This is Central’s GIVING TREE. It’s NOT a Christmas tree, more like a Thanksgiving tree. The tree is decorated with leaves and acorns. On the decorations are things we hope you’ll give. Things like notebook paper, erasers, pencils as school supplies for students; and cans of vegetables, boxes of macaroni, or detergents for Central Cares. You are invited to come, rake in a few leaves, and maybe as a family, shop for the items. Children like to give! In place of the three boxes, you’ll see ONE BOX, labeled GIVING TREE. These things will be put out beside the table of materials for you to take. Unless it rains, things will be out Monday-Friday and Sunday from 9-1. Actually, many days things are here later than 1:00. If you have something to give at another time, just call or text me. I’ll come meet you! I’ll bring things in each day and put them in the correct box for Christy, or me as we head up three of the missions of giving for November. Your giving can be from now through the 30th of the month. As with physical trees, when you think you’ve gotten all the leaves, MORE will appear!
Director of Outreach Irma Sandoval announced a new volunteer opportunity that you can do from home before Nov. 29.
The Latin American Coalition is hosting an event from now until the end of Giving Tuesday, Dec, 1, in which they are asking individuals from across Charlotte to write welcome letters to new immigrant families. Over the next year, they will be giving these personalized welcome letters to the families seeking services at the Coalition, so they really feel they have a place in the Charlotte community.
This is a volunteer event we thought would help new immigrants feel welcome in our community. The details are below, as well as a link to the Facebook event in case you have questions. https://fb.me/e/1LfMiFMep
Would you be willing to write a letter to a family?
Central Sunday School youth have already written some letters and even decorated their stationery and envelopes.
Bring your letters to our church between now and Nov. 29. We will drop them off at the Coalition on Nov. 30.
Virtual: Send your scanned handwritten letter or typed letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tips for a good letter:
- Please keep your message to a single page (8” x 11”)
- Feel free to write multiple letters
- Spanish or English is fine (we will translate for you!)
- Keep in mind: Language proficiency may be limited for some families
- Suggested topics: your favorite park, restaurant, or activity (including during times of COVID); what makes Charlotte special to you
“Joyfully embracing the diverse community where God has placed us, to become the One community God wants us to be through joy-filled worship, Discipleship through all life stages, Intentional outreach beyond our walls, Empowering Reciprocal service for the sake of our community and God’s kingdom.”
–Central United Methodist Church Vision Statement
Jesus said the greatest commandment is, “to Love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and the second is to love our neighbors as ourselves. We fail a lot at this task. But no matter what any church body says, Central United Methodist Church will continue to love and welcome everyone!
Today, we will feast at God’s holy table, and after confessing our own failures, we will give thanks that all people are welcome to the feast Jesus offers. When we say “this body was broken for you” and “this cup shed for you,” it is a very inclusive you. If only the people called United Methodists across the globe would read again that very welcoming communion liturgy.