Annual Brunswick Stew Sale

The Seekers Sunday School Class will have its annual Brunswick Stew Sale on Saturday, February 3. Stew pick-up will be from 2:30pm-5:30pm at the church (follow signs to the entrance by the kitchen). Due to limited storage space, it must be picked up on that date at the specified time. Tickets may be purchased by contacting a Seekers Sunday School class member or by calling Mary Greear (336-294-2133). Cost is $8/quart. Tickets will also be on sale in the Holy Grounds on Sundays, January 21 and January 28, between all services. Unsold stew (if any) will be on sale Sunday, February 4.

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Glenwood: A Missional Opportunity for Christ Church

As we continue to discern God’s will for Christ Church regarding the potential merger with Glenwood UMC, we are offering a number of opportunities for you to learn more. Questions concerning the Glenwood Merger may be addressed in person at one of the Q&A Sessions listed below or by emailing glenwoodinfo@christgreensboro.org.

  • January 21: Information Session, Fellowship Center, 12:15pm
  • January 28: Information Session, Sanctuary, 9:50am
  • January 28: Open House at Glenwood UMC, 1417 Glenwood Ave, 1pm-3pm
  • February 7: Question & Answer Session, Parlor, 6:30pm
  • February 18: Question & Answer Session, Gym area, 12:15pm
  • February 25: Congregational Vote, Sanctuary, 12:15pm
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Salvation Army Bell Ringing 2018

This is the 14th year that Christ UMC has supported the Salvation Army bell ringing campaign.  Our kettle at Macy’s Department Store collected $3876.87.  Many thanks to the volunteers listed below who signed up to ring the bell this year.  We appreciate your support of this worthwhile local mission. If we have omitted any names, please call Paula Trivette at 336-580-1795.  Thank you. — Paula

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Shepherd's Center

Shepherd’s Center of Greensboro will hold its winter session of Adventures in Learning, a six-week series of classes, at Christ United Methodist Church Thursdays from January 18-February 22. Registration for up to three classes is $40, and lunch can be purchased for an additional $8. For additional information and a list of class topics, pick up a copy of the Shepherd’s Center Winter Newsletter on the rack in the Holy Grounds or visit shepctrg.org. You can also email Linda Danford (lcdanfor@uncg.edu).

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iResolve

What do you hope to change in 2018? Have you made your new year’s resolutions yet? In our first worship series of 2018, we will look at some scripturally based resolutions that we can make to have a positive impact on our spiritual lives.

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Security Updates

Christ Church is committed to providing a hospitable and safe environment for mission and ministry. To this end, the Trustees have been in conversations for more than a year around facilities modifications that will enhance our ability to secure the church. Building upon these efforts, the Church Council recently established a security task force to engage in in-depth conversations around short-term and long-term improvements to facilities, procedures, and training to ensure that Christ Church continues to be a safe environment for children, youth, and adults. If you are interested in being a part of these efforts or have further questions, please contact Rev. Louis Timberlake (ltimberlake@christgreensboro.org).

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Eastern NC Flood Recovery

There are still nearly 195 homes in the Fayetteville/Lumberton area that have yet to be repaired after damage from Hurricane Matthew. Our Disaster Relief Team is planning another trip for December 14-16, and there are still spaces available. No construction experience is required. Can't come for the full time? We’d still love to have you. Contact David Millsaps (v92cdc@gmail.com) for more information.

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Christmas Eve Offering

This year, all of the offerings collected at our Christmas Eve Eve (Squared) and Christmas Eve services will support Meals on Wheels with the goal of removing residents from the 157-person waiting list. $5 will purchase a meal; $100 will feed someone for a month. Please take a “Meal Box” from the Gathering Space this Sunday, fill it with a financial gift, and return it at one of the Christmas Eve services as a gift for Christ.

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Help Keep Our Kitchens Clean

Help Keep Our Kitchens Clean: We recently contracted with a professional company to perform a deep clean of our two commercial kitchens. As our staff work hard to maintain that level of cleanliness, we’d appreciate your help. If you use the kitchens or any related equipment, please make sure to clean up afterwards.

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Advent Wreath Lighting

We are looking for individuals, families or small groups to lead the liturgy for the Advent Candle Lighting in the 8:30am and 11am traditional Sunday services in December, as well as the 7:30pm and 11pm Christmas Eve services. We also need readers for the Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 17, at 5pm. If you would like to help, please contact Cathy West (cwest@christgreensboro.org). 

