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  • How you can help victims of Hurricane Harvey through CUMC Youth and UMCOR?
  • Lowell Elementary – Who are the kids and families? What is the neighborhood like?
Emergency Help for victims of Hurricane Harvey
And do not forget to do good and share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16

The CUMC youth group wants to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. A year ago, while at camp at Sacramento, the kids decided they would team up with United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR). Now is the opportunity to unite with UMCOR again.

“UMCOR is a ministry of The United Methodist Church through the General Board of Global Ministries and its goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We believe all people have God-given worth and dignity. UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries including the United States.”

The youth group will be collecting supplies for hygiene kits. The following items are very specific. If you don’t have time to shop for these specific items, you can also donate money by making your check out to CUMC and put youth/ Harvey in the memo line.
  • hand towels 15 x 25 inches to 17 x 27 inches - Kitchen, cleaning, and microfiber towels not acceptable
  • washcloths
  • combs - Comb needs to be sturdy and longer than 6 inches long. No pocket combs or picks please. Rattail combs and combs without handles are acceptable with a minimum of 6 inches of teeth
  • metal nail file or nail clippers - No emery boards, please
  • bath-size soap - 3 oz. and larger sizes only. No Ivory or Jergens soap due to moisture content. Do not remove from original packaging
  • toothbrush - Adult-size only. Do not remove from original packaging, must be packaged individually
  • adhesive bandages - ¾ inch to 1 inch-size. Common household Band-Aids
  • plastic bags - One-gallon size sealable bag only
All items can be turned into the front desk or placed in the box in the gathering area. The last time to collect items will be during the pot-luck on September 10th.

We are so blessed here at Central United Methodist Church to have youth with such compassionate hearts and a desire to help others. The kids are excited to work on this project, and I pray that you will become a part of it with them. 

Please know that UMCOR believes as we give our time, money and supplies, we join them as the hands and feet of Christ. Yours, Kathy Gough, Youth Director

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
Pa ssionate Grace - Choosing to love, care and forgive as Jesus does
The third part of the Mission Values, embedded within our Vision Pathway, is Passionate Grace. 

Passionate (adj) – showing or caused by strong feelings or strong beliefs. Syn. Intense, fervent, vehement, heated, emotional, heartfelt, eager, spirited, energetic, fiery, wild, consuming.

Grace (n) – the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God operating in human lives to transform or strengthen them.

It’s easy to read the definition of grace. In our minds we get it but what about our hearts? We Methodists talk a lot about grace but it is only in the acceptance of it and therefore living in it that we cannot help becoming passionate about it. 

John Wesley focused on grace and came to define three types of grace:
  • Prevenient Grace – God’s active presence in our lives even when we don’t know it. It is not dependent on our actions, it is a gift that we can accept or refuse. 
  • Justifying Grace – Upon acceptance of this gift we begin to return to God and are restored in God.
  • Sanctifying Grace – Not a one-time event but an ongoing experience of God’s gracious presence that transforms us into the person God created us to be.

If we know Wesley’s story we can imagine that he first experienced grace most clearly the day he felt his “heart strangely warmed.” He was so passionate about this experience that he spent the rest of his life trying to define and describe it for us. He valued this heart knowledge beyond anything else and longed to share it.

God’s grace, God’s unconditional love is transformational. Once experienced, as Wesley did, we are never the same – we become new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17). However, it is difficult for us to accept the transforming power of God’s grace and to understand that there is nothing we must do or can do to earn it or lose it. What makes it difficult is that the world we live in is transactional. We must work for love out in the world. We are bombarded by this every day. 

Perhaps Wesley’s three types of grace offer us some stepping stones to knowing and living with the transforming power of God’s grace:
  • Accept within our hearts, which means not having to fully understand, that God loves us unconditionally. 
  • Allow that not-fully-understood grace to transform us. Watch and wait and be a witness to God’s transformation in our lives and in the lives of those around us.
  • Live in the ultimate outflow of God’s grace from within us to others.

 Richard Rohr wrote:
“Stop counting, measuring, earning, judging and punishing – ways many Christians are very well-trained in – because they believe that is the way God operates too. This makes the abundant world of grace largely inaccessible – which is, of course, the whole point. It is and has always been about love from the very beginning.” 

