Smithfield Herald

August 17, 2014

Edgerton Memorial feeds the hungry

Houses of Worship: Edgerton Memorial United Methodist Church in Selma believes in following Christ by feeding people.

Edgerton Memorial United Methodist Church in Selma follows Christ’s example by feeding the hungry.

Founded in 1910, the church is near downtown. “It is a small membership church but with a big heart,” said the Rev. Joshua Kurtz, pastor.

Kurtz said church members are able to grow together. “It's a mutual growth experience from where we learn from one another and seek to to be the body of Christ together,” he said.

Location: 401 W. Anderson St., Selma.

Affiliation: United Methodist.

Contact: 919-965-3761, edgertonumcofselma.com, edgerton.umc@att.net.

Attendance: About 110 people for each Sunday worship service.

Pastor: the Rev. Joshua Kurtz, 26, is serving as pastor while earning his master of divinity degree from Duke Divinity School in Durham. This is the first church he has led. Kurtz has been at Edgerton since 2011.

Before becoming a pastor, Kurtz taught sixth grade social studies in Cabarrus County. He received his undergraduate degree in elementary education with a minor in religious studies from Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk in 2010. He was born in High Point and grew up moving around the Piedmont-Triad with his father, also a United Methodist pastor.

Kurtz lives in Selma with his wife, Tara, and their 9-month-old son, Wesley.

What sets your church apart? Edgerton is a church that seeks to be in ministry with and to our community by feeding people physically and spiritually. We are passionate about our food programs and believe this is the heart and soul of who we are. While we are not a perfect congregation, we seek to be beggars leading other beggars to where the bread of life is. Every Thursday, we house a food pantry coupled with a soup kitchen we have partnered with. On Sundays, we worship together at two services – an 8:30 a.m. praise and worship service followed by an 11 a.m. traditional service.

What’s your church’s message? Changing ourselves and the world by making disciples of Jesus Christ; loving God and others day by day.

Special programs: prayer breakfast at 8 a.m. Tuesdays; single mothers support group at 6 p.m. Wednesdays; food pantry from 8 a.m. to noon Thursdays; soup kitchen from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays; Saturday Night Alive at 6 p.m. for food, music and a message; youth group at 5 p.m. Sundays.

Special events: Held its first Women’s Conference earlier this year.

Sunday worship: 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

A recent Sunday sermon: “Are We The Church?” God calls us to eat together, and as we eat with one another, we encounter the risen Christ. Who is God calling you to eat with?

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