I’m Back

Over the past couple of years things have changed quickly and drastically for our family. David and I are living with my parents after Dad’s stroke. I changed teaching positions, (still at West Wilkes Middle) and David is still burning the roads in his instrument laden van. My blog was one of the first things to […]

Pierce Family Reunion

On the first Sunday in May, the descendants of John Ennis Pierce meet at Arbor Grove for a meal, music and fellowship. This year the reunion was well attended with  quite a few young people. There was more food than twice that many could eat and everyone that wanted left with more than they took. […]

Greetings Friends of Christ

As your pastor I love to use all forms of connecting with my people. Writing is one of my favorite means of communication. And with Arbor Grove I’ll be exploring some different methods, like blogging on issues about God we have all wanted to know, or conversing on face book, etc.. The Lord tells us […]

Fall Festival (October 31, 2015)

The 2015 Fall Festival was a blast. Children and adults enjoyed this traditional fall event. Trunk or Treat was set up on the road behind the Fellowship Hall. Cars, vans and pickups were all decorated and filled with goodies and prized. We lost count but there were over 100 children who passed through and got […]

The Pumpkin Run (October 26, 2015)

On October 26, Arbor Grove Youth (and young at heart adults) went to Ashe County to gather pumpkins for our upcoming Fall Festival. Following church services, we drove to West Jefferson and ate lunch at Village Inn Pizza. After huge salads and too many pieces of dessert pizza we drug ourselves to the pumpkin fields. For the past […]

United Methodist Men’s Sunday Service (October 11, 2015)

For many years the United Methodist Men have conducted the worship service on the 2nd Sunday in October. This year was no different. It was a musical extravaganza that blessed all who attended. For many years this service has been organized and arranged by Steve Faw.  Due to a struggle with cancer, Steve’s involvement was […]

Beans and Bluegrass (September 26, 2015)

  Beans and Bluegrass is an annual event sponsored by our UMYF. We provide a meal with all you can eat pinto beans, cornbread and all the trimmings and Bluegrass Music! There is no charge but donations are accepted to allow the UMYF to sponsor a needy family at Christmas. This year, music was provided […]

Welcome (click on the title to read the entire post)

The What’s Happening at Arbor Grove UMC Blog is finally up and running.  This blog was designed to allow me to share pictures and reflections about the  great things happening at Arbor Grove. For upcoming events please check the events tab.  As you check out the things that have transpired at the Arbor this fall take a […]

Meet The Pastor

Rev. Dr. Susan Pillsbury-Taylor (Pastor Suze) is known for her strong faith in Christ, her love for all God’s people, her gifts in preaching the Gospel and praising God in music and empowering others as disciples of our Lord. She is also a counselor, specializing in support groups as well as spiritual formation seminars using a variety of art mediums. Pastor Suze has been a United Methodist minister for nearly twenty years, but before being called to ordained ministry she was a professor of English and Creative Writing, and during her earliest years she explored her gifts of music through Paramount Records as a recording artist, singer/songwriter. One of her earliest albums has been reissued under Sunbeam Records as Susan Pillsbury CD which is available through Amazon.com. She continues to write and record music as well as to paint watercolors professionally, and it is this creative energy which she brings to serving Christ’s church.

Pastor Suze is married to Lee Taylor and has a family of unique dogs. She comes from a family of pastors and teachers and has a special heart for the performance arts and the myriad ways we can express our love for God.