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We’re so glad you found our website. Whether you’re visiting us from another part of the world, or from right here in the Huntersville, North Carolina area — welcome!

We’re so glad you found our website. Whether you’re visiting us from another part of the world, or from right here in the Huntersville, North Carolina area — welcome!

Pastor Paul's Blog

Time to Thrive!

She is 90 something years old.  She comes virtually every Sunday, in spite of her health.  She loves this place, loves these people.  Her heart is in this place. As long as she possibly can, she will be here.  Then, there’s Cody, and Adam and Donna, and Gwen and Kristin and Joey, all residents of our McCleskey UMAR home.  Where would they be without us, this church?  This is their home, a place where each of them belongs, where they come alive, where they live independently and yet in community, where they THRIVE.  This church makes that ministry possible. 

Back in the spring, family after family left the preschool graduation ceremony saying, through tears, how much this church’s preschool meant to them.  Their children were prepared and ready for the next step in their journey, for they had been shaped by love this church displayed, for they had learned about Jesus, and numbers and letters and colors. They were ready to THRIVE!

Dawn Deese Young recently wrote on our FB page:

I was referred here by Novant Oncology to the food bank. My family is going through a very difficult time and a true test of Faith but when I came here....it was the best feeling!! Margaret helped me both times and she is so sweet and caring. All of the ladies are a blessing!! Thank you for feeding our family during this time.”

Huntersville United Methodist Church is an “authentic Christian community.”  For over a hundred years, we have been woven into the fabric of this community, a steady witness to the love of God in Jesus Christ, calling sinners to find blessing and forgiveness, and life lived more fully today and forever.  We continue forming relationships that change lives, and with Christ Jesus as our model and guide, we help each other in the journey.  Kathryn Dailey put it like this,

We are a community of people that want to see and be seen. We don't want to be "one of the masses" at the mega churches. We want to know one another and share life with one another. We value knowing each other by name and sharing our successes and our struggles. We see value in being a community that has singles, families and seniors because we know we can teach and learn from one another. Because we know the different stages of life we need each other to create a rounded life experience.”

This church exists to change lives.  Sometimes the change happens on the streets of Charlotte, through a meal and a message at “Not Here Ministries,” or in a game of basketball and an offer of salvation through “MAD (Make a Difference) HOOPS,” or in a meeting room of folks struggling with addiction.  On Sunday mornings through song and sermon, and Room in the Inn (a ministry to the homeless), and throughout the week, hundreds of lives are impacted and transformed by the work of God in this place and through these people. The change is sometimes slow and deliberate in coming, and sometimes instantaneous, but changed nonetheless, to THRIVE!  We believe our faith is formed and strengthened when we offer ourselves in service to God and his people.  This is the distinctive quality of HUMC!

“And we want to keep the tradition of The Church in our lives and in our community. We believe in a way of life and a structure that God has given us for living. We don't want to be a people that subscribe to this notion that you just take care of yourself and not your neighbor. We are all in this together and we want to live that. We are a mission church that sees value in cultivating and growing missions in all avenues even if they don't apply to our station in life.”

This community of believers is the result of dreams and visions, of prayers and sacrifices, of love and community.  For a congregation that has experienced challenges before and overcome them, this time is no different.  When the times bring challenges, this congregation rallies each time.  We are ready!

This week begins our “Thrive Project!”  I hope to see you Sunday as we begin to dream God’s dream and share with each other, moving from just surviving to THRIVING!  This is an exciting time in our church’s history and I look forward to sharing more with you then!

We invite you to also attend one of our Visioning events, Wednesday, September 27 at 7:00-8:30 p.m., or Friday September 29 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  Pray for our church as we sense where God might be leading us. 

Our theme song for this project says, “We know we were made for so much more than ordinary lives.  We were made to THRIVE!” And now is our time!

See you soon!

Paul B. Thompson