The DHF of NC held its council meeting on Saturday, February 19,2022 , with Reverend Lynn Maxwell presiding. Those attending were: Reverend Lynn Maxwell — Pleasant Hill Christian Church Russell Metts — Tuckahoe Christian Church Tommy Barbee - First Christian Church Richlands Reverend Kim Holley — LaGrange Christian Church Jeremy Holley — LaGrange Christian Church' James Banks — Amity Christian Church Steve Rogers — First Christian Church Richlands Judy Rose — Otway Christian Church (Treasurer) Martin Rose — Otway Christian Church Judy Greer — Pleasant Hill Christian Church (Secretary) Edward Williams — First Christian Church Richlands Lynn Maxwell welcomed everyone to our meeting and inspired us with a devotion from Psalm 139 stressing that God knows us completely. His Presence is always with us and noted that only He can guard our hearts and mind. He ended his devotion with prayer. Lynn welcomed our new council members: Russell Metts from Tuckahoe CC and Steve Rogers from First Christian Church Richlands. Lynn Maxwell was nominated by Steve Rogers to be our new Council Leader this year. Tommy Barbee was nominated by Judy Rose to be our Vice-Council Leader. Both men accepted their respective office. Judy Greer read the minutes from "The Gathering" meeting that was held on September 18, 2021 at Pleasant Hill Christian Church. The minutes were approved as read. A financial report was by Judy Rose. Old Business: • Review of Fall Gathering — Comments: Great format - People liked idea of having everything finished by lunch - Good turnout in spite of COVID - Music was uplifting - Speaker, Reverend Michael Ten Eyck did a great job - Food was great - Desserts provided by Pleasant Hill Christian Church were delicious New Business • Plans Discussed for Spring Seminars: • Lynn reviewed our March 2021 previous plans before COVID cancelled them out. Everyone agreed on the following schedule: 9:00 - 9:30 Registration 9:30 - 9:40 Welcome — Opening Prayer — Opening Hymn 9:40 - 10:00 Update on DHF — Reverend Kim Holley 10:00 - 10:15 Break 10:15 - 11:00 Seminar A 11:00 - 11:15 Break 11:15 - 12:00 Seminar B 12:00 Lunch (DHF of NC will pay for lunch) • Two possible dates and locations were discussed depending on availability of speakers for the seminars: April 9, 2022 — First Christian Church Richlands April 23, 2022 – Otway Christian Church - At first we decided to have a speaker on “Human Trafficking” and a speaker on “Overview of Mental Health/Substance Abuse Disorders and Treatment Implications,” but after much discussion we decided all the churches needed to have a speaker on “How to Draw People back to Church.” So, we decided to reschedule the “Human Trafficking” seminar for another time. - Kim Holley will search for a speaker for the latter seminar. She also encouraged others to try to find one also. • Kim Holley announced the DHF 2022 National Conference was going to be Thursday, April 2829, 2022. She encouraged everyone to attend. She informed us that scholarships were available to pay for people to go to the conference. It is $85/person and $135/couple plus hotel expenses. Lynn also informed us that DHF of NC would also cover expenses for anyone who wanted to attend. • Jeremy Holley gave us an update report on 'Wrapped In Love" ministry: o He stated the trailer does have some new equipment o They still need to buy more stuff o They currently have a balance in their treasury of $2,077.00, which will be depleted when they get the rest of their equipment. o They may need to have a fundraiser o Jeremy stated that they had already done a mission in Richlands. • Jeremy Holley announced the LaGrange Chili Fest on March 26, 2022 from 10:00 until 3:00 at the LaGrange Town Park—Free Admission--$5.00 unlimited chili samples. There will be gospel music all day featuring: The Hoppers, King's Grace, Steps to Glory, Area 33:3, and Richlands Male Chorus. Proceeds benefit the Boy Scouts of America Troop 114. • Lynn Maxwell thanked everyone for attending the council meeting. • Russell Metts dismissed us with prayer. Respectfully Submitted, Judy Greer - Secretary
The DHF of NC held a ZOOM meeting on January 16, 2021, with Reverend Lynn Maxwell presiding. Eight attendees participated in the discussions:
Reverend Lynn Maxwell – Pleasant Hill Christian Church Reverend Roger Noble – Tuckahoe Christian Church Judy Greer – Pleasant Hill Christian Church
Tommy Barbee – First Christian Church Richlands Reverend Jack Mumford – Otway Christian Church Judy Rose – Otway Christian Church
Reverend Kim Holly – LaGrange Christian Church Reverend Kenny Connor – Amity Christian Church
Reverend Maxwell welcomed everyone to our 1st ZOOM meeting. Reverend Roger Noble presented the morning devotion taken from I Thessalonians 5:11 which reads:
”Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you are doing.”
