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the weekly newsletter of Christ United Methodist Church

SUPPORT DURING TIMES OF BURNOUT At Christ Church, our Stephen Ministers are available to help you during those times of stress, burnout, and crisis. The mission of Stephen Ministry is to embody and express Jesus’ command that we are to “love one another, as I have loved you, so you too must love one another” (John 13:34). Stephen Ministers provide confidential care on an individual basis for as long as needed for a wide range of concerns such as: job loss, financial stress, retirement, coping with illness, separation, loss of a loved one, new parenthood, and empty nest. If you or anyone you know could benefit from the help of a Stephen Minister, please contact Rev. John Bletsch at (336) 299-1571 or This Sunday we will be commissioning our newest Stephen Minister, Joey Armeniox, to serve our congregation and community. Stephen Ministers complete over fifty hours of training to prepare themselves to serve the needs of others. Once commissioned, training continues with monthly continuing education and supervision. We recognize and appreciate all of our Stephen Ministers for their dedication and commitment to serving as the hands and feet of Christ for others. Stephen Ministers learn that they are care givers and Christ is the cure giver. Please pray for all of our active Stephen Ministers and their Care Receivers. We refer to a “Caregiver’s Compass” during Stephen Ministry training where we emphasize attributes of a Stephen Minister as: Compassionate, Full of Faith, Skilled, Trustworthy, and Christ-Centered. Stephen Ministry is one area of service where those with spiritual gifts of caring can further develop and use these gifts. We provide training for Stephen Ministry each year and will begin our next class in September. If you are interested in joining the next training class, contact Heidi Birkner at (336) 314-3141. You can support Stephen Ministry in our congregation by praying for our Stephen Ministers, Stephen Leaders, and Stephen Ministry program. We can show our care and concern for others by paying attention. If you hear of someone going through a difficult time, let them know you care and tell them about Stephen Ministry. If the need arises, allow the body of Christ to be there to provide support to you. In Christ, Heidi Birkner, Stephen Leader Training Coordinator

VOLUME 57, ISSUE 4 WORSHIP SERVICES Sunday, January 26, 2014 Scripture: Matthew 14:18–23 Burn Out or Take Your Foot Off the Accelerator Rev. Michael F. Bailey

SUNDAY SERVICES 8:30am Traditional Service (Sanctuary) 8:45am New Horizon Contemporary Praise Service (Fellowship Center) 11am Traditional Service (Sanctuary) 11:15am Spark Cutting-Edge Worship (Fellowship Center)

Sunday, January 26, is the third Sunday after the Epiphany. Rev. Michael F. Bailey finishes up the sermon series, Burn Out or Refuel with the sermon, “Burn Out or Take Your Foot Off the Accelerator” based on Matthew 14:18–23. Our newest Stephen Minister will be commissioned at New Horizon. Hope to see you Sunday!

DAY TIMERS TUESDAY, JANUARY 28 Join the group at 1pm in the Parlor for Bridge! Reservations need to be made by noon on Monday.

MOPS MEETINGS FOR JANUARY Start your new year right by joining our MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Group. We’ll meet Tuesday, January 28, for fellowship, a program, food, and a little motherly support. MOPS meets from 6pm to 8pm in the Parlor. Dinner (for Moms) is $6 and childcare is available at no charge. Please call the Reservation Line for dinner and childcare. Give Sally Lewis or Lynn Long in the Church Office a call for more information.

CHILI FUNDRAISER Just in time for the Superbowl! Preorders for Chef Mark's famous chili will be taken in Holy Grounds on Sunday, January 26, and Welcome Wednesday, January 29. Cost is $8 per quart, and proceeds benefit the Family Mission Trip during Easter break.

FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE The Fourth Annual Father-Daughter Dance will be held on Saturday, February 8, from 7pm to 10pm. Tickets can be purchased in Holy Grounds each Sunday morning through February 2, accepting cash, check, and credit cards, or securely purchased online at This year's event includes music from DJ Wally West, door prizes, and photo booth pictures that will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Family Mission Trip.

ADULT FELLOWSHIP TRIP Join the group the end of February as we visit the Greensboro Natural Science Center to experience “A T. Rex Named Sue”. We will enjoy lunch out, after experiencing the Science Center. Watch for details!

