El ministerio de música de la Primera Iglesia Metodista Unida de Cary, presentará un concierto de Acción de Gracias el domingo 13 de noviembre, a las 3 PM en el Santuario de la iglesia. Tendremos la participación de Cary Carillón con timbres y campanas, el Coro de Capilla, vocalistas y sopranos. Artistas invitados: Sally Ann Timothy y Scott Baker de la iglesia de San Francisco UMC en Cary. El concierto incluirá canciones relacionadas con la fiesta de Acción de Gracias, así como cantos de alabanza. Es completamente gratis y abierto al público. Se anima a los asistentes a traer latas de conservas de duraznos, peras o piña que serán donados al Ministerio Dorcas.
Archives for November 2016
Happy November, friends! This month we’re talking about honor as a response to the character of God.
Chances are if you have kids in sports or competitions of any kind, you have a growing collection of ribbons and medals, sashes and badges, certificates, trophies, or plaques. Some might hang on your walls or sit propped up on shelves somewhere. But if we’re honest, others get stuffed into a drawer and eventually thrown out. These were so important when they first came into our homes, but at some point they just lost their value. All those awards and medals can only mean so much, because honor has a deeper meaning.
People should not just be honored because of what they do; they should primarily be honored because of who they are. Stuff will lose value over time, but not people. At its core, honor is seeing people the way God sees people. We’re naturally wired to put ourselves first, but honor is the opposite of self-centeredness. It is something that flows from your relationship with God. In a sense, one of the best ways we can HONOR God, is by honoring those who reflect the image of God.
Throughout Scripture we see how much God loves us:
He created us in His image.
He knows the number of hairs on our heads.
We are fearfully and wonderfully made.
He pursued a relationship with us even when we wanted nothing to do with Him.
He sent His only Son to pay for our sins to make an eternal relationship with Him possible.
And He did all of this for us without us even asking.
Jesus was the ultimate example of someone who showed others their value.
When Jesus came here, He showed us how to love and show honor to those around us. He taught us to love our enemies, care for the “least of these,” and become the servants of all who puts others’ needs before our own.
That’s why it’s important for us to help our kids and families discovery more about honor—letting someone know you see how valuable they really are.
Our Memory Verse for November comes from Romans 12. Throughout the chapter, Paul casts a vision for the church and how they can live as people transformed by God’s Holy Spirit.
In Romans 12:10, we read, “Love one another deeply. Honor others more than yourselves.” (NIrV) As kids memorize this verse, we hope they understand that honor includes seeing others how God sees them. When kids start doing that, they will be more willing to show God’s love to others and put their needs ahead of their own.
One place you can go as a leader or parent to help kids understand the concept of honor is the life of David. There are some powerful lessons about honor that show up all throughout David’s story. This is what we’ll be covering throughout November.
For our Elementary aged friends THIS WEEK :
In 1 Samuel 16:1-13, God was ready for a new king and sent the prophet Samuel to Jesse’s house to anoint one of his sons as the next king of Israel. Samuel was surprised when God didn’t choose the oldest and strongest of Jesse’s sons. Instead, God had something different in mind. He wanted a king who was a man after His own heart. God chose David, the youngest of Jesse’s sons, to lead his people.
Bottom Line: Honor others by giving them a chance. Often we have people in our lives that we tend to overlook. This story reminds us that God has a different way for us to look at the people around us. We can give people a chance because that’s what God does for us.
For our preschool friends:
November is Thanksgiving month, so we’re helping preschoolers learn to say thank you for the people who help them. And there are a lot of people who help preschoolers!
First, there’s family. I mean family is like at the top of the list! Our preschool friends will hear how Aaron helped his brother Moses this month. Then, there are community helpers all around us who help us just as Nehemiah’s community helped him rebuild the wall.
There are all kinds of other people helping preschoolers by giving them what they need—people like you! You give them hugs, snacks, and best of all, God’s true stories! We need all kinds of people to help us! Elisha got some great help from a woman who prepared an entire room for him.
Oh, and last but not least—friends. Preschoolers need friends. You and I need friends. We all need friends! Friends help us have fun, do what’s right and they come in handy when we forget our snack. I’m pretty sure Elijah was thankful for his new friend, the widow, when she shared her food!
Our preschoolers need help, tons and tons of help. And, we want them to grow up with eyes that see the people who help them, and a heart that says thanks. That’s the goal this month.
Here’s this week’s lessons: (3rd graders are in week 7 of Learning My Bible)
See you Sunday!
Habitat for Humanity Opportunities
First United Methodist Church Cary is partnering with nine other area churches to sponsor a new home for a young family in the Holly Springs area. This year’s build will begin November 5, 2016 and end on January 21, 2017. The most urgent needs are the November dates. Please invite your Sunday School classes or any other group you feel would like to participate. Some of you have already signed up and we appreciate your service. We have two different opportunities: a new home build through the normal Habitat Wake home build program and a roof replacement through the Habitat Home Preservation program. FUMCC UMM are partnering with Habitat Wake on both of these opportunities. Please see below for available dates and sign-up websites.
