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					                                     A PARTY IN PAJAMAS...                                                                           Film Showing April 13
                                                                  Some 70 preschoolers had a blast at the annual                     A MINISTRY GROWS AT SEDGEFIELD
                                                                  Pajama Party – a Friday evening filled with
                                                                                                                                     There are 450 reasons to invest time and love
                                                                  face-painting and other fun and games at                           in Sedgefield Elementary School, including               Inside: Ellen Robison says
                                                                  church. Adding to the sweetness, the children                      this one: The nine-year-old in third grade who                   thanks.
                                                                  donated more than 50 pairs of new pajamas                          can’t read words with more than three letters.
                                                                  to the Pajama Program, a local ministry that                       Yet.                                                offers stability and structure that you don’t
                                                                  supplies new pajamas and books to children                                                                             necessarily get through other community
                                                                                                                                     “I just keep trying and he keeps trying,”           organizations.”
                                                                  in need. Thanks go to church member                                church member Jan Felts said as she drove to
                                                                  Jamie Curtis and 30 other volunteers who                           Sedgefield for the Monday afternoon tutoring         Volunteers are reading to Sedgefield children
                                                                                                                                                                                         during the day, coming by to eat lunch with
                                                                  brought smiles to precious faces. And thanks                       session with her new little friend. “I just want
                                                                                                                                                                                         them, and tutoring them through the after-
                                                                                                                                     to be face to face with someone I can help.”
                                                                  to Children’s Ministries’ Amanda Stone for                                                                             school Freedom School spun from the
                                                                  preserving the memories in these photos.                           Felts’ weekly commute is part of Myers Park         successful summer program. This summer’s
                                                                                                                                     United Methodist’s growing partnership with         Freedom School, in fact, will move from the            Vol. 42, No. 6
                                                                                                                                     Sedgefield – a school whose students come            church to Sedgefield, off Park Road. Another
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               March 16, 2011
                                                                                                                                     largely from the South Tryon neighborhoods          army of volunteers will be needed to work
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           published every other week
                                                                                                                                     to which this congregation has long been            with 100 students – up from 60. At the
                                                                                                                                     devoted. Sedgefield leaders say 95 percent of        start of the school year, the church threw a
                                                                                                                                     its students are in economic need.                  Welcome Back party for teachers and handed
                                                                                                                                                                                         out $50 Office Depot gift cards for school       SNA PSHOTS
                                                                                                                                     Some 50 church members have already joined          supplies. The church also gave $1,000 to the
                                                                                                                                     Felts in regularly pledging time to the cause                                                       A high five to church
                                                                                                                                                                                         school, some of it helping families pay for
                                                                                                                                     of shaping young lives – and that’s only                                                            member and master
                                                                                                                                                                                         school uniforms.
                                                                                                                                     the beginning, says Minister of Missions                                                            craftsman Thom Sumner
                                                                                                                                     Kevin Wright: “I’m convinced that a school                                                          for streamlining the
                                                                                                                                     partnership is the way to go. A school                           Continued Inside...                collection of charitable
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         goods in the lobby of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the Parish Life Building.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sumner built the wood
                                                                                                                                     A CONVERSATION ON FAITH                                                                             bins beside the front desk,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         housing the carts that hold
                                                                                                                                                          Our church hosted one         professing to be God’s hands and feet in a       donations of food and
                                                                                                                                                          of 70 Get Real meetings       hurting world.                                   other items. His handiwork
                                                                                                                                                          around Charlotte – a                                                           will keep the busy lobby
                                                                                                                                                          noble civic initiative        Late in the meeting, we were asked whether       clear, and make it easier to
                                                                                                                                                          (www.getreal2011.org)         we agree or disagree with the following          organize and then get the
                                                                                                                                                          giving everyone a chance      statement: In making decisions about             goods to various ministries.
                                                                                                                                                          to speak out about            where sacrifices must be made, people             Canned goods and other
                                                                                                                                                                                        who are better able to weather the storm         nonperishable groceries
CHURCH YOUTH SET                                                  On July 17, we will send a mission team of seventh-graders
                                                                  and adults to Epworth By the Sea on St. Simon’s Island, Ga.