Reverend Noble read several other scriptures that were found throughout the Bible to encourage us as we deal with COVID-19. We were then led in prayer by Reverend Maxwell.
Financial Report was prepared by Reverend Betty Stowe for the year 2020. Reverend Maxwell presented the report to the group. Report is attached. Reverend Maxwell reported that the tithe to DHF had been sent.
Reverend Maxwell asked the group if we were getting our emails from Rick Grace. The upcoming leadership conversation by DHF is entitled “Managing Stress in a Ministry Marriage”. Most of attendees said they were receiving the emails.
Reverend Kimberly Holly reported to us that she was Board Chair for Disciple Heritage Fellowship out of Decatur, Illinois.
Reverend Maxwell asked the group to discuss COVID impacts on our individual church.
- Reverend Kenny Connor – Amity Christian Church
He reported his church went to ZOOM services, but they were now back to in person services.
- He said they have a screen in the fellowship hall that a small group watch if they don’t want to go into the sanctuary.
- He said about 30 people attend the services. He said 6-7 children go up for the children’s message.
- He reported they were not currently having Sunday School, but felt like the church was going strong overall.
- Reverend Jack Mumford – Otway Christian Church
Said his church was basically the same as above, but they were having Sunday School and Children’s Church.
- He reported there had been no COVID cases in the church.
- Reverend Kimberly Holly- LaGrange Christian Church
- She reported they were having in-person worship services
- Only one person currently had had COVID in the church
- Attendance had been pretty good
- They are not having Sunday School but CWF is meeting.
- On Mondays she sends out a written copy of the sermon to those who do not attend.
- Tommy Barbee – First Christian Church Richlands Reported they had drive-in services most of last year
In October & November they moved back into sanctuary, but at Governor’s order they went to social media services. They are going to decide from month to month what they will do concerning worship service.
He reported that CWF and CMF have suspended their meetings.
He stated that the church offerings seem to be about the same according to the financial reports.
He reported that the pastor (Reverend Mark) suggested the church give an Ice Cream social to 1st responders, which turned out to be very successful.
- Reverend Roger Noble – Tuckahoe Christian Church
He reported his church was out 4 Sundays when the Governor issued 1st order. He said they were back in church the Sunday after Easter and had been ever since.
He said there had been no cases of COVID in the church-only extended family members.
He said the church was doing good overall.
- Reverend Lynn Maxwell – Pleasant Hill Christian Church
He reported Pleasant Hill started doing drive-in services after the Governor’s 1st order, but were now having in-person services using our newly renovated fellowship hall, upstairs old kitchen, and the sanctuary. Using these 3 facilities, we are able to social distance.
Our attendance is between 40-50 people.
We provide masks and hand sanitizer each Sunday.
We have no singing from the congregation. He reported we do have special singing from individuals in church or special piano music.
- We also have communion from communion packets already prepared.
- Reverend Maxwell also reported that he does a live FACEBOOK service that many people watch.
- Our church continues to have CWF and CMF meetings, but we do not have Sunday School.
- He reported some of our members had been diagnosed with COVID, but we have had only one death due to COVID.
Some of our DHF attendees reported they were having singing in their church and some said they were doing in-home visits.
Reverend Maxwell asked the group if they had any strategies to share with all of us that were working well in their church:
- Reverend Kenny Connor reported that his people really appreciated the Bible verses that were put up on the screen correlating with his sermons.
- Judy Greer reported that Pleasant Hill Christian Church really enjoyed the outside “Hanging of the Greens” and “Christmom” program prepared by our Youth Directors and presented by our youth at Christmas.
