Gallery 405 is open for Christmas card art submissions! Starting on November 1st, you’ll be able to pick up a submission sheet at the church office or at C U Wednesdays. Artists and colorers of all ages can work on what they think would be an awesome cover for a Christmas card. Complete your card art and turn it in to the church office by December 7th. Card art will be displayed in the gallery and also printed and used for the Christmas cards that staff send out this year. Restrictions? Only that you use the sheet provided and put your Christmas heart and spirit into it! Contact Nikki@cumethodist.com with any questions. The Gallery 405 crew can’t wait to see what you come up with!
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.
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.
On Sunday, December 3rd, the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus will perform at CUMC. Known for their amusing and touching shows, it will be an exciting blend of holiday music and LGBTQ-themed songs. Mark it on your calendar and be sure to attend.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
During all three worship services we will offer our pledges for support of the Program Year Budget for 2018 and the TRANSFORM Capital Campaign pledge to be given over three years (2018 – 2020).
From 10am– 12:30pm that morning, we will be offering a chocolate fountain, delectable treats, AND a birthday cake will be shared by the family of the Rev. Bob Dunn. Bob is celebrating 90 years of grace filled life.
Keep praying: God, what do you want to do through me?
Keep believing: God is stirring life in and through our church.
Hopeful Earth member and advocate, Tom Williamson, spoke at the MNIPL Environmental Interfaith Coalition kick off. Hopeful Earth is doing big and important things in YOUR community. They will continue to help form a coalition across Rochester, focusing on caring for our environment.
Next meeting: November 8th at 7PM, location TBD (email email@example.com for location updates.)
Useful to Consider:
The transition to a clean energy economy is not some far-off event that depends on a massive federal program. It’s happening now, faith community by faith community and neighborhood by neighborhood!
What is MNIPL - Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light?
MNIPL is an interfaith community co-creating a just and sustainable world. At MNIPL we work to build the interfaith climate movement in Minnesota by empowering faith communities across the state to take action that is authentic, effective, and energizing in their context. We do this in two ways: leadership development programs and action opportunities that provide tangible ways to make an impact. For complete information, check out the website:
What is the Rochester Faith and Solar Coalition?
At the EarthFest Expo, during Earth Week, in April 2017, Tom Williamson (at the CUMC Hopeful Earth booth) and Dan Nemes (the Church of St. John the Evangelist) decided to do something about Creation Care. They decided to work to create an interfaith group that would reduce energy consumption and install solar panels on buildings, leading to the following objectives:
· Take steps towards generating renewable energy, both at faith community buildings and individual residences
· Encourage and facilitate energy conservation projects at places of worship and residences
· Cultivate a city-wide network of faith communities committed to sharing workable project ideas and practices
· Create a sense of urgency and hope around Creation Care
Please join in the efforts to care for creation through CUMC Hopeful Earth, Rochester Faith and Solar Coalition, and MNIPL. It’s an exciting time to be involved!
On November 5th, we will celebrate All Saints Day. It is a day to remember and celebrate the communion of the saints. We will name aloud the members and friends of Christ Church who have died in the last year. At the 9am service, we will have some additional ways of honoring the saints. As the names are read, a rose will be placed in a vase on the altar and a bell will toll. We will also have candles available for persons to light. Family members of those who have died have received an invitation to come to worship with us. As a community of faith, we have the opportunity to reach out to families in their season of mourning. In these ways, we honor the lives of those who have gone on before us!
Hot Dogs! Candy! Music! Haunted House!
And, of course...popcorn.
Could you ask for more?
Come and Trunk or Treat at Christ United Methodist Church! All are welcome! This is a fun, friendly, and safe place for people of all ages who are looking for a good excuse to wear their Halloween outfits more than once! Prizes for "Most Creative," "Most 2017 Relevant" and "Funniest" decorated trunks.
Show up, wear a costume, bring friends (the more friends you bring, the more raffle tickets you get) eat, and enjoy!
Quality clean seasonal clothing items. We aspire to accept and sell more in the future! Adult items cost $1 and children’s items cost $0.50.
Thrift on Fifth is open on Saturday mornings, 9am-12pm and Wednesday evenings, 4-7pm.
Thrift on Fifth is located on the lower-level of Christ United Methodist Church (400 5th Avenue SW, Rochester, MN) in what was “Room 9.” Enter through the main doors on 5th Avenue, go down the main stairs near the elevator, and turn to the right once you are down the stairs to check it out!
Our mission is to serve the community. All profits will go toward THRIVE! (a daycare and family support center coming soon to Christ United Methodist Church) scholarships. Like this place as a whole, we are working to build community one family at a time. We are an all-inclusive place, welcoming and supporting all. We hope you'll stop in soon and see what we have for you!
A fun and friendly place to shop and interact with one another. Drop in and look for some nice items, knowing that you’re supporting sustainable community and the THRIVE! families. Re-purpose with purpose!
To Get Involved or Donate:
To get involved, please call the church office (507 289 4019) and leave your name and contact info. Someone will be in touch with you soon! There is a donation box where you can leave your clean, gently-used clothing items, located inside of the 5th Avenue entrance of Christ United Methodist Church.
Guess what?! THE YOUTH HAUNTED HOUSE IS BACK (for Trunk or Treat)! We will hang out, have fun, watch Halloween movies in the Bell Room, and begin set up for Trunk or Treat on Friday, October 27th after school from 4:30-6:30 (free pizza!) and finish between 2-5pm on Sunday October 29th. Join in as actors in the festivities from 5-7pm on Sunday at the Trunk or Treat event! Bring your favorite costumes and Halloween decorations, and your friends!
