Dear Cedar Grove UMC family,
We are continuing our sermon series, 5 Habits of Highly Effective Christians, as we explore five important lessons the Bible teaches us about living well and experiencing real joy. On Sunday, my sermon will be “The Secret to True Wealth.” Join us for worship on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. – and bring a friend with you!
Also on Sunday, we will have Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. as we conclude our study of the Gospel of Luke and begin our study of Acts, Luke’s companion work to his gospel. Please come join us!
The UMW is collecting health, sewing, and school kits for a mission project. These kits will be taken to Annual Conference in Greenville in June, and then they will be distributed throughout our country and around the world. A list of items to include in each type of kit is included in Sunday’s bulletin. Kits may be given to any member of the UMW or dropped off at the church office. The deadline for turning in all kits is this Sunday, May 1!. Thank you for supporting the UMW in this effort!
Please make plans to attend and invite others to our Homecoming celebration at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 15. In particular, reach out to those who haven't been to church in a while and to those who have no church home. That Sunday will also be Pentecost, and my sermon will be “The Miracle of Pentecost.” Come help us celebrate the birthday of the Church and our Homecoming in one very special service! After worship, we’ll gather in the Fellowship Hall for a covered dish lunch, so bring your favorite dishes and join with us.
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.
As we said good-bye last week to our student intern, Ashley Boaeuf, we talked about her upcoming trip to Kenya to serve a 10-week internship in that country this summer. If anyone would like to help with the cost of Ashley’s trip, she has a GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/cwwrvc96.
Beginning May 10, the General Conference of The United Methodist Church will be meeting in Portland, Oregon. More than 800 delegates, including some from our N.C. Conference, will come from around the world to gather for 10 days, considering hundreds of legislative proposals, hearing reports from missions around the world and approving plans and budgets for the next four years (the General Conference meets once every four years). Please be in prayer before and during General Conference for the delegates and all the proceedings.
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,
I look forward to seeing and worshiping with each of you on Sunday!