1. Spotlight: Connie DiLeo, Missionairy to the Dominican Republic
The Rev. Connie L. DiLeo is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church assigned to the Dominican Republic. An ordained deacon of the Florida Annual Conference, she served for nine years as project director and chaplain of Community Partners, a health and community service ministry near Barahona, work sponsored by churches in the US and Great Britain.
Now she is engaged in a new ministry, that of developing a new congregation of young adults and youth in the village of La Hoya. The new church is committed to strong outreach to bring youth and young adults off the streets and to introduce them to Jesus Christ.
You can read more about Connie and the work she is doing in the Dominican Republic by downloading her January 2015 Newsletter PDF located here. (March, Jan  … Dec, Fall, Summer, March, February, January  … December, August, July, May, April, January  )
2. Spotlight: Esther Mueller, YWAM in Ukraine –
I pray this letter finds you doing well! Below is the latest news from training missionaries in our School of Biblical Studies (SBS). I pray you will be encouraged by how the nations are being equipped to reach the nations!….
2017 -> January, March, June
2016 -> January, August, November
2015 -> February, April, June , August , November
2014 -> January, February, April , May , July, September
2013 -> November, October, August, June,April,
2012 -> December, October, September, August, July, May, First Update
3. Guam – Grant and Jenna Hodgins
By the time this letter hits your inbox (or mailbox) our family will be en route to NC for our first Home Assignment. It will be a busy two months of updating supporters and friends on what God has done through your prayers and support over the past three years, sharing what we hope to see accomplished over our next term, and catching up and fellowshipping with you dear people that we miss so much! Please contact us if you want to make plans to have a meal or just visit with our family while we are in NC (or surrounding states!) …
Facebook Page – TWR Site
Newsletters – 2017 -> January , March , June
Newsletters – 2016 -> January , February , September, December
Newsletters – 2015 -> September, April, December
Newsletters 2014 -> December – November– June – July
** WIN a trip to visit us in GUAM! **
GuamHafa Adai from warm, rainy Guam! Those of you who read our monthly updates regularly know that God is doing amazing things here, both in the TWR ministry and in our family. Perhaps you have seen some of the pictures we have posted of our Boonie Stomps (hiking through the jungles) and gatherings with homeschool friends on the beaches. We hope you have been inspired by the stories we have shared about people all over the world who have contacted us to tell about the way the broadcasts from TWR’s Guam station have reached them in their homes far away and led them to a relationship with Jesus or discipled them into a deeper understanding of what the Bible teaches. You’ve heard about the recent upgrades to our digital playout system and the installation of our solar field. HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO COME SEE IT ALL IN PERSON? We’d love to have you here, and TWR is giving you an opportunity to win a $5000 travel voucher to a transmitter site of your choice in Swaziland, Bonaire, or GUAM!
All you have to do is go to our ministry page at www.facebook.com/TWRHodgins and click the link for Global Quest to register. It takes about 2 minutes (max) to register. The game began yesterday, but it’s not too late to join. You will earn points by going to the website each day between now and September 30 and answering one question from the Bible and one question about TWR’s ministry, and a bonus question (they provide a link to find the answers if you don’t know them). It’s a great way to learn more about the ministry of TWR, it’s fun, and you could win weekly prizes (like t-shirts) or the GRAND PRIZE of a visit to Guam (or Swaziland or Bonaire, but we hope you would choose Guam)!
We’d love to have at least half of the people from our mailing list register to participate. Will you join the fun? And be thinking of places you want us to take you if you win the grand prize!
Nick and Katie are bringing these 3 children home with them in the near future. They are celebrating the fact that they received visas and passports to the United States.
5. Daryl and Leah Burnette – Missionaries to Mozambique / South Africa
On January 14th we kicked off a kids club at our house. We invited 8 families to come with their children to learn about God. That first week, our first guests arrived at 8:00am which is 2 hours before the kids club began! Two ladies had walked about an hour to get to our house and wanted to be sure they weren’t late. In all, we had 55 kids and 10 ladies attend the kids club. ..
6. Emily Wilburn – San Antonio, TX
Emily Wilburn is down in San Antonio, Texas working for Redeemed Girl Ministries with the goal of sharing the Gospel with young college aged-women who wouldn’t normally set foot in the church. She’ll be doing this through evangelistic events on college campuses across the country, a RGM discipleship App and a yearly institute.
Thank you to everyone who invited Emily to speak and for your continued prayers and support. If you weren’t able to join Emily’s ministry team- it’s not too late. She is still only 90% funded and would love for you to join her in ministry. Please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to her prayer newsletter. And to join her financial support team you can visit http://www.redeemedgirl.org/donate or come by the church office to grab a donation card from Susan Furmage. Thank you for your continued support.
Spotlight: Evelyn Frye Mission Trip
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:40
This verse kept rising up in my spirit as reflected on the ministry that occurred on Sat., Aug. 11th. We experienced the power of the Holy Spirit in an intense outpouring that most of us had not encountered before. Members of our team all believe that God had prepared us for what He did that day during the previous week of the Summit through worship, Bible study, and prayer with African pastors and church leaders from over 20 different denominations and many countries and tribes. Read more…
Main Street UMC reaches out to the community of Kernersville by allowing several groups to use our facilities for their meetings:
Alcoholics Anonymous meets in the lower level of the Chapel Building at 8PM on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.
