From Pastor Cheryl
Pastor Don is now 6 weeks into his 12 week Spiritual Renewal leave. So this is a good chance to take stock of how things are going. Overall, things are going well! I hope Don’s leave has been restful for him and Sandy. Though we all miss seeing him around, I believe Don’s leave has blessed us in many ways, including these:
The women of the God’s Girls Bible study stepped up to lead worship—I didn’t even know all these women were part of that group! Besides Shelly Stormes, we’ve heard messages from Rev. Steve McGuire (our Assistant to the District Superintendent), Mark Miller, and Jeff Walker. Jim Schneider assisted with both our sacraments during worship and is scheduled to preach, as are Suzanne Walker and Beth Ann Weber. Personally, I’ve enjoyed doing some of the things Don usually does, like meeting with the parents of 10-week old Charlotte, whom we baptized on May 6th, and meeting more regularly with our Trustees.
Yes, it seems like unexpected things come up most days…but so do offers from people to help deal with them. I am so blessed to be serving here at Christ Church where we have a strong, willing, well-trained laity. Thanks to everyone who is making this time without Archers run as smoothly as possible!
Here’s some updates on a few of our lay ministries…
Our volunteers donated 525.5 hours of hands-on time with first, second and third graders of Washington Elementary in our After School ministry. Thanks to everyone who helped out in any way! So far most (but not all) of the roles have been claimed for when we begin again next fall, so anyone who would like to get involved should talk with me this summer.
Our Thursday Noon Study on World Religions will conclude at the end of May. I’ve enjoyed getting to know the people (half of whom are from other churches) and learn the material, which makes me think about what I appreciate most about Christianity. We’ll take June off and then try a new format—Ted Talks—probably starting in mid-July (when Don and I are both here). This fall, I’m considering a study on Adam Hamilton’s book Unafraid, which explores how our faith helps us live in these challenging times.
Have an idea for another way to share God’s love? Want to join up with an existing small group? Get in touch and we’ll try to help.
West Ohio Annual Conference
June 3-7, Lake Chatauqua
Clergy and elected Lay Members will gather for the West Ohio Annual Conference in Hoover Auditorium at Lakeside Chautauqua, June 3 – 6, 2018 with Bishop Gregory V. Palmer presiding, with an additional training day on June 7th. This year’s theme is “Be Not Afraid… There is Enough” based on Matthew 14:13-21. Watch below as our Bishop Palmer introduces us to this theme.
For the week of Annual Conference, Christ Church offices will be open Friday, June 8, only. Wednesday Communion will not be held. Staff will be available for your needs through Beth Ann, 740-336-6586.
Please be in prayer for our delegates: Ernie & Nina Gath, Jan Whitney, Sherrie Hoffman, and Pastor Cheryl…and for all the clergy and lay delegates, for unity, for wisdom, for direction.
Church Softball Team
Looking for some summer fun? Want to build and strengthen relationships? Needing a fun way to get active? Join our church softball team!
Our team plays in a local league with other area churches. It’s always a great time and community building. Teens on up are welcome to join and all genders are welcome.
Ode to Mothers
Joyce Ricker Kronberg, 2018
She is not an Amazon, personification of warrior queen,
She is not Wonder Woman, heroic and ever keen,
Promoting global peace and justice to mankind everywhere.
But she is mortal female, quietly caring and always there.
To teach the young, to calm their broken hearts,
To help with daily tasks and labors, doing her part
To love and cherish her progeny, family anywhere,
To nurture the next generation, and do it with care.
To nurture the next generation, and do it with care.
Joyce attends first service here at Christ Church. She graciously shared this beautiful poem around the time of Mother’s Day. Please excuse the late appearance, the message and joy it brings is timeless.
CUMC Blood Drive
Christ Church hosts a Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, July 23rd, 1-6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. To facilitate this event, we need your help! We need cookie bakers, furniture movers (before & after), greeters at the registration table, and canteen servers. To volunteer, contact Sue Smith (740-373-2895 or 740-525-1328).
Don’t Go to the Hospital without One
As I listened to the message, there was for me an easy transition to how this applies to our health journey. I was reminded during my husband’s recent surgery and hospitalization, how important it is to not go through those experiences alone, to seek help, and to have an advocate by your side. Sometimes hospitalizations are emergency situations, but if that is not the case and any pre-planning is allowed, designating an advocate to be with you would be at the top of my list of things to take with you. Having a friend or family member with you when you are in the hospital or having a medical procedure done is key to a safe and more comfortable experience. While this person is not a substitute for professional care, advocates can ask nurses and doctors questions, share information about your medical history that you may not be able to at that time, help with your comfort level and assist with discharge plans and care at that time. Your advocate should be a good listener and have the confidence to raise concerns as well as help you process the information you are given.
