CMUMC Weekly Update – 6/28/18

I read this post on Facebook from Bishop Gary Mueller several months ago.  For me, this collection of words have proven to be a reading that I have gone back to repeatedly and each time, my perspective has been altered and my claimed, firm stance on an issue has softened.  In this time of great division and strife, where the gulf is continually widening between the left and right, the red and blue, the young and old, the alien and resident,  the oppressed and  privileged (and any other contrast you may think of), words of grace are a healing balm and an encouragement toward personal self-examination .

 
Right and wrong matter. But, sadly, I sometimes realize that I’m fighting for ‘right’ and opposing ‘wrong’ more because of my pain, insecurities and fear than what I believe is right or wrong. This is why it’s critical that I make sure I’m listening to God and not assuming I’m speaking for God. And whenever I may be in doubt about my motivations, that’s the perfect time for me to share some grace. Because a good dose of grace always makes right and wrong a whole lot clearer!
 
Amazing Grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me!  Amen.
 
Upcoming Opportunities:
 
Tomorrow, 6/29 – 9am “Bible Talk”
Sunday, 7/1 – Reflect Adult Study @10am
Youth Sunday school time @10am (YES!  We will meet!) at the Parsonage
C3 – It’s a Blast (Children’s Creative Craft Time) @10am in the Education Building
Worship @11am
C.R.E.W. @5:30pm
Family Bonfire, Weiner Roast & Smores AND TALENT SHOW @5:30pm
Monday – 7/2 – NO What? So What? Now What?
Wednesday – Happy and Safe Independence Day Celebrations to all!
NO Creed Study
Thursday 7/5 through Saturday 7/7 – Let’s Get Real Youth Retreat
Friday – 7/20 – Spaghetti & Bingo

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CMUMC Weekly Update 5-31-18

There has been much publicity and stories renewed and released about Billy Graham since his recent death. Here is one of my favorites:
 
Early in his preaching career, Billy Graham led a revival in a South Carolina town. Before the service started, he wanted to mail a letter.He asked a young boy on the street for directions to the post office. After the boy had given him directions, Graham said, “If you come to Central Baptist Church tonight, I’ll tell you how to get to heaven.” The boy replied, “No thanks. You don’t even know how to get to the post office.”
 
Billy Graham was America’s most renowned preacher, and touched more lives for Christ than anyone – yet in this illustration I wonder if Graham (and many, many other preachers of the time) had it wrong. At its most basic level, Christianity is not about getting to heaven, Christianity is about heaven coming to us, in and through the person of Jesus Christ.
 
A young family that are friends of ours from Holland have often told me that, to them, church is for those who are “looking over the geraniums.” Meaning, once you get older and don’t have much to do other than sit in the house and look out the windows, over the window boxes filled with geraniums, then you start going to church to prepare for death.

Jesus said, “So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things?” John 3:8-10
 
Nicodemus, the renowned Pharisee, also had it wrong. Jesus told him so when Nicodemus paid Jesus a nighttime visit seeking spiritual direction. Nicodemus was a bit mixed up about heavenly matters. Like the boy who gave directions to the post office, Jesus chided Nicodemus: “How can you call yourself a teacher of Israel if don’t you understand the basics?”

This insight is not intended to condemn Nicodemus or Billy Graham, because truth be known, I get it wrong often myself. The good news is, Jesus did not go to the trouble of bringing heaven to earth only to condemn earthlings (see John 3:17) who miss the point. Jesus came to point the way and demonstrate what love looks like on earth as it is in heaven. And then Jesus invited us to be a part of that process.
 
PS – this email is being distributed through a different mail list. If you have any issues with its receipt, please let me know.
 
Upcoming Opportunities:
Friday, 6/1 – Bible Talk @9am
Sunday, 6/3 –Children’sCreativeCraft Time (C3: It’s a Blast!) @10am – Education Building
Youth Sunday school @10am – Parsonage
Adult Sunday school @10am – Kitchen
Worship @11am
C.R.E.W. @5:30-7:30pm
Sunday, 6/3-Tuesday, 6/5 – North Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
Monday, 6/4 –NO– What? So What? Now What? Because of Annual Conference
Tuesday & Thursday, 6/5 & 6/7 – CrossWalk – weekly walking group @8pm every Tuesday & Thursday through the summer
Wednesday, 6/6 – CREED by Adam Hamilton @7pm
Friday, 6/8 – Bible Talk @9am
Saturday, 6/9 – Men’s Breakfast @7:31 – McDonald’s
Adult KIDS to Stacey’s Fish In @3pm at the Church
Sunday, 6/10 – VBS Meeting @12
Movie on the Lawn @8:30pm
Sunday, 6/17 – Father’s Day!
6/18-22 – Hero Central VBS @6:00-8:30pm
7/5-7 – C.R.E.W. Summer Retreat
7/1 – Family Bonfire, Weenie Roast, S’mores & Talent Show
7/20 – Spaghetti Bingo Dinner
 
