OPEN HEARTS, OPEN DOORS, OPEN MINDS. ALL ARE WELCOME HERE.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, Bishop Hagiya has ordered that we do not meet in person so that we keep everyone safe and follow the rules put in place by our mayor and our governor. Therefore, we invite you to worship with our worship leadership team via Facebook Live. The service will begin at 10:00am on Sunday March 22nd on the CVUMC Facebook page. Following the service, the the video of the service will be uploaded to the CVUMC Youtube channel in the afternoon and you can either view it there or you can view it below by 2:00pm. This way you can worship at your convenience or go back and listen to our wonderful band and awesome sermons by Pastor Paul.
In order to keep the Worship Team safe, the videos will be prerecorded therefore if you have any joys and concerns, please text, call or email Pastor Paul, Jeanne Lavieri, Debi Bois, Diane Lewis, or Janice Burke. In addition, our prayer team will be available to pray for you with anything you do not want to share in public or at any time during the week so just specify to one of the members whether you want it to be lifted up during the video that will go live on Sundays or if you want to keep it to be private. We are here for you and although we are sheltering in place, we will continue to love each other and to worship.
CVUMC AND THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH STAND AGAINST RACISM AND VIOLENCE
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. First, let us talk about Luke 15, the story Jesus tells of the lost sheep. There are 100 sheep and one of these sheep go missing. Jesus says to go after that one sheep and leave the 99 behind because that one sheep is in danger and in need of help. This same teaching applies to the events we have seen unfold with the unjust murders of so many Black people in this country. 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." 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.
The image, videos, and news from the past number of months can be overwhelming. Thankfully 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. Feel free to do your own research on the specific causes that call out to you the most and let this be a time where we all are able to listen, learn, and grow.
We also would like to address the insurrection that happened recently. Political parties aside, this was not right and undermined the very fabric of our democracy. It happened on the day of Epiphany, a day when we celebrate travelers from the East following a star to bring gifts to the Christ child. We encourage you to: Pray for the peace of our nation, Pray for our leaders, Pray for the safety of all, Pray that tensions will cease, hold on to hope, remember that God's love triumphs, look for the light of God, and listen to the song of the angels who are still singing, "Do not fear. This is a very dark time in our country and we pray that we will see an end to the hatred, violence, and tension that has overtaken this country for far too long.
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.
Wednesday, March 3rd at 7pm
Lent is a time for stillness and contemplation and we have had an abundance of opportunities for that throughout the last year. So for Lent this year, we thought it would be good to offer some opportunities to observe Lent in each other’s company. We are offering a special midweek time, Wednesdays at 7pm, to gather prayerfully on Zoom during Lent. You are welcome to attend any or all of them. We will read some scripture and devotions and have time to pray together. Each Zoom link will be located in the weekly email blast.
Learning Works and Bailey Center Donations
Saturday, March 6th from 9am-1pm
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. As many of you know, we have been giving to the Bailey Center in recent weeks and will continue to do so, but Learning Works really needs help right now so we hope that you can help them too. 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. We will be collecting every other Saturday as needed.
"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
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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.