From Pastor Don
Envisioning Our Future
I want to take this opportunity to invite you to participate in a process that I believe will help us grow in our ministry at Christ Church.
On Saturday, October 15th, Rev. Roger Grace will be leading us in a Church Consultation. This is a process of determining our strengths, acknowledging areas that need attention, and developing steps toward faithful discipleship. The consultation will be from 9am – 2pm in Fellowship Hall. This event is for everyone. You do not have to be a church member, office holder, or committee member. Youth and adults are welcome. It is important that we have a diverse representation of ages, experience, and ideas. Your honest input is essential.
I have been blessed to be associated with Christ Church for more than ten years. I am continually amazed at the wonderful ministry that is being done in the name of Jesus by the people of this congregation. I am, at the same time, concerned that we may be missing opportunities to serve, to worship, to share, and to simply take a fresh look at where we are and where God may be leading us. This is not meant to be a gripe session but a time to reflect, review, and dream.
Where do you see opportunities to grow? What are some things that you feel that we do well? Bring your ideas and energy on October 15 and help us to strengthen our role as the body of Christ in Marietta.
We will begin gathering at 8:30 a.m. with coffee, donuts, etc.. Lunch will also be provided. There is no cost. It would be helpful if you could contact the church office and let us know if you plan to attend.
Grace and Peace,
Put It All Together: 2017 Pledge Drive
Our annual Pledge Drive is underway! When you open your pledge letter this year, look for the small puzzle piece in your envelope. Use it to prayerfully consider your part in the bigger picture that is Christ Church.
You are an important part of our ministry. Through your presence, your prayers, your gifts, and your witness, we make a difference in our community and around the world.
In his first letter to the church at Corinth, the Apostle Paul reminded us that each person has an important part to play in the life of the church. (1 Cor. 12:12) To illustrate this, he compares all followers of Jesus to various parts of the human body. Hands, feet, eyes, ears … we all have our role to play and each role is essential. Just like pieces of a puzzle, we fit together to be The Body of Christ in this world!
Each person, each gift, is a unique part of the church. When we Put All The Parts Together and dedicate them to the work of God’s kingdom, wonderful things happen! The hungry are fed. The lonely are cared for. The lost are found. The gospel is shared through example and service. These things are happening in the life of Christ Church! Thanks be to God!
Part of our ministry includes sharing our financial gifts. It is only one part, one puzzle piece, but essential to nearly all that we do. Each fall, we spend a few weeks prayerfully considering how we can financially be a part of Christ Church. We call this our “Pledge Drive” and use the response to plan next year’s ministries. During this year’s pledge drive we ask you to consider making a pledge that will be a piece of a much bigger picture.
On Sunday, October 23rd, bring your pledge cards to the worship service. There we will commit our gifts to God’s service. If you cannot attend, we will be unveiling online pledging and giving very soon! You can also mail your pledge to Christ Church at 301 Wooster St., Marietta, OH 45750, or drop it off at the office.
Every gift is part of the total ministry of the church. We invite you to help us Put It All Together so that we can continue the work that Christ has entrusted to us.
Join Our Fall Classes!
The following is our current class list. Sunday School meets weekly at 9:15 a.m. Nursery is available during all services. Children’s Church is offered during our 10:30 worship. Adult Sunday School offers many choices and meets at 9:15 a.m. Mid-week opportunities are available on Monday nights and Thursdays at noon. We hope you’ll find a place for you and your family!
Good News from Christ Celebrates 25 Years on the Radio
On Sunday, October 6, 1991, a new radio program had its first broadcast on local radio. It was called Good News from Christ, a title with an intentional double meaning, reflecting both the fact that all good news begins with Jesus, and the fact that the people of Christ United Methodist Church wished to share that good news with their friends and neighbors who weren’t attending our services on Sunday mornings.
For 25 years now, those broadcasts have continued on WMOA radio, 1490 on the AM dial, Sunday mornings at 10:05 a.m..
Each program is a 30 minute condensation of the previous week’s worship at Christ Church. Our producers begin with a recording of the full service, select essential elements such as the sermon, gospel reading, and parts of two or three hymns. Then they edit out silences in the service and include other elements there might be time for, such as prayers, special music, and spoken parts of the liturgy. All the pieces are then edited into a seamless whole, along with opening and closing announcements including an invitation for persons to come experience our worship services in person.