In God, there is no condemnation. Romans 8:1
It is so good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace. Hebrews 13:9

Grace, grace God’s grace – now there is something to be passionate about.
Outside The Walls
Rev. Scott Sharp
Passionate Grace
"Our church strives to be passionately graceful in everything we do.....God runs to us because he loves us; so may we do that for one another and for all the world."
Inside The Walls
Governance Team
Here we are, just past half way through 2017, and our attempt to re-energize, re-engage CUMC continues to be sidelined by an expressed lack of TRUST throughout our membership, our small groups and committees, and our leadership. I truly hoped that last year’s Listening Post process and establishing our Communications Team would open a door of transparency and repair our TRUST issues. Conversations with several of our members continue to reveal that several of our TRUST issues remain. I know I am making a pretty harsh statement, but I believe it to be true and the time has come that we need to personally, and in our small groups examine our TRUST in who we are as a body of Christ called to grow a Christ-Centered Community in a Distracting World.
Trust is such a foundational element for the success and mission of our Church that I ask that each ministry group, each committee, each Sunday School class, and each small group discuss TRUST considering the following:
  • Do I/we as a church TRUST God the Father? How? How not?
  • Do I/we as a church TRUST Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior? How? How not?
  • Do I/we TRUST CUMC to meet our need for spiritual growth? How? How not?
  • Do I/we TRUST the leadership of our church to set a course that will meet our mission mandate? How? How not?
  • Do I/we TRUST the leadership to manage the financial and real property assets of the Church? How? How not?
  • Do I/we TRUST that we can re-engage and re-energize Central to answer our call to grow a Christ centered community? How? How not?
Once you have completed this discussion to your satisfaction I further ask that your groups write a short document stating who you are, who you want to be, and who you want Central to be. The Governance Team has responsibility for visioning, planning, implementing, and evaluating ministry. In that light, we seek your input and ask that you be willing to be a part of this process. Once you have completed your discussion and developed your statements please get them to any member of the Governance Team.
I sincerely pray that you will not just brush this aside with ‘oh, someone else can do this.’ Please, prayerfully take the time to help build this foundation of trust and hope in what Central can become for you,

George Faulhaber, Chair of the Governance Team
Please join your fellow Centralities in the Life Center on September 10 at 12:30 for a short Called Charge Conference and a longer church-wide potluck - full of famous Methodist dishes! We will discuss and vote on three requests from Saranam and enjoy good Methodist food and fellowship time together. If you attended the July potluck you know how we all enjoyed the time together - if you missed it, come and find out! 

I) Saranam, LLC Line of Credit: Since January this year, the Saranam Board has been discussing the benefits of having a line of credit to safeguard ourselves for expense and income timing differences. Having a LOC will help fill the gaps until the income comes in.

II) Saranam, LLC Expansion of Programming and Capital Campaign: Presentation of vision and plans to double programmatic capacity and request to change/update some language in legal originating documents accordingly. Because this will entail a large capital campaign from a very broad donor/volunteer and investor base, we request some minor changes to language in the originating legal documents to allow for options for asset distribution upon dissolution.

III) Saranam, LLC and Frances Thaxton Ash Homes, LLC also requests to change the legal title of the managing groups to "Board of Directors" from "Council on Homeless Ministries (CHM)
COMMITTEE CHAIRS LAY LEADERSHIP
TREASURER Ellen Skrak
GOVERNANCE George Faulhaber
LAY LEADER Jim Sumner
COMPASS POINTS Ted Balph
FINANCE Ken McVey
TRUSTEES Maurice Ikle
NOMINATIONS Scott Sharp

In order to more fully outline the responsibilities of the various advisory members, the Newsletter will include an ongoing in-depth look at each of the committees.

NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE
Chairperson: Scott Sharp
Members: Marc Davidson, Peggy Murtagh, Ed Vigil, Donna Faulhaber, Jim Hering, Ken McVey (Finance), Jean Hawk (SPRC), Maurice Ikle (Trustees)

Nominations and Lay Leadership
The committee on Nominations and Lay Leadership serves an important function in the life of the local church. It is this committee that provides a slate of officers for the church for each year. This list is voted on by the Church Conference (November 13), and the people who are elected begin their term of service in the following January. Of all of the committees in the church, this is the only one that the pastor chairs. 

