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 that use our facilities. It also doesn’t include all of the day-to-day Pastoral Support and the incredible staff of Central UMC that help hold everything together.

When you add all of this up, we can see a lot of GOOD that is accomplished by Central UMC! We strive to be wise in our stewardship, putting our collective resources to use effectively. Suggestions welcome!!

And we do have so much fun doing it!!

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