Message from Pastor Mike
Thursday is the season premiere of Project Runway which is one of my favorite shows. It's been on for 17 seasons, and I've watched every one. I don't know why I'm so interested in a show about a fashion competition. Anyone can look at the way I dress and see that I don't know beans about fashion. One would think that by the 17 th season of watching a fashion series that at least a little bit of fashion sense would have rubbed off. Perhaps, this season will raise my sense of style.
To get ready for the new season, I've gone back and watched the first season. It's been interesting to see how different the first season is in comparison to how I remember it. The basic show has stayed the same, and yet almost nothing about the show looks the same. Even the signature line of the show, "In fashion, one day you're in, and the next you're out" sounds different than it does in later seasons. It was interesting to see how the essence of the show has stayed the same, but so much of the show is different.
Our scriptures are like that. Over the course of history the essence of the scriptures hasn't changed. They tell the story of God's love for God's creation. But, the early episodes are quite different from the final season with its new heaven, a new earth, and a New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. In preparation for Easter through Lent, you might find it interesting to go back and read some of the early episodes in the Bible. A rereading of what are known as the historical books (Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther) would be an interesting reminder of how the story of God's love for creation has changed and yet remained the same. Perhaps, it will raise our sense of God's style and help us know who God is as a designer.
Happy reading.
Bishop Farr Information Session
Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 10:00 am in The Place
In response to the outcome of the special session of the General Conference, Bishop Farr is holding informational sessions in the districts to help churches process the results. The session for the Heartland District will be at Christ UMC on Saturday, March 16th from 10:00am until noon.

Everyone is welcome to come and hear Bishop Farr's presentation of the General Conference and what it means for the future of the United Methodist Church.
Youth March Madness Night (BYFTTP)
Friday, March 15
Join us for a three-point shooting contest, layup challenge, free throw contest, Golden Child, relays and much more.  This is for 6th through 12th grades.  Bring friends and a snack to share.
Youth Dinner Theater
April 5th & 6th at 6:30 pm in the Family Life Center
Dinner and a show - "The Rich Man, The Builder and The Feast"
Tickets on sale March 10, 17, 24 and 31.  Adults - $10, 12 and under $5.
If anyone has items they would like to donate for the silent auction baskets, contact Holly Johnson at 660-383-2722 or
Come and Help 

date is Thursday, March 21 from 2-5pm
We helped 280 families at the February 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.
Holy Land Trip Presentation
Tuesday, March 19 at 6:30pm in The Place
The 29 folks who recently went to Israel would like to share their trip with the congregation. Everyone is welcome to come and learn about their experiences in the Holy Land.
4th & 5th Grade Fun Night
Friday, March 22 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at Christ UMC
Bring your friends and join us for a night of games and activities. More details coming soon.
March  Community Services League Needs
Canned beets, canned asparagus, canned cauliflower, canned carrots, canned spinach and all purpose cleaner

The Community Services League food pantry at our location receives all food that is donated at the church each week. 
Save the Date for 
the CUMC Basement Sale
Friday & Saturday,  March  29 & 30, 2019
Sign up now in the Narthex to help.  Set up on Wednesday & Thursday, March 27 & 28 takes many volunteers!

Adult Co-Ed Volleyball 
Tuesdays from 7-9pm in our Family Life Center (gym)
Join us for an evening of fun and fellowship!
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
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 odd numbered month (Jan., March, May, July, Sept., Oct., Dec.) between 5:30 & 8 :00pm. They are located at 2100 N. Noland Rd. Contact Colleen Foudree at 816-478-8020 to volunteer.  Our next work day is March 25.

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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