End of Summer Block Party at CUMC Glenwood

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.—Matthew 22:37-39

As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors, a commandment that can have many meanings.  It’s often interpreted broadly, and vaguely: the person we pass at the grocery store, the driver of the car next to us on the highway, every person with whom we cross paths during our life. Sometimes, though, the definition of a neighbor is more straightforward: the people we live near.

As we continue to explore our identity as the merged Christ United Methodist Church, we have the exciting opportunity to meet and love our new neighbors in Glenwood. Just as you would introduce yourself to your neighbors when you move into a new home—perhaps bringing freshly baked cookies—we want to make a similarly good impression on those we will be loving, growing, and serving with in the years to come in the Glenwood neighborhood. More than just a building that’s busy on Sunday, we want Christ Church Glenwood to be a place where boundary-spanning relationships are formed, people are loved, and lives are transformed. Our first step? To say hello.

To do this, we’re gathering on the Glenwood campus (1417 Glenwood Ave.) and throwing a neighborhood-wide End Of Summer Block Party on Saturday, August 25, from 11am-2pm, complete with food, live music, bounce houses, lawn games, board games, face painting, a magician, a dunking booth (with Morris Brown in the hot seat!), and more.

Have you been waiting for an opportunity to serve at Glenwood? Are you excited about the chance to meet our new neighbors in this community? We are praying for an excellent turnout for this event and are in need of your help to make it happen! Whatever your skill set, there is an opportunity for you—from logistics, parking, and publicity to yardwork, set up, and serving food to hosting or playing games, making our neighbors feel welcome, and just having fun! Commitments start as short as 45 minutes. Can’t be there August 25? There are opportunities to help beginning August 1. Mark your calendars, check the list, and help us say a big, welcoming, loving “Hi!’” to the Glenwood neighborhood this summer.

See all the ways to serve and sign up at

Live Ready: Stories from SCMT Part 2

“Oh my gosh, guys, it’s your first mission trip! Are you ready?!” I asked my rising ninth graders the morning of send off. These bright-eyed, bushy-tailed 14-year-olds were not so bright eyed that morning. The look of trepidation and wariness was apparent on their sleepy faces. They had spent the last couple of months peppering me and other mission trippers with questions trying to gauge what the South Carolina mission trip is like.

It’s hot—sometimes, excruciatingly hot. You ride for hours to the Lowcountry listening to
somebody else’s music. You spend a week sweaty and confined to close quarters, sardined in a gym with 100 of your newest, closest friends. Somebody “volunTELLS” you for things you’ve never even thought of doing. You wake up before the crack of dawn to get out to the worksite before the heat index reaches 107°. You fight, you cry, you lose at Spoons.

But it’s the best thing that will ever happen to you.

It takes a special kind of soul to answer the call to mission, and it takes a special kind of mission trip to foster that burgeoning soul. It is this mission trip that awakens the heart of a youth and teaches them the skills to answer God’s call and prepares them to live ready to do so once they arrive back home. God has used this mission trip in the lives of hundreds of youth to teach us how to live ready to face any challenge, whether it be on a worksite or in our daily lives.

I challenged our youth this year to take the lesson of our mission trip to heart: To live ready.

Live ready to love others, to offer a shoulder to cry on, to celebrate with your friends. Live ready to grow others, to share your faith, to be open minded so you can grow yourself. Live ready to serve others, to volunteer in your local and global community, to push your comfort zone wider for the sake of others.

Live ready, my friends, to make Earth as it is in Heaven. Live ready to for all the challenges and obstacles you will face in this life. Live ready to be the best person you can be.

Live ready. Are YOU ready? Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” I LIVE READY. See y’all next year!

Stories from the South Carolina Mission Trip, Part 1

The South Carolina Mission Trip was always one of the highlights of my summers when I was in high school. But, as I got older and went to college and graduate school, the chances for me to attend were few and far between with work and school commitments taking priority over the trip. Last summer, with some persuading from Britt Blaylock, I was able to attend as an adult leader for the first time and have not looked back. I was so excited that I could go again this summer I signed up the first chance that I could.