From the Pastor’s Desk                                                           June and July 2017

What will you do this summer?

Take off your shoes because you’re on holy ground? Or sit around, unaware of God’s presence and creation?

My family and I, like many of you, have plans for the summer months: spend more time together, spend time outdoors, have cookouts, take road trips to the mountains and take in the beauty of God’s creation. These are just a few of what we hope to do during the next few months. Today it might be raining but God sends his regular blessings to us in the form of rain and in countless other ways, so enjoy His Holy Presence.

Summer is also a great time to relax and enjoy a good book.  What’s more, one of the ways we can remain a unified congregation even though we might be geographically scattered across the state or country during the summer, is to share together in reading. That is why I am offering a “Summer Reading Challenge.”  The book I am recommending is Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Dr. Eben Alexander.

“Before Dr. Alexander underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. Today Alexander is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition.”

This is a gripping story and I hope you will pick up a copy at the store and read it over the summer. There will be opportunities offered in the fall to discuss the book together with other church members.

While the summer is perhaps a chance for a few more deep breaths and one or two naps, we in the church continue to respond to God’s grace and love to us during worship, planning, ministry, and fellowship in the name of Jesus.  Therefore, may you have a great time this summer because of God’s grace!  May you have some fun in the love of Christ!  May you find some rest and relaxation as God commands!  And may you have some fellowship as your faith is built up, your family is strengthened, and as we, the church, flourish in God’s blessings in Jesus our Savior.

So my best wishes go with you, wherever your summer travels may take you. However, I hope that when you are in town, you will find your way to Bradley Memorial on Sunday mornings, to worship and praise the Lord with your church family.  A family I am so thankful to be a part of because you are an amazing congregation.

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus    Philippians 1:3-6 

Grace and Peace,  Pastor Debra


More of Your Sermon Suggestions


June 4   – Will God Be Part of Your Summer?

June 11 – Holy Spirit – The Lost Branch of  the Trinity

June 18 – Who Is My Brother?

June 25 – I Will Lead…Can You Hear?  Will You Follow



July 2   – Independence From…?

July 9   – Race Relations

July 16 – Love Your Enemies

July 23 – YOUTH MISSION Trip

July 30 – Staying Close to Jesus


 Children’s Sermon Rotation

Please Limit Sermon to 3 Minutes

June 4              Beverly Bradley

June 11            David Rhyne

June 18            Kim Pruitt

June 25            Pastor Debra


July 2               David Rhyne

July 9               Beverly Bradley

July 16             Pastor Debra

July 23             Barbara Mullinax

July 30             Kim Pruitt

If you have a schedule conflict, please switch with someone and inform Dana.

Children’s Church is for children ages 5-9. The children will come into the sanctuary until the children’s sermon is over and then will be escorted to the children’s building.

Children’s Church Rotation

June 4              Ethan & Sam

June 11            Ethan & Brenda

June 18            Ethan & Bobbie

June 25            Kelley & Susan


July 2               Ethan & David

July 9               Ethan & Katie

July 16             Ethan & Gina

July 23             Sam & Kelly

July 30             Ethan & Pat



Happy Summer everyone,

This is Ethan with your summer youth and children update. On June 11th VBS will start. Maker Fun Factory is out theme this summer this is a five-day event 5:30 pm-8:30pm. Dinner will be provided each night from 5:30-6:00. On Thursday June 15th, there will be inflatables outside from 3-5:30, we will also be having a cookout outside before the programming starts at 6. Registration has started and will be available all through the week. I also want to send a special thank you to all who are going to spend their time serving for VBS that week.

Our Children will also be traveling to Lake Junaluska for Music camp from June 25-29th.

The youth will be traveling to Mount Hope West Virginia July 16th– 22 for their annual summer mission trip. Thanks to the generous donations that were made by you all during our fundraising events we have successfully paid for the trip in full. I would like to request that everyone will continue to pray for our youth group as we prepare for the trip. This will be a wonderful time for the youth. Not only will be it be fun but it will serve as a time for service and reflection.

Lastly, I hope that everyone has a fun-filled and relaxing summer. I know that vacations abound and that means that we will all be in different places. But I urge you all to follow the words of the profit Micah in chapter 6 verse 8 “What does the LORD require of you but to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.”

May this always be so,

Ethan Hughes



Thank You To Bradley Church:

I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the many calls, cards and expressions of sympathy on the death of my brother, Joe Costner.  Your prayers were felt also.

Gratefully, Nell Connor

My cup runneth over with food, cards, honorariums, flowers, Book of Hope, concern, prayer, but most of all my love for the people of Bradley Church. Pastor Debra has been a constant source of support, faith, and inspiration!

