February 2015 Friday, Feb 27 7:00pm 1475 Center Road, Venice, FL 34292 941-493-7504 / 888-833-9408 Website: www.christvenice.com Email: [email protected] t nc er In Co FREE A love offering will be taken. SHARE the LIGHT! I began hearing about the Missions Festival before I arrived here last July. And now it is here. I am thrilled to see the energy and hard work that is going into it. I am so grateful to be the pastor of a church that has a passion for missions locally and globally. Every person who calls themselves a Christian lives with the commission to go into all the world and make disciples of Jesus Christ. How we do that is as varied as the personalities in the church. God is wonderful that way. So February 4-8th we will celebrate Him, what He is doing in the world, how He is doing it, and the men and women through whom He is doing it. It’s going to be a blast! You can see the schedule for the Festival inside the newsletter. Or Current Resident NON PROFIT ORG U. S. POSTAGE PAID MANASOTA, FL PERMIT # 808 Huntley Brown’s music has been described as inspired, anointed, powerful, and explosive. He has recorded many CD's that cover a wide range of musical styles. People are not only impressed with his incredible technique, they are touched by his deep love for Jesus. As one friend has said, "Huntley plays as if God is whispering in his ears." Huntley's ministry extends from churches, to auditoriums, to colleges, to opera houses, to gang-infested urban high schools--where, in one case, a student body was allowed to assemble, under police guard, for the first time in four years to hear Huntley, and responded with rapt attention and wild appreciation, including a deafening, heart-rending standing ovation. This is a ministry based on prayer, and Huntley realizes that to be effective as a musical ambassador for Christ, his spiritual life is more significant than his keyboard skills. Music is an offering of praise, a gift that Huntley wants to give back to God. His continual prayer is that the glory of God will shine through the notes, and the Holy Spirit will send the music straight to the heart, drawing people to the abundance of life in Christ. Learn more at http://huntleybrown.org/ Now you may think that the men and women through whom God is doing this work are the missionaries. That would be partially correct. We are going to be celebrating them, no doubt. But all of us are the men and women through whom God is working in the world, both locally and globally. You can share the light of Christ in places you will never go, by supporting these missionaries with your prayers and gifts. Faith Promise Giving is the way most of us can be a part of the work of God that our missionaries are doing. On Sunday, Feb 8 th you will have the opportunity to make a Faith Promise to support missionaries locally and globally. Please consider what you might give towards missions and then fill out the card on Sunday the 8 th . I have no doubt that God has blessed us to be a blessing. Our faithfulness in giving to missions, both here and around the world, is a blessing that will reap eternal glory for God. It’s time to celebrate! Sharing the Light with you, Pastor Mike Sunday Worship Schedule 8 & 10:45 am Traditional 9:15 am Contemporary CUMC STAFF LEAD PASTOR Rev. Michael Hudson ASSISTANT PASTOR Rev. Larry Potts ASSISTANT PASTOR Robert Haley MUSIC MINISTRY Cheryl Smith Bobby Whipple YOUTH MINISTRY Jeff Dunn-Rankin Jonetta Dudley Marcia Schaberg CHILDREN’S MINISTRY Susan Pence DISCIPLESHIP AND LAY MINISTRY Nancy Kinney TREASURER JoEllen Whipple SECRETARY Michele Morley CHILD D EVELOPMENT CENTER Anita Burton NOTES from the MUSIC MINISTRY HUNTLEY BROWN IN CONCERT!!!!! On Friday evening, February 27, 2015, CUMC Music Department will be sponsoring a free concert featuring pianist, Huntley Brown. The concert, which is open to the public, will begin at 7:00PM in our sanctuary. A love offering will be received to help Huntley in his music ministry. Huntley Brown is an internationally known pianist, who loves Jesus Christ and wants everyone to know Him. He has played in many different countries around the world. Huntley