A Message From Pastor Mike
I've been hauling a trailer around for the last two weeks. It's the trailer for Morrisa's and my boat. I pay for it to be kept at a storage place, but for the last two weeks they've been trying to pave the lot. I have to keep it out of there until the paving is finished. The same rain that keeps delaying our roof project is delaying their paving job. I would like to just park it at home until the paving is finished, but we have a homeowners association. My trailer is unwelcome in my neighborhood. It can be there for short periods, but it can't stay there. So I've been playing the game of keeping it moving. Every day I move it. Some days it's with me at the church, other times it's parked on the street, a few times it's been in the driveway, but it's never in one place long enough to be considered continuously there.

I'm getting a little taste of what homeless people experience, though a far less serious form of it. Homeless people are constantly on the move. They are unwelcome in most of the places where they go. They might be tolerated for a short time, but if they stay in one place too long managers and security people point to no loitering signs and move them along. As they move to another place the "You've stayed too long" timer resets and goes off when the next fast food manager's patience runs out.

Several people have offered to let me bring my homeless trailer over to their place. I appreciate their hospitality, but I keep thinking that this will be over soon so I haven't accepted their offers. It's nice to know that there are places where my trailer is welcome.

As the cooler weather of fall starts to settle in, staying warm and indoors will become a daily struggle for the homeless. The world is going to shoo them back out into the cold even though they're created in the image of God just as much as those doing the shooing are. If you have an opportunity to welcome those whom the world pushed away, I encourage you to do that. I understand the safety concerns, and I'm not suggesting that you do anything unsafe, but in a world that says you're not welcome here, your kindness, however small it may be, might be the only thing in God's creation that day that says you're welcome here. I encourage you to pray for them, support the agencies that help them, notice them, and welcome them.

 "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." ~ Jesus

A Study Led by Pastor Bob Hickman
Based on the book
by John Ortberg
Classes begin Monday October 7 at 6:30pm OR
Wednesday, October 9 at 10:00am

Is Eternity only about what happens after you die? This study will help you realize that eternity is something you can begin now; that eternity is a very close relationship with God.
You will be amazed as we watch Ortberg teach through videos and as we discuss and learn his five concepts of being a 21st century disciple. You will surely grow in your faith.
The classes are on five Mondays starting October 7 at 6:30pm OR Wednesdays starting October 9 at 10:00 am. You are not required to purchase the book. Sign-up is important. You can sign up by email to Pastor Bob at bob.hickman@icumc.org or text at 816-694-1059. You can also sign up at the welcome center. Indicate which class you prefer to attend. Email Bob if you have any questions.
Crystals for Christ UMC
Do you like je welry, or are you looking for a gift for that special someone who loves jewelry? From now through October 30, you can order jewelry from Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski through Carol O'Dell Strodtman, and 10% of your order will be donated to Christ United Methodist Church. There will be a display and sample sale at Carol's house (16709 E. Courtney-Atherton Rd., Independence) at 10:30 Saturday, October 19. The jewelry will also be on display on Sunday October 20 and 27 between church services. Stop by the "blue" table to take a closer look, browse through the catalog, or gather more information.

To view the online catalog and/or order online, go to  http://www.touchstonecrystal.com/UVHPM2OB

If you would like to receive a catalog, get more information, or RSVP for the display party, please call/text Carol at (816) 215-4090 or email odstrod@gmail.com

Contact Jennifer Rambo at children@icumc.org with questions.

date is Thursday, October 17  from 2-5pm
We helped 314 families at the August 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.
We Want Your Unwanted Men's Ties and Women's Scarves

If you have scarves or ties that you don't wear anymore, and would be willing to part with, please bring them to the church. There will be a tub marked ties and scarves by the coat rack in the old narthex to put them in. We will be collecting them through October 20 th . We need 200 men's ties and 250 women's scarves.
Variety Book Club
Thursday, October 31st at 10:00am

The October Variety Book Club selection is The Pilgrim Messiah:  A Novel Drawn From the Gospel of Mark by Richard C. Cheatham.

You will follow the twelve disciples and Mary Magdalene as they grow to understand the man they called Master.  You will come to know and love the person anointed by God as Christ and will find understanding lost in translation of Mark's Gospel.

Variety Book Club is open to everyone.  We would love to have you join our discussions.  
Community Service League Food Pantry Needs
     Community Services League needs the following items in the food pantry:  jelly, tuna helper, cake mixes, cream soups, canned tomatoes, canned vegetables, shampoo (NOT 2in1), empty egg cartons.  The Community Services League food pantry at our location receives all food that is donated at the church each week. CSL is currently overrun with plastic grocery bags.  They will not be accepting these until further notice.   Last week 200 items were donated.  
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 month between 5:30 & 8 :00pm. They are located at 2100 N. Noland Rd. Contact Colleen Foudree at 816-478-8020 to volunteer. 

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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