October – November 2018

From Pastor Don

Join The Celebration

2019 Pledge Drive - Celebrating God's Gifts | Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta, OhioAs part of our annual pledge drive, you are being asked to consider the gifts that God has blessed you with as a result of your connection with Christ Church. Our pledge drive theme is: Celebrating God’s Gifts.

When I think of the variety of gifts that flow from the people of this faith community, I am humbled. Let me highlight just a few:

  • We are blessed with a wonderful diversity of musical talent and expression. As I have stated previously, I enjoy hearing the various rehearsals as much as the actual performance.
  • We are focused on the community around us. From free meals to hygiene kits for the food pantry, we are reaching out to meet the needs of others. Whenever disaster strikes; contributions to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) are always generous.
  • We are blessed with the presence of children and young people. Yes, we would love to have more children and youth … but the ones we are gifted with are incredible!
  • We have a staff of dedicated and caring people who are a joy to work with.
  • Volunteers are available for a variety of ministries. When a need is brought to our attention, there are people with the skills and the compassion to help meet that need.
  • Kairos (prison ministry) and the Walk To Emmaus are changing lives through the radical grace of God in Jesus Christ.

I am repeatedly blessed by the gift of faith that I see at work in the lives of the people who call Christ Church their spiritual home. My walk with Jesus is enhanced and renewed by the example and service that I see expressed in so many ways.

What gifts do you celebrate? What are the things about Christ Church that mean the most to you? Would you be willing to jot down your answer on an index card or send an email to our church address?

Help us to Celebrate God’s Gifts!

Grace and Peace,

West Ohio UMW Celebration - October 2018 | Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta, Ohio

West-Ohio UMW Celebration

West Ohio Conference United Methodist Women’s Annual Celebration on Saturday, October 20, 2018. The topic is “Sacred Creation Sacred Work: Our Meeting Place with God” with key leadership by Rev. Jessica Stonecypher. It will be held at the Crossroads Event Center in Lancaster, Ohio from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The cost is $15.00 which includes lunch. Child care will be provided. Please see Beth Morgan with questions or if interested in attending.

Good News from Christ Radio Ministry Celebrates 25 Years | Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta, Ohio

Church Radio Program Now on FM

We are delighted to let you know that our church’s radio ministry, “Good News from Christ”, is now being broadcast on both AM and FM. The FM signal is much clearer, with more dynamic range and more frequency range, and less static and interference. In other words, it sounds so much better and is easier to listen to and understand.

Our program is broadcast every Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. on WMOA radio, our local Marietta station. You can find the AM program at 1490 on your dial, and the FM program at 101.3 on your dial. They are identical programs except for the higher quality of the FM program. We encourage listeners who are used to the AM program to give the FM program a try and discover the improvements.

“Good News from Christ” has been on the air for 27 years now. Our producers, Linda Ankrom, Jeff Walker, and Karl Kumpf, edit a recording of our Sunday morning worship service to a 30 minute program that usually includes the complete sermon, one or two scripture readings, the choir anthem, and several prayers, readings and hymns. The program is then broadcast the Sunday following the worship service.

The radio program is produced primarily as a ministry to people who are unable or unavailable to attend worship, but it is also intended to introduce new persons to our church. In addition, the program is posted as a podcast on our church’s web site, www.christumcmarietta.org so it is available any time for persons who want to explore what Christ UMC is all about, who want to hear a service they missed, or who were inspired by a meaningful sermon or piece of music and want to hear it again.

Good News from Christ
Sunday Mornings at 10:00 a.m.
WMOA Radio: 101.3 FM or 1490 AM

From Pastor Cheryl

Christ Church is blessed to be a place where people intentionally come together to learn. Just this summer, our Thursday Noon Brown Bag study watched and discussed a series of TED talks by presenters as varied as an orchestra conductor, a former neo-Nazi, and a brain scientist. This fall our Thursday series will begin Adam Hamilton’s book, Unafraid—and then we’ll squeeze in a few more TED talks before our Advent study begins. If Sundays fit your schedule better, our adult Sunday School classes include a traditional ongoing Bible study series (Homebuilders), a continuing study on prayer (Explorers), and a provocative study about our understanding of God (Seekers). On Sunday evenings, God’s Girls will tackle the book of Job. And on Monday evenings, a house study at the Rary’s will be explore the Minor Prophets. Fall is a great time to meet new people so we invite you to choose a topic or two, bring a friend, expand your mind, and strengthen your faith.

Here’s some other lay ministry happenings…

I was scrolling through our Facebook recently and a pastor leaned over and exclaimed, “Look at all the young people in your church!” He’s right. If you haven’t gotten to know our kids, prayerfully consider being in ministry with them. Opportunities include leading Children’s Church during late worship, joining our Sunday School teaching rotation, and assisting Pastor Don with Youth Group. Volunteers need to complete this year’s Safe Sanctuary training—the next session will be October 24th at 5 PM (following After School Orientation) in the Fellowship Hall.

Christ Cares and Extended Table teams will have our join fall meeting on Sunday, October 14 at 9:15 in Room 208. These teams offer a ministry of listening, presence, and serving Holy Communion to our senior members and friends who can’t easily attend worship anymore. If you’ve thought about joining our teams but still aren’t sure, consider accompanying us on a visit or two. These can be difficult ministries…but the rewards are priceless.

After School, our tutoring/nurturing ministry for primary children at Washington Elementary, is gearing up for our 18th consecutive year. Volunteer Orientation is Wednesday, October 24th at 4 PM in Fellowship Hall and our first day with kids is the next Wednesday, October 31st. We can always use new volunteers (6th grade and up) to walk, help with activities, and sub for our regular tutors.

