Where Does That Money Go? In our operating budget of about $330,000, did you know that we send away more than $47,000? Where does that money go? To the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the UMC of which Cranford is one of some six hundred congregations. It is that Conference of which I, and Laurie and Carol, are members, and who appoints us here. It is that Conference which owns the property of this church and parsonage. And it is that Conference which is our "connectional" link to the work of the Church of Jesus Christ throughout the world. So what does our Conference do with all that money? The largest share of it (almost half) provides pension and health benefits for our retired clergy. The next largest supports the program ministries of the Conference, including training and educational events in each District, and the basic support for missionaries throughout the world. Our Bishop, District Superintendents and leaders like Doug Ruffle who provide guidance for each local church, and clergy in special appointments like Kath Stone at the UN, also receive a portion. So too do special denominational ministries like the United Methodist African University, support for UM Black Colleges, and Ministerial Education in our eleven UM seminaries. And in addition to all these, our congregation is able to save money and be secure through a Conference-wide property and liability insurance program and I am covered by a group health plan. Do you feel good that CUMC is part of all this great work that we could not achieve alone because of our Fair Share giving to the Conference in which we participate with all other UM Churches? Does it trouble you? Or are you more confused? In any case, you will want to make a point to be present on Sunday, November 5, when one of the Conference Staff persons whom we support will lead us in worship. The Rev. Dr. Rich Hendrickson, Stewardship Education and Development Coordinator, will preach in both services and then be available for conversations and questions during Fellowship Time. Having served as co-pastor in the Summit UMC, Rich understands the concerns of the local church and wants to be available to all of us. At the same time, Rich sees that the dollars we give, including those we "send away", are part of the work that Jesus Christ has called us to and invited us to join Him in doing. It’s our church and our money – and at the same time it is the church and the money of our Conference and our Lord. Come celebrate that on Nov. 5. Pastor Ed WE HAVE AN ORGANIST! Our Music Staff is complete! With our Director of Music and Worship, Cyndi Stouffer, now in place to oversee our program, the one missing piece has been an ongoing instrumentalist to accompany our choirs and congregation at our great organ during 10:00 a.m. We give true thanks to Worship Chairperson, Beth Grant, who recruited the many substitutes who served us so well, and our own Rick Marsden who gave of himself so beautifully. BUT NOW… ANDREW YEARGIN , currently in his fourth year of study for a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, will join our ministry staff in November. A native of Raleigh, N.C., Andrew has served as church organist and/or choral director in several churches along the East Coast and has traveled the world as a member of bell choirs and symphonic choral groups. His special gift and calling is to the organ, however, and he will rehearse with and accompany our Chancel Choir and provide the worship music for our 10:00 service. Andrew’s first Sunday with us will be November 5. You will want to make plans now to arrive early and stay later for that service in order to receive his gift in the pre- and post-service music, as well as to be prepared to sing glorious praises to the Lord as he leads us. Pray for Andrew as he begins his ministry among us and give thanks to God for this gift to Cranford church. TRICK OR TREAT FOR UNICEF The children at the Christian Connection have created donation boxes for UNICEF. Please donate money that will be used by UNICEF forimmunizations, education, health care, nutrition, clean water and sanitation in over 155 countries. The boxes are located in the Sanctuary and RH. CHURCH WOMEN UNITED "Signs of Healing" is the inspiring Worship program for World Community Day Celebration sponsored by the Church Women United, on November 3, 2006 at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church. During the celebration this year, Snik Grove will receive the "Valiant Woman Award." Snik has been a faithful member of CWU for many years. Please join us on November 3 to honor Snik for her many years of dedicated service to Church Women United. For additional information call Carol Petz at 908-272-4575. FLEA MARKET The flea market will be on Saturday, November 4th from 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Lunch (hotdogs) will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. You never know what wonderful treasures you might find… CALLING ALL BAKERS The Christian Connection will be sponsoring a Bake Sale at the church Flea Market to raise money for our Scholarship Fund. We are in need of home baked goods to sell. If you would like to donate