Starting Wednesday, April 26, a new prayer study will begin. Lasting six weeks, it will cover the topics of icons, praying in color, and prayer beads. Why do we need another prayer study? Because we still are growing as disciples and enriching our relationship with God. Prayer is one of many ways that we connect with our God. Join the prayer study in the Philathea room (#156), starting at 6:30. Meet new people in your faith community, create new rhythms in your life and learn new ways to encounter God and grow as a disciple. Click here to sign up.
Bolivia Outreach Chicken Pickin’
Date: April 28, 2017
When: 4:00 to 7:00
Where: Waldo Street drive through OR come inside to eat
Price: $10 individual ticket / $40 family max
Menu: Grilled chicken, green beans, potatoes, roll & banana pudding
The Bolivia team will be selling tickets on campus April 23 or they can be purchased online.
Appalachia Service Project Stock Sale
The ASP “Stock Sale” will be on-campus Sunday, April 30 and Sunday, June 4. ASP is a hands-on relationship ministry working to transform lives while making substandard housing warmer, safer and dryer for low-income families across five central Appalachia states. First UMC Cary servants have been participating in this important outreach ministry for 37 years. Click here to learn more and purchase “stock.”
Congregational Care Ministers
Do you feel called to be a Congregational Care Minister (CCM)? A Congregational Care Minister is a trained lay person who assists our pastors in providing congregational care. A CCM works with the supervision and direction of our pastors to fulfill various roles and ministries, including hospital visits, funeral assistance, home visits, taking communion to Insiders, and much more. The process to become a Congregational Care Minister begins with prayer, asking for God’s guidance and direction. Each person will need to complete an application form and interview with a member of the Congregational Care Ministry Committee and a pastor. When accepted, each person will attend a six-week training course and sign a covenant agreement. Applications to become a CCM are available in the church office and online. Click here for the application. Applications will be accepted through May 15. Interviews will take place May 16 through June 30. The training will be September 11-October 16. Congregational Care Ministers who successfully complete the process will begin their ministry in November. The official commissioning service will take place in January 2018. For further information on becoming a Congregational Care Minister, contact Reverend H. William Green, Executive Pastor of Congregational Care, email@example.com, or Reverend Heather Herrin Wong, Pastor of Senior Adult Ministry, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for Seniors
Are you, or someone you love, interested in learning about available and beneficial resources for older adults in Wake County? If so, First UMC Cary’s Stephen Ministry would like to invite you to a meeting on Tuesday, May 2nd at 6:30pm in room 200 to hear from Scott Waterhouse, Program Director of Information at Resources for Seniors (previously named the Wake County Council on Aging). This is a great opportunity to hear about resources, information, and referral services in our community that you might not be aware of to support older adults and adults with disabilities! Light refreshments will be served, and all are welcome.
NC State Fair Booth Operations Manager
Please email Christine Hildebrand if you are interested in managing our NC State Fair Food Booth this year by clicking here. The NC State Fair this year begins October 12 and runs through October 22.
Adult Servant Appreciation Breakfast
All adult servants who serve with youth in any capacity are invited to a continental breakfast on Sunday, April 30, 9:30am-11:00am in the youth room.
This includes UMYF counselors, Sunday school teachers, puppet leaders, youth mission team leaders, youth music ministry servants, and UMYF dinner cooks and servers. If you serve in any capacity with youth in grades 6 – 12 YOU are invited.
We want to thank you for all that you do for our youth!
ZOE Challenge – Double Your Impact!
ZOE is a non-profit organization that helps orphaned and vulnerable children help themselves. Operating in seven countries, ZOE’s highly effective empowerment model lifts children out of loneliness and extreme poverty to a life of dignity and self-sufficiency. Since 2010, FUMCC has empowered 1700 children so that they never need charity again. Wow! But there are more children who need a hand to help them up.
A ZOE supporter is offering to fund a ZOE working group of 60 to 100 orphans and vulnerable children over their three-year journey out of extreme poverty, for every working group partnered by someone else. This is an offer to match up to 20 working groups, and means as many as 4,000 additional children may have a chance to sustainably escape from extreme poverty.
There are several ways you can participate by making a commitment by May 31, 2017:
- Fund your own Working Group for $8,000/year for three years
- Partner with someone else and fund half a Working Group for $4,000/year for three years. One FUMCC couple is looking for a funding partner.
- Participate in crowd funding. For $35 per month for three years, anyone can be part of funding a working group of ZOE children. To join now, go to: zoehelps.org/SPRING.
Hurricane Matthew Work Team Date Change
The United Methodist Men will be leading our Church’s second work team to areas damaged by Hurricane Matthew on Saturday, April 29, 2017. This time the team will likely be working on new construction. The team is open to men, women and older youth. Please contact Rick Kibler for more details and to sign up at 919-467-0046 or email@example.com.
Bridge the Gap: Needs Small Toiletries and Laundry Detergent
This month, Bridge the Gap Mission is collecting laundry detergent and small toiletries (hotel/travel size). We are partnering with a laundry-mat to provide some free weeks of washing and drying of clothes to people who are leaving prison, homeless or those in need. We need detergent (can be liquid or dry), and dryer sheets. The small toiletries work well for homeless as they have to carry everything with them during the day even if they are in a shelter. Please place in the box in the church hallway or in the church office.
How Can We Help You? Men’s Opportunities Survey
Men, do you want to feel more connected to your church? The Methodist Men can help you. As different men have different needs, interests, schedules and talents, we want to be able to help the individual men of the church be involved and connected with activities and opportunities and groups that fit them. So we are sending out a short, online survey soon that will help us communicate with you about activities, service opportunities and groups at the church that may be of specific interest to you. We will also use this information to plan activities and different functions that will be of interest to the men of the church.
How can you help us? Take the survey. Here are four easy ways to take it.
- Click here and you can take it right now.
- Go to the UMM page on the church website and there will be a link to the survey there.
- In the next couple of weeks you should receive an email with a link to take the survey.
- If you would prefer a paper survey to fill out, just contact David Crittenden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.880.5902.
Silent Retreat at St. Francis Springs Prayer Center
Located in Stoneville, NC, about 30 miles north of Greensboro, NC.
Date/Time: Friday, May 19 (check in at 4:00pm) to Sunday, May 21, 1:00pm
Retreat Cost: $240 (includes single room, meals Friday dinner through Sunday lunch) $180 (includes double occupancy room, meals Friday dinner through Sunday lunch)
This retreat will be led by Joyce Horn, Charlotte West and Becky Stafford. For questions, call Becky Stafford at 919-469-4608 or email email@example.com. Click here to register online.
1:17p.m. Daily Prayer Text or Email
If you would like to receive a daily prayer, you can either text @117pray to 81010 or you may sign up to receive daily emails by clicking here.
GriefShare is a 13-week program designed to encourage healing by walking with others who are also grieving. 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 meet Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in room 125.
Legal Clinic for Immigrants
Do you know a refugee or immigrant that needs immigration legal help? There is a low-cost Legal Clinic for Immigrants: Apex Immigration Services, 203 E. Moore Street, Apex, NC 27502. The clinic will be open on the second and fourth Fridays of every month from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Talk in private to a BIA certified representative about an immigration legal issue. Please call in advance. To make an appointment, call (919) 589-5231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!