Dear Cedar Grove UMC family,
General Conference concluded today, the N.C. Annual Conference meets in a few weeks, and John Wesley’s birthday is June 17. It sounds like an appropriate time to become reacquainted with the General Rules – “Do no harm, do good, attend to the ordinances of God (or stay in love with God).” Wesley, the founder of Methodism, originated these rules based on Biblical teachings more than two centuries ago, but they are just as appropriate for our lives today — maybe even more so! On Sunday, we will begin a sermon series called “Three Simple Rules” with a sermon on Do No Harm. Please plan to join us for worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday – and bring a friend (or friends) with you!
Also this Sunday, we will have Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. as we continue our study of Acts, Luke’s companion work to his gospel. Please come join us!
Sunday, June 5 will be Graduate Recognition Sunday. At the 10:30 a.m. worship service that day, we will honor and recognize all our graduates. We will do so in part by including in a special listing in the bulletin any relatives you have who are graduating this year. If you have a child, grandchild, spouse, cousin, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, or any other relative graduating from preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school or college, let us know about it! By June 1, we need the following information on each graduate: the name of the graduate, the place graduating from (with details on degree, diploma, etc.), your name and your relation to the graduate. You can turn this information in at the church office or email the information to me. Congratulations to all our graduates at all levels this year!
Please continue to bring your canned goods and other nonperishable items each week and drop them in our collection baskets in the narthex. Your gifts are taken to the food pantry at OCIM in Hillsborough, where they will be distributed to families throughout northern Orange County. Thank you for touching the lives of others through this wonderful mission!
Our goal for Operation Christmas Child in 2016 is 150 shoeboxes, but I am confident we can top even that total! To help keep this ministry before us throughout the year, we are again collecting items for shoe boxes each month. These items will be stored at the church until early November, when we will have another shoe box packing pizza party.
- In May, we are asking that you continue to donate coloring books and small activity books as well as small stuffed animals.
Our large blue Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child box is in the narthex for collecting the items each month. What an exciting way to bless children throughout the world! Your gifts will show the love of Christ and the power of the gospel to a child whose life you will indelibly touch, even though you may never meet that child.
We post announcements of our upcoming sermon series and activities, along with the GPS and other items, on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Cedar-Grove-UMC/161622617284308. Please go to this page and “Like” us so that you can keep up with the latest announcements. Then, when you do see a new posting to the Facebook page, share it on your timeline. This is an easy, non-confrontational way of inviting and sharing the opportunities for worship and fellowship at CGUMC with all your Facebook friends!
In addition to Facebook, you can also follow the many happenings and ministries of CGUMC online in the following ways:
- News of upcoming events, the current GPS (Guide to Prayer and Study) and other announcements can be found at www.cedargroveumc.net under the “News” link.
- Catch up with all the events at Anathoth Community Garden at www.anathothgarden.org.
- To reach the office staff by email: for the church,
; or for Pastor Karl,