Dear Cedar Grove UMC family,
In Matthew 25, Jesus teaches the parable of the talents. He tells of a wealthy man going on a long journey who calls his servants and says, in essence, “I will be gone a long time. I am entrusting my wealth to you; I want you to manage it well.” To one he gives five talents, to another two and to a third one talent.
Here’s the point Jesus is making: Everything we have is a gift. Your life—the air you breathe, the abilities you were born with—is a gift. If you have a high IQ, or the voice of an angel, or an athletic physique, or the skills you use in doing your work, you can enhance these, capitalize on them, but ultimately they are a gift. You are a steward of these gifts. Your life is lived both in gratitude for the gift, and in an effort to make a return on this investment—to give back.
In the end, the measure of your life will not be in how much you have saved, spent, or acquired, but in how much you gave to God and others.
On Sunday, we will continue our sermon series How Will You Measure Your Life? Drawing from scriptural teaching, we’ll look at how what we choose and value has far greater impact on our lives than what we achieve and acquire. Please plan to join us for worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday – and bring a friend with you! Prior to worship, we will have our adult Sunday School class at 9:30 a.m. as we continue our study of Acts. Please join us!
On Saturday (tomorrow), we will have our Senior Citizens Dinner at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. This event is a great opportunity to say “Thank you!” for all the ways our seniors have served and are continuing to serve our Lord, our church and our community!
Also on Sunday, you will have the opportunity to give the gift of life at the American Red Cross Blood Drive at Eno Presbyterian Church. This is a great way to show love for others, and the need for blood is critical right now. You can make your appointment online (I made mine online earlier this week) or by phone, but even if you don’t have an appointment, drop-ins are always accepted. The blood drive runs10:30 until 3 p.m., so you have plenty of time after church to stop by. I’ll see you there!
The college football season kicks off in earnest as most schools start with games Sept. 1, 2 or 3. (California will play Hawaii in Sydney, Australia at 10 p.m. EDT on Friday, Aug. 26 – which will actually be Saturday, Aug. 27 in Australia.) Unless you are a fan of one of those two schools, all of our favorite teams will be 0-0 and technically still in the running for the national championship on Sunday, Aug. 28. So, on that Sunday, we’re inviting all of you to come dressed wearing your favorite school’s logos or colors at our 10:30 a.m. worship service. I’ll definitely be wearing my Pirate purple!
The following Sunday, Sept. 4, is the Sunday before Labor Day. On that Sunday, we’re inviting each of you to come to church in whatever attire you wear for work. Whether that means scrubs, mechanic’s overalls, gardening clothes, uniforms, or business attire, let’s come to church wearing what we wear for work. If you’re retired, you can wear what you wore when you were working every day – let’s celebrate the jobs we do as the callings they are from God and as the opportunities they are to share the light of Christ!
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 food pantry at OCIM in Hillsborough, where they will be distributed to families throughout northern Orange County. Thank you for touching the lives of others through this wonderful mission!
At this time of year, school supplies will be on sale in many stores. As you are shopping, please pick up some extra school supplies and bring them to the church. We will use these supplies for two purposes – first, our Back-to-School Giveaway on August 27 and second, for our collection for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes which we will be preparing later this year. Many local students depend on our Back-to-School giveaway each year for school supplies they need. And we are continuing to move toward our goal of 150 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Your donations will bless children both in our area and throughout the world! Thanks for your support of these mission efforts 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 many of you at the Senior Citizens Dinner tomorrow and all of you at worship on Sunday!