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 this Saturday. Doors open at 5:30 and the concert begins at 6:30. You will be blessed!
Bridge the Gap Mission
Bridge the Gap Mission will be collecting new unwrapped toys until Wednesday, December 14. These toys go to our Santa’s Workshop on December 17. Parents can come and shop for their children. Toys are $1.00 a toy with a limit of 5. Drop them off in the box in the church office or give them to Becky Viersen in the Celebration Service on Sundays. Thank you for your generous donations.
Dorcas Ministries Food Pantry
Your holiday food donations will help those in need have a happier holiday season! Most needed items:
- small canned hams
- stuffing mix
- Bisquick or baking mix
- canned fruit
- fresh or canned potatoes
- fresh or canned sweet potatoes
- packaged desserts (cookies, frozen pie, etc)
- grocery store gift cards for turkey
Health Ministry News
With the Holiday Season fast approaching, things get hectic and we often fall out of our routine. Maybe you have travel planned, or are hosting a house full of people. Recipes aren’t always the healthiest around the Holidays, and with so much going on, who has the time to exercise, get good sleep, pause to be grateful or mindful? Believe it or not, this time of year can be healthful AND enjoyable.
Health Ministries is launching Healthy Holidays for the month of November. Each day you will receive an email with a tip, strategy or idea to promote health and wellbeing during the Holiday season in one of the following areas: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and relational. Sign up here to register for your daily tip. If you currently receive the daily NuggIT, you’re already registered and do not need to sign up again!
Hands On Advent: Anticipating Christmas
Join us on November 30 at 6:30pm in the fellowship hall following Fellowship Feast for Hands On Advent: Anticipating Christmas! It will be a fun time of fellowship while making Advent Wreaths and Chrismons. All ages and skill levels are welcome. There will be detailed instructions and pro crafters available to help you create your own Advent wreath or a felt Chrismon ornament to take home. Included will be take-aways sharing the meaning of the wreaths and symbolism of Chrismons. This is a great way to share our faith traditions with our families, young and old. There is a $5 fee for families making an Advent wreath, please click here to register ahead of time so we have ample supplies. And don’t forget to register for dinner if you’ll be eating with us as well.
Choir to Sing at Meymandi
Members of the First UMC Cary Chancel Choir will sing along with a 250 voice choir at the beautiful Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh, as they perform Go, Sing It On the Mountain by noted local composer Pepper Choplin. The performance will be on Sunday, December 4, at 7:00 pm. The 250 voice choir will be joined by a 29 piece orchestra, directed by Pepper Choplin. The first half of the concert will feature a guest ensemble, the Triangle Wind Ensemble.
ZOE Soup and Chocolate Covered Treat Sale
Wednesday Night Dinner, November 16 and Sunday, November 20
Just in time for the holidays, the ZOE team will be selling dry soup mixes (traditional beef and vegetarian seven bean) PLUS our new goodie – chocolate covered treats. These products are great for family gatherings or gifts for friends and colleagues. Tables will be located around the church campus November and 20. All items are $10 each, with proceeds supporting our mission trips and Hope Companion orphans. If you don’t enjoy soup or chocolate goodies, for every $10 you donate, we will give your jar of soup to the Dorcas food pantry to help a local family in need. Zimbabwean crafts and jewelry will also be available at the Templeton foyer table.
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 began November 5, 2016 and end on January 21, 2017. 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: 11/17-19 (Thu-Sat).
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).
Roof Replacement: (http://vhub.at/fumofcary)
Home Build: (http://vhub.at/CaryCoalition)
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 email@example.com or 919-552-0190.
Our annual Charge Conference will be December 1 at 7:00pm in room 200. The charge conference will receive and act on the 2017 Pastor Compensation recommendation from Staff Parish and consider a candidate for ministry.
Following the Charge Conference, the Church Council will have holy conversation with our District Superintendent, Gray Southern and will consider the 2017 Budget recommendation from Finance. All are welcome to attend.
Angel Tree Ministry
Please support our annual Prison Fellowship Angel Tree ministry by selecting an angel from one of the trees on Sunday, 11/20 and Sunday 11/27. Price range for gifts is $15 – $25. Wrapped gifts will be collected in the Unity Sunday School Classroom, room 125, between 8:00am – 11:00am, Sunday, December 4.
1st on Chatham Begins Second Sunday Service
For two years, the FUMCC 1st on Chatham (1oC) community has worshiped at 9:45, and we’re excited to tell you we’ve added a second 1oC worship opportunity at 11:05.
The 1oC worship takes place in The Cary Theater, and is a contemporary service with a bend towards ancient tradition and liturgy. The music largely is acoustic, intimate, and participatory, drawing from contemporary and ancient songwriting, in a modern, approachable venue.
The 11:05 service is a great opportunity for families, couples, youth or individuals who attend/teach at the 9:45 Sunday School hours and those looking for a late morning service in the relaxed, intimate setting of The Cary Theater.
You’re welcome to come anytime, and we’d love to see you this Sunday at 11:05. You can park for the 1st on Chatham services in the FUMCC parking lots off Waldo Street, and care and classes for children of all ages is available for both services. If you have questions about the 1st on Chatham services, or would like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit 1stOnChatham.com.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-656-3622, or email Chuckie Chinault at email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.