You have given Larry and me love, support, and the gift of hope. Through you, I have experienced light despite the times of darkness.

My favorite Bible verse describes what my heart feels for my church family at Bradley Methodist Church. 1 Corinthians 13:13

“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

“God is good all the time”

Love and Blessings

Diane & Larry Wood


Prayer Teams

Prayer as we have seen and experienced, is more powerful than we can ever imagine.

  • Lois Matheson’s Team –

Last Sunday each Month    after worship upstairs Men’s Fellowship Classroom

  • David Rhyne’s Team –

Last Wednesday each Month  7:30 pm in Parlor

  • Pastor Debra’s Team –

2nd Tuesday each Month   9:30am in Parlor

Please feel free to join any group that fits your schedule.  ALL are welcome.



UMC bishops ponder full communion with Episcopal Church

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United Methodist Church is studying a draft proposal to establish full Communion relationship with The Episcopal Church, a significant step toward bringing the two churches into a closer, visible unity.

Bishop Gregory V. Palmer of the Ohio West Episcopal Area and Bishop B. Michael Watson, the Council of Bishops Ecumenical Officer, presented the proposal during the ecumenical report at the Council of Bishops spring meeting in Dallas, Texas.

“Over the coming months the dialogue team, co-chairs, and ecumenical staff will solicit input from our bishops, ecumenical networks, and other bodies before developing this draft into an official resolution to be acted upon by our respective legislative bodies,” Bishop Palmer, who is co-chair of The Episcopal-United Methodist Dialogue Committee, told his fellow bishops.

Bishop Palmer and his Episcopal Church counterpart, Bishop C. Franklin Brookhart, today (May 17, 2017) issued a letter to accompany the draft proposal entitled A Gift to the World, to share the progress about the relationships formed over these years of dialogue.

“We hope you will join us in seeing this proposal as cause for celebration, giving us great hope that our churches might soon live into Jesus’ command that all his followers may be one,” the letter said.

(Article from the WNCC website)


 In Memory of

Ada Mae Jenkins

By: Mary Martha Class, Leonard & Darlene Dalton, Brenda Barker, Charles Hutchins

Helen Honeycutt

By: Brenda Barker

Joe Costner (Nell Connor’s Brother)

By: Clyde Wright Class, Ken & Betty Ballard,

Russ & Joyce Clark

Cornelia McCarver’s Birthday

By: Allen McCarver, David McCarver

Gertrude Jenkins

By: Normaline Phillips

Margie Waldrop

By: Normaline Phillips

Catherine Phillips

By: Normaline Phillips

Marceline Jenkins

By: Normaline Phillips


 In Honor of

Juanita Spencer

By: Mary Martha Class

Debra Short

By: Chris & Jill Nichols

Russ Clark

By: Sam & Kelly Whitesides

Diane Wood

By: Sam & Kelly Whitesides, Clyde Wright Class, Kelly, Chris & Garrett Sutton

Keith & Susan Hooper

By: Joanne Holland

Russ & Joyce Clark

By: Clyde Wright Class,

Kelly, Chris & Garrett Sutton

Troop 313 & Sonny Smith

By: Mike & Linda Peters

Ken Ballard

By: Russ & Joyce Clark

Wesley Styers

By: Russ & Joyce Clark




June 11th– June 15th

Preschool-5th Grade

5:30pm-6:00pm Dinner


VBS Fun & Learning

At Maker Fun Factory VBS, kids discover not only that God made them the way they are, but for a purpose too. Maker Fun Factory is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch and even taste!


United Methodist Women will NOT meet during June and July.

Goodtimers will NOT meet during June & July.

Gastonia Street Ministries will meet Saturday, June 17th 6:30pm and Saturday, July 15th 6:30pm.

 Annual Conference  at Lake Junaluska   June 22nd – 24th

Pastor Debra and Lay Leader Beverly Bradley will be attending. 

 CHILDREN’S MUSIC WEEK at Lake Junaluska  June 25th – June 30th 



June and July

Administrative Council                            Bi-Monthly

Sun. July 23rd     3:00 pm


Education                                                Bi-Monthly

No Meeting June or July


Finance                                                                Quarterly


Nominations                                          Typically Fall

Thurs. AUG. 10th  6:30 pm


N.O.W.                                      2nd  Thurs. – Monthly

Thurs. June 8th   5:00 pm 

(TIME Change)


Thurs. July 13th 5:00 pm


Staff Parish                 Quarterly –except during  Fall

Thurs. June 29th 6:30 pm


Trustees                                      3rd Thurs. – Monthly

Thurs. June 22nd 5:00 pm

Thurs. July 20th  5:00 pm


Worship                                3rd  Thurs. – Bi-Monthly 

Thurs. July 20th  7:00 pm




Please wear your cap & gown

The church office will be closed Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.        Happy 4th of July!

