This Sunday, October 20, we will celebrate Laity Sunday in both the 8:45 and 11:00 a.m. worship services. The theme for the morning is “A Body of Many Members”. We'll recognize individual contributions as well as the collective work of the church congregation in ministry for the common good. Be sure to join us for worship!

Rise Against Hunger Packaging Event


On Sunday, November 3, 1:15 to 3:30 p.m., Benson Memorial will host a Rise Against Hunger packaging event. We will be packaging 10,152 meals to be delivered to areas of food insecurity. As host of this event, Benson Memorial UMC is providing the location, 60 to 70 volunteers to package the meals, and $0.34 per packaged meal that we pay to Rise Against Hunger. This money covers the cost of the materials used in packaging the meals (plastic bags, rice, dried vegetables, and vitamin packs) and the boxing and shipping of these meals to areas of need.


This is a great event for inviting a friend or neighbor. You don't have to be a member of Benson to participate. If standing is an issue, there are a number of seated positions available at the Rise Against Hunger packaging event. We need at least 60 volunteers to make this very fun afternoon a success. Won't you consider joining us?


You may sign up for the event online at or in the church narthex on Sunday morning. If you would like to donate monetarily, you may send your cash or check to the church office or put it in the offering plate on Sunday. Be sure to write "Rise Against Hunger" on the envelope or the memo line of your check. Please do not donate through Rise Against Hunger's Benson Memorial web page.


If you have any questions, contact Ginny Wise at (919) 608-9204.


We'll see you there!

From the Bishop

Dear United Methodist friends,


Grace and peace to you as the General Conference concludes the Called Session. The Session was tumultuous, demonstrating the difficult intersections of Biblical interpretation, contextual ministry and the global nature of our church. The Traditional Plan was affirmed by 53% of General Conference delegates with strong support from conservative regions of the global church.


It will take some time to accurately share all the implications of the actions of the General Conference. We will continue to follow Christ faithfully here in eastern North Carolina, welcoming all people into the loving embrace of our good and gracious God.


With gratitude for Christ’s ministry we share,


Bishop Hope Morgan Ward