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November 8, 2013



Through Jesus Christ, we will transform the world, one life at a time.

Generosity Changes Everything • Stories of Generosity




y car was towed to the dealership after it would not start. While waiting, I engaged in conversation with a lady who shared that she really needed to find a full-time job…she had been taking care of her mother who had died recently. She was also dealing with “starting over again.” Her husband had recently left her with no money in the family bank account. She was obviously not destitute, but her upper middle class life was gone. Since she had no family, she was worrying about her future --both financially and as a suddenly single 60-year old. She mentioned that she would be meeting a friend for dinner later that night.

11/18 MEET THE PASTORS RSVP by November 14th

After nearly two hours, the technicians could not find the reason my car would not start; it was now starting perfectly….so they decided not to charge me. As I said “goodbye” to the lady, I explained the generosity money from our Church and mentioned that I wanted her to use the $10 for dinner with her friend. Tears were in her eyes as she thanked me. She said she really didn’t need it. However, I think this simple act helped her know that I cared and most importantly, God cared for her. We hugged and I promised she would be in my prayers.

11/22 HIT PAUSE! 6:30 pm A family fun night to focus on the reason for the Advent Season! In The Children’s Wing

The postscript to this story --my car is starting perfectly as though I needed to be at this particular dealership at that particular point in time so that I could be a momentary part of someone’s life.

Arts & Crafts Extravaganza



o your holiday shopping at Arts and Crafts Extravaganza on Saturday, November 23rd, from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. There will be over 90 vendors displaying handmade crafts and products. You will have an opportunity to buy delicious baked goods, and enjoy a tasty lunch! Proceeds benefit local missions, including the Matthews Free Health Clinic and Matthews Help Center.

Final date to donate Halloween candy is November 26th!

We welcome donated home-baked goods. Proceeds support local missions! Please leave items in the Gym Reception Area on Friday, November 22nd. 1 SHOE BOX = 1 LIFE TOUCHED FOREVER


Operation Christmas Child reaches out to children that have been victims of poverty, natural disasters, war, terrorism, and famine, in over 150 countries. For some, it is a reminder that they are loved and is the first gift they have ever received. In most countries, they have the opportunity to attend a discipleship course to learn about Jesus and God's plan of Salvation. What a simple and powerful way to share God's love with a hurting world! EVERY BOX WILL RECEIVE A STORY OF THE GOSPEL IN THE CHILD’S NATIVE LANGUAGE! JOIN US IN MEETING THE 1,000 BOX CHALLENGE! Boxes and information about how to pack a box are now available at the Welcome Center or Noah's Ark. Collection dates - November 10th – 17th. Call Beth Hayslett at 704-846-3235 with your questions. Classic Worship 8:20 am

Contemporary Worship 9:40 am

The Deep Family Worship 2nd Sunday of each month 9:30 am

Spirited Traditional Worship 11:00 am


ONE FAMILY ONE VISION: One Generous Heart Weekly Scripture:

Ezekiel 36:26-27 Ephesians 4:17-24 Centro Cristiano Hosanna (Servicio en Español) 12:30 pm

Delia Lemmond Circle - the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm in Room 158. December: Baking and organizing for “A Cup Of Christmas Tea.” As we look to the next year, be in prayer about our service to Bright Blessings, the Bethlehem Center, and our Global Missions. Continue to collect Labels for Education ( Please put labels in the bin near Welcome Center. Contact Elaine Kiker at 704-847-9998 for details.

Tea & Reading Presentation of the book. Bring your favorite cup or use one provided. Mission: $1 donations for Living Water, International,

Rehobeth Circle - the first Thursday of each month at 9:30 am. This group of Christian women of varying ages and backgrounds gathers together in each others’ homes for sharing and nurturing. Monthly meetings consist of study, service projects and fellowship. Contact Debora Lamb at 704-846-0786 for location and details.

If you are a guest or recent new member, we invite you to Meet the Pastors! This is time to chat with the Pastors in an informal setting.

