Resuming In-Person Worship Services

Resuming In-Person Worship Services

We are SO VERY EXCITED TO BE BACK this Sunday September 27, 2020. We will be resuming in-person worship services at both 8:30 and 11:00 am. We will also continue live-streaming on our Facebook page as well as our YouTube channel.

Please remember the protocols our Administrative Council and Trustees have put in place which include:

  • temperature checks at entrance
  • hand sanitizing stations
  • mask wearing throughout service
  • physical distancing in the Sanctuary

We are also asking all persons to sign a waiver, indicating they understand the inherent risks associated with gathering with others in the midst of a pandemic.

After further consultation with our insurance carrier, we have a new and more simple waiver that we will using moving forward (no need to fill out this new one if you’ve already filled out the other waiver). Simply click the text below which contains a link to the waiver. Fill it out and please bring it with you to church on Sunday and give to one of the ushers.

We greatly appreciate your understanding of the protocols we have put in place and we look forward to worshipping with you in-person VERY SOON!

Cookie Time

Cookie Time

It is cookie time for our back to school personnel and our area first responders.

Cookies for CougarsWe are in need of 200 dozen cookies this year.  These may be made ahead of time and frozen to be turned in to the church office by Monday, August 17th by 12 noon.  Karen Holder is in need of volunteers to help pack the cookies on Tuesday, August 18th at 10:30 am.  Cookie delivery will be Wednesday, August 19th and volunteers will be needed to deliver as well.  Please respond to Karen Holder’s email address (below) to volunteer for any of these jobs.  If you wish to bake cookies give Karen an exact number of dozen you wish to make so she can keep an accurate count.  This is an especially important mission this year for these folks.  During this time of illness they are under an extreme amount of pressure and a couple of cookies with a heartfelt message could make all the difference in their day.

The cookie project is in need of 17 dozen more cookies.  If you have not yet signed on to make cookies and would like to, please consider making some for our school personnel and first responders. 

All cookies are due at the church by noon on Monday, August 17.  Packing volunteers are needed at 10:30 on Tuesday, August 18, and the cookies will be delivered on Wednesday, August 19.  

Thank you,
Karen Holder
254-292-8763
Vacation Bible Study ~ VBS 2020

Vacation Bible Study ~ VBS 2020

Hello families!

We are excited to announce that our VBS will be taking place July 27-29, from 10AM-11AM. We will have a fun hour, filled with games, snack, story, and crafts! Due to the socially distanced nature of this VBS, we will be providing necessary materials for a pick-up on Saturday, July 25th (details to come).

If you are interested in registering your student(s), click the form link below:

https://form.jotform.com/CSUMC/vbs-2020-registration-form

 

You can also contact our Director of Children’s Ministries, Kaitlyn Campbell at (512) 629-1703 or childrendirector@chinaspringumc.com if you have any further questions.

In Christ,
Kaitlyn Campbell
Director of Children’s Ministries

Celebrating Holy Communion

Celebrating Holy Communion

This Sunday July 5th, we will not be gathering for in person worship but instead will be live-streaming both our 8:30 and 11:00 am worship services. As this is the first Sunday of the month, we will once again celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion together – virtually. We will share in the liturgy of Holy Communion as we prepare our hearts and minds for this Holy meal. 

Please have some bread and grape juice available for worship or whatever you can gather remembering that Jesus used common items that were a part of the Seder meal when he instituted this sacramental meal.

On Sunday morning, after the the elements have been blessed, we will then serve one another in our various locations. Please help me spread the word to have bread and juice with you when you tune in on Sunday.

As is our tradition, this Sunday, we will have a special “Communion Offering” which this month goes to support The Methodist Children’s Home. As you probably know, this local ministry which was founded in 1890 serves children and youth through residential programs on the Waco campus and MCH Boys Ranch and through transition services, foster care and a variety of community based programs throughout Texas and New Mexico.

You can give online or send a check to the church office with “Methodist Children’s Home” or “MCH” written in the memo section.

Blessings of safety and well being to you all!

My Prayer for Hymns and Songs

My Prayer for Hymns and Songs

 NOTES FROM DANIEL…

It all starts with Scripture. In the moments that follow writing this article, it will be time once again to prepare a worship service. And, it all starts with Scripture. I take the passage to be preached on, and I read it and pray about it. Invariably, my mind is moved to take certain words or phrases into consideration, and these become the ideas around which I search for hymns and songs. Of course, some services are easier than others. For example, It simply wouldn’t feel quite like Easter if we didn’t sing “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” now would it? Charles Wesley wrote this grand hymn text in 1739, about one year following his Aldersgate Experience. It was first sung at the first service in The Foundry Meeting House, which was the first Methodist chapel in London. 

During the season of Easter, we continue to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus in Scripture and in song. Even in a time that seeks to grip us with fear, may we remember that our hope is clothed in certainty: “Death is death, Love has one, Christ has conquered; And we shall reign with Him, for He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!” As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15, “Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” He continues on to assure us that “in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed…Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” The resurrection changed everything. It gives us a framework of hope to apply to the trials of each day (ours the cross), it assures us death is not the end (the grave), and provides us the ultimate hope of glorification (the skies). 

Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia! 

Following our exalted Head, Alleluia! 

Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia! 

Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia! 

April is here

April is here

Parents and Students,

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, so much has changed. Parents have become teachers, jobs have fallen by the wayside, and the American family spending more time together than ever. In this time, know that we at China Spring UMC are praying for each of you. We are working to maintain some form of church-sponsored Biblical education for your kids. For the Children’s Ministry, this is through video clips posted to Facebook and linked in the Band app. See links below!