A note from the Prayer Ministry

As we go forward in our shift from membership to discipleship, our desire is to see a mighty movement of God.  As Terry Teykl told us years ago, “Prayer is our match to set off spiritual fireworks.”  So, let’s all continue to send our ‘direct dial’ to God, who hears and answers prayers.


Maundy Thursday Service & Holy Communion

Thursday, March 29th @ 7:00pm

Good Friday Tenebrae Service

Friday, March 30th @ 7:00pm

Easter Sunrise Worship Service

Sunday, April 1st @ 7:00am

Easter Worship Celebration w/ Missional Community

Sunday, April 1st @ 8:30am

Easter Sunday Worship Celebration & Holy Communion

Sunday, April 1st @ 10:55am

Rise Up! Revival Celebration

Rev Gary Williams

Sunday and Monday. Cover dish Dinner at 5:30 Followed by Pastor Gary Williams bringing us a Revival and a NEW AWAKENING!

Rise Up! Healing Service


DSUMM, with spouses invited, will meet on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 at Southbound Sandwich Works in the Correct Time Plaza, 3328 S. Church Street, at 6:30 pm for dinner and program.  We will hear from Norm Strickland regarding his insights from the Shift training program begun by Pastor Edgar.  Join us and catch up on this current initiative in the church.

UMM are also asked to help with clean-up after the meals during the April revival, 15th & 16th.  Disposable/recyclable items will be used to quicken the cleanup work so more time will be available to participate in the music and worship aspects of the revival.

Please plan to join the UMM’s retreat on Saturday, May 19th from 10 am – 2 pm.  The location is tentatively in Chatham County with more details to follow.

Thanks, Bob


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

2:00 PM

Living Free Ministries Presentation

Jay and Christie Doss, founders of Living Free Ministries will be speaking at the WINGS May 15th Meeting.  Living Free Ministries is a  Christian residential recovery program for men struggling with drug and alcohol abuse.  It is located on a farm in Snow Camp. This is a long term drug rehab that is a Christ centered plan, which includes biblical family counseling.  By ministering to the entire family and encouraging each member to develop their own relationship with God, a healthy family environment is able to be rebuild.  At the present the ministry is open to men, however, they are laying the foundations to expand this ministry to women as well.  Come and see what God is doing to restore broken lives right here in Alamance County.

This meeting is open to all (male or female) who would like to know more about this program.


Edgar De Jesus Elected President of NAFAUM

Edgar De Jesus, pastor of Davis Street UMC in Burlington, has been elected president of the National Association of Filipino American United Methodists (NAFAUM) during the recent 16th NAFAUM convocation in Manila, Philippines.  In its 30 years of existence, NAFAUM held its convocation outside the United States for the first time on January 3-6, 2018.

Rev. De Jesus will lead the association of Filipino and Filipino American United Methodists in North America and will primarily represent the Filipino caucus in the National Federation of Asian American United Methodists (NFAAUM) and the advisory committee for the Asian American Language Ministries and Pacific Islanders (AALM) of the General Board of Global Ministries.

The historic gathering, dubbed “BalikBayanihan 2018,” was hosted and participated in by the Philippines Central Conference, the Manila Episcopal Area, and the Central United Methodist Church of Manila.



Are you new to Davis Street?  Do you want to learn more about the history, theology, mission and ministry of the Methodist movement?  Come join the 6-week Discipleship 101 every Sunday @ 9:45am-10:45am starting February 4th.  To register, please call the church office @ 336.226.4457.

Pastor Edgar

Shift Training 2018.

Please mark your calendar ahead for the rest of Shift Trainings:

March 3rd in Fellowship Hall @DSUMC 10am – 3pm.

To Shift Team, Connect Team & Communications Team,

Please email, call or text Brenda Wilson if you are coming so that we have an adequate snacks & lunch to prepare.

 Costa Rica Mission Trip dubbed  “Metanoia” is coming on May 30-June 6, 2018! 

Please support our upcoming mission fundraisers so that we can send them all to Costa Rica and to impact the world for Christ!

