2018 Missional Engagement Highlights

2018 saw a number of exciting developments and changes in how we both view and carry out missions in our church and community. From listening sessions to many hours of hard work from our Missional Engagement Leadership Team to the development of an intentional strategy focusing on five main areas of hunger, building and housing, education, healthcare, and Glenwood—it was a busy year. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Through financial support or the engagement of our church members, we were involved in missions that had a direct impact in 8 countries: Kenya, Thailand, the Dominican Republic, Zambia, Guatemala, Swaziland, Costa Rica, and the US.

  • 120 youth, college students, and adult leaders traveled to Hollywood, SC, to work to repair and restore homes on our 31st year of the South Carolina Mission Trip.

  • We created a Good Samaritan Fund to assist those in need in our community with immediate needs such as payments for rent, heat, fuel, prescriptions, and utility bills—in conjunction with other congregations and organizations in Greensboro.

  • We contributed $7,000 for relief following the tornado in Greensboro on April 15, along with significant donated items for those who were displaced from their homes because of the natural disaster.

  • We partnered with Habitat for Humanity in a new project where funds are directed to purchasing a lot for future construction. Christ Church is the first faith community to commit to partner with this new initiative.

  • Following our merger with Glenwood, we were involved in a number of outreach efforts in the neighborhood, from providing free meals for approximately 120 people each week through The Table at Glenwood to matching funds made available to Glenwood community members who are SNAP (Food stamp) participants in partnership with the People’s Market and Corner Market to providing healthcare initiatives including a flu clinic and a kindergarten immunization and health assessment program.

  • We continued to provide financial support to community partners including the Blessed Table Food Pantry, Greensboro Urban Ministry, Shepherd Center, Weaver Hot Meals (GUM), Bread for the World, Habitat for Humanity, Methodist Counseling Center, Curamericas, UNCG Wesley-Luther Foundation, Faith Action International, Mustard Seed Clinic, and UMCOR.

  • Through your generosity for our Christmas Eve Offering, we were able to provide $20,000 to the Interactive Resource Center to launch a new initiative designed to provide employment opportunities for the homeless in our community through Bicycle-Based Food Carts.

For more information about the impact missional engagement is having, pick up our January handout at the Missions Café. We are excited for what is to come in 2019!


Salvation Army Bell-Ringing 2018

This is the 15th year that Christ UMC has supported the Salvation Army bell ringing campaign. Our kettle at Macy’s Department Store collected $5,569.23. 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

2018 Salvation Army Bell Ringers

Acharya, Ramesh  (Rang Twice)

Adamczak, Steve, Mandy, Parker, Stephen, Brooks

Alspaugh, Tom 

Amos, Bonnie

Aninon, Mae

Auberry, Kent, Debbie Hayes, Michael & Laura

Bailer, Jeannine

Beckman, Dale with Granddaughters Ellis, Kate & Lindsay

Benner, Lucas, Sarah, Bella, Nathan, Evan & Timothy

Birkner, Charley, Barrie, & Kira

Boyce, Brenda

Brasswell, Katie

Brissotti, Dawn

Brown, Reverend Morris & Pam

Brubaker, John 

Buller, Carolyn & Claude

Bunch, Lisa

Burns, Beth

Caldwell, Russ

Camp, Mitch, Donna, Catherine, Hunter & Caroline

Cameron, Don & Jayne

Chapman, Carol

Cooper, Carroll

Cosgrove, Michael & Heather

Cotton, Carolyn

Cranford, Tracie & Aurora, 

Creech, Mary Jo

Cummings, Barbara

Cutler, Tweet

Danford, Linda & Steve

Dederer, Chris

Dodson, Jay, Lori, Morgan, Drew

Dodson, Luke (Rang Twice)

Doss, Addren

Dunnagan, Sara & Robbie

Edwards, Laura & Rachel

Ellis, Carter

Ferguson, Randy      

Fishburn, Ritchie & Teenie

Flynt, Donnalea

Foster, Michael, Karen, Grady & Casey

Freysinger, Jack, Susie, John, Joshua, & Jacob

Garner, Eva Ruth

Geniac, Joe, Julia & Tori 

Genova, Libba

Gibson, Jim & Debbie

Goree, Jeff, Andi, Kennedy,  Roland & Janice

Gorham, Chris, Meredith, Nolan, William, Austin (Rang Twice)