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY Dave Ramsey’s popular and successful Financial Peace University will again be offered at CUMC beginning Sunday, February 9, from 6pm–7:30pm, with preview nights on January 26 at 6pm, or January 29 at 6:30pm. This nine-week course gives you a plan to get rid of debt and manage your money to spend and save wisely. This Bible-based curriculum teaches how to handle money God’s ways. Cost is $99, or $93 if you registered and ordered materials online. For more information, visit, or contact David MINISTRY UPDATES Duff at with any questions. Attendance for January 19: 698 Sunday School: 401 THE PROUD, THE FEW, THE STAGE CREW Calling all volunteers for Fiddler On The Roof scenery construction crew! PRAYERS We will be doing basic carpentry, fabric covering, and some very simple (as of January 21) scenic painting. The dates we're getting together are February 1, 8, and Home: Ella Mae Livingstone, 9. The big load-in to the Fellowship Center will be on Sunday afternoon, Charles Nordan March 2. Please contact Bob Thurston at (336) 324-THUR (8487) or Other Facilities: Grace Illman for more details. (River Landing), Charlie Phillips, VOLUNTEER COUNTERS Alta Compton (Abbotswood) The Church Business Office is in need of some volunteers to help count Deaths: Our deepest sympathies to contributions each week. If you can give the church one hour of volunteer Sara Helen Moore on the death of time, please contact for details. Thank you! her sister-in-law, Betsy Copley

UMW NEWS UMW scholarships are available each year for students (adult and youth) who wish to attend or are attending one of the five United Methodist supported schools: High Point University, Pfeiffer University, Greensboro College, Brevard College and Bennett College. Some endowments stipulate church related disciplines but others do not. Students must be United Methodists. Deadline for application is March 1. Contact Jean Carter, 668-7916, for more information.

BRUNSWICK STEW SALE The Seekers Sunday School Class will have its annual Brunswick Stew Sale on Saturday, February 1, with pick-up between 2:30pm and 5:30pm. Tickets will be on sale in the Holy Grounds between all services today, or you may call Mary Greear at 294-2133 to reserve tickets. Cost is $7 per quart. All proceeds benefit various church projects/missions.

CIRCLE OF PRAYER • Frances Cheek: (336) 273-5182 or • Dianne Sink: (336) 545-6202 • Marie Carruthers: (336) 299-8692 • Lisa Tunstall: (336) 370-0477 or

STEPHEN MINISTRY For help during times of trial, a Stephen Minister can help. Call Rev. John Bletsch at (336) 299-1571, x307 for more details.

HOT DOG LUNCH Please join us for the Tenth Annual Hot Dog Lunch on Sunday, February 9, from 11am to 1pm in the Gym. Come support our children as they raise funds to benefit our Out of the Garden, Into the Backpack ministry as well as the Dominican Republic Children’s Bible School. If you have a 1st–6th Grader who is interested in serving, they must sign-up on the bulletin board outside the Church Office, as there are a limited number of serving spaces. You may also email your child’s serving request to Teresa Slack at The shifts are thirty minutes long and you will need to drop off and pick up your child on time at the beginning and end of their shift. Parent volunteers are also needed; sign-ups will be on the bulletin board as well. Please consider bringing individually wrapped desserts to be shared, to be dropped off the morning of the event in the Fellowship Center. We look forward to seeing you all there ready to serve or be served! This event is sponsored by Children's Council.

MISSIONS The Local Missions Council meets Sunday, January 26, at 2pm. A brief information meeting for the 2014 SC Mission Trip is Sunday, February 2, at 12:15pm in the Music Room. A calendar of meetings and events will be distributed. All youth (8th Grade and older) and adults are welcome to attend. The mission trip is June 21-28. Please consider joining us for our Red Cross Blood Drive this Sunday in the Gym. All blood types, but especially O, are in need. The winter weather earlier this month canceled 315 blood drives in twenty-nine states resulting in a 9,300 pint loss. Our blood drive is vital in replenishing the hospital shelves. We hope to see you there!

STEWARDSHIP MOMENT Look for our Stewardship Moment each month in your Messenger as your stewardship committee moves toward a year-round effort of inspiration and education regarding God's invitation for us to be generous. How to Live a Meaningful Life Many Americans live with two opposite feelings. On one hand, they want to experience meaning and purpose in their lives. On the other hand, they often feel that they are running on empty. In his classic novel, Les Miserables, Victor Hugo tells us how to eliminate that second feeling. The bishop befriends Jean Valjean and gives him lodging. Valjean repays that kindness by stealing the bishop’s valuable candlesticks. After the bishop reports the theft, the police magistrate questions Valjean in the bishop’s presence. As the interrogation progresses, Valjean seems headed for jail. At that point, the bishop unexpectedly retracts his charges and offers a plausible reason for why the candlesticks are missing. Jean Valjean is amazed. When he and the bishop are alone, he says, “Why did you do that? You know I am guilty.” The bishop replies, “Life is for giving.” Why do churches receive an offering in their worship services? Some people say, “Because the church needs the money.” That is only part of the answer. Even if a wealthy benefactor fully underwrote our congregation’s expenses, we would still need to provide people with the opportunity to give an offering in our worship services. Weekly giving teaches us—and reminds us because we keep forgetting—that life without unselfish giving is life without meaning and purpose. Victor Hugo is right. Life is for giving.


