First United Methodist Church, Morehead City

First United Methodist Church, Morehead City "Loving, Sharing and Serving through the Word of Jesus Christ"
Ministry to the local and world community through Church Service, Sunday School, missions, youth, young adult and elderly programs, in a Christian atmosphere.
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Waylon recruited a few Post 46 Junior Legion baseball players to install a ramp for Rilla Gould. FUMCMHC donates $50 for...
07/06/2021

Waylon recruited a few Post 46 Junior Legion baseball players to install a ramp for Rilla Gould. FUMCMHC donates $50 for every home run they hit. Come out to West Carteret on Friday @ 7:00pm to see if they can knock one out of the park. #legionbaseball #fumc #post46 @bell_waylon

07/04/2021
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07/04/2021
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Happy 4th of July!
07/04/2021

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

3 generations Walking With Jesus. Walk, pray and talk about Jesus on this beautiful 3 mile trail. Friday mornings at 8am...
07/02/2021

3 generations Walking With Jesus. Walk, pray and talk about Jesus on this beautiful 3 mile trail. Friday mornings at 8am. All are welcome!

EMBRACED! 10th-12th grade girls are meeting monthly this summer to tackle what it means to find their identity and value...
06/29/2021

EMBRACED! 10th-12th grade girls are meeting monthly this summer to tackle what it means to find their identity and value in Christ. This group of girls is learning about confidence, being good stewards of their bodies through positive nutrition and exercise, and diving deep into God's word as they study Psalm 139. The May and June gatherings have been filled with God's word and friends committed to Jesus as they build relationships and grow in their walk with Christ.

FUMCMHC celebrated the gift of a child and offered God's blessing on one of His precious children, Max Hardee Davis. Max...
06/28/2021

FUMCMHC celebrated the gift of a child and offered God's blessing on one of His precious children, Max Hardee Davis. Max is the son of Jay and Liz Davis and little brother to Logan. Congratulations!

FUMCMHC celebrated the gift of a child and offered God's blessing on one of His precious children, Max Hardee Davis. Max is the son of Jay and Liz Davis and little brother to Logan. Congratulations!

06/27/2021
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06/27/2021
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Congratulations!!!
06/27/2021

Congratulations!!!

Congratulations Josh Williams! You are a State Champion! 2021 3A Triple Jump winner

Go Patriots! Go America!!

Vespers by the Water on the shores of the Bogue Sound and Baptisms in the name of Jesus Christ of Lee Barbee and Harvey ...
06/25/2021

Vespers by the Water on the shores of the Bogue Sound and Baptisms in the name of Jesus Christ of Lee Barbee and Harvey Avery. Thankful for the celebration of new life. ✝️

FUMCMHC recently honored Pastor Powell with a dedication of the Painting of the Second Floor Wallace Building. Thank you...
06/22/2021

FUMCMHC recently honored Pastor Powell with a dedication of the Painting of the Second Floor Wallace Building. Thank you Pastor Powell for being our Faithful Pastor and God's Gracious Servant. What an appropriate honor and location for someone that LOVES the little children (and they love him!) as much as Pastor Powell does. The second floor of the Wallace Building is used for children's Sunday School classes.

Monday's 10am Coffee and Conversations small group is taking a summer break and will re-gather in August at Sweet Beans....
06/21/2021

Monday's 10am Coffee and Conversations small group is taking a summer break and will re-gather in August at Sweet Beans. Have a great summer!

Monday's 10am Coffee and Conversations small group is taking a summer break and will re-gather in August at Sweet Beans. Have a great summer!

06/20/2021
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Happy Father's Day!
06/20/2021

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day!

Opening the Cover this Sunday to 1 Samuel 16. What are you PASSIONATE about? Join us IN PERSON at 8:30 & 11:00 for tradi...
06/19/2021

Opening the Cover this Sunday to 1 Samuel 16. What are you PASSIONATE about? Join us IN PERSON at 8:30 & 11:00 for traditional worship and 9:45 for The Rise contemporary worship. Online services streamed at 9:45 and 11:00.

