DHF of NC Leadership Council Minutes from 1-13-2018

The DHF of NC Leadership Council met with six members present, and one guest, Rev. Ray Randall from FCC Richlands.  Rev. Pollack welcomed all and opened with a devotion from Ezekiel 37 centered on Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones, and the question; “Can these dry bones live again?”  The DHF of NC has come out of one body and metamorphosed into a new body.   Can this new body live and grow into a new body with new life, and can we give life to others by our witness for Christ?

  1. Bill asked the group to review the minutes from our Nov. 4, 2017 meeting and make any comments as necessary.  The minutes were approved.
  2. We discussed our recent response to the hurricane disasters in 2017.  The DHF of NC contributed $5,355.00 to the Red Cross in support of Hurricane Harvey relief.  At our last meeting we discussed some of our churches concerns about contributing to specific charities due to excessive organizational overhead and restrictions placed on religious expression.  The question was raised as to whether we as DHF of NC should solicit funds from our member churches for disaster relief, or whether we should leave such issues with the local church.  It was expressed that we should be very careful not to give the impression that we are trying to make giving decisions for the local churches and that the monies the local church gives to DHF of NC is meant to support programs and ministries to our local churches and local needs as agreed to by the Council.  All members felt we should be very careful in how we spend the funds given to our ministry.  Bill stated the issue as follows: “do we want churches to be autonomous at the local level in making decisions regarding disaster relief, and do we want the DHF of NC to use our monies to target specific programs and ministries of the fellowship only?”  Betty noted that their church has a scholarship fund to help support those going to school for the ministry.  Robert Reynolds said events like natural disasters provide us the opportunity to reach out to help others as a group.  Betty suggested that we leave it open-ended and handle the issue of disaster relief as the needs come up.  Since this subject is not covered by our constitution/bylaws, each church should discuss these issues and Council members should further discuss this issue at our next meeting.
  3. The group reviewed our DHF of NC PowerPoint presentation and made several recommendations to improve the content.  It was also decided to add a slide containing the names of our member churches.
  4. Bill led us in a discussion on a potential speaker for our upcoming seminar.  Bill has personally attended seminars led by Dr. Jim Fleming from “Biblical Foundations.”  Dr. Fleming has lived in and studied in all quarters of Jerusalem and is currently involved in an Archaeological dig in Israel.  Bill presented the group with an extensive lists of seminars that we can choose from that Dr. Fleming presents.  One that Bill highly recommended was titled “Geography of Bible” which he said made understanding the context of the Biblical stories come alive.  The group highly endorsed Bill’s idea.  Bill has made contact with Dr. Fleming’s office and it appears that two Saturday’s were available in April; the 7th and 21st.  DHF of NC would fund the seminars and pay for Dr. Fleming’s travel and hotel needs.
  5. It was suggested that as part of our opening for the event we would like to have a congregational choir made up from all the churches to sing a hymn.  We will need to identify one of our piano players who would like to play for the choir.
  6. Since we hope to advertise this event and bring in attendance from other churches, the group felt that since FCC Richlands has the largest Sanctuary, it would be good if they hosted the event.  Bill said he could see no conflicts in doing that.
  7. In anticipation of an afternoon seminar, it was also agreed that we should have the entire meal catered by a local provider.  This would minimize the burden on the host church and also those coming from other churches.
  8. In anticipation of being able to attract other churches that might be interested in the event, Bill said he would talk to his wife Nanette about creating an online registration capability.  This would help in determining how many people to prepare for.
  9. Our next Council meeting will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. at Unity Christian Church.  Our meeting was adjourned with prayer.




NOTE:  At this time we are waiting on confirmation from our guest speaker, but we are hoping for a date of Sat., May 5, 2018.  More to follow. .

DHF of NC Leadership Council Meeting – Nov. 4, 2017

The DHF of NC Leadership Council met with all seven members present.  Lynn welcomed all four of the new members of the Leadership Council: Rev. Bill Pollack of FCC Richlands, Elder Robert Reynolds of Pleasant Hill CC, Rev. Kenny Conner of Amity CC, and Elder Keith Metts of Tuckahoe CC.

