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Reading of the Week / May 21, 2017
Saturday, 20 May 2017

They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.
                                                                                                    John 14:21 (NRSV)

Record of our Financial Faithfullness / May 21, 2017
Saturday, 20 May 2017

2017 Church Budget:                                                                      $142,700.00
Tithes/Offerings Needed per Week                                                       2,744.23
Total tithes/offerings received  June 14                                                1,615.00

Total needed to meet budget through June 14                                   54,883.92
Total tithes/offerings received through June 14                                 48,503.00

Bring to the storehouse a full tenth of what you earn so there will be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD All-Powerful. “I will open the windows of heaven for you and pour out all the blessings you need.”   Malachi 3:10 (NCV)

Prayer Requests / Week of May 21, 2017
Saturday, 20 May 2017


Ongoing prayers:

Frank & Ruby Miller, 
Jeri Bryan,
JoAnne Wells,
Helen Black (also Joan and John),
Rebecca Garza,
Ridge Riley,
Scooter Kirby, 
Janie Landon,
Caroline Flint,
Phillip Dabbs,
Linda Kimbro,
Judy and Jack Lunn,
Sara Davies,
Earl Brown and family,
Kayla and Lisa Lee,
Weston Mallard,
Bess White,
John & Joan’s granddaughter Nicole,
Don Logner’s mother, grandmother Mary Oakley,
Bill & Jessie Ray,
Shirley Graham,
Jimmy Griffin,
Cody McDade, 
Bobby Efland,
Donnie Rountree,
Frances Griffin,
Stephanie Mulligan and baby Isaac,
Randy Tate,
Geof Gledhill’s sister Denise,
Abby Schreiber,
Wayne Wilkerson,
Betty Compton,
Debbie Miller's mother,
Jay Compton's mother,
Cody McDade,
The Mallard family,
Family of Doug Dixon,
Family of Naomi Wilson,
Prayerfully consider your gifts and financial support of our church’s ministry and mission for God.

GUIDE TO PRAYER & STUDY / Week of May 21-27, 2017
Saturday, 20 May 2017

1 Corinthians 12:21-26; Acts 17:22-28

Things I want to remember from today’s worship service:

Monday, May 22:  Read 1 Corinthians 12:26-30.
Babe Ruth is one of the most famous individual baseball players of all time, and yet he once said, “You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth much.” Paul reminded his readers in Corinth that their varied gifts were not tools to outdo others in a quest for power or glory. Connected in Christ, they needed to depend on and support one another. In verses 29-30, Paul asked a set of questions that all focused on the question, “Are we all gifted in the exact same ways?” He phrased them in a way that assumed the answer was “No.” Reflect on the mix of interests, talents, and passions that makes you unique. What are some ways in which your uniqueness can join God’s mission, and equip you to work with God for the good of others? How can you more fully honor both your own gifts and those of others? Prayer: Creator God, help me embrace the person you have made me to be. Help me to use my unique abilities to contribute to your mission in the world and for the good of others. Amen.

Tuesday, May 23:  Read Exodus 31:1-11.
Al Lopez was a great baseball manager who knew there’s more to life than just following orders. He once wrote, “Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it’s business or baseball, or the theater, or any field—if you don’t love what you’re doing and you can’t give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short.” To lead in building Israel’s beautiful tabernacle in the desert, God directed Moses to two gifted craftsmen. Bezalel and Oholiab not only had wonderful skills of their own, but also had the ability to teach others. In your work or other areas of involvement, what are you best at doing? What ways have you found (or could you find) to share your ability with others who would benefit from your sharing? Prayer: God, I ask you for a heart willing to hear your call, willing to see all you have given me, and willing to do wholeheartedly whatever you set before me. Amen.
Wednesday, May 24:  Read 1 Corinthians 12:4-12.
Baseball official Pat Gillick said, “Wherever you’re working, be it a baseball team or at a business, you want to walk in there and say, ‘It’s great to be at work. Let’s go get ’em,’ as opposed to walking in there knowing there's going to be a commotion.” Paul said that for the church to live as “the body of Christ,” it’s vital that each member recognize and value the contribution of other members who may have very different strengths. What “parts” are you equipped to play for God as a member of “the body of Christ”? Are you “in the game” using those skills? Prayer: Generous God, guide me as I put the gifts you’ve given me to work, blending them with the gifts of others in my congregation. Help us to play well together. Amen.    

Thursday, May 25
:  Read Ephesians 4:11-16.
Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller served on the U.S.S. Alabama during World War II. “You can talk about teamwork on a baseball team,” he said, “but I’ll tell you, it really takes teamwork when you have 2,900 men stationed on a ship in the South Pacific.” One way following God is different from baseball is that the Bible never talks about any “spectator” Christians. Ephesians says God desires to equip all of God’s people to serve in some way. In today’s passage, we read that God’s goal is for us to become mature adults, measured by the standard of the fullness of Christ. We don’t serve merely to do good things, but because in serving we grow toward God’s goal of maturity. What can help you grow toward maturity in your relationship with Christ and with others? Prayer: Lord God, dwell in my heart. Keep me daily growing more mature in you. Thank you for your love and grace—the safe environment in which I am able to grow. Amen. 

Friday, May 26:  Read Luke 9:46-48.
Ernie Banks won the MVP award two years in a row (1958 and 1959); yet he once said, “Awards mean a lot, but they don’t say it all. The people in baseball mean more to me than statistics.” Jesus’ disciples were arguing about which of them was the greatest. Jesus told them emphatically that “whoever is least among you all is the greatest.” Children held no status in ancient culture, so Jesus wasn’t just saying, “Become sweet and innocent.” He was telling the disciples to welcome with open arms those who by earthly standards had no status. In what ways does that principle Jesus taught apply to our lives today? How can setting aside our human fascination with power, celebrity and status create an environment in which the church can truly function as a “winning team”? Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me eyes that see as you do. Give me a heart that welcomes others in your family, not because of what they can do for me, but because of what we can do for you when we work together. Amen.

Saturday, May 27:
Reflect on your week’s readings, and join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Bring a friend with you! The Body of Christ is incomplete if you’re absent!

E-Note from Pastor Karl / May 19, 2017
Saturday, 20 May 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!


Moving Day for Pastor Karl
Saturday, 13 May 2017

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.