Message from Pastor Mike
I'm glad to be back from Puerto Rico. Last week, 19 of your sisters and brothers from Christ UMC were painting, cutting metal, troweling concrete, hanging metal roofs, and a variety of other work in the Puerto Rican heat. We had a marvelous time. There was plenty of good work to do and despite all that we accomplished, there is still much more to do. Mission groups will be going to Puerto Rico for years.
One of the preparations for this trip was for each of us to fill out a sheet for UMCOR that listed our skills. The purpose of the list was to match our group with a project that we already had experience doing. Our group had a variety of skills, but the skill that was common to all of us was painting. It was no surprise that most of us were sent to homes that needed paint.
In "The Acts of the Apostles" there is an obscure paragraph that describes how the Apostle Paul met Aquila and his wife Priscilla. Aquila and Priscilla were in Corinth because Emperor Claudius kicked all the Jews out of Rome. Paul was in Corinth because it was the next stop on his mission trip. It says, "Paul went to see them, and, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them, and they worked together - by trade they were tentmakers." (Acts 18:3) Paul didn't just preach on his missionary journeys, he also worked. He was a tentmaker. In Corinth he worked shoulder to shoulder with a couple who were displaced from their home in Rome. Working together in Corinth cemented their relationship. Having spent a year and a half making tents with Paul, some of Paul rubbed off on them. Later, Priscilla and Aquila traveled the Mediterranean world teaching and preaching the gospel.
We never know where our skills are going to take us and we don't know who we will be working shoulder to shoulder with. But, if we are willing to use our skills and talents in service to God, there's no limit to how God may use them to impact others. Likewise, there's no limit to how other's willingness to use their skills may impact you. The tentmaker working next to you may ignite a spiritual fire in you that takes you around the world.
What are your skills and how are you putting them to work for God?
Blessings,
Mike
Tickets on Sale for Christ UMC's Annual Chili Dinner
Saturday, Nov. 10 from 4:00-7:00pm in the Family Life Center
Tickets: $6/adults    $3/children 12 and under

Proceeds from the Chili Dinner will be used for the renovation of the lobby/narthex. Come and support the church while enjoying a great bowl of chili or vegetable soup, a drink, and dessert. Tickets can be purchased from the church office during the week, or on Sundays before church services. 
Contact Randy Vest at 220-0218 with any questions.
Veterans Day
Sunday, November 11, 2018

We will be showing veterans pictures during services on Sunday, Nov. 11. Please email your veterans picture to doug.hickman.swe@gmail.com or bring drop your picture off at the office. If a picture is dropped off, please make sure it is in an envelope and marked with the veterans name and who to return it to.
Please make sure we have your picture by Wednesday, November 7.

OUR NEXT MOBILE FOOD PANTRY 
date is Thursday, November 15 from 2-5pm

We helped 309 families at the October 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.
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Purchase a Breakfast Burrito from the Youth
Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18
$3 each or 2 for $5

The youth will be selling breakfast burritos for a fundraiser  Saturday night, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18 after both services. Please plan to help our youth and purchase some!
Christmas Poinsettias

We are accepting orders now through Sunday, Nov. 25. Your order forms will be in your Saturday/Sunday bulletins or on the narthex tables.
"A Time for Reflection and Preparation" Advent Study
November 26, December 3, 10, and 17
10:00-11:30am in Room 126
Led by Sondra Matthaei
You are invited to participate in a four-session Advent Study on Monday evenings starting Nov. 26. 
Sessions will focus on HOPE, LOVE, JOY, and PEACE. We will explore Scripture through the reflection of peasants from Solentiname, hymns, and psalms to guide our faith journey during this important season of the church year.
Bring your Bible and searching minds and hearts. My prayer is that we find hope for a troubled world through our time together. Please sign up at the Welcome Center or email Rev. Bob Hickman at bob.hickman@icumc.org
The Variety Book Club
Next Meeting is Thursday, November 27 at 10:00am OR 7:00pm
The book chosen for the November 27th meeting is "Windows of Wonder" by Lisa Wilt. This book reminds us of how blessed we are to be children of God. He can save, teach, and show us moments of wonder in our everyday lives.
The cost of the book is $15.99 each and all proceeds will go to UMCOR.  
Contact Nancy Cochran at 816-392-0046 if you have any questions.
November is Nutritious Food!
 
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We are looking for good, healthy, and hearty food that is good for your body!

We collected 91 items last week.

The Community Services League food pantry at our location receives all food that is donated at the church each week.
You're Invited to a Book Launch Party!
"Windows of Wonder" by Lisa Wilt
Sunday, November 25th from 9:30am - 1:00pm
at Christ United Methodist Church
All proceeds benefit UMCOR and will be matched, doubling your donation!
Food, Photo Booth, Basket Auction, and Book Signing!

Christ UMC Adult Co-Ed Volleyball is Taking a Break through the End of December! 
Join us in January for fun on Tuesday nights!
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 each odd-numbered month (Jan., March, May, July, Sept., Nov.). Contact Colleen Foudree at 478-8020 for more information.
 
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 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 - 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 helps clothe some our Independence School District students. Volunteers are needed to help sort, hang and rotate donated clothes on Tuesdays that schools are in session between 9 :30am - 2:30pm. You can help the entire time or just an hour or two. For those that can't stand long periods of time, there is work you can help with too. Contact Buttons Jimerson at 228-7380 for more information.
Sermon Videos on YouTube and Our Church Website

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