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
Thank you for your continued support of our BackPack Buddies outreach! Your donations are feeding nutritionally challenged elementary school children. Acceptable items are very specific, so here’s an easy reference for what can go into a BackPack Buddies bag:
one can of meat (such as beef stew or canned chicken)
one can of tuna
one can of fruit
one bag Ramen noodles
two snack items (such as granola bars)
two oatmeals (individual packets)
two juice boxes
two cans of vegetables
two boxes of milk
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.
A Service of Light in a Time of Grief
This is a worship service for persons who have recently lost a loved one and are experiencing grief during the holidays. A Service of Light is particularly planned for persons and their families to have a quiet, reflective, and comforting place to go during Advent, to both worship and receive care. The service will be led by Rev. H. William Green and Rev. Heather H. Wong. For further information, contact Rev. H. William Green at firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be take place at 5:30pm on Saturday, December 3, in the log cabin.
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 7:00pm. 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.
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. FUMCC UMM are partnering with Habitat Wake. Please see below for available dates and sign-up websites.
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.
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.