A Word from Pastor Mike
I'm afraid to step on the scale. I don't want to know the number. The lack of spare holes in my belt tells me all I need to know about how much weight I've gained during the stay home order. Paul tells the church in Corinth, "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." (1 Cor 10:31) If eating brings glory to God, then God must be feeling pretty good about the Costanzos right now. Whether it's the simplicity of Alfredo (butter, cheese, salt, pepper) or the decadence of Rosemary Walnut Sauce (too many ingredients to list here) we have been cooking up glorious calories. God has certainly given us a delicious world to live in.

I do most of the cooking and grocery shopping for our house. I enjoy cooking and I like going to the grocery store. I go there almost every day. During the stay home order I've been keeping an eye on what's available at the grocery. Right now, the selection of beef is limited, but they've got lots of pork and chicken. Early on in the stay home order there were a few days when all they had were whole pork shoulders and full racks of spare ribs. I rediscovered how much I enjoy using my smoker during those days. Having limited ingredients has changed the way I cook. Instead of picking a recipe and buying its ingredients, now sometimes I have to search for a recipe that uses what's available. It has caused me try some things that I otherwise would have passed over.

Working with what's available is certainly the lesson for the church right now. Trying to keep people spiritually fed without being able to come together in person is like trying to get dinner on the table without a stove. It's possible to do, but it'll be done with a lot of salads and pickling. It may not be the preferred menu, but it too can be delicious and healthy. Worshiping online is not the spiritual cuisine that we'd have chosen, but some have found it to be as spiritually delicious as Scallop Carpaccio (raw, thinly sliced scallops quickly pickled in the acidity of citrus juice and sherry vinegar). In the long run we will be better for having worshiped God outside of our conventional fare.

Perhaps during the stay home order you've picked up a few pounds and cooked something delicious. If you have, maybe you would be willing to share the recipe. If you send the recipe to the church we'll post it on our Facebook page. If we get enough of them we'll check into creating a Christ United Methodist COVID Cook Book: Recipes from the Pan-demic. ( groan here)

On another topic, we are resuming the monthly food drop beginning this Thursday. It will be a drive thru. Volunteer opportunities include food sorting, loading into cars, and traffic control. Traffic control will begin at 10:00 am, food sorting and loading will begin after the truck arrives which is typically between noon and 1:00 pm. To all those who have let us know that you will be volunteering, thank you. To anyone who would like to help but have not let us know yet, please just come anytime between noon and 5:30. All of the work will maintain 6' social distancing, and everyone working indoors will need to wear masks. Bring one if you have one. If you don't have one we can provide you with one.

Blessings,
Mike
Shoes For Haiti
On behalf of the Outreach Committee,  a big "thank you" to the congregation for the  wonderful response to the shoe drive. Even during the pandemic and  shut down of the church, we partnered with Northern Blvd UMC,  and collected 346 pairs of shoes, which will go from Sedalia to  Haiti and other places around the world.
Food Drive in Memory of Renee Fletcher

Community Services League posted the following acknowledgement on their Facebook page yesterday.  Thank you CUMC for your donations in memory of Renee.

Renee Fletcher, a longtime volunteer at CSL, passed away on May 3. She lived in the Tomasha Village neighborhood in Independence, so to honor her life, and to support the community, the neighborhood hosted a collection drive.
More than 100 neighbors showed up, gifting more than 1,000 food pantry items and more than $2,000. We thank the Tomasha neighbors for their generosity and for honoring Renee's legacy of caring. Renee worked in the Noland Road warehouse for years alongside her cousin, MJ Brown, who passed away in 2019. The two got connected to CSL through  Christ United Methodist Church.

Adult Sunday School
Since we are not currently able to gather together for Sunday School, Pastor Bob will plan a Bible lesson for adults to fill in the Sunday School part of our spiritual life. It will be sent out by email to all who request it. You do not have to be a current member of any class. Send a request with your email to Bob at bob.hickman@icumc.org . He will confirm and send details.
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