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.
August 14, 2022 CVUMC Worship Service
August 14, 2022 CVUMC Worship Service
August 7, 2022 CVUMC Worship Service
July 31, 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.
MEET PASTOR LOUISE FAIRWEATHRE-BAXTER
Pastor Louise’s theological development began early in life as a preacher’s kid (P.K.), with her father a United Methodist Minister. Her mother, also a United Methodist, served as an officer among the first wave of “Women in the Air Force” (WAF). Between her two parents, Louise was raised believing Christians have an edict to help others and treat everyone as loved by God, and for the need to empower women. Attending United States International University (USIU), in the School of Performing and Visual Arts, Louise found herself studying amidst people from other countries & cultures and sought to learn about their worldviews & religious faiths. After earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts, Louise felt ‘Called’ to the ministry but having been raised a P.K., she just didn’t ‘want’ to be a minister. Imitating Jonah (yes, the man swallowed by a whale), she fled California and started working in the secular world. But Louise could not escape God’s constant ’Call’ and finally enrolled at Claremont School of Theology in 1984. Ordained in 1988, Pastor Louise earned her Master of Divinity in 1989 and was granted the Wilshire Preaching Award at graduation (which she attributes to her acting degree from USIU).
Pastor Louise met her husband, Scott, through the young adult ministry she started at her first position as ordained clergy. As part of that young adult ministry, Pastor Louise invited representatives from other faiths to share their religious beliefs, to promote peace through education and understanding. In 1994 she received the Baháʼí “Models of Unity” award for this work. After four years of marriage, Louise and Scott were blessed with their daughter, Dalyn, in 1998. As a mom, she became the Leader of Dalyn’s Girl Scout troop, which was comprised of girls from Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, & religiously unaffiliated families. Over the course of Pastor Louise’s ministry, she has performed interreligious, interracial, and LGBTQ weddings in a variety of settings.
Pastor Louise remains committed to upholding the intrinsic value of all people, pursuing Social Justice for marginalized communities, seeking religious pluralism with all faiths, and believing in the power of God’s love to triumph over the hatred and division in our world.
Youth Game and Movie Night
Friday, August 12th from 7pm-11:30pm
Pastor Louise will be hosting a game and movie night at her apartment for the young people in the congregation. The game portion will be from 7:0pm-9:15pm for those in middle and high school and then the movie night from 9:15pm-11:30pm for the high school grads and up. Please bring the games that you want to play and any snacks you would like.
Bailey Center and Learning Works Donation Day
Saturday, September 3rd from 10am-1pm
Our next donation day is coming up! The box will now be located in front of the church doors so it'll be easy to spot. Bailey Center really needs plastic grocery bags right now! They also always accept canned goods, soups, pasta, cereal and peanut butter. Anything non perishable and nothing that will melt please such as Chocolate. Learning Works can use diapers, baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizers, cash, and gift cards (groceries, gas, Target, etc.) Financial donations are also welcome.
"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.