Subpagebanner

GROW

There are many ways we can GROW: in our faith, as a church, in our maturity, as a community. On this page we’d like to highlight the many ways we grow as a family!  As new events are planned, look here for additional information–we’d love for you to join us!

While all in person services and activities are cancelled, we invite you to join us for a video daily devotion on our Facebook page every Monday-Saturday at noon. A link to each daily video will be posted here later in the afternoon.

Take a Breather   

All of our daily devotion videos can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pg/cumcshelby/videos/?ref=page_internal. You do not have to have a FB account to watch these videos.

May 26th:

Take a Breather

You are beautiful! If you don't think so just listen to what God says.

Posted by Central United Methodist Church Shelby, NC on Monday, May 25, 2020

Welcome to today’s Take a Breather.  I am Pastor Fawn from Central United Methodist Church in Shelby, NC.  Every Monday through Saturday we stop at noon to catch our breath, stop and spend some time focusing on God.

I was thinking about whining (justifiably) last week about the need for a haircut.  I realized how many of us I had spoken with that are really down in the dumps about how they are looking.  Grey hair has become pretty prominent and even the men are complaining about long hair.  Few of us are wearing make-up as we sit home… and many (not naming names) are only dressing from the waist up for those on-line meetings.  The worse thing – is the ever present kitchen.  I may consider signing up as a contestant for the Biggest Loser!

I say all of this with some fun and humor to ease the pain.  But if you are like me, some days you wake up and just don’t want to face what you see in the mirror, and it doesn’t improve as the day goes by…

So, today, you get me.  The no makeup, not even lipstick, yucky hair, me.  I haven’t gotten dressed (and yes I know what time it is) and I don’t plan on it.  And as awful as I feel about how I look, I also feel great because I have been reminded today that I AM BEAUTIFUL.  I AM WANTED. I AM LOVED.

When God was creating the world, God repeatedly looked over each piece of the universe and commented that it was good.  But when we humans were created, God looked and saw and said “it is very good.”  Why?  Not because our hair was flowing perfectly or we had on freshly pressed linen clothes or recently whitened teeth.  God saw – God SEES – we human beings, you and me, as reflections of God.  We are made in the image of God, and God sees perfection when God looks at each of us.

The psalmist wrote:

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
How vast is the sum of them!…

So as you go through this day and you begin feeling unnoticeable, unattractive, downright ugly – STOP!  Look in the mirror… Really look… and see the beautiful God who created you!  And then be reminded you are a masterpiece…

Please pray with me using the words of John Wesley and Jesus –

Let us pray…  We are no longer our own, but yours. Put us to what you will, place us with whom you will. Put us to doing, put us to suffering. Let us be put to work for you or set aside for you, Praised for you or criticized for you. Let us be full, let us be empty. Let us have all things, let us have nothing. We freely and fully surrender all things to your glory and service. And now, O wonderful and holy God, Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, you are ours, and we are yours. So be it. And with the confidence of knowing we are your children and a portion of the body of Christ we pray together “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive the trespasses of others.  And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.

Can’t wait to see you tomorrow as we Take a Breather together!

May 25th:

Posted by Central United Methodist Church Shelby, NC on Monday, May 25, 2020

May 23rd:

Take a Breather

Anyone needing a shepherd?

Posted by Central United Methodist Church Shelby, NC on Saturday, May 23, 2020

May 22nd:

"Take a Breather"

Posted by Central United Methodist Church Shelby, NC on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Welcome back, friends, to our Friday May 22nd edition of “Take a Breather”.

So…a little confession before we get started. During all this Covid-19 business, we may have purchased more toilet paper than we actually need. And…there may be more frozen chicken and possibly some ground beef in our freezer than we usually buy. Whew…there…I said it! It’s out in the open and I feel so much better now.

And that brings me around to what I’d like to share with you today. It’s again from the Sabbath book we’ve been discussing for a while and it’s from a chapter titled, The Way of Enough.

Enough is an interesting concept, isn’t it? Honestly the first things that come to my mind when I think about this word are questions…what is enough? How much is enough? How much toilet paper should I buy? Will it be enough to get us through until they restock the shelves at the grocery store? I don’t think I’m alone in asking those kind of questions. In fact, I think as long as there have been human beings, we’ve struggled with how much is enough.

