We are CALLED by Christ to GROW in faith, BUILD relationships, and SERVE all people.


Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
10 a.m. R.L. Pope Class by Harold Vannoy via Facebook and on WGOS AM 1070
11 a.m. Live Worship Online via Facebook and on WGOS AM 1070

10:00 a.m. “10@10” Weekday Devotions via Facebook

8:00 a.m. Men’s Prayer Meeting Online via Zoom (contact Brian Russell)
5:30 p.m.  Outdoor Yoga in the Church Back Yard (Weather permitting)

The Weekly Update via Facebook
6:00 p.m. Youth Small Groups via Zoom (contact Rodney Denton)

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
10 a.m. R.L. Pope Class by Kyles Wallace via Facebook and on WGOS AM 1070
11 a.m. Live Worship Online via Facebook and on WGOS AM 1070


If you or a loved one would like to be added to the prayer list, please contact Lorna McCullough at 336-259-5814. If you put a name on the list, please keep in touch to let us know how that person is doing, as names are removed after three weeks.

During the coming week, please pray for…

Sam Branson
Dean Sharpe-Austin
Wayne Herrick
Kay Eanes and family
Jim and Barbara Westmoreland
Florence Highsmith and Family
Peace and justice in our nation, state, and city
Grant Brinkley and Family
Finley Price Family
Our First Responders, Medical Community, and Essential Workers
All those affected by Coronavirus/COVID-19
Robert Miller
Andrea Cain and Family
Dave Ogren
Dallas Hutchens
Tyler Oldaker
Tim Priska
Chris Eddinger
Tracy Brinkley
Our UM Missionaries
All Military Personnel
The United Methodist Church

We extend our prayers and sympathy to Florence Highsmith and family on the death of George Highsmith, August 7, 2020. Visitation for Dr. Highsmith is Saturday August 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., at Cumby Funeral Home, 1015 Eastchester Drive, High Point. The obituary for Dr. Highsmith can be found at


NEXT EVENT: August 26, 9-11 a.m.

We are hosting monthly “drop-off” donation events at CCM on the last Wednesday of each month. You will pull up to the front of CCM at 10 W. Guilford St. in Thomasville, pop your trunk, and a volunteer will retrieve the donation items.


  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Canned Meat
  • Canned Potatoes
  • Rice

Thank you in advance for supporting our community!


It’s Back to School time and we are collecting needed supplies for area students. Collection bins are set up outside of the church reception door at the Mission Racks for easy drop-off. Thank you for your generosity helping students with the learning materials they need.

  • Paper
  • Notebooks
  • Glue Sticks
  • Folders
  • Safety Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Erasers
  • Highlighters
  • Colored Pencils
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sanitizing wipes



School will begin for the Thomasville City Schools on August 17, but the school buildings will remain empty. Students will learn remotely for a while. It will be imperative for children to have access to the Internet and there are some who do not. We are pleased to partner with TCS to provide an Internet access site for remote learning for students. We will open the church for two-hour periods on select days during the week for students needing Internet access.

In order to accomplish this, we will need church folks who will give a couple hours of their time to be present. This is not a tutoring service. Students will sign up, and we will limit the number of children at each session. All safety precautions will be followed. Tables will be set up to ensure social distancing, and students will be expected to wear masks, wash their hands prior to entering, and have their temperature taken. Children K-8 must be accompanied by an adult.

The church will be open on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 9-11 a.m. and 5-7 p.m.  Two volunteers will be needed for each session. To sign up please use the Signup Genius link here:



Please sign up one time slot for each child in your family who will be using internet access for remote learning. Children grades K-8 will require an adult chaperone. High schoolers must pre-register but no chaperone is required. This service is to provide internet access only. We will not be able to provide tutoring.

Students and chaperones will be required to wear a face mask, sanitize their hands, and have their temperature checked by a volunteer before entering the space. You will have an assigned table.

Parents please note if you have more than one child attending so that we can group you as close together as possible.

Location: Memorial UMC Christian Enrichment Center

101 Randolph St, Thomasville, NC 27360


The virtual session of AC2020 streamed live on Saturday August 8th. You may view the opening worship service at this link To view the full recorded annual conference session, visit Video updates from the United Methodist Foundation of Western NC, WNCC UMM & UMW, and the Justice & Reconciliation Caucuses can be found at


Do you enjoy photography? Interested in the latest information technology? We need a few good men and women to train as video camera operators. If you have any interest in helping us take this step forward in virtual broadcasting, please notify Susan Frye ( or 336-472-7718) or Harold Vannoy ( or 336-240-9524) who will get you in touch with the right persons. We will need this help in the near future to execute this critical outreach mission. Thank you!



The R. L. Pope Class is excited to announce the return of new, weekly online lessons. Tune in to WGOS on your radio or computer.

