Message from Pastor Mike


Ich liebe dich, te amo, and 사랑해 means "I love you" in German, Spanish and Korean. While Morrisa and I were visiting Paris, one of the art pieces we saw was an outdoor mural with the words "I love you" written in 250 languages. It's called Le Mur Des Je T'aime ("I Love You: The Wall"). After we took a selfie at the mural, I tried to find "I love you" in our language. I was surprised by how long it took to find it. I thought it would just pop right out, but it didn't. I had to really search. Searching through all those "I love you's" was a powerful experience. It's a very heart touching experience to search through all those different "I love you's". In the search, I came in contact with our need to express the deepest feelings that we have for each other. No matter where we are in the world, and what language we speak, the need to express love for another is common to all of humanity.
 
God says "I love you" in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. In one grand event, God expresses the deepest feelings that God has for humanity. One event speaks "I love you" to people of every language. One cross says я люблю тебя, Σε αγαπώ, jag älskar dig....
 
Blessings,
Mike
Creative Arts Camp Volunteers Needed

We are needing eight church members to volunteer to help with dinner at Creative Arts Camp each night from Sunday through Thursday, June 24-28 from 5:00-6:15pm. We are needing help with setting up the drinks station, serving food, visiting with the kids while they eat, and cleaning up after dinner. We also need a few volunteers that are Safe Sanctuary certified to serve as an extra adult in a class.

Sign up at the Welcome Center! Contact Kathy Vest at kathy.vest@icumc.org if you have any questions.
Do You Need Some Yard Work Help in June?
Christ UMC Youth are Here to Help You!
If you need your lawn mowed, leaves raked, or your flower beds cleaned out, please contact Luisa Pattison at 816-215-0275 or Brian Johnson at 913-710-0076 and they will set a time up in June for the youth to lend a helping hand.

Our Next Christ UMC & Harvesters Food Drop
is Thursday, June 21 from 2-5pm

We helped 300 families at the May food drop.

We can always use help from volunteers anytime between 12:30 - 5:30pm!
Creative Arts Camp
Sunday, June 24 - Thursday, June 28
5:30 - 8:45pm
3rd -7th grades (grade entering in fall)
Cost: $20  (Includes kid-friendly dinners all 5 evenings)
Kids choose 3 classes and one alternate from the following list:  Drama, TWIGS (dowel rod routines), Puppetry, STOMP, Beginning Ukulele, Musical Theater, Artists' Workshop, Creative Weaving, Sign Language, Creative Dance (3rd & 4th grades), Hip Hop Dance (5th - 7th grades), and Bells.
There will be a showcase program on Thursday, June 28th. 
Sign up online at  www.icumc.org . If you have any questions, contact Kathy Vest at kathy.vest@icumc.org  
Community Services League Food Pantry
 
Community Services League needs are: jelly, cake frosting, Hamburger Helper, spaghetti sauce, canned navy beans, diapers (sizes 5 & 6) & men's deodorant
We collected 113 items last week.
Christ UMC Group Trip to Israel

Plans continue to advance for the church's trip to the Holy Land next January. It's not too late to register. If you would like more information, contact Rick Hammett at rick522x@yahoo.com or Rev. Mike Costanzo at mike.costanzo@icumc.org. 
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