something, it would be greatly appreciated. All donations may be dropped off in the kitchen on Friday, November 3rd. Please call Robin or Helen at 272-1244 if you have any questions. HELP IS NEEDED To prepare for our Blanket Making Night, we have to cut the material. Join Saturday, November 4th at 1:00 p.m. in Room #2. FREE MEALS PROGRAM Cranford UMC participates in the Free Meals Program held at the Covenant UMC in Plainfield on Mondays. We host on the fourth Monday of each month. We are seeking an individual who would like to operate a small commercial dishwasher. If you are available and can be at the Covenant UMC by 5:45 p.m. each 4th Monday of the month, please call Carol Petz at 908-272-4575 or Dick and Lois Meyers at 908-276-7986. We offer an "all you can eat" delicious spaghetti dinner and great fellowship! OUR CHURCH CONFERENCE What a blessing it was to be a part of this year’s church conference. Watching the symbols of most aspects of our church life being carried forward and laid on the altar was uplifting. Hearing how God was working in those areas represented by those symbols were empowering. Laying on hands and praying for all of our clergy was awesome. Hearing that we now have an organist and are once again fully staffed was exciting! This church has its history times when we were torn apart by our own self- interests. We have now returned our focus to God. This is God’s Church. Praise God! Sue VanGorden ADULT RISE The date for the 2007 Adult RISE week has been set for July 15- 21. Please talk to Sue or Tiffany VanGorden or call 908-925-8248 if you are interested in joining us this year. DISTRICT RESOURCE DAY Thursday, November 16 Bridgewater United Methodist Church Reggie McNeal will discuss his book "The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church" Special Session for Laity: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. For more information, including how to obtain the book, contact the church office. OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD The United Methodist Men (UMM) would like to invite the congregation to participate in Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is an organization sponsored by Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse. Participants will be given a plastic shoebox to fill with small toys, hard candy, toiletries and return to Randolph Hall by Sunday, November 12th. The boxes will then be shipped to children in over 70 countries along with literature in their native language about the love of Jesus Christ. The UMM will be in RH Sunday so please stop by, learn more, pick up a shoe box and help spread the Word of Jesus through this wonderful program. IT ISN’T TOO LATE… If you would still like to be part of our Shared Ministries communion offering, it’s not too late!Just bring or send in your contributions marked "Shared Ministries" and know that many, many people benefit from your gift. To learn more just click on the link. http://www.umrelay.org/2006-10/2006-1000.htm THANKSGIVING SERVICE The annual Cranford Community Thanksgiving Service will be held on Monday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 100 High Street Cranford. CROP On Sunday, CUMC had 23 walkers and raised over $2,500.00 for CROP. Great job CUMC! BLANKET THE WORLD WITH LOVE As the holiday season approaches, once again we pause to reflect on those less fortunate than ourselves. On Saturday, November 18, at 7:00 pm, please join members and friends of CUMC in Randolph Hall for our annual Blanket Night. If you can cut with scissors or tie a knot, you too can create a beautiful, warm fleece blanket! We have expanded our area of ministry to include not only the Interfaith Council for the Homeless but also Cranford Family Care and Rahway Hospital. We have already received warm and grateful feedback from recipients who have been touched by our efforts. Last year we made just over 100 blankets. This year, I’d like to increase it to 125 or more! Contributions for fleece purchases will be accepted in Randolph Hall each week. Please consider joining us in this blessed night of fellowship and service. Any questions, please call Holly Walker at 709-8918. COMING WORSHIP SERVICES November 5 – Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost Beginning of Stewardship Emphasis II Corinthians 9 The Rev. Dr. Rich Hendrickson – Guest Speaker New Members received & Sacrament of Baptism November 12 – BAPTISM/CONFIRMATION Sunday – Special Fellowship Time Exodus 3: 7 – 15 and I Corinthians 12: 12 – 18 Shooting Stars will sing at 10:00 IN OUR PRAYERS Brian Jenkins, Jack Ryan, Lockey Maisonneuve, Caitlin Donnelly, Beth Heath, Charlie Bowery PRAYERS FOR OUR HOMEBOUN D Marie VanGorden Margaret Davies 569 Jacques Ave. 5 Edward Place Rahway, NJ 07065 Cranford, NJ 07016 Faye Rush 104 South Ave. West. Apt. #3, Cranford 07016 NURSING HOME & ASSISTED LIVING & REHABILITATION FACILITIES Alice Wiegand Helen Hansen Roosevelt Care Center Spring Hills at Somerset 1 Roosevelt Dr. 473 DeMott Lane Room A416 Apt. 131 Edison, NJ 08837 Somerset, NJ 08873 The next Lamplighter will be sent on Monday, November 13 th. The deadline for articles is Friday, November 10th 9:00 a.m. Thank you!