Latest News from Christ United Methodist Church
Volunteers are needed to deliver and distribute bag lunches to children at Rankin Elementary School between 11:30am and 12:30pm each Friday of the summer beginning June 23. Providing these lunches to children ensures they at least have one meal that day. The bag lunches are already prepared, so pick up, delivery, and distribution are all that is required. Please contact Beth Taylor (email@example.com, 336-202-8726) as soon as possible for more information and to volunteer.
The Staff Parish Relations Committee, an elected group of lay leaders, is charged with regularly assessing the staffing needs of the church to help the church best fulfill its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. As we look at the current needs of the church, SPRC has opted to transition away from participation in the Cone Congregational Nurse program, including the employment of a congregational nurse, effective July 1, 2017.
This was a difficult, prayer-filled decision and is not a reflection upon Vicki Williford. Vicki has served faithfully for nine years at Christ Church and her presence on our staff team will be missed. Our involvement in the congregational nurse program began with the creation of a part-time role, funded largely by Cone Health, that was focused on providing health education, wellness opportunities, and connections with community resources. Over time, this grew into a full-time role that was funded wholly by Christ Church. As the ministries of the church continue to evolve, we have now accomplished many of the goals for which the position was created, and the need for the Cone Congregational Nurse program is not what it once was. This decision was not taken lightly, but seeks to account for the changing needs of the church. We have been blessed by Vicki's service and know that she will continue to serve others with love and grace in the next phase of her career.
A Note From Vicki
It has been a privilege and honor to serve as Congregational Nurse at Christ United Methodist Church for the past 9 years. Thank you for welcoming me into your lives during your most vulnerable times. I feel honored to have shared many joys and sorrows with you on your journeys. One of the roles I hold most dearly, as your nurse, was as a healer by offering support and advocacy in my service to the members of this church and the community, sometimes in very stressful situations.
In 1986, I journeyed to Africa to work in a hospital. On a six-seater plane in a rainstorm, a verse was especially meaningful to me:
Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Those words still ring true today. Our God is an awesome God. May you find strength and resilience in your faith wherever your life journey takes you.—Vicki Williford BSN, RN
Summer Messenger Schedule
Beginning in June, we will introduce a trial period during which we will send the printed Messenger biweekly. The Messenger email will be sent at its regular frequency, so weekly communications from the church will continue. At the end of the summer, we will provide an opportunity for feedback and evaluation. It is our hope that shifting to a biweekly Messenger will allow us to improve the quality and accuracy of the content you receive, making the Messenger both more enjoyable and more effective.
Messenger by Email
Did you know you can receive the Messenger by email? Each week’s Messenger email includes all the same information as the print version, with links to upcoming events and important announcements, as well as a PDF of the printed Messenger. If you’d like to sign up to receive the Messenger by email, or you’d like to remove yourself from the print mailing list, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact Courtney Guadagno, Director of Communications and Technology, with questions.
Are you interested in helping greet, prepare communion, or serve communion at Spark? Sign up now at christgreensboro.org/spark-signups. Contact Lori Gray for more information.
Is your child graduating from college? Please send their first and last name, where they’re graduating from, and what their degree is to Katey Blaylock (email@example.com) by Friday, May 26. This information will be included in The Messenger for Graduation Sunday (June 4.)
Each summer, a group from CUMC attends our United Methodist Conference Camp—Camp Tekoa, near Hendersonville, NC—together for one week in the summer. We provide transportation and a watchful eye for our campers. Anne and the camp nurses attend the whole week to volunteer and be with our children. Current third graders through youth are invited to join us for the week of July 30–August 5 (Week 8). (Third and fourth graders can choose to stay for a half or full week.)
Learn more and register at camptekoa.org.
For more information, contact Anne Dooley (firstname.lastname@example.org).