There will be a called meeting of the Charge Conference of FUMC, Cary on June 8 at 7:00pm. The purpose of the Conference shall be:
1. Electing officers for terms from July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018; and
2. Revising and amending the charter for the Permanent Endowment Fund.
Members of the Church Council are voting members of the Charge Conference. Everyone is welcome to attend. Following the Charge Conference, there will be a regular meeting of the Church Council.
Children’s Choirs Spring Celebration Dinner
Children: register by 3:00 this afternoon (Wednesday, May 10) and then join us at the Children’s Choirs Spring Celebration Dinner at 6:30 tonight! If you do, you will receive a coupon for a DQ mini blizzard. All youth singers and ringers who register by Thursday May 18 will receive a DQ coupon for the mini blizzard also!
Bosnia Outreach Bake Sale
This Sunday, May 10, the Bosnia Outreach Team will have a bake sale to raise funds for their mission trip to Bosnia. Lots of delicious home-made pastries will be for sale! Stop by the West Templeton entrance and satisfy your sweet tooth to help support a great cause.
Town Hall Meeting
There will be a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, May 23 at 7:00pm in room 200 to discuss options and direction for the NC State Fair Food Booth. All are welcome to attend. Please email Christine Hildebrand (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
The handbell choirs of First UMC Cary will celebrate the end of the ringing year with the annual Spring Ring concert on Sunday, May 21, at 3:00pm in the fellowship hall. Each choir will play two selections to show off their ringing skills.
A dessert potluck, beginning at 2:45, will be a part of the festivities. The audience is asked to bring a dessert of their choice for eight other people to share. Seating will be around tables, and fun will be had!
Next Tuesday morning, May 16, we will gather at 10:00am at the Wesleyan First Church of Deliverance (1201 Boyer Street in Raleigh), will walk to the Historic Chapel at St. Augustine’s University, hearing a brief history. We will then move to St. Agnes Hospital, Oakwood Cemetery, Weaver and Delaney Homes and O’Rorke Cemetery, among other sites pointed out along the way. We will pause to learn the history of these sites and to pray along the way. We will get to embrace the ministry of Lisa Yebuah, pastor of the Southeast Raleigh Table and will conclude with lunch on the grounds of her home. We should wrap things up by 1:00pm at the latest. Feel free to spread the word to others who may have an interest in attending. We will need for you to indicate your desire to participate by noon on Monday May 15 so that we will know how many to expect for lunch. Click here to register. – Claire Cox-Woodlief
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to register online.
Martin County, KY, and Mingo County, WV, Food Drive
This food drive is to benefit residents of Martin County, KY and Mingo County, WV. We have previously served these folks through Appalachia Service Project (ASP) and several return trips with food, clothing, books, bikes, toys and furniture. We will visit Ward Mobile Home Park in Warfield and Christian Help in Kermit. Your food donations will be accompanied by clothing and toy donations generously provided by the Sarah Circle at First United Methodist Church, Cary, NC.
We can accept financial donations to offset travel expenses and to purchase food and other items as identified by need. We gladly accept offers to help shop for food donations and to help us package the donations for transport.
I can accept donations through Friday May 19. We will pack the donations on Saturday and deliver them the following weekend. Donations may be dropped off in room 222 (Parables Sunday school classroom) at First UMC Cary or you may contact Gary Churchill to make arrangements to have them picked up. Thank you and may God bless you!
Bolivia Outreach Team Selling Butter Braids
The Bolivia Outreach Team of 2017 is selling Butter Braids for $14.00 each to support the July trip. Please consider buying one or more. Orders will be taken from now until May 21 and ready for pick-up at the church on June 2 or June 4. Please contact a Bolivia Outreach Team member to order, or look for the order forms in the church office. Questions? Please contact Nancy Bloebaum at email@example.com or (919) 649-1835. ¡Muchas gracías! Your 2017 Bolivia Team
Gathering for Girls
Tonight at 6:30pm in fellowship hall
All FUMCC & MCC moms, sisters, daughters, dil’s, grandmothers, nieces and neighbors: Come and learn about United Methodist Women at First UMC Cary. Learn about our circles, meet other women, and make friends for a lifetime. Share faith, fellowship, fun and service to women and children in Cary and around the world. Finger foods provided by UMW members and lots of laughter and fellowship promised! Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 251-459-9588.
Are you tired of cooking and the cleaning up after, but still want a fresh cooked, handmade meal for your family? The Hispanic Women’s circle is having a tamales sale. The proceeds from the sales will fund our yearly retreat and mission projects. Our tamales are homemade authentic Mexican chicken tamales. They are not spicy but they are delicious! We are selling three tamales for $5.00 (all orders are three per order) and payment is due at time of pick up (cash and checks only). Deadline to order is Friday, May 12 at 12 Noon – Orders are to be picked up on Monday, May 15 between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm in the main kitchen. If you have any questions please contact Eugenia at email@example.com. Click here to place your order.
United Methodist Men Golf Events
Putter-Palooza: Please join the United Methodist Men of FUMC and the USO of North Carolina RDU Center for Free Family Fun, Free Miniature Golf, and Free Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at this year’s Putter-Palooza on Sunday, May 21 from 9:00am to Noon in the Templeton courtyard on Waldo Street.
Tee Up Fore Charities Golf Classic: This year’s 23 Annual Golf Classic will be held on Monday, September 11 at MacGregor Downs Country Club in Cary, NC. Please join us to help support this exciting annual event that provides funding for programs and services of both the United Methodist Men of FUMC and the USO of North Carolina RDU Center. For more information about the event, please contact Eric Christian by cell/text 919-630-3191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
There will be a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, May 23 at 7pm in room 200 to discuss options and direction for the NC State Fair Food Booth. All are welcome to attend.
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.
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 email@example.com or 919.880.5902.
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.
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!
Appalachia Service Project Stock Sale
The ASP “Stock Sale” will be on-campus 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.”