A note from the Prayer Ministry

Prayer is a general devotion; the word includes worship and adoration.  Max Lucado says:” God loves the sound of your voice. Always.”  Do we want to please God? Then, let’s fill Him with the sound of our voice in prayers.



The renovation of our nursery is about complete.  We have our “big items” ordered and some are here, but we still need some new toys & books.  If you would like to help, visit the candy cane tree in the parlor, select an envelope, enclose your donation and put it in the offering plate or drop it by the church office.  We also have a registry at Target if you would like to purchase an item. We will be having the nursery dedication on January 6 after the 10:55 a.m. service.

Spiritual Gifts

Every child of God is filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, specially gifted to play a unique and valued role in the body of Christ. No one is without gift or purpose.  Spiritual gifts are not our talents or skills.  They are the grace of God at work within us, empowering us to match our deep passions with the world’s deep need.  The gifts are given to individuals, but they are given to build and strengthen community and to meet the needs of those around us.
Begin the journey.  Discover your gifts.  Talk about your gifts with others. Strive together to understand your gifts and how you can use them to serve God, neighbor, and world.  You have been gifted.  You have been given a purpose.

What if I am not gifted?
Our firm belief that everyone is gifted by God and that each person is uniquely and beautifully equipped for ministry and mission.  Giftedness is not about privilege or special skills and talents.  It is about listening more deeply to, and following more fully, the deepest desires of our hearts and God’s leading in our lives.  This is the call to all people of faith — laity or clergy, flashy or quiet, knowledgeable or seeking.

Please join us starting on Thursday, January 17, 2019 thru February 14th at
6:30 till 8:00 p.m. in Sunday School Room #206.  Come and find out how truly gifted you are.
Pat Sykes

Note change in time/location for the January meeting of the UMM.  Please join us in the church conference room on Tuesday, January 15th at 7:00 pm for a discussion and new photos regarding Israel.  Bob & Nancy Webster will share some images and stories regarding their recent trip to the Holy Land with some historical as well as current events items.  This will take the place of our meeting at the Sound Bound Sandwich Works originally scheduled for 6:30 pm. Please join us for some discussion and fellowship. Eat before you come or bring your own snack. All are welcome.







Ladies: Join us on January 14, 2019 at 6:30 pm at Donna
Quiring’s house at 3124 Juniper Drive in Burlington for our
first circle meeting.  We will have an lively discussion followed
by a short program and dessert with coffee.  See you there!


A message from John Caleb Wise the Director of Youth Ministry

Davis Street Teen and Young Adult Leaders, The UNITED Youth Group will meet every Sunday this month at 6:00pm. We hope to see you there. Bring a friend!
-John Caleb Wise- Director of Youth and Emergent Generations-


New Children’s Sunday school

Beginning September 9, Whirl All Kids Sunday school is coming to Davis Street.  During the 9:45 hour, children will see a creative video which show kids ways to live out their faith in the daily lives.  Each session is based on a Bible passage – this fall we will cover familiar Old Testament stories.  We also have materials that offers ways families can share activities during the week. This is a multi-age program for children K-5th grade.

Congregations for Children

Congregation for Children (C4C) is a state-wide initiative of The United Methodist Church focuses on addressing child poverty in North Carolina through the development of partnerships between churches and local public schools.  Churches are encouraged to provide support to a public school of their choice which addresses one or more of the areas of focus shown below.  These areas are:

  1. enhancing K-3 Literacy Skills
  2. providing for Basic Needs
  3. increasing Parental Involvement and interaction with positive adult role models.

Jane Brannock and the Children’s Ministry Team feels called to partner with a school and connecting with the C4C, who have developed best practices for church/school partnerships. Opportunities will be developed that engage every member of the congregation in different ways. If you are interested in our partnership with a school, please contact Jane Brannock or sign up on the Interest Sheet in the Parlor.



It’s Here! The Caring People Ministry for Single Moms Begins  January 10 

Thanks for continuing to pray for the January 10 launch of The Caring People ministry to single moms at Davis Street United Methodist Church!  Group meetings will be held every Thursday, from 6-7:30 p.m. throughout the year except during public school vacation days, in the Conference Room.  A meal is included with the weekly meeting, plus babysitting for single moms with children under age 14.