Greear, Mary (rang five times)

Gresham, Van, Chesley, Camden & Tate

Grove, David 

Hagar, Angie & Robert

Hamilton,  Ron & Sara 

Hamuka, Maddie & Camryn

Harlow, Jane

Harlow, Patrick

Harmon, Kay

Harper, Neal, Pamela, Jac, Izzi, & Victoria

Harper, Ron & Shannon

Harris, Beth & Lauren

Harris, Larry & Carol

Herndon, Eleanor

Herring, Elizabeth & Alan

Hood, Amanda

Hopper, Mindy, Jace & Laney (All Rang Five Times)

Hunnicutt, Bill & Becky

Johnson, Gail

Jones, Bill & Will

Kerr, Jenelle, Tyler, Grace & Nolan

Kunka, Alice  

Leach, Genevieve

Ledbetter, Lou & Dan

Ledford, Cheryl & Sarah

Lester, Margie & Jim

Lewis, Jeff, Sally, Anna, James

Lewis, Tom Beth Amy & Kate

Lindquist, Carl & Mary Beth

Madden, Brenda

Maynard, Walt & Bobbie

Markey, Katie & Jason

Martin, Dale & Bob

McGarrigan, D.J., Tara, Jackson, Ella (Rang Twice) & Danny (All Rang Twice)

McGraw, Randy & Mary Jo, Lucy, Peter & Jack

McKinney, Ron & Carolyn

Mehl, Carol

Miller, Susan & Steve

Moody, Sarah 

Morford, Andee & Duane

Morford, Pam 

Morris, Sue

North, Ann & Bill

Nunn, Todd & Emily

Pearson, Nicholas

Puryear, Don (Rang 3 times) & Amy

Puryear, John (Rang 3 times)

Pyle, Michelle

Rahal, Kamal & Betty

Raiford, Richard & Libby

Reaves, Nancy

Reinecke, Fred & Liz

Reynolds, Virginia 

Rhodes, Ron & Mary Ann

Rich, Loyd & Libby

Riggs, Rhonda

Ritter, Byron & Karen

Robertson, Joe & Martha

Rogers, Valerie

Roley, Shannon, Kevin, Mallie & Abigail

Romine, Darlene

Sawyer, Melanie (Rang Twice) & Lauren (Rang Six Times)

Shade, Alicia

Shaw, Jan, Kevin, Madelyn, Audrey, & Adelaide

Shunk, Dale & Maria

Sibert, Peggy & Wayne

Simons, Suzanne

Smith, Anita

Spivey, Beth

Sprague, Jonathan & Mercy

Stephens, Carol

Stoneking, Hal & Carole

Storey, Chris, Julie, Marin, Lexie & Cate

Styers, Brian, Cynthia, Lucy & Clay

Taft, Ellen

Tayloe, Sue & Chuck

Taube, Ryan & Ann (Both rang 2 times)

Taylor, Beth & Steve (both rang 3 times)

Thomas, Altha & Todd

Trivette, Bill (Rang 3 times) & Paula (Rang 2 times)

True, Tara

Welborn, Ed & Melody

Wells, Denise

Westover, Laura

Whitener, John, Tricia, Kathleen & Sara

Williams, Ginny

Williams, Lisa

Wilson, Alan

Wingate, Larry & Don

Wood, Tyler

Woodlief, Alan, Wendy, Trey, David, Elise, & Julia

Wright, Judie

TRUTH Café (True Relationship Uniting Transformed Hearts)

TRUTH Café (True Relationship Uniting Transformed Hearts)
In November 2017, the first TRUTH Café was held between Centenary UMC and St. Paul UMC in Winston Salem, bringing together the largest white and black congregations in downtown Winston Salem to deepen their understanding of racial issues and work together toward racial justice. Following the success of this initial program and with the support of the Duke Endowment, TRUTH Cafés are being held this year throughout the Western North Carolina Conference between churches of different ethnicities that want to break down racial and other barriers to furthering God’s kingdom. Their goal? To develop action plans to be be catalysts for reconciliation and justice in their churches and the communities they serve.