The roof replacement is an opportunity that was brought to our attention by a member of our church. The roof has been plagued with leaks over the past year and the UMM has attempted multiple times to patch it as well as repairing leak damage to the ceiling. This job is urgent and needs completion as soon as possible.
The new home build is a partnering with 9 other area churches to build a new home for the Baez family at 3521 Crittenden Lane in Holly Springs. We have committed to providing volunteers for five Saturdays (11/5 through 12/31) but I have listed eight Saturdays below as the build was extended from eight to ten weeks.
Roof Replacement: (http://vhub.at/fumofcary)
Nov. 17-19 (Thu-Sat): Need 12 volunteers per day. Lunch provided on Friday.
Home Build: (http://vhub.at/CaryCoalition)
Saturday, 11/5: Need 8 FUMCC UMW providing lunch
Saturday, 11/19: Need 2 St. Michael’s providing lunch
Saturday, 12/3: Need 7 TBD
Saturday, 12/17: Need 5 FUMCC UMW providing lunch
Saturday, 12/31: Need 14 Good Shepherd providing lunch
Saturday, 1/7: Need 15 Greenwood Forest providing lunch
Saturday, 1/14: Need 14 Cary First Christian providing lunch
Saturday, 1/21: Need 14 Pleasant Grove providing lunch
Thank you for your prayerful consideration of the above needs. Servants are free to sign up for any available dates. Register and sign up at http://vhub.at/CaryCoalition. Questions? Contact Mike Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-552-0190.
Attention High School Youth & Adults with a Youthful Heart
Interested in joining us in Bolivia next July? If so, you are invited to a meeting to learn more about our past trips and the logistics of a 2017 trip on November 6 in room 124 from 12:30 to 2:30pm. Lunch will be provided. Contact Kelley Davis 919-244-9632 or email@example.com with questions.
First UMC Cary Health Ministries sponsors the Cary Unity Walk/Run
Join us on November 12, 2016 8:00am! This inaugural Cary Unity Walk is a historic event to celebrate citizens working together to support local first responders and create a safe, unified, and nurturing community for our youth and our future. As a unified community we will walk together from downtown Cary to Wake Med Soccer Park. Participants will enjoy a Unity Festival and Races (5k, 10K and mile) honoring local Police, Sheriff Deputies, State Troopers, Firefighters, EMS and our military. This event will also benefit area non-profit organizations that serve the many needs in our community:
- The 200 Club of Wake County provides immediate financial help for the families of police officers, sheriff deputies, firefighters, EMS squad members, and North Carolina highway patrol serving in Wake County who lose their life in the line of duty.
- Read and Feed gives low-income elementary school children an appetite for reading by strengthening their literacy skills. Using mobile classrooms, Read & Feed provides meals to eliminate hunger, mentors to help children learn to read, and books to build home libraries.
The fun kicks off near the steps of First UMC Cary with a greeting from Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht and a Prayer for Peace from Reverend Green. BE A PART OF THE FUMCC TEAM! There is something for everyone: walk as a team, run, volunteer to help, or just attend the festival at Wake Med! Bring your kids, there will be many activities at the festival (fire trucks, police cars, bounce house, etc.) Sign up for the walk, 5k, 10K or mile fun run by clicking HERE. Use these discount codes and save: 50% off walk and mile code: WalkandMile50, 20% off 5K and 10K code: 5Kand10K20. If walking or running is not your thing, volunteers are needed to help put the event on. Click here to sign up to volunteer for the Cary Unity Walk.
A Concert of Thanks
The Music Ministry of First United Methodist Church will present a Concert of Thanks on Sunday, November 13, at 3:00 in the church sanctuary. Performers will include First UMC Cary Carillon Ringers handbell choir and Chapel Singers; Patti Cook, Director of Children’s Music; Christy Farrior, Associate Director of Music Ministry; Brent Hubble, Director of Celebration Worship and Youth Music; Kollin Absher-Baer, First on Chatham Worship Leader; and Kerry Johnston, Director of Music Ministry. Special guest performers will be Sally Ann Timothy and Scott Baker of St. Francis UMC in Cary.
The concert will include both songs related to the American Thanksgiving holiday, as well as general songs of praise dealing with giving thanks, ending with a piano/organ duet of America the Beautiful, arranged by Kerry Johnston. The concert is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned peaches, pears, or pineapple to benefit Dorcas Ministries of Cary.
Disaster Response Update from the Conference: More Work Sites Open
More work sites are now open and ready for volunteers. Help is needed from those trained in early response and those who are not. If you would like Early Response Training, current dates are available.
