Join us for a Parent Social on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 8th and 9th, immediately following drop off in the First Cup Room. New and existing MCC families are invited to stop by for a snack and beverage before heading out for the day. This is a great opportunity to meet new families, connect with old friends and meet the MCC Parent Council!
Archives for August 2015
As September arrives and all of the normal fall programs restart I would like to take a moment to tell you about the theme for children’s choirs this year, “Choosing God’s Way.” As parents, you want to give your child everything they need to have a successful journey to adulthood.
- Young Adult Community Group: September 2
- Table Talk, Youth Talk, Small Talk & Fellowship Feast: September 2
- Children’s Choirs Resume: September 2
- Church Directory Extended Date: September 3
- GriefShare: September 3
- Youth Council / Leadership Applications Due: September 6
- Small Group – The Five Love Languages of Children: September 9
- UMM Breakfast/Speaker: September 12
- “I AM” Umstead Small Group Study: September 14
- UMW Ladies Night Out: September 14
- JOY Trip to the Billy Graham Library: Sign up by September 14
- Covenant Study: September 17
- United Methodist Men’s Golf Fundraiser: Registration Open
- Health Ministries Daily Tips
- Country Cotton-Agape Circle InterAct Fundraiser: September 20
- Worship Orchestra Strings Class: September 20
- JOY Appreciation Banquet: September 24
- MannaFest: September 26 & 27
- If you would like to join us for the Fellowship Feast (from Jason’s Deli) at 5:30, please RSVP here!
- For the Youth Table Talk fall schedule, please click here.
In preparation for the school year we are seeking youth in sixth through twelfth grades who would like to be a part of
Children need to feel loved to best succeed. But if you and your children speak different love languages, your display of love might get lost in translation-affecting your child’s attitude, behavior, and development.
CREATING, LIVING, TRUSTING…Groups are forming for this exciting and in-depth journey that will help connect us in many new life-giving ways!
Here it is, the ever elusive 5th Sundays. It’s always presented unique challenges because we have servants all lined up for the usual 1st, 2nd 3rd and 4th Sundays, but not for 5th Sundays. We believe challenges are just opportunities in disguise, so we have unmasked this one! 5th Sundays (which this Sunday, August 30th, is one) will now be known as Service Sundays where all the kids at the ROCK during the 9:45a and 11a hours will engage in mission together! It’s hands and feet time!
This month we are supporting ZOE and their soup preparation efforts. As you may know, pursuing God’s heart and wisdom has been a theme at the ROCK this month. FUMC-Cary sponsors orphans in Zimbabwe, Africa who have to tune in daily to God’s word and wisdom as they work to survive and choose income generating projects that use the very gifts God has given them to support themselves and bless their communities. We want to teach our children to do the same on a daily basis as they learn that tapping into God’s wisdom leads us not just to survive, but to thrive!
For our first Service Sunday, kids will participate in a hands on service project that will directly benefit and impact the lives of the orphans. The service project involved preparing supplies for the FUMC ZOE team’s annual dry soup mix fund raiser. The kids did a fabulous job prepping twine and pasta bags, and this will be a huge head start for the ZOE team as we prepare to make the dry soup mix during Mannafest weekend. You all are invited to extend this experience as a family and participate in this easy, kid friendly project at the church on Saturday Sept. 26th! To register for MannaFest service opportunities & breakfast Saturday, or lunch on Sunday, click here. The soup will go on sale soon afterwards! If you are interested in joining our group or would like more information, feel free to contact Stephanie Purdy—email@example.com or Angela Smelcer—firstname.lastname@example.org
Attached is a schedule of the morning as well as directions for each station.
YOUTH: Youth are not on the schedule because all youth will guide the children from their classrooms to large group and vice versa. All youth servants should meet in room 118 at 930a to help greet children. When they are not guiding, the youth will be runners upstairs for anything the stations need.
ADULTS: Adults are assigned to a specific room and station. If your name is not designated to a room, you will meet in room 118 in the morning and help me guide the youth. You will be a floater, helping to replenish supplies, as needed, as well. All adult servants should meet in their scheduled rooms at 930a to greet children and get them started. Another copy of the directions for each station will be in the rooms and the rooms will be set up ahead of time for you. Tidy up your stations at 10:45a, but do not put everything away, as the 11a class of kids will be finishing up the service project with what’s left as well as cleaning up the stations. (Angela Smelcer will be leading large group in a ZOE program with assistance from Rachel Gilliam.)