The standard TRUTH Café model is a four-hour program between churches of different ethnicity. However, Boundless Impact Executive Director and Christ Church member Cindy Thompson is offering the program over three Welcome Wednesday classes for the congregations of Christ Church and St. Timothy’s UMC. Want to be a part of these crucial conversations? Join us on Wednesdays, January 16, January 30, and February 6, from 6:30pm-7:30pm in the Fellowship Center at our Holden Road Campus; each session builds on the last, so attendance at all three is recommended but not required.

The model for the program includes a mixture of lecture, activities, small group discussion, and large group debriefing appropriate for ages 16 and up. It aims to break down boundaries; speak truth to power and privilege around racism, bias, and demographic differences; share the Gospel of social justice; reconcile our differences through spiritual transformation; and build trusting right relationships. Outcomes include:

  • Creating space for dialogue and deep listening to one another, seeking to understand each other

  • Developing cultural humility—authentic appreciation of our cultures, individual identities, stories and history—without judgment or guilt, or desiring to become like each other or seeking assimilation into a dominant identity; holding each others' pain and joy shared through stories

  • Developing relationships with fellow believers that build trust

  • Creating action steps for moving forward and further develop bonds of community and relationships

  • Sharing stories of TRUTH Cafe experience to impact our wider congregation, community, district and WNCC

We hope a diverse group of members and guests will attend, as our learning is deepened when many different ethnicities are present. Caucasian, African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American participants have all been a part of TRUTH Cafés to date. Come be a part of this important dialogue as we move toward a more just community and society.


Share Your Gifts at our New Year's Variety Show

Kick off the New Year with us with fun and laughter at our New Year’s Variety Show at Welcome Wednesday on Wednesday, January 9, at 5:30pm.

Been anxious to dust off your old dance shoes? Sing in the choir and think maybe it’s time to give a solo performance a try? Want to share a dramatic reading of your most recent short story or poem? Got a new guitar for Christmas and want to show off what you’ve learned? Perform alone or in a group. Sign up to be a part of the show at christgreensboro.org/events/varietyshow—the evening won’t be complete without you! Spaces are available for individuals and groups elementary age and up.

“We know there is a lot of talent in the church, but not everyone has the opportunity to showcase it, so we wanted to provide an outlet for everyone to share and enjoy each other’s gifts and talents,” say event organizers Lori Gray and Andi Goree. “This show is for everyone and anyone who wants to share their gifts and talents with their church family. We are looking for anything entertaining and that brings joy.”

Not a fan of performing? You don’t have to miss out on the fun! Come for a delicious dinner of chicken and waffles and stick around to see everything ranging from magic and storytelling to musical acts and, of course, some comedy. Not only will you be entertained, but you may even learn something new about your fellow Christ Church family members. Make a reservation for dinner at christgreensboro.org/events/varietyshow.

This is not a walk-on event, so we need to know if you are planning to be a part of the performance. Sign up online at christgreensboro.org/events/varietyshow today!

Celebrating with Habitat for Humanity

By Robby Dunnagan

On Friday December 14, twenty families celebrated the payoff of their mortgages with Habitat for Humanity at a mortgage shredding ceremony.  We celebrate this terrific accomplishment with these families.

Christ UMC has been a partner with Habitat for more than 30 years.  Some of these 14 homeowners began their journey at about that same time.  In the Habitat model, every prospective homeowner must complete 250 hours of sweat equity working on the building of their home and others’.  They must successfully pass a credit analysis. They must attend classes on such things as budgeting and basic home repair to prepare them for home ownership.  After qualifying through this process, Habitat homeowners purchase their homes from Habitat. Habitat assists by selling the houses at no profit and providing a low-interest mortgage. The fact that these homeowners have now paid off their mortgages is a testament to their hard work and perseverance.

One of the homeowners, Reggie Jones, said “It feels great.  I mean, you really can’t explain it, but it’s a great feeling.” Jones, a U.S Army veteran moved into his house in 2003.  In 15 years, he was able to pay off his mortgage. He did this even though he lost his income for 17 months after heart bypass surgery. He is now doing well and is so appreciative of the opportunity that Habitat has given him.

It is through the generous support of its sponsors that Habitat is able to provide the “Hand Up” to assist the working poor in our community.  In the last 30 years, Habitat of Greensboro has built more than 490 homes locally and more than 450 homes abroad. What an impact on these people and our community!

If you would like to help continue this important work, please consider a contribution.  Send your check to Christ UMC with a notation for Habitat Fund.