To sign up to provide dinner for C.R.E.W.click here
*note on CREW dinner: provide a light supper for the youth, about 20 people total, such as hot dogs, sloppy joes, sandwiches, spaghetti, tacos, pizza, etc.
To sign up to participate in Sunday worshipclick here
*note on worship: weekly we need greeters, ushers, and acolyte; most Sundays we need someone to lead Call to Worship and read Scripture. Anyone who would like to help, select your Sunday and what you prefer to do.
To sign up to provide flowers for worshipclick here
*note on flowers: the calendar goes through all of next year. Pick a date now that is in honor of a birthday, anniversary, or any other special occasion or in memory of a loved one and claim the date! The cost is $50 per Sunday. The flowers will be placed on the altar that Sunday and following worship, you can carry the beautiful arrangement home with you.
 
Prayer Requests for the week:
Sandy Lee
Celeste Pinales
“Katie Bell” Ann Higginbotham
Ben Bentley
Suzanne Thomason
Wanda Poston
Sharon Churchwell
Darlene Seymour
Karina Montenegro
Rev. Dr. Ella McDonald
Karson Burnett-Barry
Suzanne Ayo’s parents
Linda Gavin’s cousin, Janell, and her family
Brandy Murray (Kinder teacher)
Annual Conference (the annual meeting of clergy and lay in the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church)
 
Say Grace, Show Grace, Live Grace,
 
Cathy Partridge, Pastor
Caddo Mills United Methodist Church
2500 First Street
Caddo Mills, TX 75135
Cell: 214-395-2288
Church: 903-527-3470

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CMUMC Weekly Update – 5/24/18

The lock-in is almost over – ending in just a few hours.  My brain is tired, so I’m using someone else’s words this morning as inspiration, for you and for me!  I experienced the reality Bishop Gary Mueller describe last night and even this morning over breakfast as I listened to the varying conversations among our youth.  .  
 
Right and wrong matter. But, sadly, I sometimes realize that I’m fighting for ‘right’ and opposing ‘wrong’ more because of my pain, insecurities and fear than what I believe is right or wrong. This is why it’s critical that I make sure I’m listening to God and not assuming I’m speaking for God. And 
whenever I may be in doubt about my motivations, that’s the perfect time for me to share some grace. Because a good dose of grace always makes right and wrong a whole lot clearer!  Bishop Gary Mueller, Bishop of the Arkansas Conference, UMC
 
Thank you to the parents who allowed their students to spend the first day of their summer vacation with us.  We have 19 students who joined us for the lock-in.  Did I tell you I am tired?  
 
In honor of our Senior, Trevor Whitney, if you would like to contribute to a money tree in his honor, bring some cash with you this Sunday!
 
Upcoming Opportunities:
5/27 – Youth Sunday, Senior Recognition and Memorial Day celebration
Adult Sunday school @10am
Youth Sunday school at the Parsonage @10am
Nursery is open @10am
      Children’s Creative Craft time in the Education Building (C3 is a Blast!) @10am
Worship @11am
Collecting and praying over donations for APPETITE FOR READING (see details below)
SUNDAY, SONDAY, SUNDAE @ 4:30pm for EVERYONE – bring the family and come have a COOL time!
NO CREW (6th-12th) other than Sunday, Sonday, Sundae!
5/28 – What? So What? Now What? @ 9:30am
5/30 – CREEDO by Adam Hamilton @7pm
6/1 – Bible Talk @9am
6/5 & 6/7 – CrossWalk – weekly walking group at 8pm every Tuesday & Thursday through the summer
6/10 – Movie on the Lawn @8pm
6/18-22 – Hero Central VBS @6:00-8:30pm
7/5-7 – C.R.E.W. Summer Retreat
7/1 – Family Bonfire, Weenie Roast, S’mores & Talent Show
7/20 – Spaghetti Bingo Dinner
 
To sign up to provide dinner for C.R.E.W.click here
*note on CREW dinner: provide a light supper for the youth, about 20 people total, such as hot dogs, sloppy joes, sandwiches, spaghetti, tacos, pizza, etc.
To sign up to participate in Sunday worshipclick here
*note on worship: weekly we need greeters, ushers, and acolyte; most Sundays we need someone to lead Call to Worship and read Scripture. Anyone who would like to help, select your Sunday and what you prefer to do.
To sign up to provide flowers for worshipclick here
*note on flowers:  the calendar goes through all of next year.  Pick a date now that is in honor of a birthday, anniversary, or any other special occasion or in memory of a loved one and claim the date!  The cost is $50 per Sunday.  The flowers will be placed on the altar that Sunday and following worship, you can carry the beautiful arrangement home with you.
 