Teaching Schedule:
August 16   Harold Vannoy
August 23   Kyles Wallace
August 30   Stan Styers


The recipients of the Project Divine Interruption Scholarship this year are Tori Connolly and Paige Hepler, two of Memorial’s own. Both have shown outstanding leadership and academic qualities and we are proud to present them with $1000.00 towards their educational expenses.  – Barbara Greeson


You may contact members of the staff directly or by calling the church office at 336-472-7718 and following the instructions on the recording. Here is a list of staff phone extensions and email addresses, for reference:

Danny Leonard, Senior Minister – Ext. 16;
Rodney Denton, Minister of Youth and Young Adults – Ext. 18;
Lynda Hepler, Minister of Children and Families – Ext. 11;
Brian Russell, Director of Contemporary Worship – Ext. 20;
Danny Frye, Director of Music – Ext. 12;
Susan Frye, Secretary – Ext. 14;
Peggy May, Financial Secretary/Treasurer – Ext. 13;
Jarry Oldaker, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds – Ext. 17;


Thank you for your ongoing generosity to Memorial. While the office is closed, there are three options for making gifts to Memorial:

The address for mailing checks is:
Memorial UMC
P.O. Box 428
Thomasville, NC 27361-0428

Online gifts can be made securely at which can also be accessed from our website homepage.

Electronic funds transfer (EFT) giving can be set up for your recurring tithe. For information on how to arrange this, please email or leave a message for Peggy May, Financial Secretary, at or 336-472-7718.


We close this week’s eNews with a 10@10 devotion shared by Danny Frye on August 6, 2020.

Walk it Out

Good morning! For those of you who may not know me, my name is Danny Frye and I’m the Director of Music at Memorial. I’m grateful for the opportunity to fill in for one of our clergy this morning and provide a 10@10 devotion for today.

When I was asked about filling in today, I was excited to share some thoughts with you, and play a little music, too. That being said, there is a lot going on in my world, and probably yours too. I’m grateful to be employed, and I’m navigating what it looks like to socially distance with 90 university band students, but my university job is intense right now. I’m trying not to be overwhelmed with pandemic worries (I’m struggling here). I’m worried about when my kids will be able to safely go back to school in person. I’m deeply concerned about the injustice and inequality in our amazing country. And I’m sad about the cruelty and lack of empathy we, too often, show one another.

The pace of our lives is so fast, and we all are taking on more and more responsibilities. You may remember the old “Calgon, take me away” commercial slogan that was a plea for a break in our hectic lives. We can all use a moment to disengage from the busyness. I’m sure a lot us would like to get off this ride for a moment.

A few years back, I took my son, Sebastian, and a few of his friends to SpookyWoods for some Halloween fun. Pre-teen boys aren’t always fully forthcoming with information. They all had willingly signed on for the tour, but once we started through the first haunted house, one boy had buried his head in my back with his eyes closed as I dragged him through the house. Another boy was quite scared of the ghouls wielding chainsaws. These boys were quite stressed out over this adventure and were trying to rush their way through the house. My new young friend basically pushed me out the back door, while Sebastian and another friend ran out laughing, but the last in our group (I’ll call him Jack) was nowhere to be found. I waited as other thrill seekers exited, but no Jack. Finally, as I was heading back into the house to find him, a couple of young adults came out, pushing him out in front of them. I asked them where he was, and they said he was standing in a corner refusing to come out. I asked Jack what he was doing, and he replied, “I ain’t messing with no dude with a chain saw. I backed myself into a corner and said, ‘I’m out.’ I told everybody that came by me that they could go ahead because I wasn’t moving.” Jack was completely willing to be patient in his corner and let everyone continue on with their adventure. I guess he thought SpookyWoods would eventually close or something and he could leave peacefully.

The bible offers some guidance and assurances about having patience in trying times. 2 Peter 3:8-9 says:

“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”

The scripture is telling us that time is relative, and that God is always working to fulfill his promises to us. We may perceive this as God being slow to answer our prayers, but we should also understand that God is being patient WITH US, waiting for us to understand the error of our ways and seek his Grace and guidance.

As a musician, I listen a lot to how music speaks to me. I often think I hear God speaking to me through music, either when I’m performing or conducting a group. As part of my devotion this morning, I’m offering one movement from a Bach violin sonata in A minor. The title of this movement is “Andante.” The musical definition of andante is “a walking tempo.” Through this pandemic, I’ve been on a LOT of walks with my wife and family. It’s been a terrific blessing to come out of this time. I’m playing a transcription of this piece on my marimba A marimba is a wooden bar instrument, similar to a xylophone, but with a lower, much warmer sound. I invite you to take the next 5 minutes and stop running, and try walking. Seek God as you walk, because he’s patiently present with us, waiting on us to stop trying to run through everything, and start walking and following Him.  [The recording can be heard at the 5:30 mark at]