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St. Paul’s United Methodist Church: “An Evening of Song”

A Musical Benefit for Erika and Christian

300 Harper Avenue • Carolina Beach, NC

Join the Southern Praise Quartet ( along with special guest performers at St. Paul’s UMC in Carolina Beach in a musical benefit for Erika and Christian Heitmann.  “An Evening of Song” will begin at 7:00pm this Friday, May 10th and will be followed by a coffee and sweets reception in the fellowship hall to kick off fundraising efforts for this family. Four years ago Christian had an intracranial bleed and in an instant his life was forever changed.  He was air lifted to Duke University Medical Center where emergency brain surgery was performed, with subsequent hospitalizations and home care.  Two years later he developed pilonidal cyst disease which required multiple surgeries and continued home care.   Christian has short term memory loss, does not outwardly express affection and cannot comfortably be around people he does not know.
Then came the unthinkable: last year his 13 year old sister, Erika, began complaining of back pain.  X-rays revealed scoliosis and kyphosis; an MRI showed a thoracic stress fracture.  Her right shoulder began dislocating several times a day and other joints soon became affected, moving from her right shoulder to the left, then to her hips.  This eventually led to a final diagnosis of a degenerative, incurable, genetic connective tissue disorder – Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS).  Erika is now in chronic pain and uses a wheelchair.  Pain management is all the medical community can offer.
Erika and Christian live with their mom, Lee Anne, in Carolina Beach.  Because of the many hospitalizations of her children, Lee Anne could no longer work and lost her home to foreclosure.  They will be moving into the main house of a duplex just two doors away from Lee Anne’s parents, George and Hazel Parrish, who are an integral part of the support system for Lee Anne and her children.  Work will soon begin on improvements to the Heitmann’s home to make it more accessible for Erika’s wheelchair and more comfortable for both of the children and their mom.  Much of the work is being done through the local organization Welcome Home Angel.
Money raised at this concert and from future events sponsored by St. Paul’s UMC will be used to complete the needed home improvements, help defray medical and transportation expenses, and hopefully provide items such as a Kindle for Erika and a computer for Christian. 
If you are unable to attend, donations may be sent to St. Paul’s UMC, 300 Harper Avenue, Carolina Beach, NC 28428.  Please make checks payable to the church, and write “Heitmann fund” on the notation line.

Activities & More

Wednesdays at St. Paul's is busy offering something for all. There is a Bible Study at 10:30AM. And we have two mid – week activities for children. The Waves of Grace for youth in 6th grade and above and for Kids in grades 1 through 5 a new group The Lego Club will meet for the first time this week. The Lego Club Kids will explore their creative side, build together, and enjoy the interaction Lego's construction can  offer and they will have fun. Maybe we should start an adult Lego Club. This writer would be the first member. Both groups meet at Wednesday's at 5:45 PM. The Waves of Grace at our Youth Activity Center (YAC) and the Lego Club at our Scout Hut located just behind the YAC. All are invited to our Wednesday at the Well service that starts at 7:00PM. The service is mid-week  break from the frenzy of our daily lives and provides a place to relax and reflect. A place to worship God and recharge our spiritual battery. As this column has stated before there are no strangers at St. Paul's . All are welcome and made to feel part of St. Paul's and our Community of Christ. You and your family are invited to join us. Sunday services at 8:30 and 11:00 and Sunday School both Adult and Children grades pre-K to 5.
For more information on all our activities visit our website on call the church office 910-458-5310.