The Connection Blog
Beginning May, and until fall, we will not have our regular Connection Newsletter. We will instead, have regular blogs to keep the congregation abreast with goings on in our community of faith and in community in general. This first blog brings to us details of upcoming events, including the Heritage Sunday, Rogation Sunday, Retirement Reception of Dr. Linda Louderback and the Reception for our new District Superintendent; among others.
Willis Kerr Auction
Today, Saturday 20th May the Cochrane Real Estate and Auction will be conducting an auction for the Willis and Wanda Kerr Trust at the Community Building beginning 9am.
The End of the School Year
So much is going on around Caldwell! We thank God for the end of another successful school year…Kudos to all our teaching and support staff and our school district. It is so great to see how parents and many others in our community have made the 2016/2017 school year lively. Our church has, for another year provided financial and moral support to Caldwell Elementary School for the Tutoring Program for the third year running. This is a worthy cause that we will continue to support as we are able. Caldwell UMC has also taken its turn among other local churches to support the FCA program! We look forward to more involvement in the forthcoming school year. This is what Christ meant when he said, “Let the children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” (Matthew 19:14)
Where are we going? Where are we coming from? These are great questions for us in this week as week as we, like all Methodists everywhere, take a moment to reflect on our history, our heritage. The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church states that; “Heritage Sunday shall be observed on Aldersgate Day (May 24), or the Sunday preceding that date…The day provides an opportunity for reflection on heritage, celebration of where the Church has been, how it understands itself as it shapes us today, and the meaning of Christian conferencing. Heritage Sunday calls the church to remember the past by committing itself to the continuing call of God…” (264.1). This year we celebrate Heritage Sunday on May 21st. As Caldwell UMC, we will use this opportunity to celebrate the ministry of our own members in our community of faith; people who have held the fort for many years. We celebrate also those who have passed on to glory; for their tireless efforts have left a mark and a legacy that we will continue to cherish as we take up from where they left. We thank our committee on Archives and History for the research they have done and for putting together a list of names of people we are celebrating this week.
Sunday, May 28th we will have Rogation Sunday. On this day, we will take time to pray for a blessing of all our farming activities; we will pray for soil fertility, for our crops in the fields, for our harvested crops, for our animals, and for all the labor and toiling. Indeed we pray for an abundance of our harvest. We will pray over a sample of our crops during worship. Please plan on coming on this day so that together we can ask from God, for blessings!
Confirmation and Baptism
We have a great Confirmation Class for the 2016/2017 period. It is always great to see our young people making the important faith decisions for their life and to make their profession of faith. This year Confirmation Sunday will be on June 11th. This is a change from the originally planned day, June 4th. On the same day, June 11th, we will have baptisms. Names of baptismal candidates have already been submitted. There is however, still enough time for those who have not yet. Please send their details to the Secretary or to the Pastor by May 31st.
The UMW Sunday has been scheduled for June 4th. This would ordinarily would have been in May, but was moved to accommodate the participation in the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Chisholm Trail. It was great to witness our different members of Caldwell UMC participate in the leadership of the festivities at different levels. Now we shift our attention to the UMW Sunday. Our UMW will prepare and conduct the service for June 4th where they will, among other things, celebrate the work and ministry of the UMW in Caldwell, in the District, in the Conference, and even beyond. We thank our women, who are indeed women of valor, for their great effort and contribution to the life of our congregation.
“I call Caldwell my hometown as I graduated from High School in 1964.”
These are Rev. Max Clayton’s words in an email he recently sent to Caldwell UMC. These words came at the most befitting time when we are celebrating the history of ministry at Caldwell UMC. In his email, Rev. Clayton proceeds to say, “My dad was the pastor there for several years in the late 50’s and early 60’s. I call Caldwell my hometown as I graduated High School in 1964. My brother Brent (pastor at Countryside in Topeka) attended elementary school there.” (Max Clayton). Max (Rev. Max Clayton), wrote to advise the Caldwell UMC congregation that his mother, Rubye turns 99 on May 18th. She is still in good health and living in Hutchinson in an assisted living facility. Max advises those who know Rubye that there will be a card shower for her. Since this information has already been shared before, some may have already sent cards to her. If you have not and would like to, you can still send her a card. The family plans to have a card shower for her soon.
Cards should be sent to:
816 E. 30th Street Apt # 411
Hutchinson KS 67502
Our UMYF is set to celebrate the end of the year…what a great year it has been! We are thankful to our Youth Leaders; Ryan and Christine and the Youth Sponsors. During the year three sponsors received the Safegathering certification. Achievements include, among other things (and not limited to) fundraising activities, retreat, and volunteer ministries. The UMYF is celebrating together with our Class of 2017 on their graduation, and also looking forward to the confirmation six youths on June 11th. Our youth was, during 2016/2017 represented at District and Conference by Shingai who has just completed her term of office of serving in the Conference Committee on Youth Ministry following which she will participate in the METour (courtesy of the UMW), the Annual Conference as a Youth Equalization Member and the Youth Summit. We have great expectations for the youth in the upcoming year!
Wednesday Bible Study
Our Disciple Study has started in earnest! This is a six-week study every Wednesday, until June 21st. In this study, we have an opportunity to learn more about Methodism, but with an emphasis to discipleship. While new members are most encouraged to participate, the study is for all members. Come and join in this interesting journey.
The Annual Conference this year in June 7-10, in Grand Island, Nebraska. Participating in the Annual Conference will be the Pastor and the Lay Member to the Annual Conference. For those who would ask what the Annual Conference is all about? According The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, “The annual conference is the basic body in the Church…” (Section 6 # 37 Article II). Our pastor and lay member constitute our delegation that will vote on a variety of issues, including receiving appointments to charges. There are many issues at stake for The United Methodist Church that will receive a lot of attention. More importantly, the conference also provide an opportunity to exchange notes and share best practices among laity and clergy. Please be in prayer for our delegation for a fruitful participation.
Celebration for Linda Louderback’s Retirement
The celebration for Linda Louderback’s Retirement is on June 4th at the Wellington UMC. The event will also include the installation of the new District Superintendent, Mitch Reece, making this a true “passing the torch!” The two districts, Wichita East and Wichita West will join together to become one at this same occasion. Bishop Saenz will be in attendance to officiate. Save this date and plan to attend!
One Body with Many Members (1 Corinthians 12:19; NRSV)
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many members, yet one body.