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As United Methodists we celebrate two sacraments: Holy Communion and Baptism. The sacraments are a means of grace through which God works invisibly in us to strengthen and nurture our faith. At Disciples UMC we celebrate Holy Communion at the early service almost every Sunday and on the first Sunday of each month at the 11 o’clock service. The primary understanding around Communion is that we celebrate the real presence of Christ. In other words we affirm that spiritually Christ is present. The Communion Table in the United Methodist church is open to all. The Book of Worship says, “All who intend to lead a Christian life, together with their children, are invited to receive the cup and the bread.” In both sacraments we affirm what God is doing in our lives. Baptism is an initiation into the universal church (the body of Christ), the United Methodist Church and the local congregation. Baptism is an act of the Holy Spirit and persons of any age may be baptized. Because we affirm God’s prevenient grace—the grace by which God seeks us out and prepares us for faith—we baptize infants and small children who are too young to take baptismal vows for themselves. As parents take the vows on their behalf, the church affirms that children being born into the brokenness of the world should receive the cleansing and renewing of God’s forgiveness. Since Baptism is an initiation into the church, the entire worshipping congregation participates in the sacrament. Members of the congregation reaffirm their faith and promise to support and nurture the person being baptized. Baptism most often is administered by sprinkling. However it may be done by pouring or immersion. Over the next few weeks, it will be my privilege to baptize several of our children. We will also receive new adult members. It is a joy to watch and participate as God is growing the church.

See you in church.

Pastor Debra Pastor Debra

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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. When we think of healthy lifestyle choices, we often overlook the importance of protecting our skin. Skin cancer (including melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancer) is the most common of all cancers. Many skin cancers could be prevented by protecting your skin from the sun's rays and avoiding indoor tanning. The 2012 American Cancer Society sun safety campaign provides ideas and resources for increasing awareness of the risk of skin cancer and helping you stay well. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. Many skin cancers could be prevented by protecting your skin from the sun’s rays and by avoiding indoor tanning beds. Unfortunately, when we think of healthy lifestyle choices, we often overlook the importance of protecting our skin. Sun safety is important all through the year, not just in the summertime. Most skin cancers are caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and the negative effects of UV radiation buildup over the course of your life. In fact, you can be exposed to UV radiation while driving in your car or sitting by a window in your office. UV radiation is also present on cloudy days, when the sun is not visible. Obviously, you cannot completely avoid the sun, but you can be aware of the risks and reduce the amount of time you spend in the sun. To reduce the harmful effects of excessive and unprotected sun exposure, you should protect your eyes and skin every day. Try to avoid direct exposure to the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. That’s when UV rays are the most intense. Wear wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses that block UV rays. Protect exposed skin by using a sunscreen lotion that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. Avoid tanning beds and sun lamps. Sun safety is important for both adults and children, and it is never too late to reduce your chances of developing skin cancer. For more information on how the American Cancer Society can help you and your family, stay well by protecting yourselves from skin cancer, call us at 1800-227-2345, or visit We are here to help you stay well.

CRAFT FAIR WOKSHOP ~ Workshops will be held on Monday, May 21st at

10:00am and on Tuesday, May 29th at 7:00pm. Everyone is welcome to offer assistance and ideas for our October Craft Fair!

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Weekly Weigh-Ins ~ starting Sunday, March 4


Helen Rowland, RN, will be held in the Fellowship Hall every Sunday from 10:45 – 11:00am to chart weight loss and provide accountability regarding diet and exercise. All information remains confidential.

The new Flower Chart for 2012 in now posted in the hallway to the Education Wing. Consider placing flowers in the sanctuary in memory or honor of someone and to the Glory of God.

Are you a grown-up who loves Teddy Grahams and playing with Mega Blocks? If so, please come and lend a helping hand in the nursery! Anyone interested in being a Nursery Alternate, please contact Jessica Bayer at (864) 477-8995 or JSLJOHNSON@GMAIL.COM. A Safe Sanctuaries Background check is required.