Stop by the Welcome Center this weekend. Review the list of inactive members. Help us locate them so we can welcome them back. If you have contact information, please notify Karen Schultz at 704-815-1901 or email her at

Space will be limited – please RSVP to Karen at 704-815-1901, or by Thursday, November 14th if you wish to attend.

Sunday School: 9:40: Grade-level classes 11:00: combined classes. Check the signs posted across from the elevator for your classroom!

8th Grade Event-Aw Shucks will be November 16th from 3:30-7:30 pm. Look for more details in the mail this week.

12th Grade - Pajama Party The Youth Fall Spiritual Retreat is this weekend. Please note that Youth Group will not meet on Sunday, November 10 th!

UMYF Sunday night— Sunday Youth Fellowship schedule is: Café & program at 6 pm- bring $2 for Café. C-groups (Caring Groups) for 7th - 9th grades will meet from 6 8 pm, and A-teams (Accountability Teams) will meet from 6 - 8:15 pm. See you there! Youth are always welcome-If you haven’t visited UMYF yet, please come join the fun!

Operation Christmas Child Boxes Please fill and return your boxes to the Church no later than Sunday, November 17th.

For questions regarding Youth Ministries, call a Youth staff member at 704-847-6261. “Like” us on Facebook: Matthews UMC Youth

Youth Ministries Website:

Follow us on twitter: @youth_MUMC

November 16th from 6-8 pm. Look for more details in the mail this week.

ANNUAL CHARGE CONFERENCE November 14 th 7:00 pm St. Andrews UMC 1900 Emerywood Dr. Join this missional gathering of UMC neighbors.

Golf Tournament 

Men, our next breakfast meeting will be Saturday, December 7th at 7:30 in the Dining Room. This is a great venue to make new friends and catch up with old friends. Pastor Stephen will join us and share a little about himself and his vision for 801South. Breakfast will start at 7:30 and end around 9:00. Contact Rich at 704-236-6657 or if you have any questions.

We will prepare and serve breakfast at the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte on Sunday, November 10th. This shelter serves the homeless men of Charlotte by filling the very basic of human needs. We leave the Church at 7 am and return in time for the 11 am service. Contact Dennis Green at 704847-9400 or if you would like to learn more about the ministry.

Our men host a cookout the second Wednesday of every month at Hoskin's Park. On Wednesday, November 13th, we will meet at the Church at 4:30, depart at 4:45 and serve dinner at 6:00. Contact Bo Bobrowski at 704-408-2160 or if you would like to be a part of building relationships with the men of Hoskin’s Park.

Men meet for a Bible Study on Thursday nights at 7:30 pm to discuss topics that are faith based, and the challenges that men face every day. This is a great way to develop friendships through faith-centered discussions. Contact Bo at 704-408-2160 or if you would like to learn more about this group.

Church Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Friday 8:30 am - 1:30 pm


Global Impact Celebration

Mecklenburg Ministries 38th Annual Citywide Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

February 28 th March 2 nd, 2014

Tuesday, Nov 26th, 7:00 pm (6:30 pm Musical Prelude) Covenant Presbyterian Church ~ 1000 East Morehead Street ~ Charlotte Please contact or call 704-565-5455 for more information.

November 12th Program and lunch $7 per person. Begins at 11 am. Reservations required by midnight Sunday. Call 704-815-1982.

Poinsettias Envelopes will be available November 17th - December 1st to purchase poinsettias to decorate the Sanctuary for Advent. Each Poinsettia is $7 and must be purchased by December 8th.

