Fall Lay Servant Academy
November 2-3, 2018
Central United Methodist Church, Rogers, AR
The Lay Servant Ministries collection of courses will equip and empower you as you grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ so that you can then go and make disciples. The foundational “Introduction to Lay Ministry: Basic Course” will acquaint you with your gifts, calling and responsibilities as a follower of Christ. Advanced courses will hone particular skills and understandings necessary for more effective ministry.
* Each class is required to complete a least 10 total hours of study. Ready the text and completing the homework is required to attend class. Classes are $20.00 each.
Friday and Saturday Schedule:
AM Session 9:00a- 12:00p
PM Session 1:00-5:00p
For more information, contact Karen Anderson, Director of Northwest District Lay Servant Ministries
The Annual Rummage Sale, sponsored by Central Women, will be held on October 4-6 from 7:00a-1:00p each day.
As you clean out your cupboards, closets, and garages to make room for fall and winter, we want what you don't! Here are some of the items we are looking for: clothing, linens, kitchen items, furniture, and books.
Donation and Drop Off Days: Tuesdays from 5:30p-7:30p and Saturdays from 9:00a-12:00p.
PLEASE NOTE: We cannot accept Gas and Propane items or Electronics (TV's, Computers, etc.)
On September 29, from 11am to 1pm, Central will be hosting the annual Fall Festival for our community partner, Bonnie Grimes Elementary School. The Fall Festival focuses on the students and their families. Come join in the food, fun, games and fellowship.
If you would like to be involved in this festival, here’s how: Volunteers are needed for set up/tear down, running the games, and preparing/running the food. To sign up for this event- click the button below.
The mission trip to Houston has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 15, thru Saturday, September 22. The team will do house repairs in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey that devastated much of Harris County (Houston), Texas. To sign up for the trip or further information, please contact Les Oliver.
Are you already “over” school? Need a weekend to getaway and refresh? Join us for BASIC: Fall Retreat! At New Life Ranch, you will enjoy awesome teaching, meaningful worship, ziplining, delicious food, kangaroo jump, full camp games, and even a “Kickback” on Saturday night! We are also kicking off our life groups while at Fall Retreat – hang out with those in your life group while enjoying ALL THE FALL THINGS – starting with Flannel Friday!
Cost: $130 until September 1st, $150 after September 1st
$75 for 6th graders
Payment required for registration to be complete.
Encounter the Risen Christ through an “Emmaus” Experience
The Walk to Emmaus® is a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. The Walk to Emmaus® experience begins with a 72-hour short course in Christianity, comprised of talks by lay and clergy on the themes of God's grace, disciplines of Christian discipleship, and what it means to be the church. The course is wrapped in prayer and meditation, special times of worship and daily celebration of Holy Communion. The "Emmaus® community," made up of those who have attended an Emmaus® weekend, support the 72-hour experience with a prayer vigil, by preparing and serving meals, and other acts of love and self-giving.
Many church leaders acclaim Emmaus® as much more than a program. It is a powerful movement of spiritual renewal that is making a difference for countless individuals and many congregations.
Local walks include:
The Emmaus Walk: Face-to-Face for those 60 years or older who desire a deeper, more meaningful walk with the risen Christ. Experience the Emmaus tradition in a daytime setting at CUMC Fayetteville March 17, 20, 22 and 24 9:00am-4:00pm. To register, please visit: centraltolifer.com/facetoface
The 2018 Men’s Walk to Emmaus is August 23-26 at St. Scholastica in Fort Smith.
The 2018 Women’s Walk to Emmaus is April 26-29 at St. Scholastica in Fort Smith.
More information and registration forms can be found here: https://heartoftheozarks.wordpress.com
We're building a house in the parking lot at Central!
WHAT: Framing walls for a house
WHEN: August 10 (4PM) & August 11 (8AM)
WHERE: Central's parking lot
WHY: To serve our Lord by serving those in need
The United Methodist Church of the Arkansas Northwest District are joining together to Fram a house for a man who lost his home and furnishings in the Mountainburg tornado this spring.
Tuesdays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
August 7th - October 30th
Help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend.
