Dear Cedar Grove UMC family,
A week that began with temperatures approaching zero now finds me writing this eNote today with temperatures in the mid-60s! After last week’s cancellation of activities on Sunday, I look forward to being with you in worship this Sunday as we begin a new 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 “Who Is God, and Why Is God ‘Almighty’?” as we focus on the first words of the creed. 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 begin a study of the lectionary texts each week. Please join us!
After worship, we will be taking down the Chrismon tree and the decorations from the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany season. Many hands make light work, so please plan to stay for a few moments after church to help us put away these decorations. Thank you!
The UMW will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the home of Rachel Pope with the program by Betty Compton. All who are interested are invited to attend!
We will be preparing a dinner for the students of the UNC Wesley Fellowship on Thursday, Jan. 19. You can help in different ways: help prepare the meal, join us at University UMC in Chapel Hill for the meal at 6:15 p.m. on the 19th, prepare something beforehand and drop it off by the church, or make a donation to help offset the cost of the meal. If at all possible, please plan to join with us at the meal. You will be so blessed by these wonderful students, one of whom of course is our own Morgan McCallum!
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!
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! Blessings!