Marriage Mentors: Ready To Serve

Advent Wreath Sign-up Please stop by the Welcome Center on November 17th or November 24th and sign up to light the Advent Wreath during December Worship Services. This is a wonderful opportunity to serve, and it is an important element of worship during Advent. For more information contact Elaine Swaim at 704-815-1997 or

Would you like to better understand the complexities of married life, i.e., conflict resolution, needs, differences and more? Connect with an experienced marriage mentor couple who is ready to help you navigate through the seasons of marriage. Contact for more information.

studies groups Advent Study: Christmas Is Not Your Birthday, Led by Adele Spil, Thursdays from 7:00 8:30 pm, November 14th - December 19th; Cost $8. In five short, engaging sessions be inspired to approach Christmas differently, and be transformed in the process. For questions or to register for a study, contact Kim Layton at 704-815-1913 or Confidential scholarships are available. Childcare may be available if requested in advance.

“Hit Pause” - join us for a fun night for families to focus on the reason for the Advent Season!

Orange Family

Friday, November 22nd ~ 6:30 - 8:30 pm ~ Children’s Wing What is Advent? - Make & take a wreath Chrismons? - Make & take one Come join the music, storytelling! Receive family service ideas! Enjoy cookies & hot chocolate!


WHAT STEPHEN MINISTRY CAN MEAN... “I felt alone and was hurting so much I could barely see straight. Turning to the Stephen Ministry really made a difference for me. I’d encourage anyone going through a challenging time to consider a Stephen Minister.”

Pick up a stack of fliers at the Welcome Center to distribute to your friends and neighbors.

Interested in becoming a member?


If you would like more information contact Irene Smith at 704-882-9020.

Please remember in your prayers: Don Bobbitt upon the death of his mother; Greg Davis upon the death of his mother; David Bigham upon the death of his uncle; and all those in our Church family with special needs and concerns.

CCH Intercessory Prayer Meeting: Saturdays from 5:30 - 7:00 am in the Sanctuary. Everyone is invited to join us to pray for our own families, this Church and this Nation.

Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. Isaiah 55:6 28th

The next class will be Tuesday, January 7 - 9 pm. Childcare is available if requested prior to class. Register online by visiting Become a Member under the New Here tab at, or contact Karen Schultz at 704-815-1901 or

Global Impact Prayer Point: Please pray for the ministry of Operation Christmas Child. For care and protection, we lift up all the men and women serving in our Armed Forces throughout the world.

The Celebration newsletter is a weekly publication for the families and friends of Matthews United Methodist Church. The deadline to submit an article is noon each Monday, the week of publication. If you would like to submit information for publication, please e-mail your articles to or drop them off at the Church Office with “Celebration request” noted on the envelope. Please note that all articles are subject to editing for space and content.

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Growing a Christian Community: A Partnership Story

“Together we can change lives…”

MUMC AND OASIS MINISTRY COLLECTIVELY GROWING AND TRANSFORMING A COMMUNITY INTO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLES. God has called us to be His disciples….but exactly how do you do that? How do you change people and situations, especially in a developing country? Ron and Linda Braaten had just that very challenge. We asked Linda Braaten to comment on the following statements:

You went from: * no teams, to many teams & churches supporting Oasis Ministry. * no school, to graduates becoming teachers in that school. * a small church, to your own church. * being the sole church leader, to Belizeans becoming Elders. * building houses for Belizeans, to Belizeans building houses. * no small businesses, to many… Linda’s response: “God has used the vehicle of Oasis Ministry to involve churches and individuals from the States in the work done in Belize. MUMC came alongside Oasis Ministry approximately 10 years ago, first in a small way, sending building teams, then fully embracing them and walking alongside them in a number of areas. One significant aspect of the ministry has been the training of Belizeans to continue the work that has been started. It takes teamwork to get the job done which is what is happening down in Belize. As individuals and churches have worked together, we have seen Belizean students become Christian Belizean teachers and Belizeans who had nothing to eat now provide for their families.” Linda Braaten explains further, “MUMC came up with the vision for starting small businesses with micro loans. As a result, we have seen families in our village able to provide for themselves and no longer be dependent on handouts. Many of the young people are watching this and are starting to make plans to make use of this ministry. Continued on Page 3

“We have seen families in our village able to provide for themselves and no longer be dependent on handouts.”

