Cheverly UMC Summer Worship Series
Doreen Vail Led Worship on 7/19/2020
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This Sunday, August 9, 2020
Praise: A Weapon of Your Warfare
No Drive In Worship Service This Sunday
"The Church in the Heart
of the Community with the Community in Its Heart"
July 12, 2020
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Let Justice Roll Down Like Water, And Righteousness Like an Ever Flowing Stream - Amos 5:24
A Reflection by Pastor Lillian
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As this reflection is being written, the world continues to reel in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis, Minnesota police officers. This area is experiencing the 8th day of protesting. Like you, I have been jarred by the images of that fateful 8 minute 46 second video, the mass protests, riots and burning cities. Like you, the images of similar videos haunt me. Like all of you, my emotions have run the full gamut, from tears and sadness to the disbelief that something like this has happened again. Like many mothers of sun kissed sons, I’ve prayed, ‘God, please protect my sons. Keep them safe.’ Like you, I’ve asked, ‘What’s going on- Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor? The list is just too long.
The issue we currently face is not a Democratic or Republican issue. It is a sin problem framed in the hatred or mistreatment of individuals based on their color. The sin of hatred in the form and nomenclature of racism has threatened the fabric of this nation for a long time, really from its inception. There is only one race-human. The construct of race was created to justify the dehumanization of others based on color. Acts of the Apostles 17: 26-28, records,
“From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ [b]
What would happen if we each were able and willing to honor every person as we would want to be honored? What would happen if we loved others as we love ourselves? What is God expecting God’s sons and daughters to do in interactions with others? What would Jesus do? As a person of faith, ‘what does the Lord require of you and me? To do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God. ‘ Micah 6:8
The issue is not a Democratic or Republican issue. It is truly a sin problem. The sin of racism has threatened the fabric of this nation for a long time, really from its inception. Beloved, there is only one race-human.
As a multi-cultural church family, we have not shied away from open and hard conversations about racism, prejudice, implicit and explicit bias, white privilege, and internalized oppression. Cheverly United Methodist Church has hosted talks by the Rev. E. Michelle Ledder, General Commission on Religion and Race, Freedom Rider, Ernest “Rip” Patton, and studies including “Multi-Cultural Conversations.” The Police Chief’s Advisory Board, on which I serve, participated in a department implicit bias training. More work remains to be done. If true peace is to happen, the extra work has to be done. We will have to continue to work and pray to be the change we want to see. We have made great progress. We still have miles to go before we are done.
Sunday, August 9, 2020 No Class Today
CUMC On-Line Sunday Worship Experience
August 9, 2020 @ 10AM
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Adult Sunday School
Sunday, August 9, 2020
No Class Today
Although we won't meet this Sunday, the class is asked to read during our summer break - The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church's Complicity in Racism, by Jemar Tisby and "Letter From A Birmingham Jail, by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. https://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html
We will also engage 'Battling Racism: Lessons from Martin Luther King, "a bible study. https://www.westmont.edu/_offices/intercultural_programs/documents/battlingracismstudyguide.pdf
To see the additional videos that werel discussed in the Zoom Adult Sunday School study on Racism, learn more specifics about Drive-In Worship or other activities, go to: www.cheverlyumc.org. Go to the Conversations on Race page.
In Service to the Community-
Ministry Highlights from Early Summer
CERT & Cheverly UMC Community
More than 562 Bags of Groceries Given to Families In Need
Sandwiches/Meals Prepared for Distribution to Homeless Neighbors and DC Ministry Partners as Part of Coronavirus Outreach -
Thanks to the United Methodist Men for their generous donation of meat, cheese and snacks to last a few weeks. Thanks to the CUMC youth and their families for preparing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for meals. Thanks also to Ruth, Janet, Marvely and Howard who made sandwiches lasdt week. Volunteers are needed to prepare lunches through the end of August.
To give to this effort, hit the donate button at the top of the page and designate Coronavirus Outreach:
In Need of Food
Help-By-Phone Food Pantry Number
Hours: M, T, W, F from Noon-2PM
Songbird and Author, Doreen Vail leading worship in the parking lot on July 19, 2020
Cheverly UMC in mission and outreach. The UM Women were able to provide 11 families enough food to feed them for a week. 7/22/20
Pastor's Summer Reading List
Defeating Strongholds: A Believer's Guide to Breaking Strongholds of the Mind by Rebecca Greenwood
Forgiveness by Rodney Hogue
Liberated: Set Free and Staying Free From Demonic Strongholds by Rodney Hogue
How to be An Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi
The Fast Metabolism Diet: Eat More & Lose More Weight by Haylie Pomroy
Prince George's County and the Civil War: Life on the Border by Nathania A. Branch Miles, Monday M. Miles and Ryan J. Quick
The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American's Church's Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby
Life Without Lack: Living in the Fullness of Psalm 23 by Dallas Willard
Sunday, August 9, 2020
CUMC On-Line Worship Experience@ 10AM
Jesus, while visiting the various villages and towns looked on the people and had compassion for them. Do we see others through the eyes of Jesus? Let's reason together...
At 10AM, please plan to join us on Churchonline at cheverlyumc.online.church. Through Churchonline we will be able to chat for 15 minutes before and after the worship service has concluded. We can connect for our virtual coffee hour after worship.
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Chris, Nigel and Pastor Lillian taking a photo after picking up 53 boxes of produce and multiple crates of milk from Community UMC in NE, DC. The three packed cars of food were distributed to the Cheverly Community on July 18, 2020 in the Church parking lot and at Cheverly Station.
In Case You Missed Last Sunday's Worship Celebration. Videos from previous Sundays can be found on the Video Page
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Summer Worship Series with Doreen Vail
July 19, 2020
Virtual Vacation Bible School
UMC in Mission
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Cheverly UMC United Methodist Women, worked with Mirna Castillo to help feed Glady Noon Spellman Elementary families on July 22, 2020
To Date - More than 1,980 sandwiches and 1,807 lunches have been made and distributed to help hurting individuals.
Lunches are still needed for homeless brothers and sisters on Fridays. People interested in helping to prepare lunches, please contact email@example.com.
The lunches are prepared on Thursday for Friday pick up. On Thursday, July 24, 2020, we will need 180 lunches. We will also prepare more sandwiches to give to two United Methodist Churches to be distributed in two Washington, DC neighborhoods.
Mr. Donald Whitehead, Program Manager of Outreach, PG County Department of Social Services, picking up lunches and hygiene bags for 50 homeless persons on Friday, April 17, 2020. Lunches were also packed and provided on April 24, 2020 and May 1, 2020. CUMC continues to make more than 100 lunches each week for this effort.
Volunteers from the Cheverly Emergency Response Team Collecting Items Donated from Community Members on March 28, 2020. Donated items will go to people in need.
Faith is a Lifetime Journey
Children are invited to grow as Christ followers each Sunday. Young and old alike, praise the name of the Lord.
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Sunday, July 7, 2019
Pastor Lillian Smith
2801 Cheverly Avenue
Cheverly, MD 20785