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

Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope

On May 20 we begin a new 6 week series called “Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope,” based on the messages by Adam Hamilton. Here is a video you can share with friends and neighbors, inviting them to join us each weekend. I know that this series will have something for everyone – that all of us might live not overwhelmed by worry and fear, but live with hope and courage in the face of life’s challenges.

New Series: What is the Bible?

Have you ever heard the expression “a drop in the bucket?” How about “fly in the ointment?” Or “go the extra mile?” Each of these expressions are based on a Biblical story. The language of the Bible permeates our culture – and we often don’t even realize it.

More than giving us clever sayings, the Bible is filled with poetry, letters, and stories that can impact the way you feel and think about everything – and change your life. If you are just curious about this ancient text, or are interested in going deeper in your spiritual life, this series of messages is designed just for you.

Join us Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

Receiving Weekly eNotes

Dear CUMC friends – if you are interested in receiving the weekly eNotes sent from Pastor Rick, be sure to subscribe to them – these are now coming via MailChimp. You can find the subscription link on the homepage of this website. It’s a great way to stay connected!

Weekly eNote from Rick McKinley

Dear CUMC Family:

By now you’ve no doubt heard that the CUMC facility flooded last weekend due to a broken (frozen) pipe. The sanctuary and all of downstairs has been impacted, and the Clothing Closet is closed until further notice, likely through March. This means more than 1000 families/people who are in need of clothing will not get it. If you know of people who need help, please have them contact the church by calling 474-3915.
We will continue to worship each week, meeting in the fellowship hall. The opportunity we have here is that many people who might normally be unsure or uncomfortable coming to church will be more receptive to the idea of meeting in a more casual atmosphere like the fellowship hall. Consider what friends and neighbors might enjoy worship in this kind of atmosphere.
This week we continue our series of messages looking at the question of suffering. Is God unfair? How do we make sense of tragedy and heartache in the world and a loving God? For those of you on Facebook, you can find a great conversation on this topic under one of my posts.
Here’s what else is going on:
1. Oil Assistance: Once again, the Rotary Club is providing assistance for people in Cornville, Canaan, Smithfield, Mercer, Skowhegan, Norridgewock and Madison for people 65 or older. They must have some financial hardship (fixed income, for example.) People wanting assistance can go to the Federated Church Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
2. Conversation with the Bishop on the Way Forward Commission: The meeting planned for today at Pleasant St. UMC has been postponed to February 17th at 1 p.m. and has been relocated to the Green St. UMC in Augusta. This is a chance to meet with the Bishop and others about the Way Forward Commission’s progress as they prepare to offer the church a path forward related to people who are LGBTQi. Find more details here: https://www.neumc.org/eventdetail/10280739
3. Prayer Partner in Adversity: We’ve been asked to be a prayer partner to the Bridgton UMC in Maine. This past weekend, they lost their boiler and may not be able to return to their building at all. Please keep the people of BUMC in your daily prayers!
4. Announcements: Just a reminder that if you have an announcement, please contact Janet Malek (fernguly@tdstelme.net) or me before Sunday so we can can include it during the service.  
5. Connect to the websiteOur website is www.centenaryfaith.org, and other way to keep connected to what’s happening. In addition, on most weekends, the audio of the weekly message and Grow-Pray-Study guide are available for download. Currently we have people listening in from all over the country, including our own neighborhood.