Time Change for 8:30am Service

Time Change for 8:30am Service: Beginning Sunday, June 3, the 8:30am traditional service in the Sanctuary will shift to 8:45am for the summer. We will evaluate the schedule change before continuing in the fall. Join us for this traditional, relaxed, and friendly service!

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Graduate Information

Graduate Information: If you have a senior graduating high school or college this year, please send the following information to Katey Blaylock (kblaylock@christgreensboro.org) so they may be celebrated during worship on June 3 and included in the bulletin: first and last name; school they are graduating from; degree (if graduating from college or graduate school); college attending (if graduating from high school). College and graduate school graduates will be asked to stand in their pews for a blessing that morning; high school seniors will process in their caps and gowns and come forward for a blessing.

Graduate Sunday Breakfast: We will have a Graduate Breakfast for our high school seniors and their families on Sunday, June 3, at 9:30am. High school seniors, please RSVP to Sarah Snider (ssnider@christgreensboro.org) by May 20. 

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Disaster Relief Team & East Greensboro Tornado

We have been asked what can we do to help with the aftermath of the recent tornado affecting East Greensboro. We have been advised by relief agencies, such as Habitat, to wait until the detailed analysis of needs is completed before we commit to any building projects, so that the most important items get priority. When we are ready to start our projects, we will post the details in the Messenger. In the meantime, if anyone wants to help relief efforts, you can go to the Volunteer Center website at volunteergso.org, where there is a list of available volunteer opportunities ranging from tree and debris removal to meal volunteers to helping at the food pantry. 

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Health & Wellness Team May Focus: Strokes

Stroke is one of the three leading causes of death in the United States. With the aging population at CUMC and concern for our aging parents with health issues, it is important to remind the congregation of the four warning signs of a stroke. Just remember F A S T:                         

  • F: Face drooping. Ask person to smile.

  • A: Arm weakness. Ask person to raise both arms.

  • S: Speech difficulty. Ask person to repeat a simple sentence.

  • T: Time to call 911 if the person shows any of these symptoms.

For more information, visit webmd.com/signs-of-a-stroke.

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SAMI (Substance Abuse and Mental Illness) Families

Substance abuse and mental illness have a huge impact on family members who care for their loved ones—whether parents, spouses, children or other family members. The two issues often go hand-in-hand and can affect all ages as well as people from all walks of life. Getting to know and talking with other family members of those affected by substance abuse and mental illness is a helpful step on this journey. Christ Church offers a safe space to talk about these issues in a group called SAMI Families, which will meet the first Monday of the month, beginning May 7, at 5:30pm. This group is facilitated by those who are also traveling this journey. For more information, contact Stan Butler (bpinc22@gmail.com) or Beth Jaekle (bhjaekle@att.net). 

Lost & Found

The Church Office has collected a wide variety of lost and found items.  All of the jackets, coffee cups, gloves, and other objects have been hung on the coat rack in the Holy Grounds. A pair of Beats Headphones have also been found; please call the Church Office to identify to claim. All unclaimed items will be donated to Goodwill on May 14.

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New CEC Director Announced

 Following a diligent search process, the Staff Parish Relations Committee and the CEC Board are excited to announce that our new CEC Director will be Sallie Bett Theall. Sallie Bett has been a CEC teacher for a number of years and has previous experience as a church preschool director. We feel that her hire will help us continue the excellence that we have enjoyed for the past 25 years. Sallie Bett will officially assume the role of Director on May 29 and work with Kathy Sinopoli, our retiring Director, to ensure a smooth transition.

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Food Drive Results: Spring 2018

Thanks to our volunteers and the customers of the Harris Teeter at the Shops at Friendly Center, including many of our own parishioners, we collected 4,409 pounds of food and $313.50 in cash this past Friday and Saturday. At $1.35 per pound, the cash converts to approximately 232 pounds, for a total of 4,641 pounds of food donated to Greensboro Urban Ministry. Thanks to all who participated, especially our volunteers who make the success of this food drive possible.

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Parenting Parents with Dementia

Is your parent suffering from Dementia? We are forming a group for adult children parenting parents with Dementia to provide support and help answer questions as you experience the different phases of the disease. The support group will meet on the second Tuesday of the month beginning May 8, when it will meet at the home of Karen Foster. If you would like to be part of this group, please contact Karen Foster (336-420-0020, karenfostergso@gmail.com) for more information.

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Health & Wellness Team April Focus: Substance Abuse

Health & Wellness Team April Focus on Substance Abuse: Substance abuse is becoming more common in our society and affects individuals of all ages and from all types of families. This increasing problem often begins with the use of prescription drugs or with the occasional social use of alcohol. It is very easy to begin using these substances excessively, leading to abuse. If you or someone you care about is using substances in an unhealthy manner, please seek care from your private medical doctor or health clinic. For more information, visit webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/substance-abuse.