There will be ample signage around the building advising the Kindergarten through 2nd grade families to drop off and pick up in room 118, as you will see on the schedule.
Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns at Sharrell@fumc-cary.org. I’m so excited! I cannot wait to see all of this love in action Sunday!!!
Our next 5th Sunday is in November, when we will support BackPack Buddies. If you are interested in serving alongside the kids in November, email Stacy. Thanks for your heart for service and for our children!
The First Day of Preschool will be Tuesday September 8th. School begins at 8:45 for Transitional Kindergarten and at 9:15 for all other classes. To view a complete calendar for the year, go to the “Calendars Tab” on our site.
We can’t wait to see all our families again!
MCC Parent Orientation is Thursday August 27th at 6:30 pm. Come meet your child’s teacher and check out their curriculum plans for this school year. This is a time for parents only since children have attended “Meet the Teacher.”
As I was preparing to write the blast message this week, I was struggling with a title. Then it occurred to me that perhaps I should stop trying to be creative and innovative, new and “cutesy” every week. Perhaps we should just as a matter of course call this column “From the Heart.”
It meets several criteria. Usually one of the other pastors or I am sharing something with you from our heart – something about worship on Sunday, or about the life of our congregation. We’re letting you know something that is important to us and that we hope will be important to you.
And we’re writing from the heart, from the heart of Cary. We are situated near the most visible intersection of downtown Cary. Our church is often in pictures of events from downtown, such as Lazy Daze or the Food Truck Rodeo or the Christmas or Band Day parades. We are at the heart of this town, both geographically and emotionally. Our members are leaders in the community, in various organizations and enterprises, and in business. FUMCC in many ways stands at the heart of Cary.
It reflects our vision statement, that one that says “We share the heart of Christ from the heart of Cary.” That is who we believe God is calling us to be – a people of Christ’s heart who desire to bless this community in which God has placed us.
So, I like this title. We may use it for a while. I’m certain we’ll use it for the next few weeks. This week, the pastors begin a five-week sermon series on our vision and mission at FUMCC. Our mission, we say, is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ who grow in faith and love through worship, fellowship, service and witness to one another and the world.” Each of the next four Sundays we’ll reflect on one of the aspects of our mission and on MannaFest Sunday, as we all gather at Koka Booth for one service, we’ll reflect on the vision that God has for us “to share the heart….”
This Sunday we’ll talk about why worship is central to who we are as the people of God in this time and place. We’ll hear a reminder that worship was important to Jesus himself (Luke 4:16-21) and should be to us as well. We can only share the heart of Christ when we know the heart of Christ and the first place we learn that is in worship together.
I hope to see you Sunday at worship so that we can have a “heart to heart”.
Grace and peace.
“Come now, big boys don’t cry. Take it like a man”.
It’s hard for men to deal with grief, loss or failure, given the cultural messages most men have internalized. Or maybe it’s biological; something to do with that testosterone bath received while we were still in our mother’s womb. The wounds of loss, tragedy, failure, and death eventually touch everyone, both male and female.
But unfortunately, men generally don’t do a very good job of grieving, which can lead to serious emotional, spiritual and physical damage.
Bob Hight, a FUMC member, Stephen Minister and Stephen Ministry leader will be the speaker at the UMM breakfast in September. Come and hear testimonies from men as they share their experiences with a Stephen Minister. Hear how Stephen Ministry is working within our community. And learn how you can benefit from this real ministry for real men.
United Methodist Men’s Breakfast · Saturday, September 12, 8:00 AM
Everyone Is Invited, First-Time Visitors Eat Free. Just $5 for members of UMM
Register by calling the church office at 467-1861 or by clicking here.
Happy August! Thank you for serving this weekend – this is it – summer is officially over! This Sunday is move up Sunday, where we all move up to the next grade level and start our new teaching schedule.
This month, we are Digging Deep with our elementary classes and are going Up, Up and Away with our preschoolers – read all about it:
For our Elementary kids:
Sometimes it’s easy to know the wise choice. You probably know by now that a healthy breakfast of fruit, yogurt, and granola is a wiser choice than the greasy, fast-food goodness of a sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit. It may pain you because you love a good breakfast from a fast-food joint, but you know that the healthy choice is the wise choice.
But what happens when the wise choice isn’t as easy to spot? Maybe you’re deciding between a few great job opportunities or figuring out the best neighborhood to raise your family. You weigh the pros and the cons of each choice and seek guidance from wise people. You even take time to pray about it. And in the end, you trust that the choice you made is best.