Appetite for Reading:
We are collecting food items for the teachers to pack and send home weekly with the elementary students, providing food for them to eat during the summer months.  As is CMUMC’s tradition, we collect as much food as we can and get it to the Food Pantry!  We will pray over our collection this Sunday and deliver, so be sure and bring whatever you would like to contribute this week!  Please see a list of SOME suggested food items below:
 
Non-perishable food and individual size would be nice on some items:
mac-n-cheese
Spaghettos
ravioli
peanut butter
cheese or peanut butter crackers
animal crackers
fruit snacks
 
Prayer Requests for the week:
Graduation tonight for the Class of 2018 – Caddo Mills High School
Rest for those 19 kids and 4 adults who participated in the lock in last night!
Celeste Pinales
Katie Bell
Ben Bentley
Joan Bentley
Suzanne Thomason
Wanda Poston
Sharon Churchwell
Darlene Seymour
Karina Montenegro
Rev. Dr. Ella McDonald
Karson Burnett-Barry
Suzanne Ayo’s parents
Linda Gavin’s cousin, Janell, and her family
 
Say Grace, Show Grace, Live Grace,
 
Cathy Partridge, Pastor
Caddo Mills United Methodist Church
2500 First Street
Caddo Mills, TX 75135
Cell: 214-395-2288
Church: 903-527-3470

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CMUMC Weekly Update 5/17/18

What is Pentecost you ask?  Pentecost is often called the “birthday of the church.”  It is the day when the long awaited advocate, prophesied about throughout the Old and New Testament and promised by Jesus at his ascension, arrived!  This advocate we call the Holy Spirit, which lives and moves and has its being in us and around us.  Of the three in the Trinity  (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), the Holy Spirit just might be the least understood, and difficult to explain.  Like angels!  Here is an article I read recently.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

 

Angels, As Explained By Children
I only know the names of two angels, Hark and Harold.  – Gregory, age 5

 

Everybody’s got it all wrong.  Angels don’t wear halos anymore.  I forget why, but scientists are working on it.  – Olive, age 9

 

It’s not easy to become an angel!  First, you die.  Then you go to Heaven, and then there’s still the flight training to go through and then you got to  agree to wear those angel clothes.  – Matthew, age 9

 

Angels work for God and watch over kids when God has to go do something else.  – Mitchell, age 7

 

 My guardian angel helps me with math, but he’s not much good for science.  – Henry, age 8

 

Angels don’t eat, but they drink milk from Holy Cows!!!  – Jack, age 6

 

Angels talk all the way while they’re flying you up to heaven.  The main subject is where you went wrong before you got dead.  – Daniel, age 9

 

When an angel gets mad, he takes a deep breath and counts to ten.  And when he lets out his breath again, somewhere there’s a tornado.  – Reagan, age 10

 

Angels have a lot to do and they keep very busy.  If you lose a tooth, an angel comes in through your window and leaves money under your pillow.  Then when it gets cold, angels go south for the winter.  – Sara, age 6

 

Angels live in cloud houses made by God and his Son, who’s a very good carpenter.  – Jared, age 8

 

All angels are girls because they gotta wear dresses and boys didn’t go for it.  – Antonio, age 9

 

My angel is my grandma who died last year.  She got a big head start on helping me while she was still down here on earth.  – Ashley age 9

 

Some of the angels are in charge of helping heal sick animals and pets.  And if they don’t make the animals get better, they help the child get over it.  – Vicki , age 8

 

What I don’t get about angels is why, when someone is in love, they shoot arrows at them.  – Sarah , age 7

 

Sometimes it’s just best to enjoy what God gives you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit . . . and angels!
 