THIS WEEK Adult Confirmation (Room 101) In Essentials, Unity Aldersgate Bible (Room 213) Revelations led by Rob Mullins Asbury (Chapel) How to Live as God’s People led by Ruth Wilson Christ in Conversation (Rm 209) Cokesbury (Room 106) The Role of the Female Goddess of Divinity in Antiquity led by Linda Danford Connections (Rm 207) Epworth (Rm 202) Faith Matters (Room 215) Embracing Emergence Christianity Fellowship (Disciple Room) My One Word Improv (Basement End) Journeys (Parlor) The Five Love Languages of Children Koinonia (Room 205) Seekers (Room 101) Young Adults (Basement Left)

Snow Tubing Trip: Saturday, February 1 Flyers have been mailed, or were distributed at the lock-in. The location is Jonas Ridge, near Morganton. Bring warm clothes, and we’ll meet at the Church at 9am, and return at 7:45pm. Cost is $32 plus money for lunch and supper. Money, reservation form, and Jonas Ridge release form must be turned in to the Church Office by Sunday, January 26, as we are arranging transportation and need a correct number for the trip. To download forms, visit

SUMMER 2014 CHILDREN & YOUTH MINISTRY DATES • Bible School for current 2s through 5th Graders: June 16–19, 9am–1pm • Youth Mission Trip to South Carolina: June 21–28 • Day Camp for current Ks–3rd Graders: July 14–17, 8am–2:15pm • Music and Mission Trip: July 21–24 (note date change) • Resident Camp for current 3rd–6th Graders and interested youth: July 27– August 2

MISSION POSSIBLE KIDS Mission Possible Kids is in need of new Secret Agents! During the fall, we touched almost 300 lives and are looking for help to touch a lot more during Welcome Wednesdays this winter/spring. The qualifications are: 3rd–6th Grade, kind and helpful heart, available Wednesday nights from 6:30pm to 7:25pm in Room 209. If you have questions or would like more information, contact Lori Gray at or 707-6605.

YOUTH MINISTRY Aloha youth! Ho'olu komo la kaua (please join us) for the mid-year Hawaiian kick-off on Sunday, January 26, from 6pm to 7:30pm. Bring your own beach towel and dress in your best Hawaiian gear. Friends are welcome. Aloha! All Jr Hi UMY adult leaders are reminded of the mid-year planning event Sunday, January 26, at 12:15pm in the Disciple Room. Bring calendars, a few ideas and a great attitude. Confirmation for January 26: “Snapshot of World Religions” led by Beth and Noel Burt. All members of the Confirmation Class are reminded that we will worship together at the 8:30 traditional service of worship in the Sanctuary this Sunday, January 26. Get a taste of a small but traditional service. Be there at the beginning for hymn requests. Be ready to share prayer requests. Hope to see you on January 26.

Support the High School Boys’ Basketball Team! The next game is Thursday, January 30, at 8:30pm against First Baptist 1 at First Baptist Church.

ADULT CONFIRMATION Joe Grady continues the adult study, Confirmation Topics for Adults, this Sunday during the Sunday School hour in Room 110. All adults are welcome.

NEW WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDIES FOR 2014 We will offer a new Bible study called S.H.A.P.E.: Finding & Fulfilling Your Unique Purpose for Life. Filled with Scripture and real-life stories, S.H.A.P.E. presents a series of challenges that will guide you through the process of discovering your S.H.A.P.E., your personal blend of Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experiences, starting February 10 on Monday evenings at 7pm for six weeks in the Parlor. Visit for more information on these Bible studies or to order the book.

4th–6TH GRADE K.I.D.S. GROUP SNOW TUBING DAY TRIP Let's go on a FUN day trip together!! February is a great time to get away for a day with church friends. We will have a fun time as we travel to Jonas Ridge, NC to enjoy Snow Tubing, and just being together! Date:

Saturday, February 1


9 am from Church Parking lot (GYM Side)


Approximately 7:45PM

Destination: Jonas Ridge ( Located in the “High Country” of NC Cost:

$32.00 includes Snow Tubing & Transportation. We will travel in the Church Bus, private cars, and possibly Rental Vans. *** We may need additional drivers – let us know if you can drive your car.