Together we seek to build homes, communities, and hope!

Travel with Habitat
International mission trips with Habitat are being planned for 2019 to Honduras and Kenya. For more information, contact Robby Dunnagan (rdunnagan@triad.rr.com) or attend the information meeting on January 8 at 6pm at First Presbyterian Church.

More about Housing, Building & Construction
To learn more about how Christ Church partners with community organizations and its members to provide housing solutions through building and construction missional engagement opportunities, visit the Missions Café this January.

January Worship Series: Time for a Change

Beginning January 6 | At we the start new year many of us think about making changes in the way we live our lives. As a result, this January, we'll begin a new worship series at Christ Church entitled Change: A New Me for a New Year . In this series we'll explore four things our faith has to say about making changes:

  • January 6 - The Challenge of Change - We’ll explore some barriers that often make changes in our lives is often difficult to achieve.

  • January 13 - Steps on the Path to Change - We’ll consider some steps we can take to help change begin to take place.

  • January 20 - Finding the Power to Change - We’ll learn about some sources of strength that can help us make changes.

  • January 27 - Making Change Permanent - We’ll learn how our faith can help us make change we make in our lives last.

Christmas Chaos: A Not-So-Silent Night

Formerly known as our Christmas Eve Eve service (our Christmas Eve Eve Squared), Christmas Chaos is one of the newer traditions at Christ Church. Our first Christmas Eve Eve service was held in 2014 to offer a Christmas Eve service for those who were traveling for the holiday but wanted to experience Christmas Eve worship with their church family, who might be uncomfortable in a more traditional or formal church setting, or who just wanted another fun and meaningful Christmas experience to add to their calendars.

Just as with our first Christmas Eve Eve service, you can expect many of the same things at Christmas Chaos this year: a warm, light-hearted, and child-friendly atmosphere; upbeat Christmas classics by our contemporary praise band; hot chocolate and Christmas cookies; a fun photobooth to take Christmas photos with your family and friends; and the story of Christmas told in a new and unique way. Most importantly, Christmas Chaos will challenge each of us to see the Light in the midst of the chaos—the chaos of the season, the chaos of the circumstances of Christ’s birth, and the chaos of our world.

We’re not surprised that this annual service has become a favorite event for many at Christ Church. Here’s what people are saying:

“We love singing carols while eating cookies!” – Amanda Flowers

“I just love that the kids are able to be kids and participate in the service!” – Hillary Alexander

“I love that it mixes the fun, festive spirit of the season without losing the focus on Jesus.” – Lisa Bunch

“I love that my active girls can wiggle during the service and it is not only accepted but encouraged and enjoyed. It is a service MADE for the children to participate in the excitement of the season as they are told the incredible reason we should all be excited.” – Beth Lewis

Ready to be a part of the fun? Wear your favorite Christmas pajamas or a tacky sweater, invite a friend, and join your church family for Christmas Chaos Service: A Not So Silent Night this Thursday, December 20, at 7:15pm in the Fellowship Center at our Holden Road campus. We can’t wait to see you there!


Christmas Eve Offering

As temperatures begin to plummet, we recognize that some of our neighbors are out in the cold—as many as 600-800 people most every night, year around. Instead of talking about “homeless people” in Greensboro, many of our partners—including The Servant Center, the Salvation Army, and the Interactive Resource Center (IRC)—express it as “people experiencing homelessness.” This intentional phrasing points to the fact that homelessness describes the current state in one’s life, not the person themself. For many, just one unexpected circumstance can push them out of their home. However, more systemic issues such as lack of affordable housing and income stagnation also contribute.

Conversely, the right support, resources, or opportunity can restore these individuals or families to a home. The goal for all of our community partners is to enable people to live self-sufficient, stable lives. According to Partners Ending Homelessness, a local advocacy consortium, “the formula for ending homelessness is simple: return people to stable housing then focus on the reason they became homeless.”

So how can we as a congregation make a difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness? We focus on a strategy that addresses a basic need: employment.

With our support, our partners at the IRC are launching a new energy-efficient initiative in the Greensboro area that will do just that: Bicycle-Based Food Carts. Each Bicycle-Based Food Cart will employ individuals who would otherwise be unable to find jobs. These individuals will maintain the carts and sell the food items for a wage of $15 per hour. In addition, each employee will retain their profits. Through this initiative, each individual who participates will find themself after 12-18 months with either enough funds to purchase their own food cart and start a business, or the requisite skills to be employed elsewhere.

