March 2018 | Click to view

March 2018 | Click to view

Insight is our monthly newsletter that is filled with articles from our staff and members as well as information about upcoming events. Click the image to view a PDF of March's issue of Insight.

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Online Bulletin

Easter week

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GOURMET SUNDAY BREAKFAST | TODAY | 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Christ Cafe Stop by for a full, hot, gourmet breakfast! Cost: $6 per adult and $4 per child.
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN: BAKE SALE FOR MISSION | TODAY | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Recreation Area and Courtyard Porch | Help support mission efforts of the UMW and enjoy special treats!
THE EASTER STORY CONCERT | TODAY | 6:00 p.m. | Sanctuary | Join us as the Sanctuary Choir, Youth Singers, orchestra, and narration lead us through Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection.
SEDER PASSOVER MEAL | WED., MAR. 28 | 5:30 p.m. | Christ Center Gym | Join us as we celebrate the Passover Meal Jesus and His disciples celebrated before the crucifixion and resurrection. Cost: $10 adults/$5 children (5 years and up). Child care available for 0 - 4 years. Pre-registration is required. Register at
MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE | THUR., MAR. 29 | 7:00 p.m. | Sanctuary | For centuries, Christians have gathered on the Thursday night of Holy Week to remember Jesus’ last supper with His disciples. This service will include both traditional and modern music, scripture reading, and sharing in The Lord’s Supper around tables of twelve.
EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE | SUN., APR. 1 | 7:00 a.m. | Cottage Hill Medal of Honor Park Amphitheater | Be sure to bring your own chair or blanket!
CONTINENTAL EASTER BREAKFAST | SUN., APR. 1 | 7:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Christ Cafe | Stop by for a continental style breakfast including a parfait bar, pastries, juices, coffee, and other tasty bites! Cost: $4.
EASTER SERVICES | SUN., APR. 1 | 8:00 a.m., 9:15 a.m., & 10:40 a.m. in the Sanctuary for Traditional Worship and the Christ Center for NewSong Modern Worship | Youth, Tween, Elementary, and Preschool Worship also available.

missions and serving

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BAKE SALE FOR MISSIONS | SUN., MAR. 25 | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Recreation Area and Courtyard Porch | Help support mission efforts and enjoy special treats!

adult ministry

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CHICKS WITH STICKS | THURS., beginning APR. 5 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. A new group for crafters! Bring your supplies (yarn, paint, etc.) and work on your project while socializing with like minded folks.
SINGLES BIBLE STUDY | WEDS., beginning APR. 11 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Room C-221 | If you are single and age 45+, join us to discuss Your Move by Andy Stanley. For information, contact Rev. Jean Tippit at
50+ MINISTRY ELBERTA SAUSAGE FESTIVAL | SAT., MAR. 31 | Depart Christ UMC at 8:00 a.m. | Sign up TODAY in the Sanctuary Gathering Area or contact Bobby Williams at 251.342.0462, ext. 264, for more information. Cost: $20 per person.
WEDNESDAYS AT CHRIST | No classes this Wednesday! Instead join us for the Seder Meal on WED., MARCH 28. Register at to reserve a meal. New Wednesday sessions begin WED., APR. 11.

next generation ministry

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HANDS AND FEET LOCAL YOUTH MISSIONS | SAT., APR. 7 | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | 6th – 12th Grade | Every month we partner with a local organization in our community to help those in need. Details available at
MIDDLE SCHOOL MYSTERY WEEKEND | FRI., APR. 27SUN., APR. 29 6th – 8th Grade | Join us for a weekend as we explore what it means to live out God's truth. During this mystery weekend, you will find ways to serve and be served, love and be loved, and most of all be in community with your peers. Don't miss this awesome weekend! Register now at Deadline to sign up is FRI., APR. 13. Cost: $100 per student.
VBS | JUNE 25 - JUNE 29 | Registration Now Open | Rolling River Rampage  Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God!  Along the river, children discover that life with God is an adventure full of wonder and surprise, and that they can trust God to be with them through anything. Relevant music, exciting science, creative crafts, fun recreation, and memorable Bible stories will help kids know that God is always with them as they ride the rapids of amazing grace! Cost $15 before MAY 31; $20 beginning MAY 31.
ELEMENTARY FUN NIGHT | FRI., APR. 27 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | 1st – 5th Grade | Fellowship Hall | Join us for an awesome party! There will be games, prizes, food, and tons of fun! Be sure to invite your friends and register online at