If you are interested in helping out in any way, please contact Jane Brannock. First of all, we appreciate your prayer support as we seek God’s wisdom and guidance in launching this new ministry.  Financial donations to Davis Street UMC designated for The Caring People Ministry for Single Moms are also welcome.  We will need some help with meals, substitute class teachers and babysitters, publicity, fundraising, and also ideas for the two or three “field trip” events we plan during the year for the single moms and their kids.
If you know of a single mom who might be interested in the group, please email or with her name and contact information.  More info on the program may be found at  Our Bible study/care group marks the 43rd group started worldwide, utilizing The Caring People program, and we’re the first group in the fifth state.

Brochures, fliers and business card-size invitations may be found in Hebrews area of the church foyer, if you’d like to help us get the word out.  Please see Jane Brannock for more materials.  Thanks for your enthusiastic and prayerful support.  We’re so excited to meet the new faces around the table and to see what God has in store for us with The Caring People outreach ministry.


 “Can the Sanctuary” food drive for the Salvation Army is Sunday Jan 6, 2019.  Bring your cans to the sanctuary to be blessed and gathered.  Thank you for your generosity in this endeavor.


Davis Street UMC, Burlington, NC, has a job opening for an accompanist.  A degree in music and advanced piano skills are required, ability to play the organ is a plus.  The job will require attendance for all worship services in the church calendar (regular Sundays, Holy Week and Advent services, etc) and all weekly rehearsals.  Please send resume and cover letter to SPRC Chair at




We are in need of bud vases/small vases to use when delivering flowers to our shut-ins.  If you have any you’re not using or want to donate some, please bring them to DSUMC kitchen.

Thank you, Cynthia Walker


Small Support Group  ●  Daily Bible Study  ●  Accountability

Whole Person Wellness:  physically ● spiritually ● emotionally ● mentally

A powerful 12 week program centered on healthy living! This is a faith-based weight loss program. Participants find hope and “how to” for healthy living and sustainable weight loss. The First Place 4 Health program will introduce you to the concept of Whole Person Wellness—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, and reinforce not just physical health, but Total Health! What can you expect? A weekly support group meeting, personal 20 to 30 minute daily Bible study using the First Place 4 Health Series, sharing of ideas for healthy eating, exercise, mental strength and spiritual growth.

There will be a new class starting on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm that will meet each Wednesday for 12 weeks ending Wednesday, November 14.  The class will meet in the Church Conference Room. This class is open to anyone. You are invited to bring a friend.

Registration cost for materials is $20.00.
To register, contact Brenda Wilson by Sunday, August 12.
336-269-1992 OR 336-584-0218 – you may leave a message.


Find your United Methodist family on Facebook

There are many ways to connect with fellow church members. Now thanks to social media we can be part of a huge community of United Methodists on Facebook.  Come and see us. Church


Help Needed!

The Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee is looking for extra hands to help out in the Church office.  If you have administrative skills, like to meet and greet visitors who stop by the Church office during the week, or just like answering telephone, you might find your passion serving Christ as a Church office volunteer.  The SPPRC is working hard to keep pace with the increased office hours by supplementing our office staff with volunteers.
The following are days and times that  volunteers are needed:
Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 am till 2:00 pm

You may volunteer weekly or monthly.  Whatever will be best for your schedule.  Contact Brenda Wilson for more info or to volunteer. or 336-269-1992.


A huge ‘Thank You’ to everyone who provided altar flowers in 2019.

The new Flower Chart is posted in the church at the ramp entrance.  The Sundays for Communion and Advent have been noted on the chart since the altar table will be in use.  Flowers can be given for these special Sundays with a designation for placement elsewhere in the church, perhaps on the podium stand in the Sanctuary or in the Church Parlor.  You are encouraged to select all other Sundays to place floral arrangements to the Glory of God, in honor or memory of your loved ones and friends, or to commemorate special events.

