Recent and Upcoming Events at West End UMC


Update on our Upcoming Pastoral Transition

As most of you know by now, Preacher Won will deliver his final sermon as Pastor of our church on Sunday, June 25th. The following Sunday, July 2nd Pastor Jane Leechford will join us as our new Pastor.

Your Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) has been actively involved in assisting Preacher Won and Mee Young in planning their relocation as well as developing plans to facilitate the transition to our new Pastor. A welcoming reception is being planned for Sunday, July 2nd. This will provide an opportunity for Pastor Jane and her congregation to meet in a relaxed social setting. For those who have name tags please be sure to wear them and for those who don't have a name tag, temporary tags will be provided. More details relating to the reception will follow as time draws nearer.

In addition, in an effort to begin the process of aligning our new Pastor with our church missions, as well as our visions, goals and dreams for the future, small group meetings will begin in early July. Each of these meetings will include 15-16 members from the congregation, Pastor Jane and a representative from SPRC. Details will be provided in a future article as to how and where you may sign up for a meeting, along with a list of questions we will request each attendee come prepared to discuss. Also, individual home visits will be scheduled with seniors and shut ins where required.

Thank you for your support in our efforts to say good bye and thank you to Preacher Won and Mee Young and to say welcome to Pastor Jane and her husband Bob.


New Pastor Information
Rev. Jane Lee Leechford

Preferred Name: Jane or Pastor Jane

On June 27th, we will welcome Rev. Jane Leechford and her husband, Bob, to our community.  Pastor Jane is currently serving at Hertford UMC, Hertford, North Carolina. She is a graduate of Methodist University and Duke Divinity School.  Pastor Jane’s first Sunday in the pulpit will be July 2nd.  Look for Pastor Jane’s first article in the July issue of The Spirit.


                Jane Leechford               


Welcome Reception

for Pastor Jane & Bob Leechford

Sunday, July 2nd



Recognition of Graduates (Presentation of Bibles):  May 21 – Benjamin Britt, Caitlin Blue & Patrick Cole

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Communion Services –Monthly communion on 1st Sunday at 11:00 am and weekly at 8:30 am services

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Music Festival at West End UMC – April 1

This was a wonderful celebration of music, fun, fellowship, food and games.  We had four very talented music groups.  An Easter Egg hunt was included for the young ones.  A good time was had by all.    A special “thank you” to Jordan Hermann, the youth group and many others for all the hard work that went into planning this event and to Ron Burt for preparing the food.  It was a beautiful day and a great time was had by all who attended.



United Methodist Youth at the Lake -May 21

A huge “Thank You” to Chris & Regina Laton for a fun afternoon at the Lake on Sunday, May 21st.  The Fellowship, Food, Games and Swimming were greatly appreciated by the youth and all that attended. 


Corn holes made and donated to the youth by Larry and Wanda Wells.  A big Thank You!



Image result for images for yard saleCAPITAL CAMPAIGN YARD SALE

Held on May 5 & 6 at the Old West End Gym.  Thousands of items were donated.  Many of our church members worked very, very hard to set-up and work during the sale.  More than $9,000 was made.  Thanks to all who donated and helped.







Friday, May 19th at 6:00 pm

A huge thank you to all who cooked, baked, set up, took down, cut cake, sold and collected tickets, set food out, swatted flies, washed and dried dishes, made tea, and arranged flowers (did I forget anyone?).  With our profit of over $1,200 this year, we will support local ministries every month, buy bibles for graduates, and also donate some to the Food Pantry.  Thank you all for your help and dedication in support of the United Methodist Women. 



Upcoming Events at West End UMC

American Heritage Concert

Please mark your calendars to join us for this year’s

2017 American Heritage Concert

Sunday, June 25th

at 4:00 p.m.

Following this year’s concert, there will be a reception honoring Preacher Won and Mee Young for their service and ministry here at West End United Methodist Church.


Image result for images of patriotic musicDo You Love Patriotic Music?

If you love singing patriotic music and some of the music of the past, please consider joining us on Sunday evenings for a short term commitment for this year’s American Heritage Concert.  Regular rehearsals are on Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m.  Contact Glenda & Kristen if you have any questions.


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Small Group Invitation - Join a small group; if you are looking for joyful fellowship, genuine prayer, inspiring Bible Study, and service opportunities you can find through small groups. A Small Group is not more than 12 people who are searching for spiritual growth and mutual encouragement on our way to heaven.  Each group determines when, where and how often they meet. Sign up sheets are available in the Narthex.

Two groups are currently underway led by Randy & Cathy Sheffield and Andy & Becky Smith.



UM Women’s Meetings – 2nd Monday each month at 3:00 pm everyone is invited to attend! 

Bread of Life – Single Seniors meet for lunch and bible study every Thursday at 11am in Fellowship Hall

Explorers & Youth Group – Sundays 6:00 to 7:30 pm

UM Men’s Breakfast Meetings – 1st Saturday each month at 8:00 am in Fellowship Hall.  All men are invited.

Food Pantry – Every other Wednesday (check the calendar) - Helpers are invited and welcome. 

New Outreach Program - During Food Pantry the UMW women are serving baked goods, fruits and beverages along with prayer and conversation.  Prayer requests are encouraged to be placed in a special basket and are prayed for during the Wednesday prayer group.  Please come and join us as we begin this new outreach program.       

Prayer Group – Wednesdays at 11am in Fellowship Hall.  All are welcome.

Choir Rehearsal –Sundays at 6:00 pm