Community Partners | Summer 2013

Wesley's Midnight Runners 1Wesley's Midnight Runners 2SETTING THE PACE

Wesley’s Midnight Runners, a relay team of UMC clergy and laypeople, raised nearly $5,000 for MHC in the October Tuna Run 200. Twelve runners and two drivers finished the 200-mile relay from Garner to Atlantic Beach in 32 hours, 58 minutes.

With a starting goal of $2,000, the team more than doubled donations as multi-congregational enthusiasm built. Runners each covered 17 to 21 miles in three shifts, but they finished the race together, dashing the last 100 yards with 13-year-old Aaron Seate, photos left, as he completed the team’s final leg. In addition to Aaron, a member of St. Luke UMC in Goldsboro, the team included: Rev. Jonathan Jeffries, Creedmoor UMC; Rev. Doug Lain, Aldersgate UMC, Durham; Rev. Jessie Larkins, Community UMC, Butner; Patty McAdams, Immaculate Conception Church, Durham; Rev. Laura Mitchell, Burgaw UMC; Julie Reo, Aldersgate UMC; Scott Rivenbark, Burgaw UMC; Rev. Adam Seate, St. Luke UMC; Jacob Seate, St. Luke UMC; Kimberly Siefert, Knightdale UMC; and Rev. Leah Skaggs, Apex UMC.

The team is planning to run again this year. “Like” Wesley’s Midnight Runners on Facebook and look for its 2013 fundraising page at


Brownie Troop 1872 made 10 pillows for children in foster care. Our friend Alia delivered them to us in December.

Moore Square Service TeamThe Moore Square Service Team at Moore Square Magnet Middle School, Raleigh, raised $200 for MHC in April selling pizza and dessert items through Joe Corbi’s. Thank you to 7th-grader Eliza, right, who advocated for MHC to receive the funds.

Seeds Of Faith Preschool

Seeds of Faith Preschool at Fuquay-Varina UMC, left, raised $1,000 to support one child in our care for a year. The preschoolers were asked to collect quarters and to imagine, then draw, a picture of the child they helped. Thank you to preschool director Lynne Sorrels for her creative vision.

UMKids and the Dixie Moore United Methodist Women Circle at Swansboro UMC teamed up in January and February to raise $244 through “Hearts for Kids.” Led by Susan Fulp, the children made valentines with Equal Exchange chocolates and sold them to church members.


Bethlehem UMC, White Oak, part of the Bladen Charge, gave $4,000 from the annual Fore the Lord golf tournament, held in October at Carolina Sands Golf Course at White Lake.

The Hunter Snow Memorial Tennis Tournament at North Hills Club, Raleigh, raised $7,000 for MHC in April. The 14th annual event supports children’s causes through the Hunter Snow Mission Fund for Children, managed by the United Methodist Foundation.

Son Run 2013Wrightsville UMC, Wrightsville Beach, donated $2,600 from its annual Son Run, right, in April.

United Methodist Men of Wrightsville UMC, Wrightsville Beach, donated $1,500 from an April golf tournament at Olde Point Golf Club in Hampstead.


North Carolina State Employees’ Combined Campaign raised nearly $16,500 for MHC. Tell your state-employed friends that MHC is charity #1588.

Combined Federal Campaign raised nearly $4,000 for MHC. Tell your federally employed and military friends that MHC is charity #28619.


Pine Valley UMC, Wilmington, donated $300 in honor of all who died or were injured in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012.

Home With A HeartSt. James UMC, Greenville, hosted the May 23 Home With A Heart luncheon for MHC supporters in the Greenville area. Our appreciation goes out to all who made this event a success. It’s always a pleasure to introduce our teens, including Alvin Lassiter, 17, interviewed in photo. Alvin lived in one of our multipurpose homes for juvenile offenders and now participates in our Work4It vocational training program.


Three churches hosted appreciation dinners for our foster families in May: Edenton Street UMC in Raleigh, Oleander UMC in Wilmington and St. James UMC in Greenville.

Millbrook “Iron Men” UMM at Millbrook UMC, Raleigh, donated $1,200 from their annual chicken barbecue, held in April.

The UMW of Ocracoke UMC donated more than $850, collecting proceeds from a December potluck dinner and matching them with a UMW gift.

The UMW of Seaside UMC, Sunset Beach, donated $825 from a high tea held at the church in April.

Don't Fear The BeardKnightdale UMC Pastor Bryan Siefert, left in photo with John Heckel, announced from the pulpit in November that he would shun the shaver for one month to raise awareness and funds for MHC. About 20 men and teenagers joined him in “Don’t Fear the Beard,” raising nearly $1,900.


Tonya Boulware, owner of A Carolina Wedding, Wilmington, donated 56 formal dresses for girls in our foster care and residential programs.

Dorcas Ministry of Wesley’s Chapel UMC, Elizabethtown, donated 12 personal care kits for children in foster care and family preservation services. A dozen bags are donated quarterly and packed with hygiene and school supplies, surprise items, candy and a handwritten note.

Susan Fieldstein and the Walk in Faith Sunday School Class at Wrightsville UMC, Wrightsville Beach, created 113 Easter baskets for our children.

JetBlue employees donated 10 bags to comfort foster children as they’re removed from their homes. Each bag contains a stuffed animal, toiletries and blanket.

Wheels4HopeCongratulations to John Rudolph, right in photo with MHC Vice President of Operations Ken Perry, and a big thanks to Wheels4Hope for setting him up with a ’98 Honda Accord EX. John lived on our campus in the early 1980s, and we referred him recently to Wheels4Hope in support of his goal to return to school and earn certification as a nursing assistant.

The Teddy Bear Ministry at Seaside UMC, Sunset Beach, contributes teddy bears for children in family preservation services. The ministry, led by Freddy Tatum, has donated hundreds of stuffed animals over the years.


Jeannie BlinsonJeannie Blinson Photography gave free portrait sessions to 42 people who contributed a gift to Methodist Home for Children for Christmas. Blinson is a special friend to MHC, also donating her time and talents each year to photograph A Winter’s Tale gala in Raleigh.

Dozens of MHC friends and partners helped make Christmas brighter for our children and teens, many of whom struggle during the season. Thank you!


Seventeen of our children will enjoy the summer rite of sleep-away camp this year thanks to support from donors and churches, including Beech Grove UMC in New Bern and Mount Olivet UMC in Manteo; the N.C. United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries; and Royal Family KIDS Camps.