has played with the Billy Graham Association and Bill Gaither’s Homecoming. Huntley uses a variety of styles in his concerts. There will be something special for everyone. Come and receive a blessing from this servant of our Lord Jesus Christ. CHANCEL CHOIR NOTES!!! The chancel choir rehearses every Wednesday evening from 6:45 to 8:15PM. Choir members come to the choir room on Sunday morning for a 10:15am run-thru of the day’s anthem. Choir robes are worn from October through May each year. If you or anyone you know is interested in praising the Lord in song, please invite them to come and sing with us. Anyone who is high school age, 9th through 12th grade, and older may participate in our chancel choir. JOYFUL SOUND Joyful Sound singers are welcome to come to Wednesday evening rehearsals, whenever they are able. We usually practice the anthem for the following Sunday at the first part of rehearsal. This small ensemble sings all year round at our Early Riser Service at 8:00AM. Singers report to the sanctuary at 7:30AM to run through the anthem for that day. ACOLYTE CORNER Epiphany is the third season of the liturgical church calendar. It begins on January 6, the date that we remember the visit of the wise men and Christ’s manifestation to the gentile world. Epiphany means “revelation”. We are celebrating the revelation that Jesus came as God’s Son. The color green is used because green is the color that signifies nature, growth, and new life. During Epiphany, we grow in the knowledge that Jesus came as a baby to be our Savior. Epiphany lasts until Lent. PRAISE ORCHESTRA NOTES!!!! Our CUMC praise orchestra accompanies our 10:45 worship services from the first of October through the end of April. This year, the praise orchestra will play though and including Sunday, April 26, 2015. We practice in the sanctuary on Tuesday morning at 11:15AM to 12:00PM. If you know of anyone who is an instrumentalist, please encourage them to come and join us. Anyone who is high school age, 9th through 12th grade, and older may participate with our Praise Orchestra. Please contact Cheryl Smith if you are interested in or would like more information on any of our music ministries. David, Sue Shrader, Jeb Shrader, Thomas Canfield, Jason Ellis, Arloine Gardner, Tyler Barrett, Emilee Barrett, Scott Knerr, Don Lashway, Charlotte Mason, Roy Romig, Dorothy Gilmore, Bill Jackson, Charles Moore, Meridy Shehorn, Shane Wansaw, Shirley Messner, Jeanne Ball, Curtis Coleman, Brittany Davenport, Mary Halliburton, Carole Lawhun, Barbara Loud, Hal Honn, Bill Pugh, Kitty Theise, Karen Ziozios, Nancy Card, Lynda 2/1 2/1 2/1 2/2 2/2 2/2 2/3 2/3 2/4 2/4 2/4 2/4 2/5 2/5 2/6 2/6 2/6 2/7 2/8 2/8 2/8 2/8 2/9 2/10 2/11 2/11 2/13 2/13 2/14 Kurinsky, Judy Gould, Tom Gaylor, Phyllis Kell, Kay Morley, Joshua Hahn, Norma Cowin, Marian Walz, Joan Moitis, Sharon Trieble, Charlie Vandegrift, Jeff Eichert, Matt Hallman, Ginny Schuetz, Wayne Pack, Jane Schultz, Virginia Coleman, Shaun Knapp, Jack Rawling, Shelba Callihan-Wilson, Arlene Kegerreis, Richard McKenna, Joyce Krauss, Martha Sabrosky, Richard Geremia, Joe Greiner, Mary Rose Ordway, Norma Reiter, Bill 2/14 2/15 2/17 2/17 2/17 2/18 2/19 2/19 2/20 2/20 2/20 2/21 2/21 2/21 2/22 2/22 2/23 2/23 2/23 2/24 2/24 2/24 2/25 2/25 2/28 2/28 2/28 2/29 Ruehr, Sean & Amanda Austin, Ly/e & Connie Potts, Larry & Regina Sargent, Jack & Jeanne DeArk, George & Betty Lafave, Dick & Irene Quinn, Leighton & Karen Herren, Carl & Laquitta Drobisch, Chad & Deanna Parkinson, Robert & Romaine Sandilands, Gary & Sally Pinkerton, Brent & Stacy Berry, Bernard & Morag Blomerley , Peter & Barbara 2/10 2/11 2/12 2/12 2/14 2/14 2/14 2/15 2/16 2/18 2/20 2/21 2/24 2/27 Birthdays are great! Please give a donation if you can to the Scholarship Fund at Christ UMC. Even though we cannot give large amounts (although we'd like to!), every little bit helps. College has gotten so expensive, and whatever help you can give is appreciated more than you know. Thank you! SHARE the LIGHT BLS MI NISTRI ES (Blessed Lord and Savior) Surviving Wives Retreat - May 17-20 Sometimes you need a place to get away, unwind and share your heart with