and North River Mills churches
Click here for the official charge website created by Allison Brill.
Worship Services: (You can click the the links below to go to their church webpage.) (Check for updated info, as the Covid pandemic has required changes. Recently pastor Alanna has led a Facebook live stream service at 10 AM on Saturdays. It is posted on the Capon Bridge United Methodist Charge Facebook page.
Central (Loom) 9:30 I think they are holding services in the church.
Capon Bridge 11 AM. Adult Sunday School at 10 AM. Children’s Sunday School will be offered during the worship service. Parking by the church (and handicapped accessible.) Parking also across Rt. 50. 5th Sunday worship service is 10 AM– place to be determined.
Maybe this is the 1st time in our churches’ history we have services at ALL churches EVERY Sunday.
Old Church Register: Here is a digitized version of the Capon Bridge United Methodist Charge Register. It list membership, baptisms, pastors from as far back as 80 years ago.
Food pantry and
clothing closet: I
Tues. 4-5:30 (but not 5th Tues.) @Amazing Grace Baptist church: requested items include: (PB&J, Raman Noodles, Pasta & sauce, boxed potatoes, canned meat other than tuna.) Shawn Ashton wote: “…donations are now welcome at the clothes closet. Summer clothes of all sizes but especially children are in need. ” You can contact Shawn if you have questions: email@example.com or 304-856-1313. You can mail cash donations to: Amazing Grace Baptist Church P.O. Box 540, Capon Bridge, WV 26711
United Methodist Women meet the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 PM.
Often these rotate among the members homes. These meetings have been held virtually via ZOOM. Contact Linda Riggleman, Kim Lee or Pastor Alanna to receive a ZOOM invitation. Here is the Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/427775818030260 Free Community Dinners on the 3rd Thursday of each month at the the old Jr. High, 196 Capon School St., Capon Bridge, WV, 5-7 PM. All are welcome. Marcia Hall posted, “We hope you will join us in this entirely free meal, and take this opportunity to chat and connect with other residents of the community, old friends and new friends. If you would enjoy participating in the preparation or serving, you may contact Terry Bailes (304-496-7359), Alanna Mcguinn (304-856-2483), or Lynn Hall (802-598-5639). This is a family event– show off your children, Grandpa Aloysius, and Great-aunt Hermione. We’d love to meet them all.”
Opportunities to Pray
The church bulletin or the Facebook page lists prayer needs. Matthew 7:7 and 21:22; Mark 11:24; John 14:13-14
If you want to follow the story of Mighty Quinn. go to this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/667186410107991/ Grandparents Connie and Dan are Spruce Street United Methodist Church childhood friends. I mentioned earlier that Quinn’s aunt Leah shared her Zambian trip t Capon Bridge United Methodist Church and with Capon Bridge Bobcats.
The Capon Bridge United Methodist Charge UMW hosted this dinner theater, Capisce?, by Kimberlee Mendoza, directed by Terry Ryan Bailes with Andy Arnold, stage manager. “Capisce?” set in the Moretti Italian Ristorante located in Capon Bridge behind the fire department in the early 1930’s.
Thanks are extended to: the UMW for the delicious meal, Capon Bridge Volunteer Fire Department for the hall. (You can right click “The Godfather Theme” and play it in another window) Then click here to see photos from the event.
A “birthday bash”– for EVERYBODY, worship and dinner was held in January 2017. Soup and sandwiches were served. Thankyou United Methodist Women, for hosting this event. Click here for photos.
In December 2017 the charge hosted a live Nativity. Click here for photos.
In November 2017the charge hosted a breakfast honoring the veterans– at the American Legion.
In October (2016?) the charge hosted the 2nd Trunk or Treat spotlighting Bible figures. Over 150 kids came in the 1st hour. Click here for photos.
Old) A Celebration of Marriage was held in October at Capon Bridge Volunteer Fire Department Hall. John 2: 1 – 11 The Marriage Celebration “The Love in our Congregations”. www.facebook.com/groups/263413240327/permalink/10158042663105328/
(old) In July the charge gathered for to worship and picnic at the Ruritan Park. Click here for photos.
(old) In June Terry Bailes wrote: “Thanks to these men for doing the children sermon yesterday. But more important, thank you for being such great Dad’s.
Heather Rogers has been a blessing. She became a Certified Lay Minister and led worship services at North River Mills and Capon Chapel. She has now been called to serve churches on the Mathias Charge.
James and Heather Cathcart Rogers sent this:
I attached the West Virginia UMC Monthly Circuit Special Edition: After the Flood. If you open the digital copy you will see our story on pages 20 & 21. The other stories are very interesting too if you want to read through them.
Blessings, Heather & Jim
Louise Link was honored by the United Methodist Women with a 50 Years of Service Pin. Louise has actually been active longer, but they could find records of at least 50. Louise is a faithful member of the choir, she is a talented seamstress, and her baked goods can reap incredible revenue at benefits. Congratulations, and God bless you, Louise. Check out the video featuring the UMW here.