GriefShare is a special weekly seminar and support group designed to help you rebuild your life after losing a loved one. Our group is led by caring people who have experienced grief and want to help you through the difficult days ahead.
We know it hurts and we want to help. For more information, contact Karen Brown.
Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts
July 21st, 9AM - 5PM
Deadline to register July 5th
This course is required for the Lay Speaker certification as well as being an advanced course for the Certified Lay Servant. In this course, participants will discover their spiritual gifts, develop and prepare the gifts, and make plans to use the gifts to spread the Christian experience in their communities and beyond. It is our hope that your understanding will help you support others in the discovery of their gifts, so that the church as a whole can be built up. God has given each of us special gifts. Yet, in our faith communities, it is the combined efforts of many individuals using all of God’s gifts that further His purposes and plans.
The text for this course is, Each One a Minister, by William J. Carter.
The book must be read prior to class attendance. However, the written exercises do NOT need to be completed prior to our session. Many of the exercises we will do as a class, in small groups, and individually during our time together.
Include $20 to cover extra class materials, lunch, etc. You can also use the Donate button below and note that the “donation” is for the Spiritual Gifts Lay Servant class.
The whole Central family will be on the front lawn for a picnic July 11th beginning at 6:00. Central will provide the Bar-B-Q and hot dogs, you provide the sides! The GREAT SLIMING of 2018 will also take place that evening! Les or Hannah, whoever has the most food donated for Grace Food Pantry, will experience the yucky goo! Bring your food items to church now through June 24th and place them in the shopping carts in the atrium. Lots of yard games for children and adults will be on hand. Our guests from Ozark Mission Project will be here to join in the fun. Come make these youth and adults feel welcome! Bring something to sit on.
It's CUMC Night with the NWA Naturals at Arvest Park! Join us as we cheer on our very own VBS kids as they perform during the pre-game show at 3:30. It will be a great evening of baseball as the Naturals square off against the Corpus Christi Hooks beginning at 4:05.
AHOY! Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus is our theme this year and we are so excited about sharing God's word with your children, grandchildren, friends, and family.
Join us on an adventure to an uncharted island where kids are anchored in the truth that Jesus carries them through life's storms.
Some of the week's activities will include…
- Castaway Sing and Play
- Bible Discovery
- Imagination Station
- Ship Rec Games
- Tropical Treats
- Kidvid Cinema
Children ages 3 years (by 8/1/17) through completed 4th grade are welcome to attend, and big kids who have completed 5th grade-12th grade will be welcomed back as Crew Leaders!
Please contact Hannah if you have any questions!
We had so much fun at our first Family Fun Night in April…let’s do it again! June 1, we will celebrate the end of school and beginning of summer with lawn games and a potluck! Meat will be provided, please bring a side/dessert to share. Check out the event on CUMC Rogers Kids Facebook page for more info.
Rev. Jim Lenderman has asked the congregation to read a Gospel each week or each month. To assist you with that task, a 6-week class on the Gospel of Luke will be offered during the Sunday School hour (9:15 to 10:10) beginning April 15 and ending on May 20. The average reading each week will only be about four chapters of Luke. George Rhoads will lead this special study with an emphasis on guiding the discussion, not lecturing. The only requirements are that you read the assigned scripture before class, and that you bring your Bible to class. The assignment for April 15 is to read your Bible's introduction to Luke and Luke 1:1 to 4:13 (births of John the Baptist and Jesus, the ministry of John the Baptist, and the pre-ministry of Jesus). Room 223.
Join us for our current sermon series we’re calling “Reacquainted.” The idea is to get reacquainted with some of the more familiar Bible stories – but this time we’ll do it from a slightly different angle so our familiarity with those scriptures won’t hinder us from engaging God in fresh ways. What does God want to say to us today through someof the most recognizable Bible passages? Join us and find out.
This Sunday we will get reacquainted with the account of Samson. He is a great example of the cost of self-pride. When we believe we can do it all on our own strength and we don’t need God then we set ourselves up for a fall. Tough our pride is often more subtle than Samson’s it’s just as costly.
