Christ United Methodist Church

Dec
18
12:15 PM12:15

Advent Organ Recital

 Four Sessions of joyful music starting Tuesday, December 4th in our Sanctuary! Come one and All to a marvelous Advent concert as performed by our organist John Varona and accompanied by the accomplished clarinetist David Townsend. This event promises to be a delightful welcome to this Advent season!

Four Sessions of joyful music starting Tuesday, December 4th in our Sanctuary! Come one and All to a marvelous Advent concert as performed by our organist John Varona and accompanied by the accomplished clarinetist David Townsend. This event promises to be a delightful welcome to this Advent season!

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Nov
20
7:00 PM19:00

Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Service

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Please join us for a time of an interfaith service of giving thanks together on Thanksgiving Eve Eve (November 20th) at 7:00 PM.

 Persons from the Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions will gather in an interfaith service of worship to give thanks to our Creator for the abundance of creation.

We'll pray and sing and following worship we will eat pie and share conversation.

 Singers are welcome to join in a mass choir.  Please plan on being at CUMC at 6:00 for a rehearsal.  Music will be provided.

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Nov
18
10:15 AM10:15

Third Sunday Forum: Why Does Money Matter?

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Third Sunday Forum

November 18, 10:15am – Hamline

Why Does Money Matter?

Video by Lynne Twist

Facilitated by Aileen Williams and Kathy Estry

For more than 40 years, Lynne Twist has been a recognized global visionary committed to alleviating poverty, ending world hunger and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability.

“Listening to Lynne is like soul food! It returns me to my core. Everyday madness melts away, life regains perspective, and I am re-inspired to be more of  who I truly am.”  - BARBARA WEBER, Grameen Foundation USA

 

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Nov
11
10:00 AM10:00

All Church Potluck

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We will be having an all church pot luck on November 11th to commemorate your amazing pledge to “Say Yes” to the ministry of this church. With your gifts we are able to help more people through every aspect of life. In 2019 we are looking forward to having more children in Thrive, utilizing new and exciting ways of connecting with the congregation and beyond, and having a brand new Fourth Street to welcome everybody in! So of course your gifts deserve celebrating! Stew and Carol Swanson are providing Sloppy Joes and we invite you to bring a side, salad, or desert! The fun will take place from 10am - 1pm on Sunday, November 11.

 

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Oct
28
4:00 PM16:00

Trunk or Treat!

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Trunk or Treat Details!

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 costumes more than once! Prizes for "Most Creative," "Most 2018 Relevant" and "Funniest" decorated trunks. Show up, wear a costume, bring friends (the more friends you bring, the more raffle tickets you get) eat hot dogs and popcorn, and enjoy our outdoor DJ and dance partay!

To Participate:

1. We’d LOVE you to decorate your car! Check out Pinterest or google for images and suggestions by typing in “Trunk or Treat”

2. If you want to park your decorated car in our lot for Trunk or treat, which will be in the WEST lot, please show up between 3:30/3:45, drive into the West parking lot through the South-side entrance (the street in front of the main doors will be blocked) and park as close to the church front doors as you can (in the spots closest to 5th avenue)

3. If you want to just come for the fun, you can park anywhere (preferably spots farther from 5th avenue side) in our parking lot, West or East lot, or on the streets (which are open for parking on Sundays)

 

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Oct
21
10:15 AM10:15

Third Sunday Forum: UMR Heal CORE

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Health CORE Serving Underrepresented Students at UMR

Dr. Lori Carell, UMR Chancellor

UMR Health CORE Students

Come and find out about this amazing program!

The mission of the Health CORE (Community of Respect and Empowerment) is to enhance diversity and inclusivity in the UMR student experience through intentional community development and support.  Students who commit to this special program are future health care professionals who are diverse, active, accountable, respectful and empowered.

Health CORE UMR is leading the way in higher education of underrepresented students with great results . . . the incoming class includes 35.7% students of color . . .

nationally only 54.8% of underrepresented students graduate in 6 years, while 90% UMR students earn their degrees in 4 years . . . CORE students commit to living, studying and eating together and commit to community service.  They succeed, and 100% in the BS Health Professions have jobs when they graduate!

