Friday, February 15, 2019
An Ecumenical and Inclusive Fellowship of the United Methodist Church

Shepherd's Nook Thrift Shop






Nook Hours are Wednesday Through Saturday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

For more information call Community Church at 410-641-5433

during those hours and ask for extension 107.


As folks clean out their closets, house, attic and garages a lot of items arrive at "The Nook" during the year. Our volunteers work diligently to keep the very best to sell in our store and the Flea Market. Sales have been good and it helps our church to continue its outreach mission. Please note that because of space limitations we cannot accept large appliances or furniture.




On Sunday, March 19, 2017, a crowd gathered for the Consecration Service for the recently expanded Shepherd’s Nook and Sarah’s Pantry at the Community Church at Ocean Pines. The ceremony was officiated by the Reverend Boyd Etter and included readings by United Methodist Church Salisbury District Superintendent, the Reverend Fred Duncan, the Reverend Robert Harris and former pastors of the church – the Reverend Dr. P. Thomas McKelvey and the Reverend William Sterling.

Ernie Stiles, Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees, and the Managers of the Facility – Charlene Mertz, Johanna Hurd, Judy Stinebiser, B.J. Hupman and Ken Waters, led the congregants and volunteers in re-dedication of their service to God. Ernie also recognized the contractors who worked on the project, notably Mike Phebus, Trustee Chairman, who donated his expertise and time in overseeing the construction. Also recognized were fellow trustees, Ron Howe and Bill Long, who worked tirelessly on the interior finishes, Jim Pyles, who hung drywall and painted the interior, Russel Queen, owner of Artic Air and Mark Mason, MAP Construction.

Guests in attendance included MD State Senator, Jim Mathias, and MD State Representative, Mary Beth Carozza, who praised the outreach work done by the ministry’s volunteers that reach out with assistance of food, clothing and household items. They presented a proclamation from their respective governing entities to Certified Lay Minister, Arlene Page, who was recognized for being instrumental in securing grant funding from Worcester County and the State of Maryland. Also recognized were Martha Todd and Dean and Alma Epperson for their generous donations.


The 1700 square foot expansion provides a private entrance for food distribution and storage, a massive clothing sorting area, 2nd floor storage and more than double the amount of retail space. What began as a tiny mission operating out of a storage shed, now cares for over 2400 people in our community in addition to providing emergency service and assistance to our veterans. Clothing that cannot be sold is also re-distributed to HALO, Christian Storehouse, The Shirley Grace Pregnancy Center, animal shelters and Goodwill.