$12.00 - $15.00 for lunch and supper on the road (fast food) *** put money in a ziploc bag with your name on it – give to leaders to hold, if you like.


Snow tubing is the sledding of the millennium! You use a rubber inner tube to zip down the mountain runs. You will get to ride up the hill in your tube on the lift that the tube hooks onto. There is also a warm lodge for a break time. We will tube for about two hours.

WHAT TO BRING/WEAR: Warm Clothes (wear what you can) A small bag with additional clothes for tubing, and also a change of clothes. Coordinated by Phil Sizemore and Marsha & Sean Bell We may need additional adults to go with us. Contact Phil or Marsha or Anne Dooley if you can help chaperone! Registration: Turn in money, form below & Jonas Ridge Release Form to the church office by Sunday, January 26 AT THE LATEST. We also need a Christ Church Health/Release Form on file, if you haven’t turned one in for the year. (Available in church office) Space is very limited, so register early to get a spot! REGISTRATION FOR 4 - 6 GRADE SNOW TUBING TRIP ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 TH


Name ______________________________________________________________ Grade __________ Address ________________________________________________________________________ Phone ______________________________________________ Signature of Parent or Guardian _________________________________________________________

WELCOME WEDNESDAY WINTER SESSION Welcome Wednesdays are back in full swing. Make a New Year’s resolution to participate in Welcome Wednesday Ministry for fellowship, food, faith, and friends! Help us be good stewards and plan for food and classes. Standing reservations will stay in effect for this Winter/Spring Sessions. Weekly reservations need to be made by noon on Tuesdays. Late and no-reservations will need to pay $1 extra. Reservations may be made online at, by calling the Reservation Line (299-1571 ext 333), or email to

CLASSES THROUGH FEBRUARY 12 My One Word Bible study led by Rev. Susan Norman Vickers: This is a five-week Bible study, a perfect one to begin a new year! Books are $10 and may be picked up ahead of time, or will be distributed at the January 15 class. Please make a reservation–that will reserve your book for pick up on January 15.

MENU FOR JANUARY 29 • Stuffed Flounder, Roasted Vegetables, Potato and Corn Chowder • Salad Bar, Assorted Dessert, and Beverages • Kids’ Choice: Fish Sticks, Green Beans • Healthy Choice: Grilled Chicken Salad

MEAL PRICES • • • • •

Children under three years old: Free Ages 4–9: $3 Ages 10–14: $4 Adults and Youth over 14: $6 Family Maximum: $20

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Dinner: 5:30pm–6:15pm Joyful Noise Choir (4s–Ks): 5:55pm–6:20pm Wesley Choir (1st–3rd Grade): 6:30pm–7:20pm Classes for All Ages: 6:30pm–7:20pm


In My One Word, a video-based study, pastor and author Mike Ashcraft guides you through a year of lasting, radical change. Instead of trying to change everything at once, by focusing on one specific word to symbolize your hope for God’s work in your life, you’ll be empowered through him to embrace the personal change you desire most.

Yoga: Beginner/Intermediate Yoga will run for three sessions in the Winter/Spring 2014. Class will meet in the Youth Building from 6:20pm–7:20pm. Students need their own yoga mat and blanket. The six-week session, January 15 through February 19, is $60, the five-week session, March 12 through April 9, is $50, and the four-week session, April 22 through May 14, is $40. Any single session is $12, and anyone can drop-in if space allows. Please register with Mona Flynn by emailing Continuing Classes include Welcome Wednesday Youth, Companions in Christ, and Disciple II.

