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,...

Reminding Ourselves of our Social Principles...

On Sunday, Jan 15, we heard read this wonderfully appropriate sermon by Martin Luther King, based on Matthew 10:16-23. Read it! You’ll be amazed!! A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart So, our week started with the sermon. Then on Monday we celebrated Martin Luther King Day and his wisdom and leadership during a crucial period in our nation’s history. And then the week closed with the inauguration of a new President… …and culminated with the participation of many of our members in the “Women’s March” in downtown Mount Vernon on Saturday, Jan 21. And then on Sunday we heard a call…what does it really mean to be a disciple of Jesus Christ? What is this adventure to which we are called really about? Where to go? What to DO?? Whew!! What a week!! One thing for sure, as United Methodists, we are called to take a stand for the rights of all women. Women’s rights include immigrants rights, civil rights, worker’s rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, disabilities rights, and rights of the aging. These are among the things that our United Methodist Social Principles call on all of us as United Methodists to take a stand for.   So, maybe this is a good time to remind ourselves as to what those Social Principles actually say!! United Methodist Social Principles And, if you’d like to pursue this conversation further, Pastor Cody would love to talk with you…a cup of coffee, a friendly...

Transgender Day of Rembrance – Memorial & Vigil – Nov, 20 at 7pm...

On November 20, 2016, the community is invited to join in the Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial  Vigil Service at Central United Methodist Church at 1013 Polte Road in Sedro-Woolley, WA. This event will be from 7:00 to 8:00 PM with refreshments provided by PFLAG Skagit to follow. The program will include poetry, speakers, a piano presentation by a young musician from New York City and remembrance candle lighting. This day memorializes those who have lost their lives and invites understanding and compassion.  This is a family event, and all are welcome. For more information call CUMC: 360-856-6412 or contact PastorNatland@gmail.com....

Requiem for a Gingko Tree: A Tiny Story of How A Leaf Can Touch A Life...

A TINY STORY OF HOW A LEAF CAN TOUCH A LIFE by Pam Verner, CUMC member and keyboardist As a young teacher, I loved learning my craft by listening to the wisdom of the older teachers. Their intriguing project stories often seemed to stick with me for use with future classrooms where they might enliven the lessons for my students. I often looked for things that might bring history to life!  A very revered kindergarten teacher named Georgia Stewart, used to so look forward to autumn so that she could collect the leaves from the gingko tree at her church for a project she did annually with her 5 year olds, studying pioneers–probably Pilgrims—if it happened to be November.  When I heard the word “gingko”, my ears perked up because I thought I knew from my own science classes that the gingko tree was extinct and she must be mistaken. “No,” Mrs. Stewart explained. Someone a long time ago had planted an actual gingko tree at her church and the church had kept it alive for years, preserving for future generations.  “The tree is NOT extinct…it lives at Central United Methodist Church!” Its bright yellow color every autumn was a symbol of hope and promise to the little Sedro-Woolley congregation.  I never forgot that story of the little church that loved what we thought was an extinct tree back to life. And when I chose a new church to attend in my new home town of Sedro-Woolley, I remembered Georgia Stewart’s story of making “tiny pioneer ladies in sunbonnets” from its leaves, with her kindergartners every year. I went looking for Georgia’s church.  And sure enough, the tree was still there.  Almost perceptively inviting me in. Sadly, our huge gingko tree at the front of the church was mortally wounded in a recent storm and had to be removed after so many years.  But, in true CUMC fashion, someone decided “No, this can’t be”, and immediately, before we knew it, a brand-new gingko tree has been planted and will no doubt thrive, and we’ll continue to be inspired by this simple tree. DID YOU KNOW?? Per Wikipedia, the Ginkgo biloba, known as ginkgo or gingko, also known as the ginkgo tree or the maidenhair tree, is the only living species in the division Ginkgophyta, all others being extinct. It is found in fossils dating back 270 million years. Native to China, the tree is widely cultivated and was introduced early to human history. It has various uses in traditional medicine and as a source of food. The genus name Ginkgo is regarded as a misspelling of the Japanese gin kyo, “silver apricot”.  Per Professor Roger Cohen of Yale University, the gingko tree is the OLDEST tree on earth and is revered for its beauty and longevity. The ginkgo is a living fossil, unchanged for more than 200 million years. So, yes, ok…we get it… … maybe we did get a little carried away over all this tree stuff! But, we were having “creation time” in our liturgical year when the storm hit. Pastor Cody had been reminding us of the sheer wonder of the earth—God’s creation— which nurtures us, sustains us, sometimes scares us, and for which we hold such responsibility. And, we had been singing hymns like For the Beauty of the Earth and I am Your Mother, Do Not Neglect Me… So you’ll just have to understand!   At our Central UMC we have a history of maintaining a lovely campus. We...

Hi Parents/Grandparents: Looking for a Good Storybook Bible?...

Hi Parents, Grandparents (uncles…aunties…) of young kids, We’ve made a great discovery—a beautiful children’s Bible that highlights God’s desire that all people love each other, and find peace and forgiveness in their hearts! The Children of God Storybook Bible features 50 Bible stories retold by South Africa’s Bishop Desmond Tutu. He has wonderfully created a “global Bible” for children. And, illustrators from around the world beautifully portray these stories in art. Many children’s Bibles kind of focus on the more scary stories and seem to sort of miss the heart of the Christian message! This one focuses on wisdom, compassion, humor, and each story ends with a prayer. To quote Bishop Tutu: “In the spirit of celebrating children all over the world, each illustrator in this book has been invited to draw on their own unique and rich cultural heritage in their portrayal of these Biblical stories. Their art is truly a marvelous reflection of how we are all made in God’s image.” –(Archbishop) Desmond Tutu Don’t take our word for it! Read this review from the “Goodreads” website: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8571920-children-of-god-storybook-bible NOTE: We found it on Cokesbury.com and Amazon.com for less than $15. 🙂 What better Christmas...