As we went through this recent hospitalization in Columbus, it was a pleasant surprise that this hospital embraces the same philosophy that no one should have to do this alone! Their concept of going a little farther in care included a valet to park your vehicle the day of surgery. Then at check-in we were met by staff that walked us to the designated location to get ready for surgery. Thankfully I had family and a friend who sat with me during the long hours of his surgery, but the hospital also had designated staff that came and updated me every few hours as well as providing coffee and cookies while we waited. Would that all hospitals could go a little farther in their efforts to make sure no one feels like they journey alone. Remember that I am here if you are in need of an advocate.
Family Fun Nights
UMW Assembly Report
Beth Morgan, Christ Church UMW President
United Methodist Women is currently the largest faith-based women’s mission organization in the world, and Assembly is the largest quadrennial gathering of that organization. United Methodist Women began on March 23, 1869, when eight women gathered at Tremont Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston and organized the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society, which would later become the UMW. Those women raised money to send a doctor, Clara Swain, and a teacher, Isabella Thoburn, to India as missionaries to serve the women of that nation. UMW will celebrate the dedication and foresight of those women with the 150th Anniversary of United Methodist Women in 2019.
Three members of Christ United Methodist Church attended Assembly, May 17 – May 20 at the Columbus Convention Center: Nancy Burkhart, Karen Kumpf, and Beth Morgan. The theme “The Power of Bold” was illustrated with scripture, song, dance, and speakers and explored the biblical story of Mary, mother of Jesus, a bold example of a woman in her time. A teenage mother, wife, sister and –later in life—a widow, Mary’s life is an example of what it means to be bold despite life’s challenges. Mary’s story of divine call, relationships, social and cultural norms, and bold action formed the basis of our study of bold actions we need to make today.
We attended community gatherings that included worship, music, live performing arts, and wonderfully insightful and inspiring speakers: Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Laureate from Liberia; Michelle Alexander, author, The New Jim Crow; Marian Wright Edelman, founder, Children’s Defense Fund; Hannah Bonner, filmmaker; and Tamika Mallory, women’s rights activist. All were inspirational as they addressed the four priority social justice issues of the UMW: economic inequality, climate justice, mass incarceration and criminalization of communities of color, and maternal and child health. All the speakers had shown boldness in their lives and all were advocates for women and children (and all people) . Although each had amazing speeches, I believe they all could be summarized in the words of Marian Wright Edelman, “Doing nothing is not OK. If I fall, I will fall five feet four inches forward in the fight for justice.”
Participatory workshops had been chosen in advance by each attendee; these workshops provided more in-depth information on each priority issue and offered skills to take individual and/or collective action to provide faith, hope, and love into action on behalf of women, children, and youth around the world. I attended “Economic Inequality,” which was a roundtable discussion of three activists and urged a “living wage for all.” “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity” (Psalm 133:1) provided the theme of my second workshop, “Lovers of Justice Dwelling Together in a Multi-Faith World,” led by Rev. Dionne P. Boissiere, chaplain of the Church Center for the United Nations. It was interesting to note that the top ten religions of the world each has its own version of Matthew 7:12, “In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” For example, Islam, “No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself” (Sunnah) or Buddhism, “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful” (Udana-Varga 5,1).
The weekend moved from “Called to Be Bold” to “Bold Dreams” to “Cost of Bold” to “Bold Action.” The final ceremony of “The Power of Bold” was a communion service led by eight female bishops from around the world: thousands of women being served at the table of grace and mercy by other women of faith and bold actions. This was a weekend of new world-wide friendships, deep spiritual experiences, and truly faith, hope, and love in action.
To find videos, articles, and information on the UMW Assembly 2018, type #UMWAssembly2018 in any social media or online search bar.
A Prayer for Travelers
Whether traveling overseas or around the corner, starting a new job or a new family, we embark on all kinds of journeys. Life itself can be a long and winding road, but as Christians, a life dedicated to God is not one defined by standing still, and our faith assures us that we will never travel that road alone.
Titled “A Song of Ascents” in Scripture, Psalm 121 marks life’s journeys. The sacred song is believed to have been sung by pilgrims traveling the ancient road to Jerusalem but, over the ages, has become known to many by a more familiar name: “The Traveler’s Psalm.” The words serve as a guide for the journey and a reminder God is watching over us every step of the way.
You are encouraged to use this video meditation as a source of comfort as you commence, continue, or conclude your journey.
The images in this video were taken by photographers from various United Methodist conferences and agencies.
This video was produced by United Methodist Communications in Nashville, TN.
A Sweet Ending to a New Beginning
Our 2018 High School graduates and their families were honored with a breakfast on May 27th. Thank you to the Christian Education Committee for hosting the event! Please pray for these young adults as they embark on their next journey:
- Laura Barnes
- Meredith Coil
- Kate Danford
- Max Garrison
- Madison Gault
- Lizzie Lehman