SEPTEMBER 2017 | Click to view

SEPTEMBER 2017 | Click to view

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Online Bulletin

this week

BOY SCOUT POPCORN SALE | TODAY | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Sanctuary Gathering Area and Recreation Area | Purchase your popcorn and help support our church Boy Scout Chapter!
SINGLES GATHERING | TODAY | 10:40 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. | Hospitality Room Come and join Rev. Jean Tippit for coffee and refreshments! Meet new folks and share your dreams for a Singles Ministry.
STARTING POINT | TODAY | 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Hospitality Room | Starting Point is the first step for guests who are interested in joining Christ UMC. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn about our mission. For more information and to register, visit
QUILTING AND FELLOWSHIP | MON., SEPT. 25 | 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Hospitality Room | Join us for our last scheduled meeting! Come and help create a quilt to be awarded as a Quilt of Valor. For more information, contact Marcia Jacobs at
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN: CROSSROADS CIRCLE MEETING | TUES., SEPT. 26 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | You are invited to hear Ms. Nora Dawood tell how God led her and her husband out of Egypt and brought them to Mobile, AL. Join us for this inspiring message!
ALZHEIMER'S AND DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP | TUES., SEPT. 26 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Room A-201 | The 2nd Tuesday is an Open Share Group and the 4th Tuesday is an educational meeting followed by a time of questions and answers. Contact AJ McDonald at 617.767.2067 for more information.
HIGH SCHOOL FUN NIGHT | FRI., SEPT. 29 | 10:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. | Sunshine Skate | Join us for an epic night of skating, food, and fellowship! Cost: $10.

missions and serving

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PUMPKIN PATCH WORK DAY | SAT., SEPT. 30 | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Pumpkin Patch | Come and help us transform the dirt parking lot into a fun patch for pumpkins! We will be moving hay bales, setting up tents, and decorating. Lunch and child care provided.
PUMPKIN PATCH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED | SUN., OCT. 1 – TUES., OCT. 31 | Sign up to volunteer for a two hour shift at the Patch to earn money toward camp expenses! For Patch hours and more information, contact Courtney Mathis at or sign up at

Recreation Ministry

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BASKETBALL AND CHEER | REGISTRATION OPEN | Basketball: K5 – 6th grade boys and girls; Cheerleading: K5 – 5th grade. Season begins Oct. 30 – Jan. 27. Register at the Recreation Desk. Fee: $90.
FROM THE REC MIN BOOK – VOLUME 6 | Now Available | The newest edition is now available at the Recreation desk! This book is a compilation of excerpts from Steve Ellisor's weekly motivational messages to coaches, team parents, Prayer Partners, and volunteers in the Recreation Ministry. Stop by the Recreation desk and pick up your copy!
BALANCE AND STRETCH CLASS | Begins WED., OCT. 4 | 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Hospitality Room | Join us the 1st Wed. of each month for balancing, strengthening, and stretching exercises to help avoid falls and other disabling accidents. Register at the Recreation Desk.


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TAYLOR SMALL GROUP | Every SUN. | 9:15 a.m. | Parents of 6th – 12th Graders | Room D-204 | We will gather to study scripture and support each other. Couples and singles are welcome. For more information, contact Rev. Jean Tippit at
OUTLAW GROUP | Every SUN. | 9:15 a.m. | Room D-203 | For adults between the ages of 25 – 35 with children, who are looking to grow in their faith and walk through scripture. Contact Rev. Jean Tippit at for more information.
DIVORCECARE | Every WED. | 6:00 p.m. – 7: 30 p.m. | Room C-221 | Class is open to all who hurt from the pain of separation or divorce. You do not have to be a member of Christ UMC to come. Childcare is available from infancy – 5th grade. Contact Sonya Carson at or 251.706.3365 for more information.

next generation ministry

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PIRATE AND PRINCESS PICNIC | WED., OCT. 4 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Preschool | Pumpkin Patch | Come dressed as your favorite pirate or princess for a fun time at the Patch! We will decorate pumpkins and have a picnic lunch. Register at Cost: $5.

other events

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WEDNESDAYS AT CHRIST | Join us for dinner at 5:00 p.m. then stay for the 6:00 p.m. classes—we have something for everyone! To see a full list of classes, pick up a Wednesdays at Christ brochure at our Information Desks. Each week visit to view our menu or pick up a printed version from our Information Desk. Adult dinner: $7; child dinner: $5.
CHRIST UMC APP | We have launched our app for both Apple and Android mobile devices! The app features sermons, our live stream, events and much more. You can download the free app in the Apple App store or in the Google Play store. Visit one of our Information Desks if you need assistance downloading!
GOD WILL MAKE A WAY CONCERT WITH DON MOEN | SUN., OCT. 22 | 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Sanctuary | Join us for a night of music with Don Moen, the Sanctuary Choir, Youth Singers, and the Children's choirs. Admission is free, so be sure to bring a guest!

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 these radio stations:  
WKSJ - 94.9 FM | WRKH - 96.1 FM | WTKX - 101.5 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$52,965$485,040
Monthly Debt Principal Paid$34,836$305,376
Monthly Mission Fund Budgeted$3,600$28,800
Monthly Mission Fund Given$920$23,021
September 17, 2017
Weekly Attendance: 1,761