Message from Pastor Mike
After the Chiefs' win Sunday, I wanted to watch the Rams game. My hope was that the Rams would lose, and the Chiefs would be the only undefeated team. The Rams weren't one of the network games, so as close as I could come to watching it was NFL Redzone. NFL Redzone is live coverage of all the games, but it flips from game to game broadcasting only the plays that are near the end zone. There are no boring plays on this channel. All of the middle of the field plays, punts, three-and-out drives, timeouts, and all the other less exciting plays are left out. After a couple of hours of watching nothing but scoring drives, Morrisa and I looked at each other and agreed that we'd both had enough. We were saturated with nothing but exciting plays. One would think that a channel that flips to only redzone plays would be a football fans favorite station, but our experience was that it was too much. That level of unbroken stimulation quickly became unenjoyable.
Many live life intent on maximizing stimulation. Anything mundane, boring, or displeasing, is avoided. Technology has greatly enhanced our ability to avoid quieting our minds by putting the world at our fingertips. Our phones provide constant stimulation. Between social media, games, internet, and apps, we can keep our brains constantly engaged in something interesting.
In a world of constant stimulation is there any space to sense the presence of God? I'm reminded of the prophet Elijah who led a very intense life, and finding himself alone with his thoughts in the isolation of a cave in the wilderness, he heard the voice of God. "There was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. (I Kings 19:11-13) When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance to the cave. Then came a voice to him that said, 'What are you doing here, Elijah?'"
The voice of God was not in the intensity of a great wind, earthquake, or fire. The voice of God was heard in the sheer silence. Is there enough silence in our lives to notice the presence of God or have we so filled it with intensity and stimulation that the sheer silence cannot be heard? You are reading these words now, but what will you do next? Will you read the next email in your list, scroll through your Facebook feed, play another level of Farm Hero Saga, open an app, search the internet, or something else? What would happen if you set down your phone, turned off your computer, and sat in the quiet? There's no telling what you might become aware of in the absence of stimulation. God may be trying to make you aware of the divine presence around you. Unplug for a moment and try listening to the silence.
Blessings,
Mike

Join Us for Christ UMC Adult Co-Ed Volleyball on Tuesday Nights!
7:00pm in the Family Life Center
Parents of Third through Fifth Graders
Bible Sunday will be October 14, 2018

3rd Grade Bible Sunday will be on October 14th at both Sunday worship services. If your child is in 4th or 5th grade and has not received a Bible from the church, he or she is invited to participate in this service.
If you would like your child to receive a special Bible with his or her name inside the cover, please contact Kathy Vest at kathy.vest@icumc.org and let her know the name and spelling you would like inside and the service you plan to attend (either 8:35 or 10:55).
Christ's Care Network Needs You!

If you have a desire to help homebound people by visiting, sending cards, and making telephone calls, please consider helping with this mission. We like to provide a caring touch to those in need and those celebrating joys!
Contact Doug Hickman at doug.hickman.swe@gmail.com or 824-5013 if you have any questions or are interested in helping.
Faith & Bible Class

The Faith & Bible Class will be an ongoing class on Sunday mornings at 9:45am in room 126. The class is designed for those who don't currently attend an established Sunday morning class. Contact Bob Hickman at bob.hickman@icumc.org with any questions.
Dining Cards are Available
$15/each
The Journeymen Class Dining Cards are on sale on Sunday mornings in the narthex. They have 15 By One, Get One Free items on them. 
The money is used for projects in our church and community. 
Contact Sue Hammett at smhammett42@gmail.com with any questions. 
United Methodist Women's October Luncheon & Speaker 
Monday, Oct. 15 at 12:00pm in The Place

Please join us for our October 15th salad potluck and program. Suzanne Gray will be the guest speaker. Suzanne has Cherokee heritage and holds membership in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. Most recently, Suzanne was awarded the Mai Gray scholarship and attended Mission U for the first time.
Everyone interested is welcome to join us. 
Contact Vivian Sasser at 373-4772 with any questions.

OUR NEXT MOBILE FOOD PANTRY 
date is Thursday, October 18 from 2-5pm

We helped 300 families at the September 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.
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.
The Variety Book Club
Next Meeting is Thursday, October 25 at 10:00am OR 7:00pm

Join us in room 124 as we discuss the book selected for the October meeting "The Book of Joy - Lasting Happiness in a Changing World" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The two Nobel Peace Laureates have survived more than 50 years of exile and oppression. Despite their hardships, they are two of the most joyful people on the planet. In this book, they explore the Nature of True Joy, and then offer us the eight Pillars of Joy that provide the foundation for lasting happiness.
This book can be ordered online through Alibris or Amazon, checked out at local libraries, or bought at any book store.  
Contact Nancy Cochran at 816-392-0046 if you have any questions.
Community Services League Food Pantry is doing
Orange Juice for October!

 
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We collected 133 items last week.

We can always use dish soap, laundry soap, sugar, boxed meals, cake mix, and cake frosting.

The Community Services League food pantry at our location receives all food that is donated at the church each month.
Sunday, Sept. 28 from 5:30-7:00pm
(for Toddlers through 5th Grade)

There are bins in the narthex for wrapped candy donations. Made in America candy only please. Tootsie Pops, bite-size Snickers. Milky Way, Jolly Ranchers, Skittles, Tootsie Rolls, etc.
Take time to sign up in the narthex to have your decorated car Trunk-or-Treat. We will also need extra helpers in the Family Life Center where the activities will be taking place. 
Contact Kathy Vest at kathy.vest@icumc.org with any questions.
Grocery Bags Needed


We are needing plastic grocery size bags to be used to make sleeping mats for the homeless. Please bring any donations to the church for the Crochet & Knitting Group. We also use these bags at Community Services League and Christ Early Learning Center.
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 - If you would like to help put together sleeping mats, please contact Myrtle Dye at 254-4585.
 
Tabitha's Closet - Volunteers are needed to help sort and hang donated clothes on Tuesdays that schools are in session between 10:00am - 2:00pm. Contact Buttons Jimerson at 228-7380 for more information.
Sermon Videos on YouTube and Our Church Website

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