E-Note from Pastor Karl / July 22, 2016

Dear Cedar Grove UMC family,

As I write this eNote, we are preparing for our final night of Vacation Bible School. We have had a blast this week! Thanks to all who have helped in any way, especially Garrett Collins who planned, organized and orchestrated this great event. The kids have had a great time learning more about Jesus. Thanks to all!

With the 2016 Summer Olympics fast approaching, on Sunday we will continue our sermon series Going Faster, Stronger, Higher. As we’ve already seen in this series, the scriptures, especially the writings of Paul, contain many Olympic terms and metaphors urging us to use the commitment of an athlete to be what God would have us to be. My sermon on Sunday will be “Endurance and Perseverance.” Olympic athletes have to learn these traits to properly prepare for the Games, and we as Christians need these traits in our lives as well. Please plan to join us for worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday – and bring a friend with you!

Prior to worship, we will have Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. as we continue in our study of Acts. Our student intern, Garrett Collins, is leading this study. Please plan to join us!

The Cedar Grove Ruritan Club will host a Community Family Fun Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 30 on the Ruritan Club grounds. Please mark your calendars and come out for the fun!

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 July, we are asking that you donate 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, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or for Pastor Karl, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

I look forward to seeing each of you at worship on Sunday!

In Christ’s love,


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