While the program format has remained pretty much the same over the past 25 years, technical aspects of the production process have changed dramatically:
1991—program is recorded on a reel-to-reel recorder, edited using a homemade sound board and cassette tape recorders, and finally re-recorded on 7 inch reel-to-reel tapes for delivery to the radio station.
2002—program goes completely digital, being recorded on CDs, edited on a computer, and transferred back to a CD for delivery to the station, greatly improving the quality of our sound.
2016—with the arrival of our new church secretary and webmaster, Beth Ann Weber, each week’s program is not only heard on the radio on Sunday mornings, but is also made into a podcast and added to our church’s web site where it can be heard at any time.
Our primary producers have been Karl Kumpf and Jeff Walker who alternate putting the weekly program together, which takes between 2 and 5 hours for each program. We also rely on our Sunday morning sound board operators to record the worship services. Karl and Jeff would be delighted to train anyone who might be interested in helping with this ministry. The only requirements are an interest in reaching out to people, the willingness to give some time, and some basic computer skills. You can be taught the rest.
Our ministers and others who visit our members who can’t get out much often tell us stories of people who regularly listen to Good News from Christ and rely on it to keep connected to their church. Sometimes new members say that listening to our broadcasts was one thing that attracted them to our church. And it is not unusual to run into people in the community who, upon discovering that you are from Christ Church, tell you that they listen to the Sunday morning programs.
All the work in producing Good News from Christ is volunteered. The cost of supplies and radio time is covered by our church budget supported by our members. Thanks for 25 years of this outreach ministry.
Good News from Christ
The radio ministry of Christ United Methodist Church
Sunday mornings, 10:05 a.m., WMOA radio, 1490 on your am dial
or listen anytime at christumcmarietta.org
UMW General Meeting: Pest Management
Christ Church invites everyone to their UMW General Meeting, held on Sunday, October 23rd, 9:15 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Caring for Creation is a focus area this year for United Methodist Women. Our first General Meeting for the 2016-2017 year will address this concern with speaker Marcus McCartney discussing “Organic and Non-Organic Pest Management.
Please make plans to join us! Refreshments will be provided.
From Pastor Cheryl
Christ Church strives to be a caring, supportive family that welcomes everyone, nurtures people in their faith journeys, and provides numerous ways to serve God and one another. One way we live out that care is through Safe Sanctuary policies that especially protect our children, youth, and vulnerable adults. Our West Ohio Conference requires all adults who serve in these ministries to attend an annual training led by their pastor. Our next make-up training session for those serving in children and youth ministries will be Sunday, October 9, at 11:30 AM (after late worship). Parents and others are also invited. These trainings are vital—but it takes all of us to live into the love of God that underlies these policies. Parents, talk with your children about staying safe online and in the real world. Youth, look out for each other and for our younger children. Everyone, pay attention to where our kids and vulnerable adults are, who they are with and what they are doing. By working together in community, we can truly make Christ Church a safer sanctuary for all.
Here’s what’s happening in some of our lay ministries…
Thank You to everyone who helped with Laity Sunday on September 4th! It was a fun day and proof that it takes all of us to BE Christ Church. If your favorite ministry wasn’t represented in our slide show, now is the time to start getting me your photos (I work on the slide show all year).
Christ Church partners with a community Go-Packs ministry which helps provide kid-friendly foods to schoolchildren in food-insecure families. If you feel led to assist with this ministry at Harmar or Phillips Elementary Schools, contact our Go-Packs coordinator Ellen McVicar (740-374-7420).
After School, our tutoring/nurturing ministry with selected 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders at Washington Elementary on Wednesday afternoons, is gearing up for a new year! Orientation will be Wednesday, October 19th at 4 PM in the Fellowship Hall and our first day with children will be the following Wednesday, October 26th. This year we need at least one more regular tutor; we can always use substitute tutors and additional walkers. If you are interested in serving or need more information, contact Cheryl Arnold.
Interested in serving adults? Christ Cares and Extended Table teams provide opportunities to offer emotional and spiritual support and to serve lay communion to our senior members and friends who can’t regularly attend worship. If you enjoy being around seniors, can stay focused on others’ needs instead of your own, and prefer to listen while someone else talks, see Cheryl Arnold about trying out these life-giving and life-changing ministries.
God has gifted YOU to share God’s love while doing something you’re passionate about. Not currently serving or wanting to change direction? Pray about it, talk with our pastors, and let us know how we can help.