In speaking with a long-term member of the church recently, she described the various ways in which she has seen the Nominations Committee work. She said that some pastors came in with an entire slate already filled in and asked the committee only to approve what was already done. Other pastors, she said, had a list of people who they did not want to serve on committees. And some pastors take a more cooperative approach to the work of creating the slate of officers. 

Once the slate is prepared by the committee, each person is consulted as to whether or not they would agree to serve. A huge majority of the time, people say yes, and are happy to serve the church through the ministries of administration. However, sometimes the person doesn’t feel that the position offered is a good fit. Often when that happens, the person suggests an area that they have more experience in, or more interest. 

Several years ago, I called Ward Hunnicutt and asked him to serve on a committee. He said that he was happy to, and advised me that he was honored to be asked, even at his age. I often think of the contributions Ward made during that time before his death, and I think of him as an example of faithful lay leadership. 

As the Nominations and Lay Leadership Committee begins its work (around the first of September), I would invite you to be in prayer about how you might be interested in serving at Central. It is also my hope that if you receive a phone call that you will say YES! 

Attached you will find the nominations report from last year’s Church Conference. This is the starting point for the committee’s work. If you see a place you would be interested in serving, please contact me. 
With Gratitude, Pastor Scott
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Our Church Family
Do you have any announcements, events, or information that you would like to share in this section of “Our Church Family”? Please contact Pat Briggs – contact information is at the end of the newsletter.

WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS!
  • Betsy Deiterman
  • Eldon Cunningham
GREAT FAMILY FUN
Art and Dodie Hawkins hosted an Alaskan Cruise in late July to celebrate Dodie's 80th birthday. Twenty-eight kids and grandkids were able to attend. The family presented Dodie with an album of photos depicting 20 years of family reunions. They also assembled a scrapbook with contributions from everyone about their favorite reunions. Dodie says that she was crying so hard with joy that it took her days to get through both books! A grand time was had by all!!
Jean Smith, joined the heavenly choir on August 21, 2017 just 9 days before her 96th birthday. She was born in Oklahoma City and Albuquerque had been her home since 1949. Jean and her husband Bill, who predeceased her, were long time members of Central. She will be remembered for her beautiful voice which she gifted to us as a member of Central’s Chancel Choir for many years. She was also the epitome of elegance – her family describing her as a fashionista extraordinaire. Her family requested that donations be made to Central United Methodist Foundation Music Fund.
Informational Article
CUMC Supports Lowell Elementary

Central United Methodist Church has a truly unique partnership with Lowell Elementary School, an underserved school just off University, less than a mile from CUMC. CUMC members support Lowell Elementary financially and with our wonderful volunteers through a variety of programs at Lowell including: the monthly Roadrunner Food Bank, Mighty Milers (children and adult volunteers run before school at school to prepare for the school day), the annual School Uniform Drive, and Winter Coats for the kids. 

The following information is provided by Ted Balph, Parent/Community Liason at Lowell and a member of CUMC, and was largely taken from the proposal to extend the Roadrunner/Childhood Hunger Initiatives grant at Lowell. 

About Lowell
Lowell Elementary is located just south of UNM between University and Yale on Sunshine Terrace. We draw from a largely transient population, and our boundaries roughly form a rectangle stretching almost 4 miles from Coal to the north and the Sunport to the south, and almost 2 miles across from I-25 to the west and Columbia to the east. Our housing is largely subsidized apartments east of Yale, trailer park communities directly to our south, and small one and two room homes between Gibson and the Sunport.

Yet in this almost 8 square miles there are only TWO small 7/11 type markets on Yale, neither of which sell any fresh meat, fruit or vegetables! There is a stretch of fast food restaurants along Gibson, south of Lowell, but they are out of range geographically and financially for the vast majority of our families.

In Census.gov "percent with limited food access", the rough area that captures the Lowell family area has a 53.3% low access, low-income, which translates to 3818 people in our 7164 reported population! In searching the Albuquerque area, there are only a handful of communities with a higher percentage of low access, low-income families.

I say "reported population" because we at Lowell see daily the transient and fluid nature of our families. The statistics are glaring, as over half of our students who start the year at Lowell, will not be there next fall. This year we have had an influx of refugee families, as well as families from Cuba, Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, the Congo and Honduras. While this adds greatly to the richness of our community, the census stats probably lag significantly. We have also seen our large Hispanic population fear leaving their homes to come to our Food Bank recently, despite our assurances of anonymity on our campus. One probably has to put an exact number on our limited access, low-income population, however it is very likely that 53.3% understates it.

