Christ United Methodist Church Newsletter October 12, 2014

Christ United Methodist Church
October 12, 2014
In This Issue
Cover Article
Around Christ Church
Children's Ministry/Youth News
Cover Article
Worship Topic
For Today's Message
Looking Back And
Looking Ahead
"Right Here, Right Now" - A Year Later
When we received the pledges in the most recent threeyear building fund campaign last August, our remaining
building debt was $3.8 million. After just one year of
faithful giving and some really good fortune, we have
reduced the debt to just over $3.1 million! The good
fortune included getting a fair settlement from the State of
Tennessee for some right-of-way for the widening of East
Brainerd Road, all of which we paid directly on our building
debt principal.
Our loan was scheduled to mature next spring, and our
Finance Committee moved early to negotiate a new
loan. With the low interest rates of the past few years, our
loan had been based on a floating rate, and this worked
extremely well for us. But with the prospects of interest
rates beginning to increase, Finance wisely negotiated a
fixed rate for the new loan, which is now in effect. Our
new loan, still with First Tennessee Bank, is for a term of
13 years, amortized over that period, and at a fixed
interest rate of 4.13 percent. Way to go Andy Martin and
our Finance Committee!
As we stated in our campaign last year, we want very much
to pay off the debt in ten years. Giving in the first few
months was enough to do that. In fact, after the first four
months, our total building fund receipts were $127,000
more than the amount pledged. Today, we are only
Rev. Mark blessed 60
animals last Sunday at the
Blessing Of The Animals.
Our LIFE (Learning Is For
Everyone) program began
last week and we had
100+ in attendance.
Welcome New
Fran Simmons
3400 Jenkins Rd., Apt.831
Chatt., TN 37421
Callie Collins
Wednesday Night Meal
October 15
Chicken & Dumplins,
Lima Beans, Apples,
Biscuits, Salad, Dessert,
Pizza, Salad,
Dessert, Beverage
$80,000 ahead of the amount pledged. In other words, our
giving to the building fund is beginning to wane a bit.
Please help Christ Church pay off our building debt as
planned by giving regularly to the building fund without
shifting your giving from the operating fund. And if you
have any questions about this, please call me at 240-0069.
Around Christ Church...
$2.50/child (10 & under)
$12/family max
To RSVP, click here.
This Week at CUMC
To view this week's
church calendar, please
click here.
The Great Escape! We are celebrating on
Wednesday evening, October 29, with a huge
Stewardship &
festival, starting at 5 pm with chili, hot dogs, &
dessert - no charge! Groups and families will go on
To view last week's
Great Escape scavenger hunts with treats for
stewardship and
survivors. The grand finale will be a disappearing act
you cannot miss. Plan now to come and invite
click here.
someone to join you, 5-7 pm!
Special Men's Study - Explore what the conversation
might have been if the Pope, Luther, Calvin, and
Prayer Concerns
Wesley had talked over dinner. Compare their
To view our prayer
approaches to Christian beliefs. This study is 4
concerns, please
Thursday evenings, 7-8 pm, in Room A-12, starting
click here.
this Thursday, Oct. 16, led by Pastor David Hall.
The Women's Ministry "Holiday DIY (Do It
Yourself)" is tomorrow, October 13 from 68:00pm. Myra Brown will speak on "The Art Of
Contact Info.
Gracious Holiday Entertaining". Come early to shop
vendors in the Atrium at 5:30. There will also be
8645 East Brainerd Rd.
food, holiday decorating ideas and door prizes.
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Tickets are $15 and will be sold at the door in
limited quantity. Contact the Church Office to
reserve child care.
New WOW (Women of Worth) Study - What happens
when the Christian virtues of kindness, patience,
and gentleness don't work in your relationships? Dr.
Cathy Turner will lead the 6-week study FoolProofing Your Life by Jan Silvious beginning
Wednesday, Oct 15, 10:00-11:30, Youth Center.
Contact Susan Higgins for more information 3048783.
Christ Church and East Brainerd Community Theatre
will present The Curious Savage, a comic tale by
John Patrick. Show dates are Thursday, Friday and
Saturday, October 16 - 18th at 7:30 pm and Sunday,
October 19th at 2:00 pm at the church. Tickets are
$10 and are available at the Information Desk, the
church office, online or at the door.