Where is God calling you to serve? If you’re not sure, or need help getting something started, let us know and we’ll try to help.

Cheryl Arnold
740-373-1512 (church)
740-896-3824 (home)

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!

Fall 2018
Little Ones
Birth to 3 years
Hugs and stories with Ann Drake
PreK-7th grade
beginning age 4
At Home with God: Children take their Sunday School knowledge home and dive deeper with their families, growing in faith together.
8th-12th grade
ReForm with Bob Westbrook
A faith formation series with laughter and real substance ReForm gives the tools for critical thinking, faithful reflection, and discovery.
Adult Sunday School
Pete Hoffman
Prayer by Philip Yancy. Asking: Is he listening? What’s the point? Can prayer be more satisfying? Does it change his mind? My mind? Or both?
Adult Bible Study
Sue Smith & Steve Wilden
God’s World and God’s People, studying Matthew, Luke Romans, 2 Corinthians, Colossians, and Nehemiah.
Carl Carpenter
Lies We Believe About God by Wm. Paul Young. 28 commonly uttered and seemingly innocuous things we say about God. Think anew about important issues including sin, religion, hell politics, identity, creation, human rights, and helping us discover god’s deep and abiding love.
Philathea Class
Laura Warren
Psalm 23 by Jennifer Rothschild. This beloved Psalm can breathe new life into women who are weary and unsure of their next steps.
Other Groups
Brown Bag Study
Thursdays at Noon
Unafraid by Adam Hamilton. Fear is a complex emotion. Sometimes it saves us. More often it robs us of the life we want. But we can take our lives back.
God’s Girls
Sundays, 5 p.m.
Studying Job by Lisa Harper. Discover the redemptive facet of Job’s suffering. Learn to view pain as a way to strengthen your faith.
Rary Home Bible Study
Mondays, 7 p.m.
Studying the Minor Prophets. How many “minor” prophets can you identify in the Bible? Jonah is familiar to most of us, but what about Haggai or Obadiah? If you are curious about these lesser known prophets, or you just have an interest in learning more about the message found in our Bible, join the study!


After School Orientation

After School Program | Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta, Ohio
Attention all those volunteering for After School! Orientation will be Wednesday, October 24th at 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. After School is an enrichment program for Washington School 1st – 3rd graders. Each year, upon teacher recommendation, we invite up to 12 students to spend one afternoon a week here at Christ Church. Together we work on homework, share a snack, and enjoy fun activities together. If you would like more information on After School, contact Pastor Cheryl.

Following Wednesday’s orientation, Oct. 24th at 5 p.m., there will be one last Safe Sanctuary training. Even if you are not part of the After School team, you are welcome to attend this training. Safe Sanctuary training is required by our denomination for anyone who works with children and youth.

From Our Minister of Health

Loving God, Loving Each Other

The music of our hymns has always been an important part of my life, and maybe more so in my faith journey. I learned to sing many of the old -time favorites with my mom as our family did road trips and I have special memories of my favorite uncle singing “In the Garden” in church(tears streaming down his cheeks). It’s usually the contagious tune that catches me first, but over the years I have discovered the value in studying the lyrics and history of a hymn.

One thing I look forward to each year at annual conference at Lakeside is the special music that accompanies our worship services each day and this year was no exception. Scioto Ridge UMC is a church on the western edge of Columbus that has a well known gospel quartet, the Scioto Ridge Boys. They sang twice for us at conference and I confess I was so smitten with their gospel harmony I bought two of their CDs and have been listening to their music ever since in the car as I drive around town. (Max Williams, one of our former pastors, was appointed to Scioto Ridge after he left here, and often sang with the group.) One song on their CD really caught my attention and I researched its history. The song is “Loving God, Loving Each Other”, written by Bill and Gloria Gaither in 1997.

Loving God, loving each other,
Making music with my friends;
Loving God, loving each other,
And the story never ends.
They pushed back from the table
To listen to His words,
His secret plan before He had to go.
It’s not complicated;
Don’t need a lot of rules,
This is all you’ll need to know.
Loving God, loving each other,
Making music with my friends;
Loving God, loving each other,
And the story never ends.
We tend to make it harder,
Build steeples out of stone,
Fill with explanations of The Way,
But if we’d stop and listen
And break a little bread,
We would hear the Master say
Loving God, loving each other,
Making music with my friends;
Loving God, loving each other,
And the story never ends.

It’s not complicated and we don’t need a lot of rules, do we? In the gospel of Luke, Jesus says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” In this day and age of religious polarization, wouldn’t it be grace-filled if we could all live by these simple words, “love God and love each other”. Isn’t that all we need to know?

PS – anyone interested in this marvelous music, see me for the CD!

Sherrie Hoffman

From Shipwrecked! to Land Ho!!

This summer children and adults enjoyed sailing on the S.S Archer. They became marooned on an island and struggled all summer on how to get home. They called upon God and learned that no matter where you are, how you are feeling, or what you are struggling with, Jesus Rescues! After many attempts to get off the island, they finally designed “sternwheelers” and sailed home on “Rally Day”!

This wonderful experience was the work of many members of our congregation. From the wonderful potluck dishes, the help with decorating, the facilitating of bible time, singing, crafts, and so much more!! Thank you to all the helpers and children who participated in our Vacation Bible School!! LAND HO!

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Thanks from Eloise & Janice

We wish to express our deep appreciation to all those who made our birthdays so special this year.

God bless!