Day Camp 2017

Thirty-three of our children from Christ Church experienced Day Camp the week of July 10. We had an awesome time experiencing faith formation as we enjoyed outdoor activities at Camp Guilrock. Our theme was “God’s Wonder-Full World."  We are grateful to the counselors from our church: Sally Lewis, Lynn Long, and Cynthia Styers. Other servants include Terry Rankin (bus driver, photographer, and anything needed) and Mary Jo McGraw (who lead a fun-filled rotation).  We greatly appreciate our junior counselors: Sydney Ma, Mallie Roley, and Andi Leigh Waldrop. It’s one of our favorite weeks of the summer!  With appreciation, Anne Dooley and Lynn Long

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A Note of Gratitude

Dear Christ Church family, words fail to express our gratitude to you all for your love, care, and support over the last 5 years. You have kept us in your prayers and embraced us so deeply in the family called “Christ Church.” For that, and so much more, we are eternally thankful. Please know how grateful we are for all of the gifts made to the Christ Church endowment, cards, emails and gifts you have sent. We’ll always treasure our time with you and anticipate with joy the new and greater achievements you’re certain to make under the leadership of Morris.  

Shalom, friends, shalom,
Lauralee and Mike Bailey

P.S. Mike’s new email with the Annual Conference is mbailey@wnccumc.org. The address of their new home is 2004 Middleham Drive, Kernersville, NC 27284.

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Unpacking Our Faith: Summer Adult Sunday School

Adult Summer Sunday School Option July 9-August 20
Parlor and Disciple Rooms

Utilizing Adam Hamilton’s Creed series, we will explore what we as Christians believe and why it matters. We will discuss many of the core questions of the Christian faith, including “What do we mean when we say ‘I believe’?,” “What is the source of our belief?,” “What do Christians believe about Jesus?,” and more. Our leaders will include our Pastors.

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Final Organist Open Audition

The third and final candidate for the positions of Organist and Coordinator of Instrument Music, Director of Handbells, and Director of Children's Choirs will be visiting Christ Church Friday, July 7. Join us at 7pm in the Sanctuary for the open audition, which should last no more than 45 minutes. We would love to have a full congregation to sing cherished hymns and to enjoy wonderful music presented on the Fisk organ!

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Congratulations to Louis Timberlake!

Congratulations to Rev. Louis Timberlake, who was ordained as an Elder on Saturday, June 24, at the Annual Conference of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Christ Church congregation has presented him with a special stole in honor and celebration of his ordination. Congratulations, Louis!

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Meet Morris and Pam Brown: Save the Date!

As we welcome Morris and Pam Brown to the Christ Church family this July, there will be a number of opportunities to meet them and to get to know our new Senior Pastor. Please save the date for the following congregational events:

  • July 23, 6pm — Christ Church at MUSEP Concert at Founder’s Lawn, Guilford College (Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra)
  • July 26, 6pm — Q&A with Morris during Welcome Wednesday Cookout
  • August 13, 6:30pm — Christ Church at MUSEP Concert at Lindley Park (Greensboro Concert Band)
  • August 20, 9:50am — Q&A with Morris during Sunday School
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Summer Enrichment Time at Hampton Elementary School (July 10-27, 2017)

Summer Enrichment Time (SET) demonstrates “Love in Action” by United Methodist Women. During this summer experience for children, UMW partners with Hampton Elementary School to prevent the loss of reading skills over the summer while building relationships with the children.

At the close of 2016 SET, Thyais Maxwell, principal at Hampton Elementary School, stated, “It’s the best thing that has ever happened to these kids.” This spring, she expressed the need to expand SET from two to three weeks and add more students who will not have an opportunity to do “much of anything” this summer, resulting in a significant loss of reading skills and educational stimulation. In response, UMW committed to sponsoring this year’s SET for three weeks, from July 10-27, for about 50 students. In order to make SET a success, UMW seeks volunteers from Christ UMC, including our middle school youth, who work with SET during the Junior High Mission Experience.