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Security Task Force Update

 

As the Security Task Force continues their work, the number of unlocked, unobserved doors, particularly on Sunday mornings, has been discussed as a point of concern. As we seek to minimize our vulnerability, while maintaining good accessibility for members and guests, we will begin locking some non-essential entrances, particularly where there are other entrances nearby. We will also begin locking exterior doors in unused areas of the building during times those areas are not in use. Signs will be posted on affected doors as this is implemented. In addition, we are actively working on physical improvements, communications capabilities, and training for volunteers and staff, as we develop a comprehensive safety plan. Thank you for your understanding as we strive to maintain a safe space for the children, youth, and adults of Christ Church.

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Finance Committee Votes to Retire Debt

Due to the success of the Boundless Initiative, we are excited to announce the retirement of the debt on the Fellowship Center, making Christ Church officially debt free for the first time in sixteen years! The Finance Committee will continue to evaluate the progress of Boundless each quarter and release available funds to be used toward goals beyond the mission and ministry budget. The next priorities are likely to be improvements to our children’s ministry space and upgrades to improve the efficiency and function of our HVAC system. For more updates on the progress of Boundless, look for the quarterly Generosity Report, which will be released around the end of April.

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ChristKids Worship Walls

Kids Worship Walls: Families with children are invited to visit the new Kids Worship Walls to select fun materials to enhance their worship experience. The Worship Wall for the traditional service is located in the narthex. The Worship Wall for the contemporary space is a four-sided stand located immediately inside of the entrance. Children are welcome to take whatever materials they would like and return supplies when they are finished.

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Called Charge Conference

There will be a Called Charge Conference on Wednesday, March 21, at 6pm for the purpose of approving Mark Smith to move from honorable location to eligibility for appointment by the Bishop in 2018. All are welcome but only those on Church Council may vote. 

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Join our Family Life Team

Our Family Life Team plans Welcome Wednesday and various other family ministries for the church. Interested in possibly joining this team? Join us for our meeting on Sunday, March 18, at 12:15pm in the Disciple Room. Please RSVP to Ben and Jenn Kunka (jenniferkunka@gmail.com) or Anne Dooley (adooley@christgreensboro.org) and let them know if you will need childcare. 

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Upcoming Adult Fellowship Trips

Adult Fellowship Trip to Hillside Estate: Join us on Wednesday, April 11, for a tour of the Julian Price mansion in the historic Fisher Park Neighborhood. We will go as a group on the church bus, leaving the church at 9:15am for the tour and lunch before returning at approximately 2pm. Register by bringing a check to the Church Office no later than Sunday, March 11; cost is $35/person. 

Adult Fellowship Trip to Sanford, NC: Join us on Friday, March 23, from 9:45am-5:45pm as we travel to Sanford, NC, for lunch at Mrs. Lacy’s Magnolia Tea Room and a matinee performance of Church Basement Ladies at Temple Theatre. Cost is $28 per person (does not include lunch). To register, fill out a form, available at our Information Centers, and return it with your payment to the Church Office.

Shepherd’s Center Asheville Trip: The Adult Fellowship Trip Committee invites you to join the Shepherd’s Center’s trip to Asheville from June 12-14, 2018. Cost is $349 for double occupancy and includes transportation, hotel, four meals, and a tour (Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site, Biltmore Estates including the Chihuly Glass Gardens Exhibit, a guided tour of Downtown Asheville, and St. Lawrence Basilica). A deposit of $75 is due February 28; final payment May 8. Contact the Shepherd’s Center to register (336-376-0766 or info@shepctrg.org). 

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Churchwide Study of The Wesley Challenge

Beginning March 4, join our adult Sunday school classes on a churchwide study of The Wesley Challenge. Spend four weeks working through 21 questions to engage your physical, spiritual, and emotional lives and your relationship with God and others, inspiring you to a new kind of commitment that is more authentic, vulnerable, and soul shaping. If you are not already connected with a class, this is a great time to get connected! View a full listing of our Sunday school classes and meeting locations at christgreensboro.org/sundayschool.

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Baby Boomer Spirituality

Baby Boomer Spirituality: We will be meeting on Thursday evenings beginning March 1 from 7pm-8:30pm to explore Baby Boomer Spirituality in room 213. The study will run for 5 weeks. Please come to discuss issues related to our spiritual growth as part of the Baby Boomer generation. Contact Libba Genova (libbagenova@gmail.com) if you are interested in joining us.

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