Upcoming Opportunities:
5/20 – Pentecost Sunday  . . . join in “The Spirit” by wearing Red
Adult Sunday school @10am
Youth Sunday school at the Parsonage @10am (Taunja will be out this week, but I will hang out with you guys)
Nursery is open @10am
      Children’s Creative Craft time in the Education Building (C3 is a Blast!) @10am
Worship @11am
Collecting and praying over donations for APPETITE FOR READING (see details below)
Hero Central VBS Volunteer Meeting @12pm
District Conference at FUMC Sulphur Springs for delegates to Annual Conference – @3-5pm
CREW (6th-12th) @5:30-7:30pm
5/21 – What? So What? Now What? @9:30am
Adult KIDS trip to East Texas Arboretum @10:30m
    Parent’s Meeting for Youth Retreat @7pm
5/23 – Pray Then Like This . . . @7pm
5/23-24 – YOUTH Lock-in Wednesday @8:30pm to 1pm Thursday
5/25 – Bible Talk @9am
5/27 – Youth Sunday / Senior Recognition @11am
  Sunday, Sonday, Sundae for ALL @4:30pm
    C.R.E.W. @5:30-7:30pm
6/10 – Movie on the Lawn @8pm
6/18-22 – Hero Central VBS @6:00-8:30pm
7/5-7 – C.R.E.W. Summer Retreat
7/1 – Family Bonfire, Weenie Roast, S’mores & Talent Show
7/20 – Spaghetti Bingo Dinner
 
To sign up to provide dinner for C.R.E.W.click here
*note on CREW dinner: provide a light supper for the youth, about 20 people total, such as hot dogs, sloppy joes, sandwiches, spaghetti, tacos, pizza, etc.
To sign up to participate in Sunday worshipclick here
*note on worship: weekly we need greeters, ushers, and acolyte; most Sundays we need someone to lead Call to Worship and read Scripture. Anyone who would like to help, select your Sunday and what you prefer to do.
To sign up to provide flowers for worshipclick here
*note on flowers:  the calendar goes through all of next year.  Pick a date now that is in honor of a birthday, anniversary, or any other special occasion or in memory of a loved one and claim the date!  The cost is $50 per Sunday.  The flowers will be placed on the altar that Sunday and following worship, you can carry the beautiful arrangement home with you.
 
Appetite for Reading:
We are collecting food items for the teachers to pack and send home weekly with the elementary students, providing food for them to eat during the summer months.  As is CMUMC’s tradition, we collect as much food as we can and get it to the Food Pantry!  We will pray over our collection this Sunday and deliver, so be sure and bring whatever you would like to contribute this week!  Please see a list of SOME suggested food items below:
 
Non-perishable food and individual size would be nice on some items:
mac-n-cheese
Spaghettos
ravioli
peanut butter
cheese or peanut butter crackers
animal crackers
fruit snacks
 
Prayer Requests for the week:
The Rybicki Family
The Farmer Family
Katie Bell
Ben Bentley
Joan Bentley
Suzanne Thomason
Wanda Poston
Sharon Churchwell
Darlene Seymour
Karina Montenegro
Rev. Dr. Ella McDonald
Karson Burnett-Barry
Suzanne Ayo’s parents
 
Thank you to Stacy Plasek, Shelby Farmer and Betty Palmer for the lovely, handmade Mother’s Day gift last Sunday!
 
Wear Red for Pentecost Sunday!
 
Say Grace, Show Grace, Live Grace,
 
Cathy Partridge, Pastor
Caddo Mills United Methodist Church
2500 First Street
Caddo Mills, TX 75135
Cell: 214-395-2288
Church: 903-527-3470
Say Grace, Show Grace, Live Grace,

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CMUMC Weekly Update – 5/10/18 ADDENDUM

I apologize friends, for leaving off the information for the APPETITE FOR READING in today’s weekly update.  We will begin collecting food items for the teachers to pack and send home weekly with the elementary students, providing food for them to eat during the summer months.  As is CMUMC’s tradition, we collect as much food as we can and get it to the Food Pantry!  We will begin collecting this Sunday!  Please see a list of SOME suggested food items below:

 
Non-perishable food and individual size would be nice on some items:
mac-n-cheese
spaghettos
ravioli
peanut butter
cheese crackers or peanut butter
animal crackers
fruit snacks

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CMUMC Weekly Update – 5/10/18

Will Rogers was a great thinker and philosopher.  He had a great sense of humor and an intriguing way to give voice to common sense, even in the midst of a world that seemed to be spinning out of control.  Some of his most famous quotes are:
 
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
“Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.”
“Never miss a good chance to shut up.”
“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned to buy things they don’t want to impress people they don’t like.”
 