Rev. Bill Pollack opened the meeting with a devotion from John 16:25-33 with the focus on verse 33; “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”  Bill reminded us that trouble in this world is the normal and not the exception.  It is natural to question why bad things happen to good people, but Jesus reminds us that there is no one good except God.  We can all expect troubles in this world because we are living in a fallen world.  Trouble is the common lot of all humankind.  The good news comes from Jesus when he says “. . . be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Rev. Lynn Maxwell updated the attendees on the status of Rev. Kim Holley and Rev. Gary Edens.  Kim has left to assume her new role as Senior minister of Flora Christian Church, Flora, Indiana.  We all pray for God’s blessings upon Kim, her family, and Flora CC.  Rev. Gary Edens is facing open heart surgery at Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk, Va.  Everyone will be in prayer for Gary.

  1. Lynn read the minutes from our last meeting on Aug. 19, 2017. Betty Stowe presented the financial report.  Betty noted that to-date DHF of NC has disbursed $5,355 in support of Hurricane Harvey relief.


  1. There were concerns raised by some of the churches in regards to which charities we should be partnering with in disaster relief efforts. Some churches were hesitant to support the American Red Cross due to their excessive overhead and restrictions on religious expression.  Lynn will check with DHF to see if they have a preferred charity not only for national emergencies, but international emergencies as well.  Kenny Conner and Danny Bailey will do some research on various charities and report back to the council.  Betty noted that churches could indicate where they wanted their funds to go and she would make sure they went to the designated charity, and would itemize it all in her records.


  1. The first order of business for the new council was to elect new officers to lead the council.  After some discussion the council nominated Rev. Bill Pollack as the Leader and Robert Reynolds as the Vice-Leader of the Leadership Council.  We thank them both for their willingness to serve.


  1. We reviewed our recent Gathering back in September. Everyone thought that the speaker, music, food and format were just right.  Robert said he would check the date of the Jones County Heritage Festival to make sure our next Gathering did not conflict with it if possible in hopes of improving our attendance.  We also hope to invite churches outside our fellowship to our Gathering in hopes of generating interest.  We should also ensure the word gets to multiple people within a particular church.


  1. We discussed the need to identify other churches within North Carolina that have left the Disciples and might be interested in our fellowship. We will initiate an effort to discover the best way to locate these churches. All churches are urged to share any information they might have on potential churches.  We also discussed following up with Rick Vernon about doing a segment on his TV show.  Lynn will also revisit an ad with the News & Observer in hope of a better price than the one we were given earlier.


  1. We discussed our vision for DHF of NC. Betty mentioned the need to have a plan on how we will spend our money.  We are blessed with a healthy balance in the bank and we need to be using it in a responsible manner to support some type of worthy mission(s).  Betty said that people like to see their money working and not just sitting in the bank.  We will all consider this and make it a major topic in one of our meetings.


  1. We also discussed how to make better use of our Facebook Page by ensuring all our churches can post items of interest to the page. It was suggested that we assign a page editor from each of our churches so everyone can see what’s going on in our churches.  The following persons were suggested as editors:


  1. Betty Stowe – Unity CC
  2. Maryann Mumford – Otway CC
  3. Nannette Pollack – FCC Richlands
  4. Perry Rogan – Tuckahoe CC
  5. Lynn Maxwell – Pleasant Hill CC
  6. Amity CC – needs to appoint someone.
  7. Comfort CC – needs to appoint someone.


  1. Lynn noted that from time-to-time he does a bulletin insert from the DHF of NC meeting for Pleasant Hill’s church bulletin. Others present said they would like to receive it so they could put it in their bulletins.  Lynn will follow up with this.


  1. We discussed that it is time to start thinking about setting a date for our Spring Seminar and identifying topics to be presented.


  1. Our next meeting will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at FCC Richlands at 10:00 a.m. It was noted that if any church would like to host the meeting to please let us know.  The meeting was closed with prayer.

DHF of NC Gathering – Sep. 16, 2017

The Disciple Heritage Fellowship of NC (DHF of NC) Gathering was held on Saturaday, Sep. 16, 2017 at First Christian Church Richlands, in Richlands, N.C.  We were blessed to have approximately 90 persons in attendance, and had a wonderful day of worship, music, fellowship, great food, and inspirational preaching from Rev. Dr. Rick Grace from Spring Creek Fellowship, Springfield, Arkansas.  Rick was joined by his wife and Christian author, Nancy Grace.

Rick’s morning message was from Acts. 14:8 and titled “Staring Adversity Down.” Rick provided his sermon in a sentence that says; “Resilience is what will set my life and my testimony apart from others to the glory of God.”  The afternoon message was from II Timothy 2:1-6 and titled “Pay Attention To The Handoffs.”  His sermon in a sentence was; “The legacy of DHF of North Carolina will be determinded by how well this and each successive hand off goes.”  His message was appropriate since we are for the first time replacing four of our our original seven members of the Leadership Council.

