The Chino Valley United Methodist Church
NEW SEWING CIRCLE!!
The Sewing Circle will meet the last Sunday of each month at noon. The purpose is to encourage social friendships based on common interests. Anyone is welcome to attend, not just members of our church, so bring a friend if you like! Participants are encouraged to bring handwork like sewing, knitting, crocheting, beading, embroidery, etc. or just come and enjoy getting to know each other. What fun it will be for us to share our knowledge and help others with their work, too. BYOL!! (Bring your own lunch!)
Come join the choir as we make a joyful noise unto the Lord. Rehearsals are Wednesday night, 6:30 -
7:30pm. We sing for the congregation every Sunday morning except the first Sunday of each month.
Serving Our Lord Since September 1988
LAY LEADERíS REPORT
By Donna Norris
I have been working on a pictorial family tree. Looking back through those photos and going
back through family stories has made me thankful for all of the work my family has done over the years
to make my life such an easy one today. I see the picture of my Great-Great Grandparents in front of a
hand-hewn log cabin and hear stories of the children they lost, the hard-scrabble life they lived, and the
conflicts they lived through, and I am amazed that I am even in this world today. I remember the stories
that my Great Grandmother told about how much work it was to even get through the chores in a week.
My Grandmother and Grandfather raised ten kids during the depression. My parentís lives were
changed by World War II. Each step along the way, my family strove to improve their lot in life. It wasnít
so much what they owned, but how they lived. Each generation builds on the foundation laid by those
before them. What an inheritance!
Can you even imagine living during Christís time? Think about all that the early Christians went
through to grow Godís kingdom and spread Christís new story of Godís love. The disciples spread
Christís message through many different lands under difficult circumstances. Upon this foundation,
each generation added a layer. In this country we have moved from meeting in fields to meeting in
homes and then to meeting in specifically designated buildings. When you think of the alternative,
meeting in a special place allows so many more of us to support each other as we build another layer
of foundation that allows those who follow us to grow Christís kingdom.
In both cases, each generation ďpaid it forwardĒ to the next. I believe that we each think about
paying it forward when we try to improve the lives of our families. We look for ways to provide a
comfortable, safe place to live, to have enough to eat, to keep ourselves healthy, to increase our
knowledge and to grow our faith. We invest our time, energy and efforts in a future that we donít really
know will happen. We trust in God that He will keep our families in his grace.
We also need to ďpay it forwardĒ to the next generation in our faith. To grow Godís kingdom
here on earth, we must keep our church home safe and in good repair, we must explore ways to ďfeedĒ
Godís children. We must grow in our understanding of Godís message and spread the knowledge of
this faith to all those who hunger for the grace God provides. It is our responsibility to find ways to do
Godís work here on earth.
We sacrifice our time, energy and efforts in our private lives to lay a foundation for an even better
life for our families. Do we sacrifice our time, energy and efforts on behalf of God to build His kingdom
here on earth? We save funds for eventualities for our families. Do we balk at participating in
providing funds for God to use in building new foundations for the growth of His kingdom? We each
have to answer this question for ourselves. Just like we review our own situation from year to year
and rethink what we need to do to build our family foundations, we must rethink how we are helping to
build better foundations for Godís kingdom.
Misisons: Well, so far, so good - I got the name of our committee written - now what was I supposed to 'talk' to you
about? Oh yeah - the Soup & Pie Luncheon! Now, that's a little difficult, because as I sit here today, the Luncheon
has not happened;.... yet, by the time you read this, it will have happened!?! It has been planned, and thank all of
you for participating, which I'm sure you will did. The donations from this function will go to Chino Valley Food
There are also a few on -going 'help others' functions which Missions encourage each of us to participate. Did you
- we have a wagon in the Narthex just waiting for your contribution of non-perishable food for the CV Food Bank,
- there is a box in the Narthex for your clipped coupons (even up to 3 months expired) for Military families,
- another container is in the Narthex for sundries to be given to the Ronald McDonald House,
- yet another love box for inspirational materials - Hymnals, Sunday School materials, Bibles-which are sent to
Even tho' the Narthex is not really huge, we don't feel we are overcrowding it with our wagon and boxes (and
Money Jar). After all, we all shower and brush our teeth - besides, the wagon is not a 'wagon train' size wagon, it's
just a lit'l red wagon.
Our 'Money Jar' is also back in the Narthex - we're not sure how or why this stopped, possibly because others did
the same as Santa .... our change went into Rick's stocking along with the chunk of coal (he's not ALL bad). It's no
longer known as the 'Change Jar' because we accept bills, otherwise known as cash, not spa bills, Botox bills,
piano lesson bills, etc. Generally, we will donate the money to a needy cause quarterly.
