I want to affirm again all the ways you are reaching out to each other in this time of uncertainty and ways you are showing love to our community. Keep up the good work!
As we all know, information about COVID-19 and appropriate responses to its spread are complex. We all want to make responsible decisions for ourselves and our families. Some of you may feel very safe going about your daily lives in a normal manner; some of you may still be a little hesitant. I want to reassure that no matter where you fall on this spectrum it is ok. We need to continue to be guided by our faith and informed by medical experts as well as national, state, and local government officials. I would also encourage you to be guided by:
The Greatest Commandment: “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind’ and ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:36-40);
Paul’s words to the Philippians, our 2020 Annual Conference theme: “Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4);
Wesley’s Three General Rules – “Do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God.”
These texts and rules for Christian life are the guiding principles of our response to the current scenarios we find ourselves in. While this newsletter is full of information, I pray you will digest it, be in prayer, be involved and connected as you feel comfortable.
Should you have questions, need clarification or simply want to discuss anything, the information in this newsletter or something going on in your personal life please do not hesitate to reach out to myself or Pastor J.P.
I want to close my letter by inviting you to pray without ceasing (1st Thessalonians 5:17). Let us be in prayer for each other, our churches and communities as well as leaders at all levels of our government. Let us remember a building is not the church, we are the church. Pray we can all work together to be the hands and feet of Christ. Amen.
Blessings and Love,
Alpha Are you curious about Jesus and the Christian faith? Start here! We will come together to have conversation and discuss our opinions openly. We don’t preach or teach we all listen together. In our listening we will learn about the key fundamentals of being a believer in Jesus Christ.
When: Wednesdays, Sept. 2 – Nov.18 from 6:30-8pm Locations: YBC & The Bridge. As well as Zoom!
Zoom link available – contact the office
Chalk it Up Carrollton
On Sunday, August 30th from 1:30-5pm Carrollton First UMC will be hosting a sidewalk chalk competition for people of all ages in the parking lot at our Yellow Brick Church location. From 1:00-1:30, registration and start time for high-risk individuals.
Fun competition with FOUR AGE categories (K-3rd grade, 4th-6th grade, 7th-9th grade, 10th grade-Adults) and ONE FAMILY category.
Two ways to participate! Come join us on Sunday, August 30th or make your masterpiece at home and send us a picture! Your sidewalk chalk artwork should be about the size of a parking space 9 foot by 18 foot. Take a high quality picture (so we can see the colors and detail) and submit here: https://www.jotform.com/form/202256036349150by 2pm on Sunday, August 30 for printing and judging!
**Feel free to bring your own chalk as limited amounts will be available at the event.
Rain date: September 13
Justified Youth will begin a series geared toward discussions about what our faith is all about, called Alpha. We will meet on Wednesdays at the Yellow Brick Church from 6:30-8 PM.
Advent Devotional Scriptures (Sign up Now!)
In this time of uncertainty and doubt, we need something to look forward to; something that will give us hope. Advent gives us that—anticipation of the birth of our Savior. During this time we can prepare a place for Jesus in our everyday lives, in our workplaces, in our homes, in our neighborhoods. But most of all, a place for Jesus to dwell in our hearts.
We can prepare through prayer and reflection. Many of us use the devotional booklets in our everyday lives; some at special seasons such as Lent and Advent.
This year we would like to make those devotionals more meaningful by writing them ourselves. We can write them as individuals, as couples, as families. Please sign up to write a reflection on one of the scriptures listed. There are additional scriptures available at both our YBC and TB locations. Reflections need to be submitted to the church office (by email or snail mail) by October 25.
Our elevator has passed the state inspection and is ready for use! We hope this will be a help to many people. There are handicapped spaces marked close to the elevator entrance or you can drive up to the door and let a person out. There is a button to push to open the doors. Because we have the elevator now, the chair lift has been removed. If you know of anyone who could use this in their home, please call the church. It’s free to a new home that needs it.
The new elevator floor needed to be waxed before use which has been finished, along with the hall floors, restrooms, and stairs on the main floor. Come see how shiny we are!
Bright Side Youth Ranch under the leadership of Devin and Tia Tharp is now clearing and grading their land for the compost system they raised money for last year. If you would like to check out their ministry go online to http://www.brightsideranch.com/. They thank us for walking with them monthly and helping them to inspire the next generation toward HOPE!
Ken and Kathy Keyes are excited to report The Picture Dictionary went to the publisher! They are praising the Lord, but do ask for prayer for the author’s wife who has a fast growing tumor. She also needs spiritual healing. The Keyes ask us to pray as Ken looks for people who speak the right dialect, have the needed skills and are motivated to help with translating the next Bible project.
Our monetary donations to Loaves and Fishes and The Urban Mission have greatly helped both places with all the families that they have served these past 5 months. Baby items are also being collected through our virtual Bible school this summer for The Urban Mission.
Larry and Angie Overholt are working from the US to help those in Choluteca, Honduras. Many Hondurans have lost jobs because of COVID-19, thus not being able to provide food for their families. Overholts have been able to provide food for about 75 families a month because of donations like ours and other people’s. The nursing high school continues in its studies, virtually. Funds are always needed to help keep it up and running. The Choluteca mayor has asked for home health teams to go out to find “hot spots” in the pandemic because hospitals have no rooms and people can’t get their medicine for other problems. Nursing personnel and last year’s nursing school graduates are helping with the home health teams. Overholts ask us to pray for the medical workers to be protected and for funds to provide PPE equipment.
Operation Christmas Child information: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be collecting packed shoeboxes this year. If you would like to help Samaritan’s Purse with this very worthwhile project, I would suggest going online to the Samaritan’s Purse website and packing a box virtually. That’s what we plan to do. Hopefully, next year we can pile up boxes at the front of our church!
