Archives for February 2016
MCC is currently registering for all classes for the 2016-2017 school year. Please contact Alicia Shelton, Director of MCC for more details.
Join us for a groovy book fair! The Methodist Children’s Center’s annual Scholastic book fair will be Monday, February 22, through Thursday, February 25, from 8:45-9:45 a.m. and 12:00-1:30 p.m. in Room 118 of the Templeton Building. Have a tie-dye good time at Family Night on Wednesday, February 24 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. and meet special guest, Clifford the Dog!
Find great books, support our little learners and donate books to children in need! For more details or to shop online, visit bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/MCC.
Join us for a groovy book fair! The Methodist Children’s Center’s annual Scholastic book fair will be Monday, February 22, through Thursday, February 25, from 8:45-9:45 a.m. and 12:00-1:30 p.m. in Room 118 of the Templeton Building.
Have a tie-dye good time at Family Night on Wednesday, February 24 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. and meet special guest, Clifford the Dog! Find great books, support our little learners and donate books to children in need!
For more details or to shop online, click HERE.
Thanks for your support!
Alicia Shelton, Director, MCC
Registration for MCC Summer Camp is now open. The camp is June 27th-July1st from 9am-1pm each day. The cost is $135.00 for the week. Go to
Ms. Lisa and Ms. Nancy had fun with Panther Pride all week! We have some serious 4-year-old fans!
Join Health Ministries for Points With a Purpose!
We will begin a new challenge during Lent where we will focus on the importance of whole health as well as loving and serving others. Points With a Purpose is a point system-based challenge and can be done individually or in teams of two to four. For example, you can accumulate points for 15 minute increments of exercise, choosing fruits and vegetables, sleep, random acts of kindness, donating canned food, prayer and devotion time, etc. We will also track our progress on our Facebook page, “Be Oriented.” Let’s have fun and work together to become healthier servants! Click here to register.
We will celebrate the Transfiguration of the Lord this week as we take a look at Luke 9:28-36. Jesus goes up on a mountain to pray with Peter, John and James and his appearance changed and his face and clothes “flashed white like lightning.” A cloud overshadowed them and then God’s voice speaks from the cloud. The disciples are overcome with awe and the voice tells the disciples that Jesus is God’s son and chosen one. Then God says, “Listen to him!” (Luke 9:35).
But what is it that the disciples need to hear? Jesus’ divine nature has just been revealed and there was so much going on that Peter almost missed it. That can happen in our lives too. We are bombarded each day with so much input that we can miss what God is trying to say to us. Listening to God’s communication in our daily lives is a skill we have to practice. What is God saying to us each day?
It’s difficult to follow Jesus if we don’t know where he wants to lead us. Sometimes we have our head in a cloud and can miss transformational moments. Our preconceived opinions and notions can also block out our awareness of what God is trying to tell us. Are we open to transformation? Are we open to what it is that we need to hear?
Worship is one of the best ways to hear God. Come join us this Sunday as our youth lead worship and we practice listening so we can grow in faith and love and share that love with one another and the world!
See you in worship,
RESCHEDULED LENTEN SERMON SERIES & SMALL GROUP INFORMATION SESSION
Join Reverend Martha McLean this Sunday, February 7, in Room 200 immediately after worship for a time of conversation and lunch to discuss this year’s Lenten sermon series and study options. This gathering is for Sunday School and Small Group Leaders and all interested persons. Click here to register for the session. For more information regarding our Lenten sermon series and small group opportunities, please click here.
Join Health Ministries for Points With a Purpose! We will begin a new challenge during Lent where we will focus on the importance of whole health as well as loving and serving others. Points With a Purpose is a point system-based challenge and can be done individually or in teams of two to four. For example, you can accumulate points for 15 minute increments of exercise, choosing fruits and vegetables, sleep, random acts of kindness, donating canned food, prayer and devotion time, etc. We will also track our progress on our Facebook page, “Be Oriented.” Let’s have fun and work together to become healthier servants! Click here to register.
MESSAGE FROM BISHOP WARD: SUPER BOWL FOOD COLLECTION CHALLENGE
I give thanks today that we are mission-minded United Methodists, always seeking opportunities to serve in the world and to offer help and hope and sustenance.
The Super Bowl is coming very soon and the Carolina Panthers have the whole state of North Carolina very excited. We received a challenge from Denver. Our United Methodist friends there have challenged Carolina Panther fans to see which group could collect the most non-perishable food items. As the Super Bowl approaches, the challenge is simple: wherever you are in the North Carolina Annual Conference, collect non-perishable food – rice, cereal, canned foods – and take those things to a pantry or a food distribution center near you – one of your favorite ministries in your community. Be sure that you count the number of items that you collect in your churches and then, simply go online and send in the name of your church and the number of items – not pounds – the number of items that have been collected. All of these will be added together and we will see after the Super Bowl who collects the most food – the people of the Denver area or the North Carolina United Methodist family.
We’re confident that many will be blessed in this blitz mission opportunity that is extended now to you as Super Bowl Sunday comes. Have fun collecting food for those in need on Super Bowl Sunday.
BASKETS OF HOPE
Servants Needed! The Baskets of Hope Ministry needs help planning and organizing ahead of Lent. If you’re interested in joining the ministry that extends the love of Christ to at-risk children through the gift of an Easter Basket, please contact us: email@example.com or call Kellie Petty at 919-830-8609.
