Ash Wednesday and Lenten Events

Ash Wednesday Service ~ Ash Wednesday is February 18th, and we will be holding worship in the Chapel this year at 7:00 p.m., which will include the imposition of ashes and an explanation of Lent especially for children.

Chapel Open For Prayer ~ Beginning on Thursday, February 19th, 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.

Lenten Soup Suppers ~ Wednesday evening soup suppers begin February 25th, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 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.” We hope this will be an opportunity to share stories across generations and across the wealth of cultural differences we have in this church.

Holy Week ~ During Holy Week, we will have worship opportunities on the evenings of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. A big “thank you” goes to Heather Reynolds for designing the enclosed “The Season of Lent” brochure.

Youth-Led Worship

Youth-Led Worship, February 22nd ~ Mark your calendars and be sure to attend church next Sunday as CUMC youth lead us in worship. Let’s be present to support and be inspired by our next generation of disciples!

The New Jim Crow

Join Pastor Kathi and members of other churches in our circuit for a presentation called The New Jim Crow, based on the book by Michele Alexander, on Tuesday, February 24th, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Good Samaritan UMC. A guided discussion on the topic will follow the presentation. Good Samaritan UMC is located at 19624 East Homestead Road in Cupertino. This film raises important issues for our community and people of faith everywhere. You can see more details about the film at RSVP to if you are able to attend.

Crab Feed Update

Crab Feed Update ~ The Crab Feed is in 7 days! This is our big fundraising event for the year, which supports our budget. We still have quite a few tickets to sell, so be sure to stop by the Crab Feed table during Fellowship Time, call the church office or order tickets online at Invite neighbors, family and friends! Questions? Contact Janine Payton at

Dinner at InnVision

Dinner at InnVision’s Montgomery Street Inn ~ CUMC will again serve dinner for 70 homeless men on Friday, February 27th, at 6:00 p.m. We invite you to participate as you feel called. Stop by the sign-up table during Fellowship Hour to bring ingredients for the meal, help cook, or transport or serve the meal at Montgomery Street Inn. This has been a project of CUMC for many years and it is only possible with your help. Please see Lea Adams with any questions you may have. See you at the sign-up table!

Mary, the Matriarch of our Faith

Please join the United Methodist Women for a one-day retreat to help us understand Mary, the mother of Jesus, and how as people of faith learn from her. The retreat will be Saturday, February 28th, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The presenter will be Susan Kopp. There is a registration fee of $5. Please see the registration form on the UMW bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall, or online at:

Shoes for Sierra Leone

We are still collecting shoes to send to Sierra Leone. The country was ravaged by rebel wars and many of the people are impoverished. Two of the primary schools (one in Kayimer UMC in the Eastern Province and one in Mongerey in the Southern Province) need shoes for children whose parents are not able to afford to buy shoes for their children to wear to school and church. Please donate new or gently-used sturdy shoes for children between the ages of 5 and 14 – so far, we have collected about 800 pairs, but we are hoping to get 1,000 pairs! The shoes will be shipped in barrels at a cost of $150 per barrel, and hopefully 5-7 barrels can be shipped at the end of 2015. Pastor Daniel hopes to be in Sierra Leone to attend their Annual Conference, at which time he will make sure that the shoes which have been shipped previously have been distributed to the appropriate schools.

Tuesdays With Morrie

On Sunday, February 22nd, at 2:00 p.m., the Fifty Plus Group will go to see our own James Creer in “Tuesdays with Morrie” at the Tabard Theatre in downtown San Jose. This off-Broadway hit stars James Creer as journalist Mitch Albom, whose college mentor was Morrie Schwartz. Sixteen years after Mitch’s graduation, what starts as a simple visit to his old mentor, who is dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease, turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life. An old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lesson. This will be a sell-out show, and Bob Renfer has reserved 25 tickets at $28 each. For those interested, a group will go to dinner after the show. Sign up today!

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.