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Oct
14
9:00 AM09:00

Guatemala Fundraiser Brunch

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One of the staple ministries of this church is several missioners making the trip to Guatemala to provide much needed medical assistance to the people there. As this “Guatemala Adult Mission Experience” draws closer, we hope we can ask your assistance in making this mission trip possible. Not without you getting something in return, of course! The time for the annual Guatemala Fundraiser Brunch is here! (YUM!) The brunch is free-will donation, and all proceeds will go to helping prorate the cost of our missioners going on this trip.

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Oct
13
8:30 AM08:30

Creation Care Ecumenical Rally at Christ United Methodist

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Creation Care Ecumenical Rally at Christ United Methodist

Saturday, October 13                                                                               8:30am - 2pm

Come and Witness for a Sustaining, Wondrous, Planet Earth.  Come and learn, share, and activate. Invite others from among our United Methodist and ecumenical neighbors to mobilize wise practices for both our personal and corporate lives.

On Saturday, October 13 from 8:30am – 2pm, Hopeful Earth Keepers and Christ UM Church are bringing to southern Minnesota a very special rally and education event.

 

Keynote Speaker

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Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart, Assistant Professor of Theology and Ecology at Garret-Evangelical Seminary will lead a series of workshop sessions that explore how Christians are called to share in the healing of creation.  Participants will reflect on the spiritual implications of environmental degradation, examine the relevance of Christian beliefs to an ecological perspective, and explore practical ways people of faith are engaged in mission and justice for the good of the earth.

 

Our goal is this: to encourage everyone to work together as Earth Stewards (or Keepers) toward creating sustainable and gracious life.

We will worship. We will learn. We will cry and laugh and pray for God's Creation. And, we will activate our faith lives into Creation Care.

Workshops may include:  1-  Practical Activism here and now
                                          2-  Farming and Earth Stewardship
                                          3-  Youth and Creation Care
                                          4-  Helpful Worship & other Green Practices                                                                              5-  Our Faith Communities and Solar
                                  

Cost is $15 which includes lunch. Students may attend for free.  Please register through Christ United Methodist Church office, phone #507-289-4019 or e-mail email@cumethodist.com.

Consider making an additional donation to help scholarship our students.

For Christ UMC and Hopeful Earth Keepers,

Cooper Wiggen                                 Elizabeth Macaulay                                                    Cheryl Nymann                                 Mary Schmidt

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Oct
12
to Oct 13

UMW Rummage Sale

UMW Fall Rummage Sale

The Fall Rummage Sale is scheduled for Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13.    

Check out your kitchens, closets and holiday storage areas for no-longer needed, gently used items and bring to CUMC on Thursday, October 11.  We are looking for notions, knitting and crocheting pattern and kits, crafts and Christmas. 

We need volunteers to help set up on Thursday from 8am – 5pm and clean up on Saturday.  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. 

The UMW Rummage 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 look forward to seeing you and your items on October 11th. 

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Oct
3
to Oct 21

Confirmation Begins!

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“Every one, though born of God in an instant, yea and sanctified in an instant, yet undoubtedly grows by slow degrees…”
-John Wesley, 27 June 1760


We invite you to confirm your faith, not “conform” your faith.


We invite you to walk this spiritual path that is both journey and destination. It is as close as the quiet whispers of the heart and as far reaching as every country in the world. We invite you to join us as we challenge ourselves and grow intentionally in relationship with God and church family.

We are starting a new thing, this 2018.

Confirmation is now not just for our 8th-9th grade students, although we still intentionally invite students of this age into the process:

All are welcome to commit to this 2-year journey.
Do you want to ask the tough questions in community? Are you willing to step out and wrestle with the gray areas, the uncertainties, and the answers? Do you want to encounter God in a real, life-giving way? You will not walk away looking like anyone else, or everyone else: you will walk away becoming more deeply YOU, who God created you to be. We are not about cookie-cutter faith here.

