Called Church Conference Date Change ~ Sunday, January 14
The purpose of the Conference shall be to comply with the requirements of para. 2544.8 of The Book of Discipline, 2016 which calls for the Building Committee to present detailed plans and specifications, along with cost estimates and financial plans, for final pre-construction approval of the building project. At 2:00pm in the Fellowship Hall – everyone is invited; full members of First UMC Cary may vote. Inclement weather made it necessary to change the date from January 4 to January 14.
Financial Peace University
When we offered Financial Peace University at First Cary a few years ago, more than one hundred couples signed up. We are thrilled to be able to offer it again in the new year, and the first class is FREE! You only pay if you decide to continue.
Financial Peace University is a financial course that will help you find freedom in your financial life. During this course, you will learn how to eliminate debt, save for the future, and give generously. This video-based course, taught by Dave Ramsey, will walk you through all these steps over nine weeks while connecting you to others who are eager to find freedom of their own. Our class will meet on Sundays from 2:00-4:00pm, beginning on Sunday, January 14.
Registration is $109/person, though a limited number are available through the church office for $93 (please call the church office to purchase one of these discounted kits, while available). If married, the spouse attends for free.
Questions? Contact Cheryl Randecker at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Ready to register? Click here. We can’t wait to see you there, and we’re excited for you!
Prison Ministry: Kairos 47
Kairos Prison Ministry Inside team will be going into Central Prison for the 47th time in February from the 7th through the 10th. As usual, I will be soliciting your prayers for the team and for the attendees. We hope to plant the seed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His loving sacrifice for us. We, in and of ourselves save or convert no one. Jesus Himself told His disciples, “I Am the vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing”. Trust me when I tell you, Jesus takes a central part in our program. We always put a chair with His name on it in the most central spot! I will put prayer chain sheets in the Sunday School folders and in the foyer and First Cup. Please, please look for these and sign a line on the sheet. I will leave them in the Sunday School folders till Sunday, February the 3rd. I’m beginning to get interest from some men in the church about serving on a team. We need men each 6 months to serve with us inside and outside the prison. Cookies do not go to the correctional officers any more, but each of us who go inside need 40 dozen. We have gone to chocolate chip only, so those of you who would like to bake a dozen or two, I will have boxes in the Kitchen on February 3rd to collect them. If I get more than 40 dozen, OK! Some of our team members can’t get all 40 dozen. Again, these are to be 21/2 inches in diameter and in quart squeeze and seal bags (not the zipper bags). God blesses this ministry each time we go in and I think a lot of this is because we bathe the ministry in prayer. If anyone is interested in hearing more in a small group of the church or individually about Kairos Prison Ministry, contact me at email@example.com call me. I’m in the church directory.
– Your brother in Christ, Scott Hansen
Discovery 2018 Prayer Vigil
Discovery is a weekend experience for our Middle School Youth. The theme for Discovery 2018 is “Rooted: Discover God’s Love Through Scripture.” Throughout the weekend middle-school youth will discover that God’s love and Spirit will guide us all we experience God’s love together in our community of faith. The youth will also discover that their church family is always there to support and love them in their faith journey.
Each year, we hold a prayer vigil for our youth. We want them to feel loved and supported throughout their entire journey! Time slots are in 30 minute increments and you do not have to be an FUMCC member to pray! Please consider signing up HERE for one (or more!) time to pray for these middle schoolers. Thank you!
New for January 2018 – Discovery Weekend Warrior
We all know being a pre-teen and young teen can have its challenges. We also know this age group is the future of our church, community, and nation. The middle school youth (6th through 8th grade) from our church will be attending a weekend long event at FUMC Cary called ‘Discovery’ on January 26-28, 2018.
The ‘Discovery’ event is a 43-hour spiritual formation retreat for these youth to learn about and experience the love of God. As you have already experienced 6th through 8th grade, you are well positioned to provide our youth the support that will help them open their hearts to this wonderful, personal experience with our Lord Jesus Christ that they will pull on for days and years to come as they lead our church, community and nation.
