From Pastor Don
One of the tasks assigned to the pastor of every United Methodist Church is the work of nominations and leadership. This simply means finding people (usually volunteers) to serve on various committees and to take positions of leadership. We are blessed by many people who want to serve Christ by doing this important work. The challenge is to include people with a variety of skill sets, gifts, and interests in the life and work of the church. It would be wonderful if our committees and leadership positions were filled by the perfect blend of youth and maturity, creativity and practicality, dreamers and doers. It rarely works out that way.
I sometimes think it would be helpful to change the names of our committees. For example: The Board of Trustees sounds a bit intimidating. A better name might be: The Committee that Takes Care of our Buildings and Property. Would it be helpful if we changed the name of the Finance Committee to something like: The People Who Help Us Share God’s Gifts?
I have often thought that it might be fun to have a What If Committee. A group of people who are always asking: What If?
- What if we were to help establish free or no cost child care for our community?
- What if we operated a Food Truck that served free lunches?
- What if we replaced the sermon with an open discussion of current topics?
- What if we incorporated greater variety in all aspects of our worship?
What if-ing can be great fun. It can also be a little dangerous. Sometimes, what if leads to why not? It is at this point that the possibility of change emerges. The fear of change is often enough to end most what if and why not discussion.
Despite the danger, I think the ministry of What If is important. Whether or not there is an official What If Committee, I would hope that we would never be afraid to ask that important question. I pray that we can create an atmosphere at Christ Church where the What If-ers are always welcomed, encouraged, and supported.
I would love to hear from you about your interest in a What If Committee or any other area of service that you may be considering.
Thank God for all that you are doing in the service of Christ our Lord!
Grace and Peace,
Harvest of Hope Fundraiser
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 1st, for a meal out at Bob Evans. If you present this flier, Bob Evans will donate 15% of sales to Washington County Harvest of Hope. Dine between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. and support the great work of this local food gleaning ministry.
Human Trafficking Presentation
Trafficking survivor, Imi Yati Gonzales tells her story of human slavery.
Sunday, June 12, 9:15 a.m., Fellowship Hall
Sponsored by Christ Church UMW
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. It affects every country around the world, regardless of socioeconomic status, history, or political structure. Traffickers have created an international market for the trade in human beings based on high profits and demand for commercial sex and cheap labor. The International Organization for Migration estimates 21 million people globally are trafficked. Of those sold into slavery, 70% are female and 50% are children, with 80% under 24 years of age. It is the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the world today, second only to drug trafficking, and tied with illegal arms, according to the US. Department of Health and Human Services. It is estimated to be a $33 billion dollar a year industry.
It is not a “somewhere else issue.” Each year an estimated 1,078 Ohio children are exploited in our communities and forced into commercial sex trade. Toledo is the 4th largest recruitment site for minor sex trafficking in the country.
It is here and it is now:
On April 11, a federal judge sentenced two men to prison for helping run a human trafficking ring that forced young Guatemalans to work on egg farms in central Ohio, but delayed sentencing for the ringleader after learning he had not given up properties taken from the victims’ families.
On April 19, the U.S. Senate passed a provision in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016 which will require training for flight attendants to recognize and report human trafficking.
In March, two men were indicted in Allen County on human trafficking charges. Police officers set up a sting at a motel after a detective identified them as selling sex with an adult woman and a 16-year-old girl through Backpage.com.
In Akron, investigators are searching the cell phones of a North Carolina man they suspect of trafficking a 17-year-old girl, after finding the suspect and the girl in a stolen car on March 19.
Please make plans to attend June 12 during the Sunday school hour. We are honored to have Mrs. Gonzales, who now resides in Beverly, Ohio, discuss this topic.
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Bike and Build Riders Arrive June 14
Once again our church will be hosting a team of the Bike and Build traveling bicyclists and home builders. Our riders will be arriving the evening of June 14, eating supper at the church, spending the night in our building, and heading out after breakfast on June 15.
In the upcoming bulletins, you will find a form on which you can indicate your willingness to contribute foods; your time to help with food prep, service, cleanup, transportation to & from the YMCA, or financial gifts to help us cover the expenses.
To get involved, contact Don Archer, Sally Hess at 740-373-5350 or Vicki Schwartz McCoy at 740-373-6067. Don’t be shy! To get involved, please let us know.
Mission & Outreach Committee
The Mission & Outreach Committee met in early May to discuss plans for 2016. The following is a brief summary:
- February Pot Luck Dinner – The dinner was a success with almost 40 people bringing their favorite dishes to share. I think everyone went home with a full feeling. We will plan this again for next year.
- The Friday free lunch is still serving over 75 folks each month. We are still looking for a couple of extra volunteers to help out. Come on a first Friday about 11:00 AM and we will get you trained and ready to help.
- Another gathering that we are planning is for a church lunch the 3rd Sunday in September. We hope to have an outdoor setting in the lawn by the church with a picnic lunch served by Cowboy Concessions. We want to make sure that new members of the church family are invited in order to make them all feel welcome.
Thanks for Your Support!
I appreciate your monetary donations, spiritual support, and prayers for my service trip to the Dominican Republic. I am looking forward to two weeks of service and new cultural experiences as well as sharing them with you upon my return.
Thanks again to the entire CUMC family!
Our Minister of Health
Good Night, Sleep Tight
In preparing this article, a memory from early childhood surfaced, that I hadn’t thought of in years. When my dad would ‘tuck’ me into bed at night, part of his ritual was saying, “good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” In researching that rhyme, I discovered some ugly facts about the latter part of the saying that I won’t bore you with; suffice it to say that my dad was wishing me a sound or ‘tight’ sleep.