Since 1980, World Methodist Evangelism has empowered young people to live as grace filled, faith sharing, disciples of Jesus Christ.  Between 1980 and 2010, over 6,500 young people, ages 17-30 from 60 countries have been a part of our International Christian Youth Conferences on Evangelism (ICYCE).  These transformative experiences have taken place in England (1980), Bahamas (1983), Australia (1987), Mexico (1990), Germany (1994), the United States (1998), Northern Ireland (2002), Brazil (2005), and Korea (2010).

John Wesley said all he needed was 100 people – lay or clergy – who love God and hate evil, and they would shake the gates of hell and usher in the Kingdom of God. Through Metanoia, WME is raising up young people who love God and hate evil.  We are shaking the gates of hell as we empower these young Christ followers to deepen their faith, share it with integrity and grace, and impact their world on behalf of Jesus Christ.

Building on the foundation of ICYCE, from 30 May to 6 June 2018 young adults from across the globe will gather in Alajuela, Costa Rica for Metanoia 2018 – a faith strengthening, mission empowering, horizon expanding time of transformation.

Costa Rica Mission Team– Brenda Wilson, Judy & Haley Henderson, Schyler Davis & Ryan Bailey


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.


The Wednesday Morning Bible Study has completed their 8-week study on The Lord’s Prayer and prayers of Jesus on Nov 22.  We will take a break through the holidays.  Please join us on January 17, 2018 when we begin a 6-week study using Adam Hamilton’s Moses: In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet.
Contact Vicki Ambrose (980) 307-9321 for any questions.


GAME NIGHT!  Wednesday evening, March 14th at 6:30 pm till ? in the fellowship hall at DSUMC.  We’ll do some pizza and sodas and encourage a $5 per person donation to offset the cost.  Thanks!

Jim Branson  336-266-5505

Davis Street United Methodist Church, a thriving, diverse and multicultural downtown church in Burlington, North Carolina is seeking a Part-Time Director of Youth Ministry who is a Christ-centered innovative, self-starter and highly motivated. The candidate must be a passionate disciple of Jesus and equally passionate for youth becoming disciples of Jesus Christ.
The main purpose of this position is to develop a comprehensive strategic plan and administrative support in re-birthing and growing our youth ministry for students 6th-12th grade. It is essential that the candidate be able to work with the laity in empowering them and delegating the responsibilities of ministry to them as a shared effort for growing our youth ministry.
The preferred successful candidate should have an associate degree, minimum of 2-3 years of experience in youth ministry leadership (preferably in mid-size to large congregation), and a strong personal faith consistent with the United Methodist tradition.

Resume, along with a cover letter, can be sent to


Hello Davis Street Church Family:

The SPRC is planning to welcome our new minister, Edgar De Jesus and his family with a pantry party.  The idea is to stock their pantry in the parsonage with basic food and paper items.  A “giving tree” will be placed in the parlor with ideas for gifting.  Each leaf on the tree will have suggestions from categories of basics, baking, spices, sweeteners, rice and grains, snacks and cereals, canned goods, drinks and cleaning items and paper items.  The SPRC plans to provide for the refrigerated and freezer items.

Please take a leaf/leaves from the “giving tree” and bring the items to church on or before Sunday, June 25th so that the SPRC committee can stock the pantry.  Anyone who would like to join in the stocking of the pantry after church, please do so.  I think it will be a great fellowship opportunity.

So be looking for the “giving tree” in the parlor soon.

In the service of our Lord – SPRC

From the Bishop: Annual Conference 2017

 Dear United Methodist friends, Grace and peace to you in these days of Easter light and joy.  Two months from today, we will be in the midst of the Annual Conference Session.  I am in touch to urge you to plan well for this time, whether you will be in worship in your church or participating in Greenville with Clergy and Lay members of the North Carolina Conference.  A weekend annual conference is planned, beginning Friday at 10:00 am with the Service of Memorial and Communion and ending on Sunday midday with the Service of Ordering of Ministry.  Clergy overwhelmingly affirmed, when given the reality of the choices of graduation or Father’s Day weekend, the latter.  We honor all fathers and father-figures among us and promise to dismiss as we have for the past four years, no later than 12:15 so that families may gather later in the day back home.  Sunday worship in churches on June 18 will be led by persons other than appointed Clergy and Lay members to the annual conference.  A team is preparing a template for worship, and I will video a sermon for use as needed.  This is an excellent occasion to teach our United Methodist way, to welcome a lay speaker, and to celebrate the connection we share in Christ’s ministry.  Thank you for your creativity in local churches as lay and clergy members gather in Greenville in June.  Together, we will celebrate in every place across the Annual Conference the strong connection of the United Methodist Church.  With gratitude for all the ties that bind us in Christ’s ministry, Hope Morgan Ward