Reverend Jack Mumford asked if anyone was thinking about having Ash Wednesday services this year. He said his church were planning to do two services.
Reverend Kim Holly reported her church was having Ash Wednesday services -possibly two services.
Reverend Maxwell asked for us to share any ideas we had to expand ministry outreach during this difficult time.
- Reverend Holly reported we were all struggling with this issue.
- Reverend Jack Mumford said we need to keep messages on our outside signs.
- Tommy Barbee said it was a constant struggle, but we need to keep name of Jesus in our community.
- Reverend Holly stated that she knew First Christian Church Richlands was sending out “goody bags” to the youth and elderly.
- Reverend Maxwell said to keep doing live FACEBOOK services.
Reverend Maxwell asked if we thought the ministers should meet more often?
- Reverend Kenny Connor thought we should meet as often as we could.
- Reverend Maxwell said to think about it and send him an email.
Reverend Maxwell asked if we were watching for signs of stress during this time and how were we handling it?
- Majority agreed we should “cut the news off and don’t watch it-it’s depressing”.
Reverend Jack Mumford reported he had been holding funerals in the church. Reverend Maxwell reported all his funerals had been graveside services.
Reverend Maxwell asked how we could support one another better during this time of COVID-19:
- On national level, Tommy Barbee reported the DHF was keeping us informed.
Reverend Maxwell asked would it help for leadership council to meet more often via ZOOM meetings? It was decided we would meeting again in March. Reverend Maxwell will send us a notification.
The consensus of the group was that financially our churches seem to be in good shape. It was noted that some of the smaller churches may need some help.
Reverend Holly stated that there was a book written by Thom Rainer entitled, ”The Post Quarantine Church” that contained a lot of good information.
Reverend Maxwell asked if there was anything on anybody’s mind that they wanted to share with the group?
- Reverend Kim Holly thanked us for letting her join our meeting today.
The meeting ended with a prayer by Reverend Jack Mumford.
The DHF of NC Leadership Council met at Unity Christian Church with six members present: Elder James Banks, Elder Tom Barbee, Elder Judy Greer, Rev. Chuck Holton, Rev. Lynn Maxwell and Secretary Danny Bailey.
The meeting was opened with prayer by Chuck, and with Lynn sharing a devotional on ‘Fulfilling Our Purpose’. Lynn taught that a human not accomplishing what God created him for is much like a pen lying on a desk. Until someone picks it up and starts writing with it, it is useless. Only by applying ourselves to the Work God has set before us in His Word, can a human be fulfilled and content with his life on Earth.
- Secretary Danny Bailey presented the Minutes from the last Council Meeting which were approved as read.
- Rev. Betty Stowe provided a financial summary report to Lynn of activity from January 11, 2020 to March 7, 2020 which was entered into the record.
- The next topic for discussion was developing an itinerary for our Spring Seminars to be held at Pleasant Hill Christian Church on May 2, 2020. We agreed upon the following:
a. Registration (by PHCC): 9:00 – 9:30 AM
b. Opening / Welcome: 9:30 – 10:30
Speaker: Rick Grace
from DHF Decatur, IL
c. Breakout for Seminars: 10:30 -10:40
d. Seminars Begin: 10:40
e. Seminars Conclude: 11:35
f. Short Break: 11:35 – 11:45
f. Closing Assembly / Communion: 11:45 – 12:00
g. Lunch: 12:00 – until
4. The topics of the two Seminars will be:
a. “Human Trafficking” presented by Tricia Brien of True Justice International which is a nonprofit that works to fight human trafficking in our local and global communities through Christ centered strategies and initiatives with the goal to reach, raise up and restore victims of human trafficking. Council Members agreed to reimburse Ms. Brien for travel mileage, and a $150 speaking fee. DHF of NC member churches are also encouraged to support True Justice International with donations.
b. “A Brief Overview of Mental Health/ Substance Abuse Disorders and Treatment Implications” by Cindy Thomas (MSW, LCSW-A, LCAS-A, CMC). North Carolina has a population of approximately 9.9 million people, making it the 10th most populated state in the nation. Close to 3.9% of adults in North Carolina (according to SAMHSA) live with serious mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. The purpose of this seminar is to inform individuals of commonly occurring mental health diagnoses, common substance use disorders, the symptoms and treatment implications of each, as well as community resources available to family members. A knowledge and understanding of treatment considerations can connect those in need with treatment, resources, and services to begin and stay on their recovery journey.