Pastor Cheryl Arnold
740-373-1512 (church), 740-896-3824 (home)
Gift Bag Sunday
Twice a year the youth at CUMC put together Gift Bats for our homebound members. The children usually put together 20 bags. The families of the youth then deliver the bags.It is a joy to hear about their visits! These bags provide a wonderful experience for the youth and the seniors they visit.
If you would like contribute items for our bags, please drop off your gifts at the church office by October 16th. Thanks!
Circles have begun for the 2016-2017 year, but it is not too late to join!
Mary circle, which meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., began their year with a potluck dinner.
Rebecca-Ruth Circle meets the third Thursday of the month at 12:30 p.m. A dessert is served the ladies are exploring the teachings and people in communities in the Old and New Testaments as a model for us today.
Circles are a great opportunity for small group interaction with women of faith. If you are interested in joining or supporting our mission work, please contact Beth Morgan at 740-336-7153.
Our UMW calendar is always available here.
West Ohio UMW Celebration
43rd Annual Celebration of the West Ohio Conference United Methodist Women
Our Calling: To Seed the Future by Building on the Past
The Conference UMW Annual Meeting will be held from 10 -3 on Saturday, November 12, at Crossroads Ministry Center in Lancaster. The keynote speaker will be Mike Feely, Director of Mission Advancement of Henderson Settlement in Frakes, Kentucky. Henderson Settlement is a United Methodist Women’s National Mission Institution. A special offering of disposable diapers will be taken that day for Henderson Settlement. All sizes are needed, with a special need for size 4, 5, and 6. Also that day, crafts made by Henderson Settlement will be offered for sale.
Cost for the day is $13.00, including lunch. The registration deadline is October 24. We will carpool from here, so if interested in attending, please contact Beth Morgan, 740-336-7153, by October 17.
It Happened Again . . .
From Sherrie Hoffman, Minister of Health
Pastor Cheryl and I were standing in the church hallway when a member of our congregation stopped to give us an update on her recent health problems. She also mentioned that her health issues had included a recent hospitalization, lamenting that no one had come to visit her. We both mentioned that we did not know she had been hospitalized and regretted not being able to see her. Hospital visits are a time to connect with those in the congregation, a time to be present as well as offering prayers for comfort and healing.
Here are a few things you need to know about this aspect of pastoral care that may help situations like that described above from happening in the future.
- Hospital visitation is really a team effort. Every morning, Beth Ann, our church secretary, calls the local hospital numbers, using a designated code that allows hospital volunteers to read her a list of United Methodist patients. This is the way our local hospitals are currently handling the issue of patient privacy. When she recognizes names from our congregation she relays this information to Cheryl, Don and me. You may recall if you have been hospitalized recently, being asked a myriad of questions including do you have a church affiliation. (Sometimes these questions are in the form of a phone call or you may have had an interview face to face in preadmission testing.) If you have answered yes to the above question and answered with Christ United Methodist, your name will show up on the list Beth Ann receives when you are hospitalized. BUT, if you were admitted thru the ER, there is a 3-4 delay in this listing for some unknown reason. When I said pastoral care is a team effort, there are at least two more aspects. Cheryl, Don and I share days that we visit, so you may not always see the same person. And you as the congregation are part of that team! If you know someone has been hospitalized, give the church office a call.
- If you are asleep when one of us comes to visit, that’s probably what you need and should be doing. I will not generally wake a sleeping patient for a visit but will leave my card, often with a note referring to when I had stopped.
- Asleep, or awake, know that we are praying for you.
Hospitalization at best can still be difficult and chaotic times with feelings of pain and loneliness. Visitation in this setting, whether by pastoral staff or other members of the congregation, are means to be present to those going thru these challenging times and a reminder that we are part of a community of faith within which no one is really alone.
Marie’s Photographic Thank You
I want to thank each person or couple who sat before and after each service for the four Sundays in September. You did a great job of signing people up for their directory photos.
I also want to thank each lady who spent several hours at a stretch being a hostess on Tuesday, Sept. 27th through Friday, Oct. 1st.
I want to thank Nina Gath for being my spokesperson at the 8 a.m. service each Sunday in September.
I can not forget the intrepid assistance of Beth Ann Weber. She was the backbone of the endeavor to create a new church directory.
God Bless & Thank you,
Mid-Ohio Valley Ringers will hold their fall concert on Saturday, October 15th, 7 p.m., at Wayside United Methodist Church in Vienna, WV. All are invited!