Courageous Conversation: Welcoming the Stranger
Wednesday September 27, 7:00-9:00pm at Saint Francis UMC MPR, 2965 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary, NC 27518
There are no easy answers to the issues facing us today. What role do we play in shaping the debate over a path forward? What is the role of our faith?
Join us as we listen to our panel of experts and engage them in Q&A. You’ll leave with resources to learn more and ideas for action.
Kelly Chauvin, Immigration Services Coordinator with Church World Service
Beckie Moriello, Immigration Attorney
Ismael Ruiz-Millan, Director of the Hispanic House of Studies at Duke Divinity School
The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 19:34
Parent Ministry Kick-off
The Family Ministry Team’s (1st Families) mission is shepherding families into a lifelong journey of discipleship. As such, we are excited to kick off the Parent Ministry, (1st Parents) whose mission is supporting and equipping parents for the journey.
Our keynote speaker, Chris Sasser, is the Pastor of Family Ministries at Port City Church in Wilmington, NC and Associate with Ministry Architects, a kingdom building ministry advising group. Chris has a passion for helping people discover God’s love for them and for building leaders in the church.
As Chris will discuss with us, when we talk with young adults we can often hear their pain. Even though our children and youth have lived a relatively short life, a lot has happened to them. Through their childhood and teenage years experiences and relationships have shaped what they think and who they are. Because of their experiences, bags have been packed and we have all struggled to know how to help them navigate life in a healthier and more Christ-like way. What if, as a parent, we knew what the most common bags were? What if our children and youth could get to their young adult years and NOT have so much of the baggage that weighs us down so heavily? Join us on Saturday, September 30 at 6:30pm, here in the church, in Room 200 as we launch “1st Parents” and start a new conversation on what we need to do to help our kids “drop those bags.” Click here to sign up.
Small Group Parenting Study
On October 11 we will begin a Small Group Parenting Study at 6:30pm in room 126, on Wednesday nights through November 15, 2017, Parenting Beyond Your Capacity.
In Parenting Beyond Your Capacity, Reggie Joiner and Carey Nieuwhof help parents discover a “bigger story” in which to involve their family, one in which multiple influential voices combine in order to tell kids the same thing: that a relationship with God really matters.
United Methodist Women Hurricane Bucket Brigade
UPDATE! As of September 22, 2017, we have been advised of a great need for hygiene kits! If you are assisting with our requests for September 29 & October 1 packing parties, please consider making contributions for the hygiene kits here. Thank you!
For nearly 150 years, United Methodist Women have been committed to missions that support the needs of women and children. Hygiene and Cleaning Buckets have been a tradition of our ministry in the aftermath of hurricanes and other disasters. The need is great following Harvey and Irma.
Please help us by donating money or materials as we prepare these kits for those in Texas, Louisiana, Florida and others who are cleaning up after the storm. Our initial goal is 100 cleaning kits and 200 hygiene kits. We know we can do better! And, we will update our goals as they are met.
The instructions are very clear for these items and substitutions (unless noted otherwise) are not allowed. Cash and or check donations are welcomed and can be dropped off at the church office. Monetary donations will be used to purchase bucket materials or forwarded to UMCOR as needed Please make checks out to UMW–FUMC Cary. If you have questions, please contact Deanna Day at 251-459-9588 or via email to email@example.com. Thank you for your kindness and consideration.
In the meantime, please continue to pray for those struggling in the aftermath of the storms. CLICK HERE and sign up to help out!
NC State Fair Ham Cooking and Biscuit-Making Workshop
Saturday, September 30 at 9:00am
The State Fair Booth Committee is offering a State Fair Ham Biscuit Workshop Saturday, September 30. The workshop will take place in the church kitchen at 9:00am. Please bring an apron. All other supplies will be furnished. Biscuit making and ham cooking will be taught by Fair Booth veterans. You can come to sharpen your skills or learn something new. Biscuit makers will be expected to apprentice alongside veterans for two shifts at the Fair and ham cooks should plan to work two shifts as well. Click here to sign up. You must be over 21 to participate due to food preparation regulations.
NC State Fair Servant Sign Ups
It is almost time for the Fair! Please plan to work some shifts at the fairbooth restaurant this year. It is fun and all proceeds go to local and global outreach ministries. Click here to learn more and sign up to serve.