To ensure a clear view of the Cross, we recommend the floral arrangements not exceed 20 inches.  Please list your name and message on the chart or contact the Church Office with specific request.  Your name and message will be included with the bulletin for the Sunday that you selected.  Floral arrangements can be removed after the worship Service and taken to a relative or friend.  You are encouraged to return floral vases to the Church Kitchen for future use. On Monday, the flowers that are left will be arranged into bouquets and delivered to homebound or nursing home members by the Altar Guild.


 Please help your church help you.  If you know of someone who is in the hospital, if you have a personal or family emergency, or if you know of a death in the church family, please call Pastor De Jesus (919 418-0682) or at the Church Office (336/226-4457).  If the need arises during the weekend or when the Church Office is closed, please leave a phone message. Your message will be received and this ministry will begin as quickly as possible.


NCC Circles of Abundant Grace Meetings

Across the North Carolina Conference, United Methodists are gathering for “Circles of Abundant Grace.”   The Circles of Abundant Grace are facilitated conversations ​that ​are focused on the future of the United Methodist Church.  These Circles offer the opportunity to learn about “where we are” as a denomination concerning matters of human sexuality.  The Circles are also settings for participants to speak as well as to listen to one another honestly and lovingly.

The Circles offer an opportunity to clarify the decisions of the 2016 General Conference of the United Methodist Church.  One of the 2016 General Conference’s actions was forming the  “Commission on a Way Forward.”   The Commission on a Way Forward was set up by the Council of Bishops and has begun studying matters of human sexuality and unity in the United Methodist Church.  Conversations are happening in each Annual Conference as a part of the Commission on a Way Forward.  Each Circle of Abundant Grace has been undergirded by prayer across the NC Annual Conference and the denomination.  Most recently Pastor Jimmy and Jerry Fisher attended one such meeting in Durham.

Philippians 2: 1-4.  If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.  Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.  Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.

Don’t forget that we have a collection tub in the Parlor for items that the clients from the domestic abuse shelter need. A list of those items has been published in April newsletter and several Sunday bulletins.

Volunteers Needed

To prepare the monthly newsletter for mailing.  Training will be provided. Please let the church office know if you would like to volunteer or have questions.


A Member Information Update form is available on the small table in the Church Parlor for your convenience to provide any changes to your address, phone number, and email address.  If you prefer, just call the Church Office.  We always want to keep track of you.


The Greeter Captain assigns volunteers to a particular Sunday so that there are friendly faces to greet each person in the name of Christ who enters the Church, whether it is a visitor or a regular member.  This is often an entry point ministry for new members, and emphasizes our commitment to hospitality.  This service is a service that one needs to experience to understand the warmth and friendliness of the people at Davis Street UMC.  Please contact Polly Webb at (336) 380-0393 to volunteer or to rotate off the Greeters List for a time.


Your monetary contributions and loose change collected each Sunday are donated to Allied Churches of Alamance County (ACAC) to help them assist the needy in Alamance County.  Their services include: Shelter, Meals & Emergency Food, Emergency Assistance, and Job & Education-Related Services.  As the only center for persons who are at-risk and who are homeless in our region, ACAC also provides immediate, crisis intervention services.


Where?  At Davis Street, that’s where!  In your day-to-day conversations with your friends, co-worker and family, share with them the many wonderful things taking place at Davis Street.

Two items to highlight is our support of Allied Churches of Alamance County and United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).  Your support of these organizations last year totaled $1,089.06, which was awesome!   Most are familiar with Allied Church but maybe not as much as UMCOR.

UMCOR provides humanitarian relief when war or natural disaster disrupts life to such an extent that communities aren’t able to recover on their own. UMCOR’s project – Imagine No Malaria is an important effort to eliminate this 100% preventable disease.

ather. Just in case there is a need for DSUMC services to be delayed or closed, those announcements will be made on the following television stations.  WFMF TV / News 2 FOX 8 / WGHP


We want to maintain correct information on all DS members.  Please call the church office and let us know if you change your mailing address or if you are not receiving your church newsletter.  Do you have corrections or additions for the anniversary or birthday lists?  Do you have a new cell phone number or have you removed your old landline?  Do you have a new email address or is there an old address that we should remove?  Thanks for your update!


