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Every other Wednesday, 6 PM

Railroad Pizza and Pub, Burlington

 

Pub Theology is an opportunity to come together to have honest conversations about things that matter. All are invited — regardless of your religious affiliation or background (or, lack of one).

Are you intrigued? Are you skeptical? Are you looking for an open community for engaging in this kind of conversation — free of assumptions, free of judgment, free to express yourself?

Great! This is for you.

The format is simple: beer, conversation, and God. Come bring your questions, your curiosity, and pull up a chair. Be ready to engage with people of varying religious backgrounds, philosophical perspectives and life experiences.

You’ll be able to share your own wrestlings and thoughts while learning something new along the way, and hey— there’s likely to be a good craft beer you haven’t tried yet!

This gathering is sponsored by Central and Bay View United Methodist Churches.

For most recent meeting information, check out our Face book page: https://www.facebook.com/nspubtheology/

Tuesdays at 11:00am in Room “I” (Choir Room).

 

We gather to talk about life, faith, and how to apply our faith to everyday life. No outside preparation is required; just come ready to share and grow!

If you’ve been thinking about joining the Conversation, we invite you to jump in this week!

ALL ARE WELCOME!

 

Backstory

Tuesday Conversations is an informal group in which attendees read aloud from a book or a watch a video together. There’s no advance preparation required—there’s something about sharing the resource for the first time right there among us in a circle that leads to good discussions about living our faith in our everyday lives!

We explore ideas about how our faith informs our lives and our world. Our Pastor usually leads the discussion, often of the Scripture text for the next week. Exploration is key; we share our ideas openly and non-judgmentally in an atmosphere of trust.

All are invited to just drop in as you’re able, or join in weekly.

Sunday mornings at 9:30am in the West Wing classroom

 

General Information

Our adult education group explores multiples topics from our Christian perspective. This group is discussion-based and seeks to help each individual go deeper in their understanding of their faith.

Come regularly… come now and then…but know all are welcome!!

4:30 – 6:30 pm, the last FULL week of each month (Mon-Fri)

In November, the week before Thanksgiving
In December, the week before Christmas.

We, Central United Methodist, join with Skagitonians to serve meals to people in need year-round. The program uses CUMC’s kitchen and Fellowship Hall.

About 80-100 meals are served each dinner hour to anyone who needs a hot meal, Monday-Friday, during the last week of the month. About 50 meals are served in the Fellowship Hall and about 50 are packed in “to-go” boxes and delivered to individuals in their homes.

Meal Preparation

Open Door/Community Kitchen has been in operation since 1989. It exists to provide warm meals to folks who, because they are homeless or otherwise unable, cannot provide for themselves.

All food and money are donated. Some commodities come from the Sedro-Woolley Food Bank. A bread company donates bread. All the money used to buy food is donated. The food is purchased directly by Open Door volunteers.

This is definitely a community effort.

Dee Dugan, a member of Central United Methodist, founded Community Kitchen. CUMC’s Vickie Newell and Vivian Russell have served in various capacities for more than twenty years.

Volunteers come from Central United Methodist Church, which hosts and provides leadership. Other volunteers from from area churches and organizations.

“For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Matt 25: 35

Members of Boys & Girls Club Help Out

The Church Mission Social Justice committee strives to be representatives of Christ by helping with the needs of people locally and worldwide, and by raising awareness and collecting supplies and funds as needed.

This has included supporting the local food bank, collecting school supplies distributed in our school district, participating in a fund raiser for a new dining hall and kitchen for the local homeless shelter, supporting Oasis Teen Center, Friendship House, Tacoma Community House, and a Christmas family. We helped to coordinate an educational experience concerning immigrants.

We also occasionally sponsor special offerings for natural disaster relief, both in our own country and internationally via our denomination’s relief network United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

As a committee, we don’t meet regularly, but if you would like to participate, please contact the church office for ideas about how you might want to pitch in.

We welcome all children from ages 3-12 to join us on Sunday mornings part way through the  worship service for learning and fun with our lead Sunday School teachers. We meet down the hall (past the offices and restrooms) in Room “G” for a story, some singing, and other fun and engaging activities.

