New Message series June 9th

Starting Sunday June 9th, CUMC will begin a new series of messages on the Gospel of Mark. This book is a book about Jesus. Like a biography. The author, possibly Mark, wants to introduce and commend Jesus to his readers, and does so by telling the story of Jesus’ life, death and teachings. But this is not just any story. This is not just any biography. The books points to something more – something important is going on – a higher purpose to life. In this series, we’l explore this book and look for that purpose. And in the process, we may even discover a deeper purpose for our now lives. Join us!

10 Mi Yard Sale Space!

Space is available for rental for during the 10 Mi Yard Sale on the grounds of the church. Each space is approximately 20′ x 10′ (long side open to customers) on the grounds of the church (all spots outside!) All spaces face either Dr. Mann Rd. or the driveway of the church. No tables, tents or other supplies are provided. The fee for both days is $50 ($10 returned if your site is left completely clean at the end of Sunday). For more information and/or the application, email Lori at Space is limited!

Embracing the Prophets

Lent is the time of year that followers of Jesus reflect on their faith journey during the 40 days (excluding Sundays) that lead to Easter. This year at CUMC we are using the material created by renowned Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann as our guide. The focus is on the poetic prophecy of the Hebrew Scriptures and we will seek to make connections between Israel’s story and the economic and spiritual status of our own situation in the 21st century U.S. We’ll consider the message of these poet-prophets in their own time and place. We’ll ask: what is their message for us today? What steps can we take to reclaim the prophetic message of distributive justice, nonviolence, loss and hope? And maybe most importantly, we’ll reflect on our role in bringing God’s perspective to today’s society. Join us Sundays at 10:30 a.m. or online through the church’s Facebook page. Series begins March 10th.

Simple Rules for Life

Methodists are descendants of one of the most strategic leaders in the history of the church, John Wesley. Like other spiritual leaders in history, Wesley was less interested in arguing a set of beliefs; he was more interested in helping others follow Jesus as a way of life. Like Benedict’s “rule of life,” or other “rules of life” from various monastic communities, Wesley’s 3 Simple Rules were meant to provide a framework for helping people grow in their faith and grow closer to God. For the next three weeks, starting Feb 17th, our pastors will lead us in exploring these three simple rules. Our hope is, whether you are just beginning the faith journey, or have been practicing the Christian faith for many years, these weeks will provide practical suggestions so that you can take the next steps you are being called to take. Join us Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

“At the movies” continues this week

Our series of messages based on popular movies continues this week, and our movie for Sunday is “Forrest Gump.” In particular, we’ll consider a clip that continues one of most famous lines for all of movie-dom: “Life is like a box of chocolates….” The popcorn will be popping and the Spirit will be moving so plan on joining us – worship starts at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday!

At the Movies!

There’s nothing like watching a good movie. You’re caught up in the story, on the edge of your seat. Feet suctioned to the sticky floor, a bucket of popcorn in your lap. If you want to laugh—there’s comedy. If you want to cry—there’s drama. Thrills, action, drama—everything we long for, because we love stories. We long for adventure. We long for escape.

When the screen goes dark and the lights go up, the truth remains: each of us is really smack-dab in the middle of our own story. Whether you think yours would only win the Oscar for ‘Most Boring Mockumentary’ or your own plot has more twists and turns than you know what to do with—you’re called to be a hero. To find your way out of the audience and into the action. To face down the villains that plague you. To rescue the neighbor in distress. To leave a legacy that’s more than just a shadow riding off into the sunset. You can transform the world. Our sermon series starting January 6th will feature one movie each week – inviting all of us to live the adventure God calls us to. (Sneak preview – first movie is “Chocolat” featuring Johnny Depp, and the next movie is “Les Miserables.” Check out the posters at church to find out the other movies we’ll be featuring!!

Happy, Healthy New Year’s Party

Be sure to join us December 31st starting at 6 p.m. for a New Year’s celebration. We are partnering with Somerset Public Health and Kennebec Behavioral Health to offer a night of fun and celebration.

From 6 – 8, we’ll have an outside cook fire with hot dogs and hot chocolate, and inside popcorn, more hot chocolate, along with board games and other fun things to do – like “panty hose bowling”! There will be crazy-hat making and a photo booth to preserve the moment! We’ll also have a few door prizes.

Then at 8 we’ll sit down to enjoy a feature film and end the evening by 10 p.m.

This is a FREE event for all ages, so put us in your calendar now!

Happy, Healthy New Years

Have you heard? CUMC, along with Somerset Health and Kennebec Behavioral Health, is hosting a NEW YEARS EVE party from 6 – 10 p.m. We’ll have an outside bonfire, with hot dogs and hot chocolate outside. Inside you can get a picture taken at the photo booth, get some popcorn and more hot chocolate or other refreshment. There will also be games, and lots more fun. At 8, we’ll be featuring the movie “Up” – a great uplifting film for all ages. This is a FREE event! All are welcome. For more information, give us a shout! For other details go to the link below:

Festival of Light

Come to this kid-friendly event December 6th and 7th, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. each night and view an amazing collection of Nativity sets, Angels and Lights! Some are fancy, others simple, some miniature, others life size, and many from around the world! You can vote on your favorite – and there will also be a Scavenger Hunt for kids!!! Each night also features a special musical performance at 6 p.m.

You will also be able to enjoy hot cocoa, coffee, tea, milk and cookies – along with entertainment scheduled for each evening. You won’t want to miss it! What a great way to welcome in the Christmas season!

(This is a free event!!!)

New series: Enough

Starting October 28, CUMC launches it’s next series called “Enough,” based on the book by Rev. Adam Hamilton. Here’s the general idea: Money has great power in our lives. Used wisely, it is one key to accomplishing our goals, providing for our needs, and fulfilling our life purpose. In recent years, many of us ignored the wisdom of the past when it came to managing and spending money. We wanted more – and more! And then we found ourselves spending tomorrow’s money today in order to have what we hoped would satisfy. The result was not greater happiness but instead greater stress and anxiety. “Enough” is an invitation to rediscover another way to live when it comes to finances. Join us for this 4-week series as we explore the keys to contentment and discover joy through simplicity and generosity. cropped-Enough-banner.jpg