                                                                                                                                     budget cuts facing our schools, libraries
                                                                                                                                     and the like. I’m proud we participated in         economically should be asked to bear a           are welcome all year long.
                                                                                                                                                                                        larger share of the burden.                      Look for signs identifying
FOR SUMMER SERVICE                                                They will work with nonprofits, learning about different
                                                                  ways to serve the community. Another group of high
                                                                                                                                     this effort to foster dialogue and soothe the
                                                                                                                                     tension that threatens to further divide us by     I said I agreed with that statement.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         what’s in each bin.
Youth Ministries’ Lauren Taylor looks ahead to summer missions.   schoolers will go to Eleuthera Island in The Bahamas on            race and class.
                                                                  July 24 to repair homes. Sixth-graders will head to Asheville                                                         Others in the room said they disagreed.
                       Ready to send more than 100 church         August 2 to partner with local churches on several projects.       But I’m not surprised only three church
                       youth and adults into the world this       Rising sixth-graders (currently in fifth grade) will serve          members turned out. Frankly, this is the sort      Where do you stand?
                       summer?                                    locally August 8-10 through Charlotte Urban Plunge.                of issue more likely to stir emotions among
                                                                                                                                     those whose neighborhood schools and               Are we called to share equally the burdens
                       The Youth Ministries team is excited       Students have been working hard obtaining service hours so         parks might be the first to go. In the more         of a faltering economy no matter our station       Sanctuary services
                       about sharing the love of Christ           that they can participate in summer missions. Let us lift up       affluent communities, some of us think              in life?                                           8:30, 9:45, 11:00 a.m.
                       through home repair, serving in soup       the youth and adults who feel the call to serve God.               we’re immune from such suffering – that we
                       kitchens, working in clothing closets                                                                                                                            Or should those of us fortunate enough to         Church In The Round
                                                                                                                                     won’t be asked to sacrifice for the good of         live in comfort be willing to sacrifice more       8:45 a.m., Jubilee Hall.
                       and partnering with multiple ministries                                                                       the community.
                       – all for the glory of God.                                                                                                                                      to help a struggling neighbor, especially
 Lauren Taylor                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Holy Communion
                                                                          Myers Park United Methodist Church                         Our Get Real meeting reminded me that the          neighbors who have been historically
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            9:30 a.m., Chapel.
                     The summer of missions begins the                            Mission Statement:                                 question of sacrifice is the most pivotal, and      disadvantaged?
week of June 26 with eighth-graders headed to Memphis,                                                                               difficult, one of all. How we answer it will                                                              Sunday School
Tenn., to work with Service Over Self. That same week, high        We are the body of Christ, growing in faith and serving others.                                                      There were no easy answers at our Get Real              9:45 a.m.
                                                                                                                                     go a long way toward defining who we are            meeting and there will be none here. Just a
schoolers will be in Biloxi, Miss., to work on Katrina relief.                                                                       as a community, who we are as Christians           question demanding an answer.
                                                                                                                                                                       Panel On Reconciliation March 29
In Memory                                      Stephens, who died on February 28,                                                                                 THE SEASON OF LENT, DAY BY DAY
The sympathy of the ministers and members is   2011. Robert Wayne Shoemaker, husband of          Babies
extended to:                                   Lynn Bizzell Shoemaker and father of                                                        As Myers Park United Methodist                                                   Maundy Thursday, April 21
                                                                                                 Holder August South, son of Danielle
                                               Rob Shoemaker, who died on March 2,                                                         Church focuses on forgiveness during
                                                                                                 and Bo South, born on January 14,                                                                                          The Thursday in Holy Week takes its
                                               2011. Evelyn Field Snyder, mother of John                                                   Lent, Dr. Howell and three community
Our Members...                                                                                   2011. Cayman Effie Harmeling, daughter                                                                                      name from the Latin word for mandatum
                                               Snyder and grandmother of Field, Patrick                                                    leaders will talk about reconciliation at
James “Jim” Bowie Foster Jr., husband of                                                         of Adriane and Scott Harmeling,                                                                                            (commandment). While eating his last
                                               and Ward Snyder, who died on March 3,                                                       7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in Jubilee
Mary Foster, who died on March 6, 2011.                                                          granddaughter of Randy and Jeanne                                                                                          meal with the disciples, Jesus said, “I
                                               2011.                                                                                       Hall. The conversation comes amid
                                                                                                 Poole and niece of John and Jennifer                                                                                       give you a new commandment; that you
                                                                                                                                           simmering tension in Charlotte over
The Families Of...                                                                               Harmeling, born on March 4, 2011.
