Christ United Methodist Church

Jan
1
to Jan 31

Lenten Devotional 2018: This Happened.

One of the gifts of the forty days of Lent is the creation of a Christ UMC Lenten Devotional. Every day church members are able to take in the words and reflections of other church members. The writings revolve around a theme.

 This year the theme is: This Happened.

What are the core stories that your family tells or that you tell?  What do those stories speak about who you are and what matters to you?  When have you encountered surprising grace or unlikely visits from the Holy?  

We ask that you write up those stories and submit them to Gwen Ravenhorst at Gwen@cumethodist.com. You can submit a favorite poem if that seems best.  The    stories will be sent out daily to our email list.  We will print up a limited number of paper copies for those who don’t use email.

Deadline for submission is January 31st.

 Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.  This year Ash Wednesday falls on Valentines’ Day, February 14th. Please share your stories.  We all grow in grace when we hear each other!

 

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Jan
28
12:00 PM12:00

Annual Gathering-- Chocolate Decadence

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We’ll gather at 12:10pm in the Commons for an update on our shared ministry.  We’ll hear reports, vote on new leadership and hear about our new budget and progress toward the building projects undertaken.

All this, and chocolate too!

Please find the best recipe you can to share chocolate - for main dishes and for dessert.  Prizes for the most inventive use of chocolate will be given. Or, if that feels too crazy, just bring a pot luck dish to share.  We’ve had a wonderful time at this gathering in the past.

Our District Superintendent Cynthia Williams will be presiding.  Come and share in the goodness of ministry and chocolate!

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Apr
15
10:15 AM10:15

Third Sunday Forum: What is the United Methodist's for Karios Response

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(Answering the urgent call from Palestinian Christians) Carol Brunholzl and Hank Kliewer

10:15 – 11AM in the Hamline Room.  All are welcome!  These forums cover a wide range of topics of interest and are given by insightful presenters.  No registration required for forums; just bring your cup of coffee and enjoy the presentation followed by Q & A

 

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Jan
14
7:00 PM19:00

Young Adult Bible Study

This winter, we need some soul-food for a divided climate. We will take 5 weeks and look at “Different but not Divided: Practicing a Third Way” from The Work of the People. First gathering is open to any and all curious about hanging with other young adults. Dinner gathering at 7pm, Sunday January 14th, at Pastor Katy’s apartment complex. For exact address, email Katy@cumethodist.com.

 

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Jan
13
9:00 AM09:00

Baptism Class

All are welcome at this 9-10am class with the pastors on  Saturday, January 13th! From parents planning to have kids, to children and adults who have never been baptized, this is a great step in learning more about baptism at Christ UMC. Come ready for playtime for kids, snacks, coffee and good conversation. Sign up by contacting the church office; 507 289 4019. Please RSVP!

 

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Jan
8
6:30 PM18:30

Financial Peace

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We all need a plan for our money.  Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan!  Financial Peace University is a 9-week group class that is led by a volunteer coordinator. Through faith-based video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get participants from where they are to where they dreamed they could be. This plan will shows how to get rid of debt, manage money, spend, and save wisely.

FPU will meet every Monday evening from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at Christ United Methodist Church, beginning January 8, 2018 and will be coordinated by Colleen Johnson.  Classes are fun, engaging, and will challenge current money management behavior. FPU covers financial topics relevant to everyone at any stage of life and in any financial situation — whether you are doing well or drowning in debt, a college student or about to retire. This class is designed to help you achieve your financial goals by showing you how to eliminate debt, save for the future, and give like never before.. Specific topics include debt reduction strategies,  creating a zero-based budget, preparing for emergencies, cash-flow planning, the role of insurance, saving for college/retirement, the role marketing plays on our financial decisions, as well as the ways different people relate to money.

Participants are required to purchase an FPU Membership kit per "family unit". FPU kits are purchased directly from Dave Ramsey’s website and generally costs $129, but often goes on sale. Kits should be purchased prior to the first class if possible.

To Register and purchase your FPU Membership Kit visit https://fpu.com/1052861

 

For more information email FPUCoachColleen@gmail.com or call Colleen at (507) 254-3455

 

To learn more about FPU, click this link to view a video from Dave Ramsey>> https://www.daveramsey.com/fpu/preview/

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Jan
5
7:00 PM19:00

Nebraska Wesleyan Choir

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On Friday, January 5th, 2018 at 7pm, the touring choir of Nebraska Wesleyan University will present a concert in the Sanctuary. It will be a mixture of secular and sacred music, from all historical periods and parts of the world—from Renaissance motets to African American Spirituals.

There will be a potluck starting at 5pm before the concert. We need some participants and helpers.

If you want to bring food, send an email to David@cumethodist.com. 

 

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Dec
24
9:00 AM09:00

Service of Lessons & Carols

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This ancient rite includes scripture readings for the last Sunday in Advent. The Chancel Choir, Christ Singers and Youth Choir will all sing seasonal anthems alternating with congregational hymns. It’s a final preparation for the Nativity, which we will celebrate later in the day. 

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Dec
14
6:00 PM18:00

Service of Hope & Healing

You are invited to an Advent Service of Hope and Healing at Christ United Methodist Church on Thursday December 14th at 6pm. The service is for anyone who finds the holiday season difficult. You may be going through a hard time in life such as losing a job, going through divorce, struggling with mental or physical health, losing a loved one and other tough circumstances.

We will gather in the sanctuary for a service of light, music, prayer, and readings. If you would like, you may bring an ornament for our Advent tree. Tags will be available if you wish to write a message.

After the service you are invited to stay for a soup supper. The meal will be our gift to you. All are welcome. You need not be a member.

