Christ United Methodist Church
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
United in Christ at Christ United
 

United in Christ at Christ United

The Rev. Dr. Matthew D. Stewart, Senior Pastor

 

 

Discover “The Heart of Giving”

at our Church-Wide

September Sessions

All adults of Christ United Methodist Church are invited to attend four church-wide sessions as part of our Extravagant Generosity: The Heart of Giving emphasis in September. We will meet at 10 on Sunday mornings in the Fellowship Hall for Bible background, lively discussions, and application principles of giving from the heart. Our four session leaders include Dave Razo, Sherri Ireson, Jennifer Davidson, and Steve Bilbrey.

 

Bishop Robert Schnase, the author of our devotional book and also Five Practices of Fruitful Living, introduces the subject of practicing Extravagant Generosity this way:

“The practice of Extravagant Generosity stretches us to offer our utmost and highest to God rather than to give in a manner that is haphazard, unplanned, reactive, minimalist, mediocre, or mechanical. People who practice Extravagant Generosity give with unexpected liberality; they make giving a first priority; and they plan their giving with great energy and passion. They go the second mile. They do not give from a “what remains” mentality, but from a “what comes first” priority. Giving seriously becomes a personal spiritual discipline, a way of serving God, and a means of helping the church fulfill its God-appointed mission. Focused conviction and intention causes them to give in a more pronounced way, without fear and with greater trust. Giving changes their lives.

Extravagant does not correspond with giving that is merely dutiful, required, burdensome, mandated, or simply doing one’s part. Extravagant denotes a style and attitude of giving that is unexpectedly joyous, without predetermined limits, from the heart, extraordinary, over-the-top, and propelled by great passion. Extravagant is the generosity we see in those who appreciate the beauty of giving, the awe and joy of making a difference for the purposes of Christ. Extravagant Generosity is giving to God as God has given to us. (p. 133)”

Please join with us as we explore “The Heart of Giving” the four Sundays in September in the Fellowship Hall at 10 a.m. Coffee, juice, and light refreshments will be available.

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Commitment Sunday, September 28

On Sunday, September 28, there will be one service at 11:00 a.m. with a potluck luncheon to follow at noon in the Fellowship Hall.  The meat for the meal (ham and Boston butt pork roast) will be provided as well as sweet and unsweetened tea.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.  Generous portions, please!  Special thanks to the Wonder Women Sunday School Class for organizing this meal.

 

Sunday's @ CUMC! 

Worship ~ 9 & 11AM
Sunday School ~ 10AM  
CR3W (Youth Ministry)
~ Middle & High School 4-6:30PM 
Kidz for Christ (PreK-4 thru 5th Grade) ~ 4-6:30PM, Admin Bldg
Young Adults ~ 5PM, F/H & WW Rm
1st Sunday of the month, Communion is offered