First Rate Education
The entire staff at Lowell is committed to providing a “first rate education”. We are also aware that a child who does not feel loved and safe, clothed and fed cannot reach their maximum learning potential. We take all these roles seriously and have made huge strides in the three years since we first received the Childhood Hunger Initiative (CHI) grant.

School Programs
Our after school programs now include Title I Homeless and the YMCA. We also have a chess club, a cooking club, and archery and basketball teams. We start every day with New York Road Runner Mighty Miler youth running program. We also just had our first graduating class of the FAST - Families and Schools Together program. This program has already paid dividends in building the partnerships with our families that will continue growing next fall and beyond.

Clothing
We provide school uniforms for all our students through the Assistance League's Operation School Bell. Twice a year our parents receive vouchers for clothes and shoes. This is largely supported through our partner, Central United Methodist, which has raised over $10,000 each of the last three years for Lowell's khaki pant and polo shirt uniforms. Each of the past two years we have been the grateful beneficiaries of the Title I Holiday Drive - Adopt a Family. Not only have some of our families been recipients of this gift, but Lowell has been one of two schools who have received their "overflow" coats, hats and gloves. Each of the past two years we have received over 150 jackets which have largely replaced the inadequate hoodie sweatshirts that our kids are trying to get through our winters with.

Food
Yes, our families need food. We hear it daily. Like so much of Albuquerque, we are 100% Title I School, which means we are able to serve a free breakfast/lunch to all of our students on a daily basis. Fortunately, the Title I Homeless and YMCA after school programs provide a much needed dinner for many of our children. Yet it is not enough. The ongoing food the CHI grant makes the difference for many of our families. Yet, with all that is provided, our families still struggle. It might be surprising, but in our daily before school Mighty Miler running program, our worst morning is Monday, and even worse after an extended holiday. We have recognized the reason: lack of food. Because our pantry stock of granola bars and similar snacks has grown, we can give students a snack, and then they can run. All this happens before the children go off to breakfast in the cafeteria. We are doing well, but we know we can do better.

Another dilemma we have had to solve is that so many of our families cannot get to Lowell for the Mobile Pantry or the School Pantry because they do not have transportation. We were seeing our families walking long distances loaded down with food, while others told us they just couldn't do it. The solution? While school policy doesn't allow us to drive them, we can allow them to walk back to their apartment, while we drive their food home! This is now happening more and more, especially with our School Pantry dire need families.

Family in need story
Wow, where to start! One of the most difficult to see is the young family of 4: a mother, 2 daughters of elementary school age, and a son in middle school. I can speak to this one, as I was the full time 2nd grade classroom teacher for one of the girls when they came to Lowell two years ago in October. She said it was her 4th elementary school, and she so wanted to have friends and she quickly made them. Mom would walk to pick up the kids most days, and we let her know of the Mobile or School Pantry options. Well, since then it has been a tough go: homeless - living in car, car broken into and all possessions stolen, moved into subsidized apartment, apartment flooded and forced to vacate, new job, lost job, new job. But we check on her and the kids, and we have found a way, through the Mobile or the School Pantry, to keep them with food consistently since they have become part of the Lowell family. I would miss her tears of gratitude if we did not.

Impact of Childhood Hunger Initiative (CHI) for our students
Earlier I said the foundation we have to provide is that of a safe and loving environment for our students. We have been doing that in little ways and big ways as you have read. Secondly, we keep our students clothed through Operation School Bell and Title I Adopt a Family. For the past three years, we have kept our students and their families nourished largely through the CHI grant allowing us to have a monthly Mobile Food Pantry and an ongoing School Pantry.

So, what has been the impact? Once again, the primary task we have is to provide a first rate education, and we are well on our way. The evidence? Go to the largely maligned school grading system: Lowell has gone from an "F" three years ago, to a "D", and in August we received a "C". When I first started coming to Lowell, I heard all the structural reasons we would always be an "F" school:
  • Student turnover.
  • Family turmoil.
  • Poor families.
  • English as second language families.
  • No technology at home.
  • Teacher flight to high grade schools.
We have proved the naysayers wrong and we are not done. Our new principal, Miss Calvillo, and our staff and teachers are excited about the 2017-2018 school year. Our partnership with Central United Methodist is stronger than ever, and we have program after program that address the unique needs of our students and their families. As I hope you have gleaned, we are on a roll across the board, and our ongoing partnership with Roadrunner Food Bank and the CHI grant are an integral part of that. 