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Dec
11
12:00 PM12:00

Christmas Poinsettia Orders

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Poinsettia Order Form:

Please fill in the form below if you would like to share a poinsettia plant with others this Christmas season.  You can place this form in the offering plate or turn it into the church office.  Each plant is $12.50.  The deadline for poinsettia orders is December 11th. Please indicate below if you wish to pick up the poinsettia after 10AM on December 26th, or if you would like to have it delivered to a homebound or bereaved person.  We would like to have about 85 plants to deliver.  Thank you for supporting this ministry of caring to our homebound and bereaved members.

 

Name (please print): _____________________________________

 

Phone: _______________  Email:__________________________

 

______  plants x  $12.50 =  $______ .  __

            o  Please deliver to a homebound or bereaved member.  

            o  I will pick up after 10AM on December 26th.

In memory of: __________________________________________________

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In honor of:

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We are also in need of volunteers to deliver the poinsettias to homebound and bereaved members.  The delivery date will be December 26th at 9AM; please bring boxes to transport plants. If you are able to help, please call Grace Swanson at 288-2266.

 

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Dec
10
8:00 AM08:00

December 10th is Announcement/Potluck Feast Sunday!

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On December 10th we will celebrate Announcement Sunday.  We’ll announce the results of the TRANSFORM Campaign and then share the most holy of holy feasts:  an all-church potluck!

 

Pot luck feasts will follow each service: 8, 9, and 11am. We’ll do the potluck based on the first letter of your last name— A through H please bring salad or fruit, I-P please bring a main dish, Q-Z please bring dessert. 

 

You won’t want to miss this chance to give thanks together!

 

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Nov
29
6:30 PM18:30

hush. an Advent class with Rev. Elizabeth Macaulay

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Advent is a time of deep breath in the midst of consumer chaos.

For four weeks leading up to the birth of hope at Christmas, we are asked to prepare our hearts.

What does it mean to make room for the advent of Jesus?

Please join Pastor Elizabeth for a series of Wednesday night classes, “Hush.” November 29th, December 6th and December 13th at 6:30pm in the Education Conference Center (ECC).

We will together explore what it means to live a kind of hush in the midst of tumult.

 

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Nov
26
to Dec 1

Used Toy Drive for Christmas Anonymous

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Christ Church plays a very important role in the mission of Christmas Anonymous as we host this event every year the second Saturday of December and this year we would like to increase our role by holding a used toy drive. The week of November 26th we will be collecting "gently" used toys so that they can be distributed on store day, December 9th. Look around your home and collect all the "gently " used toys that are no longer being used by your family and bring them to church so that other children and families can enjoy them.

 

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Nov
19
10:15 AM10:15

Third Sunday Forum: Building Strong Community and Youth that Can Change the World

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You're Invited!: 

You are invited to explore building personal community with Derek Peterson, Founder and CEO of ICAR-US, Institute for Community and Adolescent Resiliency, Unifying Solutions. Sunday, November 19th. We will meet in the Hamline Room on the lower level at Christ United Methodist Church.

 

 

SCHEDULE: 

10:15 to 11:00am

Forum-Part 1: Investing in the Power of Connection to Raise Resilient Youth

 

11:00am to Noon   Hamline Room

Forum-Part II: A Personal Village in Action

 

Lunch:  Wesley Hall   ($10 donation)

 

12:30-2:30pm:  Wesley Hall

Afternoon Session: It Takes a (Personal) Village: From Safety Nets to Webs of Support

 

Come for one session or join us for the whole day!

 

Derek Peterson, Founder and CEO of ICAR-US, Institute for Community and Adolescent Resiliency, Unifying Solutions

Derek Peterson, Founder and CEO of ICAR-US, Institute for Community and Adolescent Resiliency, Unifying Solutions

 

SESSION DETAILS:

10:15 to 11:00am

Forum-Part 1: Investing in the Power of Connection to Raise Resilient Youth

What if you knew of a way to count what really counts for your child/teen? To count what matters for a child/teen you love?  What if you had a way to see, understand, and act on what the ‘supports research’ tells us teens and young people need to thrive? This session will quickly introduce the Integrative Youth Development framework and then focus most deeply on the ‘Rule of Five’ and how to build meaningful adult-youth connections. Teens welcome too!

 

11:00am to Noon

Forum-Part II: A Personal Village in Action

 In part 2 of the forum, we’ll dive more into how a personal village (a.k.a. a full-color web of support) can look in action. Join Laura Williams as she talks about her own experience with webs at CUMC, and interviews a young adult who actively and intentionally built a personal village to take her into young adulthood.  You are most welcome to attend part 2 even if you missed part 1. We’ll help you catch up!

 

12:30-2:30pm: It Takes a (Personal) Village: From Safety Nets to Webs of Support

It’s working! Youth and adults are changing how they see themselves and their communities. Caring and connected adults are giving youth the ability to thrive amidst life’s challenges. In this lively and interactive session, you’ll learn how to build webs of support made up of people—an integrated approach that is based upon some of the best social/youth development science on youth thriving, resilience, and avoiding risk behaviors.  Come and find out where a web can take you! Best suited for 12 year olds and above; but everyone is welcome! 

 

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Nov
18
9:15 AM09:15

Saturday Noon Meals-- Youth Serving

Youth are serving at Saturday Noon Meals this month-November 18, 2017!

Show up at 9:15am. We’ll be done by 1pm. Bring your friends! RSVP by November 15th to Katy@cumethodist.com!

If you've been wondering about Saturday Noon Meals, go HERE


To learn more about serving at Saturday Noon Meals,  send an email to email@cumethodist.com. 

 

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