From Pastor Cheryl
Spring Will Come
On January 8th I remembered to take a picture of some of the many daffodil clumps I’d seen coming up in our yard. When we got slammed with our first real snow shortly after, I wasn’t too concerned—but as this winter’s warm and cold spells alternated, I started to wonder what would happen in the spring.
Sometimes our spiritual lives are like that. Things seem to be going along fine, we may even sense growth and new possibilities—and then something hits us hard and we’re not sure what will happen in the spring…or even if there will be a spring.
Rest assured, spring will come, just as it always has. God cares for us just as God cares for the freezing daffodils. And in case you’re wondering, ours bloomed just beautifully.
Here’s some of our current lay ministry happenings…
Feeling a need to serve in a new or different way? Talk with Pastor Don or me and we’ll try to help.
(740) 373-1512 (office), (740) 896-3824 (home)
Brown Bag Book Study: Charity Detox
But what would charity look like if we measured it by its ability to alleviate poverty and needs? That is the question at the heart of Charity Detox. Drawing on his many decades of experience, Lupton outlines how to structure programs that actually improve the quality of life of the poor and disenfranchised. He introduces many strategies that are revolutionizing what we do with our charity dollars, and offers numerous examples of organizations that have successfully adopted these groundbreaking new models.
New Member Class
Beginning Sunday, April 17th, at 9:15 a.m., a five-week New Member Class will be offered in Pastor Don’s office. This class is for anyone interested in learning more about Christ Church and The United Methodist Church.
If you are considering church membership, a transfer from another church, or simply have unanswered questions about our church and denomination, this class is for you. If this class does not work for your schedule, contact Pastor Don to make other arrangements.
To register, or for more information, email or call the church office at 740-373-1512.
UMW – Did You Know?
On March 23, 2019, United Methodist Women will complete 150 years as a membership mission organization serving women, children, and youth around the world. In this News and Views, the United Methodist Women of Christ United Methodist Church would like to describe two of the many missions we support.
The Tacoma Community House in Washington and Susannah Wesley Center in Hawaii are engaged in advocacy for immigration and human trafficking concerns in the communities they serve. With the support of United Methodist Women, they provide direct services in education, employment, immigration assistance and advocacy for crime victims.
The Indian Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (ISPCK) trains and equips rural women to increase their economic capacity through learning sewing and embroidery and marketing products within the ISPCK businesses throughout India. With the support of United Methodist Women, rural women in India are learning and earning in order to support themselves and their families.
Upcoming Christ Church UMW Events:
- April 9, 10:00 – 3:00 Foothills District Spring Day Apart
Hocking Hills United Methodist Church, Logan, OH
Registration deadline April 1
Cost $10.00 Information available from Beth Morgan or Gail Popp
- May 22 will be our general meeting of the Christ Church UMW. This meeting will have a featured speaker and be open to the entire church body. More information will be announced the first of May.
Native American Sunday – April 10
The people of The United Methodist Church, Native and non-Native, are creating a new history. Through Native American Ministries Sunday, we’re able to equip and empower Native American pastors, congregations and seminary students to authentically worship and serve Jesus. We invite you to financially support this ministry.
At Christ Church, our April Missions Moments will be built around the cross-cultural work of Native Americans and the UMC. We are looking for authentic, Native-American art pieces to display in the Narthex case, such as jewelry, weavings, pottery, baskets, etc. If you have something to share, please contact Beth Ann.
Historic Church Recordings
During a recent cleaning of the church office, we found a number of old cassette tapes which had recordings of various church events including musicals and sermons.
Those recordings have been transferred onto digital media for preservation and are available to anyone who is interested. A list of the recordings is below.
If you would like copies of any of the recordings, email or call the church office at 740-373-1512. They are available on CD for $3 each, or free as an mp3 download (provide your email address). Please allow at least a week for processing time.
Note: Since 2002 all of our church services have been recorded on CD, are on file, and are also available on CD or as an mp3 download.
