Open Doors. Open Hearts. Open Minds.

01 5 2 21 SermonRev. Herb Williams
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Rev. Herb Williams

Message from the Pastor

Shortly after World War II came to a close, Europe began picking up the pieces. Much of the Old Country had been ravaged by war and was in ruins. Perhaps the saddest sight of all was that of little orphaned children starring in the streets of those war-torn cities. Early one chilly morning an American soldier was making his way back to the barracks in London. As he turned the corner in his jeep, he spotted a little lad with his nose pressed to the window of a pastry shop. Inside the cook was kneading dough for a fresh batch of doughnuts. They hungry boy stared silence, watching every move. The soldier puled his jeep to the curb, stopped, got out, and waked quietly over to where the little fellow was standing. Through the steamed-up window he could see the month-watering morsels as they were being pulled from the oven, piping hot. The boy salivated and released a slight groan as he watched the cook place them onto the glass enclosed counter ever so carefully. The soldier's heart went our to the nameless orphan as he stood beside him. "Son...would you like some of those?" the boy looked startled. "Oh, year...I would!" 

The American stepped inside and bought a dozen, put them in a bag and walked back to where the lad was standing in the foggy cold of the London morning. As he turned to walk away, he felt a tug on his coat. He looked back and heard the child ask quietly: "Mister,...are you God?" We are never more like God when we give.

During this Easter season may we give generously to others so others may find God shining through us. Let us remembe we make a living by what we get out of life, but we make a life by what we give.

God's blessings,

Rev. Herb Williams

​Events - May 2022

May.  1      Adult Sunday School 10:00 am
                 Worship Service 11:00 am

May   8      Adult Sunday School

                  Worship Service 11:00 am 
                  Youth Sunday School

2nd           Finance Committee 7:00 pm
Mon           Administrative Council 7:15 pm
                 (Will not meet in July) 


May  15     Adult Sunday School

                 Worship Service 11:00 am

                 Youth Sunday School 11:00 am

May  22     Adult Sunday School

                 Worship Service 11:00 am
                 Youth Sunday School

May. 29      Adult Sunday School
                  Worship Service 11:00 am
                  Youth Sunday School

May 31 -     Vacation Bible School

June 3

Vacation Bible School will be held at White Memorial UMC from May 31-June 3. For more information Kelly Sutphin 605-0272 or 268-1122.


Prayer meeting via Zoom on Wednesdays. Email Jim Pearman for Zoom link.

​​Local Food Pantries

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please contact Joyce Kelley, 540.268.2916.


The Shawsville Lay Ministerial Association supports the local food pantry.  


Blessing Box outside the Waldron at the Meadowbrook Center. Take what you need.  



We are asked to bring canned and not perishable foods and supplies to Annual Conference. Items will be given to the /Roanoke Rescue Mission for their work in the Roanoke area.

Almost everything is needed - canned foods; canisters of oats, grits, staples such as salt, pepper, sugar, spices, granola bars, individual bags of chips; fruit cups, jelly, salad dressing. Napkins and all size Ziploc bags.

Bring food to the church during the month of May and Tim Thornton, our conference delegate will transport the items to the collection center.  Thank you for your donations.


Our Mission


Community Connections

Welcome, and thank you for visiting White Memorial United Methodist Church online. We hope that our website highlights the wide variety of worship, fellowship and service opportunities available.

We invite you to come worship with us. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you, our neighbor.

We believe that the door to salvation is always open and so are the doors to our church. Our mission is to be fully devoted to Jesus by opening our arms to those in search of the truth.

We show God’s love and concern for our fellow man at every opportunity. Through works of charity and opening our doors to listen with open minds,, and with our hearts to love, we feel that we are walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.

Our church supports the local food pantry with donations of food and individuals time and talents. 


Sunday School meets at 10:00 AM and Morning Worship Services 
are at 11:00 AM.  We have Sundy School classes for the young and the young at heart. We also have a children's program during the worship service.

We offer a pre-school program for children ages 3-4. Contact Julie Whitt for more information and to register: 540-521-4107 or


Neither rain, nor heat, nor a virus could deter the volunteers of Dale's Place from carrying out their duties during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Members of White Memorial UMC work alongside others in their masks and gloves to assure that clients receive their food on a monthly basis. The staff has had to make changes to staffing and the days and hours of service, but the services have been ongoing during the months of the pandemic.


Members of White Memorial and other local churches support the local Food Pantry "Dale's Place"  In recent bad weather volunteers still come to help out.  A great partnership to help feed
the hungry in our Community.