As parents and leaders, we’ve learned this over time. But our kids are just starting their journey of discovering wisdom, and unfortunately, our choices aren’t always cut and dry. As our kids grow up, they’ll soon learn that not every decision they’ll have to make is as clear as we might wish.
That’s why giving kids a strong foundation of wisdom is important. We want them to be equipped to face whatever choices they may encounter in the future, so we’re taking the next several weeks to talk about wisdom.
We define wisdom as finding out what you should do and doing it. It’s not simply about the difference between right and wrong, but about what is wise as we see life from God’s perspective. Jesus knew this first hand. The Bible says that He grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
When it comes to wisdom, we want every child to grow up and say: “I can trust God no matter what.” And, because of how they trust Him they will also realize they can treat others the way they want to be treated and make wise choices regardless of the circumstances.
The principle is simply this, when a child realizes how much Jesus really loves them, what He did so they could have a relationship with God—and when that child makes a relationship with God and His words a priority in his or her life— then they will have the power and wisdom they need to live out a bigger and better story.
As kids search for wisdom throughout August, we’ll encourage them to memorize Proverbs 8:10-11, “Choose my teaching instead of silver. Choose knowledge rather than fine gold. Wisdom is worth more than rubies. Nothing you want can compare with her.”
Wisdom is valuable. We’re hoping to help kids dig deep into the Bible and discover some of God’s wisdom along the way that will help them in the years to come. After all, finding wisdom isn’t that difficult—all you have to do is look.
Week 4: We will look at Proverbs 22:3. “Wise people see danger and go to a safe place. But childish people keep going and suffer for it.” We don’t want children to simply think about what’s right and wrong; rather, we want them to understand what is wise. And wisdom is connected to the words given to them by a loving God, who has their best interest in mind.
Bottom Line: If you want to be wise, look before you leap. When you tiptoe closer to that line between right and wrong you end up in trouble. Instead, wisdom tells you to back away from danger and run in the opposite direction.*
For our Preschoolers:
We’ll begin this month telling preschoolers that God made them. He made their hands, their eyes, their feet. He made each and every part of them. The second week, we’ll explain that not only did He make them, but He has a plan for them. He has a special plan for everyone! Then, preschoolers will hear the story of the lost coin and how God loves them even more than the woman loved her coin. God loves them so much and will always seek them. Finally, they will hear how God loved them so much that He sent Jesus to be their friend forever. Jesus is an amazing friend and loves each and every one of us so much. We’ll finish off the month with fun review games and activities. And be on the lookout for Martin – he’s is in the clubhouse for our Wonder! Look at God’s Story videos this month. He’s getting ready to go on a hot air balloon ride. How exciting!
Here are this week’s lessons:
See you Sunday!
*By Dan Scott ©2015 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. www.ThinkOrange.com. Used by permission.
In the 1950s and ’60s there was a television game show called “What’s My Line?” A guest would come on and answer a series of questions posed by the panelists who were trying to guess the occupation of the guest. Each week, there was a mystery guest who was only asked “yes” or “no” questions by the blindfolded panelists (because, presumably, the mystery guest was famous enough to be recognized). One of the surprises of the show would be discovering something new or unknown about the guest.
It was a way of learning someone’s story. You asked a question. You listened. You learned. You became more aware of who someone is and what motivates or inspires them.
I’m not sure that we have done a very good job in the church in listening to one another’s stories. We can see how God is or has been at work in our lives and we assume that’s how God works for everyone. Learning to ask and to listen helps us to learn. Mostly, what we learn is the many ways that God is at work. When I listen to you, what I discover is God’s story narrated by you.
Conversely, we also seem reluctant to tell our own story. Fear of being misunderstood, anxiety that our version of the God story is not quite as dramatic as someone else’s, uncertainty that we have misread our own lives – all can paralyze us into silence. We need a safe place to rehearse the story so that we may with confidence tell it to others and fulfill our covenantal commitment to witness.
In the gospel of Luke, we read of Jesus exorcizing a man of his demons and restoring him to wholeness (Luke 8:26-39). At the end of the story, Jesus instructs him “Return to your home and tell what God has done for you.” Start sharing the good news at home. It becomes easier to tell. But be sure and tell it.
This Sunday as we reflect on “A Better Story” we’ll think about our stories and how, when, and where we tell them. We will hear stories from our ASP teams about the ways they have witnessed God at work and we will find encouragement to share our stories. And who knows? You may even discover something new or unknown about the preacher!
I hope to see you Sunday at the story-telling.
Grace and peace.