Opening the Cover this Sunday to 1 Samuel 16. What are you PASSIONATE about? Join us IN PERSON at 8:30 & 11:00 for traditional worship and 9:45 for The Rise contemporary worship. Online services streamed at 9:45 and 11:00.

Fun summer afternoon on the diamond for these FUMC Kids. Our next get together will be a scavenger hunt at Ft Macon on J...
06/17/2021

Fun summer afternoon on the diamond for these FUMC Kids. Our next get together will be a scavenger hunt at Ft Macon on July 17th @ 9:00am. Bring a friend!

The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is bringing a lot of people to downtown Morehead City this week. We wanted to spotli...
06/16/2021

The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is bringing a lot of people to downtown Morehead City this week. We wanted to spotlight 2 new members that came downtown Sunday, June 6th to make a commitment to serving and loving others through the Word of Christ at FUMC. Mrs. Beth jumped right in serving meals to our youth and leaders ALL last week during Project MHC. Welcome to the FUMCMHC family, Ted and Beth Haigler.

The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is bringing a lot of people to downtown Morehead City this week. We wanted to spotlight 2 new members that came downtown Sunday, June 6th to make a commitment to serving and loving others through the Word of Christ at FUMC. Mrs. Beth jumped right in serving meals to our youth and leaders ALL last week during Project MHC. Welcome to the FUMCMHC family, Ted and Beth Haigler.

KIDS in K-5th Grade! COME PLAY KICKBALL ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON @ 4:30pm!! Swinson Park Little League fields. We will also...
06/15/2021

KIDS in K-5th Grade! COME PLAY KICKBALL ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON @ 4:30pm!! Swinson Park Little League fields. We will also play on the playground back by the fields for any kids not interested in playing kickball.

KIDS in K-5th Grade! COME PLAY KICKBALL ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON @ 4:30pm!! Swinson Park Little League fields. We will also play on the playground back by the fields for any kids not interested in playing kickball.

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06/14/2021

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06/13/2021
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06/13/2021
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06/11/2021
Project MHC Day 5

Day 5....What a WEEK! In 5 days we have transformed houses and lives. Thank you to ALL the people who made this happen. There are too many to name. We LOVE our community!

06/07/2021
Project MHC Kickoff

Over 50 Youth and 30 Adults kicked off Project MHC on Sunday to be Christ's Hands and Feet in Morehead City. We received prayers and blessings during worship and then hit the streets praying for our city as we got our hands dirty picking up trash. The afternoon was spent building relationships as we prepare to walk like Jesus on jobsites still awaiting hope since Hurricane Florence.

Congrats to our FUMCMHC High School Seniors! What a joy to share in your successes and to pray for your future endeavors...
06/06/2021

Congrats to our FUMCMHC High School Seniors! What a joy to share in your successes and to pray for your future endeavors. God's blessings upon you!

06/06/2021
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FUMC is hosting a blood drive on Monday, June 7th. This is the FIRST drive since Covid that they are allowing homemade d...
06/05/2021

FUMC is hosting a blood drive on Monday, June 7th. This is the FIRST drive since Covid that they are allowing homemade desserts. Pat Bell is asking for all the bakers to heat those ovens and bring your desserts on Sunday morning or early Monday and leave them in the Fellowship Hall kitchen. Also, don't forget to register to donate blood!

FUMC is hosting a blood drive on Monday, June 7th. This is the FIRST drive since Covid that they are allowing homemade desserts. Pat Bell is asking for all the bakers to heat those ovens and bring your desserts on Sunday morning or early Monday and leave them in the Fellowship Hall kitchen. Also, don't forget to register to donate blood!

Graduations...promotions...end of another year... THANK YOU Teachers and Staff!!! FUMC Feeds celebrated and honored our ...
06/04/2021

Graduations...promotions...end of another year... THANK YOU Teachers and Staff!!! FUMC Feeds celebrated and honored our friends at Morehead Middle this week with a picnic lunch. Enjoy your well deserved summer!