Here are the expectations:
• Class attendance: See the schedule sheet at the end. We ask you prayerfully talk with your families, coaches, extra-curricular leaders and teachers about this schedule. They can contact us with questions, too. We ask that you be on time and that you participate in every class. Of course, things happen, once-in-a-lifetime trip opportunities happen, grandparents need visiting out of state. But
we ask you make this commitment your priority for these 6-8 week
increments. We promise you will not regret this season!
• Church attendance 3x a month: Can’t make it one week? No worries, our services are online!! To keep track and keep learning together, we’ll ask for a paragraph written (by hand, typed, texted, emailed, whatever!) of sermon and service notes 3 times a month. You’ll give these to your small group leader the next Wednesday.
• For youth: March confirmation retreat: March 1-2, 2019!
• One “challenge” opportunity per semester (spring/fall): These include any offsite trips (Boundary Waters, ASP, Fall service days, The Event) or internal opportunities (Greeting, ushering, Vacation Bible school service). You’ll check in with your small group leader to confirm participation.
• Family participation: a parent, guardian or mentor is expected to be at confirmation every week.

The night’s schedule looks like this:
5:30 pm: CU Wednesdays dinner (optional)
6:00 pm: Large group music, play and teaching time in the ECC
7:00 pm: Small group time
7:30 pm: Pickup time

Schedule is as follows:
October 3-November 18: Every Wednesday except October 17th (break for MEA)
February 6-April 10: every Wednesday (except March 27: break for Spring Break)
March 1-2: retreat in Minneapolis
May 18: Dinner banquet for confirmation families
May 19: Confirmation Sunday

Any questions?
Call or email the office and talk to pastors Katy and Elizabeth, co-teachers this year!


Peace,
Revs. Katy and Elizabeth

 

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Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Why? Making Sense of God's Will

Pastor Nancy will be leading a class called "Why? Making Sense of God's Will" where we'll be going through a book of the same title. This will be an ongoing class series meeting in the Mettam conference room on September 29, October 6, and October 13.

"Where is God when tragedy and suffering strike?

When the ground shakes, and a poor nation's economy is destroyed; when the waters rise, washing away a community's hopes and dreams; when a child suffers neglect and abuse; when violence tears apart nations where is God? If God is all powerful, and if each one of us is a beloved child of God, then how can God allow tragedy and suffering to mar his creation?

In Why?, best-selling author Adam Hamilton brings fresh insight to the age-old question of how to understand the will of God. Rejecting simplistic answers and unexamined assumptions, he lays out core ideas for comprehending God's plan for the world, including:

God will not take away our free will, even when we use it to grieve him.
God will never abandon us, especially in the midst of our suffering.
While God is not the author of suffering, God will bring blessing out of tragedy."

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Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

Conversations on a Way Forward

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Conversations on a Way Forward

When? Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Last fall, Bishop Ough hosted 15 different Conversations on A Way Forward across the Dakotas-Minnesota Area. They were attended by over 1,000 lay and clergy members.

Again this fall, Bishop Ough will host a series of 15 gatherings across the Area to continue the Conversations on A Way Forward as the denomination prepares for the special session of General Conference on February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis.

All interested persons are invited to participate. However, Bishop Ough encourages lay and clergy members of Annual Conference, local church lay leaders and key local church leaders, in particular, to attend.

Members of the Dakotas and/or Minnesota Conference delegations to the special session of General Conference will assist Bishop Ough in hosting the gatherings. This will provide an opportunity for the delegates to listen to and dialogue with participants.

These gatherings are timely for the following reasons:

  • The members of the Commission on a Way Forward have completed their work, and their report has been submitted to the Commission on General Conference.
  • The Council of Bishops has endorsed the One Church Plan.
  • Other petitions related to the Commission’s report will be available to the General Conference delegates and the church by this fall.

In addition to information about the proposals that will be before the delegates to the 2019 General Conference, the gatherings will provide a setting in which to share resources and tools for how to facilitate dialogue and build resiliency in local churches. 

In preparation for the gatherings, Bishop Ough encourages persons and congregations to read Anatomy of Peace by the Arbinger Institute and God Unbound by Elaine A. Heath. Bishop Ough also encourages all United Methodists to participate in the denomination-wide prayer vigil, Praying Our Way Forward.