others. This retreat is just for you ladies! All this included in price: three nights in resort accommodations at Bonnet Creek Resort Orlando, meals, transportation and daily devotions with Lenee Schroeder. May 17-20, Deposit of $100 by January 31 is all you need to hold your place! For more information please see or call Nancy Kinney, 941-493-7504, [email protected] 2015 MISSIONS FESTIVAL – FEBRUARY 4 – 8 Our Missions Festival each year is an opportunity to “Celebrate” what God is doing through His servants here in Venice, around Florida, in the U.S. and throughout the world. Yes, that is where your prayers and support to missions are being put into service. The Festival allows you to meet, one on one, some of the missionaries and mission organizations that your financial giving supports. PLAN TO PARTICIPATE August 5-20...European River Cruise September 2015 will be a BLS Fellowship Trip to Washington D.C. and Old Alexandria, Virginia We will explore the colonial town of Alexandria, Virginia, on the Potomac River, and visit places like "Captains Row" George Washington's Town House, Old Christ Church, museums and shops. Also, we will go into Washington D.C, and see the sights. For more information on any of the listed activities, call Lenee at 497-1088. ALL STATES DINNER is COMING in MARCH Mark your cal endars and look for some home state décor. The All States Dinner will be on Friday, March 13th. This year, besides all the fun we have sitting with people from our northern roots state, and enjoying a delicious dinner, we are excited to have a couple from Nashville, TN, Jeff and Sue Duffield, to present a musical program. You can read about Sue’s singing and Jeff on the keyboard at http:// www.sueduffield.com/ Christmas Thank Yous!! From Center of Hope: Thank you to all who donated toys for the children and gifts for men and women who are in need or homeless in our community. We provided 190 Christmas gifts for adults and many toys for the Center of Hope toy giveaway to needy families. You brightened the lives of many this Christmas season! From Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive: Thanks to everyone who rang bells at the Publix shopping center this year. We had our best year yet! You raised $11,943. Praise God and Thank You! Children! Be a Mission Marcher!! Wednesday, February 4 Dinner tickets purchased ahead of time – Kickoff for the Festival in Memorial Hall Join the Parade of Nations for the Mission Festival on February 8th. What’s a Festival without a Parade? This is an important part of the Festival, and it can’t happen without your participation! Watch at Sunday School, Exploration Station and the Current for sign up sheets. You can use a costume you have, or use one of the church’s costumes. For more info, contact Susan Pence (4687550) or Kristen Myers (525-8099.) Thursday, February 5 Various Small Group Meetings Friday Banquet, February 6 Preregister for dinner at no cost. But you do need a ticket. Hear firsthand reports from Missionaries. Plus participate in Youth Dessert Auction to support their summer mission trip. Saturday, February 7 Fruit Gleaning – Gleaners report at 8am and Baggers at 10am. Sunday, February 8 Missionary Speakers in all 3 services United Adult Bible Class at 9 am Youth Missions Dessert Auction at the Banquet Feb 6! During the Missions Banquet on February 6, our youth missionaries will hold their annual Dessert Auction. The auction raises funds to help pay for the youth summer mission trip to Gary, West Virginia, in July. It also provides lots of dessert choices at the banquet! We hope that many of you who donated great desserts in past years will do so again. Join in the fun and contribute to a great cause! During the evening, banquet guests bid on desserts (silent auction bidding). Winning bidders share desserts at their tables so no one misses out. Often there are extras to take home! If you make a dessert to donate, you may drop it off in Memorial Hall in the afternoon on February 6, or bring it with you if you’re attending the banquet. Desserts will be displayed at 5:30 for bidding. Please call or e-mail Marcia Schaberg ([email protected]) or