06/03/2021
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Service of Worship and Celebration of Life for Deborah Carol Henry Gillikin

Donations are coming in for PROJECT MHC!!! This week we are collecting cases of water and gatorade (and like Pastor Powe...
06/01/2021

Donations are coming in for PROJECT MHC!!! This week we are collecting cases of water and gatorade (and like Pastor Powell mentioned on Sunday if you make a mistake and bring DIET COKE that's OK ~ thank you to the person that already acted on his hint). Individually wrapped snacks of chips, crakers, granola bars, trail mix and other goodies are also greatly appreciated. Drop off in the Fellowship Hall. Thank you for being the Many Hands of Christ in MHC!

Donations are coming in for PROJECT MHC!!! This week we are collecting cases of water and gatorade (and like Pastor Powell mentioned on Sunday if you make a mistake and bring DIET COKE that's OK ~ thank you to the person that already acted on his hint). Individually wrapped snacks of chips, crakers, granola bars, trail mix and other goodies are also greatly appreciated. Drop off in the Fellowship Hall. Thank you for being the Many Hands of Christ in MHC!

Yesterday we named and remembered those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Is there someone that you know...
05/31/2021
FUMC Choir Memorial Medley

Yesterday we named and remembered those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Is there someone that you know who gave it ALL? Enjoy the anthems of the FUMC Choir's Memorial Medley from last year while you remember and reflect.
https://youtu.be/301DoGzEQ1I

FUMC Choir performs a Memorial Medley. Ralph Wade, Donald Leatherman, Joanna Whitehurst, Anne Lindsay, Michelle Johnson, Susan Griffith (Accompanist), David ...

05/30/2021
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05/30/2021
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Youth Planning meeting for Summer and Fall ministry. FUMCMHC has some amazing volunteer youth leaders and big things are...
05/28/2021

Youth Planning meeting for Summer and Fall ministry. FUMCMHC has some amazing volunteer youth leaders and big things are coming for our middle and high schoolers. #fumcmhc #youth #youthministry

Youth Planning meeting for Summer and Fall ministry. FUMCMHC has some amazing volunteer youth leaders and big things are coming for our middle and high schoolers. #fumcmhc #youth #youthministry

05/28/2021

Vespers by the Water began last Fall as a way to gather and worship outside when Covid closed the doors....or did it OPEN doors??? HE IS STRONG! Vespers is back. Join us the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.

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900 Arendell St
Morehead City, NC
28557

