Today, Monday, August 3, is the anniversary of death of Flannery O’Conner.  Flannery O’Conner was a Southern writer who died of lupus at the age of 39 in 1964. Her stories merged her Christian faith with what she called the crisis of faith in a “religionless age.” Often, she stressed the cost of faith. A darkness is interwoven in her stories with a dimension of grace that heals, though first it cuts with the sword of Christ. Here are a few of her quotes for you to ponder:

The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.

Everywhere I go, I'm asked if the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.

Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.

I don't deserve any credit for turning the other cheek as my tongue is always in it.

When in Rome, do as you done in Milledgeville.(Georgia, her home town)

Conviction without experience makes for harshness.

Faith is what someone knows to be true, whether they believe it or not.
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 and you will be asked to remain in your vehicle at all times.

10:00am Streaming Worship,
Join us for our On-Line Worship Service as we continue to explore the Scripture Lessons found in Genesis.
Children and Youth Ministries
  • Church 4 Kids Daily Devotional is now Church 4 Kids Weekly Devotional and 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 Thursday 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.

Questions? Contact Pastor Kelly at
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
This ministry helps keep members in contact with each other by writing notes to
someone in the congregation. If you would like to receive a note from a member of the Circuit Writers or be part of this ministry, please contact Cindy at
August 9, 2020
8:30am Drive-In Service

Welcoming Music


Call to Worship          

Opening Hymn   O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing 

1. O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer's praise, 
the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace! 

2. My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim, 
to spread through all the earth abroad the honors of thy name. 

7. In Christ, your head, you then shall know, shall feel your sins forgiven; 
anticipate your heaven below, and own that love is heaven.

Prayers for a New School Year/ Lord’s Prayer     

Scripture Reading  Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28        

Solo The Darkest Hour is Just Before Dawn


Central to Life

Catalytic Generosity Minute       

Closing Hymn  How Firm a Foundation

1 How firm a foundation, you saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in his excellent Word!
What more can he say than to you he has said,
to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

6 "The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to his foes;
that soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I'll never, no never, no never forsake."



August 9, 2020
10:00am Order of Service

Welcome and Centering Words        


Call to Worship 

Opening Hymn    O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing (1,2,3,5)   57 UMH

Prayers for the Start of a New School Year

The Lord’s Prayer                        

Central to Life                          

Scripture Lesson: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28       

Anthem     “Hope Waits”     Karen Marrolli

Sermon    “Sibling Rivalry Part 3”         

Catalytic Generosity                  
Prayer of Thanksgiving          

Doxology  Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow  94 UMH

Hymn to Engage the World  God of Grace and God of Glory (vs 1,4)   577 UMH


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