A Message From Pastor Mike
There was a nice article in Saturday's Independence Examiner about the mobile camp at 1 st United Methodist Church on the Square. The mobile camp was hosted by five United Methodist Churches in Independence. Those churches were 1 st UMC, Mt Washington, Northern Blvd, St Mark's, and Christ UMC. The mobile camps are expensive and volunteer intensive. None of the five churches would have been able to do this event on their own, but together we were able to provide a great event for the children of Independence. From Christ UMC, generous individuals and groups contributed 16 $50.00 scholarships which were matched by the Missouri Conference. Members of the congregation opened their homes to board and feed seven of the camp workers for the week. On Tuesday our volunteers provided lunch and snacks for the children and workers. Friday evening we provided pizza and the use of our gym for the end of the season party for the camp workers.

Two of the camp workers stayed with Morrisa and me for the week. Morrisa and I love to cook. So our goal was to lavish rich food on those guys at our parsonage bistro. We're pretty confident that no one ate like our guys ate. Every night we sent them to bed, as my grandfather would say, "with no wrinkles in their bellies." They were good eaters, and I enjoyed having them there.

I was at the camp on Tuesday and saw how the workers interacted with the children. The way they engage the children and share God's love with them is amazing. Each one of them is clearly called to do this work. Their passion and enthusiasm for those children makes me want to be a kid again. It also reminds me of how unfit for children's ministry I am. I can feed the workers, but I can't do what they do.

Seeing the different churches and the different talents come together to pull off an event of this size is a vivid picture of unity in diversity. The Bible uses images of one body with many parts to describe how God brings diverse talents together for the purpose of proclaiming Christ. Last week on The Independence Square we saw Christ's body with its many parts doing the work of God. Some gave money, some hosted, some cooked meals, some signed children in and out, some invited, some transported, some encouraged, and some connected with the children in a way that no one else can. All of us together made the love of God real for 63 children.

If you'd like to read the article in the Examiner, you can access it with this link.


Upward Basketball Returns!!

CUMC is going to sponsor the Upward Basketball League for the
2020 season. Promoting the discovery of Jesus through sports helps us leverage the power of sports to impact and connect with families in our community. CUMC has a rich history of serving the community and is looking for people who want to participate in our Upward Basketball. Please contact Janice Reyburn at (816) 824-5238 to volunteer and watch for organizational meetings for the team.
Come and Help
date is THIS Thursday, August 15  from 2-5pm
We helped 323 families at the July mobile food pantry.
We can always use help from volunteers anytime between 12:30 & 6:00!
We could use extra volunteers between 5:00 to 6:00 or so on Food Drop days to help clean up, get leftover food onto the truck, and unload it at the Noland Road Community Services League cooler at Noland & Truman Rd. It goes pretty fast with extra hands helping out.
Glendale Snack Packs
With school back in session this week, we are now collecting donations for Glendale
Elementary Snack Packs. Each week, approximately 50 snack bags are prepared for
Glendale students. Your donations are greatly appreciated. We are in need of the
following items:
à   Prepackaged Rice Krispy treats
à   Packages of cracker snacks (NO peanut butter ones)
à   Granola bars (NO peanut butter)
à   Fruit snacks
à   Plastic grocery bags
No items with peanuts or peanut butter ingredients can be used due to allergies. Donations can be placed in the tub in the old Narthex.  
Variety Book Club
August 29th at 10:00am OR 7:00pm
"The Same Sky" A Novel by Amanda Eyre Ward

Alice is in a loving marriage and thriving business with her husband, Jake, in Austin, TX.  But she still feels that something is missing.  Carla is a strong-willed young girl who's had to grow up fast, acting as caretaker to her six year old brother after their grandmother dies.  As violence escalates in Honduras, Carla and her brother join the thousands of children making the perilous trek across Mexico to the United States.  The lives of Alice and Carla intersect in a profound and surprising way as they each search for a place to belong.  

Everyone is welcome to join our group discussion.
Exciting Changes Coming to Our Children and Youth Programs

As the summer winds down and we get back into our school year routines, we are trying something different with children and youth programs. Beginning September 4, instead of meeting on Sunday evenings they are going to meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 - 7:30. They'll eat together from 6:00 to 6:30 and then go to their programs for Bible study, recreation and worship skills. If you have children and youth who are not connected to our children and youth programs know that they are always welcome. For more information contact Donna Bergsten - Youth Director 816-585-4475 youth@icumc.org, Jennifer Rambo - Children's Ministry Director 816-529-9020 children@icumc.org Carla Kincaid - Assistant Children's Ministry Director 816-509-7402 children@icumc.org

Sunday, September 15th
9:30-11:00 and 12:00-12:30

Have your book signed
Proceeds benefit UMCOR & will be matched by Lisa
               Enjoy a sprinkle sundae!
United Methodist Women Invitation to Summer Potluck Picnic
Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 12:00pm at the White Horse Condos Clubhouse
The UMW invites the congregation to join them for their annual summer potluck picnic, which will be held indoors at the White Horse Condos, 12422 E. 39th Terr, Independence. Missouri State Representative, Robert Sauls will speak on pertinent issues of interest to all citizens. Everyone, including men, is invited to attend.
Community Services League Needs
     Pancake syrup, peanut butter, jelly, shampoo/conditioner (2 in 1), small bottles of dish soap (not dishwasher), men's shaving cream.
The Community Services League food pantry at our location receives all food that is donated at the church each week. 

Southern Independence Transportation Ministry Help Needed

Volunteers are needed to help members get to and from services on Sundays. 
If you would be willing to do this once a month, contact Linda Ashley at 337-2647 or lindaashley443@gmail.com.
Opportunities to Volunteer
There are lots of opportunities to volunteer in our area and at our church. Some of those opportunities are:
Community Services League (CSL) Food Pantry - Wednesdays from 9:00am - 3:00pm at Christ UMC. Contact Darla Pummill at 224-0403 for more information.

Franciscan Mission  - 4th Monday each month between 5:30 & 8 :00pm. They are located at 2100 N. Noland Rd. Contact Colleen Foudree at 816-478-8020 to volunteer. 

Glendale Elementary Reading Program - Monday through Friday between 9:30 & 11:30am or 1:00 & 3:00pm for one hour per week, during the school year, to listen to students read. A background check is needed. Pick a form up at the church. Contact Lyn Verstraete at 816-838-2575 for more information.
Glendale Elementary School Snack Packs - Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:00pm at Glendale Elementary, during the school year. Contact Shirley Cottrell at 373-3687 for more information.
Harvesters & Christ UMC Mobile Food Pantry  - Third Thursday of each month at Christ UMC. Volunteer help needed between 12:30 & 6:00pm.

Meals on Wheels - Drivers are needed for this program. You are assigned a specific day and route and it takes about 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Contact Meals on Wheels at 254-9566 if you are interested.
Sleeping Mats for the Homeless - Volunteers are needed to help cut the shopping bags to get them ready to make the sleeping mats. If you are interested in helping with cutting, or making the mats, please contact Myrtle Dye at 254-4585 or Sharon Safley at 220-0749.
Tabitha's Closet - Tabitha's Closet is located in the Fairmount Community Center and volunteers are needed to help sort, hang and rotate donated clothes on Tuesdays that schools are in session between 9 :30am - 2:30pm. Contact Buttons Jimerson at 228-7380 for more information.
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Sermon Videos on YouTube and Our Church Website

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