UMW will meet Tuesday, May 8th at 10:00am.

Please take a Prayer Request from the basket near the Ushers Station. It is our privilege to pray for our Upper Room prayer partners around the world. Thank You.

UMW Annual Tea Please plan to join us on Saturday, May 19th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM in the fellowship hall. We are planning a delightful afternoon of delicacies, entertainment and heart-warming fellowship. This year, Ms. Sammie Alexander will share her writings and manuscripts with us. Our annual tea is a way to support Disciples Child Development Center. It is also a means to show our appreciation and thanks for all the ladies of the church who so generously support UMW's activities and events. It's sure to be an exciting time!

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DUMC NIGHT AT THE DRIVE!!! If you’ve signed up and haven’t received your ticket see Tom Turner. We have 74 attending, isn’t that fan-tastic! See you at the game on Saturday, May 5, 2012. Game begins at 7:00 pm – gates open at 6:00 pm. The Fluor Field Stadium is in the West End with Free Parking at County Square. Walk or take a free trolley to the stadium from there. Everyone in our group will get a scratch off free item from the Drive and also an opportunity to win one of the following donated prizes at no additional cost!

2012 Ballgame Prize List Donated Prizes will be Awarded at the End of each Inning by Random Drawing Must be present to win and cannot win more than one prize.

Inning 1 $5.00 Gift Card for Chick-fil-A 2 Garden Gift Basket given by Cheryl Turner 3 A ride in Dan Stansell’s Vintage Corvette Convertible 4 Beads of Hope Jewelry Valued at $15.00. 5 $5.00 Gift Card for Dunkin Donuts 6 Mystery Prize given by Evelyn & John Cook 7 Special Occasion Cake or Cookies Made by Barb McInerney (Excluding Wedding Cake) 8 $10.00 Gift Card for Wal-Mart

Greenville Drive Games are Always A Winner!

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HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR PEW-MATE??? The Pew-Mate featured in the April newsletter, as you may or may not have guessed, was Mr. Tom Turner!!! Our Pew-Mate for this month is a history buff and is also interested in anything in outer space!! I wonder if our P-M traveled into outer space if they would find their favorite things, like vanilla ice cream, Roman Holiday and chocolate covered raisins!!! Being a history buff explains why their favorite book is “Andersonville”, the story about a prisoner of war camp during the Civil War. This Disciples member grew up with two older brothers and a younger sister. They are the proud parent of three, and enjoy three grandchildren. Our P-M doesn’t think much of reality tv and the tv news media – they had this to say about both –“ they are not real, truthful or honest. The media try to rewrite the news and reality tv does not have a shred of reality in it. They put on entertainment shows, which are not very good or entertaining. “ Sounds like a pet peeve to me!!!! Old furniture is a hobby, songs from musicals are a favorite, especially those from “Les Miserables”. Blue is a favorite color, roses a favorite flower and MASH and Star Trek are favorite TV shows. When asked about their favorite season, the reply was: Winter. I enjoy the quiet peaceful feeling that winter brings, and the silence and beauty of a gentle snowfall”. Unfortunately, they didn’t get that feeling this past winter!! Favorite Bible Verse – They don’t have one. Each time they read the Bible they find something new and wonderful, no matter how many times they read it. I hope you enjoy figuring out who this month’s Pew-Mate is!!

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Pause for Prayer “Come near to God, and he will come near to you.” – James 4:8 Saturday, May 19 in Memorial Chapel at Buncombe Street Prayer (9am – 12 noon) Lunch (12:15pm to 1pm) no cost During the ACC Tournament basketball teams took time outs to get their heads straight, to get a game plan down or just to take a deep breath. When was the last time you took a “time out”? You know, got off the “gerbil wheel” of life to sit before the Lord to hear Him speak to you? Buncombe Street UMC Women at the Well ministry will be hosting a morning of reflection and quiet prayer led by Rev. Laura Bratton, Robbie Boman and Margo Patton. Afterward a light lunch will be served for a time of sharing. For more information and reservations contact Margo Patton (430-2908) or

