On April 6, 1871, the little community around Frank Page’s hotel (built to serve railroad passengers) was incorporated as the Town of Cary. Page became the first mayor. Two or three days later, a Methodist church was organized with J. T. Harris as the first pastor. The Cary Methodist Church was part of the nine church Cary Circuit which included, among other churches, Macedonia and Apex churches.
One hundred forty three years later, that Methodist church is FUMCC and stands on the same site as the original church. For almost a century and a half, there has been a Methodist presence in the heart of Cary witnessing to Jesus Christ and sharing the message of grace and love which is the hallmark of the Methodist movement.
The Endowment Committee is inviting you to join in celebrating that heritage while, at the same time, thinking toward our future. Our physical campus is large with regular and constant upgrade and maintenance needs. Those needs, unless provided for elsewhere, will eventually become a strain on the budget, restricting missional and ministry opportunities. The Endowment Committee is committed to building and sustaining a permanent endowment for capital maintenance and improvements to address those future concerns and ensure that FUMCC will continue to be a presence for Jesus Christ in Cary for the next 143 years.
So, this Sunday we are hosting a birthday party for FUMCC. There will be cake and balloons in the First Cup room. Stop by between services and join the party.
And give FUMCC a birthday present. The Endowment Committee is inviting everyone to share in the occasion – from youngest to oldest. The challenge is for each member of our church family to give the church a birthday gift: a one-time annual gift to the endowment in a multiple of 143. $1.43, $14.30, $143.00, $1,430. You get the idea. It’s simple. It’s fun. And each of us can be a part of the future.
Also, Sunday, we will be led in worship by our present and future as our children serve as liturgists and worship leaders, reminding us of their baptismal call to worship and service. We will begin an Easter sermon series – “A Living Hope” – by reflecting on John 20:19-31 and 1 Peter 1:3-9 in a sermon entitled “Believe” (in all five worship services).
In other words, Sunday will be a big day befitting a birthday party. I look forward to seeing you Sunday around the table with the cake!
Grace and peace.