OPEN HEARTS, OPEN DOORS, OPEN MINDS. ALL ARE WELCOME HERE.
CVUMC'S RESPONSE TO COVID-19
We are having church services in-person once again and have changed our mask rules in correspondence to the state. Those who wish to no longer wear a mask during service must show proof of full vaccination. Also, we have started serving fellowship again! If you want to bring anything, please sign up here.
If you have any joys and concerns, please text, call or email Jeanne Lavieri, Debi Bois, Diane Lewis, Christine Ruygrok or Janice Burke and it will be brought up during the service. In addition, the prayer team will be available to pray for you with anything you do not want to share in public so just specify to one of the members whether you want it to be lifted up during service on Sunday or if you want it to be kept private. We are always here for you.
September 25, 2022 CVUMC Worship Service
September 25, 2022 CVUMC Worship Service
September 18, 2022 CVUMC Worship Service
September 11, 2022 CVUMC Worship Service
CVUMC AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
In the past few years, a number of issues have increased in frequency, media coverage, and intensity. We have watched as police brutality, gun violence, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and hatred appear over and over in the news. We support human rights for all people and believe in equality for all. We believe that anyone should feel safe walking down the street, in their home, in a grocery store, in a movie theater, in their place of worship, in a school. We believe in marriage equality and that everyone is loved and accepted by God. We continue to fight for peace, the acceptance of everyone, an end to gun violence, an end to police brutality, and the safety of all of God's children. We show the world who we follow by how we express love for one another.
We stand UNITED against racism, violence, hatred, xenophobia, homophobia, and transphobia and CVUMC will continue to be a safe space for everyone. We love all persons of every race, ethnicity, age, faith history, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, marital status, family configuration, and physical and mental ability. God made you who you were meant to be and loves for all that you are. We love and celebrate you for all that you are. If you are new to the area, looking for a new church that is inclusive and anti-racist, don't have a background of going to church or anywhere in between, we welcome you to CVUMC. This is a faith community that includes people of many diverse backgrounds and faith journeys, single, partnered and married, old and young.
We are incredibly happy to share the fabulous news that CVUMC has hired Erica Patterson as our PERMANENT Director of Montrose Preschool and Infant Care of CVUMC. Our Staff-Parish Relations Committee has gone through the process of interviewing highly qualified candidates including Erica. The interview team was comprised of a teacher from MPIC, an SPRC member who is also the parent of a child enrolled at MPIC, our church Lay Leader, and me.
Erica brings a wealth of experience working in preschools and has a superb educational background in early childhood disciplines, including a Master's in Education Leadership, and she is currently pursuing a second Master's in Early Education-Early Intervention. Since May 23, 2022, Erica has been serving as the Interim Director of our preschool and did a superior job jumping into the former Director’s shoes. During this period, not only did she ensure the safety and happiness of our children, but Erica also further succeeded in fostering teamwork among her staff, improving the program with innovative ideas, establishing positive relationships with parents, working constructively with church staff, and professionally handling all circumstances amidst day-to-day operations.
As the Pastor of CVUMC, I am extremely pleased with Erica’s vision for the future of our preschool and its ministry to the community. We are incredibly blessed to have her leadership.
It’s time for me to brag!
During the Parent/Youth meeting two weeks ago, I asked whether the youth would be willing to take on a service project for our congregation. Heads nodded and eyes were bright as they waited for me to explain what I had in mind.
The grassy slope between our Sanctuary and the Antioch Korean Church (our old Chapel), seems to be regularly used by someone (homeless?) as a place to stay after dark. Consequently, trash begins to collect and is an eye sore. Our youth have agreed to take on cleaning up the area when they have their youth group meetings.
Then, to my surprise, the four youth still at church after the meeting (Daniel, Bella, Sofi, & Grace), asked me to show them the area about which I am concerned. They jumped right in, filling a trash bag with the items they picked up! Incidentally, they collected 13 empty cigarette packages, along with bottles, cans, and miscellaneous detritus. I am so proud of the four of them and grateful for the love and loyalty they have for our church.
A big HUG and THANK YOU to the four of them!
Pray Every Day!
Yumi Koshima Piano Trio Concert
Saturday, October 1st at 7pm
The always wonderful Yumi Koshima will be having a concert at 7pm in the Sanctuary to showcase her new album "Imagination Canvas" and the latest originals. There is a suggested donation of $10 and there will be a wine and cheese reception to follow the concert.
World Communion Sunday
Sunday, October 2nd at 10am
Join us for World Communion Sunday to see what exciting types of Communion bread we will be showcasing. If you cannot join us in-person, find something fun to have as your communion bread during the livestream.
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
WELCOMING YOU HOME
Did you miss service or needed some extra sleep? The service is uploaded each week to Youtube and is posted on the Home page and the Services page.
Looking for Korean ministry? Korean service held at 11:45am on Sunday mornings! Visit cvkumc.com for more information.
ABOUT OUR CHURCH
CVUMC is a faith community that welcomes all persons to celebrate their love of God and their birthright as beloved children of God. We affirm Jesus' example of love without exclusion. We welcome into the life and ministry of CVUMC all persons of every race, ethnicity, age, faith history, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, marital status, family configuration, and physical and mental ability. We believe that a diverse community makes our faith stronger, our spirituality deeper, and our service more effective.
Looking for ways to get involved and find your calling within CVUMC? We have plenty of places where you can volunteer and use the gifts that God gave you!
Worship is on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. - you're invited!
We're glad you stopped by to hear a good word! We pray that you are blessed, inspired, and challenged by the Word of God brought to the People of God by Pastor Louise Fairweathre-Baxter.
HELP US TO SPREAD OUR
LOVE AND FAITH
"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10
At CVUMC, we have a passion for serving others. This is what God calls us to do and we want to spread God's love and message to others.