During the Discipleship Board Meeting of the Carrollton First UMC on Tuesday, September 27 District Superintendent Rev. Kelly Brown shared with the Board information about the process of discernment to begin the process of disaffiliation from the United Methodist Denomination.
The Board entered into executive session for a time of question and answer with Rev. Brown. This time also included much prayer and discernment among the members of the Board. Upon returning from Executive Session a motion was made, seconded and carried that the Discipleship Board of the Carrollton First United Methodist Church not pursue the process of disaffiliation from the United Methodist Church and to formally end the discernment process on the issue of disaffiliation.
We know that this vote may come with mixed emotions however it is the belief of the Board that this is the right thing for our church at this given time. So, what does this mean for the congregation of Carrollton First UMC? It means that we will continue to follow Jesus and share His love in a way that is relevant to our community. The Board asks for your prayers as we continue to navigate this next season in the life of our church.
Kathy Stoneman, Discipleship Board Chair
Rev. Kimberly Arbaugh, Lead Pastor
Mission News: Operation Christmas Child
Several activities are happening this fall that involve missions. Please don’t feel like you have to participate in every activity. Pick what tugs at your heart. Thank you for your generosity.
Since we don’t have a shelter in Carrollton to help women and children, we are going to collect items for the shelters at the Urban Mission in Steubenville. Between now and December 2 which is when our Advent Festival will be held, would you consider buying some personal hygiene items, small toys, and/or baby items when you’re out shopping and drop them in the plastic bins at either location? We will have a packing party on Dec. 2, then, at the Advent Festival.
Operation Christmas Child will begin Oct. 23 (officially), but save your shoeboxes now. There is plenty of information online at Samaritan’s Purse, as well as, videos. We will have the brochures out on Oct. 23. Collection Sunday will be Nov. 20th.
The Community Christmas Angel Tree will be set up after we receive the tags – usually sometime in November.
In other mission news:
Please read what’s on the bulletin boards at each location. Pam Wells does an excellent job of keeping us up to date in between newsletters. We, also, receive correspondence with prayer concerns and updates quite often. Ken and Kathy Keyes are especially good about communicating with us, but it’s usually by e-mail. I try to share some with you and the church. This time they are asking us to pray for one of their son’s close friend who is struggling with depression and tried to do self-harm. Kathy is also asking us to pray for Ken’s language projects because the work is beginning to snow ball! Ken is attempting to do from a distance for 5 languages what generally takes 2 or 3 people full time for each language group! Pray that the Mesa dictionary is ready by Oct. when Ken will be talking with a local language expert. Also, pray for Hunnish Genesis to be community tested before the consultant visits. Ken needs to make another overseas trip for the Mountain Project, so they ask for prayers for his funds. We hope to send them a little extra. They thank us for praying.
Besides donating $150 monthly to Larry and Angie Overholt, this year we supported 10 elementary students with their school supplies. The cost was $100 per student. Angie sent me an e-mail telling us about their progress the first semester. They all are passing and doing well. She asked that we pray for them because getting an education in Honduras comes second to food and necessities in the home. Overholts pray that these students will one day make a difference in Honduras with a Christian testimony and increased knowledge to provide for the needs they and their families have. The 4-H program was started in Choluteca, Honduras in 2018 out of the conviction that providing an after-school program would help encourage young people to learn new life skills through participating in hands-on projects, collaborating with others in the community, and being inspired by adult mentors. In the next couple of months, Overholts will have the opportunity to share at Cedarville University and Ohio Christian University. Then they will be hosting two teams in Choluteca from Nov. 28 – Dec. 10. One team will install the solar panels on the mission property where the nursing school and Shalom Church are located. They, also, have a team who will be doing eye exams and fitting people for glasses. We are still collecting your old glasses that can be repurposed. Thank you for all our church does to help people through missions.
Paint & Sip Success Thank you to all those who joined us for the Paint & Sip fundraiser for our mission team to Guatemala. A special thank you to Paint with T for teaching this class. We had loads of fall fun and fellowship!
With all affection to the Church, Christ’s Bride,
Today, I just want to return to the focus and my deep passion – discipleship. One of the earliest illustrations of discipleship anyone ever shared with me was this: There was a man who forged a river. He then forged back across the river to find a friend. He proceeded to lead his friend as he crossed the river for a third time. Once across, he gave his friend a few pointers learned from his experiences and sent the friend back.
When the friend later returned to the river bank to lead another across, the man was there to watch and encourage. When the pair reached the farside of the bank the man celebrated them and departed to continue his journey toward the next obstacle. The friend followed in the man’s example instructing the third individual as he was once instructed and took his place on the far river bank to watch his pupil forge back to find a fourth person ready to embark on a journey and forge across the river. And so the cycle continues as each person goes back to lead another.