And my all-time favorite Will Roger’s quote:
 “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”
 
In the middle of that common sense thinking, I am also reminded today that way I need most isn’t about me, or my doing.  It is about God and God’s doing.  Because when I was lost, God came looking.  When I was in knots, God loosened the bonds.  When I had forgotten myself, God remembered me.  Thank you Lord!
 
Upcoming Opportunities:
5/10 – Administrative Council meets to night @ 7pm
5/13 – Happy Mother’s Day . . . join as we celebrate Women
     10am – Adult Sunday school
     10am – Youth Sunday school at the Parsonage
     10am – Nursery is open
     10am – Children’s creative craft time in the Blue Room
     11am – Worship
     No CREW – students stay home and celebrate your family!
5/14 – What? So What? Now What? @9:30am
5/15 – Pictures due of beloved family/friends who have passed away
5/16 – Pray Then Like This . . . @7pm
5/18 – Bible Talk @9am
5/20 – Pentecost Sunday – wear RED
     12pm – VBS Volunteer Meeting
      5:30pm – C.R.E.W.
5/21 – Adult KIDS trip to East Texas Arboretum @10:30m
     7:00pm – Parent’s Meeting for Youth Retreat
5/23-24 – YOUTH Lock-in @8:30pm
5/27 – Youth Sunday / Senior Recognition @11am
    4:30pm – Sunday, Sonday, Sundae
    5:30pm – C.R.E.W.
6/10 – 8pm – Movie on the Lawn
6/18-22 – 6:00-8:30pm – Hero Central VBS
7/5-7 – C.R.E.W. Summer Retreat
7/1 – Family Bonfire, Weenie Roast, S’mores & Talent Show
7/20 – Spaghetti Bingo Dinner
 
To sign up to provide dinner for C.R.E.W., click here
To sign up to participate in Sunday worship, click here
To sign up to provide flowers for worship, click here
 
Say Grace, Show Grace, Live Grace,
 
Cathy Partridge, Pastor
Caddo Mills United Methodist Church
2500 First Street
Caddo Mills, TX 75135
Cell: 214-395-2288
Church: 903-527-3470

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CMUMC Weekly Update – 5/3/18

God is doing a mighty thing in and through us at CMUMC!  Do you see it?  Do you feel it?  One of my favorite quotes from Barbara Bush is “Believe in something larger than yourself.”  That quote must have been many other’s favorite as well, because following her passing, I saw it posted on a billboard in Dallas, along Central/Hwy. 75.  What is happening at CMUMC may not be seen by the “world” as having a lasting impact and I can pretty well guarantee that nothing we say will ever be put up on a billboard in honor of our existence – but the work the Holy Spirit is doing in and through us is tangible, the energy is real, the hope for a bright future is well founded!  I am honored to be your pastor and Brad and I love making our home in this community.  

 
I know there are many of you who do not operate by “feelings” and want hard facts, tangible evidence . . . I have that as well.  Tony Gavin sent me all the attendance numbers for 2017 and I entered them in ChurchTrac Online which is the format this church has used to create the church directory, but also has the ability to track attendance and giving.  Since January 1, I have been entering the attendance count and giving number that Tony gives me weekly as well.  And the attendance report tell me that attendance is up by 12% compared to the same time period last year.   12% – that’s huge people!  God is doing a mighty thin and and through us at CMUMC!  Thank you God!  
 
I have spent a lot of time this week planning summer events!  More exact details will come, but save the special dates now for:
 
SPECIAL EVENTS:
May 5 – Fox Fest
Come to the Fest and support the youth by throwing some balls at the dunk booth!  This is a fundraiser toward the Youth’s Summer Retreat.
Donate garage sale items TODAY, come volunteer at the garage sale, and shop at the garage sale.  Again, a fundraiser toward the Youth’s Summer Retreat.
May 10 – Administrative Council  7pm
May 12 – Mother’s Day – a celebration of all Women, whether a mother or not!  Altar Flowers donated by Betty Palmer and Nancy Johnson.
A special Mother’s Day gift donated by Stacy Plasek
May 20 – District Conference Meeting  3pm – FUMC Sulphur Springs
May 21 – C.R.E.W. Parent’s Meeting at 7pm
May 23-24 – C.R.E.W. Youth Lock-in!  5/23 8:30pm to 5/24 1pm
May 27 – Youth Sunday and Baptism of Elle Farmer during Worship.  Altar Flowers donated by Tyler & Shelby Farmer
4:30pm – Sunday, Sonday, Sundae! Party for all
June 3-5 – North Texas Conference Annual Conference (just ask you to pray for the work of the Conference during these dates)
June 5 & 7 – CrossWalk, group walk beginning this week at 8pm Tuesdays and Thursday June – August
June 10 – Movie on the Lawn 8pm
June 18-22 – Hero Central VBS 
VBS Registration (children and volunteers) – is now open.  Click here to sign up!
July 1 – Family Bonfire, Weenie Roast, S’mores Making & Talent Show 7-9pm
July 20 – Family BINGO & Spaghetti Dinner (Youth Fundraiser)
August 11 – B2SB (“Back to School Bash”) Family Event 5pm-8pm
August 12 – Prayer Walk around the Schools following Worship
 
New CHURCH t-shirts for sale are coming soon!  Get excited . . . very excited!
 
