreach and Missions are extremely connected in purpose – so Michelle 

         Vetter and I will be working together to make this happen.

   Second – We have already met with Pastor John and let me just say he sure gets 

         those creative juices flowing. The ideas and suggestions seem to be endless –

         my little penny pencil could not keep up.   

   The three of us agreed that to be successful with Outreach and Missions we have to get up and actually go outside of this building – literally! There is an international movement of missionary disciples called Fresh Expressions (thank you Michelle and Rev. John) that takes the church from its walls out to the people that would normally not hear the Word of God.

Examples are holding a church service at a restaurant, bar, gym or as we discussed having a tailgate church at the UGA games. That would not necessarily be a church service but be there, have a presence, discipleship, minister to people.

Here is a better explanation from their website: A Fresh Expression is a form of church for our changing culture, established primarily for the benefit of those who are not yet part of any church. Fresh Expressions is an international movement of missionary disciples cultivating new kinds of church alongside existing congregations to more effectively engage our growing post-Christian society. Beginning in 2004 as an initiative of the Church of England and the British Methodist Church, the movement has resulted in the birth of thousands of new communities in the UK alone and brought renewal to scores of established churches. The movement has spread to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and Germany. In 2010, the movement began taking shape in the US through the vision and generosity of the Baptist General Association of Virginia and a growing number of partners committed to a new era of missional ecumenism, a unity around the mission of God the Father through the resurrected Son in the power of the Holy Spirit. If you want to read more just click on this link to go to their website Or click on this link and watch a video:  

   Now after reading that and watching the video – if you are not excited (excited nervous, excited scared, excited happy and ready) about what we are planning to try – then check your pulse.

   We will be taking it slow so take a deep breath, roll up your sleeves and say yes – sure I will be a part of this when asked – or better yet – come up and volunteer ( you know, without being asked). Volunteer your time and talent. Notice I did not say the third “T” of stewardship “treasure”. We talk about that later – just your time and talent are needed right now. Also we need your ideas and suggestions please.

   Some of the other ideas are: a holiday vacation bible school (not necessarily held in the church), Blessing of the Pets, Trunk or Treat, Fall Festival, Christmas Goody Bags for those who work on Christmas Eve, a Craft Night or Day once a month, Scavenger Hunt, Chili

Cook-off, Drama Camp, Hand bell Choir, Drive- Thru Prayer (I love this one) and many others. I was delighted to have the August program for UMW and boy was that exciting. Lots of great ideas – keep them coming ladies. If you don’t mind – would you please email me those ideas if I did not mention them here (

   One or two of these I have already decided on doing – Blessing of the pets (no date as of yet) and Trunk or Treat to be held in place of the Wednesday night meal on October 31st . So get your costumes, cars and candy ready.

   One thing I think we can all agree on is that we as a church and as her members need prayer – and lots of it. So on the prayer list that Kristy so wonderfully includes in our weekly bulletin please write Winterville United Methodist Church and her members.

   Well I believe I have taken up enough of the newsletter so I bid adieu. Keep smiling!

Patty “Cakes” Boyd






Honduras Mission Trip

This is mainly about the children Mrs. Joan Derda, her husband, and my wife Nancy and I are sponsoring.  But it gives a good overview of how most of our sponsored children live.  I will be working on a video next week on the preaching and singing and worship services we experienced and should be sending it out next week. 




You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.

-Isaiah 25:4

Winterville UMC has the opportunity to be a shelter in the storm for the lives of a family in transition.

Athens Interfaith Network is a cooperative between faith organizations in the Athens area to provide housing, job assistance, and transportation for families that are temporarily without a home. Our next volunteer week for Athens Interfaith Network is September 17th at Tuckston UMC. We will be taking over the volunteer slots for Tuesday, September 19th, including morning and evening driver, dinner, and overnight hosts. You can find a signup sheet at the front of the sanctuary.


Learn more about Athens Interfaith Network at their website

Thank you,







Winterville United Methodist Church Recycles!

Save Aluminum Cans - Please drop them off outside the fellowship hall in plastic bags. All proceeds go directly into the Building Fund.

Children & Youth Fundraiser - We have an ongoing cell phone and inkjet cartridge recycling fundraising drive to benefit our Children & Youth programs. There’s nothing to buy. We are simply asking everyone to safeguard the environment by donating their old digital cell phones and used printer ink cartridges. The tax deductible cell phones and ink cartridge donations will be recycled in accordance with EPA regulations or refurbished and sold.

Other qualifying items:
  Inkjet Cartridges 
  • Only digital phones will be accepted (no walkie-talkies, two-way radios, pagers, PDA’s, cordless home phones, mock display units, analog phones, or “bag” phones).  No manuals or accessories will be accepted.  Damaged phones are OK.
  • Printer ink cartridges must not be damaged; I.e. cartridge case, circuitry and print head must not be broken.  Use zip lock bags to individually wrap each cartridge. Laser & toner cartridges are also now accepted.
 We also accept the additional items for recycling:
  • cellphones
  • radar detectors (Escort, Beltronics, Cobra)
  • laptop computers
  • MP3 players (Microsoft Zune, Creative & Sandisk)
  • digital cameras, digital video cameras, digital frames
  • electronic book readers (Kindle, Sony)
  • GPS devices (Garmin, Mio, Magellan, TomTom)
  • Portable DVD players
  • Handheld game systems
  • Gold, Silver & Platinum Jewelry (even broken jewelry)
Download a printable poster to attach to a box, which can be placed in your office or other place of employment, school, church, etc. for collecting cell phones and ink cartridges.  Once filled or have at least 20 cartridges, please deliver it to the office at Winterville UMC.