5. Rev. Chuck Holton offered to provide activities for Kindergarten age youth and up including music and teaching. Lynn and Judy volunteered PHCC to provide a Nursery for younger children.
6. Lunch will be coordinated by PHCC with chicken, barbecue, sides and banana pudding catered from King’s Restaurant. Other desserts will be furnished by PHCC ladies.
7. Rick Grace will be traveling from Decatur, Illinois to attend our event, and will be preaching at First Christian Church Richlands, or PHCC, on May 3. He also would like to meet for breakfast with DHF of NC Ministers on Monday, May 4. Lynn will coordinate the breakfast time and place, and notify the respective ministers. Council members agreed to reimburse Rick his travel / lodging expenses, and a $150 honorarium for speaking.
8. Tom Barbee suggested handouts from both Seminar speakers since attendees can only attend one. This information would also be useful to include with flyers and newspaper ads if acquired in time.
9. Lynn asked Council members to pass back to their home churches that the number of adults and children (above and below kindergarten age) planning to attend needs to be relayed back to PHCC NLT April 27 to allow for timely food ordering. Also needed is which Seminar the adults would like to attend.
10. We were dismissed with prayer by Elder Judy Greer.
Danny Bailey, Secretary
A Brief Overview of Mental Health/ Substance Abuse Disorders and Treatment Implications
Cindy Thomas, MSW, LCSW-A, LCAS-A, CMC
Cindy Thomas is an associate level Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an associate level Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist. She is also certified as a Clinical Military Counselor. Cindy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Campbell University, and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from East Carolina University. Cindy is currently working towards her Doctorate of Education in Trauma and Crisis Counseling at Liberty University. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, as well as the Association of Addiction Professionals. Cindy currently serves as a Mobile Crisis Responder and an Outpatient Therapist for Integrated Family Services in Onslow County.
The DHF of NC Leadership Council met at First Christian Church Richlands with ten members present: Elder Keith Metts, Elder James Banks, Elder Tom Barbee, Rev. Roger Nobles, Elder Judy Greer, Rev. Kenny Connor, Rev. Chuck Holton, Rev. Lynn Maxwell, Rev. Betty Stowe, Rev. Ray Randall, and Secretary Danny Bailey.
The meeting was opened by Lynn sharing a devotional on ‘light’ in many ways in Scripture being synonymous with life. Light is equated with life, and darkness with death. The light of Christ is required for our spiritual life, and we are called to be, and to share, that light of Christ
1. Secretary Danny Bailey presented the Minutes from the last Council Meeting which were approved as read.
2. Rev. Betty Stowe provided a financial summary report of 2019 activity, and a detailed accounting of deposits and expenditures from our July 2019 meeting to our November 2019 meeting which was cancelled.
3. Lynn introduced new Council members Rev. Chuck Holton – Unity Christian Church, Elder Judy Greer – Pleasant Hill Christian Church, Rev. Roger Nobles – Tuckahoe Christian Church, Elder James Banks – Amity Christian Church, and announced that Judy Rose has volunteered to replace Rev. Betty Stowe as Treasurer. Also, Rev. Roger Nobles volunteered to serve as Council Vice Leader. These additions were unanimously approved by the Council.
4. The next topic for discussion was our last Gathering held on September 21, 2019, and ideas for ways to improve attendance and effectiveness. Lynn reported that 93 people had been in attendance, and Betty gave details of the cost. It was noted that many folks left after the meal and missed Wayne Kent’s afternoon presentation, and Leslie sharing with us her ministry to Death Row inmates in prisons, and her beautiful singing. Several ideas to improve the Gathering were offered including:
A. Chuck said he had noticed there were no young families in attendance, and we may need to consider offering child care.
B. Tom told us how popular ‘lock-ins’ are with the young folks at Richlands, and suggested maybe a Fellowship wide ‘lock in’ the night before or after the Gathering.