 
REPEATING/REGULARLY SCHEDULED EVENTS:
Worship – Sundays  11am
C.R.E.W. – Sundays  5:30-7:30pm
What? So What? Now What? Scripture Study – Mondays  9:30am
Pray Then Like This. . . a Study of the Lord’s Prayer – Wednesdays 7:30pm
Bible Talk . . .a Bible Study – Fridays  9:00am
CrossWalk – Tuesdays & Thursdays 8pm beginning June 5th
 
And remember:
To sign up to participate in Worship (for you, your child or any YOUTH) – click here
To sign up tp provide a meal for the C.R.E.W Sunday evening – click here
To sign up to provide altar flowers for worship – click here
  *the flowers will be prepared and delivered to the church – you simply pay $50 to cover the cost.  Then you can take the flowers home after worship!
 
 
Say Grace, Show Grace, Live Grace,
 
Cathy Partridge, Pastor
Caddo Mills United Methodist Church
2500 First Street
Caddo Mills, TX 75135
Cell: 214-395-2288
Church: 903-527-3470

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CMUMC Weekly Update 4/26/18

Bumper stickers (or window stickers) are a pop culture all their own.  I have seen some that I was embarrassed on behalf of the driver, whether they were embarrassed or not.  I have seen others that call me to prayer, especially those that have words along the lines of “In Loving Memory. . . “  Others either provoke deeper thinking, some make me laugh out loud.  Many strike a cord of competition within me because I haven’t run a marathon (26.2), my kids were not National Honor Society recipients and did not play in the high school.  They did play football, soccer, baseball and one sang in the high school choir – but we didn’t have those cute stickers to put on back windows back then, so I’m still feeling a little jealous.  Often we can tell where someone goes to church by a sticker on their window, some with an invitation to “Follow Me to Grace Avenue UMC” for instance.

Yesterday I saw a bumper sticker to top all bumper stickers!  It said: “I Would Walk Across LEGOS for You!”  That is some kind of commitment there!  Jesus would do that for you too, and through closed doors, and join you in tight places.  
 
PARENTS OF YOUTH – We will be leaving Sunday after the potluck to go to First United Methodist Church in Rockwall for the ONE EVENT.  There is no cost to the students to attend, but we will need help driving them all there and back!  Please remind your students (rising 6th Graders through 12th Graders) that they are welcome to come.  WE WILL STILL HAVE C.R.E.W. Sunday evening at 5:30 as well!
 
Upcoming Opportunities to grow in your discipleship:
4/27 – 9am – Bible Talk, Genesis Chapter 37 (we are entering the stories of Joseph, Judah and Jacob’s Family)
This study is intended for all adults, male and female.  So if you are a guy, sitting at home doing nothing – be bold and join the first
male who broke the barrier!  We have yummy food!
4/29 – 10am – Adult Sunday school in the Education Building
          11am – Worship
4/29 – Fifth Sunday Potluck following worship
4/29
4/29 – 5:30-7:30pm – C.R.E.W. – rising 6th Graders through 12th Grade are welcome
To sign up, GO HERE
4/30 – NEW!!! @9:30AM “What? So What? Now What?”  Is a new Bible study which will be on the 
scripture to be preached on the coming Sunday!!!   Men, Women, Jews, Greeks, Slaves, Free . . . COME!
You will be “in the know” come Sunday, and have a deeper, richer understanding of the scripture.
HINT:  With this format, anyone can come whatever Monday they are available (when you are on vacation, summer break, etc.)
because each lesson does not build upon the previous one.  FREEDOM!!!
5/2 – @7pm – “Pray Then Like This . . . “
5/5 – @8am-3pm – Fox Fest
@8am-1pm – Garage Sale (bring those unwanted items to sale which will benefit C.R.E.W. and our summer trip
 
MOTHER’S DAY IS COMING!!!  May 13th!  Encourage those you know to attend, it will be a special day celebrating all women!
 
