Volunteer to Feed School Children

Volunteers are needed to deliver and distribute bag lunches to children at Rankin Elementary School between 11:30am and 12:30pm each Friday of the summer beginning June 23. Providing these lunches to children ensures they at least have one meal that day. The bag lunches are already prepared, so pick up, delivery, and distribution are all that is required. Please contact Beth Taylor (b76taylor@gmail.com, 336-202-8726) as soon as possible for more information and to volunteer. 

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SPRC Announcement

SPRC Announcement
The Staff Parish Relations Committee, an elected group of lay leaders, is charged with regularly assessing the staffing needs of the church to help the church best fulfill its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. As we look at the current needs of the church, SPRC has opted to transition away from participation in the Cone Congregational Nurse program, including the employment of a congregational nurse, effective July 1, 2017.

This was a difficult, prayer-filled decision and is not a reflection upon Vicki Williford. Vicki has served faithfully for nine years at Christ Church and her presence on our staff team will be missed. Our involvement in the congregational nurse program began with the creation of a part-time role, funded largely by Cone Health, that was focused on providing health education, wellness opportunities, and connections with community resources. Over time, this grew into a full-time role that was funded wholly by Christ Church. As the ministries of the church continue to evolve, we have now accomplished many of the goals for which the position was created, and the need for the Cone Congregational Nurse program is not what it once was. This decision was not taken lightly, but seeks to account for the changing needs of the church. We have been blessed by Vicki's service and know that she will continue to serve others with love and grace in the next phase of her career.

A Note From Vicki
It has been a privilege and honor to serve as Congregational Nurse at Christ United Methodist Church for the past 9 years.  Thank you for welcoming me into your lives during your most vulnerable times. I feel honored to have shared many joys and sorrows with you on your journeys. One of the roles I hold most dearly, as your nurse, was as a healer by offering support and advocacy in my service to the members of this church and the community, sometimes in very stressful situations.

In 1986, I journeyed to Africa to work in a hospital. On a six-seater plane in a rainstorm, a verse was especially meaningful to me:

Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Those words still ring true today. Our God is an awesome God. May you find strength and resilience in your faith wherever your life journey takes you.—Vicki Williford BSN, RN

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Important Messenger Updates

Summer Messenger Schedule
Beginning in June, we will introduce a trial period during which we will send the printed Messenger biweekly. The Messenger email will be sent at its regular frequency, so weekly communications from the church will continue. At the end of the summer, we will provide an opportunity for feedback and evaluation. It is our hope that shifting to a biweekly Messenger will allow us to improve the quality and accuracy of the content you receive, making the Messenger both more enjoyable and more effective.

Messenger by Email
Did you know you can receive the Messenger by email? Each week’s Messenger email includes all the same information as the print version, with links to upcoming events and important announcements, as well as a PDF of the printed Messenger. If you’d like to sign up to receive the Messenger by email, or you’d like to remove yourself from the print mailing list, please contact us at messenger@christgreensboro.org.

Please contact Courtney Guadagno, Director of Communications and Technology, with questions.

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Is your child graduating from college?

Is your child graduating from college? Please send their first and last name, where they’re graduating from, and what their degree is to Katey Blaylock (kblaylock@christgreensboro.org) by Friday, May 26. This information will be included in The Messenger for Graduation Sunday (June 4.)

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Camp Tekoa Registration

Each summer, a group from CUMC attends our United Methodist Conference Camp—Camp Tekoa, near Hendersonville, NC—together for one week in the summer. We provide transportation and a watchful eye for our campers. Anne and the camp nurses attend the whole week to volunteer and be with our children. Current third graders through youth are invited to join us for the week of July 30–August 5 (Week 8). (Third and fourth graders can choose to stay for a half or full week.)

Learn more and register at camptekoa.org.

For more information, contact Anne Dooley (adooley@christgreensboro.org).  

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SPRC Announces New Senior Pastor

Members and Friends of Christ United Methodist Church,

Your Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC), the group of laity elected to oversee the staffing needs of the congregation and to relate closely with the appointed clergy, is pleased to announce that Bishop Paul Leeland, our episcopal leader in the Western NC Annual Conference, will appoint the Rev. Morris Brown as our next Senior Pastor. Morris is a gifted pastoral leader who has blessed all of the churches that he has served and we are excited about the gifts and graces that he will share with Christ Church. Morris will begin his tenure at Christ Church on July 10, with his first Sunday in worship being July 16. As we prepare to welcome Morris into our church family, your SPRC will work on a transition plan that will include a number of opportunities for him to connect with the congregation and the community. As that plan solidifies, we will share it with you. Read below for more information about Morris.

Morris is a native of Asheville, married for 32 years to Pamela Kish Brown of Cleveland, OH. Pam teaches visually-impaired students for Guilford County Schools. They have two grown sons and two wonderful daughters-in-law. Zach and Ellen live in Durham. Zach is the account director for Great Believer, a creative agency out of Brooklyn, NY. Ellen teaches theatre arts at Durham Academy. They are expecting their first child in early August. Caleb and Kelsey live in Raleigh. Caleb is a Ph.D. candidate in inorganic chemistry at NC State. Kelsey is a dietician at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro.

Morris is a graduate of Mars Hill College, where he majored in Mathematics and Business Administration. Before entering the ministry, Morris worked as a loan officer and land appraiser for the Federal Land Bank. He earned his M.Div. at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. Since entering the ministry, he has received additional training through the Royce Reynolds Leadership Program and the Reynolds Program for Evangelism and Discipleship. He also has chaplaincy training and continues to study the Enneagram as a tool for self-discovery and growth. Morris has served churches in High Point, Greensboro, Charlotte, and Reidsville.

Morris is passionate about helping people experience the relevance of the Christian faith for their post-modern lives. He is also passionate about the music of his favorite artist, "The Boss," Bruce Springsteen. When he is not working Morris enjoys golf, reading, travel, "working under supervision" in Pam's garden, and antiquing. Morris is both humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve Christ UMC.

We invite you into a season of prayer during this time of transition. You are encouraged to incorporate the following petition into your prayer life: Holy God, in this time of transition, may your Spirit rest upon the people of Christ UMC, upon Mike and Lauralee, and upon Morris and Pam. Prepare us all for a new season of faithful ministry for your kingdom. Amen.

Members of the Staff Parish Relations Committee
Susan Purser, Chair
Phil Sizemore
Laura Green
Mark Sampson
Jim Galyon
Abigail DeGance
Byron Ritter
Randy Watkins
Jane Harkey
Tom Jordan, Lay Leader

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Four-Year-Old Storybooks

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.

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Donations needed for Hampton Elementary class

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.  

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Fun and Fellowship

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, dkchesney@hotmail.com). 

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8:30am Communion Servers Needed

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 (cwest@christgreensboro.org) or call the Church Office (336-299-1571).  Thank you!

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Habitat for Humanity 30th Anniversary House Dedication

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.

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Update on Worship Staff Search

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.

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A Letter from Mike Bailey

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.

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Mobile Meals Volunteers Needed

There are invisible people in Greensboro: They are the elderly and homebound who are dependent on others to bring them food for their survival. Their situation is heartbreaking but not hopeless. Thanks to Mobile Meals volunteers, they see a friendly face at least once a day.

Interested in being a part of this hopeful ministry? Christ Church has two Mobile Meals routes that need drivers for approximately 2–3 hours on the four Tuesday of every month. We would ideally have two volunteers for each route, so this would be a good partnering opportunity. There is also a need for substitute drivers. Volunteer today by contacting Dru Hopkins (drucie55@aol.com, 336-292-5597).

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