Winter/Spring 2023 Planning Guide

Use this guide as a reference and planning tool to connect to the ministries and activities happening at CUMC during the winter months.

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  • “The Walk” Lenten Study

    Our Lenten sermon series will be based on Adam Hamilton's book, "The Walk:  Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life."  Join a small group study using this book during Lent. This book examines five essential spiritual practices rooted in Jesus’ own walk with God. How do we walk with Christ—daily

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  • Ash Wednesday Worship

    Mark the beginning of Lent with a service of worship and the imposition of ashes on Wednesday, February 22 at 7:30 PM.  This worship service will also be livestreamed.

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  • Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner

    Tuesday, February 21 is Shrove Tuesday.  As the day before Ash Wednesday, this day is frequently marked by feasting and celebration, as it precedes the observance of the Lenten fast.  Pancakes are traditionally offered because eggs, sugar, and fat, commonly forbidden during the Lenten fast, are used up so they will not go to waste. Join

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  • Souper Bowl of Caring

    The Super Bowl is almost here, and that means it's time for our Souper Bowl of Caring!  This Sunday, February 5, and next Sunday, February 12, youth will be collecting donations at the end of both worship services to support CUMC's participation in the Teens Opposing Poverty (TOP) ministry. TOP

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  • Puppy Bowl Viewing Party

    The youth will get together for the Puppy Bowl viewing party from 2:00-3:00 PM on Sunday, February 12.  The amount of funds raised for TOP from the Souper Bowl of Caring will be announced, and then everyone will watch the real big game that day before the main event.

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  • Chili Cook-Off

    Do you have a winning recipe for chili? Bring a pot of your homemade chili and enter it into our chili cook-off competition on Sunday, February 5. We will gather to enjoy the chili at 5:30 PM, and name winners in several categories. Sign up to bring your pot of

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  • Welcome Gathering

    On Sunday, February 26, come have a cup of coffee in the chapel between the worship services and meet the pastors and staff.  Learn about the ministries of CUMC and how to get involved.

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  • Mission Ministry This Week

    We continue to seek to meet the needs of those who are most vulnerable in our community.  We are regularly packing food to be distributed to those in need.  You can help.  Join one of our small food packing teams. You must be healthy, symptom free, and at least 12

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  • Vacation Bible School Now Registering

    Registration is now open for Vacation Bible School 2023!

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  • Parents’ Night Out

    REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.   Parents are invited to drop off their children (ages 3 years - 12 years old) from 5:00 - 7:30 PM for a pizza dinner, games, crafts and movies here at the church while parents enjoy a couple hours to themselves! This event is free of charge

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  • Book Club

    The book club is back!  The current book to read is "Code Name Hélène: A Novel" by Ariel Lawhon.  The book is based on the thrilling real-life story of a socialite spy and astonishing woman who went on to become one of the most decorated women in WWII. Discussion of this

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  • Youth Retreat

    All youth are invited to a day retreat at Camp Highroad on Monday, February 20 (Presidents Day).  We will meet at the church parking lot at 8:30 AM and return by 7:30 PM.  We will join with other youth groups in the area, and also explore how to unplug and

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This weeks devotion was written by Kim Wu:

The world feels heavy right now.  Senseless death, illness, despair, and endless longing for things to get better have left me emotionally fragile.

Lord, have mercy on us today.

On days like this, I am drawn to the Psalms; to the language of both lament and solace.  In Psalm 11, life is chaos for David, as his very life is in danger.  His counselors tell him, “Flee like a bird to the mountains, for look, the wicked bend the bow, they have fitted their arrow to the string, to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart.  If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11: 1-3)

In other words, life feels hopeless and everything is falling apart.  There is nothing to do but run for the hills.

David’s response:  “The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD’s throne is in heaven.” (Psalm 11:4)

God is on the throne.  God is in charge. 

Life is full of uncertainty, and it often doesn’t make sense to us.  But in these moments when we are overwhelmed with grief for the brokenness of this world, we need to return to what we know.

God is good.  Always good.  God does not change.  And God cares for us.  

When we wonder at the events happening in our lives and in the world, we need to resist the urge to feel that God is somehow absent, or not in control, or even not for us.   Underlying those feelings is the belief that we know what is best; that things should go the way we choose them.

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” (Romans 11:33)

It is in our uncertainty and our fear that we most encounter God.  And that is when 
God moves us to action.  To comfort the afflicted. To be agents of change.  

