Message from Pastor Mike
In a book titled, "The greatest Stories Never Told", there's an interesting story about a race to get life-saving medicine to a diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska.
"In January 1925, a deadly diphtheria epidemic broke out among the children of Nome, Alaska. The nearest lifesaving serum was in Anchorage, some seven hundred miles away. The snow-covered landscape was almost impassable, and a ship would take too long. To make matters worse, the only two airplanes in the state were in storage for the long winter.
The governor decided the serum would have to be 'mushed' to Nome by a series of dogsled teams. Messages flew across telegraph lines to arrange the relay. The serum was rushed by rail to the town of Nenana. There it was handed to Wild Bill Shannon, whose dog team was the first of eighteen teams that would carry the serum 674 miles across the frozen tundra.
The conditions were frightening. The temperature dipped as low as forty below zero. Gale-force winds and blinding snow hampered the drivers. The whole world was riveted by their dramatic race against time and the elements; the progress of the sleds muscled other stories off front pages everywhere. On the fifth day, all contact with the sled carrying the serum was lost, and many feared the worst. But at five-thirty in the morning on February 1, - 127 ½ hours after the dogsled marathon began - Gunnar Kaassen emerged from the darkness to deliver the serum to Nome, led by his soon to be famous lead dog Balto.
Today, the epic journey is commemorated annually in the great Anchorage-to-Nome dogsled race named after the trail on which much of it is run: the Iditarod."
Reading this story, I notice that the first and the last team were named, but all the other teams that braved the elements to deliver the life-saving medicine don't get mentioned. It reminds me of all of the unnamed faithful who've responded to the great commission by braving not only the hostile elements, but also the hostile crowds as they brought the life-saving message of Jesus Christ to remote places. Here at Christ UMC, we join the unnamed multitudes as we live out the first part of our mission statement by bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to all people.
Accepting the Great Commission of Jesus Christ, our Mission is to :
BRING  the Good News of Jesus Christ
            to all people.
CONNECT  with others by listening to their stories
            and by growing together in faith through prayer, fellowship, study and worship.
SERVE  our neighbors in the name of Christ
            through ministries of compassion and outreach.

Blessings,
Mike
United Methodist Men's Breakfast & Program
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 8:00am in The Place

Join the UMM for breakfast and listen to a representative from the Independence Parks Dept. speak about the NEW Farmer's Market on the Independence Square. 
Please call Randy Vest at 816-220-0218 for breakfast reservations.
Church Women United - May Friendship Day
Monday, May 7 at 10:00am at Second Baptist Church at 116 E White Oak St in Independence
There will be a Potluck Salad Luncheon following the program.

Graduate Recognition Sunday
Sunday, May 27, 2018

If you have a student graduating from high school or college, please send their name, picture, 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.

Our Next Christ UMC & Harvesters Food Drop
is Thursday, May 17 from 2-5pm

We helped 294 families at the April 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.

Here is an excerpt from Steve Riley about an experience he had at April's food drop:

Steve called Ms. (name withheld), regarding a Proxy form we received, to get some ages for the people in her Proxy's family. He got the ages, and asked her about her "experience" at the food drop. She said they were about #171, and were sure this was going to run until about 6:30 or so, given the number of people still in the gym at 4:45, but it moved quickly, which she was grateful for.
She said she thought we had a real efficient operation going on, and she didn't mind waiting a little while, since our volunteers are always so nice and helpful! She usually brought other people to this drop, but, due to home circumstances, this was the first time she actually needed to be here for HER. Quite a humbling experience, made easier by the gracious people she meets at our drop...she said that every bit of food she ate the next morning that came from our drop, put in mind the smiling face of the person who handed it to her, and it makes her heart feel good that there are such nice people still in this world...
He told her that we know that the people who come to this drop are not there because they want to be, but because they have to be, and so we want to show the kind of Grace and Help and Warmth that we would want to feel if we were in their place. She said (through tears) that, that attitude made her feel very welcome and comforted, and that she knew she was among God's people, for sure!
 
Keep up the good work!
Franciscan Mission Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers to help at the Franciscan Mission on Monday evening May 21st from 5:30-8:00pm. If you are interested in helping, please call Colleen Foudree at   816-478-8020.
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 152 items last week.
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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