OPEN HEARTS, OPEN DOORS, OPEN MINDS. ALL ARE WELCOME HERE.
Prior to May 23rd, Pastor Paul and the worship team have 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 Pastor Paul, 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.
KOINONIA KORNER WITH PASTOR PAUL TANGONAN
As the Covid-19 concern has continued into the New Year and has kept many apart from family, friends and loved ones, I would like to offer a reflection every other week in the Friday email blast that will hopefully be filled with affirming thoughts to help lift your spirits and let you know although we are apart, we are still thinking of one another . I am going to call this offering, “Koinonia Korner” or “Community Korner.” My thoughts and prayers are with you. ~ Pastor Paul
“Help When You Need It Most”
“Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.” Psalm 12:1
We are all grateful for our “first responders.” They save lives, bind wounds, bring food, give clothing, provide shelter, and restore power. They have become our “rescuers” and they certainly fulfill a critical, essential role. As Christians, when we face a time of trial or tragedy, we have One who has been waiting for us to call upon when we need help. Jesus is always waiting for an opportunity to prove His power whenever we face a difficult situation.
One morning, about four o’clock, Peter was in serious trouble. He and a few of his friends were in a small boat far from shore when a fierce storm arose out of nowhere. Fearing for their lives they became even more frightened when they saw what they thought was a ghost. They screamed in horror. Over the howling wind came a stern voice that said, “Stop being afraid.” It was Jesus assuring them that there was no reason for them to fear for their lives because He was there to save them when they needed Him the most.
“If it is you,” said Peter, “tell me to come to You – let me walk on the water!” “Certainly,” said Jesus, “Come on, you have nothing to fear!” Peter got out of the boat, felt the wind on his face and waves beneath his feet but then lost his faith and began to sink. He shouted, “Save me, Lord,” and Jesus did.
It is never the eloquence of our words or length of our prayer that counts, but our simplicity and sincerity. It is never a formula but our faith. Jesus will always come to our rescue if we call on Him with a faith that believes in Him.
Lord, we do indeed believe in Your power and Your promises, yet when it counts most, sometimes we doubt. Increase our faith whenever we doubt. In your name we pray. Amen.
Party in the Parking Lot
Saturday, June 12th from 5pm-7pm
As many of you know, Debi Bois is leaving for New Hampshire soon. Plan to gather in the parking lot south of Fellowship Hall with your own chairs, food and beverages if you desire, and wear your masks. Barb, Tim, Ricky, and Alexis will be playing their hearts out with some of Debi's (and our) favorite songs. Let's send her off with lots of love!
Pastor Paul's Last Sunday
Sunday, June 13th 10am
Over the last almost two years, we have been blessed with Pastor Paul and Connie. The conference will be moving him to a new church so our last Sunday with them will be June 13th. Help us give them a great sendoff even in this time where we are trying to remain careful and keep them in your prayers throughout their transition. CVUMC wishes you both nothing but the best!
"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.
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 Paul Tangonan.
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.