Thank you to Karen, Kelly, and everyone else who filled in while I was in Dallas last weekend. Cindy and I went to Dallas for our son’s ordination as an United Methodist Elder in the Central Texas Conference. Proof of the event:
But the real reason we went to Dallas was this little girl:
This Sunday we will finish our sermon series on Loving Our Enemies by looking at what maybe the most dangerous enemy we face, ourselves. The sermon is “Loving the Enemy Within” and its based on Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32.
Join us next Sunday, October 4, for a World Communion Sunday with Jazz to Go! We’ll start streaming at 9:45 so that our “at home” crowd can enjoy all of Jazz to Go’s pre-service music. Live-streamers, grab your coffee and your Communion elements and tune in a little early for some “Just Jazz” prior to the 10am service!
Worship & Covid Updates
  • Following the CDC, DOH, State, and insurance recommendations, the nursery will remain closed and children 8 and under are asked to remain home and safe, and children/youth 9-17 are asked to remain with their parent or guardian at all times during the worship service and anywhere in the church facility, this includes the parking lot.

  • Due to social distancing and sanitary requirements, and under the advice of the Department of Health, Center for Disease Control, and insurance guidelines, we will not be hosting small groups, Bible Studies, ministries, outreach, or programming on the property of CUMC for the time being. When these guidelines change, we will be in contact with all Sunday School, ministry, outreach, and program leaders regarding a reopening plan.

8:30am Drive-In Worship, East Parking Lot
Join us for a Drive-In Worship Service in the East Parking Lot of CUMC.
You will be guided off of the University Entrance into a parking space. Please turn your radio to FM 88.1 and open your smart phone to our website or FaceBook page where you will find the Order of Service. Relax and enjoy this informal style of worship! Once the service concludes, you will be asked to exit out of the parking lot onto Copper. Please Note: No building/restroom access will be available!

10:00am Streaming Worship,
Join us for our On-Line Limited In-Person Worship Service.
Children and Youth Ministries
  • Church 4 Kids Weekly Devotional is available to view on Sunday’s at 10:00am on on our website and FaceBook page, with a link to a YouTube Channel.

  • Youth are invited to join Pastor Kelly for a youth zoom meet-up every Sunday at 7:00pm. Please contact Pastor Kelly to be included in the zoom youth meet up at
Adult Ministries
Every Wednesday, Pastor Greg’s Bible Study takes place. The study will be on the Book of Acts.

 Read Chapter 9:1-31
Questions We Will Discuss

  • What are one or two of the most important spiritual events in your life?
  • Put your self in Paul’s place as he travels to Damascus
  • What is your intention? Your emotions?(vv1-2)
  • What shocking things do you hear and see (vv4-5).                           
  • How do you explain why Jesus twice says “persecuting me”?
  • Verses 8-9 reveal Saul’s physical state, what would be going through your mind during this time?
  • In Acts 9:10-31, what is daunting about the assignment which the Lord gives Ananias?
  • What is Ananias told will be Paul’s mission and the consequences of that mission?
  • How does Barnabas intervene on Saul’s behalf? Very. 26-27
  • Why do the disciples send Paul to Tarsus? V. 30
Third Space Ministries
  • Brewery Ministry weekly e-devotional is available every Monday. Contact Pastor Kelly to be included in this weekly devotional:

October 2021 Educational Opportunities
Footsteps of Paul Cruise
Join Pastor Kelly for the Educational Opportunities FootSteps of Paul Cruise, October 3-14th 2021 (Tour: GC21, Code C, ID 55108). You will arrive in Venice from Albuquerque on October 3rd, and then on to Katakolon, Santorini, Ephesus, Mykonos, Athens, and Corinth. A pre-tour to Florence and a post-tour to Venice is also available. Additional information and registration information can be found on or

Contact Pastor Kelly with questions or scholarship information
Please pray for those on our prayer list!

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September 27, 2020
8:30am Drive-In Service

Welcoming Music


Call to Worship 

Opening Hymn    We, Thy People, Praise Thee

We, thy people, praise thee, praise thee, God of every nation!
We, thy people, praise thee, praise thee, Lord of Hosts eternal!
1 Days of wonder, days of beauty, days of rapture filled with light
tell thy goodness, tell thy mercies, tell thy glorious might.
We, thy people, praise thee, praise thee, praise thee evermore!
Opening Prayer with Lord’s Prayer
Scripture Reading   Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32

Solo   “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy”


Central to Life

Catalytic Generosity Minute

Closing Hymn     Just As I Am

Just as I am, without one plea
But that Thy blood was shed for me
And that Thou bid'st me come to Thee
O Lamb of God, I come! I come

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve
Because Thy promise I believe
O Lamb of God, I come, I come



For at least the first few Sundays of our return to worship in our Sanctuary, those who stream or attend the service in person will notice one element missing: sung or spoken community responses. As Music Director, I would like to take this opportunity to both acknowledge the importance of congregational participation in worship and to explain why we will be starting off cautiously as we reenter sacred space.

There has been a great deal written and speculated about the possible role of aerosols in the spread of COVID-19. Unlike respiratory droplets which are generally accepted to fall to the ground within a short space, aerosols are smaller particles that can spread over larger distances and remain suspended in the air for longer periods. We produce these aerosols just by breathing, but we produce more through speaking or singing. The louder the collective noise, the more aerosols are produced, and these can tend to build up over time in indoor spaces. A single singer or speaker does not seem to pose a danger to others provided that they are positioned an adequate distance away, but there are lingering concerns about how much aerosol can be produced by multiple people singing or speaking at once. The science in this heretofore unexamined area is continuously evolving, and a number of first-of-their-kind studies are currently being done. Churches and Music Directors have been monitoring the progress of these studies for months and have chosen to respond in various ways. Many churches who have returned or plan to return to in-person worship are not allowing singing or spoken responses for the time being. Others are allowing a minimal amount of singing in masks. The good news is, these ongoing studies are very favorable to the practice of singing in masks and spaced a minimum of 6 feet apart to significantly reduce aerosol spread. Volume, not necessarily specific activity (singing vs. speaking) is emerging as the biggest factor in aerosol production. Suggestions for singing in groups also include keeping periods of singing down to 30 minutes, with outside being the safest venue and a large, well ventilated inside space with high ceilings as the next best. All of this information indicates that we should be able to quickly progress to singing short closing hymns at the end of our services. However, we all feel it best to err on the side of caution at the outset and introduce any congregational singing or responses after we have had a few weeks to assess our in-person worship practices, as well as to monitor the spread of the virus in our area.

So, for at least the first few weeks, expect the music in our services to be delivered by keyboard instruments, soloists, and video. Please be patient with us as we navigate this next chapter in our worship lives with everyone’s safety in mind.
September 27, 2020
10:00am Order of Service

Preservice Music


Call to Worship

Collect for Purity

Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32

Anthem     There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy    Karen Marrolli

Sermon     “Loving the Enemy Within”     

Central to Life

Catalytic Generosity


The Lord’s Prayer



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