Devotion (October 13, 2021)
On our church’s facebook page a few days ago, I saw that a member of our church had posted a set of remarkable photos showing a double rainbow arching across and over our church buildings.
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a rainbow. When there’s one in the sky, we all stop. We all “ooo” and “ahhh”. It makes us feel better just to see it. It makes us feel happier, more hopeful somehow.
When I saw those photos, it felt to me like a blessing on the church, a promise.
Well, God knows we need it. We’ve been living in a helluva storm that continues to take its toll on us, both individually and as a church body. So, when I saw those pictures, they were to me like God was bending low and whispering to the church, “I see you. I love you. I will never forsake you, come hell or high water.”
That, of course, is the promise of the rainbow from our faith story; the story of Noah and the flood. At the end of the story, God makes a covenant. It is the first covenant between God and humanity in the Bible. God promises to set a rainbow in the sky as a sign of his promise that his relationship with us will be based in unqualified grace and love, always and forever.
Now, the more scientifically minded among you might consider my response as just so much whimsy. “Don’t take it personally,” you say. Yes, yes, I know that a rainbow is an optical illusion—it does not actually exist in a specific spot in the sky. Yes, I know it wasn’t literally over the church. The appearance of a rainbow depends on where you stand and where the sun is shining. The sun was behind the church member who took those pictures and the church was in front.
Well, dear church, I’m deciding to stick with my “whimsy”. I’m deciding to stand where I can see God’s rainbow blessing the church with his promise I’m deciding to stand where I can “ooo” and “ahh” at the sight of it, and letting it make me feel happier, more hopeful somehow.
I’m deciding to stand on God’s promises, both for me, individually, and for us as church body, that God sees us completely, loves us extravagantly, and is with us constantly. “Do not fear. I am with you,” God is saying in the colors painted on the sky.
Let’s take it personally, dear church.
Yours in the journey,
Thanks to all who came out to our Car Bingo today. It was a beautiful afternoon to give out $180 in prize money and we were Live with Jamie Healy from the Crete Area Chamber of Commerce.
Congratulations to our winners: Lisa, Sue, Gail, Leanne, Carla and Willy!
Lion Sue Morris donated back part of her winnings so we will be donating $200 to the Chamber.
See you next month on Saturday 11/20 for our next event.
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2021: Here are October's events for the Scouts here at Crete UMC including the last 4 popcorn storefront sales opportunities. Our Scouts are doing an awesome job, and we are looking forward to many fun things this year because our Pack is Powered by Popcorn!
*Wednesday, October 6: Den Meeting. 6pm at Crete United Methodist Church (lower level). ⚜️
*Wednesday, October 20: Den Meeting. 6pm at Crete United Methodist Church (lower level). ⚜️
*Friday, October 22: Pack Meeting. 6pm Crete United Methodist Church (lower level). Meeting for fun and pumpkins! Scouts can dress up in their Halloween costumes. 🎃
September 25, 2021
SUNDAY, July 25th:
Brenda Kenyon, our Music Director, has been given a great opportunity and will be missed here at Crete UMC. Shas blessed this congregation through her music and through her caring heart. As such, we celebrated her ministry on her last day with an old fashioned Hymn Sing followed by refreshments.
Crete Women's Club
30th Annual Garden Walk
Art & Craft Fair
June 23 & June 24, 2021
Flower Show and Arts & Craft Fair
May 08, 2021
WE CELEBRATE CRETE WOMEN’S CLUB who were able to raise $2000 last Saturday from their flower sale in the church parking lot to support Crete-Monee High School Scholarships.
April 02, 2021
TIME CHANGE FOR GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE: Because of Covid 19 and the number of people whose daily schedules have been altered, for this year, we are changing the time of our Good Friday Service to 2:30pm. Jesus died on the cross at 3pm and this service time allows us to be together in prayer at this poignant time. There are many, who for one reason or another, find it difficult to go out after dark. It is my hope that the 2:30pm worship time will allow those who would otherwise be unable to attend, the opportunity for worship and prayer in the company of their community.
Summer of 2021
Every 3rd Saturday of the month
On December 24, 2020, from 5-6 p.m. there was a special drive-thru blessing held in the parking lot of the church. Partcipants remained in their cars.