- “Celebrate Life”, 1979
- “Magic in the Heart of the Universe”, April 1984
- “Acts”, May 1985
- “Were You There”, March 23, 1986
- Christ’s Powerhouse, May 31, 1987
- Carol Ann Bradley, Organ Concert, November 1987
- R. Craig Dobbins, Organ Recital, November 6, 1988
- “Thy Will Be Done”, Maundy Thursday Cantata, March 31, 1994
- Organ and Flute Music for Christmas, Sarah Buchert and Vicki Schwartz-
McCoy, December 5, 1996
- Lightshine, 1975
- Ben Lowell, April 22, 1979
- Max Williams, last Sunday, May 5, 1985
- Tom Sagendorf, dedication of organ, December 7, 1986
- Bishop Ammons, December 14, 1986
- Karl Kumpf, first sermon here, July 9, 1989
- Candy Green, first sermon here, July 16, 1989
- The Prodigal Son Lenten series from 2001 by Karl Kumpf and Candy Green is also available on a 4 CD set for $10.
Marietta Area Spring Ring
Sunday, April 24th, 7 p.m., at The Basilica of St. Mary’s
Come listen to our Cathedral Handbell Choir along with other groups in the area, as they perform a
concert sure to inspire you. The choirs perform seven massed numbers, where they all ring the same piece
together. Then many groups do individual, solo pieces.
This is the 26th year for this event and is always a wonderful evening of music, in a beautiful setting. The choirs have worked hard through their ringing season to prepare the music which culminates in this event. Come out and support Christ Church’s Handbells, you won’t be sorry!
Getting Kara There
Thank you to all who gave so generously during our Lenten offerings to support Kara Carpenter and her summer mission trip to the Dominican Republic. After conferring with those in the know, latest tallies show Kara at just under $700 of her needed goal of $2,175. We apologize for the inaccurate information in our last Weekly Update. As we rise to meet this challenge, consider using that pink Easter Offering envelope in your boxed set. All gifts received as special Easter Offerings on Sunday will be added to the funds already collected for Kara’s trip fees. Gifts can also be dropped off at the church office or mailed to 301 Wooster St., Marietta, OH 45750.
Please keep Kara in your prayers as she prepares to travel. Her trip will be from May 14 to May 28. We know that she will show God’s love and care to those she meets in the Dominican Republic.
Our Minister of Health
The Fishes and Loaves Approach
A friend of mine is a United Methodist pastor in a church that uses Lenten and Advent daily devotional booklets, and in his generosity, he shares those with me each season. This year’s Lenten guide gave me much food for thought as it focused on prayer, and in particular, the prayers of Jesus.
The second Saturday in Lent devotional focused on the feeding of the five thousand texts from Mark: “He took the five loaves and the two fish, looked up to heaven, blessed them, broke the loaves into pieces, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people.”
Sue Mink, author of this devotional, dealt with this passage in such a way that I think we can use the steps Jesus took in such a difficult situation to apply them in our daily lives too. Jesus appeared to be faced with an overwhelming task- a multitude of hungry people had been listening to him teach and everyone was hungry. All that seemed to be available to feed them was a couple of fish and some loaves of bread. The three things he did that day are worth adding to our plan of approach when faced with struggles that seem insurmountable at times:
- Take stock of your resources. Not much bread and fish were available to Jesus that day, but it was a start. When we have a problem, stop and look at what’s already available to us, it may be talents, abilities or the help of friends or coworkers.
- Pray. Thank God for what we already have, however small and pray for the courage to get out and use it.
- Begin the work. Jesus gave the fish and bread to his disciples and told them to go and feed the people. Instead of disparaging at meager resources, focus on the power of the support we already have and take that first step.
This winter, 27 of us took part in a study lead by Don and Cheryl, on the book by Robert Lupton, Toxic Charity. It challenged us to educate ourselves on how best to serve those with less. Lupton characterizes traditional charity work as ‘doing for’ rather than a newer approach of ‘doing with’. Sharing transformation is not just having a food pantry or a free-clothes closet, or just eating one free meal together.