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 13:00

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(252) 726-7102

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I'm so grateful for my friend and colleague Rev. Sarah Williams.
Hosanna! Happy Palm Sunday!🥳
A big THANK YOU to all of our pastors for giving us a sense of togetherness during this time of separation. I love and miss our church family. This too shall pass.🙏
Frank C. Salisbury “First Methodist Church Had Its Beginning on Plantation: Congregation built its first Sanctuary in 1879” Carteret County News-Times, October 27, 1950, Sect. 2, p. 1 & 4 As one reviews the history of Methodism in Morehead City, one finds that this church organization had its beginning long before the town came into existence, when the section was known as Shepard’s Point. Local historical facts handed down from generation to generation, state that a small house of worship stood on the Arendell plantation at the Point, opposite the family home. There are no early church records of any denominations to enlighten one as to when or by whom this building was constructed. Credit has been given to the Rev. Bridgers [Bridges] Arendell, a Methodist preacher who, in 1810, was the pastor of the Methodist church at Beaufort, for the er****on of this church building. It was located on part of the 70 acres of land given to Mr. Arendell and his wife by his father-in-law, William Fisher, in 1821. Shortly after acquiring the land at Shepard’s Point, Mr. Arendell built a plantation style of house which was the family home up to the time of his death in 1850. In 1797 the New Bern district of the Methodist church was formed. Mr. Arendell, a young preacher who had come into this section from Franklin County, was on the circuit in the early part of 1800. Mention is made of his taking part in the great revival held in Beaufort in 1806. Then in 1810, when the church at Beaufort first appears on the conference records, one finds Mr. Arendell as pastor of that church, assisted by William Compton. Following his pastorate of the Beaufort church and the establishing of his home at Shepard’s Point, Mr. Arendell may have erected the small church building on his property for the benefit of his growing family of eight children, neighbors, and slaves. At the close of the Revolutionary War, what was known as Bell’s Chapel on the plantation of Colonel Joseph Bell near the present site of Mansfield, which up to the time of the Revolution was Anglican or Church of England, was taken over by the Methodists in that locality. It is reasonable to assume that Mr. Arendell served as pastor of that church as the plantation home of William Fisher, known as White Hall, adjoined the property of Colonel Bell. Methodism Expands It was not until after the close of the Revolutionary War that Methodism, as well as other religions, began to expand throughout the state. Previous to that time several denominations had made a feeble start in the colony, but made little progress against the established Church of England. Friends, or Quakers, settling in the Albemarle, are given credit for being the first in point of time in religious development of North Carolina. Following the visit of Quaker leaders in 1672 and 1676 this religion is said to have grown rapidly in numbers in the colony, especially in the eastern part. Presbyterianism as an organized religion was introduced into North Carolina by the Scotch Irish as early as 1736. More than twenty years passed, however, before a Presbyterian clergyman was regularly settled in the colony. Predominant Baptists Perhaps the most aggressive of colonial missionaries were those of the Baptist faith. Individual Baptists were found in North Carolina as early as 1695. The first regular Baptist congregation in the colony was organized in Camden County in 1727. By 1776 the Baptists are said to have had one church in every county. The last of the great Protestant denominations to seek a foothold in North Carolina, prior to the Revolution, was the Methodist church. The first Methodist preachers came not to represent and build a denomination, but as missionaries representing a reform movement within the Church of England. The most eminent of the early missionaries of Methodism was the Rev. George Whitefield who first came to the colony in 1739. He made several subsequent visits and always was received cordially by the people, clergy, and officials. However, he was still a communicant of the Church of England, and made no effort to establish a new organization. The first preacher of the newly organized Methodist church to come to North Carolina was the Rev. Joseph Pilmoor, who preached at the Currituck court house on September 28, 1772, the first Methodist sermon in the colony. Mr. Pilmoor was followed by the Rev. John Williams who, in 1773, organized the first Methodist Society in North Carolina. The following year he organized societies in a six-week circuit which extended from the Virginia line some distance into North Carolina. Remarkable Success The early Methodist pioneers in North Carolina met with remarkable success. In 1775, as a result of their preaching, a great revival swept over the northern section of the colony and to the eastward, which brought 683 new members into the church. The Fourth Conference, which was held in Baltimore May 21, 1776, established a North Carolina circuit with Edward Dromgoole, Francis Poythess and Isham Tatum as preachers. As their field of labor was unlimited, these men penetrated great portions of