Jane Arnold was part of a mission team serving the students at Living Hope High School – Bungoma, Kenya. Among other tasks, Jane shared her music talent. She took a keyboard donated by Mike and Judy Rose. Other team members included Sandy and Paul Binotto (Augusta), Larry Anderson, Connie Trickett, Connie Damon, Stephanie and Stephan Arnold, Helen Markwell, and Pam Francis (RN from Romney).
From our former district supt. Michael Estep posted July 2016
When I arrived at the New Vision Depot West Virginia UM Conference Disaster Response near Beckley, WV, I was thankful for the group of folks there, including my friend and fellow superintendent, Joe Kenaston. They had been working hard since the massive flooding hit West Virginia two days earlier. There were hundreds of health kits, flood buckets, and tools ready to be sent to families who were mucking out their homes. There were many United Methodist folks sorting, packing, unloading, and loading. Not only was the church at work there, but I learned that our college chaplains and other Emergency Response trained pastors were out with work teams doing pastoral care that day.
My son and I followed a truck and trailer loaded with flood buckets from Beckley to White Sulphur Springs. The truck was driven by Dan and Sandra – I had helped them come to faith in Christ when I served a previous church. Boy, that was a surprise and great blessing to see.
Emmanuel UMC, in White Sulphur Springs, had already become a very active supply, food, and assistance center for the area. FEMA was there. Politicians were helping. TV crews were interviewing. Families came and went with supplies. I, Melissa Shortridge (Greenbrier District superintendent) and a bunch of other folks (including a man whose sister-in-law died in the flooding) unloaded a huge trailer full of needed recovery supplies from United Methodist churches in Tennessee. We had to do it by hand. It took a dozen of us (a couple of really strong college football players among us) about three hours to do it, but we were energized by the needs of people just down the street.
A woman in the crowd grabbed me by the arm and said, “Mike Estep, is that you?” She spoke slowly, I could tell she was exhausted. I recognized her as someone I knew when I pastored in the area. “How are you?”, I asked. “We are surviving. We are alive. We lost it all, but we’re blessed to be alive.” She and her husband went inside Emmanuel to rest and get what they needed. I was so thankful that we, the United Methodists, were able to help her and so many more. I’m thankful that we’ll be helping for weeks and months to come.
Now there are behind the scenes factors at work making this kind of ministry possible. Specifically, before the flood happened local churches had paid their apportionments. This fair share giving by local churches supported specific line items in the Annual Conference ministry budget that allowed us to respond quickly to this disaster. For example:
· District Superintendent support line item – superintendents on the scene and helping to coordinate efforts,
· Connectional Ministries line item – that helped provide hands-on leadership and resources on the ground from Conference staff; they immediately communicated the scope of the disaster and effectively communicated the immediate and long-term needs in affected areas,
· General Board of Global Ministries line item – that provided direction and funding for our New Vision Depot, our Disaster Response Coordinators, and disaster response training for clergy and laity that have been deployed as chaplains; Volunteers in Mission coordination that has/is/will coordinate the deployment of volunteer work teams,
· General Church Apportionment line item – that provided organization, training, and funding prior to the disaster; that created the connectional structure which has allowed resources and supplies to be brought to the area from other Conferences,
· Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry line item – that provides for the ministry of our college/university pastors and chaplains who were deployed to the area hours after the disaster.
Right now most of the congregations in the Potomac Highlands District are on schedule with their apportionment payments (on schedule would be payment of 50% of the 2016 Fair Share Apportionment) and some are ahead of schedule! THANK YOU! However, through June, nine of our 152 churches have not made an apportionment payment and another 25 congregations are significantly off schedule. Through June, Potomac Highlands Churches are $69,109.93 behind schedule on our apportionments.
I am confident the pastors, leaders, and congregations rejoice that we are able to be involved in such significant ministry and to partner with other church, state, and community organizations in bearing the burdens of those hit by disaster. I praise God that we can not only offer a flood bucket or meal, but we bring people together to worship amidst the ruins, we offer listening ears and prayers while standing in the mud, we help people connect with the hope of the Holy Spirit.
Pastor’s – please don’t let any of your churches not participate in this ministry. If you need to personally designate a part of your offerings to apportionments to lift up their significance I would urge you to do so.
Leaders – be informed, not misinformed, about what your apportionments do. If you do not like something, if you want something changed, work with your pastor and delegate to Annual Conference to bring a recommendation for change.
Churches – be cheerful givers (2 Corinthians 9:7). If you can give beyond your apportionment do so; 100% of offerings sent to the Conference treasurer for “#935 Flood Relief” will be used for relief and recovery.
Thank you for helping others, in the name of Christ, to bear their burden.
Grace and peace,
Potomac Highlands District of the UMC
97 Goldsborough Avenue
Romney WV 26757
If you use Facebook, maybe you’ll join/”like” one or more of these groups: Capon Bridge United Methodist Charge and/or North River Mills United Methodist Church. Capon Chapel, Central United Methodist Church, West Virginia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia, Inc., St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Oakland, MD, West Virginia United Methodist Volunteers In Mission, UMVIM West Virginia Conference
Looking for gift ideas? Capon Bridge United Methodist Parsonage Committee have cookbooks available for $10. It includes many heritage recipes and the recipes of many great local cooks. Contact anybody on the parsonage committee or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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