Betty Parker, a SET reading volunteer, said, “For me it is a double blessing, because I get to work with some students I know in a new fun setting. It's like VBS with the emphasis on building reading skills: songs, games, crafts, activities all related to non-fiction books to build academic vocabulary.” The kids are happy because they are with familiar teachers, as well as Christ Church youth and adults, who are intentionally spending time with them.

When we celebrated the last day, the parents were so appreciative of their children being given the opportunity to learn over the summer. Thyais Maxwell concluded, “It kept them highly engaged in fun, structured literacy based activities that they may not ordinarily experience.”

“I enjoy sharing my love of reading with first and second graders in a learning environment that is stimulating and fun. It creates enthusiasm for reading,” said Betsy Schiller, a volunteer.

What is needed to make these 3 weeks a success is YOU! Our middle school youth will be of great help the week of July 10-13. From July 17-20 and July 24-27, volunteers are needed from 9am-10am to work with small groups of children in reading centers. Additionally, about four volunteers are needed to help with enrichment activities from 10am to 12:30pm each day. You may volunteer for an hour, a day, or several days—whatever works for you! No particular skills are needed, and all activities are planned.

I promise it will be a rewarding experience and worth the drive to Hampton Elementary School. The children always ask, “Are you coming back?” They will make you feel special while showing Love in Action. If you would like to contribute to the success of this UMW mission, please make your checks to CUMC UMW. 

Carolyn McKinney, UMW President

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Carolyn McKinney (336-638-8682; comkville@aol.com). 

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Habitat for Humanity 2017

Christ UMC has been a longtime supporter of Habitat, and we are joining a number of other faith communities to build a house this year. This year’s Habitat for Humanity Faith Build will began Saturday, June 10, and will run on Saturdays through October 21, 2017. The family’s name is Shishay Weldmsamial and Mebrehit Gebrekidan. To sign up: 

  1. Visit christgreensboro.org/habitat2017
  2. Click “sign in” in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. If you do not have an account: Click “Register” to create an account. After you create your user name and password, enter join code FAIBUI. (This join code is critical, as the events will appear as reserved until you enter this information).
    If you do have an account: Sign in to your account. 
  4. You will be returned to the events page, where you will find the event(s) reserved for CUMC. Just click “Sign up” for the date you would like and confirm your information, and you are registered! You should receive an email confirmation immediately. 
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Put The Shoe On Another Foot Celebration

Congratulations to coordinator Logan Forbis and family, and to all the children and youth and adults that participated and contributed to this mission event. We are grateful to Logan for keeping on with this meaningful mission fundraiser; this was our sixth year. We raised $836 to help with our Dominican RepublicMission Team’s July trip. Funds will help with a Bible School and finalizing the building of a school. There is still time to contribute, if you would like to give. Send money to the Church Office, with checks made to CUMC with “shoe event” in the memo line. Photos are available at cumc.shutterfly.com, thanks to Sam McClenaghan!

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VBS 2017: Wesley Village

Next week (June 26-29) is one of the most exciting weeks of the summer here at Christ United Methodist Church! We will host our 2017 Vacation Bible School “Wesley Village.” Each day our children will watch dramas, learn new songs, listen to stories, create crafts, and have fun with their friends, all while learning about John Wesley and how he formed the Methodist Church. 

Our congregation can support Vacation Bible School in the following ways:

  • Volunteer! We still need volunteers—specifically 1 leader for an elementary group, as well as a few more spots to fill in the Craft Village. Please email vbs@christgreensboro.org if you can share your gifts with us.
  • Pray specifically that each participant, parent and volunteer will grow in God’s love.  
  • Join us for the Bible School Finale! You can hear and see what the children have learned throughout this amazing week. It will be held in the Sanctuary at 6:30pm on Thursday, June 28.
  • Provide our fantastic youth and adult volunteers with snacks! Please consider sending one or more goodies to our volunteer snack room. These folks are not picky; they like, fruit, veggies and dip, cookies, cakes, muffins, bagels, breakfast casseroles, or anything. You can drop your goodies off in the morning at either the big kitchen in the Fellowship Center or in our Break Room (Room 101).

Our hope is that our children and adults will leave this week with the love and passion that John Wesley had for God and for our great Methodist Church. 