Remember the Israelites wandering through the wilderness toward the promised land? God did as God always does and provided for his children. You may remember the story…each morning the Israelites would come out and find manna on the ground.  Manna was bread-like substance and the Israelite were instructed to gather just enough for that day. They had to trust that God would provide manna again the next day. But, of course, human nature kicked in and the Israelites tried to gather more than they needed so would have some for later…just in case. But, the next morning, the stored manna was full of worms and rancid. I don’t care how strong the coffee is, y’all, I ain’t eatin’ rancid manna for breakfast and neither did the Israelites!

There are two more words we can consider when we think about enough. They are abundance and sufficiency. I imagine many of us live our lives in abundance and if we’re truly honest perhaps even over-abundance. So why is it that we continue to strive for more?

The author of our Sabbath book has a friend named Lynn Twist who has dedicated her life to eliminating world hunger. Lynn suggests that “our search for abundance…is actually fed by a lingering belief in scarcity. If we are afraid there is not enough for us, we will grab for abundance—which is actually more than we need.”

Sufficiency, on the other hand, isn’t born out of fear, but invites a feeling of satisfaction…well-being…gratefulness. It’s a place where we begin to realize that we do have enough and there will be enough to go around. Our search for abundance and chasing after more ends when we can pause long enough to turn our eyes from the chase to seeing what we already have. And I imagine we won’t have to look very long to see how truly blessed we are.

Friends, that’s what Sabbath is all about. You see, pursuing things that sustain, enliven, and enrich us isn’t a bad thing, but it’s during Sabbath time that we call off the pursuit and bask in, enjoy, and be grateful for all that we already have been given.

I think Thoreau put it best by saying, “I make myself rich by making my wants few.”

Thank you again for joining us for today’s “Take a Breather” Let us close with:

The Wesley Covenant Prayer

We are no longer our own, but yours.

Put us to what you will, place us with whom you will.

Put us to doing, put us to suffering.

Let us be put to work for you or set aside for you,

Praised for you or criticized for you.

Let us be full, let us be empty.

Let us have all things, let us have nothing.

We freely and fully surrender all things to your glory and service.

And now, O wonderful and holy God, Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer,

you are ours, and we are yours. So be it.

And with the confidence of knowing we are your children

and a portion of the body of Christ we pray together

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.

We invite you join us again tomorrow to “Take a Breather”. We love you and hope you have a great rest-of the day!

May 21st:

Take a Breather.

Need a good pity party today? Then join me and Take a Breather.

Posted by Central United Methodist Church Shelby, NC on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Welcome to today’s Take a Breather.  I am Pastor Fawn from Central United Methodist Church in Shelby, NC.  Every Monday through Saturday we stop at noon to catch our breath, stop and spend some time focusing on God.

I forewarned you all – I told you months ago that it was going to happen.  And now I don’t know if I will be remembered as a psychic or just a little psychotic… I NEED A HAIRCUT!!!!  DESPERATELY!  Literally, this is the best I can do…  I’ve tried curling, blow drying, slicking down and teasing.  Nothing (and I really do mean nothing) is working.  And yes, I know I am whining.  Sometimes, we just need to have a little pity party.  Thank you for allowing me mine today.

Because now that I am through with that I realize here is my reality for today:  I can live with shaggy hair.  I can live without being served at a restaurant or getting on an airplane or going where I want to go when I want to go and how I want to go.  I can live with a mask, and zoom meetings, and talking to someone from 8 feet away.  This flaming extrovert has even discovered that she can live without giving hugs (tho’ beware once I can begin again) or lunches with friends, and Dragonfly Friday nights.

My today – the changes and physical distancing provided courtesy of Covid-19, are merely inconveniences.  And they remind me that the world does not (gulp!) revolve around me and my desires.  So many things I have taken for granted are not necessities or entitlements, but luxuries.

But I cannot live without you – and you are still there!  I read your texts, Facebook posts, emails.  I speak to you on the phone, on a driveway, on the computer.  And the love and friendship and foundation in which we know each other and care for each other remains the same.  How awesome is that!

And, most importantly, I have learned I cannot live without God’s promises, knowing Jesus, or having the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  And the best news is that I don’t have to – nor do you – not even for a minute.  Paul wrote these words that have become a part of my thoughts so many times these past many weeks:  From Romans 8 in The Message, “Do you think anyone or anything is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture… None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.”

So grant yourself a 5 minute pity party today – complain about your hair, wi-fi meetings, homeschooling, lack of toilet paper.  And do so without guilt, because God cares about those things and is actually in the midst of your hardships and inconveniences with you.  But THEN, remember – that none of our current situations will be able to separate us from the grace-filled love God has for you.  I promise!