Last, but not least is our Africa University update. Their fall semester is going to be online – even in Africa. They have over 870 freshmen beginning this year. Building a women’s dorm is very important, so we need to keep this ministry in the forefront even if you can’t see the thermometer moving! There’s an update each week in our bulletin on YouVersion on our contest between the men and women. Right now the women are way in the lead with having given $391.41. The men have given $110.03. Come on men/boys, let’s make this a real contest! You have until Dec. 31st to help your team. As of Aug. 13th, the total raised for Africa University is $2,089.70. Only $17,910.30 to go by December 2021. Thank you, church family!
Pastor Kimberly's Doctor of Ministry Survey
August 13, 2020
Dear Church Family,
Many of you are aware that I have been working on my Doctor of Ministry for the past 2 years. I am excited to say I have completed the course work and now I am moving into the research and writing phase. My hope is to have completed my research by January 2021. The topic for my dissertation is Church Growth and Revitalization. I have been blessed that the Discipleship Board at Carrollton First has granted me permission to use our church as the source of my research and dissertation project. I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity as I work to make our body of believers stronger.
My plan is to conduct an anonymous congregational survey, preach for four weeks on church growth and revitalization and then conduct a follow-up congregational survey. For this to be successful I need your help by taking about ten minutes of your time to complete the attached survey.
Please remember this is completely anonymous so you can be honest and open with your thoughts. I am asking that you complete this survey to the best of your ability and return to the church (postmarked by August 27th).
Your help is greatly appreciated, and I would love to hear your feedback on the sermon series as you join either virtual or in person. Please feel free to contact me directly should you have any questions.
CFUMC Yard Tag Carrollton First UMC has started a game of "yard tag," which involves placing yard signs around Carrollton that read, "You've been tagged!" If you find one of these signs in your yard, visit www.yellowbrickchurch.org/yardtag for guidelines and information about the game!
This is meant to be a fun way for us to connect without physical contact. If you find a yard sign on your property and you do not wish to participate, contact the church office or drop it off at the Yellow Brick Church and we will place it elsewhere.
Dear Church Family,
Why do you give to your church?
We each have different motivations and capacities for giving, and every gift is gratefully received. My hope is that your support of our ministries comes from a sense of gratitude for all you receive through your relationship with God and your church. We are blessed to share our faith with each other. We can freely celebrate joys and provide comfort for each other in times of concern. We strive to change lives in our community and welcome everyone through our doors.
Our church has been a vital part of our area for over 200 years because each of you have counted yourselves blessed and therefore supported its mission with generosity. In worship, fellowship, service and study we are growing as an extended family through face-to-face and online opportunities.
Even in the midst of the craziness of 2020 you continue to be generous and I thank you for your willingness to continue building strong disciples for Jesus Christ. COVID-19 may have changed some of things we do and the ways we operate on a daily basis, but it does not change that we have a loving, grace-filled Lord and Savior. As we move closer to the end of the year and start to plan for 2021, please remember the church and the work that is being done to bring hope to our community and world.
Amber Wade, Stewardship Chair
CFUMC Prayer Yard Signs Carrollton First UMC "We're praying for you" yard signs are available at both locations for you to take home and place in your yard! We hope these colorful signs will uplift our neighbors and encourage our community members to pray along with us.
Weekly Prayer Time with PK
Pastor Kimberly is holding weekly prayer times online via Zoom. Please join us to pray or reflect silently! Weekly prayer times will resume on a new day/time: Tuesday, September 1st at 8:30am.
Fully Charged with Pastor JP Please join us for “Fully Charged” Tuesday mornings @ 7am on Facebook live. Fully Charged is an opportunity for anyone to ask questions about anything Bible/faith-related. You can email Pastor JP in advance with questions and he will answer them during his livestream!
The order form is also available at both locations and on our website at www.yellowbrickchurch.org/media
Porch Parties with PK Pastor Kimberly has been blessed over the past few weeks to touch base with many of you through our Thursday morning prayer time, face-to-face worship, phone calls, e-mails, VBS recordings, etc. However, there are still many of you she has not seen since March, so she is carving a little time each week to party on your porch. PK will bring the party favors you provide the seating!
To set up your personal Porch Party with PK please call the office or PK to set up a day and time.
Car Cruise-in Outreach
Pastor JP and our Reaching New People group would love to have you join them at the Car Cruise-ins on the Square. Join them, Thursday nights August 20 & 27 from 5-8pm (weather permitting) as they talk to car enthusiasts and visit with neighborhood folks while passing out drinks, snacks and information about ALPHA.
If you would like to help, please contact Pastor JP by phone or email and he will hook you up with a shirt and give you more info. DONATIONS of water, soda and individual bags of chips to be handed out at the cruise-ins can be dropped off in the glassed vestibule at the YBC.
Communicator Card Contest Starting Sunday, September 6, we will be drawing a random name each week from our online communicator cards as well as our sign-in sheets for those who attend our services in person. That lucky attendee will receive a prize! You can only be chosen once per 60 days.
In order to qualify, you must fill out all information requested on the card and it must be submitted by 11:59pm on Sunday evenings.
Multiply Part I: Living as a Disciple Maker + Culture of Mentoring Workshop (Length: 4 weeks)
Understand the beauty and cost of being a disciple maker. Learn ways of coming alongside those who are starting their journey. This is part one of the book Multiply by Francis Chan and with David Platt.
Time: Sundays, September 20 - October 11 from 6 - 7:30pm
Look out for more information soon regarding the Multiply workshop!
Carrollton First UMC (Yellow Brick Church & The Bridge) We are 1 Church in 2 Locations offering 3 Worship Opportunities
Our mailing address is:
253 South Lisbon Street, Carrollton, OH 44615