FIRST TUESDAY CIRCLE WHEN: SECOND Tuesday, May 8, 2012 @ 7 pm FOR: POT LUCK WHERE: Robin Aleksinas’ Home 509 Huntington Road, G’ville 29615 (h) 627-1696 (w) 877-6175 (c) 430-5805 GUEST SPEAKER: Sam Couvillion All women of the church and their friends are invited to join us for “who-knows-what-is-on-the-menu” and a great guest speaker, our very special and terrific Sam Couvillion, who always inspires us to be better Christians in our day-to-day lives. “Christ present and living within us” – that is Sam’s message. Please come out to hear his amazing witness. Please bring a dish to share and share yourself as well with us! This is our last get-together until September. Please join us for fellowship and witness, always a special evening. REMEMBER UNITED MINISTRIES’ NEEDS! Helen Rowland 292-0013

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2012 Adult Fellowship Schedule Mark your Calendars Now So You Don’t Miss A One! Saturday, June 16, 6:00 PM - Pizza & a Movie – Fellowship Hall & Sanctuary Friday, September 14, 7:00 PM – Low Country Boil Dan Stansell coordinating at Dove Tree Club House (Fri., Sept. 21 - 2nd choice date) Friday, November 2, 6:30 PM – Murder Mystery Party in Fellowship Hall – with heavy hors’ d’ouevres & desserts. January or February 2013 – Sunday Brunch TBD

All Church Events Coordinated by Adult Fellowship Saturday, May 5, 7:00 PM – Greenville Drive Game Wednesday, December 19 – Christmas Caroling on the Trolley with 6 PM and 7 PM Runs

BEADS OF HOPE Monday, May 21 at 7:00 PM Cheryl & Tom Turner’s home 536 Mahaffey Road, Greer 29651 Bring Your Friends – Everyone Welcome We will be working on rawhide bracelets to give to the Salkehatchie Upstate campers who will stay at Disciples this Summer. We will also work on necklaces for eyeglasses and sunglasses. These have been popular at “Mountain Made” in Pendleton where we have our beads on consignment. We want to have a nice supply when we go later this summer to replenish our stock. Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Beads of Hope would make a lovely unique gift, and your purchase will help our mission programs as well. The jewelry is available in the church office during weekday office hours or see Cheryl Turner, Lanneau Grant, or Debby Balcer on Sundays to see the Beads of Hope Collection. If you need more information about Beads of Hope, call Cheryl Turner 297-3273 or email at

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A Word from our CDC -Barb McInerney

We enjoyed being part of the Stop Hunger Now efforts. The children collected 250 canned goods.

Earth Day is always a celebration for our children. Below is a picture of our K-4 students planting flowers in front of our church.

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It is hard for me to believe that we are approaching the end of our school year. May will be packed with activities‌.Cinco De Mayo festivities, Mother’s Day teas, our Pirate Day, our end of year picnic for CDC families, and K-4 Graduation. It is always bittersweet to say farewell to our 4 year olds that will be attending Kindergarten next fall. Many of these children have been with us since they were infants. Watching them grow and develop has been our pleasure. Below is a list of our K-4 graduating class.

Our K-4 Class of 2012 Gabrielle Allen

Mitchell Holmes

Myles Bofilios

Chandler Lawless

Luke Buehring

Parker Mathis

Madelynn Cole

Evan Miller

Anna Karla Corrales

Ellie Pestrak

Maggie Davis

Ava Pitts

Jamie Donahue

Tucker Rinker

Phoebe Ethridge

Martin Simon

Leran Fu

Adam Sobke

Carter Gillespie

Cate Taylor

Oliver Harris

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Sign-Up Now For Adult Fellowship Pizza and Movie Nite Saturday, June 16 at 6:00 PM Enjoy pizza from Tony’s New York Style Pizzeria in the Fellowship Hall. Then watch the inspiring movie, “Amazing Grace” on our big screen in the sanctuary. This is the heroic story of how one man’s passion and perseverance changed the world. Based on the true story of William Wilberforce the movie follows his courageous quest to pass a law to end the British slave trade and reform society. Along the way, Wilberforce meets intense opposition from members of Parliament but his minister, John Newton, a reformed slave ship captain who penned the beloved hymn “Amazing Grace”, urges him to put his faith into action and see the cause through. The outstanding movie “Amazing Grace” will move your heart.

