E-Note From the Pastor / Oct. 24, 2014

Dear Cedar Grove UMC family,

How often do we encounter someone who could benefit from a kind gesture or a kind word? As we consider doing “random acts of kindness,” sometimes we hesitate. What if we’re more bother than blessing?

Paul had no such doubts in his ministry. In 1 Thessalonians 2, he reminds the Christians at Thessalonica that he and his co-laborers loved them wholeheartedly and cared for them “like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.”

What motivates Paul to love without abandon? Certainly not the admiration of others, for Paul writes that they were not trying to garner their favor. Instead, Paul and his coworkers were seeking to please God who calls us to love God and love our neighbor.

May we live our lives each day seeking to answer the question, “God, how can I please you today by doing something kind for my neighbor?”

This Sunday, during the 10:30 a.m. worship service, student intern Kevin Bates will preach from Matthew 28:16-20 (The Great Commission) with a sermon entitled, “I Am With You Always.” Christine, the boys and I will be away this weekend, and on Sunday we will be praying for you as we worship at Spruce Pine UMC, where CGUMC’s good friend Jeremy Troxler is the pastor. Please don’t skip out on worship on Sunday. Come to support Kevin, but most of all, come to be blessed as you receive words of great assurance that Jesus is with you always! I look forward to hearing how you were blessed by the service!

Prior to Sunday’s worship service, we will have our Fourth Sunday Fellowship Hour beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Gather for coffee, a light breakfast and great fellowship! This time also presents a great opportunity to invite people to come to church with you.  Do you know someone you’ve been thinking about inviting to church? This is the Sunday to do it! You’ll have a relaxing time of fellowship in the Fellowship Hall before moving to the sanctuary for worship at 10:30 a.m. You and your invitees will enjoy and be blessed by this wonderful Sunday of worship, prayer and praise!

The Community Youth Group will meet at the church at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday and will be taking a trip to go bowling. The group will return to the church around 7:30 p.m. Youth, bring a friend with you!  Parents are asked to help drive, if possible. Please let Paula Crabtree know at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it how many are planning to go so that she can make sure enough lanes are available.

All United Methodist Women are invited to the Corridor District UMW Annual Meeting at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Green UMC in Durham. In addition to celebrating what God has done through the UMW in mission during this past year, the guest speaker will be Bishop Hope Morgan Ward.

Tuesday Bible Study will not meet this week, but will resume on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Please mark your calendars for our Charge Conference which is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 at Orange UMC in Chapel Hill. To prepare for Charge Conference, the Administrative Council will meet at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2

The UMW Cookbook has been printed, and it is beautiful! Paying tribute to cookbooks of the past and including more recent recipe submissions, this cookbook remarkably honors our heritage and celebrates our future together. The cookbook costs $15, and proceeds will help augment the UMW’s mission efforts. See Betty Compton or other UMW members to pick up a copy, or several copies – they will make great Christmas gifts!

We will celebrate All Saints Sunday and remember those who have outrun us to the Father’s throne during the worship service on Sunday, Nov. 2. We will also have a special insert in that Sunday’s bulletin remembering those we have lost over the last year. This Sunday and next Sunday, we will have forms available in the bulletins and in the narthex to provide information necessary for the special Nov. 2 bulletin insert. Please take a few moments to let us know of those whom you would like to remember by completing the form and putting it on the desk in the office. Please submit all completed forms by Wednesday, Oct. 29. You may also email the necessary information to the church at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Also on Sunday, Nov. 2, we will have a covered dish luncheon after worship. You are encouraged to make your favorite recipes from the new UMW cookbook and bring them for the lunch! I’m looking forward to it!

Our annual Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Cedar Grove Ruritan Building. More information will be forthcoming on ways you can help, but for now be sure to mark the date on your calendars. We are looking forward to another great Harvest Festival and can’t wait to see you there!

We collect canned fruit and other non-perishable items to support the food pantry at OCIM throughout the year. Please remember to bring your OCIM offerings each week as a way of reaching out to brothers and sisters around us.

For the fifth consecutive year, we are taking a mission team to the Operation Christmas Child Processing Center in Charlotte. This year, we have been allocated 10 spots from 2-6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12 and 20 spots from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, when I hope many of our Community Youth Group members will be able to join us. Please let me know as soon as possible if you’re interested in going, and we’ll have volunteer sign-up sheets available soon.

Our year-long effort to support Operation Christmas Child continues as we work to meet our goal of 100 shoeboxes. We will have a shoebox packing party on Thursday evening, Nov. 13. Mark the date!

  • Each month, we are collecting items that can be included in the shoeboxes. At this point, we are accepting any of the items we have collected during the year to help us meet the goal – boys’ and girls’ socks, school supplies, toothpaste, bars of soap, wash cloths, small toys – pretty much anything that will fit into a shoebox.

We have a blue collection box near the basket where we collect our OCIM food offerings each Sunday. Just drop your Operation Christmas Child donations in the blue box after you’ve put your canned fruit or nonperishable items in the OCIM basket! Your gifts will show the love of Christ and the power of the gospel to a child or a family whose life you will indelibly touch, even though you may never meet them.

In the church office, we have a blue notebook that is our “Have It/Need It” Notebook. The idea is that if you have something, an item or a helping hand, that you think someone else could use, write it in the “Have It” section. In the “Need It” section, perhaps you need some help around the house or the yard. If you think of something when you’re away from the church, just email the church office at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and we’ll write it in for you. We’ll also post things that are written in the notebook on our website, and I’ll include them in my eNotes. This is just another way that we can “let our love be genuine” and care for and support one another.

You can follow the many happenings and ministries of CGUMC online in a number of ways:

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 ; for Pastor Karl, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; for JoAnne Starks personally, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Well, we’re about to head out for the long weekend with Monday being a teacher’s workday in Orange County. We will return on Tuesday. Be blessed as you receive the word of God from Kevin on Sunday, and I will look forward to seeing you next week!



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