Another on-going project is the monthly LOVE OFFERINGS envelop. We have four causes we normally promote
- Chino/Paulden Ministries Assoc. (CPMA), 7 local churches working together to help our community's citizens with
emergencies; CV Food Bank; Community Pregnancy Center; and Pastor's Discretionary Fund, helping our church
families in an emergency situation. Other causes will be designated, should the need arise. For Love Offerings
donated without a designation, the Missions Committee will determine where the funds should go - this will usually
be on a monthly basis. The undesignated offerings for January ($96), was given to CPMA. The undesignated
offerings from February will go to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund.
A decision was made to donate to this year's Chino Valley Little League for a banner with our name, Chino Valley
United Methodist Church, on it. The banner will be displayed throughout this year's season. Be sure to look for it
each time you attend one of the games!
We ('we' being the Missions Committee) are thankful for our fellow members, and that we do have new attendees
at our meetings. I'm sorry that we let the secret out at the January meeting that individuals who attended two
meetings in a row automatically became a member - our January newbies were not at the February meeting.
Because of this, we did not let Maureen know this two meetings in a row = now a member.
And, speaking of meetings, our next meeting is scheduled for MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2013 at 4:00PM.
God Bless All, and please join us!!
THE UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
WILL BE HOSTING A HOUSEPLANT SALE THIS SPRING
Now is the time to thin out your houseplants.
1. Start by taking cuttings or dividing the plants.
2. Prepare all your extra pots with potting soil.
3. Root your cuttings.
4. Plant the new plants in the potting soil.
5. Allow the plants to take root.
6. Donate them for the upcoming plants sale.
7. Bring them to the church the first Sunday in May.
Planting pots for cuttings are available in the Narthex
UMW Marcvh 2013
The regular monthly meeting of the United Methodist Women will be held on March 6th at 1:00 pm. Nancy Mitchell will have the program for the meeting and Shirl Garrett and Denise Lyle will have refreshments.
I hope that all women of the church are busy growing plants for the houseplant sale we are planning to have in May. If you have African violets, Ivy or any other type of plants at home which are easy to start, we hope you will help us with this endeavor. There are some pots complete with soil here at the church for you to use for your cuttings or plants if needed.
We will be having an Easter Brunch following the Sunrise service on March 31st from 7:30 to 9:30. Everyone is invited to attend. If you want to contribute to the Brunch, please bring a breakfast or lunch item to share. We hope to have an enjoyable time, so plan now to attend.
By Nancy Mitchell
These are some of the continuous projects Chino Valley UMC supports all year long. For more information, contact Nancy Mitchell @ 928-636-9377.
First of all I wanted to take this very unique opportunity to send to you my heartfelt gratitude for supporting Tanzania and East Africa in spreading the Word of God using Printed Materials. Your materials that you have been sending have made the Church of God in Tanzania grow. As a result, many are running coming to Jesus, to declare as Savior. Pagans, Muslims, witch doctors, the suffering, poor, all people of different kinds now are being converted as a result of the Gospel literature. This year we managed to send Gospel materials beyond Tanzania to Zimbabwe, Democratic republic of Congo, Burundi and Rwanda. We have seen Jesus healing a woman with demonic spirits just through reading on the Tracts. Educated people also are coming to Jesus because of the Tracts. A young boy came to church after he received a Tract few days back. He says he has bee a Moslem for many years but he never met power of healing like this, because after prayers he fell down and Pastor Masanja told his assistants to leave him alone, Jesus is doing his operation. After one hour the young boy stood and said ďI will be here every dayĒ. Thank God he is a full time member and never miss at church. He is undergoing Bible study and doing well.
From South Africa:
It took me as a new Christian some great time and effort in reading the Holy Bible from start to finish. For such a great book I can not form my own opinion, but the Spirit of Truth have gave me inspiration. Now Iím not just reading the Bible but also understanding it. Pastor in reading the Holy Bible a whole new workd opened to me. A world where I was in the dark, but by reading the Bible, a word of light and enlightenment entered my heart. I stand to bear witness now that the gospel of Jesus is a thousand percent true.
Letís not forget our friends and neighbors in our own town. When I deliver the food, it has been quite cold, and the line fairly long.
During the holiday season, contributions of canned meat, peanut butter, fruits, vegetables and cereal were plentiful. Everyone likes to eat every day, and feed their children.
ALL YEAR LONG!! CAN YOU HELP?