February 2017 | Click to view

February 2017 | 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  February's issue of Insight.

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Online Bulletin

Click HERE to download this week's inserts all about Hopeful Bags and our Embrace Serve Days at Dumas Wesley Community Center.

this week

JOIN THE MISSION SUNDAY | TODAY | All Services | If you have attended Starting Point and have been baptized by any Christian denomination, we encourage you to join Christ UMC!
EMBRACE MISSION CAMPAIGN BANK AND PRAYER CARD | Be sure to pick up an Embrace Bank and Prayer Card TODAY. Follow the 40-Day Prayer Calendar and place $1 in the Embrace Bank each day. Return the bank filled with your donations on EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 16.
CONFIRMATION RETREAT | FRI., MAR. 31 SAT., APR. 1 | Dauphin Island UMC | Fri: leave at 4:00 p.m. – Sat: return at 12:00 p.m. | Youth participating in Confirmation will have a weekend away!

missions & serving

For more details visit christumcmobile.com/missions & christumcmobile.com/volunteer
FAMILY EASTER EXPERIENCE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED | Volunteers are needed to help serve food, supervise inflatables, work at game stations and hand out tickets as prizes. To sign up, contact Courtney Mathis at 251.623.4092 or courtneym@christumcmobile.com.
DUMAS WESLEY SERVING DAY | Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to postpone our Day of Service at Dumas Wesley. We will be rescheduling for the Fall. If you or your group would like to serve, visit dumaswesley.org/our-programs for all volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

adult ministry

For more details visit christumcmobile.com/adults
MOM’S BIBLE STUDY WITH LAURA STEELE | Weds. | 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Hospitality Room | You are invited to join this laid-back study group for mothers of young children at any time. Child care provided. For more information, contact Sonya Carson at sonya@christumcmobile.com or 251.706.3365.
PASTOR’S BIBLE STUDY: PRAYERS OF THE BIBLE WITH PASTOR BOBBY WILLIAMS | Weds. | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Room A-209 | There are many prayers in the Bible that we can benefit from. We will take an in-depth look at those prayers, and how they can help us to have more effective prayers today. You can join this study anytime. Bring your Bible.
TUESDAY MORNING LADIES BIBLE STUDY: ARMOR OF GOD BY PRISCILLA SCHIRRER | Begins TUES., APR. 4 | 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Room A-204 | All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you – if you’re tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, this study is for you. Led by Brenda Ragland and Carol Jackson. Cost of book is $13, available at the first class meeting with prior registration. Contact Sonya Carson at 251.706.3365 or sonya@christumcmobile.com for more information and to register.
KEEPING YOUR FOCUS WHEN YOUR DREAMS ARE SHATTERED | MONS., beginning APR. 10 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Room A-206 | Led by Brenda Davis. Join us for this four-week study on Joseph in Genesis, Chapters 37 – 50. Learn how to rise above difficulties by trusting God. The cost of the study guide is $9.

next generation ministry

For more details visit christumcmobile.com/youth & christumcmobile.com/children
CONFIRMATION CELEBRATION | SUN., APR. 2 | 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Come celebrate Confirmation with all the Youth who have completed this year's Confirmation classes. Rehearsal begins at 3:00 p.m.
PRESCHOOL FUN DAY: EASTER EGG DECORATING | WED., APR. 5 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | 3 and 4 year-olds | Fellowship Hall | Join us as we have fun decorating Easter eggs, playing games, and making crafts. Register at christumcchildren.com/register.
WOOKIE PROJECT | FRI., APR. 21 | 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | The Wookie Project is a gathering of all nerds to come together for a glorious night to show off our fandom. Whether it’s Dr. Who, Marvel Super Heroes or Harry Potter, we all have our own points of nerdom. There will be a cosplay competition, Super Smash Bros. Competition, nerdy games, nerdy food and giveaways! This is a charity event to raise money for an organization called Child’s Play that helps put video games in children’s hospitals around the country. Cost: $10.

Recreation Ministry

For more details visit christumcmobile.com/recreation
CSPORTS CO-ED FLAG FOOTBALL | Register now | For those K5 – 6th grade in the 2016-2017 school year | Weekday practices will start late May and season ends late July. Register at christumcsports.com or in person at the Recreation Desk. Fee: $80 until SUN. MAY 5.
CUMC NIGHT AT THE BAYBEARS | SAT., APR. 22 | 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. CSports Tball, baseball, and softball teams will line the fields and Christ UMC's Living Sound will sing the National Anthem. Stop by the Recreation Desk for your tickets. Cost: $5.

Other Events & Announcements

For more details visit christumcmobile.com
FABULOUS FRIDAY: HANK AARON CHILDHOOD HOME AND MUSEUMFRI., APR. 21 | Depart from Christ UMC Pavilion: 10:00 a.m. | This is truly a unique part of the Mobile BayBears and of the city of Mobile. Lunch will be at Dickey’s BBQ, dutch treat. Sign-up will be on SUN., APR. 2 and SUN., APR. 9 at the Information Desk in the Sanctuary Gathering area. Contact Kim Pratt at 251.706.3331 for more information. Cost: $5 per person.
MEN'S GOLF OUTING | WED., APR. 26 – FRI., APR. 28 | RTJ Golf Trail in Prattville, AL and Greenville, AL | Join us for fun and fellowship and golf! For more information call Earle King at 251.454.1853 or pick up a flyer in the Sanctuary Gathering Area.

Online Giving Is Now Available | Visit christumcmobile.com/give, 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.

PERCEPTIONS
Listen for Perceptions at 7:40 a.m. on these radio stations:  
WKSJ - 94.9 FM | WRKH - 96.1 FM | WTKX - 101.5 FM
or online at christumcmobile.com/perceptions.

Pastoral Care | For hospital admits, scheduled surgery and prayer requests, Contact Kim Pratt at kim@christumcmobile.com 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. 

GROUP LIFE OPPORTUNITIES

SUNDAY
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. 

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

WEDNESDAY
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.
DivorceCare | 6:00 p.m.

THURSDAY
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.

FEBRUARY 2017MONTHYTD
Monthly Debt Principal Budgeted$339,989$782,506
Monthly Debt Principal Paid$290,693$654,206
Monthly Mission Fund Budgeted$3,600$7,200
Monthly Mission Fund Given$565$2,462
March 19, 2017
Weekly Attendance: 1,849