                                                                                                                                           race and municipal budgets. Scheduled                                            love one another.” Maundy Thursday
Hannah Janette Dickinson, sister of Sarah      Deaths in the Myers Park United Methodist         Andrew Lee Ubell, son of Elizabeth and
                                                                                                                                           to participate: Bishop Claude Alexander                                          is marked with a 7:30 p.m. Service of
Miller, who died on February 22, 2011.         Church family are also shared on the home page    Brian Ubell and grandson of Don and
                                                                                                                                           of The Park Ministries and long-time                                             Holy Communion in the Sanctuary. The
Earline Williams, mother of Sherry             of www.mpumc.org.                                 Nancy Ubell, born on March 5, 2011.
                                                                                                                                           community leaders Dianne English and                                             Chancel Choir will present John Rutter’s
Stephens and grandmother of James                                                                                                                                                                                           Requiem. The service ends with the
                                                                                                                                           Sarah Stevenson. The hope, says Rev.
                                                                                                                                           George Ragsdale, is for the conversation to look at how        stripping of the Sanctuary, preparing worshipers for the
                                                                                                                                           best to build relationships that can bridge the community’s    darkness of the passion and death of Jesus.
EAGLE SCOUTS’ HONOR;                                                    THANKS, FROM ELLEN                                                 divides. For child care, e-mail Kristen@mpumc.org. The         Good Friday, April 22
                                                                                                                                           complete schedule of Lenten services and activities is
KUDOS FOR BOWMAN                                                        Minister of Worship & The Arts                                     also at www.mpumc.org. Details: 704-295-4819 or ken@           The Good Friday Tenebrae service is at 7:30 p.m. The
• Three youth with Myers Park United Methodist ties earned              Ellen Robison shares this message.                                 mpumc.org.                                                     passion of Christ is heard in Scripture as the Sanctuary
  Eagle Scout honors for their wonderful work: Nicholas                 Dear Church Family,                                                                                                               dims to darkness. Music will be by Church In The Round
  Adamson, a senior at Charlotte Country Day, earned his                                                                                   Wednesday Holy Communion                                       Singers. The service ends in silence. Worship can remain
  honor through Troop 116 at St. John’s Episcopal Church,               I can’t begin to thank you for all the                             Each Wednesday in Lent, and whenever H.O.T. Wednesday          for as long as they like.
  building picnic tables and planting trees at South Tryon              good wishes, prayers, cards, food and                              is held, a brief service of Holy Communion will be at 5:15
  Community Church. He is the son of Tim and Lisa                       gifts you have sent my way since I was                                                                                            Easter Sunday, April 24
                                                                                                                                           p.m. in Francis Chapel.
  Adamson. Austin Long, a senior at Myers Park High,                    diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic                                                                                                A sunrise service will be at 7:00 a.m. in the columbarium
  belongs to Troop 11 at Providence United Methodist. He                Leukemia in February. I have felt your                             Mission Madness, March 21-27                                   courtyard. It moves to Francis Chapel in bad weather.
