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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Fall 2017 Sunday School Class Topics

Adult Sunday School for the Fall
9:50 - 10:50am

General Questions about Adult Sunday Morning Spiritual Formation and Discipleship?
Contact Caren Martin (Adult Sunday School Coordinator)   carenmartin1028@gmail.com
Anne Dooley (Staff – Senior Director of Discipleship Ministries) adooley@christgreensboro.org

Aldersgate Bible: Room 213
We will be finishing up the Gospel of Mark for the next month. Our teachers are from our own Class – excellent and well prepared!  
Contact: britter1@triad.rr.com

The Asbury Class:  Chapel
Our time together is based on adult Bible studies and our fall theme is Covenants with God.Our Lessons this quarter call us to remember who we are, whose we are, what God has promised us, and what we have promised God. Taught by a variety of teachers.
Contact: Shirley Minter, hymnlvr9@outlook.com

Cokesbury Class:  Room 106

  • September 10 - " Does God Speak to Us Through Our Animals?"  Ron Hamilton
  • September 17 -  Rev. Louis Timberlake
  • September 24 -  Rev. Morris Brown
  • October 1 thru November 5 - Jim Genova will lead our class using his newly written book, If God is the Answer, What Is the Question? 

Contact:  Ritchie Fishburne, ritchie.fishburne@gmail.com

Dimensions:  Library/Disciple Room
Our Study Topic for the first six weeks will be "Weekly Devotional Themes" (Principles That Give Life, Called to Serve, God Cares for Us, etc.).    
Contact: Robin Britt, cbritt@triad.rr.com

Faith and Family Class:  Disciple Room
C.L.O.S.E.R. Families: Finding Unity in Christ - In this six-week study, Jade and Karyn Dickerson will lead us as we examine how the Bible guides us in coming together as a family. "Closer" not only relates to unity, but also each session that will examine family dynamics: Calling, Loving, Obeying, Serving, Experiencing, and Relying.  Contact: Katie Kirk katie.kirk.16@gmail.com or Meredith Bulen mpbulen@gmail.com

Faith Matters: Room 215
Our Class for the fall will be dIscussion centered around the classic devotional book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers along with A Daily Companion to My Utmost for His Highest by Jed and Cecilie Macosko.  
Contact: Alan Wilson, awilsonnc04@outlook.com

Fellowship Class: Room 110
Mark Smith will teach 6 weeks on "The Parables & the Christian themes they illustrate." 
Contact: Susan Caldwell Susan.Caldwell@coldwellbanker.com, Karen Foster: karenfostergso@gmail.com

Improv: Basement
The running theme of the group is to create a supportive and creative environment where all walks of life can attend, "open their arms," and be open to receiving and working with God's gifts. Shared experiences are created out of thin air, using the fundamentals of improvisational theatre. Contact: Cory Phillips, phunnyhaha@gmail.com

NEW - Journeys 2.0: Parlor
We are starting with a four-week study on prayer. Our first Sunday will be September 10, but this will just be social time with food.   
Contact: Suzanne Sampson m.suzanne.sampson@gmail.com

Koinonia: Room 205
Koinonia combines lecture/discussion formats, primarily led by Linda Danford. Content is divided between Bible study and contemporary works of literature or commentary. Each year is at least one unit of study on Church history. We warmly welcome singles or couples.
Contact:  Linda Danford, lcdanfor@uncg.edu

Montagnard Class: Room 209
This class sings Montagnard hymns, discusses the weekly sermon and scripture, and prays for members needs. Koho is the spoken language.
Contact: Jennifer Lieng, jenniferlieng1224@yahoo.com

Next Step: Basement
Our class does hands-on mission work on Sunday mornings, and we typically have projects that we work on together out side of class as well. Over the next month or so we will be working on Flood Buckets for victims of Hurricane Harvey, and we will finish up Journey Bags for people who are starting chemo and children who are displaced and in the foster care. We will be working on our Furniture Mission to get a more consistent pick up schedule and praying for a new storage facility. We would love to have anyone join our class and our activities. 
Contact: Anna Waldrop anna.waldrop@gmail.com or Lori Gray lbgray2002@gmail.com
 

Seekers: Room 101
Our beginning study for the fall will be the book A People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story (Diana Butler Bass). We expect this study to take 8 - 10 weeks.  Duane Morford will be the facilitator.
Contact:  Bob Greear bobgreear@aol.com
 

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Hurricane Harvey Flood Buckets

Looking for a way to help with Hurricane Harvey relief? Our Next Step Sunday School class is collecting Flood Buckets, monetary donations, and supplies. 

Sunday, September 3: Please visit our table in the Gathering Space for more details on the buckets. We will also be accepting monetary donations. Checks can be made to Christ UMC with "Flood buckets" in the memo line, or you can give online.

Sunday, September 10: Flood buckets and monetary donations can be dropped off at the Flood Bucket trailer in the front of the church. This will be the deadline for both monetary donations and the Flood Buckets themselves.

There will also be a shelf in the Holy Grounds for additional donations. 

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Volunteer with Senior Wheels

Looking for a volunteer opportunity? The Christ Church Senior Wheels Team is looking for new volunteers to drive people to their medical appointments on the third Wednesday of each month. You can drive either in the morning or the afternoon. Time commitment averages 2-3 hours. You do not have to be available every month. Our riders are not physically handicapped, they simply lack means of transportation. We perform this kind service under the supervision of the Guilford Co. Senior Resources program. If you are interested, please contact Linda Danford (lcdanfor@uncg.edu or 336-373-1120).

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Pastoral Care

Your Pastors and Congregational Care Ministry Teams desire to be a part of your life and journey, but we depend on you to let us know when and how we can support you. Additionally, your Pastors are always available for conversations, prayers and counseling. You may contact a pastor directly by phone or email. If you would like to set up a specific time, contact Susan Pabon (spabon@christgreensboro.org). When difficult times confront you, please contact the Church Office (336-299-1571, Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm) or our Emergency Line (336-337-5633, after hours and on weekends) so we may respond.

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Summer Music

While the New Covenant and Chancel Choirs are taking a well-deserved summer break, we will enjoy musical offerings each week from several talented members of our Christ Church family. However, we also have an opportunity for you to participate. If you have thought about joining a choir but can’t attend weekly rehearsals, summer is the perfect chance to let your light shine! All youth and adult singers are invited to join the Christ Church Gospel Choir at the 11am service on July 23 and 30; we will meet each Sunday at 10am to learn the music for that day. On August 6 and 13 at the 11am service, we will feature our Christ Church Men’s Chorus and all youth and adult male singers are invited to participate. We will also meet at 10ameach morning to learn the music for that day, so come “join the choir for a day or more” and be a part of one or both of these great summer ensembles!

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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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