the colony, and laid firmly the foundation of Methodism in North Carolina. The Revolutionary War temporarily checked the progress of the Methodist. But, in 1780, Francis Asbury made a missionary tour in North Carolina which revived interest in the Methodist movement. There were then four circuits in the state; three years later there were ten, with nineteen preachers and 2,339 members. At the Baltimore conference in 1784, at which time the Methodist Church of America was formally organized, Francis Asbury and Thomas Coke were elected bishops. And in 1785, Dr. Coke held the first North Carolina Conference at Green Hill's house near Louisburg. New Bern Circuit In 1797, the New Bern circuit was formed. Preachers from this circuit worked throughout Eastern North Carolina until regular stations were established in the larger towns giving such churches a resident pastor. The Methodist Church of Beaufort appears in the conference reports as a station in 1810. However, it was not until 1886 that the Morehead City church was created a station with a permanent pastor, although it had a working organization a few years after the establishing of the town in 1858. Before the establishing of Morehead City, church services are said to have been conducted from time to time in the Shepard’s Point section by either exhorters from nearby communities or by preachers sent out from the New Bern circuit. An old resident of the town recalls one preacher, Jones, living on Crab Point, who conducted services, performed marriages and officiated at funerals. Also a Rev. Mr. Jerney, a circuit preacher residing at Newport, is said to have conducted monthly services in the Shepard’s Point and Mill Creek sections. With the opening up of Morehead City in 1858 and the influx of home seekers, the small church building on the Arendell estate served as a sort of community house of worship. Preachers and exhorters of other faiths than the Methodists are said to have made use of the building. During the time that the federal army occupied Morehead City and Beaufort, the church building was taken over by the army and used as a bakery. The building was burned when the army withdrew from the town. Later a claim for a few hundred dollars covering the value of the building was paid by the government. This sum was the nucleus of the building fund for the er****on of the church building which has been replaced by the new structure. Spiritual and educational growth kept pace with the physical growth of Morehead City, demanding a place of worship for both the Methodists and Baptists, which denominations predominated in the early days of the new town. Public school needs were met to a limited degree by the er****on of a large one room building on the present site of the Baptist parsonage. As the town took on new life and development following the reconstruction period after the Civil War, the demand arose for separate places of worship among the church organizations. After the burning of the small church building that had been in use before the invasion of the federal troops, church services were held in the large school building by both the Methodists and Baptists. Both memberships were showing a rapid growth. Land Donated In the year 1879 the Methodist society had grown strong enough to undertake the building of a house of worship. Through the generosity of the Shepard’s Point Company, which was the organization owning and developing the town site, two building lots were given by this company for the er****on of a church building thereon. A deed for the two lots at the corner of 9th and Bridges streets the present location of the church was even under date of June 29, 1879 in consideration "For the good will . . . in trust that said premises shall be used, kept, maintained and developed as a place of divine worship of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, subject to the discipline, usage and ministerial appointments of said church." This original deed must have been lost, for it was never placed on file in the Register of Deeds office. On October 18, 1884, five years later, a copy of the original deed was given the church and placed on file, with a notation, “Signed and delivered in the presence of Charles W. Byrd." After acquiring the site, construction was started at once. Generous subscriptions are said to have been made, not only in money but of material and labor that went in to the construction of the much needed house of worship. By the fall of 1879 the building was enclosed so that services could be held, although the pews had not been installed. Chairs and benches were provided. It was not unusual to see some member going to church with his own chair or stool. A group of singers from the Oxford Orphanage gave one of their noted concerts at the opening service of the new building. It was not until several years later that the two wings were added to the building to care for the school classes and other activities of the church. For over 40 years the building served the membership in all of its various activities. In the early part of 1920, plans were worked out for the er****on of the Sunday school building adjoining the church. This structure was completed and dedicated in 1925. During the period from the beginning of the church society and the er****on of the church building in 1879 to the time when the organization was established as a station in 1884, and a permanent pastor assigned by the conference to the charge, the church was supplied from time to time by several preachers assigned