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VBS Volunteer Set-Up and Training

VBS Volunteeres, join us on Saturday, June 24, from 9am-1pm for VBS training and set-up. Lunch will be served at 11:30am, and Rev. Duane Morford will share information about John Wesley at 11:45am. Please RSVP to vbs@christgreensboro.org to let us know if you will be attending lunch and if you need childcare for the day.

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2016-2017 CUMC Endowment Disbursements

The CUMC Endowment is a permanent fund that will perpetuate future work of the church through its investment earnings. The Fund is intended for purposes that are not a part of our regular operating budget, or the regular giving of its members. 

Approved uses of our Fund include the following:

  • Missions (for missions in and beyond the local church and community)
  • Building and grounds (capital improvements/expenditures that are not part of the annual budget)
  • Scholarships
  • Unbudgeted special needs and ministries recommended by the CUMC Trustees and Finance Committee, and approved by the Administrative Council

As a result of generous support from our members, the Endowment’s capital has grown to over $600,000.  Our Committee is pleased to announce disbursements for the 2016-2017 church year:

  • UMAR home for special needs adults, $1250
  • Wesley-Luther Society, UNCG, $1618
  • Hampton Elementary Reading Program supported by UMW, $1500
  • Duke Divinity Scholarship for Katey Blaylock, $2000
  • Togo Health Center project through Blair Thompson, $1000
  • Chris Barbee Thailand mission, $5000
  • CUMC Senior Adult Council, chairs with arms, $2600
  • CUMC Youth Missions, storage rental for donated furniture, $400
  • CUMC Guatemala Mission Trip, $2000
  • CUMC Dominican Republic Mission Trip, $2000
  • CUMC Trustees, door security and accessibility upgrades, $3000

We will begin discussions for next year’s disbursements this autumn. To learn more about supporting the Endowment please visit christgreensboro.org/endowments.

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Donations Needed for VBS Volunteer Break Room

Can you help by keeping our multitude of volunteer servants fed and energized for ministry with our children? We need donations of breakfast casseroles, donuts, bagels, fruit, soft drinks, and small waters. For more information or with questions, please contact Break Room Coordinator Jaimie Ashby at 336-292-9060 orJaimie@anncrithmk.com.

Donations may be dropped off in Room 101.

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Youth VBS Volunteers Needed

Our awesome Vacation Bible School is June 26-29, 9am-1pm. We depend on our youth to help make this great for our children! Join us the week following the SCMT and keep the "good feelings of serving" going another week, with your friends from church.

Please email Anne Dooley by June 12 at adooley@christgreensboro.org if you can volunteer.

There will be a required youth volunteer meeting on Sunday, June 25 from 5:30pm-6pm.

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First Food Sunday June 4

First Food Sunday is coming up on June 4! Please bring non-perishable foods to the Holy Grounds by that date for delivery directly to Greensboro Urban Ministry. Food collections are always slow during the summer, so let’s keep up our efforts in support of GUM.Anything you can spare is needed and appreciated.

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Celebrating Mike and Lauralee Bailey

As we prepare to bid farewell to Mike and Lauralee Bailey, we want to invite you to help us honor their contributions to our church community. On Sunday, June 11, there will be a reception from 9:50-10:50am in the Parlor/Disciple Room. Mike and Lauralee wish to have an informal time to greet members of the congregation.

In addition, the Staff Parish Relations Committee is asking congregants to take a few minutes to write a note to Mike expressing gratitude for his service at CUMC, congratulations for his new post as a District Superintendent, and perhaps a personal experience.

You may send your notes by mail or email to Laura Green at 407 Beverly Place, Greensboro, NC, 27403 or laurag0603@gmail.com. There will also be a basket in the Gathering Space labeled “Messages for Mike and Lauralee,” if you would like to drop your notes there.

Finally, in lieu of a love offering, you are invited to honor the Baileys through a donation to the Christ United Methodist Church Endowment. You may make your gift through your preferred method of giving, designated to the Endowment Fund in honor of the Baileys. The interest earnings from these gifts will help fund special missions and ministry opportunities for years to come.

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