We enjoyed contemporary Christian music by the 902 Praise Band and good old country Gospel by Rick and Jane Vernon, all from the 902 Church, Kinston, N.C.  Also in attendance, were Wayne and Leslie Kent, representatives from Disciple Heritage Fellowship from Decatur, Illinois.

Rev. Dr. Gary Edens, installed our four new members of the Leadership Council: Rev. Bill Pollack, FCC Richlanads; Rev. Kenny Conner, Amity CC; Mr. Robert Reynolds, Pleasant Hill CC, and Mr. Keith Metts, Tuckahoe CC.  Council members going off were; Rev. Dr. Gary Edens, Rev. Lynn Maxwell, Rev. Kim Holley, and Rev. Roger Noble.  Thanks for a job well done.

Hope you enjoy the pictures from our Annual Gathering for 2017.



DHF Leadership Council Minutes from 8-19-2017

The DHF of NC Leadership Council met in regular session on Saturday, Jul.22, 2017 at FCC Richlands with all 7 council members present.  Rev. Bill Pollack from FCC Richlands also joined with us.  Rev. Betty Stokes provided the devotion based on 1 Kings 19:12; “and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.”  Elijah was a great man of God, but even he got discouraged at times.  Elijah, and us, look for God to work in the midst of spectacular things , but this time God made it plain to Elijah that God was with him even in the small, quiet ways.  The still small voice, just a whisper from God saying “I’m here.”

Rev. Lynn Maxwell read the minutes from our last meeting on July 22, 2017.

  1.  Lynn asked the council what kind of banner they wanted for the upcoming Gathering.  The group would like a 5’ x 3’ banner with DHF of NC spelled out and our logo included.  The banner should have grommets across the top for hanging.  Pleasant Hill will acquire the banner.
  2. Rev. Dr. Gary Edens asked Rev. Roger Noble is Mrs. Debbie Metts had all the money she needed for her missionary trip, and Roger said that everything came together just at the right time and she had all she needed.  God is good!
  3. Rev. & Mrs. Grace will arrive on Friday afternoon between 2:00 – 3:00pm.  They will be departing on Sunday, Sep. 17th at 12:30 pm.  Due to the change in time, Rev. Grace will preach at the FCC Richlands early service instead of at Tuckahoe’s morning service.
  4. Lynn will make hotel reservations for two nights for them, and also reserve them a rental car.  Lynn will use the DHF of NC credit card to make the arrangements.
  5. FCC will order fried chicken, roast beef and the mashed potatoes for the fellowship meal.
  6. Rev. Gary Edens will present the membership Certificates to the DHF of NC churches.
  7. The council reviewed the five nomination forms submitted to fill the upcoming expired terms on the Leadership Council.  We will need four replacements instead of three.  Rev. Kim Holley has accepted an offer as the senior minister at Flora FCC in Flora, Indiana.  She will be leaving for her new call to service the week after our Gathering.
  8. The council reviewed the nominations and selected four names to be presented to the churches.  Betty suggested that churches vote on and approve the nominations prior to the Gathering in order to maintain the spirit of a worship gathering and not a business meeting.  Request Churches review and vote on the nominations as soon as possible.  At the Gathering we will affirm and install the new council members. Rev. Dr. Edens, our current council leader, will present a challenge to the council.
  9. Lynn confirmed with the group that Rick and Jane Vernon, along with the 902 Praise band will be leading our music worship at the Gathering.  The 902 Praise band will sing in the morning, and Rick and Jane along with the Praise band will sing old time Gospel in the afternoon session.  In order to maintain our schedule, we proposed that our music segment should be about 20 minutes for each session.  Lynn will confirm with Rick on the time schedule, and determine when they would like to do their setup up.
  10. Just a reminder that each church should use a sign-up sheet to identify the number of people attending the Gathering.  Churches should call/email/text Lynn by Sep. 11th so final arrangements for the food can be completed.
  11.   The next Leadership Council meeting will be set by the new Leadership Council sometime following the Annual Gathering.
  12. With no further business we closed in prayer asking God’s blessings on Kim’s call to her new church, and asking God’s blessings on our upcoming Gathering, and all that we undertake for the Kingdom of God.


