2017 Annual Teen Challenge Christmas Outreach
As has been our custom for many years, we will again provide Christmas gifts for the program residents of the Teen Challenge Women’s and Men’s Centers in Philadelphia. Our gift giving “window” is December 3 thru Sunday, December 17.
A partial list of suggested gift items is provided (see below). This will help “get us started” but we are not limited to these items alone.
Feel free to be creative within the stated guidelines.
We have learned from the leaders at Teen Challenge that small clothing items are most needed
(as compared with personal hygiene gifts such as toothpaste, cologne, etc.)
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
-CUMC Missions Committee
Operation Christmas Child – Samaritan’s Purse 2017
“Every shoebox gift is an excellent resource for evangelism and discipleship which leads to the multiplication of new believers and churches around the world.” Our congregation has donated over 68 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child this year!
Christmas Cards for Inmates in Eastern PA, 2017
Last year, thanks to efforts of the Eastern PA Conference Prison Ministry and Restorative Justice Team, over 8,000 Christmas cards with brief handwritten notes of caring encouragement were provided to inmates in 10 correctional facilities in Eastern PA. This year, our church participated in this ministry by writing over 225 cards for prison inmates. Our participation in this project sends a powerful message of God’s love to those who are incarcerated. You can remind them of their sacred identity as God’s beloved sons and daughters, at a time when they may be feeling very much alone. We hope we will be able to be reach even more inmates through this project this year.
Annual Fall Festival
Cornwells UMC particpated in the 2017 Bensalem Township Fall Festival. It was great to meet folks who stopped by our table. We had a box in which they could place prayer requests, and we offered to pray right on the spot with those who were interested. How wonderful to offer that gift to others and encourage them in the Lord! We gave out information about our Cornwells Christian Day School (CCDS), lollipops with information about our Children’s Sunday School, and M&Ms with this poem…
M& “melt in your mouth, not in your hands”,
But can they help you deal with life’s stressful demands?
Though chocolate may help sweeten a day that’s gone sour,
Your waist won’t abide eating them hour after hour.
Perhaps they can remind us of what’s good and what’s true,
Consider a lesson about me and about you…
Just like the candy, whose shell colors may vary,
Our outward appearance may make some folks wary.
But it’s what is inside us that can make us so great
Our sweet kindness, like chocolate, can overcome hate.
We are filled with the hunger to know and be known,
We long for acceptance – for love to be shown.
These candies may satisfy a sweet tooth or craving,
But God knows our true needs – we ALL need saving.
Our sins separate us from Him and each other,
Yet Christ can transform us, to love one another
Consider these colors as they tell Jesus’ story,
Born a babe in a stable, died on the cross, raised to Glory
BROWN: The earth, His humanity, the Cross that He bore
RED: His Blood shed on Calvary, His heart for the poor
GREEN: Asking for new life, offered free in His Name
BLUE: Springs of joy, breath of freedom, releasing of shame
ORANGE: The Holy Spirit’s fire to fill and to guide
GOLD: God’s glory in heaven, His arms open wide.
-Poem by Celeste Schiller 9-27-17
Annual Cross Walk
Cornwells UMC and Wilkinson Memorial UMC (1061 State Rd, Croydon, PA 19021) join together every year on Good Friday for an Annual Cross Walk between the Churches. On April 14, 2017 the Cross Walk will begin at Wilkinson Memorial UMC (1061 State Rd, Croydon, PA 19021) at 12 noon and the walk will end at Cornwells UMC. Lunch will be served followed by a service.
Collecting Aluminum Cans for Recycling
In our parking lot is a wire cage to deposit aluminum cans for recycling (please, no pet food cans and no crushed cans). Anyone may participate. This program is managed by the Boy Scouts and all proceeds go to support their programs.
Collecting Paper for Recycling
Located in our parking lot is a large container used to collect clean paper for recycling (please, no phone books or cardboard). All are encouraged to donate. All proceeds go into the church’s general fund.
Cocaine Anonymous meetings occur in the church’s hall the following times:
Every Tuesday at 7pm – One Day At A Time
Every Wednesday at 8pm – Set Up To Recovery
Every Friday at 9pm – Breakaway – One Day At A Time
Every Sunday at 7pm – Freedom to Choose
For further information refer to their website.
Anyone may bring home a variety of breads on the table in the hall.