Sharing the Abundant Life!

I came so that they could have life— indeed, so that they could have it in abundance. John 10:10 Part of experiencing abundant life is sharing the abundant life! We are invited to give passionately and joyfully, entrusting our gifts to the stewardship of this congregation—financial gifts, yes, but also our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness. In so doing, we trust in God’s work through us and through our church to share abundant life with all people. Sometimes we kind of lose track of all the goings-on of our congregation! It’s good to review, recap, and evaluate just how we are using our “resources”—financial and otherwise! Here’s a summary… *Worship Services on Sunday mornings and special occasions, bringing members, friends, and guests of Central UMC together to celebrate God’s presence and activity in our lives. *Discipleship Programs for All Ages. We have active adult study groups on Sundays and Tuesdays, and a Pub Theology Group on Wednesdays. We have a vital Children’s Sunday School program and we participate in the Skagit Valley Cooperative United Methodist Youth Group. We also provide intergenerational programming, such as our All Comers Christmas Pageant and Game Nights. *Open Doors Community Kitchen. Each month area churches and other groups come to CUMC to serve meals to needy families.  More than 125 meals are served in Fellowship Hall or delivered to shut-ins each month. In 2018, we will be working to connect more closely and fully with the work of Community Kitchen. *Volunteers In Mission Team. For the second year in a row, Central UMC sponsored a team of volunteers from three United Methodist congregations in our circuit who went over to the Okanogan area to rebuild homes that were destroyed in the 2014 and 2015 wildfires. Plans are already in the works for another team to go over in May of 2018. *Scouting Program. CUMC has been the charter organization for Boy Scout and Cub Pack 4067 since 1948! Many church members have served as leaders and other support roles. *A New Reconciling Ministries Team.  Just formed this Fall, this team will lead our congregation in doing more to support the LGBTQ community within and beyond our congregation, and work for full inclusion in our congregation and community.  We recently walked in the Loggerrodeo Parade, hosted a training by Skagit PFLAG, and we will host a Transgender Day Of Remembrance Service on November 20th. *Community Outreach.  Through various church committees and organizations such as the United Methodist Women, help is provided to a variety of important community organizations.  Skagit PFLAG, Oasis Teen Shelter, Friendship House, Family Promise, and the Helping Hands Food Bank are some of the recipients of our congregation’s work and generosity. *Special Family Support at Christmas.  Each year several families are adopted and supported by providing clothes, food and other Christmas gifts. *School Supplies. We help to supply backpacks, paper, pencils and other school supplies to children in the Sedro-Woolley School District that are connected with the McKinney-Vento Program that helps children who are experiencing homelessness. *Building and Grounds.  Most of these things would be difficult, if not impossible, without our beautiful building, which is faithfully maintained by our Trustees.  Major projects this year include the purchase of a new dishwasher, the removal of dangerous trees, painting of the Rummage Rooms, updating our thermostats, and purchasing new furnaces. This list doesn’t include all of the other special projects that we participate in and the numerous other groups...

Great News for Children, Families, Grandparents!...

Greetings! We have great news for all of the children, families, and grandparents in our midst! On Sunday, September 10th we will kick off the start of the children’s Sunday School year at Central UMC  Following the children’s moment during worship, children are invited to come down the hall to room “G” for a story, some singing and other fun activities.  A light snack will also be provided.  Our theme for September is  “We all belong to the family of God!”  We look forward to seeing you, and we encourage you to invite a friend, neighbor, grandchild, or cousin to come along,...

Back-to-school? YOU could help a local child big-time!...

Remember the excitement of starting a new school year? New teacher…maybe new classmates…maybe even a new school! But maybe your family wasn’t quite able to pull together the necessary school supplies, and that didn’t feel so good…so… Each year, Central United Methodist Church works in partnership with the McKinney-Vento Liaison in the Sedro-Woolley School District. Our CUMC School Supply Drive benefits our less advantaged and homeless youth. We gather suggested organizational tools and other supplies that are key to classroom learning in the school district. The McKinney-Vento Liaison holds the supplies until they are needed by school counselors..Supplies are dispersed as needs arise throughout the year. You can help out the kids in Sedro-Woolley by donating supplies from this list, prepared by the McKinney-Vento Liaison. Please use the box in the narthex or call the church to arrange a drop-off. Here is the list: Child-sized backpack 3-ringed binders, 2-3 inches wide Spiral notebooks, 1, 2, or 3 subjects College-rule filler paper Subject divider sets Highlighters – sets of 2 Colored marking pens – sets of 8 to 12 Colored pencils – Sets of 8 or 10 Ball point pens – black or blue 2 pencils Erasers – large pink and pencil top Flashdrive or math calculator (about $10) If you are not able to shop yourself, maybe…perhaps…possibly….you could make a donation and one of our folks will do the shopping?!...

Bishop Ough, in response to Charlottesville…...

A word from Bishop Ough, President of the UMC Council of Bishops, in response to the evil that has taken place in Charlottesville. “Let there be no excuses or political justification for the evil that was on full display in Charlottesville last Saturday. Nor, let us forget that many such displays of white supremacy, racism and hatred go un-reported or under-reported in many places. White supremacist and neo-Nazi ideologies are abhorrent and entirely inconsistent with the Christian...

Up From the Ashes…YOU can help…YES…...

You’ve read or seen on TV the tragic stories of the fires in Okanogan County. Well, you have a chance to help! Central United Methodist Church is sponsoring a United Methodist Volunteer in Mission (UMVIM) Team to go to Okanogan County September 24 – 30, 2017 to help rebuild homes that were destroyed in the wildfires of 2014 and 2015. To volunteer for the Team, pick up a volunteer packet from the table in the Narthex and return it to Dan Gerhard by August 30th or call the church to get signed up! To support the Team’s expenses, pick up a special offering envelope from the table in the Narthex, enclose you gift, and place it in the offering plate any Sunday morning, or mail to CUMC.  (Please make checks out to Central UMC UMVIM Team). You’d don’t have to be a “Central UMC” person, or even a Methodist! No, this is for any energetic, good-hearted person who wants to do some good here! Thank you for your support of this life-changing...