As we’ve seen with the recent tornadoes, when disaster strikes, United Methodists respond. In 2013, floods throughout Illinois resulted in families needing immediate help. Emergency cleaning buckets were one of the first ways we showed Christ’s care. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) distributed 2,700 flood buckets in our area through partner organizations to those flood victims faced with the overwhelming job of cleaning up from the devastation. When the waters were muddied, cleaning buckets brought relief. Each year at the NIC Annual Conference the NIC Board of Global Ministries and the Annual Conference Committee issues a mission challenge for local churches to bring items that go towards relief efforts through UMCOR or its partners like Church World Service. This year’s collection is for Church World Service Emergency Cleanup Buckets. CUMC is working at assembling and supplying 3 complete Emergency Cleaning Buckets. There are specific items that go into each bucket, so if you’d like to participate in this important effort to help when disaster strikes, please see the sign-up sheet in the narthex for items that are still needed for each of the buckets. (Sunday, June 7th is the last day to bring in the items; Pastor Lee, Peggy Literski and Kim Aupperle will make sure that our 3 buckets are taken with them when they go to the Annual Conference)
(from the UMC Development Center)
Dear Holy One, God,
We come to you with humble hearts. We come asking for your mercy and grace for your people here on earth. We pray especially for the Nepalese people God. We implore you to steady the ground beneath them as they begin the hard road to recovery. We pray for all those compelled by their faith or conscience to go and help in this shattered land. Provide safe passage so that those without food and water can be reached with needed provisions. May those who have it upon their heart to help through giving, be blessed for making it possible for UMC aid agencies to go to these areas of terror and sadness and show the love of Christ to the people by being Jesus’ hands and feet. In Jeremiah 29:7, you extol to your prophet for the Israelites to seek the welfare of the city to which God had exiled them. To pray to the Lord for the city. For in its prosperity lay their prosperity. So we come before you praying for all the cities of the world, which find themselves in unrest. We lift them up to you Lord. We hold up their powers and principalities to your will God. We pray for justice and peace, righteousness and grace to reign over them. Help our peoples to live with one another, for we are all your children. Let us see each other as such. Remind us Lord that we are our brother’s and sister’s keepers. Assist us in remembering one another even though we may be far from each other, we are but only a prayer away from one another’s souls. The world might seem dark today, but we as children of the light know that darkness has no lasting victory. Gird us Lord with the fruits of your Holy Spirit for the coming battle – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. No matter what city we live in, Baltimore MD or Timbuktu, Nepal help us to live in the light. Amen.
You’re invited to the next Prayer Shawl Ministry meeting on Monday, May 11th at 1:00pm. When we get together we share our love of needlework as we make Prayer Shawls which are like the hands of God as they reach out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as those who’re experiencing special times of celebration and joy. Please come and give it a try to see if it’s something you might enjoy! No experience necessary–we’ll be happy to teach you.
The United Methodist Church’s General Commission on Religion & Race (GCORR) Hosts a Twitter Chat on Racism and Mass Incarceration this evening (April 30th) at 8pm Please join us for a very important vital conversation on Twitter …(tweet questions to @GCORR_UMC and follow the hashtag #GCORR)…about racism and mass incarceration–and the conditions that contribute to disproportionate numbers of men of color being incarcerated. Through vital conversations and shared understanding, we can forge greater intercultural understanding, promote just relationships, and work together to seek equity in all areas of our lives–both inside and out of the Church.
Baltimore-Washington Conference Bishop Marcus Mathews responded with a letter to this week’s unrest following the funeral of Freddie Gray who died in police custody. “I know in my heart that God watches over the Gray family, Baltimore’s leaders and police, and all people trying to make sense of the death of Freddie Gray and the violence perpetrated by people taking selfish and senseless advantage of events that have unfolded in the city.” Read his letter. Many clergy joined together in a march for peace while riots grew in the streets in hopes of easing tensions and bringing a sense of calm. They put themselves between bottle-throwing demonstrators and lines of police officers with pepper spray. Read the full story. The Rev. P. Devon Brown from Chicago’s St. Mark UMC and President of Black United Methodist Pastors wrote, “Though violence and destruction of property should not be condoned, remember in many instances they are a response to, rather than the cause of conflict.” Read his statement. GCORR General Secretary Erin Hawkins responded, “We must agree that black lives matter. That people living in poverty matter. That equal justice and opportunity for all matters. And then we must commit to creating policies and systems that produce solutions.” Read her statement.
Responding with prayer and aid after the Nepal Earthquake, United Methodists are joining Christians around the world in a prayerful response to the earthquake that has claimed more than 5,000 lives in Nepal and neighboring China and India. Five missionaries working in Nepal for the United Methodist Board of Glodal Ministries were reported safe. Click here to read the full story. Click here to donate to UMCOR’s disaster response advance.
Thurs Apr 30 thru Sun May 2 Emmaus Women’s Walk #141
Thursday Apr 30 9:30am Women’s Bible Study
Thursday Apr 30 5pm Confirmation Class
Thursday Apr 30 6:30pm Handbell Practice
Saturday May 2 7am Men’s Study & Fellowship
Saturday May 2 7:30am Alcoholics Anonymous
Saturday May 2 12pm Women’s Cowgirl Luncheon @ Tom’s Farm in Huntley
Saturday May 2 12pm CROPWALK meeting @ Bethlehem Lutheran Church in W. Dundee
Sunday May 3 9am Adult Bible Study
Sunday May 3 10am Family Worship
Sunday May 3 11am Praying at the Cross
Sunday May 3 6pm Covenant Bible Study
Monday May 4 church office hours: 9am-1pm
Tuesday May 5 7pm Gamblers Anonymous
Wednesday May 6 9am Spirituality Group
Wednesday May 6 7pm Praise Team
Thursday May 7 9:30am Women’s Bible Study
Thursday May 7 6:30pm Handbell Practice
Friday May 8 7pm Confirmation Retreat at the parsonage (7pm Friday evening thru 10am Saturday morning)
Saturday May 9 7am Men’s Study & Fellowship
Saturday May 9 7:30am Alcoholics Anonymous