PICTURES OF YOUR SAINTS IN HEAVEN – In preparation for a special Sunday, would you please email me digital pictures of any of your loved ones who are now experiencing with Jesus what we can ONLY IMAGINE?  All photos needed by May 15th.
 
FLOWER CALENDAR – is there a special Sunday in our life in which you would be thrilled to see flowers in the Sanctuary in honor or memory of a person or life event? Select a Sunday that is special to you – in honor of a birthday, anniversary, loved one, holiday, etc.  Then contribute $50 and we will provide a beautiful flower arrangement for worship, announce during worship the reason for the flowers, and also put it in the bulletin.  This is not a fund-raiser!  But a way to celebrate occasions in everyone’s life and beautify the sanctuary.  At the end of worship, you are invited to take the flowers home!
CLICK HERE to select your Sunday!  When you make your donation, please note on your check that it is for the FLOWER FUND.
 

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CMUMC Weekly Update – 4/19/18

In the “Pray Then Like This . . . “ study last night (a study of the Lord’s Prayer), we had a great conversation on being “dethroned.”  I woke up this morning with the revelation that this thought is too important not to be shared with all of you, and for those who were there last night, giving you another opportunity to reflect for yourself on what it means to be dethroned.  

 
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught his disciples (yes, the twelve there and the trillions of us that have followed) to pray “Thy kingdom come.”  Jesus is telling us, from the outset, that we aren’t the center of attention, God is!  William J. Carl, III, author of The Lord’s Prayer for Today is quoted as saying:
 
The Christian life is a very long, sometimes painful but ultimately joyful, process of being dethroned.  We go through it all the time.  Parents are dethroned by children who outdo them, and retirees are dethroned by retirement itself when they go around the office and nobody cares what they think anymore.  We spend our whole lives getting dethroned, and it happens again with the coming of God’s kingdom.
 
Humanity is much more prone to want to pray “my kingdom come, my will be done” because we want things our way, and we want God to bless our wants.  To pray THY kingdom come is a reminder that we are not, and never really have been, number one.  That glory, hallowed-ness and prestige belongs to God and God alone.  
 
So today, I’m going to work on willingly stepping down off the throne (pedestal) I keep putting myself up on and hope to become a better sign-post pointing everyone who sees me to the greatest King and kingdom.
 
Speaking of the Wednesday night study, it is NEVER too late to join.  If you are interested, I can email you the lessons so far, so that you can read and be ready for next week’s focus “On Earth as it is in Heaven.”  This time is open to all youth and adults, men and women, slave or free, Jew or Greek . . . oh wait, I’ve gotten into quoting scripture again.  Well, you get the idea.  Childcare for smalls is provided, and a responsible playmate for olders is available as well.
 
AND PLEASE KEEP READING. . . . there are some items below I would like your feedback/action on!
 
Upcoming Opportunities to grow in your discipleship:
4/20 – 9am – Bible Talk, Genesis Chapter 37 (we are entering the stories of Joseph, Judah and Jacob’s Family)
This study is intended for all adults, male and female.  So if you are a guy, sitting at home doing nothing – be bold and be the first
male to break the mold!  We have yummy food!
4/22 – 10am – Adult Sunday school in the Education Building
4/22 – 11am – Worship
4/22 – VBS Volunteer Meeting following Worship
4/22 – 5:30-7:30pm – C.R.E.W. – rising 6th Graders through 12th Grade are welcome
Thank you to Linda & Tony Gavin for dinner this week
To sign up, GO HERE
4/23 – NEW!!! @9:30AM “What? So What? Now What?”  Is a new Bible study which will be on the 
scripture to be preached on the coming Sunday!!!   Men, Women, Jews, Greeks, Slaves, Free . . . COME!
You will be “in the know” come Sunday, and have a deeper, richer understanding of the scripture.
HINT:  With this format, anyone can come whatever Monday they are available (when you are on vacation, summer break, etc.)
because each lesson does not build upon the previous one.  FREEDOM!!!
4/25 – @7pm – “Pray Then Like This . . . “
4/29 – Fifth Sunday Potluck
5/5 – @8am-3pm – Fox Fest
@8am-1pm – Garage Sale (bring those unwanted items to sale which will benefit C.R.E.W. and our summer trip
 
 
MOTHER’S DAY IS COMING!!!  May 13th!  Encourage those you know to attend, it will be a special day celebrating all women!
 
PICNIC TABLES – We are in need of more picnic tables for the park area!  A kit can be purchased at Lowe’s for $99, or assembled for $109.  Please consider making that financial contribution! 
 