100% of the proceeds will go toward our mission projects.  A receipt for tax deductible purposes will be provided for those who request one.  Please email requests for a receipt, or if you have any questions.

Technical Support

There are many opportunities for you to contribute to our church website. This is more than a website, it's a web ministry. Opportunities for you to get involved include writing, editing, photography, website checkers, pray-ers, and more. If you're interested in getting involved, contact the Web Servant, and we'll be happy to find a role that best matches your gifts and your availability.

Audio Team
Someone is available at the 11 a.m. service to tape and monitor the sound system during the worship service.

Technical Opportunities:
Video team
Sound team
Stage light

United Methodist Men

Men of all ages are invited to be a part of this growing group that meets the THIRD Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at our Fellowship Hall.   There will be a devotional or Bible study and business meeting.

Upcoming Events


The UMM met August 16th and     enjoyed a great fellowship and breakfast/supper. We enjoyed Pastor John talking about his past and what influenced his decision to go into  ministry. He talked about some plans he has in mind for the future. Overall it was a great meeting with him.

     We will have a Litter Pickup September 8th @ 8:30 AM and our September meeting will be Thursday the 20th at 6:30 pm. All men of the church  are welcome

 Thank you,                                                                                                                                         



Tool Box Ministry

A Tool Box Ministry for anyone needing a small job done around the house, please call the church office at 706-742-2445.

Men's Group Opportunities

Bible Study
Mission Project

Fish Fry   - November 2, 2018 - 5:30 - 7 pm.  Tickets available soon.                                                             Chicken BBQ                                                                                                                                                         Spaghetti  Dinner                                                                                                                                                   Quarterly Trash Pickup around the neighborhood - September 8, 2018 - 8 AM



United Methodist Women

Fellowship of the United Methodist Women meet on the SECOND Tuesday at 7 p.m. of every month for a time of devotions, general business discussions, mission projects, fun activities, and refreshments. All ladies of the church are invited to participate.  Please contact the church for more information.



The United Methodist Women had a great meeting on August 14 at Carol Hodges' home. We enjoyed delicious refreshments provided by Joyce Mullenix and Carol. Patty Boyd presented several excellent suggestions of outreach opportunities for our church which UMW might support. Thinking outside the box and the building is the key! Please pray for our church's efforts as we strive to be a light for the Good News of Jesus in the community. 

      Our next meeting is September 11. Our program for the September meeting will be Taren Tripp with Hope Haven. We would love to have you join us-all women are invited! 

     Our annual Baked Potato and Salad Bar Luncheon is scheduled for Sunday, October 28. Everyone is invited to join us after the 11 am worship service for lunch. Baked potatoes, green salad, a variety of other salads, chili, dessert, and all the fixings will be provided. Cost is your donation to our fund which supports mission projects both here and around the world. 




Group Opportunities:

Our Daily Bread
Mission Projects
Devotional Lessons
Book Reading
Fun activities



Our Sunday mornings begin at 8:45 AM with worship in our sanctuary. 

Our 11:00 AM worship and is more traditional in style also in our sanctuary. You can expect to see people of all ages.

You won't walk away from our church services not understanding what the message was all about. The teachings of the Bible are explained in a way that you will find helpful in your efforts to be pleasing to God.
There's no need to feel nervous about what to wear...wear what you want. If you are more comfortable in casual attire, then wear jeans! If you prefer a shirt and tie, then wear a suit! The idea is to feel comfortable as you enjoy the service.

Our visitors are not expected to contribute to our weekly collection until such time as you feel you wish to become an active participant in the programs of our church.

While visiting on our Communion Sunday (1st Sunday of each month) you may partake if you like, or if you'd rather not, that's OK, too.

A time of prayer allows us to offer our praises and requests to God for comfort, for healing, for our country and its leadership, and unspoken requests.

The music is both contemporary and traditional. We have a traditional choir, vocalists, and worship teams and use both instruments and CD's for our music. We encourage people to sing along and to worship in a way that makes you most comfortable. Sit when you want to sit. Stand when you want to stand. And raise or clap your hands if the Spirit moves you!

Anyone who wishes to become a member may go up to the altar during the last verse of the hymn where the pastor will meet them. A simple ceremony will take place welcoming the person into the membership. You may decide first to meet with Rev. John for counseling.

Worship Opportunities:

Service of praise & worship
Sunrise Service
Easter Worship

Veteran's Worship
Thanksgiving Worship

Christmas Eve Worship
Christmas Worship
Biblical preaching
Special Events
Communion Table
Bible Study

Young At Heart

Currently, we have a "Young At Heart" group (ages 55+) that gets together once a month for an outing and fellowship time.  Bus transportation available for most outings. See the bulletin board for sign up sheets for our events.


On September 11th we will repeat our discount day trip to Anderson at Hamricks and the Russell Stover Candy Store.  You’ll work up an appetite at some antique stores      before we eat lunch at Mama Penns.

     September 21st we are headed to Hartwell for “Shrek the Musical”. We will have  dinner at the Downtown Café before the show.

     October 26th is our Halloween party, dinner, entertainment and games.  Details will be posted.

     Hope everyone is enjoy their summer. 

God bless,

Linda & Charley








Young At Heart Branson Trip Videos