  built a stone path and arbor at Alexander Youth Network.              tremendous love and support, and it           Ellen Robison
  He is the son of Darryl and Cat Long. Will Walton, a                  has comforted me on some of the darkest                                              Participants can tackle 30-plus              Sanctuary Services are at 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00 a.m. with
  senior at Providence Day School, belongs to Troop 133 at              days. I have completed the first round of chemo and will                              community service projects throughout        music led by the Chancel Choir, da Capo Brass and
  Sardis Presbyterian. He upgraded the garden at Friendship             hopefully begin the second round of treatment (12 weeks                              Charlotte – sort and pack food at Second     percussion. Sanctuary services will also include the world
  Trays, the third generation in his family to work with that           of arsenic – yes, the poison) soon. I can’t wait to be back at                       Harvest Food Bank, cook and serve            premiere of Rejouissance by James Curnow, commissioned
  ministry. He is the son of Bill Walton and Debbie White.              church with you and look forward to seeing you soon!                                 lunch at the Salvation Army Women’s          by the church and da Capo Brass. Church In The Round is
                                                                                                                                                             Shelter, provide refreshments for a          at 8:45 a.m. in Jubilee Hall. A sweet tradition: Worshipers
• Church member Harriette Thompson was honored by                       Love, Ellen                                                        Habitat for Humanity work crew, assemble hygiene tote
  Charlotte Chamber Music for her long support of that                                                                                                                                                    can bring flowers to fill the cross on the lawn. There will
                                                                                                                                           bags at Charlotte Rescue Mission and more. Details are at      be no Sunday School for children/youth. Child care is
  organization and the arts in general. The kudos came at                                                                                  www.mpumc.org/localmissions. Volunteers are invited to a
  a Salon Party at the new Mint Museum uptown featuring                    University of Mississippi, has been recognized for his                                                                         available (no reservations needed) for age five and under.
                                                                                                                                           free pizza lunch at noon, Sunday, March 27, in Jubilee Hall.
  violinist Robert McDuffie, who dedicated his performance                  compassionate heart. The son of Peter and Amy Hitchens
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stephen Ministry Devotional
  to her. Thompson, soon to turn 88, is a concert pianist,                 was named one of the 50 semifinalists for the national           UMW Gathering, March 28
  marathon runner and part of the group of women who                       Student Service awards. He was singled out for his work                                                                        The Stephen Ministry’s annual Lenten devotional –
  serve The Trinity’s Table lunch at South Tryon Community                 with the homeless through the More Than A Meal ministry         Give The Gift Of Love is the theme of the United Methodist     Meditations for Lent 2011 – is available in the Sanctuary,
  Church. She’s also a cancer survivor, God bless her.                     in Oxford, Miss., home to Ole Miss. Bowman, 22, is a            Women’s Call To Prayer And Self-Denial service and             Jubilee Hall, Francis Chapel, at the front desk in the
                                                                           senior majoring in religion and history.                        luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Monday, March 28, in Room 108           lobby of the Parish Life Building and elsewhere around
• Bowman Hitchens, active in Youth Ministries at Myers                                                                                     of the Parish Life Building. Cost is $6, reservations due by
  Park United Methodist Church before leaving for the                                                                                                                                                     the campus. The free devotional offers daily meditations
                                                                                                                                           noon March 25 by calling 704-376-5520 (ext. 5100).             written by church members and staff, leading up to Easter
                                                                                                                                           Palm/ Passion Sunday, April 17                                 Sunday, April 24.
  A MINISTRY IS GROWING AT SEDGEFIELD                                                                                                      The last Sunday in Lent begins Holy Week, remembering          For Families
                                                     Continued From Front Page...                                                          Jesus’ final days. Palm Sunday worship marks Jesus’             A Lenten calendar with activities for families is available
  The partnership deepens at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13,              mentoring and more. CMS has long recruited congregations          triumphal entry into Jerusalem with a palm processional        in the lobby of the Parish Life Building, Jubilee Hall and
  in Room 110, with the showing of Souls of Our Teachers.                to “adopt” neighboring schools. A clergy advisory board           and a reading of the story of Jesus’ passion and death. The    outside the Children’s Ministries offices.
  Through the eyes of seven Charlotte-Mecklenburg teachers,              preaches to pastors about it.                                     usual Sunday worship schedule is followed: 8:30, 9:45 and
  the documentary (www.soulsofourteachers.org) looks at the                                                                                11:00 a.m. services in the Sanctuary, and 8:45 Church In       For Young Adults
  challenges of reaching inner-city students. Those who attend           Now, churches like Myers Park United Methodist and                The Round in Jubilee Hall.
