Message from Pastor Mike
J. Howard Olds wrote a book of devotions that I frequently read. Below is one of the daily entries.

"On the second day of school a kindergartner approached his teacher and said, 'Why didn't you come?' Not knowing what the child meant, the caring teacher asked him to explain. 'Why didn't you come when my mother died?' said the boy.

'I didn't know your mother died,' replied the teacher, 'I'm sorry. How did it happen?'

'Everybody knew,' insisted the boy. 'It was on television. My daddy choked my momma to death. Why didn't you come?'

This is a true story that haunts me every time I tell it. God has placed in the hearts of little children the instinctive knowledge that some things are not right. Children know they should not suffer alone. Every time I see another abuse or abduction in the news, I think of that little boy. Maybe it's because his question cuts across the barriers of race, class, and religion. Compassion knows no east or west, no north or south. It longs for one great fellowship of all the human race. Suffering people, whatever their age, rightly ask, 'Why didn't you come?'

Old's writing demonstrates an essential piece of community which is to be together in times of trouble and to hear each other's stories. By being together and listening to each other's stories with compassionate hearts, we demonstrate that we matter to each other. Compassionate listening breaks down the barriers that build up between people. Sharing our stories and listening are the essence of connected community.

This Sunday, we will take up the second word of our mission statement - Connect .

Blessings,
Mike   
Thank You from the Outreach Committee!
Special thanks to everyone who participated in the Can-A-Day experience. In the 6 weeks of Lent, our congregation donated 3051 items to our food pantry. What a blessing!
The shelves are well stocked with cans of vegetables, fruit, beans, etc. We hope you will continue to support the pantry. Our can supply is great for a few weeks, but other items are also needed (see the food pantry list). Well done Christ UMC. You are the best!
United Methodist Women's Hannah Circle
Thursday, April 12 at 10:00am in Room 126
The Hannah Circle will be having a guest speaker on April 12th and would like to invite anyone interested in hearing information concerning the rehabilitation of human trafficking victims. If you have any questions, please call Mary White at 478-4697. 
Christ UMC All Church Basement Sale
Friday, April 13 from 7:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday, April 14 from 8:00am - 1:00pm
Mark these dates on your calendar and start saving items for the basement sale. Items will be accepted Sunday, April 8 - Thursday, April 12. They can be placed on the south side wall of the gym. NO large TV's or console TV's please. 
The proceeds from the sale help support our children's and youth programs and special church projects.
For more information, contact Kathy Vest at kathy.vest@icumc.org or 509-4709. Flyers are available at the Welcome Center.

Our Next Christ UMC & Harvesters Food Drop
is Thursday, April 19 from 2-5pm

We helped 271 families at the March food drop.

We welcome all who would like to volunteer to help with setting up, sorting and preparing food for distribution, helping take food to cars, and cleaning up anytime between 12:30 - 5:30pm.

Human trafficking is an an all-time high. This is not just a foreign problem. It's happening locally, and it's enslaving youth in record numbers. Technology has become the tools of the traffickers, and they're using them on our children. 

The "Stop Human Trafficking Project" will be at Christ UMC to give us a dual track presentation on April 20 from 7:00-9:00pmTwo presentations will happen simultaneously, one for adults and the other for youth. The program ends with the youth and adults coming together for a short discussion. 

Whether you have children or not, everyone is encouraged to come and learn how we can protect our children and ourselves from this problem.

Graduate Recognition Sunday
Sunday, May 27, 2018

If you have a student graduating from high school or college, please send their name and school they are graduating from to church.office@icumc.org by Monday, May 14th.

Scholarship Information for Graduating High School Seniors

In 2014, through generous contributions of the Christ UMC congregation, the Finance Team was able to establish the Christ United Methodist Scholarship. This scholarship is for graduating seniors who are planning to continue their education beyond high school.

Applications for the 2018 scholarship awards are now being accepted. The application can be found by clicking HERE.

The application deadline is May 14th. Winners will be announced at the Graduate Recognition service on Sunday, May 27th.
Christ UMC Group Trip to Israel

If you were not able to attend one of the informational meetings in February about the group trip that the church is planning to Israel, you can still sign up to receive information and go on the trip. Please be sure that the church has an e-mail address or phone number if you would like to receive more information. You can e-mail the church office to be added at  church.office@icumc.org
Glendale Elementary School Snack Packs

We are getting low on items for our Glendale Elementary School Snack Packs. Please look at the list below and bring items to help feed children in our neighborhood on the weekends.

We are collecting: Rice Krispie treats, fruit snacks, chips of any variety in snack size packages ( NO peanuts in any snacks due to allergies and NO candy items are being accepted. )

NO plastic bags are needed at this time.
Christ UMC is Collecting Care Packages for Human Trafficking Victims
The following items would be most helpful:

1.Change of clothes in size medium  - preferably comfortable clothes that could easi be donned (i.e. sweatpants, t-shirt, socks, etc.)
2. Toothbrush and toothpaste 
3. Shampoo and body wash
4. Deodorant
5. Hairbrush/Comb
6. Body Lotion
7. Snacks (i.e. travel size snack foods: protein bars, chips, peanut butter crackers, etc.)
8. Notes/Scriptures of Encouragement

Care packages need to be travel size so they can stay in a relatively small space in police cars, etc. 

If you have any questions about these, please call Colene Voth at 547-2842.
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