Do You Like Art and Photography? Join the art gallery committee here at CUMC! We’d love to have you at our next meeting—October 19th at 5:15pm in the Library. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Walk through the gallery to see Bill Schmidt’s photography series— “Transitions”.
Bill Schmidt will give an artist talk about his work on Sunday, October 22nd, 10:15-11am in the Fireside Room.
Have you been wondering what's going on lately at Christ UMC? The Leadership Team and Thrive Board of Directors will lead a Third Sunday Forum on this. In the Hamline Room (lower-level).
We’re opening a thrift store! Our grand opening is Wednesday, October 11th from 4-7pm! Thrift on Fifth is located on the lower-level of Christ United Methodist Church in what was “Room 9.” Enter through the main doors, go down the main stairs and to the right to check it out! To get involved or inquire aboutmaking a donation, contact the church office (507 289 4019) and leave your name and number with a volunteer. Someone will be in contact soon! See Thrift on Fifth online at: www.cumethodist.com/thrift-on-fifth
Christ United Methodist Church, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light invite you to join a coalition of Rochester faith communities exploring solar power and energy efficiency as effective ways to Care for Creation.
Kickoff meeting: 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at Cascade Meadow, 2900 19th St. N.W.
As we learn more about the real and troubling impact of climate change, people of faith in Rochester and throughout Minnesota increasingly are exploring how to deepen the work of caring for God’s creation. At Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, we hear the question, “What else can my mosque, synagogue or church do?” nearly every day.
We answer that question by inviting faith communities to prayerfully consider how to translate the values of their traditions into powerful action to support climate justice. For many communities, that means exploring both energy efficiency and clean energy from community-based solar power.
Many faith organizations are eager to move forward. But they don’t know where to start in navigating the decision-making process. What solutions are most effective? How much does solar cost? How do our choices align with our community’s values?
Fortunately, faith communities do not have to start from scratch or work in isolation to answer these questions. People of faith in a number of regions already are joining together to collaborate, share knowledge and build momentum for cost-effective solutions. We are assembling a similar Faith & Solar Coalition of churches, synagogues and mosques in Rochester, and we invite you to help.
Given the scale and complexity of climate change, we need your community’s gifts, insights and commitment if we’re going to make real progress toward climate justice. Will you join us at our kickoff meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at Cascade Meadow, 2900 19th St. N.W.?
For the coalition planning team:
Join us as we launch a new version of Young Adult Bible study! We will meet at 7pm on Sunday nights from October 8th until November 19th. We will eat a meal and talk through chapters of Rob Bell’s “What is the Bible?” HOMEWORK IS OPTIONAL, NOT REQUIRED! Just show up any week, or all weeks, to check in about life and pray with one another. Pastor Katy will send out weekly “cliff notes” and we will have talking points ready for drop-ins. To get on Katy’s Young Adult email list, email her at email@example.com
Led by Rev. Elizabeth Macaulay and Rev. Cooper Wiggen
Christ UMC is offering our Second Annual Couple’s Retreat at Mount Olivet Retreat Center in Farmington. We will gather from 7PM on Friday, October 6th until 7PM Saturday, October 7th . The Retreat Center offers hotel-style lodging and excellent meals. The cost for the retreat if $200 per couple, which includes lodging and three meals. Couple relationships are the glue that keep families healthy – no matter how your family is constellated. Join us for relaxing and soul-filling time. Money-back guarantee. You will be glad you took the time.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or inquire.
Salty Christians – Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, October 4 – November 15
"You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless." Matthew 5:13
The what and how of "flavoring" life will be explored and discovered in this class along with reflection on …
Is the Church - you and me- to be separate from the world? Are we as Church only concerned with religious questions and not with political, social, economic, cultural and family? Is Christ the center of the church and also of the world? How peculiar is a salty Christian? Do I really want to be "salty"?
Facilitator: Rev. Gary Lueck
Our first introduction meeting is October 1st at 7pm in the ECC (Education Conference Center). Are you interested in being a leader? Come check us out! The trip this year is July 7-16th, 2018, for students who have finished 9-12th grade. Cost: $300
More information and forms can be found at: www.cumethodist.com/missions
On Sunday October 1 in the 9am service, we welcome the A Cappella Choir of Hamline College in St. Paul. Concluding their fall tour with us, we will hear a variety of musical styles—from Spirituals to American Shape Note hymns. This is sure to be a moving performance and all are encouraged to attend and receive a musical blessing.
The UMW Fall Rummage Sale will be held September 27th-30th. This sale is a very important mission project for our church— proceeds help meet the UMW pledge to missions locally and around the world. The rummage sale also provides low cost clothing to people in our church and community with limited incomes.
We can especially use people to help set up on Wednesday and clean up on Saturday.
Setup is Wednesday from 9am- 5pm and Thursday from 9am-3pm. The church family can shop on Thursday from 3pm - 5:30pm. The sale is Friday from 8am- 5pm. The $3 bag sale is Saturday from 8:30am- 1pm.
We will have a coffee shop on Friday. Donations of cookies, bars, and muffins are needed and highly appreciated. Please bring donations to the church kitchen on Thursday and mark them "for UMW coffee shop".
Please do not donate TVs, baby/child car seats, large microwaves, or exercise equipment. We have to pay to discard these items if they do not sell.
Contact Diane Hellie (email@example.com, 507-398-6329) for questions.
Lawn games, 80's outfit contest, and friendly competition to bring the most friends with you! The winner of the most collective points will win 4 tickets to the Rochester Escape Room! We'll finish with dessert, outdoor movie, and a bonfire. BRING ALL THE PEOPLE! HAVE ALL THE FUN!