recreation ministry

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CHRIST UMC NIGHT AT THE HANK | SAT., APR. 21 | 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Join us as CSports players and coaches line the field and our own Living Sound will sing the National Anthem. Tickets are $5 at the Recreation Desk.
678 BASKETBALL: SKILLS AND DRILLS CAMP | Every TUES. and THURS., APR. 10 –  APR.  26  5:30 p.m. –  7:30 p.m. | 6th –  8th Grade Boys and Girls Registration is open until MON., APR. 2 at or in person at the Recreation Desk. For more information, contact Rose Farnell at
FLAG FOOTBALL REGISTRATION | Registration open | K5 –  6th Grade for 2017 – 2018 | We will have required evaluations on MON., MAY 7 and TUES., MAY 8 and games and practices will be on weekdays. Fee: $85.


Other Events

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| WED., APR. 18 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Hospitality Room | Senior adults, join us for the latest information regarding changes to the 2018 Medicare program.
PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT | We are seeking a part-time Maintenance Assistant. Visit for details.


Online Giving Is Now Available | Visit, OR install the Pushpay app (red and white “p” logo) from the Google Play Store or the App Store, OR text “christumc” to 77977.
Orders for CDs or DVDs of services may be submitted and picked up at B-122.

Listen for Perceptions at 7:40 a.m. on WKSJ - 94.9 FM or online at

Pastoral Care | For hospital admits, scheduled surgery and prayer requests, Contact Kim Pratt at or 251.342.0462, ext. 231 | 24-HOUR PRAYER REQUEST LINE AT EXT. 309
Military Prayer Board | Located in Christ Center Please provide a small snapshot of the person with name, branch of service, place of deployment and connection to Christ UMC. Contact David Smithweck at 251.666.8509.
Stephen Ministers | Are available to help you or someone you know walk through a difficult time in life | For more information, contact Donna Alexander at 251.342.0462, ext. 225. 


Adults | 8:00 a.m. • 9:15 a.m. • 10:40 a.m. 
Singles | 9:15 a.m. 
Newly Married | 9:15 a.m. 
Youth | 6th - 12th Grade | 9:16 a.m. • 10:40 a.m. • 5:00 p.m.
Children | 3 yrs. - 5th Grade | 8:00 a.m. • 9:15 a.m. • 10:40 a.m.
Nursery | Newborn - 2 yrs. | 8:00 a.m. • 9:15 a.m. • 10:40 a.m. 
Youth Singers | 10:20 a.m.
Youth Ringers | 11:00 a.m. 
College | 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

GAP | Graduates & Professionals ages 23 - 35 | 6:30 p.m.
Exaltation Ringers | 6:00 p.m.

Children | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Adults | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Singles | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Youth | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sanctuary Choir | 6:30 p.m.

Celebrate Recovery | 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Christ Center Hours
Monday - Friday: 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Stewardship Report

We have changed our reporting to make it more informative. We now report monthly giving numbers with a year-to-date total. On the first two Sundays of each month, we will report Forward giving receipts for the previous month; on the last two Sundays we will report principal payments on our debt. Please contact Rob Blackwell or Patricia Parker if you have questions.

Monthly Debt Principal Budgeted$34,837$69,674
Monthly Debt Principal Paid$36,571$72,984
Monthly Mission Fund Budgeted$3,600$7,200
Monthly Mission Fund Given$740$1,422
March 4, 2018
Weekly Attendance: 1,743