PICTURES OF YOUR SAINTS IN HEAVEN – In preparation for a special Sunday, would you please email me digital pictures of any of your loved ones who are now experiencing with Jesus what we can ONLY IMAGINE?  All photos needed by May 15th.
 
FLOWER CALENDAR – is there a special Sunday in our life in which you would be thrilled to see flowers in the Sanctuary in honor or memory of a person or life event? Select a Sunday that is special to you – in honor of a birthday, anniversary, loved one, holiday, etc.  Then contribute $50 and we will provide a beautiful flower arrangement for worship, announce during worship the reason for the flowers, and also put it in the bulletin.  This is not a fund-raiser!  But a way to celebrate occasions in everyone’s life and beautify the sanctuary.  At the end of worship, you are invited to take the flowers home!
CLICK HERE to select your Sunday!  When you make your donation, please note on your check that it is for the FLOWER FUND.
 
 
Say Grace, Show Grace, Live Grace,
 
Cathy Partridge, Pastor
Caddo Mills United Methodist Church
2500 First Street
Caddo Mills, TX 75135
Cell: 214-395-2288
Church: 903-527-3470

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CMUMC Weekly Update – 3/22/18

For the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”  
1 Samuel 16:7
 
It seems that God often like to surprise us.  And when we are surprised, we often look at our expectation and begin to wonder how to adjust them to be more in line with God. In this scripture, Samuel is seeking the new king for Israel and had been instructed by God to go to the house of Jesse in fulfillment of that search.  Upon his arrival, Jesse presents to Samuel seven of his eight sons, the oldest, the strongest, the most experienced.  But with each introduction, Samuel shakes his head and says, “No.  Not this one.”  Finally, Samuel asks Jesse, “do you have another son?”  Samuel knew he had heard God’s direction clearly, the direction that he would find the new king among Jesse’s sons.  And because of that, he didn’t give up.  Jesse said “Yes, well I have one more.  He is the youngest and is out tending the sheep.”  Jesse sent for David to come in from the fields, and the reign of David as the King who followed the heart of God, began.  
 
As I have learned, there is good news and bad news in this story.  The bad news is that our choices and chosen direction are often chosen of outward appearances and superficial information.  The great news is that that is not how God looks upon us.  God sees our heart and knows the potential hidden there.  No matter how unlike we may appear to be close to God’s heart, the good news is that God continually choses the unlikely.  There are none too young/old, too experienced/inexperienced, too lost/saved, too loved/unloveable to be redeemed by God and used to lead others to the Heart of God.
 
That means God can and will use you, if you will make yourself available!  And your availability is what we need at Caddo Mills UMC these next few weeks.  It’s the holy season of Lent/Easter – when we celebrate again the Risen Christ and a great opportunity to share that good news with others.  I know the list below is long, but I ask that you please look over it carefully and see where you can engage yourself with us and with God.
 
Also, don’t forget – we will be updating pictures of all members and guests the next two Sundays, so bring your best “cheesy” smile!
 
Upcoming Opportunities:
3/23 – Friday – Bible Talk at 9am (open to anyone who wants to walk with us through the Bible)
Breakfast provided this week by Betty Palmer
3/24 – Saturday – 9am – Neighborhood Walks
Come to the church, get a stack of invitations, and go walk your neighborhood inviting others to join us for Good Friday, the Good Glow Egg Hunt and Easter Sunday
3/25 – Sunday – 10am – Family Picture taking begins
10am – Adult Sunday School
10:15 – Children’s Sunday school
10:45 – ALL CHILDREN – to assemble to participate in the Palm Parade
10:45 – Confirmands to assemble to go over last minute information
11am – Worship – Confirmation Sunday and New Member Sunday
12noon – Parsonage Open House
3pm – P31 Preview Class (a bootcamp that will be offered at CMUMC)
5:30 – C.R.E.W. Youth
dinner provided by Jonathan & Teresa Rea
3/28 – Wednesday – 6:15 – final Bread & Broth (Ya’ll, FYI – we have great, hearty soups, not just a cup of clear bullion)
7pm – final Made for a Miracle study
3/30 – Friday – 5pm – C.R.E.W. and other Volunteers to prepare for Egg Hunt
7pm – Good Friday Worship
8pm – Good GLOW Egg Hunt and Festival
4/1 – Sunday – 11:00 – Easter Sunday!
 
4/4 – Wednesday – begin new Wednesday Night study “Pray Then Like This,” a study of the Lord’s Prayer
open to all, nursery is available.

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