call the church office (941-493-7504) if you’d like to contribute or have any questions. The youth missionaries will truly appreciate your support! STEPHEN MI NISTRY How do referrals work? What happens when you ask about Stephen Ministry for yourself or a friend? Someone will contact you to talk more about Stephen Ministry and what it can mean to you Then you will be matched with a Stephen Minister who will listen and support you through this tough time. The whole process is completely confidential. No one knows what you talk about with your Stephen Minister except the two of you. If you would like more information you may call a Stephen Leader, Judy Obregon 445-5682, Don Paull 497-5597 or Juli St. Clair 416-2171 to talk privately. We extend our deepest Christian sympathy to: • • • • • Pat Young in the death of her husband, Roger Young the friends and family of Lucille Olsen Betty Stalnaker in the death of her brother, Charles Bitler Carole Bonanno in the death of her husband, Joe Bonanno the family and friends of Grace Smith. WEEKLY ITEMS Club Whatever Sundays at 5:00pm Seventh through Twelfth Grade students come to the Family Life Center each Sunday evening for a time of games, snacks and worship. See our Youth Ministry page on the website (christvenice.com) or contact Jonetta Dudley for more information. SAFE Ministry Mondays at 6pm SAFE is a ministry of Support and Addiction Family Education. SAFE Support meets every Monday evening at 6:00 in Memorial Hall, Room 24. In addition to sharing and support, meetings include a brief educational discussion of a topic related to addiction and recovery, as well as prayer, good fellowship, and hope! Everyone who has a loved one with alcohol, drug, or other addiction problems is cordially invited to attend. www.cumc.info/SAFE, email [email protected], or call Jewell at 941-716-6169. Guest Follow-Up Ministry Wednesdays at 10am A Portion of a Letter Received from the District Superintendent: Are you one who loves to meet new people? Are you one who loves to brag on the ministries of CUMC? Are you one who believes in outreach for our Lord Jesus Christ? Then this is ideal for you. We go out two by two to greet the visitors from the previous Sunday, and new-comers to the area. You’ll be blessed! Call Pastor Larry at 493-7504. Worship at The Windsor Assisted Living Facility Wednesdays at 11am Come and join us for a short worship service at the Windsor Assisted Living Facility every Wednesday at 11:00am. Your support and interaction with the residents in this outreach opportunity to worship with others outside our church is appreciated. Exploration Station & The Current Wednesdays at 6:45pm Exploration Station is for elementary age children and The Current is for middle-schoolers. Both groups meet in the Family Life Center each Wednesday evening and are fun, engaging places for young people to learn and grow together in their faith. Contact Susan Pence at the church for more information. Pastor’s Bible Study Wednesdays at 5:00pm Meet in the main Sanctuary for a time of inspirational, practical, and Biblical teaching by Pastor Mike; currently, teaching through the book of Genesis. YARD and GROUNDS CREW Fridays at 7am (or so) We have openings for men and women to operate self-propelled mowers and weed-eaters, clean-up sprinkler heads, maintain equipment, plus a host of other things. Please just show up on Fridays before 8am; come to the maintenance building. For more information, contact Matt Eichert at 497-0965. MONTHLY ACTIVITIES Pastor’s Social on the first Wednesday We dnesday, Fe b 4, meet in the Memorial Hall Parlor at 6:45pm for an informal time to meet with Pastor Mike, ask questions, find out what it means to be a disciple at CUMC, and get to know others. Please call the church office to RSVP so that we know to expect you. Then, if you are interested in becoming a member of Christ UMC, we invite you to attend a 2 week orientation class that will help you get connected, and grow in your faith. These classes are held on the second and third Wednesday, 6:45. CUMC Nite at DAIRY QUEEN on the first Thursday Thursday, Fe b 5 join us at the Venice Avenue