To download the Christmas Eve Drive- Thru Blessings' handout click HERE for PDF sheet
Thank you to all who contributed to the Giving Tree. The gifts have been collected and given to the Jones Center.
A Christmas Gift for the Women of the Church: Since May, Lenore Enloe has been working away like a Christmas elf, making beautiful hand-made angels as Christmas ornaments as a gift for the women of the church. Each ornament is in it’s own plastic bag with a small note. We thank Lenore for the thoughtful and loving expression in this gift.
in-person Worship Services
August 16, 2020
Worship Services are
Sunday mornings at 10a
Wednesday evenings at 7p
Easter Sunday Drive By Blessings
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
We were at it again. Because the Palm Sunday Drive By Blessing was so joyful, meaningful and altogether safe with social distancing, you’re invited to drive by the church Easter Sunday between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00a.m., where you can stop in the circular driveway by the doors of the church and while staying in your cars, unroll your window to receive a blessing for your Holy Week ahead. The Pastor will stand a good 6 feet way from you. You will receive a flower bulb to plant, as a sign of Christ’s resurrection and a sign of your hope for new life for this world
February 16, 2020
The Chicago Southern District Voices choir rocked the Sanctuary at Crete UMC with Gospel praise music on Sunday, February 16, 2020. The CSD Voices Choir is the combined voices of adults from all around the District. Dr. Colion Greene serves as the director of The Voices Choir.
February 16- Scout Sunday:
In celebration of the 100th Birthday of The Methodist Episcopal Church recognizing Scouting, CUMC held Boy Scout Sunday on February 16th. We honored Troop 123, Pack 123, Pack 125, and Crew 191. During this special worship service, both Troop 123 and Pack 123 led the congregation in a survival exercise entitled Lost at Sea. Together we learned the importance of working as a team. The Scripture Lesson for both services was Matthew 8:23-27. After the exercise the congregation sang Eternal Father, Strong to Save that is in The Faith We Sing Songbook.
Crete United Methodist Church would like to give special thanks to the scouts and their leaders:
Todd Dykton, Troop 123 Scoutmaster
Dave Buss, Pack 123 Cubmaster Karen Wood-Brasel, Pack 125 Cubmaster and
Bill Meyers, Crew 191 Crew Advisor.
2019 Children’s Christmas Musical was
Wrapping All the Way
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
Director- Kathy Carter Young
Tuesday- December 24, 2019
Candlelight Christmas Eve Services were 5:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m.
Souper Supper, Saturday December 07, 2019
The CUMC kitchen lady & soup maker strikes again. Ham & Bean, Chicken Noodle, Veggie Beef Barley & Cheddar Broccoli this year. Thank you Sharon & her choptastic skills on the veggies & the fruit of my loom Sam the cookies baker.
Great dinner before the parade!
Special thanks to the Boy Scouts for serving.
Saturday, December 07, 2019
Annual Arts & Crafts Fair
Crete Troop 123's 4th Annual Pancake Breakfast, October 06, 2019
Kick - Off Sunday
September 8, 2019
10:00 a.m. Worship Service
Cook-out in Fellowship Hall
Game Nights happenings in the summer of 2019
Memorial Day Parade
May 27, 2019
The weather was beautiful during (we were all waiting for it to rain - again!!!). This time, we had Pete's truck and a little flatbed with sides painted red, white and blue. Our church sign was ensconced in the bed of the truck. After gathering at the church and attaching many veteran's pictures on the sides of the flatbed, along with those pictures carried by the riders as well as the walkers, we had quite a group. Upon arriving at the starting point for the parade, we parked and watched the Crete Memorial Day Program. There were many groups which took part in the program, such as Crete Park District Preschool (the little kids recited the Pledge of Allegiance), the Crete-Monee High School Band, Amvets Auxiliary Post 84, Crete American Legion Post #1291, and the Will County Honor Guard. Pastor Frank Italiano from Trinity Lutheran Church took part and reminded us what the day was for. The kickoff for the parade was promptly done and off we went! The spectators on the parade route appreciated what we were trying to do, ie remember veterans and their sacrifice, which is what the day is for!
by Carol Gawronski
2018 CUMC Children Christmas Play
Isaiah Jones and the Seekers of the Lost Treasure