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...

“Singing & S’Mores” Summer Events...

The United Methodists in the Skagit Valley are hosting the 5th Annual “Singing & S’Mores” summer event series!  We will gather near the picnic shelter on the beach (day use area) of Bay View State Park for fellowship, singing a variety of fun and spiritual songs, and toasting marshmallows.  These events are fun for the whole family, and ALL are invited! All are welcome — You don’t need to have a connection to Central UMC, or ANY Church, to join us for a fun evening in the midst of God’s creation.  Everything you need will be provided; just bring yourself and you’re welcome to bring a lawn chair and/or blanket if you’d like. 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of July and August at 6:30pm.  Discover Pass is required, carpooling offered as needed from Bay View UMC (the Bay View church is just a half mile from the State Park; there is also some free parking on the shoulder of Bayview-Edison Road just beyond the entrance to the State...

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...

What Happened to the Poplar Trees?

Dear fellow Sedro-Woolley-ites, trail walkers, quilters, Episcopalians who share our sanctuary, Community Kitchen workers, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and even Cub Scouts—yes, we hear you…!!! We know you are wondering… What happened to the poplars???? Tall, stately, lovely in every season, especially enjoyed by the trail walkers as started their hike right across from our campus. OK, here’s the story. Yes, the poplar trees were beautiful, stately, totally impressive…They will be missed…glorious Creation, and all of that! BUT,  these trees along the eastern perimeter have been causing us more roof and grounds maintenance than we could manage. And, more and more substantial debris was created in recent storms…not only messy, but possibly, given a really serious storm, downright dangerous. So, it had to happen. And, removing the trees will help us to be a better neighbor. Thanks to Janicki Logging who helped us—whew! Quite a task. This will most likely be our last major project for quite some time, and although we know we created quite a lot of unwelcome noise and visual disturbance, and we apologize for that, we think this is it for now. We love the natural beauty of our campus, and yes, this was a tough decision for us. Very sad. Thank you for your patience and...