 

Basic Info

Our Children’s Sunday School begins at about 11:15 am. Children ages three through twelve are welcome.

Our classroom is designed so the children feel welcome; the space and everything in it is theirs.

We use music, movement, art, crafts, and even some science experiments to learn the Bible lessons.

Sometimes we have a snack, sometimes we go outside, sometimes we talk about things beyond the day’s lesson. This is their hour.

In addition to this special time just for them, we frequently include our children/youth in all church activities. Now and then they sing a special song during worship. They help collect the offering, open the big front doors, or give folks with canes or walkers a little extra help navigating the parking lot, especially on snowy/icy days. They help with coffee hour.

Children are important members of our congregation.

Grown-ups, especially parents, are welcome any time. All of our teachers and helpers receive training and have passed background checks. We follow a Safe Sanctuaries policy, and a copy of the policy is posted in the Sunday School room. Additional copies are available upon request.

We meet on the 1st Saturday of each month at 9:30am in the West Wing (excluding June, July, & August)

 

United Methodist Women (UMW) is the largest denominational faith organization for women in the nation, with approximately 800,000 members. Our mission is to foster spiritual growth, develop leaders, and advocate for justice. The main focus is women, children, and youth. There are UMW units in United Methodist churches worldwide.

Our goal is to expand our concepts of mission and participate in outreach programs that focus on women and children, both locally and around the world.

The UMW unit at Central United Methodist Church meets the first Saturday of each month (excluding June, July, and August) at 9:30 am in the south meeting room (West Wing) of the church.

Our focus is on the needs of the church, the community, and worldwide mission. We enjoy programs, devotions, guest speakers, and Christian fellowship.

Projects vary depending on need. Recently we prepared Health Kits for disaster response efforts by our United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the humanitarian agency of the United Methodist Church nationwide.

We host two rummage sales a year, which not only raise funds for our service projects, but also offer high-quality, low-cost everyday necessities to the local community. Members meet most Wednesday mornings to organize rummage sale items.

Each year we read and discuss books selected for the UMW Reading Program, a nation-wide effort to keep women informed on current topics in our complex world.

Although our group is small in size, it is part of something much bigger. When we as United Methodist Women worldwide put out hearts and hands together in service, we can make a difference!

All women are welcome to attend our meetings. We are a creative, supportive fellowship of women worldwide who seek to know God and experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ.

Come to our next UMW meeting and experience the warmth of women in fellowship and service. You are welcome here!

Of course, we do live in the Pacific Northwest, where natural beauty is so abundant that it pretty much stops our hearts every day. Plus, our town, Sedro-Woolley, located the beautiful Skagit River, is known as the “Gateway to the Cascades.” (That is, the Cascade Mountains!)

And, among us we have ample skills in nature photography, trail building/maintenance, fishing, farming, camping, backpacking/hiking, logging, and GARDENING, especially with native plants.

So, it just seems to follow naturally that we create and maintain not only a lovely sanctuary—simply but beautifully appointed in the Methodist tradition—but extend our “sanctuary” to our surrounding campus. It would be accurate to say that this aspect of our congregational life is a vital component of our collective spiritual experience.

And so, we do not look out at stained glass windows—we look out at rhododendrons, cedars, , gingko, Douglas firs, Western dogwoods, ferns…

But all this doesn’t come easily—so, many hands pitch in with whatever skills they happen to have…

Of course, we are all, every one of us, always at home in the presence of the Lord anywhere in all of creation, but we are human, after all, and a special physical space set aside just feels right. And, how could we be welcoming if we didn’t have a place to gather and invite folks into…?

And so, although it’s way far from the glories of, say, Vancouver Island’s Butchart Gardens, we maintain our garden sanctuary as beautifully as possible, with our rakes, clippers, paint brushes, help from Scouts, tractors, Janicki’s huge machines, and lots of willing hands.

We did a little Bible searching and found some inspiring instances of the garden as a metaphor for perfect harmony, for well-watered places and souls, for goodness and abundance—the opposite of “waste places.” Jesus used the metaphor of the garden in his parables, and at his last, prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane.