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IN THIS EDITION PAUL’S PERSPECTIVE ON SUFFERING BY REV. MIKE MAYHUGH (PAGE.2) DEEPLY ROOTED & SOULFUL FAITH BY REV. LINDA SUMMERS PIERCE (PAGE.4) UNITED METHODIST MOMENT BY REV. LINDA SUMMERS PIERCE (PAGE.6) SPENDING TIME WITH GOD BY CLAUDIA YEAKEL (PAGE.7) SABBATICAL, CHAPTER 1 BY REV. LINDA SUMMERS PIERCE (PAGE.8)

EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP 8:00 AM - CONTEMPORARY - SANCTUARY 9:00 AM @ the hub - CASUAL - FAMILY LIFE CENTER 9:30 AM - TRADITIONAL - SANCTUARY 11:00 AM - TRADITIONAL - SANCTUARY 11:00 AM @ the hub - CASUAL - FAMILY LIFE CENTER

INVITE YOUR NEIGHBORS!


I know where God is when it hurts. God is experienced in the context of the Christian community. Ministry and healing takes place within our church family. That is why it is so important that we participate, become aware, and are available to others in their suffering. One excellent way we do this is through our healing prayer services led by our Executive Associate Pastor, Linda Summers Pierce. This service is held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 pm.

The other place we find God when it hurts is in knowing that others have suffered for Christ. Paul is the poster child for suffering for Christ. The long litany of suffering in 2 Corinthians 11:22-31 is so overwhelming we wonder how he made it. Why didn’t he just throw in the towel and call it quits? He was able to overcome because he was empowered by God to become a conqueror, and he was inspired by Jesus who suffered on our behalf. If you are ever hurting or feel abandoned, you can find hope and encouragement from the life of Paul.

PAUL’S PERSPECTIVE ON

SUFFERING BY REV. MIKE MAYHUGH SENIOR PASTOR

My first concern as a husband is my wife; however, when I put on my pastor’s hat, I realize quickly that she isn’t the only one going through suffering. I know without a doubt that my family, and especially my wife, is being covered in prayer, and I am so grateful for that assurance. However, I know we are not the only ones out there going through difficult times, and I want to make sure that we are aware of all the prayer needs at Christ Church. This is a daunting task with a membership of over 5,000 and 1,200 in worship each Sunday. I have asked my staff to think outside the box to help us become more aware of the suffering of others in our church family. We are going to try to improve and expand our prayer ministries’ ability to communicate with the whole family using the modern media opportunities that are available to us.

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Paul also was adamant in his preaching that we should expect suffering in our lives. When Paul and Barnabas were going back through the churches they established, the Bible tells us: “They returned ... strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them ... and saying, ‘We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God’” (Acts 14:21-22). Paul was not a mealy mouth! He warned believers to not only be prepared for suffering but to expect it. Paul also encouraged his disciples by letting them know that God can turn our suffering into Joy. God can use our suffering to further His Kingdom on earth. Do you remember what happened in Acts Chapter 16? Paul and Silas were beaten and imprisoned for preaching the Good News. While they were in prison, they began to sing hymns and pray out loud. Scripture tells us that all the other prisoners were listening to them and so was the jailer. With open untreated wounds and in miserable pain, they were singing their praises to God. What they did not do was ask, “Where is God?” They didn’t complain and say: “Wow we were preaching the Gospel and this is what we get? God has turned His back on us; let’s quit!” Rather, God used their faithfulness-in-suffering that night to start a revival that affects us to this very day. Later, in his Epistle to the Philippians, Paul falls all over himself trying to find enough praises for these faithful converts.


Paul was adamant that God is with us through our suffering. Not only did he believe it, he experienced it. Not only that, he professed it! •

“Our light aff liction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory...” (II Corinthians 4:17).

“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

“I will never leave thee nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, the Lord is my Helper and I will not be afraid” (Hebrews 13:5-6).

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities...” (II Corinthians 12:9).

SOMETIMES WE ARE HELPERS; SOMETIMES WE NEED HELP.

I love what Dr. Joe McKeever says happens when we are faithful in the midst of our sufferings. He said the following twelve good things happen: •

God is honored,

Jesus is pleased,

And the Holy Spirit is given a situation He can use for God’s purposes.

The devil is infuriated,

Our enemies are puzzled,

And the critics of the church are silenced.

The church itself is strengthened,

Believers going encouraged,

And the unsaved observe and want what they see.

You yourself are blessed and strengthened,

Your reward in Heaven is great,

And your reputation goes through the roof (Luke 6:35).

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For believers—for faithful disciples of the Lord Jesus—suffering is not “par for the course.” It is the course. I have seen all these positives lived out in the suffering of my Christian friends over the years of my life and ministry. I have seen many members and friends die with dignity knowing that their healing will be in heaven, and I have seen many healed on this side of eternity. The joy that they all shared was that God was with them every step of the way, and that is the hope we have this very day.

WOULD YOU LIKE SOMEONE TO WALK WITH YOU? In Galatians 6, Paul tells us to “carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” At Christ Church our Stephen Ministers have been trained and organized to do just that. They provide confidential, one-to-one care, prayer and support to those who are going through a difficult time. If you would like more information on how a Stephen Minister might walk through those hard times with you, contact referrals coordinator Sally McKnight at 713.306.1719.

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DEEPLY ROOTED & SOULFUL FAITH BY REV. LINDA SUMMERS PIERCE EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATE PASTOR

“I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:16-19, NRSV

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The verses from Ephesians are helpful in understanding faith, what it means, and how it works in a human being. They tell us the initiative for faith comes from God who gifts us with the strength of the Holy Spirit, a strength without which we cannot recognize or accept the grace of God in Jesus Christ. Once we have this strength, and have accepted Christ, then we are able to allow Him to take up residence within us: occupying our thoughts, shaping our decisions, interpreting our feelings. As we live with Christ within, we come to believe that God really did love the world that much for that is who God is. Thus we find ourselves more and more deeply rooted in God’s love with every passing day.

There’s “content” to faith. That content is worth thinking about, as long as we realize it’s more than we can wrap our minds around. The writer of Hebrews said faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen. It’s having what looks to the world like unreasonable confidence and trust in something no one can see and most will not live long enough to experience. It’s planting a seed without any assurance the planter will be able to harvest the fruit. It’s trusting God with the outcome because God’s love has proven itself steadfast and true too many times to count. It’s believing that as we abide in God’s Spirit, we will come to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge and be filled with the fullness of God, even if we have no words with which to describe the awesome mystery of the unknowable. It’s having the faith “of” Christ, perhaps more so than simply having faith “in” Him.

Faith has a “soulfulness” to it, too. That’s because it’s not just a noun; it’s also, and maybe, primarily, a verb. By its nature, faith is active, working in us and through us according to God’s purpose of loving the whole world through Jesus Christ. Faithful people fellowship with Christ and other Christians. They live authentic lives that look like and act like Christ’s life. They’re involved with what God is doing in the world. Their trust is in God more than in others or in things of the world. And they hope without ceasing, which not only enables them to endure life’s trials but also inspires courage in others. Life lived in faith bears fruit, is aware of God’s will, remains inspired by the Holy Spirit, approaches life with thankfulness and tenacity, and helps meet the needs of the world.

Yes, there are pitfalls and obstacles to faith, even to deeply rooted and soulful faith. Fads in religious practices are one. But fads are a passing phase, while faith is lasting. Ambiguity in life can be a pitfall, especially when things don’t go the way we want them to. Faith does not make that guarantee. Looking out for number one, or individualism, can be a major obstacle, as a measure of humility is required so there’s room for Christ to dwell within. There are other pitfalls and obstacles that crop up along a typical faith journey – the temptation to trust in self without relying on God, haughtiness/ pride, the suspension of faith that is the end result of doubt, and the arrogance of certainties that aren’t backed by discernment and obedience to God. Though it sounds somewhat paradoxical, practicing our faith will help us overcome these things.

As a gift of God’s grace, faith that by God’s Spirit becomes deeply rooted within us and soulfully lived by us, can make a difference in our lives and in the lives of others. It can inform our choices, shape our actions, and make of us both passionate followers of Jesus Christ and compassionate servants who find joy in completing His work in the world. So. . . . “I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, He may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.” Amen.

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Clichés abound when it comes to talking about faith: “you gotta have faith”; “either you have faith or you don’t”; “a little faith goes a long way”; “go ahead and take a leap of faith.” Circumstances in life seem to have something to do with how we talk about faith. When mired in fear and anger, some will say they’ve “lost” their faith. Those wanting to help them will offer to “lend” them their faith. New converts exclaim they’ve “found” faith. “Faith” is one of those words we sometimes use as if it were a commodity we could pick up at the grocery store.


UNITED METHODIST MOMENT

One Easter in Dublin BY REV. LINDA SUMMERS PIERCE EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATE PASTOR

About six weeks prior to Easter in 1789, when Wesley was well into his 85th year, many of his colleagues, and others associated with his ministries, were prophesying his death, thinking him too frail and feeble to continue in his ministry. Of that he said: “It will now quickly be seen whether they who prophesied some time since that I should not outlive this month be sent of God or not. One way or the other, it is my care to be always ready.”

Wesley did indeed make it to Easter and preached in Dublin that day. He was strong in spirit, in heart, in body, and in voice. He described those who gathered for worship as a “solemn assembly indeed,” not an unusual way to speak of a “respectable” gathering in his day. He noted many hundred attended, and indicated there was standing room only, or, in his words: “far more hearers than our room would contain.”

After preaching, he stayed on for fellowship and meetings, and later wrote in his journal: “Afterward I met the society and explained to them at large the original design of the Methodists, namely, not to be a distinct party but to stir up all parties, Christians or heathens, to worship God in spirit and in truth; but the Church of England in particular, to which they belonged from the beginning.” He went on to say this had consistently been his view and what he had taught his preachers for over fifty years.

It had never been Wesley’s intention to establish a new denomination. He remained an Anglican priest for the rest of his life. (He died two years later in 1791.) What mattered to him was the renewal he felt was needed in his own denomination and among all other Christian denominations. He never strayed from the doctrine of the Church of England. But as the “movement” that became known as “Methodism” grew, he found it necessary to preach in the open air to accommodate crowds

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Wesley meant for “Methodism” to be a renewal movement within the Anglican Church and it was. But this movement changed over time, as movements tend to do. Every institution starts out as a movement. Then after a while those leading the movement feel a need for structure and rules, and pretty soon you have an organization. More and more people become involved in the organization and it spreads across geographical, cultural, economic, and other boundaries, until there is a need to define its identity in all settings. Thus it becomes an institution. The movement known as “Methodism” is now the institution, “The United Methodist Church.” Wesley would likely have some things to say about that. Nevertheless, his call “to stir up all parties, Christians or heathens, to worship God in spirit and in truth” remains as compelling as ever. As far as Wesley was concerned, there was no place for “almost Christians.” Disciples were to be made and nurtured into making more disciples. This was to be the main thing for “Methodists”: summoning people “to experience the justifying and sanctifying grace of God” and encouraging them “to grow in the knowledge and love of God.”

So whom have you summoned lately? Why not invite someone to worship? Share what you have experienced of God’s grace. Help someone grow in knowledge and love of God. Lead someone to profess their faith. Consider every conversation holy and an opportunity to speak the truth in love. We Methodists are Easter people, people who have received the good news of God’s grace in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. At the very least His resurrection summons us to “stir up all parties, Christians or heathens, to worship God.” Thanks be to God!

SPENDING TIME WITH GOD I have recently returned from a retreat house that I especially enjoy. I have been attending there about 27 years. I go in different seasons but try very hard to be there in the Lenten season. There are helps there, such as beautiful grounds with Stations of the Cross, a labyrinth, clergy to talk with and worship services to focus my heart. God always gives me a hunger for that time with Him, where I have less distractions and more alone time.

There are so many experiences that I could recount where my faith has deepened and my path is closer to His will for my life. When my spouse and I take time to get away, it is special and enriching. Christ desires that undistracted time with me also. There are many times in my walk that I probably disappoint God and give Him grief. When I make the effort to be alone with Him and just commune and be in His presence, I know He is joyful and rewards my outpouring of love and gratitude and responds in kind.

It is important for us to keep ourselves connected with God. The retreat booklet points out that, “there comes a point when we can lose our center, our close connection to God, amid a flurry of activity, and that is when we should seek out a spiritual oasis. Discovering the silence and ability to slow down allows people to get in touch with the Lord and themselves.”

Be open to God’s invitations to take time with Him. He wants to bless us and encircle us with His love. If you don’t have a place to get away with God, seek and God will bring a sister or brother in Christ with the invite, or He will show you a location through a Christian newsletter, or The Connection. Christ wants this also. He will lay on your heart where you might go.

I wanted to share this with you, because it has been one of the strong foundations of my Christian walk. I know that God will bless you in a quiet place, too.

In Christ, Claudia Yeakel

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that could be as large as 30,000, since there were no meeting houses or churches large enough to hold such a congregation. He also found it more helpful to pray extemporaneously as the setting and style demanded it, and so sometimes departed from the regular use of the Book of Common Prayer. He formed societies for the purposes of accountability, Bible study, and fellowship, because so many were coming “new” to the faith and needed to spend time as disciples, learners. And he began to accept gifts of assistance for his lay preachers, who by that time, were being sent without funding throughout Great Britain and to the colonies in America.


Welcome Our Newest Members!

SABBATICAL, CHAPTER 1 BY REV. LINDA SUMMERS PIERCE EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATE PASTOR

ALEX AND LOIS AITKEN

KATHRYN WILLIAMS

CHAD AND STACI SHAWLER, & TAYLOR

KEN AND CINDY MASAKI

DANNY AND ANITA HICKS

JIM SLEDZIK AND SHELLI LeBRET, & ALEX, BEN, JACKSON

ERIC AND JENNIE FUNDERBURK, & BARRETT, TREVOR, REID

STEVE AND SUNLI WHITCOMB, & BOB, KEVIN

COURTNEY DUNCAN (PICTURED WITH JEANNE & JASON AT the hub)

TRAVIS AND LAURA BOUDREAUX, & MILES

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The Book of Discipline for the United Methodist Church states that Elders in full connection are qualified for a sabbatical leave every six consecutive years of full-time service. In my twenty-five, consecutive years of active, full-time service I have never taken a sabbatical. In fact, I’ve seldom enjoyed the full amount of annual vacation time suggested for Elders. When you’re an Associate in a very large church, which I have been for the past fifteen years, it’s difficult to find an extended amount of time to be away.

The Discipline defines a sabbatical as an extended amount of time (up to one full year) allowed for a program of study or travel that is approved by the Annual Conference. Clergy who serve in our Annual Conference are fortunate to have funds available to help them take a sabbatical. However, my sabbatical is not through the Annual Conference; it is through the 2011 National Clergy Renewal Program, “What will make your heart sing?,” funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc. Lilly’s program is for pastors who are serious about their ministry and who are eager to see their relationship with their congregation strengthened, renewed, and continued.

Submitting an application to the Lilly Foundation is a two-way street; the pastor and the congregation apply together. So early last spring, John Pound, Chair of our Staff Parish Relations Committee, and I began work together on the lengthy application form that would be due no later than May 12, 2011. He had to write statements about the state of the church, and I had to design a clear, concise, and balanced proposal that would meet Lilly’s requirement of renewal for me and the congregation. We had to round up copies of official documents, get signatures from several officers in the church, and provide significant statistical data about Christ Church. I had to submit a budget— in great detail—which meant doing extensive research ahead of time, often in areas in which I had no previous experience. I also had to meet with all the groups I supervise to inform them, answer their questions, and seek their wisdom and guidance. While the whole process began with the Senior Pastor’s approval (Morris, at the time),


it had to end with the District Superintendent’s approval which included notification of the Annual Conference office and hence, our Bishop. All of this work had to be submitted in a format that met Lilly’s specifications or it wouldn’t even get a first reading.

The few weeks ahead of the May 12 th deadline were busy, exciting, demanding, and challenging. Even after Bob mailed the packet so it would arrive in time, I had an anxious moment of doubt in which I feared I had too many lines on one or two of the pages. Yes, I immediately found my copy and counted them, and all was well.

I didn’t expect to receive the grant. To be honest with you, I had reached a point in my ministry here at Christ Church where I felt a need for renewal, and as I told John Pound, and all the groups with which I visited, just doing the research and writing the proposal was a renewing experience for me and that, as far as I was concerned, its future was placed in God’s hands the moment it was mailed. Now, I am a recipient. You can find my name listed with about 148 or so others on the Lilly Foundation website. My sabbatical will be three months long, July through September.

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In the next chapter, I’ll begin to share my proposal and describe how my responsibilities at Christ Church will be covered in my absence. Before closing, though, I want you to know Christ Church has already received $44,499.00 to fund my sabbatical expenses and to cover the costs of the renewal activities planned for the church, the first of which will be an Executive Staff Planning Retreat on March 20th to plan this coming fall’s Stewardship Campaign. Stephanie Strickland is managing the funds at my request for which I’m most grateful.

Grace and Peace, Linda

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I cannot say “thank you” enough to everyone who helped me with the preparation of the application and who encouraged me with their support and prayers. You will accompany me in my heart every step of the way.


HOLY WEEK PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 1 8:15, 9:45 & 11:05 AM • SANCTUARY 11 AM • FAMILY LIFE CENTER MAUNDY THURSDAY, APRIL 5 7 PM • SANCTUARY GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 6 7 PM • SANCTUARY EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 8 8:00, 9:30, AND 11:00 AM • SANCTUARY 9:00 AND 11:00 AM • FAMILY LIFE CENTER

EASTER EGG HUNT SATURDAY, MARCH 31• 10 AM

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WEEKLY WORSHIP SCHEDULE - SUNDAYS CONTEMPORARY • 8:15 AM • SANCTUARY TRADITIONAL • 9:45 & 11:05 AM • SANCTUARY CASUAL - the hub • 11:00 AM • FAMILY LIFE CENTER GYM YOUTH WORSHIP • 6:30 PM • FAMILY LIFE CENTER GYM CELEBRATING HOLY COMMUNION

• All services, every first Sunday • Every Sunday in the Chapel, 8:00 to 8:15 am • Every Sunday in the hub, 11:15 to 11:30 am

APRIL HEALING PRAYER WORSHIP SERVICE TUESDAY, APRIL 10• 7 PM • SANCTUARY

We live our lives as “Easter people” assured of our salvation and eternal life in Jesus Christ. Still circumstances in life can overwhelm us, especially when the pain and grief seems too much to bear. The One who died for our sakes is the Healer we seek when we meet together for healing prayer and Communion at His table. Join us Tuesday, the 10th, for April’s monthly service - 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary. WORSHIP DURING HOLY WEEK

Palm Sunday, also known as Passion Sunday, will be April 1 this year. Palm branches will be available at every service that morning, and the Children’s Choir will sing in all three of the Sanctuary services. This Sunday is important because it begins Holy Week, perhaps the most important week in any Christian’s life. On Thursday night, Maundy Thursday will be observed. Actors will portray Jesus and His disciples in the upper room as we gather at the Lord’s table for Communion. Then on Friday night, a moving and powerful celebration of Tenebrae (or darkness) will be held, commemorating Jesus’ crucifixion and death. Both of these services will be held at 7 pm in the Sanctuary. Because we will not have an Easter celebration at Oyster Creek this year, additional services have been added here at our campus. Sanctuary services will be held at 8, 9:30, and 11 in the morning. Casual services will be held in the Gym at 9 and 11. Please plan to observe a holy week and join in one or more of our Easter morning celebrations. EASTER PARK AND RIDE AT CHRIST CHURCH

For your convenience and as hospitality for our community guests, a free shuttle will be available on Easter morning at Christ Church for all services. Park at one of the offsite lots near the church and enjoy a brief ride and easy drop off. A shuttle will run all morning to and from these parking lots near the church: *Little League lot adjacent to Christ Church *First Colony Middle School - either lot *First Colony Conference Building - adjacent to the Little League fields. As you are able, please park offsite and take advantage of this convenience so that our guests may utilize the closest parking spaces and can have a wonderful Easter worship experience from the moment they arrive, from the parking lot to the pews. ADDITIONAL BLESSING FOR YOUR WORSHIP EXPERIENCE

“The first time I helped serve communion, I was blown away by the feeling of being blessed that I experienced.” We need additional communion preparers and servers for the first Sunday of every month, for every service in the sanctuary. If you would like to be a part of this special way of serving, please contact Sandy at sandyw@cumcsl.org or 281.690.4777.

CONNECT TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY FRIDAY, MARCH 30 • 6:30 – 11 PM • SWEETWATER COUNTRY CLUB

On Friday, March 30, 2012, we are having our 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner Auction at Sweetwater Country Club. Our theme this year is “Star Light, Star Bright.” The success of our auction enables Christ Church School to purchase equipment, playground maintenance, and supplies that would not be possible without budget constraints. We would love to have you join us for a wonderful evening of dinner, live and silent auctions and dancing. Also, if you have vacation homes, timeshares, airline miles, hotel points, autographed sports items, etc. that you would like to donate, we would welcome them. Please contact Beth or Becky in the school office at 281.980.2582 or ccs@cumcsl.org for ticket information or auction questions. It will be a great evening and we hope to see you there. ENCORE! WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 • 11 AM - 1:30 PM • SANCTUARY AND GATHERING HALL

Join us for a presentation by Tim Heller, Chief Meteorologist for Channel 13. Worship is at 11 AM in the Sanctuary followed by a fellowship meal in the Gathering Hall. The program will be in the Sanctuary after lunch. $7 donation. Pre-registration is required for the meal and closes April 1. Reserve your space by emailing jan@cumcsl.org. MEN’S LUNCH THURSDAY, APRIL 12• 11:30 AM • BAYTOWN SEAFOOD

Men of all ages, join the Older Adult Men for lunch and fellowship at Baytown Seafood 2409 FM 1092 Missouri City. This is a wonderful cross generational event as well as a great way to find out what is going on in our community and beyond. OLDER ADULT GAME DAY WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 • 10:30 AM - 1 PM ROOMS 11/12

Want to play? Bring a sack lunch and gather with us for some fun. We play bridge, Mexican Train and more. EYES AND EARS OF JESUS

We are the eyes and ears of Jesus on earth today. It is our duty to be watching and listening to people around us, recognizing when they have needs for care. If you find someone with a need, listen and care. If you find the need is something greater than you can provide, tell the person about our Stephen Ministry program providing confidential one-on-one Christian care by trained Stephen Ministers. Have them contact Referrals Coordinator Sally McKnight at 713.306.1719 for more information. Jesus is depending on us to be his eyes and ears on earth.

For a full listing of activities and ways you can get involved at Christ Church, please visit WWW.CUMCSL.ORG

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SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES 8:30 AM SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES CRUSADERS

GROW

9:45 AM SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES ADVENTURERS

Join us for a study of Life Lessons: The Book of James led by Jennifer Johnson. We will meet Thursday nights from 7 - 8 pm starting March 29. Register online.

This class is composed of singles and couples of all ages with a participatory format and Bible-based studies. Meets in the Bride’s Room. This class consists of couples in their 30’s - 50’s, with children of all ages. This group is a discussion-oriented class studying a variety of Biblical topics. We use study guides, videos, guest speakers and music to enhance our studies. Meets in room 302/303 in the Family Life Center. BARNABAS

This class is a friendly community consisting of adults in their 40’s - 60’s united by a shared belief in Christ, seeking and providing encouragement to one another through prayer, Bible study, topical studies and lots of fellowship. Meets in the Chapel.

WOMEN’S EVENING BIBLE STUDY STARTING THURSDAY, MARCH 29 • 7 - 8 PM • ROOM 301

ONE ROOM BOOK CLUB WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 • 9 AM • VOLUNTEER CENTER

This group meets once a month to discuss a book chosen at the previous meeting. If you enjoy reading and conversation about books, you are invited to join Book Club.

CELEBRATE SINGLES SUNDAY SCHOOL

All singles are invited to join us for our new Sunday School class. Meets in room 309 in the Family Life Center. COUPLES FOR CHRIST

This class consists of married couples in their 20’s - 40’s with or without children. It is a relaxed, yet engaging class that provides Christ-centered fellowship, support, and opportunities for service. Meets in the Bride’s Room (across from Sanctuary). GRACE ABOUNDS

All ages and stages of life are welcome (married, single, single on Sunday). This class has a participatory rather than lecture format. We love a great discussion! Study facilitators rotate among interested class members. Meets in room 301 in the Family Life Center. GRACE NOTES

This class is composed of choir members who love to study God’s word and discuss relevant issues. Meets in the Choir Room. H.O.P.E. 24/7 (HEAR OUR PRAYERS EVERYDAY 24/7)

Our name reflects our focus on prayer. Discussion-oriented studies cover a range of topics to encourage spiritual growth. Socials and missions round out our activities for members, ages 40’s - 70’s. Meets in room 311 in the Family Life Center. JUBILEE

This class is made up of mature individuals, ages 50+ who enjoy the fellowship of others and share in the nourishment gained from Bible-based studies. Lively discussions abound under the leadership of Jan Randolph. Meets in rooms 11/12. SEEKERS

This is a class of mixed ages with couples, singles, and single on Sundays that concentrates on Bible study, missions and lively discussion. Meets in room 308 in the Family Life Center. STAGES

This class consists of single parents, remarried couples, and blended families, ages 30-50’s, exploring a mix of Biblical studies and contemporary issues. Meets in room 310 in the Family Life Center. TGIS (THANK GOD IT’S SUNDAY)

This class is made up of couples and singles of all ages who enjoy lively discussion and fellowship. Topics range from Bible study to contemporary issues and books. Meets in the Scout Shack. THE HUB LIFEGROUP

LAKEVIEW DISTRICT CAMP JULY 9 - 13 • LAKEVIEW METHODIST CONFERENCE CENTER, PALESTINE, TX

Join us for a great week of fun this summer near Palestine, TX. Make new friends and catch up with some old ones. Grow in your faith and have fun! There are lots of activities, including the huge water slide which is awesome! All Youth who have completed 4th through 12 grades as of May 31st, and adult chaperones are welcome. Cost: Early Bird Registration through April 30th is $265. May 1st through May 14th fees increase to $290. Adults - $150. Cost includes roundtrip transportation to Palestine and camp fees. Deadline to Register is Monday, May 14, 2012. YOUTH SPRING RETREAT 2012 FRIDAY, MAY 4 - SATURDAY, MAY 5 CAMP CHO-YEH, LIVINGSTON, TX

Take a break from your busy ‘end of school year’ schedule in May and join us for a one-night getaway to Camp Cho-Yeh in Livingston. This overnight retreat will give you an opportunity to enjoy some fellowship with your friends and grow in your faith with awesome worship and small group discussions. Come re-charge with us as you head into your last month of school! All youth currently in grades 6-12;and, Adult chaperones are welcome.Cost: $90(Youth)and $50(Adults); Deposit of $25 at time of registration thru March 15 with balance due 4/10/12; Fees include: Retreat cost (1 night lodging plus 2 meals), activities and round-trip transportation. Deadline: April 9, 2012. WOMEN’S BOOK CLUB SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH • VOLUNTEER CENTER

Please join us as we begin a new book Old Testament Prophets for Today by Carolyn J. Sharp. We meet in the Volunteer Center the second Tuesday of the month at 7 pm. Contact Benita Sebesta at mbsebesta@sbcglobal.net or 281.732.2217 for more information.

From 9:45 - 10:45 in the Family Life Center Gym each Sunday morning. Come explore God’s Word in a relaxed and comfortable setting. WEAVERS

This class is made up of marrieds and singles, ages 55+, dedicated to Bible study, fellowship and service. This class is very mission-oriented. Meets in the Library (upstairs across from the Sanctuary). WOMEN’S CLASS

This class is made up of women of all ages whether married, single, widowed or divorced. We primarily do Bible-based studies and various service projects. Meets in room 307 in the Family Life Center. FACEBOOK.COM/CUMCSL YOUNG ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL Primarily for college and career aged, 18-29. Meets in the Family Life TWITTER.COM/CUMCSL Center Gym.

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SUMMER CAMPS FOR KIDS 2012 JULY 30 - AUGUST 3 • K - 5TH GRADE

Summer is right around the corner! Join us for some super fun summer camps at Christ Church. For a complete list of camps with on-line registration, please go to the Children’s Ministry page on the church website. For more information: Kim Ripley at kimr@cumcsl.org or 281-690-4765. www.cumcsl.org/camp

For a full listing of activities and ways you can get involved at Christ Church, please visit WWW.CUMCSL.ORG


ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITY VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL - REGISTER NOW

VBS 2012, Sky: Everything is Possible with God, is the week of June 11 through June 15. Children age 4 (by September 1, 2011) through 4th grade are invited to register. A special Mission VBS is available for current 5th graders. Looking for a place to serve? It takes about 100 adults and 100 youth to make this week happen so please consider volunteering. Childcare and pre-VBS available for children under 4 with volunteering parent. Online registration is available for children and volunteers at www.cumcsl.org. Children’s current registration fee is $25. Fee will increase to $30 after April 1. For more information, contact Ingred Lathrop at 281.690.4748 or children@cumcsl.org. BEYOND THE GOLD SPORTS CAMP JULY 30 - AUGUST 3

Children’s Ministries is excited to announce that UW Sports Ministry will be at Christ Church July 30 through August 3. Camp will include basketball, cheer, flag football, and soccer for children that have completed Kindergarten through 5th Grade. A special Team 45 Camp will be available for Pre-K children (age 4 by 9/1/11). Camp time is 5-8:15 pm. Registration is available online. Preparations are beginning now and there is much to be done between now and camp week. First on the agenda is to fill leadership roles. If you have an interest in sports and children, this is a great serve opportunity for you! We need volunteers for the following positions: Camp Director (leadership skills a plus) Coordinator for each area: Facilities, First Aid (medical background and/or first aid certified), Prayer, Registration, Security, Snack, Sports Flash. For complete job descriptions and/or more information please contact Kim Ripley at kimr@cumcsl.org or 281.690.4765.

EASTER EGG HUNT SATURDAY, MARCH 31• 10 AM

Join us Saturday, March 31 at 10 am for our annual Easter egg hunt. The hunt will be at Christ Church and will feature separate hunts for preschoolers and elementary ages. We are asking for donations for goodie bags of items such as fruit snacks, stickers, pencils or bubbles. They can be placed in our collection bins outside of 11/12 by March 25. Invite a friend! SAGE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 • 12 - 1 PM • ROOMS 11/12

Christ Church and Sugar Land Methodist Hospital work together to present monthly seminars where specialists will come with a presentation about their field, preventive medicine recommendations, and the latest news in treatment options. CAREGIVERS NEED CARE TOO THURSDAYS, APRIL 12 - MAY 17 • 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Caregivers need care too. As a caregiver to a family member, it’s common to feel stretched or overwhelmed. Whether you already feel that way or want to avoid it, there is hope. It’s called Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a nationally recognized program. In six weekly classes you will learn how to ensure the best care for your loved one by taking better care of yourself. Get some surefire tips how to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, and better balance your life. You’ll also practice how to improve communications with your care receiver, other family members, and healthcare professionals. Christ Church and Methodist Hospital Sugar Land are co-hosting a Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class. The class is free, but the workbook, The “Caregivers Helpbook,” is $25. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required, so sign up now by calling Jeanne Damon at the church at jeanne@cumcsl.org or 281.690.4756. KRIST SAMARITAN CENTER COUNSELORS AT CHRIST CHURCH

MIDDLE SCHOOL FLIPSIDE • SUNDAYS • 5 - 7:15 PM • GYM

Two counselors from the Krist Samaritan Center, a Christian-based counseling group, are on the Christ Church campus every week. Leah McCoy is here on Mondays and Orion Mosko is here on Thursdays. Both counselors see their clients in the Bride’s Room.

HIGH SCHOOL THE LOFT • SUNDAYS • 6:15 - 8:30 PM • FLC

Christ Church has a long-standing and supportive relationship with the counseling center. Every couple married by a Christ Church pastor has to complete testing and counseling with one of these counselors. In addition the pastors often make referrals to Ms. McCoy or Mr. Mosko as needed. Krist Samaritan counselors’ services are provided on a fee basis, but both use a sliding scale where there is financial difficulty.

This is a great place for high school youth to hang out and relax together in Christian fellowship, Sundays from 6:15 - 8:30 pm in the Family Life Center. THE ENCOUNTER • WEDNESDAYS • 7 - 8:30 PM • CHAPEL

High school students are invited to this weekly Bible study, Wednesday evenings from 7 - 8:30 pm in the Chapel.

HAVE YOU READ A GREAT BOOK LATELY? If you’ve read a Christian book recently that you’d like to share with others, please consider submitting a book review to Christ Corner Bookstore. Contact Tricia Baltazar for submissions or questions at ccb@cumcsl.org.

Contact information for these counselors, and others, may be obtained through Rev. Linda Summers Pierce. CHRIST CHURCH CHARTERS CUB PACK 1800

On February 29 Rev. Linda Summers Pierce signed the Unit Charter Renewal Report for Cub Pack 1800, which made Christ Church the charter-holder for this Cub Pack. Pack 1800 has about 33 members as Tiger Cubs and Webelos. Pack meetings are currently held at Highlands Elementary School, while Den meetings are held in parents’ homes. Rick Conley is the Sam Houston Area Council Representative. Christ Church now holds two charters - this one and Boy Scout Troop 441. OLDER ADULT FAITH AND FITNESS TUESDAYS AT 11:00 AND FRIDAYS AT 1:00 • ROOMS 302/303

Put on some comfortable clothes and try out this gentle exercise class. Participants are encouraged to focus on prayer, scripture and physical fitness (flexibility, balance, range of motion, strength and breathing). Monthly fee for 1 day a week is $15, 2 days a week is $30.

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All middle school youth (6th – 8th grade) are invited to join us in the Family Life Center Gym every Sunday night from 5 - 7:15 pm. We will begin with games, then move to a small group time and end with worship.


SERVE GET YOUR CAR SPARKLING FOR EASTER! SATURDAY, MARCH 31 • 4503 SWEETWATER BLVD

Get your car sparkling clean for Easter and support our youth at the same time. The Youth Jamaica Mission team is having a car wash fundraiser on March 31. The location is 4503 Sweetwater Blvd, Sugar Land, Tx (Dr. Halford’s office location). We will be there from 8:30 am - 3 pm. Come and join the fun. READY TO PRAY!

Beginning April 1, 2012, a group of prayer ministry volunteers will be ready to pray on a moment’s notice for those in crisis due to an emergency situation, accident, tragedy, or sudden loss. They will make up the Emergency Prayer Team. These volunteers, who come from all of Christ Church’s present Member Care ministries and from Sunday School classes and other groups, will be notified of the situation via email, once the person in crisis contacts the church office and gives their permission for those on this team to be notified. Persons requesting this team to “stop and pray” should consider that information will be shared and may eventually spread to other prayer teams in the community. For those wanting to keep their situation confidential, the on-line Prayer Request is still the best option. Volunteers in Member Care ministries at Christ Church include those who will become a part of this new Emergency Prayer Team, those on the Care Team who respond to submitted Prayer Requests, members of Hearts of Grace who pray for concerns shared in Care Team and Staff Meetings, Altar Prayer Partners who serve on Sundays during worship, members of the Healing Prayer Worship Service Planning Team, and trained Stephen Ministers who offer distinctively Christian caregiving as compassionate listeners. Christ Church is known as a “praying church”. Establishing this Emergency Prayer Team provides another way for her “prayer warriors” to serve Jesus Christ and their brothers and sisters in Christ. Please contact Sandy White or Linda Summers Pierce to volunteer or request member care support. THAT WAS FUN! MONDAY, APRIL 9• 7 PM • ROOM 305

“I had so much fun with the fellowship of the Habitat ministry” or “I can’t swing a hammer, but would love to help with our Habitat Home” If either of these statements sound like you...then join us at 7:00 pm Monday, April 9 in Room 305 for a Habitat gettogether. Hear all about our upcoming 2012 build and all the ways YOU can have fun too! FREEDOM WALK TOUR APRIL 12 • CAROL VANCE PRISON UNIT

Curious about how God is creating REAL crime prevention? Join this one-hour tour experience on the second Thursday of the month at either 2 or 7:30 pm. Sign up at least a week in advance. Bible studies and other groups are welcome! Contact Betty Waedemon at 832.755.7761 to sign up or to get more information.

Normal bookstore hours are Sundays, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm & Thursdays, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm.

DONATIONS TO EFBHNM RESALE SHOP SUNDAY, APRIL 22 & 29

Your “trash” can be another person’s “treasure” at the Tri-City Churches Resale Shop: Don’t throw away perfectly good items. Donate them to the Resale Shop where all proceeds go to support the Food Pantry and Financial Assistance programs of EFBHNM. The truck will be at the church from 8:30 am till 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 22 and Sunday, April 29 to accept donations of household items, clothing, working electronics, furniture, sports equipment and toys. For a complete list of accepted items go to www.humanneeds.org. Volunteers are needed to assist with receiving donations. If you can donate an hour or more of your time to help, contact Ginny Schabacker @ 281-980-1179 or schabginny@windstream.net. PARADISE APRIL 22 - 29 • FAMILY LIFE CENTER

Oh, think twice, it’s another day for You and me in paradise Oh, lord, is there nothing more anybody can do Oh lord, there must be something you can say These lyrics from a Phil Collins’ song entitled Another Day in Paradise are related to people displaced from there homes. Can you step out of your paradise and help some families in crisis right here at Christ Church? The week of Apr. 22-29 Christ Church will once again serve as a host church for Fort Bend Family Promise, a local program assisting families displaced from their homes. You can be “hands on” or “behind the scenes”. If you can step out of your paradise, please contact Kira Halcarz at 832-654-9356 or kira.halcarz@gmail.com. A family in crisis needs your Christian love and hands to serve. NEW CANCER SUPPORT GROUP TUESDAY, APRIL 24 & 29 • 7 PM • VOLUNTEER CENTER

A new monthly support group for all cancer survivors and caregivers will be starting at Christ Church this June. Please come to an organizational meeting to find out how you can help. This new support group will be free and open to the community and will be following a curriculum called Reconstruction of a Survivor. This new group will need people to be on a hospitality team, care team and survivor resources team. If you have a desire to help those who have been affected by cancer, come and hear how you can serve. For info. and questions contact Amy Abels at 713.870.3977 or Vicki Schleimer 281.980.2530. THE HOME PROJECT APRIL 28

H.O.M.E. Project means Helping Others a Methodist Experience. It is an annual one-day event each Spring where teams of volunteers do home repairs for folks who are unable to do the work themselves. This mission was organized by members of Methodist Churches in Fort Bend County as a way to serve the community. This year, Parkway United Methodist Church will host the work day on Saturday, April 28. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Workers younger than High School age must be accompanied by a parent. This program is a great way to put our faith into action and share the love of Christ with those who need some work done at their homes. For more information visit www.umhomeproject.org or the signup table in the Ministry area. DID YOU KNOW?

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That each and every single $1 bill collected in the offering plate goes to help people in need?


All youth who have completed 5th - 8th grade as of June 2012 are invited to join us this summer for FYSH ‘Home Base’ Camp. This is a great opportunity to help your student find their servant heart in a home-based environment and to have them meet new friends through service, fellowship and worship. For more info and to register, please visit www.cumcsl.org/youth. BIG HOUSE 2012 - SPACE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 15 YOUTH WHO REGISTER JUNE 14 - 17 • CALDWELL, TX

We want to give opportunity for youth, 6th through the 8th grade, to come together and grow in their Christian experience, through all aspects of our mission, whether it be on the worksite, or in fellowship with one another. For more info and to register, please visit www. cumcsl.org/youth. UM ARMY 2012 JULY 22 - 28

Join us in the summer of 2012, as we will be hosted by St. Paul’s UMC in Bridge City, TX for our UM Army Mission. During this week, participants will be assigned to work teams which combine their unique strengths and gifts in order to meet the home repair and maintenance needs of the less fortunate in the area. This is an amazing mission that allows us to share the Gospel message of love and hope offered by Jesus Christ through our hands and our hearts. For more info and to register, please visit www.cumcsl.org/youth. FEINSTEIN CHALLENGE!

For the 15th year, philanthropist, Alan Shawn Feinstein will divide $1 million proportionately among hunger fighting agencies throughout the country who accept his challenge. All donations (cash, checks and food items) made to East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry during March and April will be counted as part of this great Challenge. The more donations made to EFBHNM, the more of the Feinstein $1 million the ministry will get. Please help us lessen hunger in East Fort Bend County by donating during the months of March and April. Checks can be made out to “CUMC” and note EFBHNM on the memo line. Place non-perishable food item donations in the EFBHNM bin at the Collection Corner. Food items will be valued at $1.00 per item. CAR NEEDED TO KEEP ON THE GOOD ROAD

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be released from prison with $50 and the clothes on your back and no job or means to make a living? It would be frightening to say the least. Even if you have a place to stay, you need a way to get to job interviews, parole and church. If you have a car that is not being used or collecting dust in your garage, Hope Ministry of Texas would like to put it to use by making it available to those that do not have transportation. Please contact Jennifer Lowe at 281.770.4269 ONLY 1 HOUR? – I CAN DO THAT!

Did you know that the 4th Thursday of every month East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry holds a Food Fair? The Food Fair allows those in need to get groceries from 10 am to 12 pm. Nearly 300 people show up on these Thursdays and EFBHN could use our help in sacking and carting food to the clients’ vehicles. Contact Ginny Schabacker at 281.980.1179 if you interested in service or have questions. Serve one hour or three and you will feel a connection with our community and be taking action on that which Christ has compelled us to do – “Love your neighbor as yourself” Matthew 19:19 - Blessings to you for considering to serve.

PHONE VOLUNTEERS

Here is your chance to be that first friendly voice people hear when they call our church - volunteer to take a half-day shift at our receptionist desk each week. We will train you to operate the switchboard, help you to know how to answer questions, and equip you in every way to perform this important task. For more information, contact Debbie Meier at dmeier@cumcsl.org. PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY MONDAYS & FRIDAYS • 9 AM • VOLUNTEER CENTER

Join members of all ages as they create tangible expressions of the prayers of our church for those needing comfort, healing, assurance, and presence. We meet every Friday and Monday. If you don’t know how to crochet or knit, we will teach you! Email Jan Randolph at jan@ cumcsl.org for information. SENIOR RINGERS MONDAYS • 6 PM • CHOIR ROOM

This musical opportunity is available to all interested persons, especially older adults. It offers a place to learn, serve, and fellowship through the art of ringing chimes or handbells under the direction of Molly Ness. No experience is necessary. To join this ensemble, contact Molly Ness at 281.344.8343. Joy Bells and Senior Ringers rehearse at 6 pm and the Jubilation Ringers at 7 pm. GIRL SCOUTS NEED YOUR HELP TO SERVE THE BARTON HOUSE

Girl Scout Troop 19172 has adopted the Barton House, a residence home in Sugar Land for individuals with Alzheimers and other age-related cognitive impairments. The troop is improving their outdoor space for a service project and is collecting new or gently used outdoor games and activities. Ideas for donations include lawn darts, Bocce sets, nerf balls, bubble sets, play pom-poms (cheerleader style), chalk, or any storable outdoor play equipment. They will gladly accept any outdoor storage benches/units/ containers. The troop is also improving the landscaping. Donations of gift certificates for plants would also be greatly appreciated. If you would like to donate, a bin can be found in the hall by the downstairs kitchen. Contact Tara Mitchell 713-248-6554 or taramitchell@comcast.net with questions. Thank you for your help. NEW FROM MEALS ON WHEELS

Christ United Methodist Church has expanded their partnership with Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels! Christ Church will now function as the meal distribution center serving home-bound older adults who live in Sugar Land, Missouri City, Stafford, and surrounding communities in Fort Bend. The meals on wheels distribution center at Christ Church is located just inside the covered drive on the Austin Parkway side of the campus from 8 am to noon, Monday - Friday. Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels delivers nutritious meals to approximately 750 home-bound older adults who are unable to prepare nutritious meals for themselves. Volunteering to help deliver meals only takes about 1 to 1 ½ hours of time each week. For more information on volunteering with Fort Bend Seniors, please contact Christ Church member Leah Doyle at leah@fortbendseniors.org or 281.633.7053.

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FYSH ‘HOME BASE’ CAMP 2012 JUNE 4 - 7 • 8:30 AM - 3 PM DAILY


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CHRIST CHURCH STAFF

Rev. Mike Mayhugh, Senior Pastor Rev. Linda Summers Pierce, Executive Associate Pastor Rev. Jason Nelson, Exec. Director of Discipleship Ministries Karen LaMotta, Exec. Dir. of Outreach Ministries Jeanne Damon, Discipleship Ministries Stacey Fleck, Business Manager Roland Huysman, Facilities Tripp Kerth, Youth Ministries Ingred Lathrop, Children’s Ministries Jan Randolph, Older Adult Ministries Lahonda Sharp, Music Ministries Renee Teel, Mission Ministries For a complete staff listing, please visit our website at www.cumcsl.org EASTER EGG HUNT SATURDAY, MARCH 31• 10 AM

THE HEARTBEAT

Join us Saturday, March 31 at 10 am for our annual Easter egg hunt.The hunt will be at Christ Church and will feature separate hunts for preschoolers and elementary ages. We are asking for donations for goodie bags of items such as fruit snacks, stickers, pencils or bubbles. They can be placed in our collection bins outside of 11/12 by March 25. Invite a friend!

WE’RE HERE TO HELP!

PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS... Milly Patterson’s grandson, Melanie Slagle’s brother, Ann Lancaster, Louise Alcock’s step-mother & stepsister, The Olson family friend, Pat Wallin’s father, Elissa McIntire’s sister & family, Elaine Racer’s son, Lois Tracy’s brother, Claire Unger’s friends, Cindy Winkelmann, Linda Pierce’s friend, Martha Peddy, Melissa Evan’s father, Holli Rabon, Melissa Evans’ friend, Melissa Evans’ friend’s mom, Tripp Kerth, Jesse Yeakel, Carl Wright, Margie Thompson’s son, Teresa Banda’s friend, Townsend Post, McCoy Barnett, Nancy & Pete Olson’s friend, Tom & Gael Bittenbender’s friend, Judy Schaub, Linda Briggs’ friend’s daughter, Karen Sherlock’s father, and all those serving in the military. ANSWERED PRAYERS... Claire Unger’s friend; Martha Peddy; Roni Thompson’s mother; Tonya Schultz; Anne Strodtbeck’s sister; Richard Jordan’s friend; Mary Boysen’s mother; Gena Johnson’s daughter; Al Guerrero; Gael Bittenbender’s brothers. CHRIST CHURCH EXTENDS ITS SYMPATHY TO... Pam Moye on the death of her uncle; Ann Lancaster on the death of her father; Lois Tracy on the death of her sister-in-law

SHARE YOUR JOYS AND CONCERNS WITH US Your pastoral staff and leaders of Christ Church’s Member Care Ministries want to share in your joys and concerns. You might not know this, but hospitals do not contact churches – even when you give them your church name, address, and contact information. Part of this is due to HIPPA laws. So whether you’re about to enter the hospital or you’re celebrating the birth of a baby, please call Sandy White in the church office at 281.980.6888. She will forward your message to the pastors and appropriate member care ministry leaders. PHONE: 281.980.6888 • WWW.CUMCSL.ORG • FACEBOOK.COM/CUMCSL people helping people find fullness in Christ worship • connect • grow • serve


The Connection - April.2012  

Christ United Methodist Church Sugar Land, TX Newsletter - The Connection April 2012

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