Developing Followers of Jesus Christ to Serve the World

Pastor Harvey GaitherI remember when I was a kid the idea of privacy meant closing your curtains at night so people wouldn’t look in! Today, there are multiple places where privacy is an issue. I recently received an email from Yahoo telling me that it is possible that my email has been compromised and passwords, etc. have been stolen.

We live in a wired world where everything is online now. Facebook accounts are hacked. Emails are hacked. Twitter accounts are hacked. All this leads to the conversation about how far the government can go to monitor the things we do and say in order to “keep us safe.”

The Pew Research Center recently looked into American’s ideas and concerns over privacy. They found that a majority of American’s felt it was “acceptable for the government to monitor many others, including foreign citizens, foreign leaders and American leaders. Yet 57% said it was unacceptable for the government to monitor the communications of U.S. citizens.”


Pew Research found that many Americans don’t even realize how much information others collect on them. Many Americans, Pew Research found, had neither the complete understanding of the depth of the data taken from them nor the faith in companies to keep such data secure for them.

We live in a world that is complex, and often we long for the “good old days” when things were simpler and easier. The one thing that often strikes me is the lack of trust that people have for institutions that have been entrusted to their care. The church is one of those places. People look to the church to be a place where trust and confidence are a given.

I believe this church does a great job of keeping people’s trust and maintaining that trust. Please let me know if you ever feel like we don’t do that and we can work together to fix the problem!

Rev. Harvey Gaither, Senior Pastor

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New Hope UMC February 2008

In February 2008, Pastor Ed traveled to Monrovia, Liberia to deliver in person the donations and gifts collected by the congregation of Union UMC.

It was a moving journey for both Pastor Ed and the fellow Christians of New Hope UMC.

Union UMC receives letter of thanks from New Hope, UMC.

Click Here to read letter.

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New Hope UMC October 2007 – January 2008

The congregation of Union UMC was very busy during the months of October 2007 – January 2008, raising money and consciousness to help the people of the New Hope UMC congregation accomplish their dream.


Money-Raising Activities

Many individuals gave freely of their money.

We also had some fun money-raising activities. Individuals who donated money to the cause could pick a favorite hymn for the weekly 9:00am service.

Fifty t-shirts with the Union UMC logos on the shirts were purchased to be taken to Liberia by Pastor Ed to be given to children and adults.

Union Children Decorate Stoles

The Children of Union UMC Children decorated stoles for the Pastor and Bishop of New Hope UMC in Liberia.

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New Hope UMC September 2007

In September 2007, Union UMC adopted a church under construction in Libera, New Hope UMC in Monrovia District.


This church is located in the Paynesville area, on Old Road Town, in 1997, just beyond the busiest market places in the Monrovia area. Paynesville is an area where many refugees stopped as they were fleeing toward the capital city of Monrovia and many people from Monrovia area fled out to Paynesville to avoid the fighting in the city. It has grown at a remarkable rate. Some are too afraid to be in the capital city limits, others have just stopped there and became squatters on other people’s land after the war.

The church itself was founded by several people who fled to Monrovia during the war from the St. John River District. As refugees they decided to build a church where they could remain together to worship using their own tribal language (Bassa) even though English is still very much spoken by the people attending this church.


The church was established first in a home, moved to another location off a very busy street and now it sets up on a hill with dreams of becoming a two-story building. The bottom story will be used for a church fellowship hall and community center and the sanctuary will be on the second floor. 67 feet wide by 96 feet long will be the dimensions of the new building.

It is a remarkable story of faith, courage and persistence. It started with a small group and now has about 500 members. The members sit on concrete blocks that they have purchased one at a time out of their meager income. They are digging the foundation for the church and are also buying cement as they can afford to purchase it.

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