We've all heard the cliché, "Work smarter not harder." It's good advice, but don't we groan every time someone offers it to us as though they've solved our problem with this new wisdom. Usually, when someone says that to me my first thought is, "Yes, but right now I just need to get this done." I tend to take on too much and often have seasons of being too busy. I could benefit from exercising the wisdom to take on a little less. Today, someone said something different than work smarter not harder. She said, "I can do that for you." And then she sent me an email letting me know which days she could do it. What a nice change that was. Now, some of the days I'll do it, and other days she'll take care of it. It brings to mind the story of the rebuilding of the walls in Jerusalem. The 3 rd chapter describes how the work was done.

"Then the high priest Eliashib set to work with his fellow priests and rebuilt the Sheep Gate... And the men of Jericho built next to him. And next to them Zaccur built. The Sons of Hassenaah built the Fish Gate... next to them Meremoth... next to them etc..."

The entire chapter is a list of everyone coming and working next to someone else to get the walls of the city rebuilt. In our culture, there's no shortage of things to get done. It sure is nice when someone comes along side and says let me help you with that. To whom could you say, "I can do that for you?"

Graduate Recognition Sunday
Sunday, May 19, 2019
If you have a student (child, grandchild or yourself) graduating from high school or college, please send their name, a picture and school they are graduating from to church.office@icumc.org or bring to the church office by Wednesday, May 15th.
Special Recognition
In this season of celebrating our graduates we have the special joy of celebrating the graduation of Poese Vaticani our ministry intern from seminary. Poese has completed his Masters of Divinity degree and will finish his time with us on June 23rd. His service here has been part of his ordination process and he has served this church without a salary for 9 months. He has done a marvelous job with the youth, leading classes, and occasional preaching. We would like to recognize his time at Christ UMC by sending him into his next appointment with a generous gift. If you would like to show your appreciation for Poese please put a gift in the offering plate or send it to the church and mark it "Poese Gift"
Poese's Graduation Reception
Saturday, May 18th from 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Family Life Center
Poese's family is hosting a reception in honor of his graduation from Saint Paul's School of Theology.  Feel free to stop in and congratulate him.  
Come and Help 

date is Thursday, May 16 from 2-5pm
We helped 297 families at the April 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.

Variety Book Club
Thursday, May 30th at 10:00am OR 7:00pm
Variety Book Club selection for May is Dreamers: An Immigrant Generation's Fight for Their American Dream by Eileen Truax.  It is the stories of roughly two million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. who came here as children.  They grew up here but are ineligible for financial aid for college and are unable to be legally employed.  They are the face of the newest human rights movement.  Everyone is welcome to join in our group discussion.  

New Socks & Underwear Needed for Tabitha's Closet Ministry
Help us support Tabitha's Closet with desperately needed NEW underwear and socks for many of the school district's students in need.  Your past generosity has been tremendous and now you can do this all year long by bringing these items to our new collection area in the old Narthex.  Contact Buttons Jimerson at 816-228-7380 with questions.  

Please use these guidelines when purchasing:
New Underwear - Girls size 4-8 (no binkinis), Big Girls size 10-16 and Ladies size 5-10 (no bikinis or briefs).  Boys size 5-20 and Men S-XXL (legged briefs only)

New Socks - Girls size 5 up to Ladies size 12. Boys size 5 up to Men size 14. Ankle height or less.
Community Services League Needs
   Canned spaghettios and ravioli, canned carrots, p ancake mix, pancake syrup, cream soups, small bottles of laundry detergent and bleach, adult pull-up diapers (all sizes, no tabs)

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 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. May work day will be Monday, May 20th.

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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