Christ United Methodist Church
Friday, October 31, 2014
Called & Empowered by Christ to Love, Serve, Witness
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Worship Times


       *8:00 am

Informal with guitar by the River June 1 to October 15, in the Sanctuary October 16 to May 30

*10:00 am

Traditional with organ, choir & bells September 1 to May 30

*9:00 am

Sanctuary worship June 1 to August 31




*8:45 am

Sunday School for children and youth September 1 to May 30

*8:45 am

Adult Studies


 *10:30 a.m.

Highland Village Bible Study beginning September 9       


 *3:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Confirmation Class for all students in grades 7 and 8, September 24 to May.   

*7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday Evenings with John's Gospel, September 10 to November 19. 




112 Hall Street, Watertown, WI 53094

                (920) 261-0736


Office Hours: 

                            Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

                              (summer:  9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)  


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What's Happening Now...


*World Community Day

This event is sponsored by Church Women United and will meet on Friday, November 7 at 1:00 p.m. at Watertown Moravian Church.  The 2014 Theme is "We are in God's hands and we are God's hands."  As part of the theme, the subject is "Through God our hands can heal."  Please bring nickels for national and Personal Essentials items and Food Pantry items.  If you have any questions, contact Ruth Borbe at 261-9661.

*  Got Coupons?  Tisha Morgan has already picked up the coupons and circulars that have been brought to church.  She still wants you to keep bringing in more of the manufacturer's coupons and Pick 'N Save coupons/sale circulars.  For more information, please contact Tisha Morgan at 920-699-9113 or 920-245-1640.

*Weekend Food to Go

This mission project just started this past week.  We are in need of certain food that our church is responsible for.  The list includes:  Mac & Cheese 6 oz. size, Canned spaghetti sauce 24 oz., spaghetti noodles 1 lb., Chicken and Tuna Helper, Flavored rice/red beans & rice.  You will find copies of this list on the table in the narthex.  Please pick up a copy and take with you to the grocery store.  Thank you in advance for your help and support of this mission.

*Operation Christmas Child Box:

These boxes are now available in the narthex.  The boxes may be the only Christmas gift children will receive this year.  A brochure is enclosed with the box as to what items are needed.  Also include a check for $7 to help pay for the shipping.  All the boxes must be returned to the church no later than Sunday, November 16.  Thanks for your support.

*Health Kits:

We are making health kits.  We would appreciate donations of the following items:  hand towels, washcloths, combs, nail files or clippers, soap, toothbrushes, bandages, plastic bags and $1.00.  Please bring them to church school on Sunday, October 26.

*Turkey Dinner - 2014

Our annual Turkey Dinner will be Tuesday, November 4, from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Sign-up sheets for food donations, volunteers to help on Nov. 4, Turkey Club, carryout room help and donating pies are in the narthex now.  Be sure to check them out.

We also need a few more people to take charge of different areas of the Turkey Dinner.  Contact Pastor Ron or the church office.

The meal is served "Buffet Style."  The menu includes roast turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, coleslaw, jellied cranberry sauce, rolls, apple and pumpkin pies and beverages.  Carryouts will be available.

Cost of the tickets are Adults - $9 in advance, $10 at the door;  Children 6-12 years of age - $4.00;  Children 5 and under are free.  Tickets are now being sold.  Everyone will need a ticket.  Watch for Turkey Dinner coupons in the local newspaper in October.  Advance tickets may be purchased from the church office or after worship.

Mark your calendars for this huge event.  We need everyone to help in one way or another.  This is our big fundraiser of the year.  Hope to see you there.




Sunday October 26, 2014
John 10:1-10
Life Abundant

A story about a shepherd may seem a bit off-track when examining stewardship, but maybe less so when the shepherd we are considering is Christ. In this text from John, we are reminded that Jesus serves as our shepherd and he comforts, leads, protects and sustains us. He leads his sheep to green pastures and cool streams. He guides those he loves along the right ways, keep them safe from harm. And, ultimately, according to John 10:10 this Good Shepherd has come in order that you (we) might have life - life in all its fullness.

Life in all its fullness can be seen as a rich spiritual life where the presence of God and a sense of true joy is experienced. This is a life where prayer truly is a conversation with God, Jesus is felt as friend and the Holy Spirit is a living presence for us. Life in all its fullness, however, also can mean a lack of want in our day-to-day existence. An abundant life is available for most people, especially for those living in the richest nation in the world.

But, abundance can be a relative term. For some it is extravagance, while for others it can be just getting by. And, of course, there are people who just don't have enough. However, for those who have had the opportunities in life to adequately meet their needs, the real question of stewardship is not having, but managing what they possess.

From a gospel point of view, the abundant life includes: 1) a purpose in life which serves the good of others, 2) being part of a community of believers which is enriching & supportive, 3) relationships which help keep you going in a positive way and 4) a sense of security in Christ which holds firm regardless what life throws at you. You can see that these things are not what we usually think about as abundance. It means more than an abundance of possessions.

So I would like to share two lists from Adam Hamilton's book, Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity, as food for thought when prioritizing your relationship with what you have. The first is entitled Keys to Cultivating Contentment. We discussed contentment 2 weeks ago and here are some thoughts on growing more content.

1. Remind yourself that things could always be worse. 2. When considering a purchase or acquiring something, ask yourself the question, "How long will this make me happy?" 3. Develop a grateful heart. 4. Finally, ask yourself this question, "Where does my soul find true satisfaction?"

The second list Hamilton offers is entitled "Five Steps for Simplifying". Here he offers commonsense advice most of us know, but may not always apply as we rush through our lives.

1. Consider ways to live below your means. 2. Ask yourself the questions, "Do I really need this?" and "Why do I want it?" 3. Consider the practice of "Using it up before buying new." 4. Think about the cost of your entertainment. 5. Lastly, how would you answer the question, "How can I make life simpler?"

Jesus offers us an example of living a life filled with contentment and expressed in simplicity. Following him and making decisions about how we manage what we have based on his teachings will lead to a full and abundant life.

My prayer is that through these reminders, all of us will be able to manage and share the abundance with which we have been blessed more effectively.

Grace & peace,

Pastor Ron