Impacting Gloversville THE SELFLESS LOVE OF JESUS IS FULLY PRESENT IN DONN AND CYNDIE TRUAX’S MINISTRY, CHANGE OF 1, (C1), IN GLOVERSVILLE, NY. From youth and young adults to businessmen to recovering addicts, God is changing hearts and restoring lives in Gloversville through the Truaxes and C1.

Gloversville is a seemingly hopeless town on the surface. Once a booming place, the town is now plagued by drugs, alcoholism, poverty, broken relationships, and spiritual darkness. After realizing the need in Gloversville, the Truax family, in a leap of faith, moved from Matthews four years ago to open a mission organization and Christian community center in Gloversville which is now Change of 1.

One of the first days our team was there, I met Rob, a C1 family member. We played piano and drums together and sang the song “Redeemed” by Big Daddy Weave. This song has really great lyrics, although I think they gained a lot more meaning for me by playing it with Rob that day. Later on in the week, Rob shared with me how God was rescuing him from his addiction and helping repair his relationship with his daughter and the rest of his family. At the end of the week, Rob told Donn that he wanted to be baptized, an awesome proclamation of what God had been doing in his life. There are many stories from our trip that I could tell, like ones of people turning from addictions and spiritually dead ways of life, teens from bad family situations finding refuge in God, joyful baptisms, a thriving youth group, and a close-knit community of believers and churches striving together as the body of Christ for the glory of God in a community desperate for Him. ~ Jeffrey Hall



“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

- Romans 10:15




Financial Update

Upcoming Mission Opportunities Belize (February 8th - 15th, 2014) * Earl Coggins - * Sarah Prewitt -

Jamaica (April 12th - 19th, 2014) * Dan Meyer -

Zarmisha Ministry, Uganda (Spring 2014) * Jami Comer -

Visit our website Please join us for meetings the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm in Rooms 209/211. All are Welcome! Continued from cover

Many of the teams came down for ministry in the churches and with the children, but soon Ron saw the need to help many of the families in our villages with housing. So he came up with a plan for teams to build simple homes for families with the greatest need. Many of the home recipients have decided to come and help build for their neighbors when the next team came. On several occasions there have been homes that have been constructed by a fully Belizean team! Two years ago, Ron felt the Lord leading him to start a church right here at Oasis between the two villages of Blackman Eddy and Unitedville. While Ron is the pastor, all of our church leaders are Belizean. We have one young man, who was saved through our ministry many years ago, serving as an elder and the youth pastor. Many of the young people who have been involved in our children’s programs are beginning to step up to take important positions in the church. What a great adventure it is to build God’s kingdom together here in Belize. We are truly seeing the development of a Christian community that stretches from the United States to Belize.” This is a success story about how we…MUMC and Oasis Ministry are collectively growing and transforming a community into Christian disciples. Together we can change lives, situations and hearts. Though our prayers, our service and our financial support we can come alongside those in need and make a difference. ~ Linda Icard with Linda Braaten

Bolivia Bound There were many touching moments when we arrived at the orphanages in La Paz and in Tacachia, especially seeing the Children waiting to greet us with hugs and kisses. The children and staff of the orphanage were so welcoming and loving, we knew God was present. God touched my life in many ways during this trip. He amazed me when I saw the beauty of his creation in the country itself. He humbled me when I saw how He had touched the lives of the children there and how blessed they were to have a loving Christian place to live in. He made me thankful for the blessings in my life! One example of when I saw God at work was when Joshua (a missionary on the trip with us) would tell Bible Stories every day to the children in their language. They couldn’t wait for this to happen! I think it is important to go out into other parts of the world and experience God at work, giving us such a different perspective . I’ve always been a little fearful of going to a place I’ve never been before to do mission work—would I be comfortable, could I do the work needed? Would the people like or relate to me? Every time—moments after I arrive—I know I’ve done the right thing! ~ Patricia Clark

“The children and staff of the orphanage were so welcoming and loving, we knew God was present.”.

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