The Kernersville Pastoral Counseling Center is open daily from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM by appointment. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 336.992.1793.
Below are mission projects funded through the budget of Main Street UMC:
MISSION PROJECTS OF THE UMC
Bethlehem Center: Winston-Salem * Located in Winston-Salem, this community center provides programs for inner-city women, children, youth, and families.
African Methodist University A university which was founded and now operated by the United Methodist Church to provide undergraduate and graduate education for the African people.
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) The agency of the United Methodist Church which provides emergency and long term assistance in the event of disasters caused by natural disasters, political instability, war etc.
Curamericas This project, formerly Andean Rural Health Care, carries out preventative and primary health care services to over 50,000 persons in rural villages and low-income barrios in Bolivia.
Volunteers in Mission/Building Teams This ministry utilizes the labor of volunteers from congregations across the annual conference that spend two weeks or more in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and Alaska building churches, community centers, and clinics. Members of Main Street Church are regular participants on Building Teams.
Red Bird Mission Located in western Kentucky, this community development program provides a school for 300, housing for the elderly, meals for the homebound, medical transportation for the needy, a jobs program, a store selling clothing and household products at low cost, and a housing repair and construction program.
Henderson Settlement A program providing childcare, agricultural and economic development, housing assistance, and recreation for disadvantaged children, youth, parents, and elderly in an isolated, impoverished Appalachian community.
United Methodist Agency for the Retarded (UMAR) This organization of the annual conference provides a safe home environment for adults who are developmental impaired.
Hinton Rural Life Center This program advocates for the small membership congregations within the United Methodist connection. It serves as a place of training, renewal, and missional activity for small membership congregations.
The Children’s Home* A residential home for troubled and in-trouble children and youth and their families.
United Methodist Campus Ministry* This ministry provides a chaplain and religious programming for United Methodist students and others attending colleges and universities in Winston-Salem.
Hispanic Ministry* Through this ministry, Oswaldo Garcia provides cultural (ESL classes, community center activities, etc.) and religious (worship and Bible studies) programs for the large Hispanic community in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, and, consults with Anglo congregations about ministries for and with the Hispanic communities.
Missionary Salary Support The salaries of Michael and Ariel Collins, United Methodist missionaries in Cambodia, are partially funded through this support.
World/Hunger Poverty This fund of UMCOR assists the millions of people suffering from chronic malnutrition and hunger through emergency assistance and long term development.
Western North Carolina Conference Outreach Apportionment These funds are Main Street Church’s participation in the missional as well as administrative ministries of the annual conference and the United Methodist Church.
*These mission projects of the UMC are all located in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County
REGIONAL MISSION PROJECTS
Hospice This service provides health care services and support for people with a limited life expectancy and their families at home, in the hospital, or in a long-term care facility. Hospice also operates a residential care facility, Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home.
Crisis Control This community service agency provides emergency assistance including, food, clothing, fuel, electricity, rent, and medications.
CONTACT Telephone Ministry Trained telephone volunteers staff phones 24-7 to answer calls from people in crisis or distress, needing information about resources and encouragement.
Samaritan Ministry This ministry in downtown Winston-Salem provides emergency shelter for homeless men. It also operates a “soup kitchen,” which serves breakfast to residents and lunch to residents and other homeless persons.
Members and groups from Main Street Church serve as hosts at the Samaritan Inn.
Food Bank of Northwest NC This program collects and distributes food to needy individuals and community service agencies in the region.
Potter’s House The ministry provides care for the “latch-key” children of east Winston-Salem during the school year and a full-time program for these children during the summer months. They also provide a food distribution center and an adult Bible study group.
Forsyth County Jail Ministry This ministry serves the inmates in the Forsyth County Jail with worship services, Bible studies, counseling, and personal supplies (soap, shampoo, tooth paste, etc.)
Habitat for Humanity This international ecumenical ministry basic goal is to provide housing for low-income persons. Local people provide land, labor, and materials to build homes, which are sold to low-income persons a no interest 20-year loans. Members and groups from Main Street Church volunteer as “builders.”
Arbor Acres: A United Methodist Retirement Community Through the Mother’s Day Offering, supplemental assistance funds are provided to help residents at Arbor Acres whose funds do not cover all their needs.
LOCAL MISSION PROJECTS
Kids’ Café Kids’ Café is a ministry of local churches and the Food Bank. Three evenings a week, at-risk children are given a hot meal, homework tutoring, and playtime. The success of Kids’ Café is wholly dependent upon volunteers from Main Street UMC and other organizations in the community. If you are interested in volunteering or donating funds to support this wonderful ministry, please contact the church office at 336.993.3411.
CareNet Counseling of Kernersville This ministry is a part of the pastoral care department of Wake Forest University-Baptist Medical Center and provides affordable faith-based counseling to individuals and families. The Center is housed on the campus of Main Street Church.
Shepherd’s Center of Kernersville This interfaith ministry supports and promotes successful aging through educational, service, volunteer, and support programs for older adults. Some of the programs include caregivers support group, companion sitters and respite care, counseling, equipment loan, household repairs. Members of Main Street Church serve on the Board and as volunteers in many of the programs.
Camp Close Encounter A weekend residential camping program for at-risk children from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools that is operated by Main Street United Methodist Church. This ministry is entirely funded and staffed by members of Main Street United Methodist Church.
Next Step Ministries, Inc. 24-hour crisis line: 336-413-3156. A resource for abused women and children.