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...

“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...

Easter at Central UMC

It was just one day out of 365, just one Sunday out of 53 (yep, 2017 will have one extra…!). Just one day…but so significant. Easter just kind of launches us into tomorrow and beyond, with its emphasis on living in hope, in joy—embracing life in the light of God’s endless grace. And there’s something about expressing this in worship TOGETHER that imprints it our hearts. In our Call to Worship—together—we said, “RUN from fear and darkness! HOPE is on the move!” In our Hymn—together—we sang, “Soar we now where Christ has led! Thus to sing, and thus to love!” In our Prayer—together—we asked that we may, “With shouts of joy, proclaim your steadfast, liberating love to all people, everywhere. Amen.” Together, we heard the ancient story in John 20: 1-18….Jesus said: “Mary”…and Mary’s response: ”Teacher”…Yes, our Teacher still today, now and always. We heard Pastor Dan tell us that Easter means we may have life…Christ is risen among us, God’s presence always with us. And—together—we celebrated Holy Communion… And then, yes, we joined in the wonderful hymn, with such perfect expression: As we gather at your table, As we listen to your word, Help us know, O God, your presence; Let our hearts and minds be stirred.  Turn our worship into witness In the sacrament of life; Send us forth to love and serve you, Bringing peace where there is strife. Give us, Christ, your great compassion to forgive as you forgave…. And we had some old-fashioned fun together, too…  Our men cooked their usual terrific breakfast, which we and our fellow Episcopalian congregation shared along with  guests:    Our children enjoyed the traditional Easter Egg Hunt:   The envious too-old-to-hunt Easter Egg Hunt Wannabes watched from the sidelines: The Skagit Valley yellow tulips on the altar, given by the Verner family in memory of Cole, spoke to us of spring, the beauty of our creation—God’s gift to us—and the wonders of our Valley—surely one of the most beautiful places...