Being and Doing Church - An Ecumenical opportunity for your consideration
On September 9 from 9-3 at the Norbertine Abby at 5825 Coors SW, there will be a workshop on Being and Doing Church, a workshop focused on the nature and mission of the church: how it all began and where we are now. It will be led by Reverend Dr Wallace Ford and Jennifer Murphy-Dye. The cost is $25, payable at the door. For more information and to make reservations on or before September 5 respond to: khuggins@eimnm.net or call 505-873-4399, ext 229. 

Bert Scott, whose belief in ecumenism is strong and vibrant, says, "It will be well worth your time and registration fee. If you have never been to the Norbertine Abbey it is a wonderful setting for a class in a beautiful and peaceful place."

CREATION CARE AT CENTRAL
The United Methodist position on creation care and climate change is quite clear. According to paragraph 160 in the Book Of Discipline, 2016, "All creation is the Lord's, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. Water, air, soil, minerals, energy resources, plant, animal life and space are to be valued and conserved because they are God's creation and not only because they are useful to human beings. God has granted us stewardship of creation. We should meet these stewardship duties through acts of loving care and respect."

To this end Central will be carefully looking at our use of resources to reduce waste and encourage good stewardship at our Church. In addition, it is our hope that members of our congregation will use even greater diligence in reducing their carbon footprint.

Each month a new "Eco-tip" will be included in our newsletter to remind you to be vigilant in protecting this earth. Creation care is the responsibility of all of us.

The United Nations estimates that by 2050 there will be more refugees from climate change than from war. To fight climate change and reduce our carbon footprint (and your energy bill), complete a home energy audit: htttp://hew.lbl.gov/. Once on the link, click on Home Energy Saver. On that page enter your zip code only. The form will come up for you to complete.
Did You Know?
The transition to new CUMC parking passes has gone smoothly. If you need a parking pass, please see the office for your application.
Lowell School Uniform Drive total :  $15,634…thanks to all who participated!
Lowell Food Bank totals for August 23, 2017:
  • Total Households = 65 (12 existing families & 53 new families) 
  • Total Adults = 114 (22 existing families & 92 new)
  • Total Children = 125 (31 existing families & 94 new)
  • Total Seniors over 65 years of age = 10 (1 existing & 9 new)
Watch For More Details...
  • Trick or Treat but Not on the Street - October 29, 2 – 4pm in the church parking lot. This is an opportunity to decorate your trunks, hand out candy to neighborhood children, and be in community together during this festive season!
Children/Youth Ministries
On-going Children’s & Youth Sunday School and other activities – for more information, call Kelly or Kathy at church office at 243-7834 or email: kellyb@centraltolife.org  or youth@centraltolife.orgCall or text Kathy for more information about youth at 505-401-4541.

Church 4 Kids – Church 4 Kids is a time during the 11:00 worship service designated for kids to hear the Gospel lesson in a different way. Kids of all ages are invited to join Pastor Kelly in the Chapel during the 11:00 service sermon time to listen, learn, and experience the Sunday Scripture lesson in an interactive way.

Children’s Sunday School
Music for Kids- 9:45 – 10:00AM
10:00 – 10:45AM, 4 years old - 11 year olds. Learning through games, crafts, music, and storytelling.
Youth’s Sunday School and Youth Group
We invite all students in 6-12 grade to join us as we gather together to connect with one another and grow in our faith through a wide variety of events and activities throughout the year.
9:45-10:45AM Mid High & Senior High
Youth group meets on Friday night.
Adult Ministries
On-going Sunday School Classes  
for more information contact Pastor Kelly

Leaders of Sunday school classes, please regularly provide any class or studies updates or special events/activities to include in this listing which will appear on a regular basis. Thanks! Pat Briggs – contact information is at the end of the newsletter.

