may 2017 | Click to view

may 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 May's issue of Insight.

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Online Bulletin

Click HERE to learn more about everything going on for children and youth this summer, including our 2017 Vacation Bible School, Ancient Heroes.

this week

FEED THE NEEDY | TODAY | All Services | When you exit the service, please take a Feed the Needy card to your favorite grocery store to purchase the items listed. You can drop them off between 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at one of the following locations: Wal-mart at Hillcrest/Cottage Hill; Wal-mart at University/Cottage Hill; or outside the Sanctuary. Just look for the trucks with a Feed the Needy sign.
SNOW CONE SUNDAY | TODAY | 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Between buildings F and E | Enjoy a snow cone between services and help the students at the USA Wesley foundation go on a flood relief missions trip!
STARTING POINT | TODAY | 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | 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
ELEMENTARY FUN NIGHT: CINCO DE MAYO | FRI., MAY 5 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | 1st – 5th Grade | Fellowship Hall | Join us on Cinco de Mayo for an awesome party! There will be games, prizes, food, and tons of fun!
HANDS AND FEET YOUTH LOCAL MISSIONS | SAT., MAY 6 | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | 6th – 12th Grade | This month the Youth will partner with a local organization in our community to help those in need. For more information, visit


missions & serving

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SPRING/SUMMER FARMER'S MARKET | Begins TUES., MAY 2 – TUES., JUL. 11 | 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | The Market will be held every Tuesday and features locally grown produce, honey, seafood, baked goods, and other homemade products. The Market is located on the Hillcrest Road entrance and is sponsored by the Missions Ministry.
GROUNDS MINISTRY | SAT., MAY 4 and SAT., MAY 13 | 8:00 a.m. | Volunteers needed to help spruce up the church grounds, trim the Azalea bushes, and trim the trees. Contact Pierce Staples at 251.599.2071 for more information.

adult ministry

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INVITATION TO THE OLD TESTAMENT | Begins SUN., MAY 7 | 9:15 a.m. | Room E-247 | This study approaches the Hebrew Scriptures by inviting participants to hear the story of God and God's calling of the people of Israel through the many voices of the biblical text. A class for couples in their 40's and 50's with children.
THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES | Begins SUN., MAY 7 | 9:15 a.m. | Room A-202 | This book of the Bible functions as a bridge from the gospels to the letters of the New Testament. This study is for 50 plus adults.
THE LORD’S PRAYER | Begins SUN., MAY 7 | 9:15 a.m. | Room A-206 | Taken from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches His disciples, and all of us, how to pray. Led by Pastor Bobby Williams.
THE COVENANT STUDY | Begins SUN., MAY 7 | 9:15 a.m. | Room A-204 | God enters into a binding agreement with His people and always keeps His promises. Trusting Him as a covenant partner frees us from the bondage of worry and anxiety. Led by Brenda Davis.

next generation ministry

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PRESCHOOL FUN DAY: GARDEN PARTY | WED., MAY 10 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Pavilion | Join us for a day outdoors as we have fun decorating pots, planting flowers and playing games.
MUFFINS WITH MOM | SUN., MAY 14 | 8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Hospitality Room | Come and enjoy a muffin with us and capture this special day with your child by taking a Mom and Me photo.
VBS VOLUNTEER TRAINING AND WORK DAY | SUN., MAY 21 | 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Fellowship Hall | Join us for training for all VBS volunteers. Lunch and childcare will be provided.
VBS | MON., JUN. 26 – FRI., JUN. 30 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Register Now | Come and meet Ancient Heroes from the Bible and learn how to turn ordinary into extraordinary. Find out how you can become a hero, too! The cost is $15 BEFORE THUR.,JUN. 1 and $20 AFTER THUR., JUN. 1. Children and volunteers can register at Sign up to volunteer by MON., MAY 1 and receive one free child registration.

music ministry

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GOD WILL MAKE A WAY CONCERT WITH DON MOEN | NEW DATE: SUN., OCT. 22 | 6:30 p.m. | Sanctuary | God will make a way! A time for prayer; a time for unity and a time for healing.

Recreation Ministry

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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 or in person at the Recreation Desk. Fee: $80 until SUN. MAY 5.

Other Events & Announcements

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CHRISTIAN CANCER SUPPORT | 2nd MON. of each month | 6:30 p.m. –  7:30 p.m. | Parlor | We meet the second Monday of each month. Please join us for cancer education, faithful testimony, information/referral, and prayer. For more information, contact Teresa Atkins at or 251.367.8395. 
ALZHEIMER'S AND DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP | 2nd and 4th TUES. of each month | 6:00 p.m. | Room A-203 | For more information, contact AJ Plummer at or Donna Alexander at for more information.
CELEBRATE RECOVERY | Every THURS. | 6:30 p.m. | Building F | A Christ-centered 12-step program for life's hurts, hang-ups, and habits. Recovery is a journey you don't have to travel alone. For more information, contact Donna Alexander at or 251.342.0462, ext. 225 or visit

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
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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.
DivorceCare | 6:00 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$66,345$186,780
Monthly Debt Principal Paid$39,078$126,546
Monthly Mission Fund Budgeted$3,600$10,800
Monthly Mission Fund Given$1,300$3,762
April 23, 2017
Weekly Attendance: 1,907