I want to share with you a story from this weekend’s edition of the Washington Post.  A story of hope and goodness.  Maybe you need it as much as I did.

Charles Foreman, after losing his job as a corporate chef during the pandemic, opened an ice cream store in the Petworth area of DC.  Gun violence has been a problem in this area, and Charles was determined to “do something for the community.”  

In his ice cream shop, named Everyday Sundae, no one is turned away if they cannot afford to pay for an ice cream.  Last spring, a customer noticed Charles giving a free scoop to a child with no money.  This began spontaneous rounds of giving, with donations made to cover the costs of the free cones, which are also frequently given to seniors and adults going through difficult times.  

Everyday Sundae’s community outreach has broadened, with free movie nights, story readings for kids, and clothing drives.  The article concluded with this quote from Charles:  “The little things that you do are the ripple effect on the pond.  It matters.”

I am closing with an excerpt from a blessing written by author Kate Bowler – “A blessing for a beautiful, terrible day.”  

God, today both the beautiful and the terrible are so intensely present. help me live here, seeing the whole truth of what is.

blessed are we who walk toward the suffering, bringing what gifts we have, and our sufferings too, whether of illness or loss, grief or betrayal, confusion or powerlessness.

blessed are we who come to You so close that we can whisper our loves, our fears, our unspeakable secrets, all that feels too heavy to carry alone, and all that we wish we could hold onto for longer.

it is the beautiful that tells me what I love, and the terrible that tells me what I never want to lose.

Lord Jesus, may I learn to flourish here, even here! alongside the full reality of this beautiful, terrible day. Amen.”

This week's devotion was written by Kim Wu:

The world feels heavy right now. Senseless death, illness, despair, and endless longing for things to get better have left me emotionally fragile.

Lord, have mercy on us today.

On days like this, I am drawn to the Psalms; to the language of both lament and solace. In Psalm 11, life is chaos for David, as his very life is in danger. His counselors tell him, “Flee like a bird to the mountains, for look, the wicked bend the bow, they have fitted their arrow to the string, to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart. If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11: 1-3)

In other words, life feels hopeless and everything is falling apart. There is nothing to do but run for the hills.

David’s response: “The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD’s throne is in heaven.” (Psalm 11:4)

God is on the throne. God is in charge.

Life is full of uncertainty, and it often doesn’t make sense to us. But in these moments when we are overwhelmed with grief for the brokenness of this world, we need to return to what we know.

God is good. Always good. God does not change. And God cares for us.

When we wonder at the events happening in our lives and in the world, we need to resist the urge to feel that God is somehow absent, or not in control, or even not for us. Underlying those feelings is the belief that we know what is best; that things should go the way we choose them.

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” (Romans 11:33)

It is in our uncertainty and our fear that we most encounter God. And that is when
God moves us to action. To comfort the afflicted. To be agents of change.

I want to share with you a story from this weekend’s edition of the Washington Post. A story of hope and goodness. Maybe you need it as much as I did.

Charles Foreman, after losing his job as a corporate chef during the pandemic, opened an ice cream store in the Petworth area of DC. Gun violence has been a problem in this area, and Charles was determined to “do something for the community.”

In his ice cream shop, named Everyday Sundae, no one is turned away if they cannot afford to pay for an ice cream. Last spring, a customer noticed Charles giving a free scoop to a child with no money. This began spontaneous rounds of giving, with donations made to cover the costs of the free cones, which are also frequently given to seniors and adults going through difficult times.

Everyday Sundae’s community outreach has broadened, with free movie nights, story readings for kids, and clothing drives. The article concluded with this quote from Charles: “The little things that you do are the ripple effect on the pond. It matters.”

I am closing with an excerpt from a blessing written by author Kate Bowler – “A blessing for a beautiful, terrible day.”

God, today both the beautiful and the terrible are so intensely present. help me live here, seeing the whole truth of what is.

blessed are we who walk toward the suffering, bringing what gifts we have, and our sufferings too, whether of illness or loss, grief or betrayal, confusion or powerlessness.

blessed are we who come to You so close that we can whisper our loves, our fears, our unspeakable secrets, all that feels too heavy to carry alone, and all that we wish we could hold onto for longer.

it is the beautiful that tells me what I love, and the terrible that tells me what I never want to lose.

Lord Jesus, may I learn to flourish here, even here! alongside the full reality of this beautiful, terrible day. Amen.”
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