We recently returned from visiting our family across the ocean and one of my joys of the trip was assisting our 2 ½ year old grandson with his bedtime rituals: bath time, a favorite book, hugs to mom and dad, maybe a soft lullaby with mom, tucking in stuffed animals and a favorite blanket, and then lights out. All of these rituals are designed to assist a child into a healthy pattern for a restful night’s sleep. It amazes me how easily we eliminate sleep time unwinding rituals as we progress into the teen and adult years. How anyone can watch an intense television show or violent movie in the evening and then expect to fall quickly to sleep is beyond my comprehension.
On a recent trip, we stayed overnight at a Marriott Fairfield Inn and I was thrilled to find laying on the nightstand a card with tips for a better sleep (taken from a recent publication- “The Sleep Revolution”). I share these tips with you and a few extras from my own experience and research.
- Make sure the room temperature is cool.
- No electronic devices starting 30 minutes before bedtime, with some saying hitting the off button on the phone and computer should start as early as dinner time. And the bedroom is no place for a television. Light from the TV and other electronic devices delays the body’s production of melatonin that helps us sleep.
- No caffeine after 2 p.m. and sadly for folks like me that includes chocolate! A serving of dark chocolate can contain as much caffeine as a cup of tea.
- Pajamas, nightgowns or a favorite t-shirt send a sleep friendly message to your body, so if you wear it to the gym, don’t wear it to bed. Getting plenty of natural light and exercise during the day also helps with sleep quality.
- When reading, make it a physical book, magazine, or an e-reader that does not emit blue light.
- A cup of caffeine-free tea can help ease one it the sleep mode. So can a soak in a warm tub (sounds like a familiar childhood ritual). And on the contrary, alcohol disrupts the body’s normal sleep pattern, resulting in more awakenings and thus lower quality, less refreshing sleep. So skip the glass of wine before bedtime.
- Before lights out, do some deep breathing, or yoga meditation, make a list of what you are grateful for and thank God for another day.
Sherrie Hoffman, Minister of Health
Summer Special Music
During the summer months, our choir and handbells enjoys a break while giving other talents time to shine. Instrumentalists, soloists, and ensembles bless the congregation with special music selections each Sunday. Do you have a musical talent? Please share it with us this summer! Accompanists are available.
To schedule a Sunday or for more information, contact Beth Payton.
Thank You, Teachers!
God has used your ministry in our Sunday School and Small Groups to strengthen our faith and knowledge of God’s Word, Jesus Christ.
Explorers Class – Pete Hoffman
Current Events Class – Ken Gulick & Jeff Starner
Adult Bible Study Class – Sue Smith & Steve Wilden
Seekers Class – Carl Carpenter & Scott Stalter
Philathea Class – Laura Warren
Monday Night Bible Study – Don & Jan Rary
Brown Bag Book Study – Cheryl Arnold
Children’s Church Organizer – Jan Rary
Nursery – Ann Drake & Kristine Welch
Children’s Sunday School – Katie Barnes, Rebecca Duckworth, Stephanie Fobes, Holly Menzel, Bonnie Stalter, Vicki Schwartz McCoy
Special Programs – Jeff & Susanne Walker
God’s Girls – Shelly Stormes
Youth – Don Archer, Josh & Carrie Thrash
Youth Sunday School – Bob Westbrook
Confirmation – Don Archer & Cheryl Arnold
Advent & Lenten Studies, New Members – Don Archer
Beth Brown – SS Attendance & Offering
Harvest of Hope Celebrates 10th Anniversary
from Karen Kumpf
For those of you who were in Christ UMC ten years ago, you might remember when you first heard of a vision of a mission to rescue food to feed hungry people. This vision turned into Washington Co. Harvest of Hope (HoH).
Twelve CUMC members came together to forge the organizational structure in September, 2005, and we became fully operational in 2006. Remember the images of a severe flood? The Community Food Pantry was swamped and needed more helpers and food. Our task was huge!
HoH sent out the call for volunteers, and soon over 40 volunteers were picking up food that otherwise would have been thrown away at Giant Eagle, Marietta Memorial Hospital, Broughton Dairy, and Marietta High School. We persevered through dictums from the state agriculture department and rescued over 10,000 pounds of food in only a few months.
In the following years we continued to grow. We added a refrigerated truck in 2009 and expanded the list of food donors. We began community gardening programs in 6 different locations from New Matamoras to Belpre (including one next to the CUMC parking lot), teaching people to grow their own food and providing them with the seeds and tools they need while they provide all the labor. We were instrumental in expanding the free community meal program from one location to nine, including our own church.
Today the HoH truck, lovingly taken care of by Bob Kelly, goes out four mornings a week with teams of two people–many of them from CUMC–and has delivered over 750,000 pounds of food that otherwise would have been thrown away. We deliver all of that food free of charge to 11 food pantries and 9 free community meal programs, and occasionally other agencies who also serve food insecure families.
Harvest of Hope is a vital ministry in our community. Christ UMC “birthed” this organization and continues to be an integral part of its ministry!
Thank you to all that helped HoH to be and grow this past 10 years! Your prayers, donations, and service continue to help us toward our vision of a hunger free community.
Housing Needed for Restoration Workers
Our long awaited restoration of the Klais organ is scheduled to begin on August 1st! As the restoration nears, we are in need of hosts for our German workers. The crew will be with us for five to six weeks and require housing and transportation. Families within walking distance of the church would be ideal.
If you would like to host or have further questions, please contact Pastor Don.