VisitorDavis Street UMC has been blessed with several visitors during the past months. We extend warm hospitality and a welcome hand of fellowship to each person who enters our doors.  Regular Davis Street Worship attenders are reminded to invite others, especially those who have missed several Sundays.  Persons who are interested in learning more about joining the DSUMC fellowship are encouraged to contact Pastor Jimmy Weaver or call the Church.


WinGS (Women in God’s Service) has a new ministry called “PIE AND A PRAYER.  It is a way to nurture our congregation.  Persons who are recuperating from surgery or hospitalization, awaiting serious test results, or are homebound may receive a delicious homemade chicken pie along with our prayers and best wishes.  If you know of anyone in our congregation who fits our guidelines and would benefit from some cheer, please contact Polly Webb (228-7126) or Diana Hanford (221-0855).

Prayer Shawl Ministry – This group knits prayer shawls, which are then placed on the Church altar and blessed before they are hand delivered to individuals within and outside the Church who are experiencing difficult times, such as a death, illness, or loneliness.  Members are encouraged to contact Diana Hanford at 336/221-0865 if you know of someone that would benefit from receiving one of these


The newly formed women’s group (WinGS – Women in God’s Service) has begun a new ministry at Davis Street which is a way to nurture our congregation.  Persons who are recuperating from surgery or hospitalization, awaiting serious test results, or are homebound may receive a delicious homemade chicken pie along with our prayers and best wishes.

If you know of anyone in our congregation who fits our guidelines and would benefit from some cheer, please contact Polly Webb (228-7126) or Diana Hanford (221-0855).


1) Would you be interested in serving as a volunteer to prepare memorial letters to persons who make memorial contributions to Davis Street? If you are interested, please call Arlene Domenico at the Church Office (336) 226-4467 for more details.

2) The Audio-Visual Team is looking for volunteers. We need several people who are willing to assist in the A/V booth on Sundays and periodically for weddings and funerals. There is no experience required; we will have training for anyone interested. Anyone that is interested please see Jerry Fisher or Ryan Bailey. We look forward to working with you!


On the first Sunday of each month, we will collect non-perishable food items as a service to our community.   Thank you for your continued giving!

Are You Looking for an Opportunity to Give Back to Your Community?

Alamance County Meals on Wheels could be your answer. Persons who would like more information or would like to volunteer can call Ruth Long at (336) 228-8815 at the Burlington Meals on Wheels site. They are located at 411 West Fifth Street. Volunteers commit to give their services approximately two hours every four weeks. Two hours per month is a small amount of time, yet it helps so many persons who are dependent on those meals.

Meals on Wheels offers training and instructions for the volunteers to deliver meals to specific clients/persons. Volunteers can elect to serve as a pair or work by themselves. Scheduled routes are located across Alamance County and include Burlington, Graham, Mebane, Gibsonville, Haw River, and Elon. Nancy Loy is to be commended for her service to Meals on Wheels, as she has served for several years in the general area of DSUMC, and has sometimes been assisted by other DS members.


November Pastor’s Post

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November Pastor’s Post

“What is God up to?” These are the words from Bishop Ian Douglas at the 2018 Duke Convocation, who challenged us (and congregations) to shift our mindset and our behaviors from “doing the mission of the church” to “joining the mission of God in which the church is privilege to participate.” In a sense, the church must focus on the “mission of God to the community (neighborhood).” Here’s a portion of the 2018 State of the Church Report that was collectively prepared by the Staff-Parish Relations Team and the Pastor. It is my hope and prayer...

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October Pastor’s News

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October Pastor’s News

Warm greetings in the Name of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ! God’s essential nature is about generosity.  Generosity is part of the character of God.  Out of His extravagant generosity, God made us in His image, whose essential nature is giving.  God’s extravagant generosity is part of our DNA.  But we are anxious and fearful, influenced by a culture that makes us believe we never have enough.  At its root, the enemy of generosity is a set of value systems that are spiritually corrosive and that lead to continuing discontent,...

