If you’ve ever happened to be around FUMC at 5:45 on a Thursday morning, you may have come upon a group of men outside, doing what may be the strangest exercise regimen you have ever witnessed. These men, who include several members of FUMC, are part of F3, a growing nationwide movement that’s seeking to utilize fitness, fellowship and faith through small workout groups for the invigoration of male community leadership.
Rev. Chad Neal, an early organizer and builder of F3 in the Triangle will be the speaker at the June UMM breakfast. Chad has been a pastor in this area, in addition to his work with F3. He is also a teacher and trainer of Christian pastors and church leaders who are serving overseas in Africa, Asia and other developing areas.
If you’ve been looking for a great way to get your mind, body and spirit in shape, come join us to learn more about F3 and Chad Neal. Or, if you are just interested in some great fellowship and enjoying the Best Breakfast in Town, we know you’ll have a great time. This could be a great way for you to start moving toward a healthier lifestyle.
United Methodist Men’s Breakfast · Saturday, June 13, 8:00 AM
Everyone Is Invited, First-Time Visitors Eat Free
Just $5 for members of UMM
Register by calling the church office at 467-1861 or on the website, www.firstcary.com. Scroll down and click on Registration, look for UMM Breakfast under General Events
What do you get when you combine Saving Private Ryan, Rudy, Forest Gump, The Empire Strikes Back, Ocean’s Eleven and Shrek with current events, biblical truths personal testimonials and inspirational leadership? Maybe a changed life.
Rough Cut Men is a unique learning and bonding experience that equips, inspires and encourages men of God in today’s world. Using scenes from popular movies, current events, scripture and personal testimonies, men become enlightened, engaged and ecouraged to deal with life’s choices, challenges and opportunities.
Rough Cut Men boldly faces relevant hot topics such as: greed, stewardship, lust, character and integrity, and culminates with legacy, friendship and identity.
SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
$35 – Lunch Included, plus donuts & coffee at 8:00
3MC – Methodist Men’s Ministry Center
676 Community Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27530
I cannot believe I have finished my second year at Duke Divinity. Only one more to go! As the dust of another year in seminary settles around me, I find myself reflecting on events from the past year. One of the more vivid and unfortunate ones was the departure of Jason Darden from the FUMC church staff. Darden was one of our youth ministers, and has since moved on to become the Youth Director at North Raleigh UMC. While I was sad to see a good friend and amazing minister leave, I, and many others, are proud of Jason and excited about his new work in a new church, and wish him the absolute best.
On Darden’s final Sunday at FUMC Cary, he came over to 1st on Chatham campus to worship with us. After the service, I said goodbye to Darden, not knowing exactly when I would see him again, gave him a big hug and walked away. A few minutes later I came through the back hallway that Darden had exited through, and found him there leaning against the wall, crying. I asked him about it, and he said he didn’t want to say goodbye to my boss, Colin Snider. I have known Darden for a little over a year, which included a few moments of growth, ministry lessons, and constant laughing. Darden and Snider go back much further. They have experienced the ups and downs that come with a career in ministry. The days of light where the transformation of Christ can be seen and appreciated in the lives of those around you, days where it feels impossible to keep your eyes open outside because the sun is so high; as well as the days of darkness when one wonders in brutal honesty, “where is God in the midst of this dying world?” These guys have seen some stuff, and often times they have seen it together. I briefly left Darden to clear out my guitars from the backstage room, only to find Colin Snider crying for the same reason Darden was. And then it hit me: this type of camaraderie that exists between two grown men, a type of togetherness that causes them to cry when one of them has to leave, might be what the church is all about.
Jesus has this killer quote in the gospel of John when he says that there is no greater love than to lay down your life for a friend (John 15:13). In this moment, in the midst of the exodus of Jason Darden, standing between two men grieving the loss of one another as office mates, lunch buddies, and partners in ministry, I was reminded of this love. These days the church at large offers a lot. Some offer light schemes and music equivalent to that of a rock show. Some offer world-renowned speakers that could inspire you to do anything. Some offer Starbucks coffee and pastries that are sold in the lobby of the worship center. But I find myself reminded in this moment of reflection that the good churches, the ones worth staying with, offer the type of love that I observed during Darden’s departure between he and Snider. It’s a love that allows God to show up in the form of a human, in order to save humanity. It’s a love that allows a group of individual churchgoers to walk through live together. It’s a love that makes grown men cry. This is the love of Christ, reflected and practiced by the church. It’s out there, and it’s real, and if you haven’t yet seen it or experienced it, then take my word: one day, you will. This love comes from God, and its coming for you.
