UMM “Salute to Veterans” Breakfast
Saturday, November 11 at 8:00am
Our speaker for the Salute to Veterans Breakfast this year is Sgt. Maj. Paul A. Berry (USMC, Retired). Paul Berry is the newest member of the USO of North Carolina and is currently serving as the NCServes Network Director and Programs Manager for the RDU/Fayetteville/TRIAD area.
Wisdom Sunday School Class Yard Sale
Saturday November 11, 2017, 7:00am until Noon at the home of Rick and Cheryl Randecker, 1201 Hampton Valley Rd, Cary 27511. Items for sale include: Golf clubs, cross country skis, queen bed comforters, books, household items, clothing, toys and much, much more! We will also have baked goods for sale, coffee and samples of the Zoe team soup. This is our class Income Generating Project for Zoe and all proceeds will be contributed to the Zoe Hope Grows campaign.
Cary Unity Walk & Fun Run
Saturday, November 11, 8:00am — 12:00pm, Downtown Cary & WakeMed Soccer Park
The 2nd annual Cary Unity Walk is an event to celebrate citizens working together to support local first responders and create a safe, unified, and nurturing community for our youth and our future. This event will also benefit two non-profit organizations that serve many needs in our community:
- The 200 Club of Wake County provides immediate financial help for the families of police officers, sheriff deputies, firefighters, EMS squad members, and North Carolina highway patrol serving in Wake County who lose their life in the line of duty.
- The North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run® This charity unites officers from law enforcement agencies and corrections departments across the state in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics North Carolina.
The event kicks off with a Prayer for Peace by our very own Rev. Heather Herrin Wong, followed by a walk from Downtown Cary just steps from First UMC Cary to WakeMed Soccer Park (approximately two miles). At the park, there will be a festival with exhibits from local area responder agencies and fun activities for kids. Fit & Able will also stage a 5K and 10K, 1 mile and 1/2 mile race.
Join our First UMC Cary team and walk together! Click here to register.
ZOE Soup and Chocolate Treats – On Sale Now!
Our ZOE team will be selling ZOE Friendship Soup and chocolate treats on Sunday November 12 and 19 and at the Fellowship Feast on November 15. We have two varieties of dry soup mix (beef flavored and 7 bean veggie) attractively layered in jars priced at $10 / jar. Yummy chocolate covered pretzels and peanuts will also be on sale for $5 per bag. These items make great Christmas gifts for friends, neighbors, and relatives.
If by chance you don’t care for soup, for every $10 you donate, we will give a jar of soup to the Dorcas food pantry. This is a Win-Win-Win alternative. Tables with these items will be located around the church campus on Sunday mornings. If you want to purchase some soup in advance, please contact Lori Millette at 919-971-3392. All proceeds benefit ZOE mission trips and Hope Companions, empowering orphans and vulnerable children so they never need a hand out again.
Sunday, November 12, 3:00pm
First UMC Cary and Genesis UMC Musicians will present a Concert of Thanks in the sanctuary at First UMC Cary, featuring a “HUGE 6-Keyboard Finale!”
You are invited to bring canned peaches, pears, or pineapple as a contribution to Dorcas Ministries. Everyone is welcome to attend.
High school youth interested in a mission trip to Bolivia in July 2018 should attend an information session on Sunday November 19 from 12-1. Lunch will be provided. If this is your first trip, bring a parent with you! Please RSVP to Kelley Davis – email@example.com.
Bridge the Gap Toy Collection
Bridge the Gap Mission is collecting new unwrapped toys until December 13 for our Santa’s Workshop event in Southeast Raleigh. Please place them in the Bridge the Gap box in the office.
Thanks to everyone who contributed coats for our Coat Drive. We served around 50 families last Saturday!
Dorcas has a *NEW* Career Advancement Program
Dorcas Ministries can help you with tuition for training to get a better job, qualified living expenses, and career coaching. The goal is to help you qualify for a Better Paying Job and Career Path! Interested? Give Craig a call on 919-469-9861, ext 206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit dorcas-cary.org/services/education/
American Red Cross / Financial Risk Group Blood Drive
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 10:00am to 2:30pm
Held on the Red Cross Bus which will be located at 320 South Academy Street in Cary. To schedule a donation time, visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code FRG. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Jones at email@example.com.
Angels Are Coming!
Angel Tree tags can be picked up Sundays November 19 and 26. The donations can be dropped off in room 125 on December 3. Watch for details to come!
First UMC Cary is approaching its 150th anniversary. It would be wonderful if we could produce a book documenting our history. To do this, we need documents, pictures, and memories from church members. Please contact me at 919-467-0088 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
Have you heard that there is a full-sized Ark built to Biblical proportions in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area? The JOY group is sponsoring a trip to visit the Ark and other attractions in that area. The trip will last for six days starting on June 4, 2018. The cost is $549 each for doubles and $744 for singles.