Be Inviting -- When we invite someone to worship, it
is good to have something to give them with our
address and other information about the church. We
have new cards at the Info Desks for this. Please
stop by, pick up a few cards, and write a note on
the back when you give a card to those you invite.
Business Women! Join us for lunch on Tuesday, Oct.
14, Noon, at the Read House. We will continue our
discussion of Personalities at Work. Free
parking! Lunch will be ordered from the Porter's
menu and the cost is $15.60. Contact Suzanne at
[email protected] or Cathy at
[email protected] for more
iStudy - It is not too late to participate in the study
of the next segment, Old Testament. Pick up your
paper copy at the Info. Desk.
Attention! The Clothes Closet is in need of winter
coats for men, women and children of all ages.
Donations can be dropped off in the Church
Office. Thank you!
Pantry Pile-Up items for October will be individually
wrapped candy for the Bethlehem Center's children
Hallelujah Night. This is the Beth's alternative to
Trick-or-Treat. Containers are located in both the
Sanctuary and Common Atriums.
Mondays At The Beth - This is the highlight for
many volunteers' week. Join us for an afternoon of
Bible stories, crafts, and snacks with the children at
the Bethlehem Center. During the school year the
group meets at the church at 3:00 p.m. and return
by 5:30 p.m. For more information or to volunteer
call Red Dueker at 499-0618.
Sack Packs - On September 3rd we began
partnering with the Chattanooga Food Bank to
assemble 300 Sack Packs weekly to feed local
elementary children to curb weekend hunger to food
insecure children. The program will be ending
November 7th. Please join us Wed. evenings from
4:30 to 6:00 in the connector hall between the
Sanctuary and Commons to pack the sacks!
East Ridge Cares 4 Kids is an after-school
mentoring, tutoring, and feeding program for
children living in extended stay hotels. They need
your help! Please join them weekly on Tuesdays
from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at East Ridge United
Methodist Church. If you have any questions, please
call Marcy Hall at 706-937-5038.
Prayer Shawl Ministry is a way to share the gift
of knitting or crocheting with those who are in need
of comforting. The group meets the third Thursday
of the month in M-6. Join us on October16, 6-8pm.
This will be our last meeting until January. For more
info., contact Linda Anderson at 892-4323.
Baked Blessings is an opportunity to bake cookies or
brownies for people who are homeless. The ministry
provides 300 home baked treats to Mustard Tree
Ministries. Bring 3 dozen cookies or brownies
packaged (2 per ziplock bag) to the church office by
Tuesday, Oct. 21st. Items need to be baked, not
store bought. For info., contact Becky Hall at
[email protected] or 892-9363.
Children's Ministry/Youth News
Sunday Schedule
3, 4 and 5 year olds - 8:30 and 10:00 Sunday School meets
in Room C-8. During Worship Services at 9:30 and 11:00, 3
yr. olds will meet in C-3, and 4 & 5 yr. olds will be in C-14
& C-12.
(K - 2nd Grade) - 8:30 and 10:00 Sunday School meets in
Room C-5. Christ Town meets in Room C-10 for
Kindergartners at 10:00. Power Up meets in the Multi
Purpose Room during the 9:30 and 11:00 Worship Services
for 1st - 5th Graders.
3rd - 5th Grade - 8:30 Sunday School meets in Room C9. At 10:00, there is a BOYS class that meets in Room C-9
and GIRLS will be in Room C-7.
MS & HS Sunday School Class - Meets at 8:30 and 10:00 in
the Youth Center.
Wednesday Night Activities
CUMC has lots for kids to get involved in. Christ Kidz Live is
our children's music and worship program and is always
looking for more voices for the choir. For more information
on Christ Kidz Live, please contact Becky Shull at 8929363.
Pre-K (3's, 4's & 5's if not in K) 6-7pm in Children's Building
K - 2nd Grade - 6-7pm in Room A-14
3rd-5th Grade - 5:45pm in Multi Purpose Room
MS & HS Youth Worship is in the Youth Center from 6-7pm.
Parents are also welcome!