GRIEFSHARE OFFERS HOPE AND HEALING
GriefShare is a 13-week-long program designed to encourage healing by walking with others who are also grieving. If you have lost a loved one and are struggling with your grief, we encourage you attend GriefShare. There is a fee of $15 for the GriefShare workbook. If you are repeating the series and already have your workbook, there is no fee.
The next session will begin Thursday, February 4. Barring inclement weather, the meetings will run through May 5.
SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER, MARDI GRAS PARADE & GAMES
All are welcome to join us for our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper prepared by the United Methodist Men at 5:30pm February 9 in the fellowship hall. Following supper there will be a Mardi Gras Parade and Pancake-A-Palooza … fun for the whole family!
We will have a service of Imposition of Ashes on Wednesday, February 10 at noon in the sanctuary, followed by a light lunch in the fellowship hall. At 7:00pm there will be a worship service in the fellowship hall, as well as a service for children in room 118.
PC LAPTOPS NEEDED
The Sarah Circle is making some exciting changes to the seasonal Children’s Consignment Sale to improve the efficiency of the sale. As a result of these changes, the sale needs to purchase several laptop computers, but we want to be good stewards of the sale and would much prefer for proceeds of the sale to continue benefiting missions in the area rather than investing in equipment. If you have a functioning Windows laptop with Windows 7, 8, XP or Vista (not an Apple laptop) and would like to donate it to our sale, we would be THRILLED to accept your donation (and can provide you with a tax receipt). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a laptop that you’d like to donate to the sale.
FUEGO LOCO!!! OUR HEARTS ARE “CRAZY ON FIRE” FOR CHRIST
Saturday Morning Middle School Boys Small Group- February 13.
Our mission: To develop a love for Christ through the fellowship of Christian men and adventure. This will be accomplished through a mix of scripture and hands on activities. We will be meeting Saturday, February 13, 10:00am to 12:00pm. The theme will be “The Amazing Creation.” (Genesis 1)
We will be meeting at the “Grassy Area/Spillway” (down the hill from the Community Center – park in the Community Center) at Bond Park at 10:00. Bring your dad and an Estes Rocket to launch. If your Dad can’t make it or you don’t have a rocket, come anyway. It is going to be fun! *Parents, if your son is late, please do not drop him off. Help him find the group. We will start in the field at 10:00, but will end up either in the field or at the top of the hill when we are done.
For more information, you may contact Bob Reichel at email@example.com or Stuart McCormack at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Chad Church at email@example.com. Click here for a map of Bond Park. We are meeting right in the center of the map.
JOY PRESIDENTIAL TRIVIA POT LUCK
Thursday, February 18, 11:30am in room 200
Brush up on your presidential knowledge and then join us for a fun game of Presidential Trivia led by Lisa Banks! Bring a dish to share for lunch. Click here to sign up.
JOY TOUR OF NC CAPITAL BUILDING AND LUNCH AT TRIPPS
Saturday, March 26th leaving FUMCC at 9:15am, touring the NC Capital building, stopping for lunch at Tripps on Wade Avenue and returning to FUMCC before 2:30pm. Click here to sign up.
STATE FAIR BOOTH PROCEEDS FUNDING REQUESTS
Our State Fair Booth provides funds for special or extraordinary projects, missions or ministries which serve the communities regularly served by First UMC Cary. Prior to the 2015 State Fair, we decided that the primary recipient of this year’s proceeds will be Wake Communities in Schools. Additional funds are available for new requests. The State Fair Booth Proceeds committee will be meeting soon to review requests submitted by that time. If you or your group has a funding request, please email it to committee chair Maureen Sawchak, firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, February 19.
FROM THE HEART CHILDREN’S SPRING CONSIGNMENT SALE
The Sarah Circle Children’s Consignment Sale will take place in the fellowship hall at First UMC Cary. Sale dates are March 4, 6:00 to 9:00pm, and March 5 (half-price day) 8:00 to 11:00am. Consignor drop off dates are February 28 – March 3. Visit http://consignwithfumc.com for information.
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY: VBS REGISTRATION
The week is July 18-22 9:15-12:30 daily Surf Shack is the theme!
To make this an Epic Ride we will need surfing, ocean, beach themed items. Help us make catch the wave of God’s amazing Love …..
Children to Participate: https://www.easyreg.org/cgi-bin/acct/5RCMKS3EJ3/displayForm.pl?dir=KNXJPK3A_2016&again=
To get more information or register for other camp opportunities, click here: http://firstcary.com/2016/02/camp-registration-is-live/
GENESIS SUNDAY SCHOOL WORLD RELIGION STUDY
The Genesis adult Sunday School class is beginning a study of Christianity and world religions using Adam Hamilton’s ‘Christianity and World Religions: Wrestling With Questions People Ask’ as a guide for our discussion. We will increase the understanding and depth of our own faith. To enhance our dialog and understanding, we will be bringing in practicing members of other faith traditions.
Genesis invites anyone interested in this topic or who may be searching for an adult Sunday School class to join us. Genesis is a discussion-based class with a membership of adults ranging from their 30s to their 50s with a broad set of interests.