Message from Pastor Mike
I bought a new kitchen gadget last weekend. It's called a Sous Vide. If anyone knows how to pronounce that, please tell me the right way to say it. A Sous Vide is a cylindrical-shaped device that heats and circulates water in a pot. After the water comes up to the temperature you set, you put whatever you're cooking into a bag and submerse it in the water. The Sous Vide circulates the water at the temperature that you set. When the time is up, you take the bag out of the water, and it's done. The beauty of this cooking method is that the meat can never exceed the temperature of the water. Whatever internal meat temperature you're trying to reach, that's the temperature that you set for the water. As it cooks, the meat comes up to the water temperature, but no higher. Using this method, it's physically impossible to dry out the meat by overcooking it. The down side to this is that it's a very slow method of cooking. This isn't the kind of cooking to do on a weeknight after work. This takes some time.
Wouldn't it be nice if there was a Sous Vide for relationships? As people's disagreements start to heat up, their internal temperatures could never exceed the temperature setting. Wouldn't it be great if people's anger was never allowed to reach the point that they said and did things that they regret? Instead of quick tempers and hot anger, wouldn't we all prefer a slow-cooked conversation? Our scriptures suggest the same. "Better is a dinner of vegetables where love is than a fatted ox and hatred with it. Those who are hot-tempered stir up strife, but those who are slow to anger calm contention." (Proverbs 15:17-18)
Unfortunately, we don't have Sous Vides to stop us from overheating, but we do have God's Spirit to help us lower the temperature on our anger. The fruits of the Spirit are these: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Hot-tempered anger isn't in that list. Perhaps the next time we feel like we're about to boil over, maybe we could allow God's Spirit to regulate the temperature rather than turning up the heat.
C.H.O.W. has been cancelled for Wednesday, Feb. 14.
Ash Wednesday Service
February 14, 2018

Our Next Christ UMC & Harvesters Food Drop
is Thursday, February 15 from 2-5pm

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.
The Passion Story in John's Gospel Study
Study will be presented three times each week:
Sundays at 9:45am beginning February 18 in Room 122
Mondays at 1:00 or 7:00pm beginning February 19 in Room 122
John's Gospel doesn't give many details of what happened in Jesus' journey to the cross. What it does give us is what Jesus desperately wants us to know about what God is like and how God feels toward us.
Rev. David & Elaine Howlett will lead this six-week study in room 122. 
Sign up at the Welcome Center.
Dinner - Before, During, After Study
Study will be presented twice each week:
Mondays at 7:00pm beginning February 19 in Room 126 
Wednesdays at 10:00am beginning February 21 in Room 126
If you knew that you had to go to an important event at church but die before you get back home, what would you do? Suppose you could not tell anyone what you knew? Would you leave clues? 
In a six-week Lent study, Rev. Bob Hickman will guide us as we explore the gospel's clues that form a journey to the crucifixion and resurrection. Each lesson will be presented twice each week: Mondays at 7:00pm starting February 19th and Wednesdays at 10:00am starting February 21st. 
Sign up at the Welcome Center or by e-mailing:
Can-A-Day Begins Soon!

Christ UMC reusable bags are for sale for $1.50 each. You are encouraged to place  a can or non-perishable item in the bag each day and bring the bag to church each Sunday during Lent to support our Community Services League food pantry here at our church. A bag purchase is not required to participate.
Knitting & Crocheting Group

The knitting and crocheting group that meets at Christ UMC on Mondays at 1:00pm are needing more plastic shopping bags (Price Chopper, Walmart, etc.) to make sleeping mats for the homeless. These need to be the regular size, not large bags please. If you have extra that you would like to donate, please bring those to the church.
Opportunities to Volunteer
There are lots of opportunities to volunteer in our area and at our church. Some of those opportunities are:

Meals on Wheels - drivers are needed to deliver meals. You would be assigned a specific day and route and this takes about 1 to 1-1/2 hours. 
Call 254-9566 if you are interested in volunteering or for more information.

Tabitha's Closet - volunteers sort donated clothing for use by students in the Independence school district on Tuesdays that schools are in session from 10:00am - 2:00pm. On the 2nd Tuesday of each month, car pools are arranged from church. 
Contact Buttons Jimerson at 228-7380 for more information.

School Snack Packs - volunteers pack food packs for students to use on the weekends at Glendale Elementary on Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:00pm. 
Contact Shirley Cottrell at 373-3687 for more information.

Franciscan Mission - volunteers sort and prepare donated medical supplies to 3rd world countries and the United States. Times vary on this opportunity.
Contact Colleen Foudree at 478-8020 for more information.

Community Services League (CSL) Food Pantry - volunteers sort and assist clients visiting the pantry at our church on Wednesdays from 9:00am - 3:00pm.
Contact Darla Pummill at 224-0403 for more information.

Harvesters & Christ UMC Food Drop - volunteers sort and prepare food for distribution on the 3rd Thursday of each month at our church. Volunteers can help anytime between 12:30 and 5:30pm. The food drop hours are 2:00 - 5:00pm.
Glendale Elementary School Snack Packs
Glendale Elementary School Snack Pack Requests:
1. Snacks: Rice Krispie treats, fruit snacks, chips of any variety in snack size packages (NO peanuts please due to allergies and NO candy items)

2.  Plastic Bags: regular grocery store size (NOT trash can size please)

Thank you for your continued support to help feed children in our neighborhood on the weekends.
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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