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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Become a Stephen Minister

Christian care is never outdated. God’s command that we love one another is the same now as it was thousands of years ago. How are you showing God’s love to others? Stephen Ministry is one way you can do that. A new training class for Stephen Ministers is starting soon. Contact Andee Morford (Andee.barbee@gmail.com) to learn about this important ministry of our congregation and how you can get involved.

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Out of the Garden: Food Donations Needed

Out of the Garden: Christ Church and Out of the Garden address family hunger by packing and delivering bags of food each week to Jones Elementary, which distributes the bags so students in need can take the food home for the weekend in their backpacks. We have recently received a request to increase our number of bags of food from 25 to 44 bags per week, which means food donations are now more important than ever! Items needed include protein beans (black, pinto, etc.), canned spaghetti sauce (24 ounces), spaghetti pasta, canned chicken and tuna, peanut butter (15 ounces), crackers in sleeves, white rice, canned SpaghettiOs-type meals, individually packed snacks (Lance crackers, granola bars, etc.), canned green beans, canned corn, and packs of instant oatmeal. Donations can be left on the shelf outside of the Library. 

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Fall Food Drive Results

With the help of our volunteers, the customers of the Harris Teeter at the Shops at Friendly Center collected the most food of all participating stores during the two-day drive, October 21-22. We collected a total of 5,182 pounds of food and $274 in cash that will go toward feeding families who depend on Greensboro Urban Ministry. Using GUM’s calculation of $1.35 to one pound of food, our total donation was 5,552 pounds.

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New Christ Church Name Tags Are Now Available

If you would like to request a new name tag, please submit your first and last name to Sarah Snider (ssnider@christgreensboro.org; 336-299-1571). The first tag is free; additional tags are $5. If you have already ordered a new tag, please pick it up at the Connection Point Desk on Sunday morning or at the Church Office during the week. 

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Photo Submissions Needed for New Church Directory

Ever wish you had the latest directory to look up someone's address or to put a name with a face you see at church?  Here is our opportunity to create a church directory for CUMC in a new way. Please submit a casual photo of your household to photos@christgreensboro.org by December 1. The new directory will be available digitally and in print in January 2018.

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2017-2018 Endowment Requests

The CUMC Endowment is soliciting grant requests for 2017-2018. Each year our Endowment disburses funds to support CUMC's outreach and ministries. Supported areas include Missions, Christian Education Scholarships, Building and Grounds, andspecial needs. Are you aware of a project that can benefit from this additional financial support? If so, please submit a Gift Request form, available at christgreensboro.org/endowment, by September 24. Requests will be reviewed during September and October.

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Living Gift Market Missions Request

Each Advent, the Living Gift Market seeks to provides a way for the congregation to support a number of local and global missions by purchasing special cards. As we are evaluating which ministries to include this year, we are asking for your suggestions. We may not be aware of all the missions that our members are supporting through their activities. If you would like to suggest a mission for inclusion on our list, please contact Dorothy San George ( dorothyandjoe@gmail.com or 336-834-8647) by  Monday, September 25.

Missions included in 2016:

  • Helping Hands for Hunger

  • Hampton Elementary Books

  • Guatemala Mission

  • Habitat for Humanity

  • Mustard Seed Ministry

  • Greensboro Urban Ministry

  • Mary's House

  • Peacehaven

  • HorseFriends

  • Disciple Bible Study for Prison

  • International Ministries

  • South Carolina Missions

  • Interactive Resource Center

  • Faith Action International

  • YWCA Shelter

  • Heifer Project

  • Dominican Republic Mission

  • Out of the Garden

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