OPEN HEARTS, OPEN DOORS, OPEN MINDS. ALL ARE WELCOME HERE.
CVUMC'S RESPONSE TO COVID-19
Prior to May 23rd, the worship team has been prerecording the service and uploading it to Facebook and Youtube on Sundays. Starting on May 23rd, we will be worshipping in person again together with a strict set of rules to keep everyone safe. If you are unable to make it, do not feel comfortable, or wish to rewatch the future services, they will continue to be streamed on Facebook live at 10am and then uploaded to Youtube and the website within a few days.
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.
CVUMC AND THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH STAND AGAINST RACISM AND VIOLENCE
During the time of COVID-19, Anti-Asian racism and violence has increased greatly. This is an issue that cannot be ignored and just recently, Soon Chun Park, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Hyun Jung Grant, Xiaojie Tan, Delaina Yaun, Daoyou Feng, and Paul Andre Michels were murdered by a white terrorist in Georgia. Across the country, attacks particularly on Asian American elders has spiked due to dangerous scapegoating and misconceptions. The Asian American Language Ministry Plan with the General Board of Global Ministries and the National Federation of Asian American United Methodists issued a statement jointly condemning the rise of anti-Asian American violence in the United States of America. Los Angeles Area Resident Bishop Grant J. Hagiya is a signatory to the letter along with several clergypersons of the California-Pacific Conference. In it they said, "We implore all United Methodists to end their complicity with hate and speak out when jokes, disparagements, and stereotypes based on difference. These differences fuel fear and rationalize acts of violence. We further call on all United Methodists to implement, biblically-based, multigenerational resources that address the systemic nature of hate crimes." Click here for a number of resources including articles on past incidents, educational resources, places to donate, where to report incidents, and more.
Racism and violence against Black people is also an issue that cannot be ignored. As many of you have seen, our country has been taken by storm by a wave of activism and protests due to the horrific killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, and unfortunately a number of other Black people in this country, as well as the inequalities and racism that Black people face, and have faced, every day. The United Methodist Church has put out a statement that says, "We recognize racism as a sin. We commit to challenging unjust systems of power and access. We will work for equal and equitable opportunities in employment and promotion, education and training; in voting, access to public accommodations, and housing; to credit, loans, venture capital, and insurance; to positions of leadership and power in all elements of our life together; and to full participation in the Church and society." The United Methodist Church has created an easy guide on how to listen, act, speak, and pray here. If you are looking for places to donate, some options are Black Lives Matter, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Loveland Foundation, and Color of Change.
We stand UNITED against racism and our church will continue to be a safe space for anyone regardless of the color of their skin. We love our brothers and sisters of every race, ethnicity, age, faith history, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, marital status, family configuration, and physical and mental ability.
Bailey Center and Learning Works Donation
Saturday, August 7th from 10am-1pm
Our monthly donation day is here! We will be collecting donations for Learning Works and the Bailey Center in a bin outside Fellowship Hall between the Church and the Education Building. At this time Learning Works would love cash to help purchase phones for the kids for school purposes as well as gift cards (groceries, gas, Target, etc.). The Bailey Center needs Canned Goods, Tuna, Pasta, Peanut Butter, Cereal, and Soup. No Chocolate or other food that could melt. The UMW Book Cart will also be open during this time!
Blessing of the Backpacks
Sunday, August 15th at 10am
We are collecting new backpacks and school supplies for the GUSD Homeless Outreach Program and for Learning Works, which ensures that children who are living in shelters and transitional housing can attend school. Please bring a backpack and school supplies for a child of any age by Sunday August 15th. We will plan them around the Altar to be blessed alongside the backpacks of our children during worship.
"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
Join us for worship Sunday mornings at 10am or watch the livestream at that same time on our Facebook page.
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 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 helpful.
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 Reverend Denyse Barnes.
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.