CHILDREN (CHILDCARE ALSO AVAILABLE) Choirs: January is a good time to join, if you are not yet a participant! The children already in our Wednesday children's choirs (ages four through 3rd Grade) would love for you to join us! Faith Buzz: Bible Activities, recreation, and fun, for Preschoolers–2nd Graders. Mission Possible Kids for 3rd–6th Graders: This program empowers kids to change the world through helping others. This hands-on program will get your 3rd–6th Graders excited about missions, like collecting food for food banks, supporting US Troops overseas, or making gifts for kids in need. Cost is $10, if you are joining for the first time, which includes a t-shirt that allows your children to start collecting their Mission Stars. Questions or for more information, contact Lori Gray (336) 707-6605 or

UPCOMING WELCOME WEDNESDAY EVENTS February 26: Mardi Gras Celebration March 5: Ash Wednesday Observance & Covered Dish Meal March 12–April 9 (Second Session): Centering Prayer Class, Marriage Enrichment Class April 15: No Welcome Wednesday (Spring Break Week) April 22, 29, and May 6: Gardening Class, Wedgedale Walkers Please make a reservation for meals and classes so that we may plan well.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS for the weeks of JANUARY 26 (Featured events in bold.)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 8am 8:30am 8:45am 9:50am 9:50am 11am 11am 11:15am 12:15pm 2pm 2:30pm 3pm 3:30pm 4pm 4pm 4:30pm 4:45pm 5pm 5:15pm 6pm 6:15pm 6:15pm 7:30pm


Red Cross Blood Drive/Gym Traditional Service/Sanctuary New Horizon Service/Fellowship Center Sunday School for All Ages Confirmation Class for Parents/Room 110 Traditional Service/Sanctuary Bible Club/Youth Building Spark Worship Service/Fellowship Center JrHi UMYF Planing Meeting/Disciple Room GriefShare/Parlor & Chapel Local Mission Council Meeting/Disciple Room KKS Committee Meeting/Room 211 Flute Choir Practice/Sanctuary Centering Prayer/Chapel DivorceCare/Room 205 Education Work Area Meeting/Room 106 Intermediate Yoga/Disciple Room Youth Choir/Music Room & Sanctuary Children’s Musical Rehearsal/Sanctuary UMYF Dinner & Fellowship/Youth Building Fiddler Production Meeting/Parlor Choristers/Room 101 JrHi Basketball Practice/Gym

MONDAY, JANUARY 27 8am 9:15am 10am 6:30pm 6:30pm 7pm 7pm 7:30pm

Pilgrimage Reunion Group/Parlor Tai Chi/Youth Building Bible Study with Bob Carter/Disciple Room Journeys Basketball Practice/Gym Fiddler on the Roof Rehearsal/Fellowship Center Carillon Handbell Rehearsal/Music Room Women’s Bible Study/Parlor Sharing Group - Ralls/Chapel

10:30am Prayer Shawl Ministry/Parlor & Gathering Space 11am Simply Fit Senior Exercise Class/Youth Building 12:15pm Beginners’ Yoga/Youth Building 1pm Day Timers’ Cards/Parlor 6pm MOPS Meeting and Dinner/Parlor & Disciple Room 6:30pm Fiddler on the Roof Rehearsal/Music Room

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29 7am 1pm 4:30pm 5:30pm 5:55pm 6pm 6:15pm 6:30pm 6:30pm 6:30pm 7:30pm 7:30pm

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 7am 9:45am 11am 12:15pm 6pm 6:30pm 7:30pm 8:30pm

Erhman Bible Study/Disciple Room Celebration Ringers/Music Room Intermediate Yoga/Youth Building

Men’s Bible Study/Parlor Intermediate Yoga/Youth Building Simply Fit Senior Exercise Class/Youth Building Chair Yoga/Youth Building New Horizon Praise Practice/Fellowship Center Fiddler on the Roof Rehearsal/Youth Building New Covenant Choir/Music Room Basketball Fellowship Time/Gym

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 7am 7:30pm

TUESDAY, JANUARY 28 9am 9am 9:45am

Men’s Bible Study - Vickers/Parlor UNCG Emeritus Class/Disciple Room Campana Ringers/Music Room Welcome Wednesday Dinner/Fellowship Center Joyful Noise Practice/Room 101 Disciple II Bible Study/Disciple Room Companions in Christ/Room 106 Chancel Choir Practice/Music Room Welcome Wednesday Classes/Church-Wide Wesley Choir Practice/Room 101 SrHi Basketball Practice/Gym Young Adults Bible Study/Youth Building Loft

Men’s Bible Study/Parlor Farewell Greensboro Concert - Windsor/Sanctuary

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 9am 11am 1pm

KIDS Group Snow Tubing Trip Spark Practice/Fellowship Center Fiddler on the Roof Rehearsal/Fellowship Center

LOOKING AHEAD Father-Daughter Dance: February 8 Financial Peace Class: February 9 Hot Dog Lunch: February 9

CUMC RADIO Near Christ UMC: 1620AM Near Friends Home West: 1620AM Near River Landing: 1680AM Near Whitestone: 1620AM You can also listen twenty-four hours a day online at:


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