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FRIENDS OF MUSIC CONCERT

Sunday, April 19th

4PM at Centerport Methodist Church

Jeong-Hwa Park, Piano

Jiliane Russo, Cello

Works by J.S. Bach, Haydn, Rachmaninoff, and Brahms

Suggested donation $10


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BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS SERVICE

 Saturday, April 25 at 12 Noon

 Centerport United Methodist Church

on the back field

97 Little Neck Road, Centerport

631-261-5222


    Everyone is welcome to bring their dogs, cats,

birds, snakes, stuffed animals, or any other pet, as together we celebrate the love we have for these special “family members.”

    There will be music, prayer, sharing of stories, lunch, and of course a special blessing for each of God’s beautiful

creatures. Invite all your friends to bring their pets and come join us for a beautiful afternoon.



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St. Paul’s UMC Art Auction

Saturday, May 2nd

7:00 pm Art Preview

8:00 pm Auction Begins!

$15/person or $25/couple

Terrific Desserts

Wonderful Art

Fabulous Evening


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THE MITTEN TREE
Thank you to everyone who donated items for
our Mitten Tree. Linda Avallone was able to deliver
14 pairs of children and 22 pairs of adult gloves and
mittens to Family Service League because of your
generosity!
2015 OFFERING ENVELOPES
 The 2015 Offering Envelopes are now available on
the table in the hallway. If you don’t see a set and
would like one, please call the church office. If you
give electronically, you don’t need a set, as it ers self-improvement programs and United Methodist Voluntary Services community advocacy projects. Your gifts on Human Relations Day will support an outreach program of Theressa Hoover United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Ark. The church sponsors a residential and out-patient program for men and women with addictions. Graduates of the program participate in an eight-week course that provides training for unemployed or underemployed people. The offering also supports Exodus House, a ministry in Oklahoma that helps former prisoners to receive the emotional, spiritual and physical support they need to make it on their own. Please give generously on Human Relations Day. Thank you!



The Joy of Music

Our very own church band, Leap of Faith, has CD’s available.  Suggested donation is $10.  It truly is a joy to hear!  See Ron DiCesare, Christine Jordan, or Philip Jordan to pick up one.

mittens to Family Service League because of your
generosity!
2015 OFFERING ENVELOPES
 The 2015 Offering Envelopes are now available on
the table in the hallway. If you don’t see a set and
On March 7-8th, our Youth participated in the 30-hour famine. It’s amazing that when we think of world hunger, we think of it in terms of other countries, but truth be told, there’s hunger right here in our own backyards.  It really is a tremendous effort that our youth put forth to help eradicate hunger wherever it occurs!  Thank you for supporting them with your thoughts, prayers, and donations.  If you haven’t had a chance to donate, please see Colleen Ruffini, Mike White, or any of the youth.  They’ll be glad for your help!  

This year our fabulous youth raised...
$8,206.00
and over $85,000
since they began participating.
Please click on the PDF forms below for the Trustees Report.
   ALL ARE WELCOME!

Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.

The people of The United Methodist Church.

Upcoming Schedule




April 19

Muffins for Missions

2nd Membership Class

Imagine No Malaria


April 26

New Members Sunday


May 3

Communion Sunday


May 10


May 17


May 24


May 31

Native American Ministries Sunday



ALTERNATE WAYS YOU COULD SUPPORT UM-ARMY

TRIP DATES: Sunday May 31 – Saturday June 6

(Young Adult Camp)

Sunday July 26 – Saturday August 1

(Middle/High School Camp)

The excitement is building! Only a couple of months until we leave to serve as the hands and feet of Christ to those in need, this year in, Eliot, ME and Lincoln, RI! We continue to invite any youth or adult (don’t have to be a United Methodist) to come with us. Youth must have completed 7th grade by this summer for the Middle/High School Camp and be one year beyond High School graduation for the Young Adult Camp. So invite your friends, talk to your neighbors. It is not too late!!!

Besides personally attending and/or providing tools and supplies (list to be posted in May), there are other needs to help make this camp truly successful. Of course PRAYER is top on this list. Please keep the team and the potential clients in your prayers throughout the upcoming months. 

 There are other ways you can help listed below:

Donations:

• Gas Money – for the car ride up, during, and back.

• Lunch for the Ride up- $10 per person

• Lunch for the Ride back- $10 per person

• One Night During the week for Dinner out- $10 per person

• Donate a Meal to the Camp- Breakfast ($100), Lunch ($150), Dinner ($250)

• Ice for the Camp - any amount would help; we need lots of it!

• Money to buy First Aid Kits - $30 per kit (5 Kits)

• Money for any supplies not donated - any amount would help

Anything you could contribute to these funds would be greatly appreciated. Please send donations to the church to the attention of Pastor Roy or Gina Grubbs. If you have any questions please feel free to stop by/call the church or call Pastor Roy (914)-330-1789. Thank you for supporting our mission!


MEMBERSHIP CLASS FORMING

Making a formal commitment, a covenant, with the people in a church, is a very important step in our faith journeys. And CUMC is an awesome place to worship, study, pray, fellowship, and do mission

together to bring Christ to the world.