Dinner and a Movie and it only costs $7.50/person – What a Deal! Sign-Up, Pizza Preference, and Payment will begin in mid May. To register for this event simply sign up on the sheet on the Communication Board and denote your pizza preference. Use the envelopes for prepayment on the shelf below the poster and place in the Adult Fellowship mailbox or give money to Tom Turner or Dan Stansell. Dear Pastors and District Churches: Thanks for your support in the success of the awesome “Great Day of Service” Stop Hunger Now event held this past Saturday. We were truly blessed by God! May the Lord continue to bless each of you as you go about His work for the Kingdom. Take care. Sincerely, Charles L. Johnson Greenville District Superintendent - UMC

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“OPERATION OVERBOARD” Vacation Bible School planning has begun. Mark your calendars for June 25th—29th from 9:00am—Noon. All VBS Volunteers please join us Sunday, May 6th right after the 11 service in the Craft Room for an organizational meeting. You will receive your materials. If you cannot attend, please contact Debby Balcer @ 2540802. Lunch will be provided. The meeting should last approximately 1 hour. We are still looking for shepherds (shepherds accompany the students from one activity to another) Please contact Debby Balcer to volunteer at 254-0802 or The students should be 3 as of August 2011 (and potty trained) - rising 6th graders.

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Disciples United Methodists Church - VBS 2012 Operation Overboard June 25-29 9AM -noon

Dear Parents, We’re bringing an underwater universe adventure to the kids at our Vacation Bible School, OPERATION OVERBOARD: DARE TO GO DEEP WITH GOD! Your children will become divers-in-training at OPERATION OVERBOARD as we plunge into God’s word and discover stories of deep faith. After a high energy opening at Ocho’s Cove, the divers make their way to the Underwater Passage. Interactive Bible lessons reveal five ocean insights for living as followers of God, and your divers will discover Sea Scripture memory verses that will boost their faith long after VBS. Our mission project will again be Upstate Salkehatchie. We encourage the children to bring water and building supplies and safety gear to VBS to donate. These supplies will be used in mid July when teens and chaperones repair, reroof and restore houses for those in need. Our preschool registration this year is limited to 16 three/ four year olds. We can not take more than that due to teacher/student ratio. We welcome your help if you can volunteer. Please complete the registration form and we will confirm your child’s attendance. Children must have turned 3 before August of 2011 and be potty trained (unless there is a medical reason they are not potty trained). For more information contact Debby Balcer at 254-0802 or the church office at 297-0382 In Christ, Debby Balcer DUMC Children’s Ministry

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SOUTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ACTION COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING 2012 “Do You REALLY Know Me?” May 17, 2012 St. John Neumann Catholic Church 100 Polo Road, Columbia, SC (Note: St. John Neumann School is on opposite side of Polo Road) Registration Due on or before May 9, 2012 – see below The Day’s Schedule 9:30 AM Gathering for Registration/Check-in and Fellowship 10:00 AM Ecumenical Worship Bishop Alphonza Gadsden, Reformed Episcopal Church, Preaching Installation of 2012-2013 Officers and Board 11:20 AM “Do You Really Know Me?” Disciples Living into True Community - Regional Minister Sotello Long, SC Region Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) - The Rev. Torrie Osgood, First Christian Church (Disciples), Columbia, SC - and other SC Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) leaders Noon Fellowship Meal (pre-registration required to guarantee meal) 12:45 PM “Do You Really Know Me?” Dialogue 1:15 PM SC Christian Action Council Recognitions and Awards 1:30 PM Brief Business Session 2:00 PM Adjourning to Really Get to Know the Other and Work for Justice for All PLEASE return completed form with check payable to SCCAC Pre-registration of $40.00 per person includes meal Due on or before: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 MAIL TO: SCCAC, PO Drawer 3248, Columbia, SC 29230