This weekend shows that the middle school youth have the love and support of the entire congregation. We’d love to make some intergenerational connections that weekend to show them this.
If you meet the following criteria, then you are on your way to becoming a Discovery Weekend Warrior
- Did you complete 6-8th grade, 10-80 years ago?
- Are you willing to write one note with a few words of encouragement in January to your assigned middle school child?
- Are you willing to pray for your assigned middle child in January that they grow in their faith during Discovery Weekend?
- Are you available to attend worship service January 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm for one hour to support your assigned middle school child by standing up in the pew for a few seconds while he/sheis called to the front to be individually prayed over by name.
- Are you willing to share a few fun facts about you, like where you went to 6thgrade, your favorite color, etc?
- Are you willing to have your picture taken? We want the middle school child to have a name and face with who is praying for them!
We hope are interested in becoming a Discovery Weekend Warrior! Please click here to register. Feel free to reach out to Sandra Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lauren Schafer at email@example.com with questions.
Brothers and sisters in ministry, as you know, some of us worked with the Town of Cary to craft this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration for the Town of Cary. Attached you will find information on the plans that resulted. The 2018 Town of Cary’s Dreamfest will commemorate the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and will span from Thursday, January 11 — Monday, January 15, 2018. Activities are planned for people of all ages and faiths. I’d appreciate your help in promoting these events in your church. I can provide flyers or posters upon request. I also encourage you to personally participate. Your leadership, especially in areas of race relations, is so welcome. Please let me know if plan to participate in some way. Blessings on you in the New Year.
– Rev. Dr. Rose Cornelious, Development Director, Dorcas Ministries
United Methodist Men’s News
This Saturday, January 13, will be our first monthly breakfast of 2018. Join us for the best breakfast in town, and be inspired by our guest speaker, James Stevens.
The UMM will be taking their first Hurricane Matthew relief and home restoration trip on January 27. We will probably be going to the Princeville area. If you are interested in going, contact David Crittenden at 919.880.5902, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have lost a loved one and are struggling with your grief, we encourage you attend GriefShare. We meet Thursdays, beginning January 25 from 6:30 to 8:30pm in room 125. Click here to register.
An ARK Experience
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. Deposits will be due January 15, 2018.
If you are interested or for more information, call Lois Kievit at 919-803-0140 or email email@example.com. This trip is suitable for adults of all ages.
Cary Cross Trailers Open House
You are Invited to an Open House with The Cross Trailers Square and Round Dance Club of Cary, North Carolina!
The Cary Cross Trailers are having two open houses, January 11 and 18 at First UMC Cary. We are encouraging individuals to come and have some fun dancing with us. If they are interested and want to learn to square dance, lessons will start on January 25, 6:30-8:15pm. The cost is $90 per couple for the 12-week session. Contact Rob Lundin at 919-380-0627 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Larry Apel at 919-233-7351 email@example.com.
Children’s Spring Consignment Sale
Friday, February 16, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
• Shop for $5 donation 6:00pm – 7:00pm
• Power consigners shop for Free!
• Free to public 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, February 17, 8:00am – 11:00am
• Free admission
• 1/2 price only on those items marked with discount “YES” on the tag
For more information, click here.
The History Committee has had some response to our request for help with producing a book celebrating out 150th anniversary in 2021. We still need some help from people who are interested in doing some research, then writing up their results. If you don’t want to write, but have memories you want to share, you should contact us. The success of the book depends on you. Please contact me at 919-467-0088 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Timmons Player at Timmons@monkeyplayground.net if you can help. — Bob Warner, FUMCC Historian
Date: June 17-23, 2018
SUMMER TRIP, ASP WEEK 2:
Center location: TBD
SUMMER TRIP, ASP WEEK 7:
Date: July 22-28, 2018
Center location: TBD
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 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!