If you are new to CUMC or have been coming a long time but don’t belong to a Sunday School class please know that you are invited and will be heartily welcomed to join any of these ongoing classes. This one intentional act will not only increase your feeling of belonging and community at CUMC but also enhance your Christian walk.
Arts, Literature, Faith (ALFIES)
Sunday at 9:45 in the Conference Room
Contact: Anne Downing; drdavrome@gmail.com
All adults are welcome to join us for the ALFies (Art, Literature, Faith) Sunday School Class. 
Upcoming programs for the ALFies Class are listed below. All interested adults are welcome to join us in the Conference Room at 9:45 each Sunday.
  • September 3 -- No class.
  • September 10, 17, 24 -- The Other Bible and the Apocryphal Jesus  Lead by the Lenks and Hagens
Celebration
Sunday at 9:45 in Room 309
Contact: Bruce Underwood
Harmony
Sunday at 9:45 in Room 312
Contact: Dodie Hawkins
Harmony Class is dedicated to spreading the love of Christ through study, service and support. Our class study is generally devoted to specific books of the Bible or Biblical ideas and concepts. Social events help solidify us as a Church family that offers love and support in good times and bad.
Partnership
Sunday at 9:45 in Room 311
Contact: Bill Ortman
We are going to take on quite a challenge for our August lessons using a Cokesbury book by Dr. Roger E. Olson titled Counterfeit Christianity: The Persistence of Errors in the Church. Dr. Olson, a graduate of Rice University, has been Foy Valentine Professor of Christian Theology of Ethics at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University since 1999.
His purpose in the book is to inform interested people about past and present Christian heresies and to help Christians recognize the false from the true. His focus is on describing heresies in their ancient and modern forms, why they are dangerous, and how to handle them.
After defining heresy and orthodoxy, Olson devotes five chapters to ancient heresies and their modern forms, including Gnosticism, Montanism, Marcionism, Adoptionism, Arianism, Nestorianism, Subordinationism, Modalism, Tritheism, Pelagianism, and Semi-Pelagianism. He then devotes a chapter each to three modern heresies: divine determinism, moralistic therapeutic deism, and the prosperity gospel. We'll focus primarily on those last three chapters. Please don't be alarmed or turned off by all the multi-syllable words. We'll try to make it easy and interesting, maybe even a little fun.
Pastor Led
Sunday at 9:45 in the Life Center
Contact: Pastor Scott
Study of the Parables
Class of Promise
Sunday at 9:45 in Room 304
Contact: Jim Hering at heringfamily@hotmail.com
The original Class of Promise grew in size when the members of the class graciously absorbed the former Priorities Sunday School class into their fold. It was - and continues to be - a group of vibrant, interested Christian learners who benefit both from the topic being studied and the interaction of the class members. The class is taught by the members who cooperatively decide on the topics to be discussed. The class has just begun a study of 1 and 2 Thessalonians. All are welcome to join us on Sunday mornings - we'll always find a chair for you around the table!
Providence
Sunday at 9:45 in Room 307
Contact: Angus Jordan or JoAnn Emerson
Providence meets in room 307 and has various programs throughout the year. We use study books to assist us with our Bible Study lessons. We also have DVD Bible Studies. All of our members take an active part in our lessons. Our attendance varies in age from 60’s to 90+. Everyone is welcome to join our class! Our class monetarily supports: CUMC TV ministry, Lowell School Food Pantry, Project Share, Title 1 Homeless Youth Project, Lowell School Uniforms, CUMC Youth, and the Methodist Children’s Home.
On-going Bible Studies

Studying the Bible together in small groups is a valuable tool in an individual’s spiritual growth.
For example, participants in one of CUMC’s ongoing Bible studies were recently challenged to spend a day in ‘utter thanksgiving’. To do this the leader suggested that for every complaint that popped into our minds we could replace with 10 thanksgivings. Participants found that this intentional act really helped to reset their minds and spirit. In these days of uncertainty, fear and anger this suggestion is a wonderful way to help all of us live Christ-centered lives.