                                                                         members like Jan Felts are trying to change the world one                                                                        A Lenten study for those in their 20s and 30s will be at
  the showing will receive a yellow ticket worth $20, to be                                                                                Walk The Labyrinth, April 18-21                                9:45 a.m. Sundays through April 17 in Room 259 in the
  “invested” in one of the Sedgefield projects. The goal? To              school and one child at a time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Youth Building, using the video-based study by Adam
  inspire people to get involved.                                        “You can’t take on the whole world,” Felts said as she drove      The labyrinth will be in Room 108 of the Parish Life           Hamilton, 24 Hours That Changed the World. Details:
                                                                         to help that little boy learn to read. “But if you can help one   Building for walking and reflection from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00      Jennifer@mpumc.org.
  The commitment to Sedgefield is part of a citywide crusade to                                                                             p.m. April 18-21 and 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. April 22.
  convince houses of faith to reach out to public schools – that         person…”
  the separation of church and state doesn’t apply to tutoring,          To get involved, visit www.mpumc.org/localmissions.
         Each issue of the Cornerstone offers a bonus page of
      programs, classes and other activities offering the faithful
      a chance to learn, serve and grow. To share news for The
      Life Of The Church, reach Director of Communications
            Ken Garfield at 704-295-4819 or ken@mpumc.org.


                                                        March 16, 2011
• POTLUCK DINNER APRIL 10 A potluck dinner is                      • CHURCH BUDGET AVAILABLE The 2011 church
  planned after the 11:00 a.m. service Sunday, April 10, in          budget is at www.mpumc.org.
  Jubilee Hall. All are asked to bring a homemade main dish,
  side and/or dessert for what could become a church tradition     • NEED AN INTERSECTION? Extra copies of Intersection
  if it seems to strike a chord of fellowship. Beverages will be     magazine are available from Director of Communications
  provided. Details: 704-295-4823 or shane@mpumc.org.                Ken Garfield at 704-295-4819 or ken@mpumc.org.

• TIME TO SIGN UP FOR VBS Registration continues                   • CAREER CONNECTION The job support group
  through May 1 for Vacation Bible School, the summer                meets every other Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in Room 108
  tradition that runs 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 20-23. The        of the Parish Life Building for fellowship, conversation and
  theme is Shake It Up Café. VBS is open to children who             refreshments. The next meetings are March 16 and 30. Also
  turned four before September 1, 2010, through current              in Room 108: The bulletin board is available to post job
  fifth-graders. Younger children are welcome when a parent           openings, and skills and services offered (lawn-mowing, baby-
  volunteers. Forms are available at the Children’s Ministries       sitting and the like). Details: Rev. George Ragsdale at 704-
  offices and www.mpumc.org. Completed forms can be                   295-4840 or George@mpumc.org.
  returned to Children’s Ministries or mailed to the church at     • CHECK OUT THE NEW MEMBERS To help the
  1501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207.                             congregation put a name with a face, photos of new church
• YOGA ON MONDAY Yoga class is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.                     members are posted on two bulletin boards: At the main
  Mondays through May 2 (no class April 25) in Room 031              parking-lot entrance to the Parish Life Building, and in the
  in the Snyder Building basement. Cost is $45, checks made          hallway behind the Sanctuary (across from the Choir Room).
  payable to Bob Boll. Details: yogabob@me.com.                    • SUNDAY SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE Each Sunday,
• CPR/AED Classes to learn CPR/AED will be from                      shuttle buses run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. between the
  6:00 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, and 9:00 a.m. to            church and Myers Park Traditional Elementary School at
  noon Thursday, March 24, in Room 104 of the Parish Life            2132 Radcliffe Avenue. Pick-up and drop-off – it’s fast
  Building. Cost is $25, payable by March 21 to Carmen Rivera.       and easy – is under the portico of the Parish Life Building.
  To sign up, call 704-376-5520 (ext. 5800).                         Details and a map are at www.mpumc.org.