Our dream for this year’s Christmas Eve offering at Christ Church is to purchase and equip four Bike Carts for this initiative, employing eight individuals for 12-18 month periods—and our goal is to raise $12,000 toward that dream. Through this microeconomic venture, we will be part of not only putting people to work, but offering a strategy toward self-sufficiency and housing stability.

We can make a difference this year by engaging in community development that will directly provide employment opportunities for our neighbors in perpetuity. Together, we can change lives. Learn more about the way our partners are addressing homelessness and our Christmas Eve Offering Initiative at the Missions Café.

ADVENT WORSHIP SERIES: THE CHARACTERS OF CHRISTMAS

This weekend marks the beginning of the season of Advent. Advent means “coming” and is when we prepare for the coming birth of Jesus, the Christ. To help us prepare this year, we'll be sharing a worship series entitled The Characters of Christmas. Each week we’ll see what we can learn from characters who played important roles in the birth of our savior!  

On the first Sunday of Advent, we’ll begin our series with the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth, who would become the parents of John the Baptist—the forerunner of Jesus.  From their story we’ll learn some ways to maintain hope in situations that seem hopeless.

On the second Sunday of Advent, we’ll explore the story of Mary, a young peasant girl who was given the opportunity to become the person God would use to bring the prince of peace into the world. From her story we’ll learn the kind of people God uses to bring peace into the world.

On the third Sunday of Advent, we’ll turn to the story of Joseph, a carpenter who had to deal with a very challenging situation in his life. From his story we’ll learn some qualities that can help all of us deal with challenging situations when they arise in our lives.

On the fourth Sunday of Advent we’ll hear the story of the innkeeper, a character that isn’t even named in the Bible. From his story, we’ll learn some wisdom that can help us make room in our homes and hearts for the birth of Jesus.

On Christmas Eve, we’ll join in the story of the shepherds, a rag-tag bunch that was the first to receive the good news of Christmas.  From their story we’ll learn who needs the good news of our Savior’s birth the most.

Finally, on the first Sunday of Christmas, we’ll hear the story of the Christ Child.  From his story we’ll learn what the message of Christmas is all about.

It’s going to be a great Advent toward Christmas season—so we hope you’ll invite everyone you know to join us as we learn from The Characters of Christmas!

Other Ways to Be Invitational: Pick up an Advent events card from our Informational Walls to share with your friends, family, coworkers, and more; visit and share our website at christgreensboro.org/advent; and share and RSVP to all of our Advent and Christmas events at Facebook.com/ChristGreensboro.

Christ the King Sunday

This Sunday is known as “Christ the King” Sunday. Traditionally, Christ the King Sunday is the very last Sunday on the calendar of the Christian year, which begins again next Sunday with the beginning of the season of Advent. A relatively recent addition to the liturgical calendar, Christ the King Sunday was instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI in response to the tragedy of World War 1 and the growth of secularism in the world.  

Third Quarter Generosity Report & Boundless Update

With two months to go, it’s been a pivotal year at Christ Church! We’re so excited to share our latest Generosity Report with you this week, as it highlights some of the great things we’ve accomplished together in 2018. We have continued to improve upon quality ministries at Christ Church, while seeing increased engagement in worship and other areas. We are becoming more strategic in our missional impact so that we can shape the lives of people in our community in positive, sustainable ways. And we have begun making high impact changes to our facilities so that we can better connect with all ages, grow in our hospitality, and maximize functionality.

Most notably, we became one church on two campuses when we merged on July 1 with Glenwood UMC. Already, we have built great relationships in the community. In just two months, The Table, our new meal and worship service on Monday nights, is feeding around 150 and worshipping 60. That’s incredible progress in such a short period of time! Even more significant are the stories of life transformation.

We’re so grateful for your involvement in the Christ Church community! None of this would be possible without you and your generosity. One year into the Boundless Initiative, we are thrilled with the results and hopeful for the future! We are still working towards our goal of $6 million over two years, as we are currently projecting just over $5 million in giving for 2018-2019. But, together and through the grace of God, we are confident that we can fully resource the vision for Christ Church and embrace people, the community, and the world with the boundless love of God.