Ministry with the poor demands that we establish trust with those who have been marginalized all their lives. It’s much more difficult to go out and develop relationships with those we attempt to serve, but as Jesus reminds us, we need to take stock of the resources and it may just start with a conversation. “The poor, no matter how destitute, have enormous untapped capacity” which we can be inspired by to assist in the development of new approaches to living. At least it feels like a first step….
Sherrie Hoffman, Minister of Health
Computers for Christian Ed
Have you updated your computer and wonder what to do with your old system? Our Christian Education Ministry is need of two PC towers for classrooms. Monitors and keyboards are not necessary. These computers would be used in our Sunday School program.
Our Christian Education Committee is compiling a complete list of this year’s graduating seniors and college students. If you have a graduating student, please contact Laura Warren or the church office. This is an important step in your young person’s life and we want to honor their accomplishments!
Save the Date!
Mid-Ohio Valley Ringers Spring Concert
Sunday, May 22nd, 4 p.m., Wayside UMC, Vienna, WV
This will be a patriotic concert on the occasion of Armed Forces Day. Come out for an afternoon of handbell music with additional instrumentalists joining in the festivities, including our own Vicki Schwartz-McCoy. More details to follow as the event gets closer.
Upcoming Blood Drive
Christ United Methodist will host its second community blood drive from 1-6 p.m. Tuesday, May 24. Please contact drive coordinator Sue Smith (740-373-2895) if willing to assist with any of the following tasks:
- At least 12 dozen cookies (no peanuts and no sugar-free please!) are needed to serve at the event’s post-donation canteen. Cookie donations, marked Blood Drive (and the number of cookies within the bag), can be put into the church freezer or brought to the Church the day before the event. (Any extra cookies after the event can aid After School and/or Donut Time.)
- It would help to have a Canteen Coordinator to solicit bakers and staffers, and to direct and track needs for both both people and supplies. That is an at-home phone task.
- One or two donor schedulers to work (at home, by phone and computer) with Sue to mix-n-match, call, schedule and remind donors and RapidPass users, in sync with the Red Cross online systems and various donor types. This takes careful juggling and targeted placing, a few kinds of communication, and confidentiality. The peak would be mid-April to mid-May.
- Signage and donor directing: Red Cross will provide event-promotion posters (like the one on our bulletin board now for the March 28 Presbyterian drive) to distribute to other blood drive partners in the community and in our own church. Additionally, we need external signage to help donors know they are in the right place and we are, indeed, a blood drive site that day, and which doors to use, or how to find the event from any door.
- Furniture movers Monday afternoon, May 23rd.
- Setting up the RapidPass wireless laptop and printer station in the narthex the afternoon before or day of (see Beth Ann Weber about what she will handle and what help on that she would like)
- Teams of volunteer pairs to staff Registration and RapidPass stations, canteen, plus a couple of solo floaters, to collectively cover from 12:30 to 6:30.
- Furniture movers (or the next day).
- Last time, we surpassed the goal of 38 units. We stayed almost two hours after the initially forecast closing time, because the Red Cross requested the first hour of that and then also because a group of seven Marietta College walk-ins arrived right at the end of that hour, and it takes time to work any donor through the whole pre-screening, donation and canteen process. Only three or four donors can be taken at the same time.
If you are not already on the Red Cross blood donor list for the greater Mid-Ohio Valley, and wish to be, contact Sue or the Red Cross (or 800-RED-CROSS). The Red Cross decides all eligibility issues and eligibility changes. If you are already on the list and wish to schedule an appointment, call (740-373-2895) or e-mail Sue. Other local drives are at the Presbyterian Church on Monday, March 28, and Marietta College Gathering Place on April 5.
Thanks, again, to all who made success possible last time.
Living Waters VBS
June 6-8, 2016
Winter is behind us and we’re all looking forward to summer. A highlight of the summer for many of us is Vacation Bible School. Plans are being made, and we’re ready to recruit youth and adults to help with games, crafts, music, snacks, story time and registration. So mark your calendar for June 6 – 8, from 9:00 am to noon to bring your children, grandchildren, and your neighbor children to VBS. Let Joe Webb or Laura Warren know where you would like to volunteer to help with VBS.