Friday Fellowship
Friday from 9:30am-11:30am in Room 311
Friday Bible Study Group is preparing to begin a new 7-week study on August 11 - September 22. In The Gospel of Mark: The Jesus We're Aching For, follow Jesus through His days of early ministry all the way to the cross. It's there we discover what it means to be the recipients of His excessive compassion and the very reason for His all-consuming passion. You will enjoy the author, Lisa Harper who has been lauded as a master storyteller and theological scholar. Cost for the study guide is $20. Please reserve your workbook by August 4th by calling Joan Gustafson, 615-2853.
Contact: Joan Gustafson

WOW Women of the Word
Wednesday at 9:30am in Room 311
WOW returns to a regular schedule of meetings on August 23, 9:30 am in Room 310. We will resume with a discussion of our summer reading of the novel, Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. On September 6, we will begin a new study entitled The Lost World of Adam and Eve (Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origin Debate) by John H. Walton; books are available now.
Contact: Vera, 242-4061

Monday Night Bible Study
Monday at 6:30pm-8:00pm in Room 311
Class will reconvene for 2017-2018 on Monday night September 11. We involve ourselves in an intense, deep study of God's word - and all who are searching for that are welcome to join us.
Contact: George or Donna Faulhaber, 918-4533 or 353-1197

Wednesday Night Bible-based Study - Pastor-Led
Wednesdays at 6:00pm in the Life Center
The class will focus on the book of Romans. The class meets August 9 to October 25.
Service Ministries
“SERVE calls us to action. A reading of the Gospels clearly shows that Jesus put his faith into action. At Central we believe that each person is called to serve others. There are multiple ministries at Central that allow for this to happen and range from homeless ministries to homebound communion to cleaning the sanctuary.” From the CUMC Vision Pathway.
On-going Service Ministries  
for more information, call church office at 243-7834 or contact below

Helping Hands  
For more information: call 353-1197
  • Helping Hands is a ministry whose mission is to assist people who walk in, seeking help, to meet their immediate short term needs.
Lowell Food Bank / Lowell Elementary
For more information: call church office at 243-7834
  • Mobile Food Pantry held monthly, volunteers set up at the school and distribute food to families provided by Road Runner Foods
  • School Uniform Drive – Partnering with the Assistance League of Albuquerque’s Operation School Bell to provide school uniforms for students at Lowell Elementary.
  • Mighty Milers running program
Saranam
For more information: call 299-6154 or visit www.saranamabq.org
  • Saranam empowers families to end their homelessness and poverty through housing, education, and supportive communities.
Stephens Ministry      
Contact: stephenministry@centraltolife.org (confidential)
or Pastor Kelly Brooks at kellyb@centraltolife.org
  • Stephens Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers – called Stephen Ministers – to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.
Thrift Shop
For more information: call church office at 243-7834
  • The Thrift Shop proceeds from items sold are used to support the Church and its ministries. Hours are: Sunday Noon – 1:00pm, Thursday Noon – 3:00pm, and Friday 9:00am - Noon
What Can You Do?
(World needs can be over-whelming but local needs are more do-able!)
If you want to notify the congregation of needed items, please contact the Communications Team to put the notification in the monthly newsletter.

Volunteers Needed for Helping Hands Street Ministry
Are you looking for a ministry opportunity that will touch your heart and soul? If so, this is the ministry for you. Once a week for two hours you can show God’s love to individuals fighting for existence on a daily basis. This program has provided our friends with a safe zone in God’s house for over a decade. Join a great team of folks today.
Contact Cynthia Kaiser @ (505) 249-9117
Volunteers Needed for CUMC Newsletter Team
Do you like to write, photography, talk to individuals in the congregation, research topics? We would love for you to think about joining the Communications Team! Contact Pat Briggs at comunicationsteam@centraltolife.org or 268-1009 (Briggs family). We meet once a month to plan for the upcoming monthly edition then independently (or pair with a team member) follow up on articles.
Communications Team Information
Deadline for the October edition is September 18, 2017.
Any questions, please ask the Communications Team
Visit the Welcome Desk in the gathering area for: answers to your questions from a member of the governance team, printed copies of the newsletter (also, in the Narthex), and other written information. Classes and ministries consider placing informational flyers for a study or event at the desk. Connect cards are available at the desk and in the pews to update your contact information for the church and so we can email the newsletter to you.

Phone #: (505) 268-1009 [Briggs Family]

Co-Chairs: Chris Briggs & Pat Briggs

Current Team Members:
Donna Faulhaber, Barbara Fuller, Jesus Valdez,
Rev. Scott Sharp, Rev. Kelly Brooks