Please pray with me using the words of John Wesley and Jesus –

Let us pray…  We are no longer our own, but yours. Put us to what you will, place us with whom you will. Put us to doing, put us to suffering. Let us be put to work for you or set aside for you, Praised for you or criticized for you. Let us be full, let us be empty. Let us have all things, let us have nothing. We freely and fully surrender all things to your glory and service. And now, O wonderful and holy God, Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, you are ours, and we are yours. So be it. And with the confidence of knowing we are your children and a portion of the body of Christ we pray together “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive the trespasses of others.  And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.

Quick reminder – today at 1 pm join me as we study the Resurrected Jesus.  You may find the Zoom link on our website or in the newsletter of you may contact me at [email protected] and I will send it to you.  Be blessed!

May 20th:

Posted by Central United Methodist Church Shelby, NC on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Welcome everyone to Take a Breather. I’m Mark Barden, pastor of Central UMC in Shelby, NC and I’m so glad that you are taking time out from your busy day to stop, take a breath, and open yourself to what God may be saying to you this day.

I don’t know about where you are, but it has been raining, raining, raining for the past couple of days. In looking at the weather forecast for this week and next week, I noticed there was only one day that did not have some amount of rain predicted. This morning Savanna Craig, our children’s and youth director said the greenway trails next to the river have been closed because they are flooded. It makes one wonder if it is time to be like Noah and build an ark!

No doubt these rains can wreak havoc with destruction, which is not a good thing. Yet, when it rains or storms… I typically reflect on how mighty and awesome God is… for in the storm… one can sense the tremendous power of the One who created the heavens and the earth.

A favorite hymn for many is “How Great Thou Art.” Near the end of the first verse, we sing, “I see the stars; I hear the rolling thunder, thy power throughout, the universe displayed.” From the gentle twinkling of the stars in the sky to the rolling thunder and accompanying downpours… one can sense the extremes of God’s power at work: gently moving on one end and great earth-moving power on the other. What an amazing God we serve. No wonder Stuart Hine who wrote, How Great Thou Art, proclaims at the end of each verse: Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee: How great thou art… How great thou art!

I pray everyone stays dry, safe and sound during this blustery weather. I’m sure there are roads flooded and other damage as a result of the rain. Be safe. I read this morning that two dams failed in Michigan forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents. May we pray for them and for others that may be adversely affected by the rain.

Most of all, may we trust in a God who redeems and restores. And as the people of God, may we respond as the Body of Christ so that God’s light can bring hope to those affected.

Let us pray:

We are no longer our own, but yours.

Put us to what you will, place us with whom you will.

Put us to doing, put us to suffering.

Let us be put to work for you or set aside for you,

Praised for you or criticized for you.

Let us be full, let us be empty.

Let us have all things, let us have nothing.

We freely and fully surrender all things to your glory and service.

And now, O wonderful and holy God,

Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer,

you are ours, and we are yours.

So be it.

And the covenant which we have made on earth,

Let it also be made in heaven.

Accept our prayer in the name of Jesus Christ who taught to pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven

Hallowed by thy name

Thy kingdom come; thy will be done

On earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive those who trespass against us

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil

For thine is the kingdom… and the power… and the glory… forever. Amen.

Thank you once again for joining me today for Take a Breather. Remember to Take a Breather tomorrow at noon when another one of our staff will share an inspirational message.

Take care and God bless.

 

Vision Team News

RANKIN HELPS VISION TEAM EXPLORE WHY

Dr. Nancy Rankin met for the second time with our vision team to help explore why we exist as a church. She expanded on our purpose highlighting the core found in Jesus’ Great Commission: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19).

Key Components:

  1. Make Disciples (of all nations)
  2. Baptize (bring into the family of God)
  3. Teach (Jesus’ commandments)

She engaged the group by asking, “What would work to reach today’s families with schedules that are so overloaded? We have to rethink but continue to deliver the essentials to a changing world. Stop and re-orient.”

Nancy continued to stress the vision must direct relationships, program and management in what the church does. “Leave survival up to God. Just be faithful!”

Something to ponder: A Pathway for Discipleship. How is a discipleship pathway different from a church membership pathway?

In preparation for the next meeting, the team was asked to study demographics and projections for Shelby over the next 10 years in the MissionInsite Report.

Vision Team Minutes 8-15-19

Vision Team Minutes 9-19-19

Vision Team Notes 10-10-19

Vision Team Church Sizes