FYI: Downtown Chowdown This Sunday
Sunday, October 1, 12:30pm to 5:00pm on Chatham Street between Harrison Avenue and Walker Street. Chatham Street will be closed Sunday from 9:30am to 7:00pm. Click here for street closure map.
SUMMER TRIP, ASP WEEK 2:
Date: June 17-23, 2018
Center location: TBD
SUMMER TRIP, ASP WEEK 7:
Date: July 22-28, 2018
Center location: TBD
ASP Summer Program – Registration Instructions
Volunteer Statement and Registration Form
ASP Volunteer Registration & Personal Info Spreadsheet
Mental Health, Movies and Our Faithful Response
Beginning Thursday, October 12 we will be hosting a small group study entitled “Mental Health, Movies and Our Faithful Response”. Each week we will focus on a specific mental disorder; discuss the symptoms, treatment options and medications; watch a film clip featuring the disorder and then hear from a person either living with the disorder or a family member. The class will meet from 7-8:30pm in room 156 and all are welcome. Click here to sign up.
October 12: Going Sane—a documentary about evidence-based treatment for mental illness
October 19: Mood Disorders and Bipolar Disorder
October 26: Anxiety Disorders
November 2: Autistic Spectrum Disorders
November 9: Substance Abuse Disorder
November 16: Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Mighty Mondays Math Help
Starting on September 18, 2017 “Mighty Mondays” is providing math help for 4th and 5th grade Hispanic students. Math help will be offered on Mondays from 5:00pm to 6:00pm at First UMC Cary. Our goal is to get 20 or more servant Tutors and Tutoring Assistants. This way they will have the flexibility to help tutor once or more a month based upon their availability. Servants should be of High School age, College age or Older and do not need to speak Spanish. Adult age servants will need to complete the church’s “Safe Sanctuary” program online. Contact Eric Christian: Cell/Text 919-630-3191 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disciple’s Path Study
The Koinonia Sunday school class will begin the seven-week study, “Disciple’s Path” by Dr. James Harnish, on Sunday, October 1. Please join us!
2017-28 Fellowship Feast Host Sign-Up
If your Sunday School class, small group or ministry team would like to host a Fellowship Feast, please click here to sign up.
ZOE Hope Grows Invitation
Maybe you missed it… All FUMCC members are invited to develop an Income Generating Project (IGP) to raise money for ZOE*. Proceeds from your project will help fund Income Generating Projects that ZOE’s orphans and vulnerable children do. Just like the orphans, you get $150 seed money to start your 90 day project. At the end of your project, or by December 15, turn in your seed money and any profits you’ve made. Maybe you’re stuck, thinking “what can I do?” Here is a sampling of what other FUMCC members have done.
- Children – Lemonade stands, bake sales, jewelry, game stands, photo booths, and much more
- Youth – Yard work, pet sitting, personal sports coach, music lessons, etc.
- Families or groups– Neighborhood BBQ (with donations from attendees), car wash/car detailing, yard sales, progressive dinners (a few people cook and attendees make a donation), family fun night.
- Adults – Specialty food sales, bicycle cleaning, child care, de-clutter and sell items on Craigs list or ebay, gourmet dinners, unique handcrafted items (woodworking, knitting, painting, to name a few), or let your creative mind loose to come up with your special IGP.
*Learn more about ZOE at https://wearezoe.org
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 email@example.com.
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. 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, beginning September 7, 2017 and end on December 14, 2017 at 7:00pm in room 125. Click here to register.
Hurricane Harvey: How We Can Help
As we watch news coverage of the devastating flooding that Hurricane Harvey continues to produce, we want to help. Currently the best way to donate financially is through UMCOR’s US Disaster Response Advance #901670. You may give online to this fund or you may donate offline with a check. To donate offline, please place a check in your local United Methodist Church offering plate and designate UMCOR US Disaster Response Advance #901670 on the memo line OR mail a check to Conference Treasurer-Raleigh Area, P.O. Box 890202, Charlotte, NC 28289-0202 with the advance name and number on the memo line. Please continue to pray for those impacted so adversely by this storm and for the many workers and volunteers who are offering rescue and care to those in need.