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Hampton Gift Bag Ministry

For many years, Christ United Methodist Church and HamptonElementary School have shared a truly loving and impactful relationship. The United Methodist Women have supported the teachers, administration, and students at Hampton by providing a variety of support services, including their annual book-giving tradition every December, where each student receives a book of their own to take home over their winter break. Our junior high youth have spent several summers assisting the Hampton summer camp program as part of their summer mission experience. The Next Step Sunday school class supports the teachers who work tirelessly with limited resources. These ministries are deeply appreciated by the school and its administration, faculty, and the children. Likewise, our church members have experienced the joy and excitement that comes with supporting Hampton Elementary School. 

We are thrilled to add another dimension of ministry to Hampton Elementary School. This year, our church will provide each of the school's 340 students with a gift bag that they will take home as they leave for their winter break. To ensure we reach every child, we are asking you, your family, and your friends to come by the display table in the Gathering Space beginning November 5. Here you can pick up a Ziplock bag with an instruction sheet inside. Each sheet will list 5 items to be purchased for a student. You will have the choice of shopping for a girl or boy in kindergarten-2nd grade or 3rd-5th grade. 

The gift item list was created in consultation with the school principal and social worker to provide thoughtful items with both purpose and excitement. Please take as many bags as you would like to fill. (However, we ask that you only take what you will be able to return to ensure we have gift bags for all students.)

Fill your heart with love and joy as you shop and bring the filled Ziplock bag(s) back to the display table no later than Sunday, December 3, at 12pm. The Hampton Gift Bag Ministry committee will place the items in gift bags and attach blue and gold ribbons (Hampton school colors), then take the gift bags to the school to be presented to the children. If you would like to choose a monetary gift, rather than shopping, please mail or bring donation funds to the Church Office marked for "Hampton Gift Bag Ministry." There will also be a place to leave donations at the Gathering Space display. 

This year, we are excited to "Go Local" to support our beloved Hampton Elementary School. This ministry will be in place of Operation Christmas Child, which we have supported in the past.

Help us spread our wings and soar to new heights with the Hampton Elementary School Eagles this Christmas! If you have any questions, please contact Kate Hayes (336-601-6553katehayes1@yahoo.com). 

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Weaver House Winter Shelter Volunteers Needed

The Weaver House winter shelter at West Market Church (formerly West Market Street UMC) will begin December 11 and run through March 2018. Volunteers are needed to provide meals to the homeless guests each Friday beginning December 15. Please contact Beth Taylor (b76taylor@gmail.com; 336- 202-8726) for more details and to volunteer.

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Thanks for Giving Double Donation Drive

We are partnering with Habitat for Humanity and Goodwill to host the first ever Double Donation Drive during the Thanksgiving season. Collection trailers from both organizations will be in our parking lot on Saturday, November 18, from 8am-5pm and on Sunday, November 19, from 8am-4pm. Habitat is receiving donations of building supplies and furniture, while Goodwill is receiving clothing and housewares.

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Columbarium Improvements

A recent anonymous gift provided for some wonderful improvements to our Columbarium, ensuring that it will be a dignified, peaceful place of rest for our loved ones and their visitors for many years to come. Please take a moment to walk through it and see the changes. For more information about purchasing a niche in the columbarium, contact Mark Ledford (mledford@christgreensboro.org).

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Angel Tree

Please visit the Angel Tree in the Gathering Space during the month of November. We will once again be partnering with the Salvation Army and collecting toys, bikes, and coats for 125 children who submitted "wish lists" for Christmas. Prayerfully consider participating in another opportunity to make a faith-filled impact on needy families in our area. Cash or gift cards to local stores are also appreciated; all gifts are tax deductible. Deadline for returning gifts is Sunday, December 3. Contact Donita Cooper (336-449-9876; donitacooper@icloud.com) with questions.

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Salvation Army Bell-Ringing

As in years past, our church will ring the Salvation Army Red Kettle Bell this Christmas season at the Macy’s entrance facing Belk at Friendly Center. We will ring daily from Friday, November 24, through Saturday, December 23, excluding Sundays. Two-hour shifts begin at 10am, with the last shift from 6pm-8pm each day. The money raised will feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, give a child a Christmas present, and more. Sign up in the Gathering Space. For more information, contact Paula Trivette (336-580-1795). 

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