If you’ve every had to wait for a train in Cary or dreamed of a jaunt on the Orient Express, you need to come to May’s UMM Breakfast. FUMC’s own Bob Warner, a longtime NC Train Host will be sharing his knowledge about today’s passenger railroads in North Carolina and beyond. Learn about train safety, tips on how to save money traveling by rail, what’s likely to happen with light rail in Cary and lots of other valuable information. Plus, you get to enjoy great fellowship and “the best breakfast in town.” All are invited, just click here to make a reservation. Breakfast starts at 8:00, so come join us.
Need Yard work done? Leaves raked? Mulch or pine straw spreading? Interior painting? Garage or attic cleaned out?
Teams of ASP volunteers will be available to perform such tasks Saturday April 25th and Saturday May 2nd, with morning and afternoon shifts! $50 per hour per team, 2 hour minimum per project. Requests taken on a first come, first served basis. Please download and complete this form and sign where indicated. Submit completed forms to the church office or emailed to Dennis Hilton at email@example.com as soon as possible.
Light and life are found in God and shown to us in Jesus Christ. This love shines light into our lives and through grace we are guided into holiness. Please take a moment and listen to Colin’s sermon if you were not able to make the service this past Sunday.
Resurrection Sunday is always so exciting. The theater was at capacity, the band was rocking, the congregation was loudly singing, and the smiles were contagious, everything seemed perfect.
As perfect as things seemed, I am sure everything wasn’t perfect in many folks lives. Personally, my Easter morning started out far from perfect. I stayed up too late watching basketball, both of kids were an absolute mess in the morning, the outfits my wife had made for them months ago never got worn. As I left the house, to head to our joyous service, my whole household was in tears with my two year old refusing to get in any vehicle.
The visions we had of Easter family photos, relaxing brunch, and a stressless morning quickly went out the window. After skipping lunch and getting both boys down for naps, my wife and commiserated commenting on how terrible the morning had gone. In spite of our troubles, there was comfort that Christ is risen and Easter went right along. There is also comfort in that Easter is a season and not just one day. We still have time to get those outfits just right 🙂
Sunday started the 50 days of the Easter season and I want to invite you back to worship this Sunday as we start a new Easter sermon series. We will talk about what it means to live as an Easter people. As we work through 1 John and contemplate what the love of Christ looks like in our lives. I look forward to being with you on Sunday as imperfect as it might be as we take joy in our risen Lord.
Rev. Colin Snider
Today is Palm Sunday and we did this service a little different…we are following the “I AM” series and todays sermon is the “I am the way of the truth and the life”. What we are going to hear is the way of Jesus is the way of the cross. The truth of Jesus is the truth that we find in the cross. That while we are yet sinners Christ died for us.
This is more of a contemplative service. We are going to tell the story of Jesus, the entire passion story. Allow yourself to marvel and enjoy this sermon and stay in a contemplative nature as you hear the story of Jesus narrated by Chris Dresp.
Good Morning! The Baskets of Hope (BoH) packing party is just around the corner, and here are some ways you can help, and we DEFINITELY need your help.
We’ve got LOTS of baskets to fill this year. The demand for infant baskets paired with our partnership with Bridge the Gap ministry in Southeast Raleigh (where members of the community there will be packing 100 baskets with supplies we have provided), has left our supplies and budget “stretched” more than usual.
This means we could use the following assistance:
- Manpower and KID-power at the Packing Party on this Sunday, 3/22 at 3 pm in the Fellowship Hall.
- CANDY! We need donated bags of candy.
- Monetary donations: We can use the additional money to support the extended efforts this year.
- Prayer: Especially for the children, both those receiving baskets and serving this Sunday.
Thank you! On behalf of the BoH mission team!