Something You May Not Have Considered
Words from Pastor Bob
Here at Christ UMC as well as other churches and faiths, worship is central to our lives. It is the opportunity to praise, grow, belong, and find connections with God's presence. It has been more than a little bit important in my life. I think worship is the primary experience that caused me to change from my childhood Baptist faith to the Methodist experience. For those who haven't heard my story, I started piano lessons at age seven and by my early teens was helping in small groups in my childhood church. Then my brother-in-law's Methodist church was desperate for an organist. So, at sixteen I took the job - five dollars per Sunday. Worship as a child, young adult, middle and older adult has always been a key to who I am.
 
Even though worship together is critical , this week I'd like to show you a few ways worship can bless you outside the worship services in a sanctuary or chapel. For many years Methodists have published what is called the "Book of Worship". It is designed mostly for those who plan worship, usually pastors or worship leaders. The most recent one was published in 1992 and still has some useful  material as well as some that seem dated. I want to mention a few ideas that you might consider.
 
The Blessings of a Home, especially one you have just moved into, will make a good start to life in the space asking God to bless all that happens there. I have led several of these including two here at Christ UMC. It can be fun if you make it a gathering of family and friends with snacks. Or it can be just for those who live there.
 
The Renewal of Wedding Vows is maybe more familiar. I officiated  one of those last summer and it was very special. Something to consider as you reach a milestone together.
 
Many other items in the Book of Worship provide mostly just a prayer or maybe a few scripture suggestions rather than a more service-like worship. But one might be helpful to your life. Some deal with several types of healing and illness. Others are prayers for life changing occasions including birthdays, new school year, graduation, engagement, unicameral, a new job, unemployment, military service, retirement, suffering, a victim or survivor of crime or oppression, the anniversary of a death.  I don't want to leave out the "Longest Night Worship Service" that Pastor David provides. It brings healing to grief.
 
Did you know all of this? Had you thought about bringing prayer and worship into events such as these and more? It is a good opportunity to remember that God is in your life all - ALL - the time. And you can pause to remember a special event in special ways. If you might like to consider it, some do not need a pastor. But a pastor you know would be honored to help.
 
Blessings,
Bob

P.S. Christ UMC has an opportunity for free CPR training on Feb 17 at 11:00. There are only three spots left as of this writing. Please sign up by calling the office.
Youth Dinner Theater - March 13th & 14th
Silent Auction Baskets Needed
The youth are working hard to prepare for their annual Dinner Theater fundraiser to earn money to go on their mission trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin, this summer.

As in the past the youth will be presenting the play and serving the meal. A tradition is to offer baskets of goods for silent auction at the dinner. We need baskets that can be auctioned off and/or items that can be put with other things to make an auction basket.  Get creative, use your imagination!  

The youth are really looking forward to the mission trip and are working hard to raise the money to go. Any donation that you could make towards their effort to attend would be greatly appreciated. Items can be brought to the church office or given to Donna, Jennifer or Carla.  Contact youth@icumc.org or children@icumc.org with questions.
All Church Basement Sale
Coming Soon!
Our Annual All Church Basement Sale will be on Friday, March 27 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please start gathering items for this sale. Questions? Contact Kathy Vest @ 816-309-4708 or rvest16@comcast.net email.

Community Service League Food Pantry Needs
Community Services League needs the following items in the food pantry:paper grocery bags, laundry soap, canned vegetables (carrots, mixed vegetables, spinach, peas, tomatoes), jelly, tuna helper, cream soups, shampoo (NOT 2in1), canned raviolis and spaghettios.  The Community Services League food pantry at our location receives all food that is donated at the church each week.   Please discontinue bringing empty egg cartons.  We have plenty.
Variety Book Club
February 27th at 10:00am

The Variety Book Club selection for February is Fresh Expressions: A New Kind of Methodist Church for People Not in Church by Kenneth H. Carter Jr. and Aubrey Warren. New faith communities that listen to people and meet them where they are on their journey are emerging by learning fresh ways to communicate their identity through faithful discipleship. Please join us on Thursday, February 27th at 10:00am in the Parlor. All are welcome to join our discussion.
Now accepting candy and trinket donations for the Easter Eggstravaganza (April 5th)!  Collection tub is located in the old Narthex.
Did you know that when you shop for the holidays at smile.amazon.com/ch/43-0861943, AmazonSmile donates to Christ United Methodist Church?

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 - We volunteer on the 4th Monday of each month between 5:30 & 8:00 pm If you are interested in helping, please contact Colleen Foudree at 816-478-8020. 
 
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 838-2575 for more information.
 
Glendale Elementary Lunch Buddies - Eat lunch with an assigned student at least twice a month at Glendale. Lunch                 periods are 25 min. long and are staggered between 11:40 and 1:05. You can buy a school lunch, or just sit and visit   while your student eats. A simple background check is required. Contact Lyn Verstraete. 816-838-2575 for 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 Food Drop - 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 - If you would like to help put together sleeping mats, please contact Myrtle Dye at 255-4543.
 
Tabitha's Closet - Located in the Fairmount Community Center, Tabitha's Closet needs help sorting, hanging, and rotating donated clothing on Tuesdays from 9:30am to 2:30pm when school is in session. Choose to help the entire time, or just an hour or two! For those that can't stand for long periods of time, there is work you can help with too. Contact Buttons Jimerson at 228-7380 if you have any questions.
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