If you are interested or if you wish more information, call Lois Kievit at 919-803-0140 or email email@example.com. This trip is suitable for adults of all ages.
Stand by Me NC
Stand by Me NC is a local organization whose mission is to alter the perception of those living with mental illness through education and to change the outcome for those same individuals and their families by promoting stronger advocacy, comfort and support. We are planning our second annual holiday drive to support Holly Hill and Wakebrook behavioral health facilities. More than 200 of our neighbors will spend the holidays hospitalized in one of these facilities. Patients in these hospitals are seldom the recipients of community giving campaigns this time of year – Let’s stand by them and show our support!
Please consider coordinating a donation with your neighbors, family or community groups. All items must be received by December 12th. For more information or to arrange a drop-off, please contact Kelli Poe firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Facebook or check out our website www.standbyme.org.
Items Needed (New):
- Sweat shirts and sweat pants (no draw strings) for men and women (all sizes)
- T shirts and pajama bottoms (no draw strings) for men and women (all sizes)
- Sports bras (all sizes)
- Hats and gloves
- Hair care items; brushes, picks, shampoo, conditioner, gel, grease
- Travel-size toiletries
- Journals (black & white composition books)
- Adult coloring books
- Puzzle books
- Colored pencils
- Playing cards
- General cards or letters of support
Prison Ministry: Kairos 47
Kairos 47 is basically right around the corner! I want to ask if some of the men of the church would consider becoming team members for this Kairos. It is a commitment! There are four team meetings at St. Andrews UMC to get you ready to go into Central Prison. They are December 16, January 6 and 27, and February 3. These meetings are from 9:00am to 3:00pm. The program is February 7 through 10, 2018. There is a follow-up meeting on February 17 at Central Prison. We also go into the prison on the third Saturday of each month for reunion which the residents plan and we support. Three of us volunteer to go into the Central Prison Chapel for Prayer and Share each Tuesday from 6:00-7:00pm. If you feel a nudging from God to be in a ministry and in service to others, please consider being a part of this. I guarantee, you will bring away more from the experience than you put into it. I have applications on hand and would be glad to talk to anyone interested in becoming a Kairos Team Member. Call me 919-851-8515 or 919-614-3475 or email me at email@example.com. If I don’t pick up, please leave me a message. Please pray about this and become a team member.
Middle School and High School Girls Basketball
We are offering Middle School and High School Girls Basketball teams this year. We play in the FBC-Cary Girls Youth Basketball League with other church teams. The League Purpose is to help youth develop relationship with Jesus, encourage participation in church youth programs and activities, promote Christian fellowship, outreach, fun and athletic development, provide a physically and emotionally safe and positive environment for learning and developing basketball skills.
The League Bible Verse is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Expectations: Coaches, players and parents will expect and demonstrate positive attitudes and respect for each other, coaches, referees and opponents. We will give our best efforts in practice and games. We will celebrate small successes: made goals, completed passes, rebounding, good defense, playing hard, etc. We will have fun! We track player eligibility for playing in games by youth activities participation. Those who practice and track their eligibility sheet will play in games. Practices are Monday and Friday nights 6:45 – 8:00 in the Fellowship Hall unless notified otherwise by a coach. Games begin in December and last through February and are played on Saturdays and Sundays. Game sites rotate between FBC-Cary, Hayes Barton Baptist and Trinity Baptist. The church will provide a game uniform. Players may wear their choice of athletic gear for practice. The league participation fee is $40.00 per youth. Scholarship assistance is available if needed.
All Faiths Women’s Book Group
The book for discussion at the next All Faiths Women’s Book Group will be Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. It is a story of the unlikely friendship of two men from very different walks of life. It is a good read with much wisdom and goodness. I hope you will enjoy it. There are multiple copies of the book at the public libraries but there is a short wait list. So get your copy and start reading!
We will meet to discuss the book on November 19 at 2:30 at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Hall located in Cary at 830 Old Apex Road. For more information contact Susan Ciccarelli at Susan@SusanCiccarelli.com.
Charge Conference ~ December 7
Our annual Charge Conference will be December 7 at 7:00 p.m. in room 200. The charge conference will receive and act on the 2018 Pastor Compensation recommendation from Staff Parish. Following the Charge Conference, the Church Council will consider the 2018 Budget recommendation and Building to Serve Financing Plan from Finance. All are welcome to attend.
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
Mental Health, Movies and Our Faithful Response
Beginning Thursday, October 12 a small group study entitled “Mental Health, Movies and Our Faithful Response” began. 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 7:00-8:30pm 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
GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays
Help and Hope as you navigate the Holiday Season
Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can’t be recreated? Our Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are grieving a loved one’s death.
You will learn:
- How to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays
- What to do about traditions and other coming changes
- Helpful tips for surviving social events
- How to discover hope for the future
Thursday, November 9 at 7:00pm in room 125. Light refreshments will be served.
2017-18 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.
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!
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 through December 14, 2017 at 7:00pm in room 125. Click here to register.