Anyone interested in officially becoming a member of our church is invited to a Membership Class led by Pastor Roy, beginning on Sunday, April 12th, following

worship. The second class will be held on Sunday, April 19th and new members will be received on Sunday, April 26th. If you cannot make a session, please let me know and we can make alternative arrangements. No commitment to join the church is required to attend the class, so come even if you’re just exploring or interested. Childcare will be provided, upon request. Please contact Pastor Roy if you plan to join the class or if you have any questions.



COMMUNION CLASS FOR CHILDREN

On Sunday, May 3rd, we will have a special time in worship to share in the meaning of Holy Communion. Our children will share some of their thoughts with us!

Pastor Roy will be holding a class on Saturday, May 2nd from 10am-12pm. This class is open to all children in 1st grade or above who have not yet received instruction on Communion. Come and learn what Communion means, and together we will share in this holy sacrament during worship. Please contact Pastor Roy with any questions.

If you would like your child to participate, please return this completed form to the church office.


Parent/Guardian’s Name:

___________________

Telephone #:

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Child’s Name:

___________________

Child’s Birthday:

___________________


Centerport United Methodist Church is a welcoming, family-friendly worshipping community.  In addition to worship services, we offer spiritual formation and Christian Education for children, youth and adults.  

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We have an active and growing Sunday School and youth group.  There are multiple and varied opportunities to live out your faith in the local community and the world.  

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To date, our members come from Centerport,

Greenlawn, Huntington, Northport, East Northport,

Cold Spring Harbor, Syosset, Fort Salonga 

and Kings Park.

Centerport United Methodist Church • 97 Little Neck Road • Centerport, NY  11721 • 631.261.5222

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IMAGINE NO MALARIA 

This is a world-wide initiative to rid the world of Malaria and UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is at the forefront! We are continuing to accept donations to this program. Please make checks payable to CUMC with “Imagine No Malaria” on the memo line.


What is Imagine No Malaria?                                        

Imagine No Malaria is an extraordinary effort of the United Methodist Church to end preventable death from malaria in Africa.

Why malaria?

Malaria is a preventable, treatable disease that breeds poverty and burdens health care. In fact, over 650,000 people die every year from malaria. If we can end deaths from malaria and, in the process, help African nations bolster their health care systems, we can save the lives of those 650,000 people and improve the lives of all those impacted by malaria deaths.  Ninety percent of deaths caused by malaria occur in Africa where the disease is a leading killer of children. Every 60 seconds a child dies from malaria. Children who are able to survive the disease are faced with physical and mental impairments, such as poor growth and development. Moreover, every day 25 million pregnant African women risk severe illness and harm to their unborn children from a malaria infection. Malaria contributes to low birth weight among newborn infants, one of the leading risk factors for infant mortality.

Why the United Methodist Church?

It is said that in Africa, at the end of the road is a cross. In fact, 60% of all health care in Africa is provided through faith-based organizations like the UMC. As the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UN Foundation began looking for partners who could help deliver malaria prevention, treatment and education in Africa, they found that the Methodist Church was already equipped to do so, with over 300 hospitals, health clinics and outposts working on the continent.

Is this related to 

Nothing But Nets?

Yes. Nothing But Nets is a successful program raising more than $7 million to provide bed nets to families in Africa. In 2008, building on that success, Imagine No Malaria was created to provide a more comprehensive approach, including funding for prevention, education, treatment and communication. Our efforts may have started with sending nets, but they do not stop there. In addition to preventing malaria with bed nets, eliminating deaths caused by this disease will require educating communities and health care workers, developing health care infrastructure and making advancements in health care communications. Imagine No Malaria will create a stronger and more broad-based community health infrastructure to help The United Methodist Church in the fight against diseases of poverty. Nothing But Nets remains a key component of the campaign against malaria. You may think of Imagine No Malaria as “Nets Plus”.

I’ve heard a lot of news lately about nonprofits being irresponsible with the money donated to them. How is Imagine No Malaria different?

UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on Relief) does the majority of the work for Imagine No Malaria, and because of a generous grant from the UN Foundation for administrative costs, all donations go directly to our work in Africa. UMCOR is a well-known and well-respected deliverer of relief and development throughout the world and is committed to a sustainable practice of ending deaths from malaria. What that basically means is that they are working with the people of Africa in this endeavor. In a more practical sense, as much as possible, they purchase the nets in Africa, they train community health workers (who are typically already working in their communities as birth attendants, etc.) to handle education and distribution and they establish in-country health boards who plan and implement strategies against malaria, writing grants for funding received, providing oversight and reporting successes. In fact, one of the reasons we're focusing on malaria is because at a meeting of the bishops of Africa and some of our denominational leaders, we asked what they needed most and they said "stop malaria."

If you want to learn more about this program, please visit:  http://www.umc.org/how-we-serve/imagine-no-malaria


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UM ARMY REGISTRATION

Registration is now open for the 2015 UM-ARMY
camps.  Check your Focus and this Sunday’s inserts for more information on how you can help out!  You  can also speak to Pastor Roy or Gina.

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