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September Pastor’s News

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September Pastor’s News

Maturing Stage (What if I surrender completely to Christ?) Warm greetings in the Name of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ! I’m excited to share with y’all that Davis Street is launching two new discipleship events this September. First, the 1st Annual Spiritual Retreat will be on Sept. 8th @ Northwest District Park in Siler City. The retreat is open for all ages free of charge. The retreat’s venue offers a picnic shelter, activity center, inside dining hall with a/c, gravel walking loop, multipurpose field and playground. The retreat itself...

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August Pastor’s Newsletter

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August Pastor’s Newsletter

July 16, 2018 As Dear Davis Street UMC Family, Warm greetings to all! My family and I arrived here safely in South Africa last night! As many of you are aware, I traveled to Seoul, Korea last July 9th to attend the World Methodist Council Meeting. However, a day after I arrived, I was rushed to the Emergency Room in St. Mary Hospital in Seoul, Korea a day after I arrived due to some consistent pains on my chest. After a series of medical tests including blood work, EKG and urine test, the doctor ruled out any heart problems and I was...

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July Pastors Letter

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July Pastors Letter

Warm greetings in the Name of our Risen Savior! This month of July, we are celebrating first year of our ministry here @ Davis Street! Praise the Lord! How time flies! It has been one year ago since y’all welcomed us with amazing love and radical hospitality. And it’s now official! The Bishop and the Cabinet reappointed us to serve for another year 2018-2019. Thanks be to God! We are truly humbled and blessed to serve Davis Street! As we continue to move forward, shifting our church towards becoming vital and growing is the work of the Holy...

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June Pastors Letter

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June Pastors Letter

Warm greetings in the Name of our Risen Savior! By the time you receive this newsletter, our Costa Rica Team is already having Spirit-filled time attending the global evangelism event hosted by the World Methodist Evangelism. Thank you, Davis Street, for all your prayers, support and generosity to equip our young adult leaders so that they can effectively witness for Jesus Christ! On June 2018, our key lay leadership is wrapping-up our 9-month Shift Training under the NC Conference Connectional Ministries. Through the power of the Holy...

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May Pastor’s News

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May Pastor’s News

Warm greetings in the Name of the Risen Savior! Thanks be to God for a Spirit-filled and empowering Rise Up! Revival! I give thanks to God for Rev. Gary Williams for his powerful message. I give thanks to God for the Bellemont UMC Praise Band for their inspiring music. I give thanks to God for Rev. Al Trotter, Sound/Video Team, Prayer Team, Women in God’s Service, United Methodist Men and everyone who offered their prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. Most of all, I give thanks to God for people whose spirits were revived! I give...

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April Pastor’s News

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April Pastor’s News

Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! On April 15th-16th, I’m excited to invite y’all to come join us for the Rise Up! Revival Celebration. You’re surely going to be blessed with great food, inspiring praise and worship, and life-giving message from Rev. Gary Williams. I hope and pray that you make every effort to attend and to invite your family and friends to join us for the revival– seeking God to make our hearts and our lives passionate for Jesus! What is a “revival”? Perhaps revival is best described by defining what it is not....

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March Pastor’s News

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March Pastor’s News

Warm Lenten greetings!  On February 14th, America mourns more loss of innocent young lives in another senseless school shooting, this time in Parkland, Florida, claiming 17 lives including students and teachers.  As a father of a middle schooler and a high schooler, my first reaction is “What if my child was one among them?”  As husband of a substitute teacher, I asked this question:  “What if my wife was there on that day?”  It is hard to comprehend what to say about God’s love and grace in the face of such evil. The Bible tells us that the...

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We’re in the News!

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Take a look at our recent video at: BURLINGTON, N.C. — Her beloved youth group graduated and moved on. Haley Henderson is now one of only a handful of people her age at her church. “We don’t have many young adults, [it’s a] can ‘count on one hand’ kind of thing,” said Rev. Jimmy Weaver of Davis Street United Methodist Church. But instead of switching churches, she decided to do something about it in a big way. Henderson took on a huge undertaking in hopes of...

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