Respectfully Submitted,




Lynn Maxwell

DHF of NC Leadership Council Meeting Minutes from 7-22-2017

The DHF of NC Leadership Council met in regular session on Saturday, Jul.22, 2017 at FCC Richlands with six members of the council present.  In the absence of Rev. Dr. Gary Edens, Rev. Lynn Maxwell chaired the meeting.  Rev. Roger Noble presented a devotion based on Matthew 28:18-20, the Great Commission.  Roger told the story about a young lady who had an Irish-American boyfriend who was going home to Ireland to visit.  Upon his departure she gave him a harmonica and told him to learn to play it while he was away.  When he returned he rushed up to his girlfriend to give her a kiss, but before she would kiss him she asked him to play the harmonica for her.  She wanted to see if he had kept his mind on her request while he was away.  Jesus has commissioned us to go and make disciples.  Jesus expects us to obey his instructions while he is away.  Are we busy using our particular gifts for the Kingdom of God?

Rev. Lynn Maxwell read the minutes from our last meeting on June 3, 2017.

The group discussed plans for our upcoming Gathering to be held on Saturday, Sep. 16, 2017 at FCC Richlands, N.C.

Gary has confirmed that our guest speaker will be Rev. Rick Grace, pastor of Spring Grace Fellowship in Springdale, Arkansas.  We will need to arrange lodging and travel for Rick.

The food arrangements are as follows:

FCC Richlands will take care of meats.

Tuckahoe CC – vegetables

Amity CC – Desserts, plates, plastic ware, cups, napkins.

Otway CC – Drinks, tea, bread.

Unity CC – Salads, salad dressing.

Pleasant Hill CC – Vegetables, desserts

It was agreed that we would not have a DHF of NC cake as there would be ample desserts.

Pleasant Hill will provide a DHF of NC banner.

FCC Richlands will take care of registration.

Each church should use a sign-up sheet to identify the number of people attending the Gathering.  Churches should call/email/text Lynn by Sep. 11th so final arrangements for the food can be completed.

Time Schedule:

9:30 a.m.  –   Registration

10:00 a.m. –  Morning Worship

11:30 a.m. –  Lunch/Fellowship

12:45 p.m. –  Worship and Communion

2:00 p.m.   –   Going Out –  Being like Christ

The groups discussed various music groups for the event.  We will all work together to arrange a variety of music that will appeal to all age groups.

Rev. Kim Holley mentioned the youth group from Maysville as a possibility.  They have participated in various events at FCC Richlands.  They may help attract some of the younger people.

Lynn will contact the Rick Vernon from the 902 church and see what they may be able to offer.

Betty mentioned the Four In Christ as a possibility.

Jack mentioned a group called New Edition.

The group discussed having a mass choir from all the churches to sing a hymn, such as “Victory In Jesus.”  Danny Bailey will see if Kari Brinson might play for the choir, or if she’s not available then a piano player from one of our other churches.

Rev. Rick Grace would like to preach at one of our churches on Sunday morning.  Rev. Roger Noble said that he would be welcome to preach at Tuckahoe CC.

The group agreed to the word changes to the DHF of NC certificates.  Lynn will prepare them for the churches.

We have received five nominations to fill the three expiring terms on the leadership council.  The council is currently reviewing the list.  Lynn informed the council that he would be willing to continue to serve as Secretary but not as a voting board member.  The group was agreeable to this.

Mrs. Betty Stowe has agreed to remain as a member of the council and continue serving as our Treasurer.

Roger updated the council on the upcoming mission trip for Mrs. Debbie Metts.  Debbie is a mid-wife and will be going to Haiti in December.  She needs $5,000 by August. 15th.   She currently has pledges of $3,000.  The council voted to support Debbie with an offering of $1,000.00.

Betty encouraged council members that have a church Facebook page to go home and post something on their page about the council meeting and to mention the upcoming Gathering.

Our meeting was closed in prayer by Rev. Jack Mumford.


Respectfully Submitted,




Lynn Maxwell


NOTES:  Following the council meeting I talked with Gary and he indicated he would coordinate with Rev. Grace on travel and living accommodations.  Lynn is currently talking to Rick Vernon about him and Jane singing for us.  He is also going to talk with some of the 902 praise band to join them so that we could have a variety of music for all ages.  Currently waiting on a response from Rick.  Gary also noted that as off-going Council leader he would like to offer some words of challenge to the group.