Ethan will be taking Monday, July 24th through Sunday, July 30th to compensate for the week-long Mission Trip.

Dana will be taking vacation Monday, August 7th through Friday, August 11th.


PLEASE DO NOT FORGET that articles for the next issue of the newsletter must be in the church office by Wednesday, July 19th. We will be combining August and September, so information for both months need to be in by the deadline. This will ensure that the newsletter will be out in plenty of time for you to hear about all the exciting things happening within Bradley Memorial and in our community.



Mondays and Thursdays 6:15-7pm in old downstairs fellowship hall. Please see Susan Hooper or Kelley Ratchford if you have any questions.


UMC Bishops Call Special Session of General Conference for 2019

Washington, D.C.: The Council of Bishops (COB) has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

In announcing the call, COB President Bishop Bruce R. Ough said the Special Session will be held in accordance with Division Two – Section II – Article II of The Constitution of The United Methodist Church as recorded in Paragraph 14 of The Book of Discipline (2016).

The purpose of the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference will be “limited to receiving and acting on a report from the Council of Bishops based on the recommendations of the Commission on a Way Forward.”

The 32-member Commission was appointed by the Council of Bishops to assist the bishops in their charge to lead the church forward amid the impasse related to homosexuality. The Commission’s task includes examining paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to strengthen the unity of the church.

Per the Constitution of the Church, the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference shall be composed of the delegates to the 2016 General Conference or their legal successors or alternates, except when a particular annual conference or missionary conference shall prefer to have a new election.

The Secretary of the General Conference will communicate with annual conference secretaries regarding updated delegate information, seating of reserve delegates, and the issuance of new certificates of election for annual conferences choosing to hold new elections.

The Commission on the General Conference and the Business Manager of the General Conference will develop and forward additional information regarding the logistics of the special session of General Conference at the appropriate time.

“The Council of Bishops encourages the entire church to continue in deep, unceasing prayer for Holy Spirit breakthroughs for the Commission on a Way Forward and the Special Session of General Conference,” Bishop Ough said.


Bradley Memorial  2017 Women’s Retreat

Women love to connect with other women and long to slow down enough to be able to talk, laugh and have meaningful time with God.

The Sweet Life Café

is the place where you will be able to connect with old and new friends, sharing with each other and experiencing God.       So mark your calendars:

September 8-10

Ridgecrest Conference Center

Black Mountain, NC

Cost:  $110 per person

(Should you need financial help, please talk to Pastor Debra)

Space is limited, so please look in Lena’s Corner for Registration Forms and sign up with a deposit of $50 soon.

Life is sweet when you are nourished by Jesus.


Bradley Memorial Community Day

Saturday, October 21st

More information to come this summer from the N.O.W Committee


Catawba Valley District  REVIVAL

October 22nd    –   4:00 – 6:00

Place TBA  –  Look for more info to come

Fall Bible Study

Mark your calendars-  Study will be Tuesday’s     October 3-24

This will be an early Advent study called   “Because Of Bethlehem” by Max Lucado.  This is a two part study in which the second half, titled “He Chose the Nails” will be during Lent 2018.

Look for more details in the  August-September newsletter.



 Wes Bradley               6/2

Daniel Henderson       6/2

Dwight Grimsley        6/5

Tyler Kiser                  6/7

Preston Pruitt              6/7

Sherri Sparrow            6/8

Bobbie Holland           6/8

Jill Nichols                  6/9

Richard Pearson          6/10

Nelson Lambert          6/13

Rob Dilling                 6/14

Donna Bradley            6/14

Holly Aughtry             6/16

Faye Finison                6/17

Shannon Campbell      6/17

Rusty Bumgardner      6/17

Keith Hooper              6/19

Reggie Jenkins            6/19

Jane Whitesides          6/21

Russ Clark                   6/22

Daryll Tate                  6/23

Bonnie Cannon           6/26

Kendall Hollingsworth 6/28

Mandy Bradley           6/30



Sandi Rhyne               7/1

Pat Lensgraf                7/2

Nell Connor                7/3

Helen Styers                7/6

Phyllis Corn                7/8

Mary Coley                 7/9

Jackie Gaddis              7/9

Amy Lambert              7/12

Barbara Whitlock        7/14

Blake Griffin               7/15

Dana Griffin               7/15

Wes Styers                  7/23

Mike Peters                 7/23

Rob Tate                     7/24

Banks Bradley            7/28

Brenda Barker             7/28

Neil Smith                   7/30

God’s World. God’s Word. God’s Work