This is a simple illustration of how we are disciples making disciples to make disciples. We are commencing an exciting year of disciple making. We have over 60 people who signed up to join our Discipleship Explored Fall Bible Study. In November, we will be sending a team to a discipleship training and workshop that is helping to train and equip people with tools to forge the river, summit the mountain and walk through whatever other metaphorical landscapes we can come up with illustrating our discipleship journey.
Our aim is to identify people ready to learn, grow, and serve that we can invite into a discipleship huddle. We will walk closely with this group for 6-9 months. Though this process seems slow to start it will begin to pick up speed. I am looking forward to what may come as we make disciples who make disciples.
With deep passion for the Church,
P.S. - We will have two, one session Jay-term courses on Saturday mornings January 21st and February 4th. The first will focus on “How to Make Space for God”. The second looks at “How to Study the Bible”.
Trunk or Treat! It's time for Trunk or Treat! Saturday October 29 at the Fairground 3:30 - 5:00pm. Start planning now to decorate your car/truck/bike/wagon, vehicle. Make it fun and family friendly! You could make a pumpkin patch, super hero, a sports fan, a cowboy or even a chicken. Use your creativity! We need 25-30 participating entries. We will also need lots and lots of candy as we had over 1000 attend last year. Drop off your individually wrapped candy donations at YBC or the Bridge by Wednesday, October 26.
Share the event time/date with your friends and families. Each year this event is a wonderful time of fellowship and free fall fun for families in our community. Direct people to our website for the details.
Justified Youth Group
Wednesday night meetings, 6:00 - 7:30pm, are back up and running! We are working through “Soul”, the youth version of “Discipleship Explored”, which uses the book of Mark to explore who Jesus is and what it means to follow Him.
The Dunlaps hosted us one Saturday evening last month to play their putt putt golf course and then sit around their beautiful campfire for some good food and fellowship. We are all so thankful for the Dunlaps and their generosity.
Thank you for holding up our youth and our adults in prayer. Please continue praying that God will use us in mighty ways!
Open Positions at CFUMC
Part Time Church Financial Secretary
Carrollton First UMC is seeking a part-time (5-8 hours per week) person with computer skills and accounting experience who will be responsible for the financial record keeping of the church. Resume and cover letter must be sent to the church office by October 31st for consideration. Full job description available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Part Time Church Custodian
Carrollton First UMC is seeking a part-time (5-8 hours per week) custodian for their satellite campus who possesses an understanding of proper cleaning methods and a respect for the religious and cultural beliefs of others. Resume and cover letter must be sent to the church office by Oct. 31st for consideration. Full job description available by emailing email@example.com
October is Pastor Appreciation Month! October is Pastor Appreciation Month: Please take a few moments to write a note to our pastors thanking them for all they do.
Pastor Kimberly Renewal Leave October 1 - October 31, 2022
I will miss each of you during my time away but strongly feel I will be refreshed and renewed for what our next season of ministry together will bring.
During this next month – it is of great importance that you allow Pastor Kimberly this time. Please reach out to Pastor JP, the church office, Kathy Stoneman (board chair) or Cindy Shuman (Staff Pastor Parish Relations chair) with your needs or concerns.
Kids for Christ ...providing hope, encouragement and love in the name of Jesus to kids in grades K-thru 5th.
An after school program on Tuesdays for the month of October, from 3:30 – 5:30pm at Carrollton Elementary School! We have crafts, a Bible lesson, snack, games, and music. All elementary students are welcome to join us! For questions, talk to Kathy Cramer, 239-560-6172.
Save the Date: Cookies with Santa! Santa Claus is coming to town! Bring your little ones and join us on Friday, December 9 to enjoy cookies with Santa! There will be photos with Santa, door prizes, goodie bags, and cookies.
Guatemala Mission Trip - Dec. 2022 Eleven individuals (including 8 from Carrollton First UMC) are traveling to Guatemala December 4-10, 2022 to work with UMVIM Missionaries Lulu and Rich.
TEAM MEMBERS from Carrollton First UMC – Lynn Dunlap, Dale & Lisa Baker, Leigh Russell, Doug, Kimberly, Paige and Phillip Arbaugh.
The team is asking for your prayers as we continue to plan. Also, if anyone would like to contribute toward team fees for our Carrollton First members or the project please mark your check accordingly (team fee Guatemala or project cost Guatemala) and drop in the offering plate or stop by the office. All support appreciated. If you have specific questions, please feel free to reach out to a member of the team.
New Church Emails
All Carrollton First UMC office staff has been switched to a new email domain (@carrolltonfirstumc). Please update your contacts accordingly. The new domain makes more sense for us since it encompasses both locations. We apologize for the inconvenience!