to the Carteret circuit. The records of the New Bern district show that the Rev. J.E. Bristow who was in charge of the Carteret circuit was the first pastor to serve the church membership in its new building. In 1881 the Rev. W.H. Puckett was assigned to the circuit and became the church’s pastor. He was followed by the Rev. A.D. Betts in 1882. Mr. Puckett remained on the circuit as assistant to Mr. Betts. At the next conference year in 1883 the Rev. W.J. Crowson was sent into the county as circuit preacher. From the records it would indicate that the term of service of Mr. Crowson did not last out the conference year, for some time during the year 1883, the Rev. C.W. Byrd was given charge of the circuit. Under the leadership of Mr. Byrd the church reached its membership strength that entitled it to be recognized by the conference as a station with the services of a full time resident pastor. This change took place at the 1884 conference. Mr. Byrd was relieved of his circuit duties, devoting his entire efforts to the work of the Morehead City church. Rapid Growth For the next two years the church showed a rapid growth under the leadership of Mr. Byrd. After three years of faithful service in the work of the circuit and the local church, the conference in 1886 retired him from the field sending the Rev. E.L. Stamey to become pastor of the new station. Mr. Stamey served the church for two years and was followed by the Rev. H.B. Anderson who remained only one year. From 1889 to 1891 the Rev. N.M. Watson was in charge of the religious work. For the next three years from 1891 to 1894 the Rev. C.W. Robinson, the Rev. W.E. Edmonson, the Rev. Michael Bradshaw each served the church for one year. The Rev. E.C. Glenn came in 1894 for a term of two years. The Rev. L.S. Massey came as pastor of the church from the conference assignments of 1896, serving the church for the next three years. At the 1899 conference the Rev. H.M. North became pastor of the church serving for the next four years. The conference year of 1903 brought the Rev. R.H. Willis to the pastorate of the church, serving up to conference time of 1906. The Rev. J.W. Potter, appointed at the 1906 gathering, was pastor of the church for one year, being succeeded by the Rev. L.P. Howard who served from 1907 to 1909. The Rev. F.S. Love came to the church from the conference of 1909 for a one-year term, followed by the Rev. L.B. Jones in 1910 who also remained only one year, Mr. Jones died at his home in Rocky Mount this past May at the age of 72. The 1911 assignments brought the Rev. E.H. McWhorter who headed up the church work for the next two years. The session of 1913 assigned the Rev. D.N. Caviness, uncle of the Rev. W.D. Caviness, present pastor of Franklin Memorial church, who served the church for four years. The Rev. R.H. Broom came in 1917 for two years to be succeeded by the Rev. O.W. Dowd for the same length of time. For the next four years, 1921-1925 the church was under the pastorate of the Rev. W.A. Cade. The Rev. J.E. Holden who died here during the second year of his pastorate from 1925 to 1927 was followed by the Rev. B.B. Slaughter. Mr. Slaughter held the longest continuous pastorate of any pastor ever serving the church. He was assigned by the 1927 conference, serving until 1933, being replaced by the Rev. W. T. Watkins who remained only one year. With the conference year of 1933, the Rev. D.M. Sharpe came to serve the church, being reassigned for another year. The Rev. B.H. Houston who died the past spring at Weldon came as pastor by the assignments of the 1935 conference to serve the church for the next four years. He was followed by the Rev. T.G. Vickers serving from 1939 until early in 1940 when he left for a naval chaplaincy. During the next three years, 1940 to 1944 the work of the church was carried on under the guidance of the Rev. J.H. Miller. Conference year of 1944 brought Rev. Luther B. Bridges who after serving two years retired from the conference. The Rev. L.A. Tilley, the present pastor, was assigned to the charge at the 1946 conference. Church Flourishes From the early days of its organization, to the present time, the church has flourished under the leadership of its host of able pastors and Christian workers, taking its place in the New Bern district as one of the strongest church societies. From a meager membership in 1879 the roll has grown to a membership of approximately 800. Nearly 50 years ago when educational advantages of the town were very meager, both the Methodist and Baptist societies built and maintained public schools for several years. It was during the pastorate of the Rev. H.M. North, from 1899 to 1903, that the Methodist school was formed and a suitable building erected on a site at the corner of 10th and Bridges streets. Mr. North took an active part in the establishing of the school and the er****on of the building. In honor and appreciation of his labors in this connection the school was given the name of Harry North. This old building stands today, an annex to the city's public school system, as a memorial to one of the most beloved pastors of the church. It is of interest to note that the framing of this building was from the heart pine timbers secured from a wrecked vessel brought into the harbor in the spring of 1903. Today this church organization stands as a bulwark of Christian service, not only in Morehead City but the surrounding community, holding a fine record of achievements and secular education throughout nearly three quarters of a century.