For more information on all of this, check out the Third Quarter Generosity Report, available online at christgreensboro.org/giving and in the Information Walls at our Holden Road campus. Paper copies will also be mailed out with quarterly giving statements.

Membership Matters

Belonging… we all want to belong. As holy and beloved children of God, we are created to seek connections with one another. This means that we are created to belong with and for one another. In the context of a church or community of faith, belonging is captured in the idea of church membership. Membership takes various forms: as infants we may be “baptized members;” at confirmation we transition to “professing” members. Sometimes we transfer our membership from one community of faith to another as we move for college or career.

Health & Wellness November Focus: Diabetes

Diabetes, a metabolic disorder caused by the pancreas’ inability to regulate the body’s insulin levels, affects 422 million people worldwide. Type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes are the most prevalent types. Type 1, formerly called juvenile diabetes, presents itself in childhood and is genetic; type 2 has its onset during adulthood; and gestational diabetes develops only during pregnancy. Symptoms include extreme thirst and hunger, frequent urination, blurred vision, headaches, and fatigue. Treatment regimens include a healthy diet, regular exercise, blood pressure control, limited or no sugar intake, foot care, and insulin ingestion. Diabetes is a very serious illness that can cause serious health complications such as blindness, kidney disease, foot ulcers, heart disease, and stroke.


All Saints Sunday

This Sunday, November 4, is All Saints Sunday, when we recognize all of the Christ Church Saints who have gone before us since last year’s All Saints Sunday. We especially remember the people who have helped to shape our lives of faith. All Saints Sunday is a day to say “thank you”—not to the people who have died, but to the God who gave them life on this earth and who gives them life in eternity. Also, it is a Sunday where we reflect upon the “communion of the saints,” which we affirm each time we use the Apostles’ Creed in worship.

Hampton Elementary Ministry

It’s been almost four years since our relationship with Hampton Elementary School began. Our relationship grew from a conversation about a new local mission for the United Methodist Women to a local mission that involved many Christ Church members, children and youth, as well as community groups. It grew from simply giving two books to children to holding a Summer Enrichment Time for three weeks, involving many adults and youth.

Our relationship with Hampton grew very close over time: UMW members wrote notes of encouragement to the staff; provided uniforms for students, food and furniture for needy families, and school supplies and backpacks for hundreds of children; and supplied classrooms with instructional materials. All I had to do was express a need and a circle, UMW member, Sunday School class, or youth or community group was quick to respond.

Because we had relationships with the Hampton staff and families, we were able to  supply their immediate needs following the tornado on April 15. Teachers who lost instructional supplies were asked to make a “Wish List,” and with contributions from individuals, other Methodist churches, and Staples, we were able to fulfill their needs. We met clothing requests, including 1000 pairs of underwear from Hanes. Through contributions to the CUMC fund and the work of the Next Step Sunday school class, we provided furniture, appliances, and household items for 6 families who lost almost everything. We helped with electric bills and hotel expenses. Most of these families are back on their feet.

This school year is very different. Only 125 of the 325 students remain at Hampton at the Reedy Fork location. Hampton is no longer a magnet school. Therefore, those students returned to their home school. Others have chosen to attend Simpkins or Faulkner elementary schools, which are much closer to their home.

The tornado did shine a light on a very needy school. There was an outpouring of school supplies, clothing, and food for the students. Where we once were the source of school supplies, two pods are now filled; where we once were the source for clothing, Belk Foundation has a clothing closet; where we once supplied food to needy families, there is an overabundance of food for the backpacks. With the smaller enrollment, staff members are providing the tutoring, and the students are using the books in the media center at Reedy Fork Elementary. Therefore, our participation at Hampton is declining. We will distribute books prior to the winter break to all the students. This will likely be our last activity there. The future of Hampton School is still uncertain for the next school year.

However, our relationships with students and staff remain with us. At the Block Party at Glenwood, who came running to find us? William. He and his family attended the Table at Glenwood on Monday. His aunt lives in the neighborhood. He sought us because we are his friends from Christ Church. What made the difference is that we not only sent supplies, we worked with them personally. Thank for all the contributions of time, talent and resources that you gave the Hampton community!