Our annual Easter Egg hunt will take place on Saturday, March 31 at 3pm (new time!). We need your eggs! Please include peanut free treats inside your egg (or if you would just like to provide some treats, that’s ok too!)—candy free treats would be even better (stickers, tattoos, bracelets, etc). There will be labeled totes in the atri- um for egg donation. We are asking that families provide two dozen filled eggs per child. Remember, this is a HUGE outreach opportunity for our church! We LOVE guests visiting our hunt, because it’s an opportunity to share Jesus!
Community Holy Weeks Services
Monday March 26th – Friday March 30th
12:15 to 12:45 PM
Please join the local community for daily worship at Oakley Chapel as we gather in celebration of Holy Week. We will be hearing from clergy representing local congregations as they share the good news of the risen Christ. Service days will be Mon. March 26th to Fri. March 30th from 12:15 to 12:45, with a light lunch following the services. Come and hear the good news, share in a meal with our neighbors.
Address: Oakley Chapel United Methodist Church | 203 Promenade Blvd, Rogers.
Join us each Sunday during Lent (February 18-March 18) for a new sermon series that will help us prepare our hearts for the celebration of Easter. We are picking up where we left off in our “ReMARKable” series as we look at six more powerful vignettes of the life of Jesus found in the gospel of Mark. Join us as we focus on how remarkable Jesus is and see what difference following Christ can make in our lives and faith.
Mark your calendars now to join us for a powerful evening of reflection, repentance and renewal during our Ash Wednesday service February 14 at 6:00 PM in the sanctuary. The service will help tie up our Unanswered Prayer sermon series and help us transition into the season of Lent as we prepare ourselves to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. Invite a friend to join you for this important service of worship.
We also invite you to support our Youth and their summer mission trips while enjoying a delicious meal before the Ash Wednesday Service! Don’t forget to swing by the silent auction table and buy your SWEETIE something SWEET! Menu is salad, chicken parmesan, garlic bread and dessert.
Next Connection is a program for those who are seeking to learn more about Central’s ministries and mission, as well as next steps toward membership. Childcare is available with reservations for atten- dance. Please contact Rev. Dawn Spragg or 479.636.1630 ext. 614 for more information. Our next New Member Sunday will be April 15th.
Once again in 2018, Central will participate in a workday designed to help families around our community with easy-to-fix home needs…raking lawns, painting, hauling away, etc.
Come by the atrium at 9:00 a.m. on January 15, get your assignment, and you’re on your way to helping many families in need.
“WHEN THE EARTH ROCKS, UMCOR ROLLS”… You may not realize that when disasters hit in the U.S. and Territories, very often the first on the scene are the Methodists…in the form of United Methodist Committee on Relief. Local churches can become an arm of UMCOR thru certification by UMCOR trainers.
NOW’S YOUR CHANCE – Mark your calendar for Friday, January 12 (6:00 to 9:00 p.m.) and Saturday, January 13 (TBA). Byron and Janice Mann serve as the Arkansas Conference Coordinators for disaster relief training. The Mann’s will be at Central to teach classes enabling CUMC to be a Disaster Relief Church with members that are certified. The training will be open conference-wide as we welcome United Methodists from all over our state to this event.
Why do we want to be certified? First of all, we want to be ready and prepared when disaster strikes. Second of all, teams do not have access to disaster situations without certified members. WE WANNA BE READY!
A winter/early spring trip is planned for the Houston area which was so badly damaged by Hurricane Harvey. On the form that has been sent for our CUMC team, the first question is: Is your team UMCOR certified? By February or March we WILL be! Won’t you join us and make a significant difference to the thousands of people affected by this year’s natural disasters.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY! The fee for registration is $30 and covers lunch, training materials, background check and badge.
Make checks payable to CUMC, and on the memo line write: DISASTER TRAINING.
Please contact Les Oliver with any questions.
Invite your friends and join us on December 14th at 9:30 am for a wonderful day of fun, fellowship, a morning brunch, and our Christmas Tour of Homes. Tickets for the day will be on sale Nov. 26th – Dec. 10th in the Atrium and in the church offce. Tickets are $12 each and childcare is available for $5 per child or $10 per family. If you would like to ride in the church van, please make that reservation when purchasing your tickets.