Latest News from Christ United Methodist Church
Sunday, May 21 will be a special day for our four-year-olds. It is the day they will receive their Bible Storybook during Sunday school. Bible Storybooks are a Milestone Ministry at CUMC. Milestone Ministries are special times in a child’s life when we recognize how your child is growing, both in size and on their faith journey. Letters to four-year- olds and their parents have gone out. Please return the information form as soon as possible. If you have a four-year-old and did not receive a letter, or if you have a child who is in Pre-K or Kindergarten who has not received a Bible Storybook in the past, please contact Lynn Long.
As days get warmer, the guidance counselor at Hampton School will conduct hygiene classes for fifth grade students. She will talk about the importance of being clean and using personal hygiene items, but many families cannot afford to purchase them. Having a small bag with these useful items included may introduce some students to these products.
The following items are needed to create small individual bags: deodorant, dental floss, toothpaste, toothbrush, mouth wash, conditioner, shampoo, and lotion. Travel size is fine; however, if you have regular size items, they will work as well. Thanks to the Mission Possible Kids for assembling these bags. Place your donations in the bin in the Holy Grounds by April 30.
Come join us for some fun games and fellowship. Our kick-off will highlight the classic card game of Pinochle with the possibility of adding other games at future events. The version of Pinochle we’re playing allows those who have never played it before to learn the basics after a few practice hands. On the first and third Wednesdays every month we'll be meeting from 3:30pm–5:30pm, just before the Welcome Wednesday meals. Our first get-togethers will be May 3 and May 17. Information about Fun and Fellowship and a description of Pinochle game play is available by clicking here. If you would like to suggest other games or have this information sent to you, please contact Dennis Chesney (336-454-4184, firstname.lastname@example.org).
We need some additional volunteers to help prepare communion at the 8:30am service each week; this takes only about 5-10 minutes before the service and another 5 minutes after the service. (We have other volunteers to prepare the gluten-free elements.)
If you find this weekly sacrament meaningful and can help on a rotating basis (perhaps one Sunday a month), please contact Cathy West (email@example.com) or call the Church Office (336-299-1571). Thank you!
Habitat for Humanity of Greensboro is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Christ UMC has been a key partner from the beginning. In celebration of this milestone, CUMC has again joined with Habitat to co-sponsor a house that was built in 30 days. The dedication was April 12, and the Kuyamba family became the proud owners of their new home.
We will also be joining with other faith communities to start another "Building on Faith" house in June.
Over the past few months, your Staff Parish Relations Committee has been working hard to develop a process to fill our staffing needs in the Worship and Arts Ministry Area, following the retirement of Lynn Gordon and the coming retirement of Dr. André Lash. A task force comprising members of the church who are knowledgeable and passionate about these areas has begun its work, taking the feedback from the congregational survey to develop and post the positions in a number of venues targeted towards professional church musicians. The application deadline is set as May 7, with multiple rounds of interviews to take place soon thereafter. As the process moves forward, the task force will inform and involve the congregation as much as possible, particularly as we get to the final onsite visits and auditions. The task force seeks to have the new personnel in place by mid to late August. If you know of individuals who might be interested and qualified for the positions, encourage them to visit christgreensboro.org/careers.
Dear Beloved Christ Church Family,
I’m writing today to share with you a surprising change that has come to Lauralee and me that affects Christ Church. It is a change that I’m still processing emotionally, one that brings with it some shock, much sadness, and great honor.