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Sep
23
10:00 AM10:00

Blessing the Thrive Space

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Thrive Child Care and Family Resource Center is set to open its doors on September 24, 2018 with the goal to help alleviate the child care crisis in the area. Thrive will be licensed for 82 children ranging in ages from 6 week to 5 years old. 

Thrive Child Care and Family Resource Center is a newly established non-profit organization in Rochester whose mission is "building community one family at a time." Thrive believes that high-quality child care and family support should be available to all families regardless of their background or life circumstances. At Thrive, tuition assistance is offered to families who qualify to help alleviate the cost of child care. The tuition assistance program allows families the opportunity to give their children high-quality early childhood experience. The Family Resource Center will be a place for parents to learn about community resources, talk with experts in the field, and connect with other families. 

Thrive is located in the lower level of Christ United Methodist Church. Three years ago, a group of church members decided to create a program to help solve a community issue. after years of planning and construction, Thrive is set to launch and begin to "build community one family at a time." A ribbon cutting ceremony and tours will be held to celebrate the grand opening on Thursday, September 20th at 5:30pm. Thrive hopes to share the excitement with the entire community! That following Sunday, September 23, at 10am and 12pm (after each service) everyone will be welcomed to tour the facility and join the pastors in blessing the space. 

For more information, please visit www.thrivefrc.org or connect with Tanya Goretzki, Executive Director at tanyag@thrivefrc.org or (507)218-1236

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Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

Training Day Again

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Connect Group Host Training

Safe Sanctuary Training

Usher & Greeter Training

Congregational Care Training

Hospitality Team Training

Do you remember your first visit to Christ Church?  Maybe you felt at home right away or maybe it took a few visits to feel plugged in.  We are assembling a group of 'Connectors' to work with the greeters and ushers to make that happen.  Nearly every Sunday new faces join us for a reason.  Do they want a church home?  Looking for a way to serve others?  Maybe a small group?   Whether you are a new to CUMC or a 50 year member, come to our training on Wednesday, August 15 from 6-8pm and be part of the connection.  All are welcome to this “safe sanctuary” and leaders training: we want to continue to keep Christ UMC healthy for all, especially for our children and vulnerable adults. So all who serve in this church as a volunteer are invited.  A make up training (if you cannot attend the 15th) will be September 15th from 10-noon.

Sunday School Teacher Training

We have a big shift coming that we think will put a lot of parent’s minds at ease and be a joy for our Sunday school teachers. Right now, we all love our children’s lessons in the service, but the struggle is that guardians are asked to release their child to the Sunday school teachers at 9:15 without having formally checked in at the classroom. Plus, Sunday school teachers barely have time to get through the lessons and get to know the kids with the 35 minutes they have left.

We are trying a new thing: families will drop off children for the start of the 9 am service. They will have an alert system in place (through a buzzer and texting) to quietly tell them if there are any needs in the Sunday school room or nursery. The kids get to find home with their classmates and teachers for a full hour, and parents get to settle them in and pick them up in a more secured fashion.

One more shift: our first Sundays of the month will be “Kids first” Sundays. This first Sunday of the month, when we have communion (as my youth call it, “snack Sunday”) the kids will be a huge part of leading the service. We will not have Sunday school, because the kids will be singing and speaking and have activities and get to both lead and participate in worship in intentional ways.

We are excited and grateful for your help and participation with this shift: let us know if you have any other questions. We’ll launch this process August 26! Peace, Pastor Katy and the Children, Family and Youth leadership board

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Sep
15
9:00 AM09:00

CUMC All Church Cleaning Party!

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Our building has been transformed.  We are shiny with new windows and the first floor is ready to welcome families and children.

Transformation kicks up dust!

Nearly every surface in this church bears witness to the work done.  There is dust and grit and dirt that needs vanquishing.

We invite you to bring your cleaning tools, your elbow grease and your energy to an All Church Cleaning Party on Saturday September the 15th from nine to noon.

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Sep
9
9:00 AM09:00

Rally Part 2!

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September 9 is Rally Sunday part 2! 