Dairy Queen from 5-8pm. 10% of their sales during this time period are donated back to us for local missions. Pancakes & More Breakfast on the first Saturday Saturday, Fe b 7 in the Memorial Hall from 8:00am til 9:30am. This is a United Methodist Men’s sponsored breakfast with proceeds benefitting orphans in India. United Methodist Men’s Dinner on the second Tuesday Tue sday, Fe b 10 at 6:00pm, women are invited. Come for dinner in Memorial Hall and a guest presentation by Dr. Landis. Sign up on Sunday mornings after services; dinner is $6, payable at the door. Senior Singles Mingles (A Christian Social Group) Lunch & a Movie Monday, Fe b 16 meet in Memorial Hall at noon. Glenn Petty will prepare lunch. Our program will be presented by Paul & Esther Baxendale on their recent trip to Asia and South Korea. They were guests of Dr. Billy Kim, who visited our church last spring with the Korean Children’s Choir. Paul & Esther will show pictures and share their exciting experiences with us. $5 for lunch, payable at the door. RESERVATIO NS NEEDED. Call Pat Lysher at 484-4380 (after 9:30am) before Friday, Feb 13. United Methodist Women’s Luncheon on the third Tuesday Tue sday, Fe b 17 meet in Memorial Hall at noon for our luncheon, Mission Study, Call to Prayer & Spiritual Growth, and short business meeting. Lunch is provided for $4; please RSVP to your Circle Leader. Dali/Picasso and Vinoy (St Pete, FL) Thursday, Feb 12, bus loading at 9:00 am $79 per person The ehibion i!asso " #ali, #ali " i!asso$ promises to be an internaonal blo!%buster &or both museums as it will &eature rarely loaned wor%s &rom more than 2( internaonal art museums and pri)ate !olle!ons worldwide. TOUR INCLU#ES: • Guided #ali" i!asso Tour • Lun!h"Tour at Vinoy Giraﬀe Ranch and Surprise Stop TBA(Dade City, FL) Thursday, Mar!h 12, bus loading at 9:30 am $79 per person At Giraﬀe Ran!h in #ade City, FL you'll eperi en!e ﬁrsthand, the li)es o& giraﬀe and other spe!ies &rom around the world. The animals li)e under huge li) e oa%s and open grasslands in a se=ng that is right out o& A&ri!a. Learn about eo! animals &rom an epert guide &rom the !om&ort o& spe!ially designed 4-wheel dri)e )ehi!les. We are wor%ing on a surprise stop on the way home TBA. TOUR INCLU#ES: • Admission to Giraﬀe Ran!h with guided riding tour • Lun!h at Lun!h on Limoges The Odd Couple- Oﬀ Broadway Palm (Fort Myers, FL) Thursday, April 9, bus loading at 10:00 am $6( per person The Tony Award-winning Neil Simon !omedy shows what happens when neat -&rea% Feli mo)es in with his old &riend, messy sport writer Os!ar. TOUR INCLU#ES: • Full Buﬀet Meal in!luding #essert Bar • Oﬀ-Broadway alm Show Church Basement Ladies- Broadway Palm (Fort Myers, FL) Thursday, June 11, bus loading at 10:00 am $7( per person The e) er popular Chur!h Basement Ladies are ba!% to ser)e up some laughs! From the senior matriar!h o& the %it!hen to the bride-to-be learning to arrange things in proper order, e) eryone will re!ognize the humorous and down-to-earth !hara!ters. Added is a liEle roman! sr &or the new pastor and the out!ome is hea)enly ent ertainment! TOUR INCLU#ES: • Full Buﬀet Meal in!luding #essert Bar • Oﬀ-Broadway alm Show BAKE SALE for STARFISH KIDS The children's ministry is having a Bake Sale on February 15th in the breezeway after the contemporary and the traditional service. If you enjoy baking and would like to help, please contact Rana Weerasooriya (941)587-9002. All proceeds go to the Starfish Kids mission. atÇvçËá aÉàxáM “Don’t do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility think of others as better than yourselves. Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others. Adopt the attitude that was in Christ Jesus: Though He was in the form of God, He did not consider being equal with God something to exploit. But He emptied Himself by taking the form of a slave and by becoming like human beings.” Philippians 2:3-7 CEB The Wesley Study Bible From the Wesley Study Bible (*): “ According to Wesley, the “mind” of Christ is both the gift of God’s Spirit in justification and the life of love for God and neighbor that the Spirit produces through sanctification. In taking the form of a slave to serve others’ interests rather than His own, Christ “ emptied Himself of all but love.” The more I learn about John Wesley, the more interested I’m becoming! How is it with your soul today? Love you, atÇvç (*) Common English Bible; Copyright 2012 Ministry Partner Team New Ministry Beginnings in 2015! In last month’s Pathways, I introduced the Ministry Partner Team whose mission is “Supporting ministries, leaders, volunteers at CUMC while building Disciples for Jesus.” The Team has been busy getting ready to assist you as you serve in ministry. (*) The primary focus of the Team now is to continue to assist the Guest Services and to prepare to meet each ministry leader/volunteer in doing a ministry “ check-up.” The check-up will be a gathering of several ministry groups around dessert(!) to listen to your ministry ideas/suggestions, followed up with a session to demonstrate all of the ministry equipping tools available to help you make ministry service be easier and increas e our dependence upon the leading of the Holy Spirit to lead us in ministry. To “ whet” your appetite about some new equipping tools available, here is a partial list: Volunteer Training Videos · Spiritual Gifts Inventory · Spiritual Gifts/Volunteer Matching. Next month – more information about how the Ministry Check-up is progressing and more about what to expect. If you have any questions before then, please see or contact Nancy Kinney: 941-493 -7504 [email protected] (*) Members of the Ministry Partner Team are: Larry Frerk, Publicity ; Pam Freeland, Group Facilitation and Consensus Building; Sharon Moitis, Connection Coach; and Chris Budd Ministry Equipping Tools. New Women’s Bible Study Small Group Starting Thursday, Feb 19 at 10:00am will be a six-week study by David Baldacci, “What to do When You Don’t Know What to Do”. Led by Robert Martin. Call her at 493-4396 for more information or to register. Venice Christian Tae Kwon Do School (Sponsored by Christ UMC) Perseverance is one of the primary tenants of Taekwondo. The character trait of persistence or “stick-to-itness” is essential for any success in any endeavor. TKD provides an excellent format for training young people to understand the need to persevere even when things aren’t going well or when you don’t feel like it. Studying might be a prime example. Taekwondo utilizes constant repetition in mastering the skills of the art. A habit of “overlearning” is a valuable asset in the student’s career. The student of the art of TKD learns that repetition is the mother of learning and memory. But most important of all is learning of the love of God through Jesus Christ our Lord. In Him, Pastor Larry White Belt - SSD Red belt - TKD Seeking all “Walk to Emmaus” Alumni! Many in our congregation have experienced God’s Grace of salvation resulting in transformation… asking Jesus Christ to enter into their hearts after a three day Walk to Emmaus, Cursillo, United in Christ or similar weekend experience earlier in their Faith. Is it time to revive and rekindle the Flame of the Holy Spirit deeper into our spiritual walk? The Flame that produced much change in our lives when we said Here I Am Lord? What a gift that revival could be if we could stimulate a NEW wave of seekers to experience a “ Walk” weekend! Our first challenge is to identify and gather current CUMC members who have taken the “Walk,” share their testimony and stories of how that simple weekend changed their lives. Please contact John Brower if you have had the “ Walk” experience: 941-941-497-3556 Debunked! Seven Modern Myths Debunked Don’t forget, Mike and Jan Mandt are hosting a D. James Kennedy series on Sunday evenings, 4:30pm in Memorial Hall. Even though the series started January 18th, and you may have missed those sessions, you can join right in throughout February. You will experience discussions on today topics like: Man is Basically Good; Suicide is a Viable Option; God Helps Those Who Help Themselves ; We Can Have Morality Without Religion; God and State Must Be Separate; and Traditional Motherhood Is Oppressive.
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