A huge ‘Thank You’ to everyone who provided altar flowers in 2017.

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.


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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  Please don’t miss Pastor Gary Williams as he brings “A NEW AWAKENING” to Davis Street on April, 15th & 16th. There will be a cover-dish dinner on Sunday night starting at 5:30. Monday we will be having Subway Subs again starting at 5:30 Click Here for Revival PDF...

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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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February Pastor’s News

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February Pastor’s News

Warm greetings in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ! Recently, I shared to our congregation that the main focus of my preaching for the entire year 2018 is all about “Shift”.  Indeed, “shift” is happening @ Davis Street! Thanks be to God! God’s Spirit is bringing fresh wind and breathing new life into Davis Street!  The “shift” that is happening is actually a series of individual shifts that, when combined, shifts the culture of our church and eventually reverses its stagnancy and decline to become a vital and thriving congregation. During the...

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January Pastor’s News

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A Blessed & Joyful New Year Greetings to all! By the time you receive this January 2018 newsletter, I will still be out of the country on a mission trip…witnessing God’s amazing work in Singapore and Philippines. As we begin the New Year 2018, I invite Davis Street for an exciting fresh start or a new beginning in terms of re-committing of our lives to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. God is far more interested in your future than He is in your past.  Some of us think that God is stuck in our past.  Well, God is more interested in your...

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December Pastor’s News

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Warm Advent greetings in the name of the One who was born in Bethlehem! On December 26th-January 10th, I will be going to a mission trip to Singapore and Philippines.  I give thanks God for His grace and generosity for this blessing to preach at Barker Road Methodist Church in Singapore and attend the National Filipino-American UM Convocation in Manila.  This mission trip will provide me an opportunity to witness God’s amazing work in Singapore and Philippines in “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the...

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November Pastor’s News

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Warm greetings in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ! Shift!  This is what’s happening today at Davis Street!  Praise the Lord! Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are bracing for major “shifts” so that Davis Street will reverse its decline and become again a vital and growing congregation.  As a general rule, people don’t change because it makes sense. People change when it’s too painful not to!  It means that when Davis Street begin to see new possibilities for vitality and growth, and new ways of being a relevant and thriving...

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October Pastor’s News

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Warm greetings in the Mighty Name of Jesus! Our Awesome God is the God of extravagant generosity!  He gave us life!  He gave us this world to enjoy!  He even gave us His only Son so that we might have a relationship with Him.  The most famous Biblical verse– John 3:16, shows us the connection between loving and giving.  Extravagant generosity is part of the character of God. Out of His extravagant generosity God made us in His image, whose essential nature is giving. Throughout generations, God inspired, challenged and convicted the...

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September Pastor’s News

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September Pastor’s News

Pastor Edgar’s Message Warm Greetings in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ! There are lots of exciting things going on @ Davis Street.  First, the “Moving Forward” was overwhelmingly embraced by the key lay leadership.  Praise the Lord! This blueprint contains the five main priorities of Davis Street including specific strategies, leadership and timeline as we move forward to be a growing and vital church.  This blueprint was a result of intense prayerful discernments, holy conversations and reading of the community.  And I give thanks and...

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August Pastor’s News

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Warm greetings in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ! First of all, my family and I would like to give thanks to God for Davis Street’s prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.  Even before we arrived, we strongly felt the authentic love, radical hospitality and extravagant generosity from the people of Davis Street Church.  And this prepares the way for Judy, the girls and myself to experience a very smooth and Spirit-led pastoral transition to our new mission field. Yes!  Davis Street is a mission field that is so ready to “shift”...

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