E-Note from Pastor Karl / May 19, 2017

Dear Cedar Grove UMC family,

Please make plans to attend and invite others to our Homecoming celebration at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday! In particular, reach out to those who haven't been to church in a while and to those who have no church home. Come help us celebrate our Homecoming! We will continue our sermon series, Take Me Out to the Ball Game as we explore the “Great American Pastime” and learn lessons for the Christian life. My sermon on Sunday will be “The Value of Teammates” – a wonderful and fitting topic for Homecoming! Plan to join us for worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday – and bring a friend (or friends!) with you! After worship, we’ll gather in the Fellowship Hall for a covered dish lunch, so bring your favorite dishes and join with us.

Because of preparations for Homecoming, we will not have Sunday School on Sunday, but we will have the Men’s Prayer Breakfast at 7 a.m. Sunday. Men, I look forward to being with you at the prayer breakfast!

Also on Sunday, members of the Staff/Parish Relations Committee will meet with CGUMC’s incoming pastor Monica Beacham at 4:30 p.m. SPRC members, please plan to be in attendance to meet Monica! Moving Day will be June 27 when I will become senior pastor of Queen St. UMC in Kinston. Please keep us and all families of moving pastors in your prayers.

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. Let’s be sure to bring our OCIM offerings each week. Thank you for touching the lives of others through this outreach program of our church!

For 2017, we’re setting our goal for 150 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. 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.

  • For now, we are asking that you continue to donate washcloths, bars of soap and toothbrushes. OCC guidelines now prohibit the inclusion of toothpaste and candy from the shoeboxes.

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 are in the process of updating our nursery. The trustees are acquiring new toys to stock the nursery. We will have a sign-up sheet available on Sunday for those who would be willing to volunteer in the nursery during worship. If we can get at least 6-8 folks to sign up, then volunteers would only have to be in the nursery once every couple months or so. Thanks to all who have donated toys and to those who have already signed up to help in the nursery!

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:

Did you get the message yet that Sunday is Homecoming? I look forward to being in worship with you for this very special day! Bring all your friends to worship with us!



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