We are in the Lenten Season. On Wednesday evening (18 February) we celebrated Ash Wednesday. Thanks to Carrie and Carol for the special music that added so much to the service. The Pastor was in rare form losing half of his scripture reading amongst all of the papers on the pulpit. But he survived. This period, in the Christian year, is the 40 day period leading to the crucifixion. You might enjoy reading the Book of Matthew during this period.

I am looking for a couple of folks who would be willing to work with me to satisfy the requirements of paragraph 258.1. in the Book of Discipline (BOD). There are two sections to the paragraph. It is titled a committee on Nominations and Leadership Development. As I see it the Nominations committee is working a year, or more, in advance of the Charge Conference to train and develop church members who will serve admirably on the various committees. The portion I would like to work on is “leadership development.” Leadership development is an ongoing task because it is so very important to the future of our church. Call anytime 928.583.5107.

See you in church.


Traditionally, the Christian church has observed the seven weeks before Easter as a time of penitence and spiritual self-examination. Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, derives its name from the ancient practice of marking the foreheads of worshipers with ashes from the unused palm branches of the previous year. Ashes historically have had a dual significance. First, they are Old Testament symbols of sadness and humility. Job, in the midst of all his troubles, cried out to God from the ash heap. The second symbolic meaning of ashes is as a reminder of our mortality. Each of us faces the inevitability of physical death. Our bodies and material possessions eventually will turn to dust and ashes. This is a reminder that we dare not trust in things that crumble. But Lent does not leave us on the ash heap. It begins with Ash Wednesday, but ends with Easter. And Easter proclaims that, through Christ, God resurrects us from our dust and ashes, makes us new creatures and brings life out of death!

We have started the New Year with a small capital campaign / stewardship drive. As of January 20, we have reached about half of our goal in meeting the needs of the church budget pledges. We will certainly receive more pledges, but as a reminder, if you have not submitted your pledge and answered the questions as to what you will to do for the church, please submit as soon as possible. If you need a pledge form, they are available in the Narthex. If you don’t want to pledge, we’d still like to have your input to the questions.
During the next several weeks we will be gearing up for a church-wide fundraiser sale that will occur in late May. Read further in the Chimes for details and how you can help.
As a reminder, please try to attend the Aroma Pizza church gathering on the second Tuesday of the month. Our January gathering was our largest, with about 45 people attending. We received almost $50 which will go to support the church. What I enjoy most is that each time we end up sitting with someone we don’t know that well. But after our meal, we all end up knowing a lot more about each other. What fun it is, and so interesting!

Best wishes to all!

Ray Benny,
Chairperson, Finance Committee.

Not much has been going on with the Trustees in December and January.

We helped the UMC ladies with the Red Candle luncheon setup and the Christmas dinner and auction. We also helped setup for the many funerals lately.

Some of us helped Nancy Oakes and her family load up their furniture and all when she moved to Tennessee to live with her son.

We are looking forward to the new year and its challenges. Thanks to all for your suggestions and the many concerns expressed to the Trustees, we welcome all your input.

Dave West, Chair

The next meeting of the Missions Committee will be held on February 10 at 1:00pm.

If you would like to join a committee, please come and see what we do. We’d love to have some new members with new ideas.

Our next activity, to raise funds for missions, will be a Chili/Stew Supper on March 21. You will be hearing more about this after our February meeting.

We will also be having a dinner on June 13 and our popular car show in September.

I hope to see you at our next meeting on February 10.

Janet Bailey, Chair

The United Methodist Women (UMW) met on January 7 to plan events and set dates for 2015.

Our first event of the year was the installation of new officers on Sunday, January 25, at the second service.

The officers for 2015 are Nancy Mitchell, President; Janet Bailey, Secretary; Kathy West, Treasurer; Colleen Siler, Chair of Nominations; and Naomi Richards, Secretary of Program Resources. Our Publicity and Sun Shine is handled by Shirley Garrett and Telephoning by Marion McElhaney. We hope to have new directories to hand out at our February meeting.
As a woman at CVUMC, you are a member of the United Methodist Women, so why not come to one of our meetings and see what we are doing and have planned that might be of interest in your Christian outreach life.

We usually meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 1:00 pm at the church. In 2015, we will be trying some evening and Saturday meetings to accommodate the working ladies. The first evening meeting will be on March 4, at 5:00 pm.

We look forward to seeing some of our new members at our next meeting.

Nancy Mitchell

On Ash Wednesday, as Lent begins, worshipers’ foreheads are often marked with ashes in the sign of the cross. The ashes traditionally come from burning palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday. In Old Testament days, ashes were a sign of mourning and repentance. Today, some worshipers wipe off the ashes before leaving church, to symbolize being cleansed from sin by Jesus’ death; others wear the ashes the rest of the day, carrying the cross of Christ into the world. The speaking of Genesis 3:19 often accompanies the placement of ashes: “You are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Epworth UMC, Phoenix, has chosen Financial Peace University as the program that could help to meet the 2014 Conference challenge of how to spend the $2,000.00 to assist in the churchs’ mission.

Dave Ramsey’s program is known nationwide. Ramsey, at the age of 24, sold real estate and made a fortune and then lost it about four years later. This led him to start over and evaluate all aspects of way of handling finances. He shared that with some friends and it worked so well he decided to market these methods.
Epworth’s program will run each Wednesday, March through April 2015 which amounts to nine sessions, including Super Savings, Relating with Money, Cash flow planning, Dumping Debt, Buyer Beware, etc. This program, if purchased on the open market, would cost over $99.00; but at Epworth we will only ask the family members to pay $10.00 and if they can’t afford that amount we can waive the fee.

We hope to limit the class size to thirty members. We expect the class will fill rapidly so if you are interested call the church office (623-846-0610) or Dave Craytor at (623-935-6322) to get on the membership list.

The church is looking for a few good volunteers! We would like to clean up and reorganize the church library. Donna Norris has been instrumental in working on this in the past, but she is now working and can’t do it all herself. If you are interested in helping, please contact the church office.

Thank you

On February 10, after the Missions Committee meeting (at 1pm), you are invited to attend the kick-off meeting for the Spring Church Sale fundraiser (about 2:30pm). This fundraiser will need the help and support of the church membership. The date of the church sale has been set for May 29 and 30. This is the week after Memorial Day, and the week before the starting of the summer vacation season. The weather should be good.

There is much to be decided at this initial meeting, and we do have guidelines to follow. At this initial meeting, we hope to set the structure for a smooth running sale.
The church is now accepting sale donation items, but not to be stored at the Church. David West is able to store large items. Donna Norris can accept any clothing, bedding, etc., at her home. The Trustee’s are able to pick up items if you are not able to deliver them yourself. Dave West’s phone number: 636-5551. Donna Norris’s phone: 636-2703. For other items, please keep them at your home. We will be accepting these items about a week before the sale.

If you have questions or would like to volunteer your time, please attend the meeting on February 10 and become involved. If you have other questions or concerns, call me at 848-2158.


Ray Benny