As exciting as last Sunday was, we are far from finished rallying! September 9 is part 2 with more information on adult activities/ classes, delicious popcorn, congregational care, and the traditional CUMC photo booth! Getting into the new program year is an exciting thing that deserves celebrating, and  we are so excited to share that with our congregation!
 

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Aug
26
10:00 AM10:00

Rally Sunday

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It’s almost that time of year again! Our Rally Sunday events will start on August 26 with the blessing of backpacks, and time to sign up for connect groups. Not only will we have a special worship service, there will be popsicles and prizes directly following the 9 o clock service! We can’t wait to see you!

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Aug
16
11:00 AM11:00

50 Year Member Luncheon

 The Caring Ministries Team of CUMC will honor all members of 50 consecutive Years or more on Thursday August 16, 2018 at 11:00am. Invitations will be sent to all 50 year persons being honored; the invitations will be sent by July 17 for the August Event. Lunch will be served followed by a special program. This will all take place in the church commons.

The Caring Ministries Team of CUMC will honor all members of 50 consecutive Years or more on Thursday August 16, 2018 at 11:00am. Invitations will be sent to all 50 year persons being honored; the invitations will be sent by July 17 for the August Event. Lunch will be served followed by a special program. This will all take place in the church commons.

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Aug
15
6:00 PM18:00

Training Day

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Connect Group Host Training

Safe Sanctuary Training

Usher & Greeter Training

Connect Hospitality Team Training

Do you remember your first visit to Christ Church?  Maybe you felt at home right away or maybe it took a few visits to feel plugged in.  We are assembling a group of 'Connectors' to work with the greeters and ushers to make that happen.  Nearly every Sunday new faces join us for a reason.  Do they want a church home?  Looking for a way to serve others?  Maybe a small group?   Whether you are a new to CUMC or a 50 year member, come to our training on Wednesday, August 15 from 6-8pm and be part of the connection.  All are welcome to this “safe sanctuary” and leaders training: we want to continue to keep Christ UMC healthy for all, especially for our children and vulnerable adults. So all who serve in this church as a volunteer are invited.  A make up training (if you cannot attend the 15th) will be September 15th from 10-noon.

Sunday School Teacher Training

We have a big shift coming that we think will put a lot of parent’s minds at ease and be a joy for our Sunday school teachers. Right now, we all love our children’s lessons in the service, but the struggle is that guardians are asked to release their child to the Sunday school teachers at 9:15 without having formally checked in at the classroom. Plus, Sunday school teachers barely have time to get through the lessons and get to know the kids with the 35 minutes they have left.

We are trying a new thing: families will drop off children for the start of the 9 am service. They will have an alert system in place (through a buzzer and texting) to quietly tell them if there are any needs in the Sunday school room or nursery. The kids get to find home with their classmates and teachers for a full hour, and parents get to settle them in and pick them up in a more secured fashion.

One more shift: our first Sundays of the month will be “Kids first” Sundays. This first Sunday of the month, when we have communion (as my youth call it, “snack Sunday”) the kids will be a huge part of leading the service. We will not have Sunday school, because the kids will be singing and speaking and have activities and get to both lead and participate in worship in intentional ways.

We are excited and grateful for your help and participation with this shift: let us know if you have any other questions. We’ll launch this process August 26! Peace, Pastor Katy and the Children, Family and Youth leadership board

 

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Aug
5
10:10 AM10:10

BYOBook Club! Part Deux

 BYOBook Club! July 1 & August 5 We all have different learning styles and different books we read, but we all love to grow through stories. Pick a book on the theme of racism and diversity, or get inspired by picking one of the books from our well-curated look list at www.cumethodist.com/small-groups We will get together to share our books and what we are learning through them. We will meet at 10:10am July 1st and August 5th in the Fireside Room! All are welcome to join the conversation   

BYOBook Club! July 1 & August 5 We all have different learning styles and different books we read, but we all love to grow through stories. Pick a book on the theme of racism and diversity, or get inspired by picking one of the books from our well-curated look list at www.cumethodist.com/small-groups We will get together to share our books and what we are learning through them. We will meet at 10:10am July 1st and August 5th in the Fireside Room! All are welcome to join the conversation

 

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