Christ United Methodist Church

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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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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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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Jul
1
10:10 AM10:10

BYOBook Club!

 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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Jun
16
9:00 AM09:00

Growing the Soul of Christ UMC

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Pastors Elizabeth and Katy are “itching” to get rolling with a plan to engage CUMC members in soul growth and community. The Rev. Kelly McCuaig from Hilltop United Methodist Church has been asked to tell us about how he has engaged upwards of 100 people in an intentional small group and faith 101 series. All members of CUMC are invited to hear about this program.

Please RSVP to Jenny at email@cumethodist. This will shift us in ways we cannot even imagine!

 

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Jun
10
10:00 AM10:00

Rev. Cynthia Williams' Artist Talk

 Sunday June 10, Rev. Cynthia Williams will give an Artist talk around her work that is has been on display in the 405 Gallery at Christ United Methodist Church.   "I recently read a book highlighting watercolor artists that asks the question, “why do you paint? It is a great question for me. I paint because it is the best way I have found to keep Sabbath and honor my creativity within. I paint in watercolor because it is a medium that reminds me that no matter how I attempt to control it, the water, when added to paint and paper will do what it will do. And more often, it is something more interesting and beautiful than I could imagine. It is a metaphor for my life and journey." - Rev. Cynthia Williams  Biography: Rev. Cynthia Williams, is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and serves as Superintendent, River Valley District in the Minnesota Annual Conference. She previously served in the dual role as Associate Pastor at Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church in St Paul, MN and at Park Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis. Her work as pastor, teacher and preacher is enhanced through her work as a life coach – calling organizations and individuals to intentionally and authentically embrace their identity, creativity and wholeness in Christ. Prior to entering full-time ministry, Rev. Williams spent over 20 years in the financial services industry in customer operations focusing on client intelligence initiatives, strategic planning and staff and systems development. Rev. Williams earned a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Masters of Divinity from Luther Seminary, St Paul, MN. In 2015 she became a member of the Collegeville Institute Fellows Program. Cynthia also serves on the Board of Trustees for United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

Sunday June 10, Rev. Cynthia Williams will give an Artist talk around her work that is has been on display in the 405 Gallery at Christ United Methodist Church.


"I recently read a book highlighting watercolor artists that asks the question, “why do you paint? It is a great question for me. I paint because it is the best way I have found to keep Sabbath and honor my creativity within. I paint in watercolor because it is a medium that reminds me that no matter how I attempt to control it, the water, when added to paint and paper will do what it will do. And more often, it is something more interesting and beautiful than I could imagine. It is a metaphor for my life and journey." - Rev. Cynthia Williams

Biography:
Rev. Cynthia Williams, is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and serves as Superintendent, River Valley District in the Minnesota Annual Conference. She previously served in the dual role as Associate Pastor at Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church in St Paul, MN and at Park Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis. Her work as pastor, teacher and preacher is enhanced through her work as a life coach – calling organizations and individuals to intentionally and authentically embrace their identity, creativity and wholeness in Christ. Prior to entering full-time ministry, Rev. Williams spent over 20 years in the financial services industry in customer operations focusing on client intelligence initiatives, strategic planning and staff and systems development. Rev. Williams earned a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Masters of Divinity from Luther Seminary, St Paul, MN. In 2015 she became a member of the Collegeville Institute Fellows Program. Cynthia also serves on the Board of Trustees for United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

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May
20
8:30 AM08:30

Thrive! Book Drive

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Thrive! is in need of new and gently used books for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Research shows that all children, including infants, who are read to and engage with books, are more prepared for school and for life.

We want our classrooms to be filled with books as well as our Family Resource Center Lending Library! Families will be able to   check out books for reading at home with their little ones.

There are many ways to donate!

1.      Collect gently used children’s books from your personal library.

2.      Choose and purchase books from our Target Registry. Search for Thrive Child Care in the store or online.

3.      Choose and purchase a book from our Amazon wish list. Log in to smile.amazon.com/ch/82-2612625, choose “find a list” and enter Thrive Child Care in the search box. You can choose to have the books shipped directly to Thrive.

4.      Check out the book list that is in the office and purchase books off that list.

5.      Purchase one of your favorite children’s books from a store of your choice.

6.      Choose and purchase a book from our Scholastic wish list that will be available on May 20th (cash or checks will be accepted)

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May
10
1:00 PM13:00

Vigil for Gaza

 Join us in the ECC to show solidarity with the tens of thousands of Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip carrying out the historic #GreatReturnMarch and to mourn the (as of 4/8) 29 Palestinians shot and killed by Israeli forces along the border.    On Friday, March 30 an estimated 30,000 Palestinians in Gaza took part in the Great March of Return along the electric fence that has kept more than 2 million people imprisoned for more than a decade. The march, organized by a cross section of civil society, grassroots activists, and political factions in the occupied enclave, called for an end of the Gaza’s brutal siege and the right of return for Palestinian refugees. Conditions in Gaza are currently “unlivable,” as described by the UN, with severe electricity shortages and water contamination, on top of periodic military assaults by Israeli forces.  Israel reacted to families walking and chanting with a brutal show of force. Israeli snipers opened fire with live ammunition against the protestors and deployed tear gas against them by drones, killing at least 20 Palestinians and injuring more than 1,500, half of which were shot with live ammunition. The Israeli army claimed online on March 30 that, “Nothing was carried out uncontrolled; everything was accurate and measured, and we know where every bullet landed.”  And yet, tens of thousands of Palestinians remain steadfast. They aim to stay 45 days until May 15, the 70th anniversary of the “Nakba,” Arabic for “catastrophe,” when 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes for the creation of the state of Israel.