C. Discussion then gravitated towards modifying the actual structure of the Gathering agenda by possibly opening with a short service with music and a message, then breaking out into two seminar type sessions led by volunteers from member churches or by experts in topics such as human trafficking or mental health. After these sessions attendees would return to the Sanctuary for a short closing message, music and Communion. Lunch would follow with attendees departing after lunch. Judy Greer offered to contact a speaker she knows who works combating human trafficking, and Lynn will ask his daughter about speaking on mental health.
D. The speaker for the opening and closing sessions could be Rick Grace of DHF Decatur since he has expressed a desire to visit DHF of NC. Lynn will pursue this possibility
5. The tentative date for the Spring Gathering was set for May 2, 2020.
6. Council members were asked to seek input from their home churches on a way to meet together with the purpose of fellowship and sharing successful efforts with each other.
7. Our next meeting will be held 10:00 AM, March 7, 2020 at Unity Christian Church. We were dismissed with prayer by Rev. Kenny Connor.
Danny Bailey, Secretary
Please join us for our Fall Gathering at FCC Richlands, NC for a good time of preaching, singing, food, and fellowship. This year we are featuring Rev. Wayne Kent from FCC Decatur, Ill. who will bring two messages; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The Gospel group, Steps To Glory will sing for us in the morning session, and Mrs. Leslie Kent will be singing in the afternoon session. DHF of NC Churches may register with their local churches or online. We invite anyone who would like to enjoy a great time of sharing in the Lord to register online. We ask that everyone please register NLT Mon. Sep. 16th so we can make final arrangements for the food. Please see the below Poster.
SIGNUP LINK: fccrichlands.org/connect/2019-dhf-fall-gathering
The DHF of NC Leadership Council met at Tuckahoe Christian Church with four members present: Keith Metts, Robert Reynolds, Rev. Kenny Connor and Rev. Lynn Maxwell; and Secretary Danny Bailey. Jonathan Adkins of FCC Richlands attended as a guest to report on the “Wrapped in Love” Ministry.
The meeting was opened by Secretary Danny Bailey sharing a devotional from 2 Timothy 3:5 which explained the dangers of following religious leaders of the Last Days who observe an outward form of godliness, but deny the mighty power of God in literal creation as well as the great worldwide miracles of the Bible – the Flood, the dispersion, etc. This prophesy from Paul contains a warning urgently needed by Bible believing Christians who are under pressure today to compromise with humanistic liberals on this great doctrine of God’s creative power.
Secretary Danny Bailey presented the Minutes from the last Council Meeting which were approved as read.
Rev. Lynn Maxwell provided a financial report provided by Mrs. Betty Stowe. The report provided the financial activity from May 4, 2019 to our meeting today on July 20, 2019.
Lynn introduced Jonathan Adkins who gave us a summary of “Wrapped in Love’s” contributions to the community’s recovery after Hurricane Florence last September. This ministry, which DHF of NC supports financially helped a total of 73 households by:
Removing trees and debris from roofs
Installing tarps over holes in those roofs to prevent further water damage
Also removed downed trees from yards that were blocking access
Worked 2 1/2 months 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM to accomplish the above
When asked by the Council what were “Wrapped in Love’s” requirements that need to be met to be able to respond to another Hurricane this summer, if there is one, Jonathan reported:
More short term volunteers immediately after a Hurricane
Funding to stockpile a larger amount of tarps
Funding to purchase rooftop safety equipment (harnesses, ropes, etc.)
Funding to replace saw chains and accomplish maintenance on other equipment
Lynn asked Jonathon to calculate a total cost to accomplish the ‘funding’ items above and DHF of NC would consider a donation to put “Wrapped in Love” back in a ready to respond status. Jonathan agreed to provide this estimate to Council members by e-mail.
DHF of NC Scholarship Fund: Betty, who could not attend today’s meeting, had previously forwarded to Lynn a draft Disciple Heritage Fellowship of North Carolina Scholarship Guidelines for Continuing Education and a draft Disciple Heritage Fellowship of North Carolina Scholarship Application Form with the changes recommended during our last Council meeting incorporated. Lynn presented both of those documents to the Council which found no need for further changes. Robert Reynolds moved that we adopt both documents with an effective date of July 20, 2019. Keith Metts seconded the motion, and it was passed unanimously.
