Here at Harmony UMC we are all about helping adult’s build real relationships, create an authentic community, and make a difference in the local community and our world. Our Adult Ministry is designed to help men, women, older adults and young adults connect with the church, grow deeper in their relationship with Christ together, serve in the ways God has gifted each one of us, and to build encouragement through fellowship and the study of God’s word.
Everyone has their own starting point and pace with which they are comfortable, especially when it comes to matters of faith. Whether you are looking to actively engage in our adult ministries, small groups, mission projects, social gatherings or grow in faith with one of our new life groups, we have something for wherever you are in your faith journey.
- Sunday School
- Young Adult Ministries
- United Methodist Women
- United Methodist Men
- Congregational Care-Giving Team
- Adult I: Teacher – Hilary Alexander; class meets in Old Social Hall (sanctuary)
- Adult II: Teacher – Ann Pullen; class meets in Room 103.
Young Adult Ministries
College Students and Young Adults
United Methodist Women
Our purpose is four-fold:
- to know God
- to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ
- to develop a creative, supportive fellowship
- to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
Missions is what we are about — not only here and near, but also the not-so-near and the far, far away. Our money stretches from our own backyard to all around the globe to help women, children, and youth in need. We’re a hands-on group, too, helping local missions through personal involvement. Our main fundraiser is serving dinners to Harmony’s United Methodist Men (once a month, 10 months out of the year).
Harmony’s UMW is made up of two circles which meet monthly (except during the summer). One circle meets mostly on-line and consists of younger women in their 30’s and 40’s. The other circle meets during the day; the women in this circle are older, ranging in age from mid-40-s up to 90+.
There’s LOTS more to tell about United Methodist Women, but space does not allow all of their story to be told here. If you want to know more, contact Mary Preston, Harmony’s UMW president, by phone (540-338-4152) or by e-mail (K4LJH@comcast.net).
United Methodist Men
The United Methodist Men (UMM) is the men’s group of the church and all men in the church are members. The group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. This fellowship opportunity includes dinner (which is provided by the UMW) and a business meeting. The UMM’s primary mission for Harmony Church is the maintenance of the church grounds (mowing, etc.). Annual fundraising events include spaghetti suppers ( March, June, and November); yard sales (May, October) and Easter Sunrise Pancake Breakfast. The men of the church are also involved in other community missions including the cold weather shelter and maintenance at Camp Overlook. UMM has also been involved with or contributed to the Salvation Army, Hunters for the Hungry, Hearthaven House, Good Shepherd Alliance and community Thanksgiving events to name a few.
Congregational Care-Giving Team
Members of the Pastoral Care Team visit shut-ins, the elderly, and church members who have been hospitalized.
Support Groups/Pastor’s Tea
Grief support and support for care-givers are formed, by need, as indicated by members of the congregation. Other groups may be formed as the need arises. The pastor and a trained counselor lead these groups.
Pastor’s Reception for New Members/Visitors
This is a scheduled event when new members, or visitors, are invited to have a relaxed time with the pastor and representatives from various committees within the church. At this event, attendees will hear about the mission of our church and the opportunities and services available to our congregants and community at large.
Prayer Quilt/Shawl Ministry
Making handmade quilts/shawls is an outreach ministry that combines the gift of prayer with the gift of a hand-tied quilt or handmade shawl. The purpose is to promote prayer for those facing life’s challenges.
Funeral Repass Meals
Members of our congregation who are experiencing the loss of a loved one may elect to have a meal served by our Congregational Care-Giving Team, immediately following the funeral service.
During special events, church members come together for fellowship at special times in the life of the church, or to honor and celebrate members of our congregation.
Intercessory Prayer Team
The Prayer Team commits to praying daily for those who have requested to be uplifted in prayer. Individuals requesting prayer may submit their request via the yellow card, which is found in the church pews, or by contacting the front office.
Members of the Congregational Care-Giving Team
- Hilary Alexander (Chairperson)
- Patti Barnes
- Sandy Bruner
- Andrew Cotsimopoulos
- Patsy Danner
- Meghan Davis
- Megan Ensor
- Barbara Gatewood
- Carolyn Goins
- Margaret Humphreys
- Marcy Kellogg
- Lara Moore
- Carolyn Nash
- Mary Preston
- Ann Pullen
- Sylvia Ratcliff
- Ruth Smale
- Tom Sullivan
- Sharon Thomas
- Colleen Wilmoth