Join us in the ECC to show solidarity with the tens of thousands of Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip carrying out the historic #GreatReturnMarch and to mourn the (as of 4/8) 29 Palestinians shot and killed by Israeli forces along the border.
 

On Friday, March 30 an estimated 30,000 Palestinians in Gaza took part in the Great March of Return along the electric fence that has kept more than 2 million people imprisoned for more than a decade. The march, organized by a cross section of civil society, grassroots activists, and political factions in the occupied enclave, called for an end of the Gaza’s brutal siege and the right of return for Palestinian refugees. Conditions in Gaza are currently “unlivable,” as described by the UN, with severe electricity shortages and water contamination, on top of periodic military assaults by Israeli forces.

Israel reacted to families walking and chanting with a brutal show of force. Israeli snipers opened fire with live ammunition against the protestors and deployed tear gas against them by drones, killing at least 20 Palestinians and injuring more than 1,500, half of which were shot with live ammunition. The Israeli army claimed online on March 30 that, “Nothing was carried out uncontrolled; everything was accurate and measured, and we know where every bullet landed.”

And yet, tens of thousands of Palestinians remain steadfast. They aim to stay 45 days until May 15, the 70th anniversary of the “Nakba,” Arabic for “catastrophe,” when 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes for the creation of the state of Israel.

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Apr
20
to Apr 21

UMW Rummage Sale

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Wesley Hall (Lower Level)

Friday, April 20

Coffee Shop

8am – 5pm

 

Saturday, April 21

$3 Bag Sale

8:30am – 1pm

                                                                               

Check out our large selection of gently used items.

  Come and see for yourself!  Great Prices!

Join us for coffee and fresh baked goods on Friday.

 

Proceeds help meet the UMW pledge to Emma Norton Service, Dorothy Day House, Project Legacy as well as other national & international Methodist missions.

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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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Celebration of Creation Party
Mar
31
10:00 AM10:00

Celebration of Creation Party

Donkeys, goats, guinea pigs, oh my! You may remember our epic creation party last year, with baby goats in dresses and a mule the size of a stallion. We will have more animals, as well as treats and music and Holy Saturday chocolate (it's not quite Easter!!) as we celebrate God's creatures and all of creation. All are welcome!

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Mar
21
10:00 AM10:00

Mild Cognitive Impairment Group

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We invite persons living with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or early dementia and their support partner to join this confidential information and support group. We meet the third Wednesday of the month in the Family Room from 10-11am. The Family Room is on the main floor of CUMC just to the left of the main office. Pastor Nancy serves as facilitator. Please contact her to learn more about it.

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Mar
17
10:00 AM10:00

Holy Listening II Worshops

It’s not too late to register for the Holy Listening II Seminar. New this year is a one-hour time slot for workshops. Participants may select one workshop to attend. Let us know by email or phone which you want to attend. email@cumethodist.com or 507-289-4019

Please note the new start time. This will permit time to visit the registration table and enjoy refreshments.

Available Workshops include:
 Developing a Caring Ministry Team
Presented by: Rev. Nancy Wheeler Handlon, Minister for Congregational Care, Christ UMC, Rochester
 End of Life and Hospice Ministry
Presented by: Rev. Heather Klason, Chaplain, Seasons Hospice, Rochester; Minister, St. Charles and Dover UMC’s
 Self-Care Necessary for Caring Ministry
Presented by: Rev. Elizabeth Macaulay, Lead Minister, Christ UMC, Rochester
 Facing Your Own Death as Renewal of Life
Presented by: Rev. Karen Heistand, Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor, Mayo Foundation, Rochester

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Feb
21
to Mar 28

Saving Jesus

"We're having a culture war and Jesus happens to be one of the weapons tossed about by both sides." -- Amy-Jill Levine

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Our Lenten Theme is “This Happened”.  Together we will explore what being a follower of Jesus means in the day to day gift of living.  On Wednesday nights (beginning February 21st through March 28th) from 6:00 – 7: 15 we’ll be exploring the “Saving Jesus” series.  Topics will include:

 

Intro: Jesus Through the Ages 

  1. Who was Jesus? 
  2. What Can We Know About Jesus (and How)? 
  3. The World into Which Jesus Was Born 
  4. Jesus' Birth: Incarnation 
  5. Teachings of Jesus: Wisdom Tradition 
  6. Jesus' Program: The Kingdom of God 
  7. Jesus' Ministry of Compassion 
  8. Who Killed Jesus? 
  9. The Atonement 
  10. The Resurrection of Christ 
  11. Why Jesus Is Worth Saving

 

Pastor Elizabeth will be leading this time of discussion and exploration.  Come for CU Wednesday dinner and stay for soul food!

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