Our congregation reaches out in many ways to its neighbors in Union County, the Carolinas and all over the world. From working with Habitat for Humanity to feeding the homeless to traveling to Kenya, Costa Rica, Cuba and Bulgaria, we seek to be the hands and feet of God in so many ways.
There is a place for all to serve.
Wycliffe Bible Translators work all around the world in an effort to translate the Bible into the native language of 340 million people who do not have Scripture in their language. Wycliffe’s vision is to see the Bible accessible to all people in the language they understand best. At the JAARS center in Waxhaw, North Carolina, missionaries and volunteers work to provide technical support services and resources needed to speed Bible translation.
During our services on Sunday, you will hear more from Rich and Katrina Boutwell, who are serving six language communities, known as the Misaje cluster, located in Cameroon. Rich and Katrina have been living in this area since 2003 and provide assistance training 23 national translators, coordinating tone and grammar research, as well as overseeing revisions of the alphabets as needed.
There are several other families in our church who either volunteer with JAARS or are full time missionaries with Wycliffe, and we thank them for their service.
Chuck and Marti Howard are retiree volunteers at the JAARS Center. Marti works three afternoons a week in the Gift Shop and Chuck works mornings in the Lock and Key Shop of the Facilities Maintenance department.
Mark Padfield volunteers in the accounting department two days a week. He reconciles the JAARS books to the bank statements each month, helps run payroll, accounts for travel expenses for JAARS employees, and assists with sales tax calculations.
Kent and Nancy Allain are both full time volunteers with JAARS. Kent is the Project Funding Coordinator and Partner Relations Representative for JAARS. Nancy is the Data Entry Manager for the Partnership Ministries Department.
Jim and Virginia Vinton worked as Bible translators for 12 years in Mozambigue, East Africa along with their two daughters, Abby and Emily. Now based in Waxhaw, Jim serves as a translation consultant, traveling to Africa several times a year to do the final check of translated Scriptures. Virginia serves as a writer and editor for JAARS.
Don and Euni Warfel have been with Wycliffe/JAARS for 38 years. They have served in Brazil, Ecuador, Kenya, Australia and at the JAARS center in Waxhaw. Don is an aircraft mechanic who keeps the airplanes flying. Euni has served as a Personnel Administrator.
Bill and Dorie Mayes have been missionaries with Wycliffe for 24 years. They have served in Papua New Guinea, Nairobi, and are currently based out of the JAARS center in Waxhaw. Dorie provides personnel services and connects Wycliffe missionaries with helpful resources. Bill coordinates support services for organizations scattered across Africa.
Steve and Ann White have recently been teaching translators from eight Uganda languages how to translate. Three weeks ago, the Dogon church in Mali celebrated the arrival of the whole Bible in their language.
Jeff and Sissie D’Jernes serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Papua New Guinea. They are currently completing the translation of the New Testament in Arop dialect of the Arop-Lokep language and hope to soon begin adapting that to the Lokep dialect.
For more information about Wycliffe/JAARS, please go to www.jaars.org.
Food collection for Bounceback Backpack Program
The mission of Matthews HELP Center is to care for those in our community by providing programs and services that meet life’s basic needs and by connecting those in need with resources that improve quality of life. Matthews HELP Center served 3,865 families last year through a number of programs and services. $291K was spent in emergency financial assistance on behalf of our clients and 3,992 people were fed enough food to last one week via our food pantry. Another program that is paramount to feeding hungry children in our community is the BounceBack Backpack Program. This program provides easy to prepare food, on weekends, when free school lunches are not available. This may be the only food that these children eat over the weekend. Matthews HELP Center currently fills 50 backpacks every week for hungry children who are identified by school counselors.
Matthews HELP Center is currently in need of non-perishable food items to fill these backpacks. Items needed include peanut butter, squeeze jelly, cereal, macaroni and cheese, saltine crackers, graham crackers, small cans of vegetables, & instant grits (no glass containers please).
Weddington UMC will be collecting food items to help fill these backpacks throughout the month of February. If you have any questions about the program or needed items, please contact Kelly Trott, Matthews HELP Center Social Worker at 704-847-8383 ext. 231.
Volunteers Needed to help house and feed the homeless
Starting on Friday, February 10, and continuing through March 30, we will house six homeless men, women, and children in the Hemby House on each Friday night. Weddington UMC is partnering with other churches in Union County to provide a ministry called Room In The Inn. RITI is a ministry of hospitality that provides shelter, food, and hospitality to our homeless neighbors during the cold winter months. There are approximately 800 homeless men, women, and children in Union County.
Your help is needed to help provide meals for the ministry, to help with set-up and clean-up and to spend the night with the neighbors. For more information or to sign up to help please contact Rev. Erin Yow at or visit the table in Helms Hall.
We are also looking for donations of the following items: soap, travel sized shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes and deodorant, disposable razors, shaving cream, combs, gently used or new twin sized washable blankets and sheets, new washcloths and towels, socks of all sizes, DVDs (PG rated), games, and books. You can drop your donation in Helms Hall.