Apr 3 Pastor Chat 11:45am-1:15pm (TransAlta Commons)
Strategic Planning Team Mtg 7pm
Apr 4 Choir 7pm
Apr 5 Pastor Chat 2-4 (Dawn’s Delectables)
Apr 8 Christ & Community Mtg 12:30pm
Youth Group 6:30pm Trivia Night!
Apr 11 UMW Birthday Lunch 12pm
Apr 12 Pastor Chat 2-4 (Dawn’s Delectables)
Apr 15 Finance & Facilities Mtg 12:30pm
Youth Group TBD
Apr 16 Quilting 10am
Apr 17 Pastor Chat 11:45am-1:15pm (TransAlta Commons)
Apr 18 UMW Unit Mtg 12:30pm
Apr 19 Pastor Chat 2-4 (Dawn’s Delectables)
Apr 22 Gifts & Graces Mtg 12:30pm
Youth Group – TBD
Apr 23 Community Dinner 5:30pm
Apr 24 Pastor Chat 11:45am-1:15pm (TransAlta Commons)
Apr 25 Choir 7pm
Apr 26 Pastor Chat 2-4 (Dawn’s Delectables)
Apr 29 Church Council Mtg 12:30pm
Youth Group – TBD
Apr 30 Community Dinner 5:30pm
Table Talk: May 12th
The United Methodist Church is facing some difficult decisions. The Committee on the Way Forward, which was formed at the 2016 General Conference, has been studying the denomination’s stance on homosexuality. They are proposing to options that will be voted on at the specially called General Conference in 2019. The Annual Conference wants everyone to be well informed about these options, and so they have organized a series of Table Talks that will take place in various places around the conference. The closest one to us will be held at Olympia First United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 12th. It begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. Lunch is included in the event. Tom is planning on going to this event. If you would like to attend, let the office know so that we can carpool together.
Pastor Chats For April!
Spring break is over, so we’ll reconvene our Pastor Chat at the new TransAlta Commons building starting on April 3rd. Pastor Chat II (or Collegiate Pastor Chat) at the college will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the TransAlta Commons. We’ll hold Pastor Chat II on the following Tuesdays in April (3rd, 17th, and 24th). Of course, we will continue to offer our Thursday afternoon Pastor Chats at Dawn’s Delectables from 2 to 4 p.m. We will hold Pastor Chats on the following Thursdays in April (5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th).
CARING GROWTH GROUPS MEETING TIMES
Would you enjoy more Christian fellowship and friendship? A time to explore the Bible and learn with other Christians? A small group is just for you. We have several and each one is always open to new members, come and join us anytime. Contact the church office and we will help you get in touch with a small group leader. 36o-736-7311
Everyone is invited to the community dinners, come and join us for a time of friendship and fellowship and enjoy a free meal.
All Meals are Free and All are Welcome to Attend
Monday April 23rd, 5:30 pm
Monday April 30th, 5:30 pm
Youth News for April
Spring break is here! That’s a sure sign that the weather is going to get warmer and the days longer! We’ll plan the rest of April at our meeting on the 8th. Make youth group a priority on your calendar!
April 8th: Trivia Night! We’ll play a variety of trivia based games. We’ll see who has the greatest command of the most trivial information. We’ll start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8. Remember to bring ideas with you for the rest of the month.
VBS Volunteers Needed!
Vacation Bible School for August is already under way with planning! This years theme is Kingdom Safari: “Where Kids Learn That Love H.E.L.P.S.” and will be held August 6-10. There are many ways to volunteer, like helping with crafts, games, snack time and even wearing animal costumes and more. The next meeting will be held in June, look for more information to come. If you would like to volunteer, please call the office and we can have a list ready for when Carol returns.
UMW April Calendar
Apr 11 Birthday Lunch 12 noon
Apr 18 Unit Meeting 12 noon
CWS Blanket Sunday Offering
As families and communities around the world recover from emergencies and struggle in the face of challenges, you are standing with them. You are providing relief and hope. Your contribution provides hope to neighbors near and far, from migrant families facing cold and wet conditions to refrugees who have just arrived int eh USA to build a new future to guests at homeless shelters. Around the world, hyour support of this program mean vital supplies and support for those in need. Because of you, CWS is able to respond when disasters occur and support is needed.
Strategic Planning Team Update:
The Strategic Planning team normally meets on the first Sunday of the month, but since the first Sunday in April happens to be Easter, we have rescheduled our April meeting for Tuesday, April 3rd at 7 p.m. A rough draft of a welcoming statement is being discussed and edited. It states: “We seek to follow in Jesus’ footsteps as we welcome all persons into the life of our congregation. Whatever your race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic reality, marital or family status, physical or mental ability, age, background, religious tradition, or political ideology, you are welcome at Centralia First United Methodist Church. We covenant to be a safe haven to all who enter our fellowship.”
Tell us what you think. We are in the process of sharing this welcoming statement with the various teams. After that, we will have an all-church meeting to discuss it (April 29th). This is part of the process of officially becoming a reconciling congregation.
Coffee Hour Schedule for April!
It’s so important that we are a church that practices radical hospitality. One of the most important comments you can hear from a first time visitor is that they felt very welcomed when they entered our church. With that in mind, here is the Greeters/ Coffee Hour rotation for April: April 1st: All Church Easter Breads @ 10 a.m.; April 8th: Choir (Contact: Missy Peterson); April 15th: Friday Small Group (Contact: Phyllis Schwiesow); April 22nd: Tuesday Small Group (Contact: Audrey Kimball); and April 29th: Youth Group (Contacts: Tom Peterson and Leah Wegener). There is a template that groups can use as a guide for when it’s their turn. The template can be obtained from the church office.
Outreach Opportunity: International Student Host!
Centralia College is trying to expand the number of international students they have, but this comes with a need for more families who are willing to host one of these students. If you are interested in this opportunity, you must meet a couple requirements: you must provide a private room for the student, comfortable bed and bedding, a closet and drawers to store clothing and personal items in, and a desk and chair with a suitable lamp for study periods. Each host family receives a stipend from the college. Host periods can be from a single quarter, to a whole year. If you are interested in this, contact Denise Costello. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.