One Great Hour of Sharing

The special offering envelope in your bulletin this morning is for One Great Hour of Sharing, an invitation we share with United Methodists all over the world. Your giving supports the administration of the United Methodist Committee on Relief, which is a first responder whenever and wherever in the world catastrophe strikes. The willingness of congregations to underwrite administrative expenses ensures that every dollar given to disaster relief goes directly to those projects. Please give generously.

Come Enjoy African Style Worship

Today, and on the third Sunday of every month, everyone is welcome to join the African Fellowship for African style worship in the Chapel, immediately following this worship service.

Sunday Afternoon Bible Study

The Sunday afternoon Bible study has completed its winter term, and will resume on Sunday, April 19th.

Missing Umbrellas

Eleven of the new church umbrellas are missing. Please check your cars and houses to see if one went home with you. If it did, please return it to the umbrella stand in the Narthex. Thank you!

Lenten Events

  • Every weekday (Monday-Friday), the Chapel will be open for 30 minutes of guided prayer at 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.; Pastor Justin from New Creation UMC will lead at 6:00 a.m. and Pastor Kathi will lead at 6:00 p.m. Come as often as you like. The Chapel will also be open Saturday mornings at 7:00 a.m.
  • Lenten Soup Suppers ~ The Wednesday evening soup suppers continue at 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Fireside room. Please bring your own bowl and spoon. We will share a simple meal and small group conversation around tables, ending with communion. The theme of these conversations will be “The Stories We Know by Heart,” and the topic this week will be “What is your rule of life? If someone were watching you live, what would they say is the rule you live by?” We hope this will be an opportunity to share stories across generations and across the wealth of cultural differences we have in this church.

Celebrate Ashura

This month, the Ashura holiday is observed by both Muslims and Christians in the Middle East, to remember the day Noah’s Ark set on dry land. The festivities center on promoting friendship, good relations between neighbors and universal peace and understanding. In Turkey, a traditional dish called Noah’s Pudding is prepared, to symbolize the celebratory meal Noah made when Noah’s Ark landed on Mt. Ararat. It is a sign of peace, community and a bright future; celebrating diversity and keeping one’s identity and culture. Our friends at Pacifica Institute, the local Turkish cultural center, have invited us to celebrate with them with dinner and dessert on Saturday, March 21st, at 6:00 p.m. Save the date, and RSVP in the Fellowship Hall after worship or at Let’s do this—it’s a great opportunity to re-commit ourselves to interfaith relationships and peace, and to share a wonderful evening!

New Men’s Groups are forming

New group(s) are forming for men who would like to explore and deepen their faith in community with other men. If you are interested, come to an organizational breakfast on Tuesday, March 24th, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room. Regular meetings will begin in April. Time and place TBD. So we can plan quantities for food, please let us know you will attend at

Come Hear the Bishop

On Sunday, March 29th, Bishop Warner Brown is coming to celebrate Fruitfulness and Faithfulness with churches in our area. This will be a town-hall style meeting, with an opportunity to hear the Bishop speak, to share with him your experiences, and to ask questions. Please plan to attend. The meeting will take place at the Korean UMC of Santa Clara Valley, 1001 Ginger Lane, San Jose. (Near the intersection of Fruitdale and Bascom.)


Are you tired of driving around the church parking lot looking for a space? Or - - - are you willing to leave a space for newcomers and visitors? Parking is available every Sunday in the alley between Wells Fargo Bank and Wesley Manor.

Put your shopping dollars to work!

Scrip is simply a term that means “substitute money.” Scrip fundraising is a no-selling program that allows us to raise money for CUMC by using gift cards, or scrip, to pay for everyday purchases. Simply purchase gift cards from us and pay face value. We order the gift cards from Great Lakes Scrip Center for less than face value. We keep the difference, or rebate, and that’s where the fundraising comes from. It’s really that simple! When you use scrip gift cards instead of cash, checks or credit cards at your favorite retailers, you are fundraising while you shop. Great Lakes Scrip Center offers a huge variety of retailers, including grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations and so much more, so it’s easy to make scrip a part of any shopping routine. Just by regularly using scrip for weekly purchases, a single family can easily generate $500 or more annually for CUMC programs. It’s time to put your shopping dollars to work! Visit to see the complete list of gift cards that we can order.