Third Grade Bible Sunday

By Kara Harvey

Thus Sunday, October 21,  is a special and exciting day in the life of our third-grade children. Ten of our third graders will be receiving their very own Bibles during Awakening, Spark, and the 11am traditional service. Each year at Christ Church, our third graders are presented with a Bible with their name on it and are encouraged to dive deeper into reading God’s Word on their own. This important milestone encourages our children to begin developing their personal practice of Bible reading.

To help guide these children as they develop their own Bible reading practices, each third grader is paired with a “Bible Buddy.” These Bible Buddies are special mentors and encouragers who share their own love for God’s Word with our children. We are thankful for our Bible Buddies:  Peggy Brown, Lynn Hargrove, Andee Morford, Gwen Worthington, Paula Hargrove, Morgan Hargrove, Andrew Long, Mitch Camp, Donna Camp, and Caroline Camp. If you be interested in being a Bible Buddy in the future, please contact Kara Harvey (kharvey@christgreensboro.org) or Lynn Long (llong@christgreensboro.org).

This year, we are especially grateful to a group of special donors who have provided our third graders with Bibles. These donors wished to memorialize the late Betty Williams in a way that paid homage to her incredible legacy. Betty Williams was a dedicated Children’s Sunday School teacher and a champion for all children at Christ Church. The funding for this year’s Bibles has been donated by the following donors in memory of Betty Williams: Martha Walton, Rebecca Pritchard, Gloria Jordan, Sarah Hamilton, Denise Wells, Mazie Atkinson, Judie Wright, Kathie Barker, Mary Ellen Williams, Ellen Taft, Carolyn McKinney, Pat Bisher, Circle 6, and The United Methodist Women. We are incredibly thankful for these generous gifts that honor the legacy of Betty Williams

This Sunday, as we encourage our third graders to make a personal commitment to spending time in God’s word, let us all renew our commitment to making time each day to walk with God through Scripture daily. I encourage you to include our third graders in your prayers this week. The third graders receiving Bibles are Grace Kerr, Landry Simpson, Molly Rafeek, Ava Trakas, William Searls, Elizabeth Jones, Thomas Abernathy, Molly Shade, MaKayla Hall, and Zoe Phillips.

The Table at Glenwood

By Carter Ellis

I have a confession for you: Since I’ve been a pastor, Monday mornings have meant hitting the snooze button several times  before getting up and drinking several cups of coffee before I’m awake. And I’m even a morning person! The fog from the long Sundays of preaching and church activities hits me hard.

But, for the last month, Monday mornings have taken on a new life. Gone is the lingering haze from Sundays.  Instead I wake up on Mondays with the feeling of anticipation and excitement, like a kid on her birthday. Why? Because on Monday night, I get to spend time with people from The Table.

The energy and positivity from The Table is palpable. So much so that I feel it when I wake up. It’s what I think about between meetings and visits throughout the day and as I wait with anticipation for Mark and Randy to arrive with the food. When Mark’s truck pulls up on Glenwood Avenue—it’s go time! We’ve got to slice and scoop desserts, set up tables, greet people and bring ’em in, serve ’em food, listen to ’em, and simply love ’em. Over the next two  hours, we’ll serve more than 130 meals, worship with 80 or more new friends, and have too many conversations to count. We’ll experience the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.

I’ve got another confession for you: Participating in The Table has done more for me as a pastor and my call to ministry than any other ministry I’ve participated in. It’s reminded me of the core of Jesus’ ministry of bringing people together and feeding people in body and spirit. It’s rekindled my passion for justice and mercy in our communities. It’s reminded me that resurrection is possible in our communities as we build authentic relationships across lines of division. And, what brings me the most joy, is watching The Table transform the lives of church members and community members alike. It’s only been four weeks, but every day, someone new brings me a story about how a conversation, interaction, or a meal from The Table has impacted their lives for the good.

Join us on Monday evening. Through it, God just may begin to transform your life. It may even cut your coffee intake the next Monday morning, too.

The Table is held every Monday evening in the Fellowship Hall at our Glenwood campus. Join us for dinner at 5:30pm (it’s free!) followed by worship at 6pm.

Resource Room

By Lynn Long

Welcome to the new Christ Church Resource Room (formerly the Christ Church library, room 112)! The shelves have been cleaned out and organized into a room that is easily accessible and usable for Sunday school classes, small groups, and individuals looking to grow their faith.

