Holman Adult Ministry
Major Activities / Responsibilities
Holman Adult Ministries (H.A.M.) is an organization of service, support and spiritual growth. Our activities focus on mission, outreach, and our faith’s journey.
Our goal is to continuously work on developing programs to provide outreach and nurturing to our Holman family and our community. We know that focusing on what God tells us to do will only build a church ministry that is hope-filled, Christ-inspired and a place that is filled with the spirit of the Lord.
We welcome persons in the 30 something to 50 something age group, and everyone else who feels that this is the ministry they seek. HAM is here to plan and offer opportunities for us to fellowship together, whether you or married, single or have a family. Our goal is to nurture the whole person, spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically, by providing opportunities to come together as a church family as well as reaching out to our community. We do this by connecting with other ministries in the church.
Currently there is no regular meeting time for H.A.M. as a planning committee. A core group typically comes together to plan our events, and notice is provided through our Sunday bulletin, the Bellringer, phone calls or email messages.
We invite all interested persons to come out and participate with us, share your ideas, and help us plan programs that will serve to grow and expand God’s kingdom.
2012 Accomplishments (Activities, etc.):
Saturday Early Morning Praise and Worship–2008 marked the start of this special worship time, begun as a result of a Word from the Holy Spirit. We gather in the Johnson Chapel from 7:00 am – 8:30 am and enjoy a time of one on one fellowship with God, as we listen to praise and meditation music. Our attendance continues to be minimal, but those who come are faithful. The sacrificial offering we receive has truly supported the work of H.A.M. projects. We are committed to this time of praise and worship in obedience to God’s call on us, and because we experience the power of His presence and His work in our lives.
H.A.M. Greeting Card Project –This outreach project continues. Through the creative gifts of our ministry members, we design special holiday greeting cards (Christmas, Easter, Valentine, Thanksgiving, etc.), which are sent to our sick & shut-in members, as well as our college students. So far in 2012 we have sent cards during the Valentine, and Easter seasons, and will send greeting cards for the Christmas season. Unfortunately we again missed Thanksgiving. We continue to give thanks to Mrs. Johnetta Jones, who is a faithful supporter of this outreach.
Black History Month Marketplace– Thismarketplace of African-American inspired crafts and art provided by local artists is hosted by H.A.M. as part of our Black History Month celebration at Holman. We had a very successful 2012 marketplace on Feb. 25th and Feb. 26th. The vendors continue to be thankful and enthusiastic about our event. We have already been receiving calls from vendors wanting to know our 2013 dates.
Women’s Intergenerational Prayer Breakfast–This is a morning of prayer, praise, worship, liturgical dancing, spoken word, music, and a time of reflection. Due to planning conflicts, we did not have this event in 2012. We look forward to presenting this uplifting and nurturing intergenerational celebration in 2013, to bring together women from our congregation and the community at large. Our planned date for the New Year is May 26, 2013.
H.A.M. at the Bowl for Smooth Summer Jazz Concert – Our annual outing was on Sunday, August 26th. We had about 90 participants, which included Holman members, families and friends. The musical lineup included Men of Soul starring Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson and Freddie Jackson; White Hot Summer Groove featuring Peter White and Euge Groove; and Saxophonist/Vocalist Mindi Abair. We had several first time participants in our outing this year. It was another enjoyable evening of wonderful entertainment, great fun, food and fellowship!
AFRICAN DIASPORA BLACK HISTORY MONTH FESTIVAL – H.A.M. collaborated for the second year with BMCR, Cal-Pac New Ministries, and the Fuse Ministry in presenting the 2nd Annual Black History Month Festival – Celebrating our Heritage Across the African Diaspora. The event was held at Holman on February 4, 2012, and also included the participation of some of other sister UMC churches: Faith UMC, Bowen UMC, etc. It was an afternoon of spoken word, African and Belizean dancers and drumming, a fashion show, the highlight of the afternoon, our guest speaker Dr. Andre Myers, Asst. Prof. of Music, Occidental College. Once again it was a very festive occasion, with cuisine from around the world, and a wonderful celebration and representation of us as black people.
2013 Goals / Plans:
We continue to look for a revitalization of H.A.M. with new members/participants, and persons who are willing to take ownership and assume leadership roles to help make Holman Adult Ministry a vital part of the life of Holman church. To that end, we have scheduled a “H.A.M. Mixer” for Saturday, January 19, 2013. Our plan is to continue to present / host / sponsor our standard activities, and hopefully engage in other experiences that provide the opportunity to grow as disciples, nurturing one another and reaching out to the community.