The church building will be closed Monday, May 26 in observance of Memorial Day.
DO BASEBALL AND HANDBELLS REALLY GO TOGETHER? There are 31 individuals from First Cary who would answer that question with a resounding “YES”!!! You can witness this togetherness on Saturday, May 31 just prior to the start of the 7:05 p.m. Durham Bulls game at the DBAP, when 185 handbell ringers from the area will open the contest by playing The Star-Spangled Banner while standing on the field. Ringers from six of First Cary’s eight handbell choirs are participating in this first-ever “ring-along” in Durham, so come on out to the ballpark to support our ringers, catch a unique presentation of our National Anthem, and enjoy an evening of “America’s Pastime” in person!
YOU’RE INVITED! We’re hoping you can attend a special retirement reception on Sunday, June 22 to thank Rev. Dr. Alice Kunka for her years of service to First Cary. Staff Parish will host the event with the help of the United Methodist Men and United Methodist Women from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We also invite you to participate in a love offering for Alice and Bob as they begin a new chapter in their lives. If you would like to contribute, please make checks payable to FUMCC and put “Kunka Love Offering” on the memo line of your check. Checks can be placed in the collection plate or sent to the church office.
BOLIVIA MISSION TEAM SELLING BUTTER BRAIDS: The Bolivia Mission Team of 2014 is selling Butter Braids for $12.00 each to support the July trip. Please consider buying one for graduation or Father’s Day celebrations. Orders will be taken from now until June 6 and ready for pick-up in the church lobby on June 8, just in time for those celebrations. Please contact a Bolivia Mission Team member to order or look for the order forms in the church office. Questions? Please contact Karen Harrison at 919-380-1530. ¡Muchas gracías! Your 2014 Bolivia Team
FUNDING NEEDED FOR MEMORIAL GARDEN LABYRINTH: Sunday School Classes and other small groups are being invited to share in the funding of the newly re-designed labyrinth, which will be a part of the Memorial Garden Columbarium (MGC). Individuals as well as classes are being encouraged to respond with collections during the next few weeks. Funds may be in honor of, or in memory of, a loved one or given as donations made payable to First United Methodist Church Cary with the designation: labyrinth.
Input was sought from the Adult Christian Formation Team and a decision was made to change the original design to a six-circuit Chartres style, more typically used in sacred spaces. Additional funds of almost $7,500 are needed and Sunday school classes and small groups are being invited to share in the development of this important ministry. The Adult Christian Formation Team will be sponsoring walks and offering teaching about the labyrinth and how to prayerfully walk it in the coming months.
Construction will begin on the Memorial Garden this summer and niches and memorial wall plaques are available. If you or First Cary family and friends need more information about these various aspects of the MGC, click here or call the church office at 919-467-1861 during business hours.
WANT TO BE A SCOUT? Any rising 1st through 4th grade boy interested in Cub Scouts, please join Cub Scout Pack 200 at our picnic on May 27 at the Kiwanis Shelter in Bond Park. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. and come hungry!
Since its beginning, the Cub Scout program has been a fun and educational experience with an emphasis on values. Besides providing a positive place where boys can enjoy safe, wholesome activities, Cub Scouting focuses on building character, improving physical fitness, teaching practical skills, and developing a spirit of community service.
For more information, please visit Pack200.org, email Hans Enders at email@example.com or Todd Newland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY MANNA THIS SUMMER: 10:30 to Noon – Mondays: June 23, July 28 and August 25
Dr. James Howell, author and senior pastor at Myers Park UMC in Charlotte will be our featured guest at MannaFest September 26-28. This summer we will offer Monday Manna book studies that will focus on three of his books:
Monday, June 23: What Does the Lord Require? Doing Justice, Loving Kindness, and Walking Humbly – Howell illuminates the original context in which Micah 6:8 was written, while demonstrating how it can still guide us in our lives today.
Monday, July 28: The Beatitudes for Today – Howell considers each of the well-known phrases in these passages from Matthew and creatively applies Jesus’ teachings to our contemporary world and Christian lives.
Monday, August 25: The Will of God: Answering the Hard Questions – Howell considers a number of issues relating to God’s will, how it is known, how it is done, and how we respond when bad things happen and we feel God is absent or has turned away from us. Please click here to sign up.