(Form on reverse side)

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Prayer List Sandra Lee Bible Clark Gaston Jr. Lawanda Droke (Helen Rowland’s Mom) Sam & Gerda Hook (Mary Berry’s family) George & Thelma Hume (Patty Hammond’s Parents) Anne Marie Fields (Pat Joye’s daughter) Michelle Fluegge (Debby Balcer’s Sister) Patty Beal Sammy Rushing Chalonda Williams (Deployed to Kuwait) Sue Anderson Karen Kane (Barbara McInerney’s sister) Rev. Charlie Summey Rev. Enrique Gordon The Perkins family Debby Balcer Dick & Joan Walker (Sally Deming’s friends) Faye Fox Fran Hanna & Carly (Former members) Randy Wells (Fran Hanna’s brother) Ross Hanna (Former member) Bob Farmer Family of Barbara Stedman (Dot Crawford’s friend) Eddie Barbary (Keith & Debby Waters friend) Erin Guidici Hannah Webb Frances Thompson (Dot Crawford’s sister) Frank Herrin Lilly Kate Cook & Robert & Katie Cook (Linda Guthrie daughter &grandbaby) Carl Balcer (Mark Balcer’s dad) Delores Griffis (Pastor Debra’s Cousin)

May 2012 Lawson Berry


Lynn Howard


Kathy Segars


Pat Doss


Peggy Milligan


Catherine Balcer


Lanneau Grant


Mickey Hunt


Jordan Gwyn


Jessica Bayer


Deborah Gavron


Ethan Hinson


Betty Buckallew


Lori Hoover


Jeremy Carter


Karen Cummings


Neal Combs


Daniel Cantrell


Disciples United Methodist Church Important Numbers: Church Office

(864) 297-0382

Pastor Email –

DISCIPLES UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 185 Riley Smith Road Greenville, South Carolina 29615 (864)-297-0382

Church e-mail Congregational Care: Church Fax (864) 297-5423 Church Parsonage

OUR MISSION: To make disciples of Jesus Christ.

(864) 297-0213

Child Development Center (864) 297-6951

Counseling Center (864) 297-5101 Lay Leader, Mary Berry (864) 918-4528


We strive to be a growing family of faith that nurtures a

climate of caring and spiritual growth within its membership, celebrates inclusiveness and racial diversity as a reality and continuing goal within its membership and

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS – Monday – Thursday from 9:00am to 1:00pm

witnesses for fairness, compassion, and love among all God’s people.


– Please sign up to purchase flowers. The cost is $40. The sign up sheet is on the bulletin board in the hall.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE – The deadline to get Newsletter articles in for the following month is on the 25th of every month. You can either e-mail it to the church office or put it in Cheryl’s mailbox.

BULLETIN DEADLINE – The deadline for announcements is Wednesday by 12noon. Content for the order of worship is Monday 12 noon.

We are on the web!

ANNOUNCEMENT FORMS – If you would like an announcement placed in the bulle-

tin and/or newsletter please fill out an Announcement Form, located on Cheryl Lehnert’s door. Please place completed the form and leave in the box on the door or put it into Cheryl’s mailbox.

DISCIPLES UNITED METHODIST CHURCH STAFF Debra Griffis-Woodberry - Pastor Cheryl Lehnert - Communications Secretary Bill Whipple - Congregational Care Barbara McInerney - Child Dev. Center Director Patty Hammond - Pianist/Organist Amanda Geddings—Youth Director Steven Mathena—Music Director Dr.. Rachel Matthews – Dir. of Counseling Center/Counselor Chalonda Williams – Gospel Choir, Pianist Newsletter—Cheryl Lehnert Sandy Bryson

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