Listed by county, active work sites include:
Bertie (no additional teams needed until houses dry out)
Columbus (day teams)
Cumberland (day teams)
Dare (all teams)
Duplin (day teams)
Edgecome (all teams)
Pender (day teams)
Robeson (all teams)
If you can volunteer on any of these work sites, please contact the NCCUMC Disaster Response Call Center @ 888.440.9167 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We also need volunteers at the Disaster Response Call Center. If you prefer to work on the computer, we need you! If you prefer phone duty, we need you! Find a day and time that works for you and come on down!
ASP Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale
Again this Christmas, you can help FUMCC support ASP (Appalachia Service Project) and bring a little bit of Appalachian freshness into your home for the holidays.
Our church’s youth and adult ASP volunteers are selling fresh-cut Fraser Fir Christmas Trees and Wreaths. These beautiful trees and wreaths are offered by pre-order only, and will be available for pick-up Saturday, December 3 from 2:00pm-5:30pm. Home delivery is available for a nominal charge. Payment is due with order. Please make checks payable to FUMC-Cary. Orders must be received by Monday, November 28. Place order forms in the designated box (outside the church office), or you can click here for sizes and prices and to place your order. Already have a tree? Please ask about our program to purchase trees for others less fortunate. Questions? Call 919-649-4962, or email WarlickUSA@aol.com.
Save the Date! “Alathea” Concert
The group Alathea is coming to First UMC Cary on Saturday, November 19 for a concert. Alathea is a world-renowned folk music and storytelling group. Their music is powerful, and they are huge supporters of Appalachia Service Project (ASP). They have provided the background music for many of ASP’s videos, including, “I Still Carry You,” about an ASP youth who gave a pillow as a gift to a young boy who slept on the floor in his Appalachian home.
Admission is free. Refreshments will be provided. Donations will be accepted for flood relief, including ASP’s efforts to Rebuild Rainelle, WV, as well as NC flood relief efforts. Rainelle is the place where three of our own youth ASP teams were stranded this June due to flash flooding. Come be a part of this joyful concert event. You will be blessed!
All Faiths Women’s Book Group
The book for discussion at the next All Faiths Women’s Book Group will be Having Our Say by the Delany sisters Sarah (Sadie) and Elizabeth (Bess) Delany. We will gather at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Hall at 830 Old Apex Road in Cary at 2:30pm on December 4 for fellowship, discussion, and food. The Delany sisters were born in the late 1800s and both lived to be over 100 years old. This book is an oral history of their life in America from North Carolina beginnings to working in New York City. It is a good read with much wisdom and goodness included in their stories. For more information contact Susan Ciccarelli at Susan@SusanCiccarelli.com.
Stephen Ministry Training
Stephen Ministry has been a part of First UMC Cary for over 20 years. With a congregation of over 4,000 in number, we need a strong Stephen Ministry in order to support the needs of people who could use the presence of someone who cares. If you’re at a time in your life when you’re asking God, ‘What more can I do to serve you?’ and you are a caring person, please consider becoming a Stephen Minister. If you are interested in finding out more about our Stephen Ministry program, please email Bob Hight at email@example.com or call 919-656-3622, or email Chuckie Chinault at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-306-0460. Stephen Ministry training will commence in January, 2017. Please be in prayer for our Stephen Ministry program at First UMC Cary and consider becoming a part of this ministry. We will be glad to get you started on the application process.
Wednesday Night Connections
Join us at 6:30pm in the fellowship hall as we continue our Fall Table Talk (Adult Bible Study) series. All are welcome to attend. There are also offerings for children, youth and young adults: Small Talk, Youth Talk and Foundry.
Urban Ministries Sponsor Stone Soup Supper
November 16, 2016, 5:30pm to 8:30pm, McKimmon Center
Each November, Urban Ministries of Wake County hosts a pre-holiday festival of community caring and sharing. The Triangle Potters Guild provides handmade artisan pottery for sale in our Potters Village, local chefs compete for the Souperior Chef award with their favorite soup recipes, and guests enjoy delicious food and atmosphere while raising funds for the needy in our community. Click here for tickets.
JOY Outing: “Christmas Sweet”
December 10 at 2:00pm at Colonial Baptist Church on Tryon Road. (Cost is $12 per ticket)
“Christmas Sweet” is a musical variety show with a Christmas theme. Some songs are cute, some are funny, and others are traditional carols. There is a full orchestra plus multiple choral groups. The tables are decorated for the season and each person gets a choice of a dessert and a beverage. Click here to register.
Young Adult Ministry
18-35 year old? College-aged? Young Professional? Young Parent? Get plugged into our Young Adult Ministry: FOUNDRY. Visit firstcary.com/youngadults or email Kollin Absher-Baer at email@example.com to find out how!
GriefShare is a 13-week program designed to encourage healing by walking with others who are also grieving. Each week, different topics are addressed in relevant videos, with various individuals sharing their wisdom to promote healing. They share how they were able to find a “new normal” in their lives, filled with joy and hope for the future. 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. We will meet Thursdays through December 15 at 7:00pm in room 125. Click here to sign up.