Fall Gathering: We began planning for our Fall Gathering with discussion of possible dates. September 21 was picked as our primary, with September 7 as backup, and FCC Richlands as the location. Potential speakers and musical groups were discussed. Lynn agreed to contact DHF Decatur and ask if Wayne Kent, Rick Grace or another speaker from DHF Decatur could attend. Jonathan suggested we may attract more younger attendees if we enlist a contemporary music group, and he volunteered his wife Mallory to contact some of those. Lynn volunteered to contact ‘Steps to Glory’ and see if they are available. The food will be catered by Piggly Wiggly again, and the ladies of member churches will be asked to furnish desserts. Times, agenda and other details will be confirmed at our next meeting, or by email prior to September 21.
Lynn requested all attendees to ask their home churches for ideas to further build fellowship, or of ways DHF of NC could better serve member churches. Possibly Men’s and Women’s Fellowship groups that could rotate meetings at member churches to seek ministries that could be served. Lynn also asked attendees to report the work of “Wrapped in Love” to their respective churches, and ask for volunteers to sign up to serve right after the next Hurricane. Johnathan Adkins said he would be glad to visit Churches to speak about Wrapped In Love.
Our next meeting, if needed, will be August 17, 10:00 AM at Pleasant Hill Christian Church. We were dismissed with prayer by Rev. Kenny Connor.
Danny Bailey, Secretary
DUE TO SICKNESS, OUR GUEST SPEAKER, DAVID RIVES, WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SPEAK AT OUR SPRING GATHERING AT FCC RICHLANDS, NC ON SATURDAY, MAY 19TH. WE ARE VERY SORRY TO CANCEL THE EVENT, BUT HOPEFULLY WE WILL BE ABLE TO RESCHEDULE LATER THIS YEAR.
The DHF of NC Leadership Council met at Amity Christian Church with seven members present: Judy Rose, Keith Metts, Rev. Betty Stowe, Robert Reynolds, Rev. Ray Randall, Rev. Kenny Connor and Rev. Lynn Maxwell.
The meeting was opened by Pastor Lynn Maxwell sharing a devotional explaining we humans’ deep seated longing for fellowship with God, much as a swimmer when holding his breath under water for a long time, becomes more and more compelled to surface and breathe. Lynn explained that as God’s creations, humans are never fully complete, and suffer a deep seated emptiness, without God in their lives.
Secretary Danny Bailey presented the Minutes from the last Council Meeting which were approved as read.
Lynn opened our next Agenda item: finalization of plans for our Spring Seminar scheduled for May 18th.
Schedule – will remain as stated on the Flyer currently posted on the DHF of NC website.
Registration – to be accomplished by Tuckahoe Christian Church
Food – To be catered by Piggly Wiggly (including desserts)
Advertising – Robert Reynolds will place ads in New Bern, Kinston and Jacksonville newspapers. Danny Bailey will place an ad in the Pamlico County Compass newspaper.
Outreach to Other Churches – Local DHF of NC churches were asked to distribute the Seminar flyers to their neighbor churches.
Other issues related to Seminar – Danny announced that due to a long scheduled (and paid for) vacation he, with many regrets, will not be here to hear David Rives. He asked Lynn and Betty Stowe to act as David’s POC’s for his visit and they agreed. He will pass all their contact data to David Rives Booking.
DHF of NC Scholarship Fund: Betty provided attendees with a copy of Unity Christian Church’s Scholarship Guidelines that she had modified for possible use by DHF of NC. A discussion ensued with pencil changes being made to ensure that an applicant is a member of a DHF of NC church, and additions to the final page of the application to collect the name of the recommending church, and the signature of its Pastor. Betty agreed to modify the document as discussed, and forward it to Council members by e-mail for concurrence and approval.
DHF Assembly in Illinois – Betty reported that a member from Unity had attended, and reported that the music was great, the sessions were interesting and informative, and was well worth the trip.
Lynn asked all attendees to seek and pray for ways to spread the message about DHF of NC to other churches throughout the state. Several ideas were discussed, but there were no ‘Eureka!’ moments. This agenda topic will be discussed in each subsequent Council meeting, so keep searching. Our meeting was closed in prayer by Rev. Ray Randall.