2023 Annual Conference Lay Member Report
on June 29th, 2023
Day one of our 2023 Pacific Northwest Annual Conference Sessions was bookended with worshipful experiences with thoughtful messages. During the opening worship service, Bishop Cedrick D. Bridgeforth continued a series of messages he has offered to the conferences of the Greater Northwest Area. We then shared communion and took a short break. Laity session: The Bishop opened up with his brief histo...
Summer Book Study: Not in God's Name
on June 14th, 2023
Join Pastor Amanda for a summer book study of Rabbi Jonathan Sack's Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence. This book will supplement our summer worship series (starting June 11) on the story of Abraham and his descendants in Genesis and Exodus. We will gather periodically throughout the summer to discuss what we have been reading. To sign up, email the office at email@example.com or ad...
Summer Worship Series: Anything but Ordinary
on June 8th, 2023
The summer is considered a season of Ordinary Time in the life of the Church—a season in between the mystifying resurrection of Jesus at Easter, and Jesus’ birth, visited anew, at Advent. The lectionary texts for these weeks follow the family narratives of Abraham, which are stories that make the title “ordinary” seem laughable. In these stories God keeps showing up—persistently, creatively, and l...
Pentecost Worship Series
on May 23rd, 2023
Pentecost is both an event in the life of the church and a season that lives out the implications of the event. Pentecost Sunday is when we shift from telling the story of Jesus, our Messiah and Savior, to telling the story of the church, the ones who choose to be disciples of Jesus the Christ. During this long season we call Ordinary Time, we remember the empowerment of the Pentecost event and th...
Introducing our Resilient Church Fellow, Courtney Haupt!
on May 23rd, 2023
As part of the Resilient Church Project, we are privileged to host a Whitworth University student for the summer! Courtney Haupt just finished her junior year and will join us on Sunday, June 4. She will be observing and participating in all aspects of our faith community - worship, small groups, discipleship, mission, pastoral care, and administration - while also taking field notes that will for...
The Resilient Church: Past - Present - Future
on May 18th, 2023
On May 8-11, Pastor Amanda, Sherry Graham, and Fred Asher attended a retreat/workshop at Camp Spalding in Washington to launch our participation in the Resilient Church Project.The purpose of the workshop was to meet and discuss with several other churches (small and large) and from different areas of the country the future of the local church and its sustainability as a means of sharing the Gospe...
Pastor's Notebook: A Statement on Church Disaffiliations
on May 3rd, 2023
Dear Church,In John 17, Jesus prays to the Father for his disciples and all believers to be "one as we are one" (v. 12). This verse is part of Jesus' Farewell Discourse as he prepared for his crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension. Jesus was preparing his followers to receive their mission of being his body on earth after he ascended to be with the Father. The unity of that body is part of our w...
Earth Sunday/Native American Ministries Sunday
on April 20th, 2023
This Sunday is Earth Sunday/Native American Ministries Sunday, one of six special Sundays in The United Methodist Church. Native American Ministries Sunday serves to remind United Methodists of the gifts and contributions made by Native Americans to our society. A gap in knowledge exists about Native American life, cultures, languages, spirit, values, contemporary issues, and more. On this Sunday ...
Introducing our Spring Worship Series: New Life - Resurrection in God's Creation
on April 13th, 2023
Eastertide - the Great Fifty Days following Easter Sunday - is a season for celebrating new life. As we emerge from the wilderness of Lent, we receive the ancient stories of Jesus' resurrection appearances and contemplate the signs of resurrection emerging around us in the natural world. Join us on Sunday mornings at 10am (in-person and online at cdaumc.org/worship) as we celebrate the ways that n...
Maundy Thursday: An at-home observance
on March 30th, 2023
For Maundy Thursday (April 6) this year, you are invited to make space at your dinner table for a Maundy Thursday observance. Click here for a beautiful at-home liturgy written by the Rev. Sarah Are. This liturgy invites you to bake a loaf of bread as part of contemplating Jesus' last supper with his disciples. If you do not enjoy baking, you can purchase a loaf from a local bakery or use whatever...
2023 Easter Offering
on March 30th, 2023
Dear Church,See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:19)God is always doing a new thing and we are especially aware of God's creative presence during the Easter season. As springtime blooms around us, our hearts respond, opening to the wonder of God's creation. We marvel at its abundanc...
Pastor's Notebook: Resilient Church Project
on March 29th, 2023
Dear church,We have exciting news to share and celebrate! In November, Community UMC submitted an application to the Resilient Church Project at Whitworth University, a program that gathers churches together to explore what it means to be resilient in the midst of our changing culture...and we have been accepted!This is tremendous news for our church. Here's why: The religious landscape in our cou...