• MUSICAL ENSEMBLE FORMING The Myers Park                          • NEWS OF DEATHS ONLINE Deaths in the church
  Chorale seeks singers for the 8:30 a.m. Sanctuary service          family are posted on the home page of www.mpumc.org, as
  once or twice each month. Rehearsal will be at 6:15 p.m.           well as in the Passages section of each issue of the Cornerstone
  Wednesday, March 23, in the Choir Room behind the                  church newsletter.
  Sanctuary, with the ensemble to sing at the 8:30 a.m. services   • VIDEO ON STEPHEN MINISTERS Click on Stephen
  March 27 and April 10. No previous choir experience is             Ministers on the home page of www.mpumc.org to watch a
  needed. Details: Blair Allen at ballen@mpumc.org.                  short video celebrating the work of church members trained
• SPRING CARNIVAL APRIL 9 The Children’s Circle                      to offer Christian care.
  Spring Carnival will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday,   • H.O.T. WEDNESDAY, HOLY COMMUNION The
  April 9, in the Parish Life Building parking lot (Youth            weekly meal offers good food and fellowship from 5:30 to
  Building gym if it rains). Proceeds from the annual fun and        6:30 p.m. each Wednesday in Jubilee Hall. Details, including
  games support Freedom School and the preschool. Needed:            the price and weekly menus, are at www.mpumc.org. For
  Volunteers and silent auction items. Details: Kursten Callahan     reservations by noon each Tuesday: 704-376-5520 (ext.
  at 704-877-1626 or kmacheel@mac.com or Catherine O’Neal            5600). A brief Holy Communion service is at 5:15 p.m.
  at 704-706-7057 or catherinekoneal@gmail.com.                      each Wednesday in Francis Chapel on the nights H.O.T.
                                                                                  Wednesday meets.
               THE PILGRIMAGE OF A LIFETIME

    Clockwise starting at
 upper left: Carol Tate at
 the Dead Sea; Carol (far
  right) stands beside her
   mother-in-law, Jackie,
   at the Via Dolorosa in
Jerusalem; Janie Mauney,
     LaVon Sigmon and
 Carol (from left) in Beit
She’an in northern Israel;
and Carol snaps a picture
   of Tom Sigmon at the
        River Jordan.




Church staffer Carol Tate, who oversees the Wired 4 Ministry program that helps people discover God’s calling on their lives, shares this
account of her recent trip to Israel. She was part of a Western North Carolina Conference contingent of 113 travelers led by Bishop Larry
Goodpaster and his wife, Deborah. Also on the pilgrimage: Myers Park United Methodist’s Tom and LaVon Sigmon and Jayne Taylor.
Tom Sigmon coordinated the journey.
For a long time, seeing the Holy Land was high on my Bucket List – things I yearn to do before I leave this world. This
was also the dream of Jackie Tate, my mother-in-law of 30 years. At age 86, a lifelong Methodist, she lives in Belmont.
When I learned of the trip, I thought first of Jackie. She was adjusting to life without Ken, her husband of 62 years. She
had lovingly nursed him during his slow decline, until his death several months ago. I showed the brochure to my hus-
band (her son), Tom. He agreed that if she wanted to go, here is the chance and now is the time. Jackie did not hesitate.
Off we went to see the Holy Land together, for the first time.
As we traveled through Israel, we were touched in different ways. Jackie recalled 1948, when Israel was granted statehood
and the Jewish people reestablished themselves in their ancient homeland. She marveled at how they turned a desert into
an oasis and showed the world they could support themselves through ingenuity while striving to live in peace with their
neighbors.
For me, walking in the footsteps of Jesus evoked profoundly emotional moments: Praying in the Garden of Gethse-
mane in Jerusalem, where Jesus prayed the night of his betrayal and arrest; Holy Communion next to the Garden Tomb;
and witnessing Christians from Nigeria, Poland and the United States baptized side by side in the Jordan River.
Our pilgrimage to the Holy Land left an indelible imprint on my soul. Sharing it with Jackie made it all the sweeter.

				
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