Dear Cedar Grove UMC family,
Last night, several of us traveled over to University UMC on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus to provide the meal for the weekly gathering of Wesley Foundation students at the university. We were so blessed to catch up with Morgan McCallum and to see all the other students there. After the meal, the students gather in a “Big Wesley Circle” and share announcements, prayer concerns and praises. As the students were in the circle, several lifted up prayer concerns for family and friends back home. These kids are studying and working hard, and they have concerns for the health of parents, grandparents and other family and friends back home, some of whom are states away or even in other countries. It was so uplifting to be able to give them an evening of respite, safety and connection away from the rigors of academic life and the concerns that they carry. Thanks to all who cooked, served and went with us over to the campus! By the way, Ryan Spurrier, the director of the Wesley Foundation, said that the group of 38 students was the largest attendance at any of their weekly gatherings this year. He said that he needs to remember to plan for 10-15% increased attendance whenever CGUMC is involved in preparing the meal! Part of that, of course, is due to the incredible meal you provided, but an even larger part I think is due to the great servant heart of this congregation and your genuine concern and care for these students. Well done, good and faithful CGUMC servants of the Lord!
In worship this Sunday, we will continue our sermon series entitled We Believe in … We’re constantly searching for answers — at home, work or school. Sometimes the answer is as simple as, “Google it.” But sometimes, our questions are more complicated and the answers aren’t so easy to see. In this series, we’ll explore the essential beliefs of the Christian faith and how they give meaning and purpose to our lives. We will be guided by the words of the Apostles’ Creed each week. This Sunday, my sermon will be “The Man Who Won’t Go Away” as we focus on the words of the creed “Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord” and on Jesus’ promise to never leave or forsake us. Please plan to join us for worship at 10:30 a.m. and bring a friend – or friends – with you!
Prior to worship, we will have Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. as we study the lectionary texts each week. Please join us!
The Staff-Parish Relations Committee will hold its first meeting of 2017 at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. An announcement and invitation to attend has gone out to SPRC members from chairperson Elizabeth O’Quinn. Please plan to attend this important meeting.
The Corridor District will be hosting several workshops this month to provide pastors and church leaders training and reflection on congregational vitality. The 7 workshops address topics of interest to participants in our 2016 Charge Conferences. The topics were collected in the Charge Conferences, and they are offered, as follows:
Saturday, January 21, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, at Mebane UMC:
1. PPRC Training
Members of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee will learn appropriate ways to support the pastor and remain attentive to the ministry needs of the congregation.
2. Following the Spirit’s Lead
The workshop is appropriate for Admin Council, Lay Leadership committee members and pastors.
3. The Church and Community Development
Participants will learn the principles of Asset-Based Community Development. The workshop is intended for Admin Council and Mission and Outreach leaders.
4. A Child Will Lead Them
This workshop will appeal to leaders of youth, young adults and those who want to extend hospitality to young people in the community.
Sunday, January 29, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., All Saints UMC in Morrisville:
1. A Piece of Heaven on Earth
This is a good workshop for persons responsible for worship, hospitality, nurture and outreach.
2. Discipleship in the Wesleyan Tradition
What does it mean to be Methodist? What is distinctive about Wesleyan discipleship? This workshop is ideal for pastors and teachers, and for leaders of discipleship ministries.
3. Dialogue across Difference:
Equipping churches for difficult conversations about sexuality, justice, racism, and politics, and for loving one another as members of the Body of Christ is the goal of this workshop.
Participants may register for only one workshop per date. Please let me know if you are interested in attending these workshops.
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 OCIM food pantry in Hillsborough, where they will be distributed to families throughout northern Orange County. Thank you for touching the lives of others through this outreach program of our church!
- They are in need of canned spaghetti-o's and jelly right now. Their shelves are almost bare.
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 you on Sunday!