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
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Ken Garﬁeld at 704-295-4819 or email@example.com.
• 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. • 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Catherine O’Neal 5600). A brief Holy Communion service is at 5:15 p.m.
at 704-706-7057 or email@example.com. each Wednesday in Francis Chapel on the nights H.O.T.
THE PILGRIMAGE OF A LIFETIME
Clockwise starting at
upper left: Carol Tate at
the Dead Sea; Carol (far
right) stands beside her
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
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
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.