The Resource Room is organized into several sections—from Advent to men’s and women’s studies to  parenting and marriage—with studies available from today’s popular authors, such as Adam Hamilton, Tim Keller, and Lysa TerKeurst. Several of our studies include a youth and children’s component, and many include multiple books for your group.

In addition to many selections for children in the Resource Room, we also have a children’s bookshelf located just outside of room 112. These books are changed regularly and include seasonal books, books about growing your children’s faith, and popular titles.

Looking through our collection is easy to do from the comfort of your own home or classroom. Paper copies are available in the Resources Room. The collection document is located on the Christ Church website under Member Resources, or by emailing Lynn Long (llong@christgreensboro.org). It is easily searchable for your subject of study: Just hit Command + F (Macs) or Ctrl + F (Windows) and enter your search term in the window that appears in the top right corner of the browser.

Interested in donating to the Resource Room? We accept resources that are less than 10 years old with no writing or other markings that can be used by a Sunday school class or small group. If you donation is not right for the Resource Room, it will be donated to the St. Francis Episcopal annual book sale.

Another great resource for studies is the Western North Carolina Conference Resource Room. Their collection is extensive. You can order as many books as you need for your group, or just one. They also have the DVD and leader guide for each study. The only cost is the return of the resources to them in Huntersville. Check them out at wnccumc.org/resourcecener and email Lynn Long for ordering.

The Resource Room is open during the week and on Sunday mornings. You are welcome at any time. The room is shared with Kara Harvey (Director of Children’s Discipleship) and Lynn Long (Discipleship Ministry Assistant), so the room is always lively and full of the next activity happening in Discipleship Ministries. Please contact Lynn Long (llong@christgreensboro.org) in the Church Office for any assistance finding or ordering resources for your group.

Children's Ministry at Christ Church

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” —Proverbs 22:6

When we Baptize children in our Church we make a verbal commitment to do all in our power to help raise them in Christian love. Best outcomes for children happen when families and churches join together to share the love, grace, mercy, and peace of our living God. Spiritual formation for children does not happen overnight. It is a process.

Noye's Fludde

TWO BY TWO…BY TWO BY TWO…BY 120! Yes, 120—that’s how many animals we need to fill our ark for the March 14-16, 2019 production of Noye’s Fludde. This will be the eleventh production of Noye’s Fludde at Christ Church, and its history is as rich as the history of the church itself. The first performance was in 1977 and was presented as a fundraiser for a pipe organ for our then-seven-year-old Sanctuary. Subsequent performances, including this one, have been presented as a way to build community within the church and to reach out to the community by presenting this production free of charge—carrying on a 42 year tradition!

So, what is Noye’s Fludde, exactly? It is a short 50-minute musical interpretation of the biblical story of Noah, written by Benjamin Britten in 1958 and based on a medieval Chester Miracle Play (which is why it’s spelled funny—it’s Old English). It was written to involve the whole church, either in the cast or orchestra, behind the scenes, or as an active audience participant during the production. Our last production in 2012 included more than 140 cast members and countless others behind the scenes, and played to full audiences over four nights. Most importantly, however, it is a great opportunity for you to be involved in a huge, fun, exciting, and rewarding part of not only our history but our future as well, as new generations  participate in the story of God’s promises to his people. This can be an adventure for the whole family, from children to grandparents!

The animal chorus is open to kindergarteners through adults (ages 5 and up), and there is no audition necessary. All you need is a sense of adventure and a willingness to wear an animal on your head! There are also a few dancing and non-singing parts for childrenor youth as waves. Sign-ups will begin in the Gathering Space and online at christgreensboro.org/noahs-flood this Sunday, September 23—the sooner you sign up, the better chance you have of being your favorite animal! We will meet once in November, then once or twice weekly  beginning in January through early March, until the week of the production (March 14-16). Full rehearsal schedules will be available at sign-up.

We also need “behind the scenes” people to help with the production, including an immediate need for a costume committee to help with cleaning and repairing the heads (many of which are more than 35 years old). If you want to help in other ways including set construction, cast coordination (i.e., child & adult care!), etc.,  please contact our production coordinator, Helen Phillips (helen2407@aol.com), or Cathy West (cwest@christgreensboro.org). Based on the latest weather, now is a good time to reserve your spot on the ark!