WOMEN’S SUMMER STUDY: THE CHRIST-CENTERED WOMAN: Thursdays June 26-August 7 (excluding July 17), 9:30-11:30 a.m. in room 201. This is a six-week study based on Ephesians 3 called “The Christ-Centered Woman: Finding Balance in a World of Extremes” by Kimberly Dunnam Reisman. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Our fast-paced, over-committed, distracted lives could benefit from some guidance on finding balance, peace and becoming more God-centered. What is special about this study is that regardless of our age and where we are in our lives, we can all learn how to remove barriers and distractions to find a calm center, and open ourselves up to the peace and will that God desires for each of us. Click here to sign up!
FUNERAL SERVICE FOR WELDON KERSEY: Weldon Kersey, retired FUMCC custodian, passed away just before his 100th birthday. His funeral will be held Saturday, May 24, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 316 Allen Lewis Drive, Cary, NC 27513. (Across from West Cary Middle School) The visitation will be held Friday, May 23 (tomorrow) at noon.
J.O.Y. OVERNIGHT TRIP TO CRYSTAL COAST UPDATE: Due to popular demand there now will be TWO identical trips to the coast!
September 3 – September 4, 2014, September 10 – September 11, 2014. Click here for all the details.
SCHOOL’S (ALMOST) OUT: WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED LATELY?
This is the final week for the Methodist Children’s Center’s 2013-14 school year. This has truly been a year of learning for our 150+ little ones (as well as the grown-ups!).
As one who spends a lot of time in administration of the preschool, I love every opportunity I get to spend in conversation with the children. Recently I spent some time with a class and asked the children what they have learned this year. I heard answers like: compound words, A is for apple, months start with a capital, line up with your shoulder on the wall, fish lungs are called gills, my friends make me giggle, and the one I especially like – how to be a friend.
What I’ve learned this year is that all things in life never seem to be perfect or really good at the same time. And I realize that when I stress over little things, which in comparison with the majority of our world are minuscule, that energy is spent in vain. I can’t control anything, only God can. ONLY GOD CAN – I keep reminding myself of this.
Learning to keep my faith and heart childlike is a gift I am constantly working on; I long to feel that freedom in my life.
As we all set off for summer adventures, may we keep in mind that God gives us many opportunities to follow Christ and to serve others. And as we keep our minds and hearts open to his grace and guidance, we might just learn something important, too … like how to be a friend!
Enjoy your summer!
Alicia Shelton, Director of the Methodist Children’s Center
- Monday Manna
- Invitation to Summer Choir
- Children/Youth Choir Registration Open
- Funeral for Weldon Kersey
MONDAY MANNA THIS SUMMER
10:30 to Noon – Mondays: June 23, July 28 and August 25 – Dr. James Howell, author and senior pastor at Myers Park UMC in Charlotte will be our featured guest at MannaFest September 26-28. This summer we will offer Monday Manna book studies that will focus on three of his books:
Monday, June 23: What Does the Lord Require? Doing Justice, Loving Kindness, and Walking Humbly Howell illuminates the original context in which Micah 6:8 was written, while demonstrating how it can still guide us in our lives today.
Monday, July 28: The Beatitudes for Today Howell considers each of the well-known phrases in these passages from Matthew and creatively applies Jesus’ teachings to our contemporary world and Christian lives.
Monday, August 25: The Will of God: Answering the Hard Questions Howell considers a number of issues relating to God’s will, how it is known, how it is done, and how we respond when bad things happen and we feel God is absent or has turned away from us. Please click here to sign up.
INVITATION TO SUMMER CHOIR
Do you have a song in your heart but don’t have time to sing in the choir during the school year? Well, join us for “Summer Choir”! Beginning Wednesday May 21, choir rehearsals will be from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. every week through August 27. If you are in need of nursery care for your child, please contact Patti Cook at email@example.com.
CALLING ALL CHOIR MEMBERS PAST AND FUTURE!
Choir registration for the 2014 school year is now open. During the summers, the music staff plans for the fall and winter, so it is helpful to know what the attendance will be for each group. If your child or youth is interested in joining one of the choirs, or is a returning choir member, please click here to register by June 30.
FUNERAL SERVICE FOR WELDON KERSEY
Weldon Kersey, retired FUMCC custodian, passed away just before his 100th birthday. His funeral will be held Saturday, May 24, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 316 Allen Lewis Drive, Cary, NC 27513. (Across from West Cary Middle School) The visitation will be held the day before (Friday) at noon.