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Hello Cyclovia Exhibitors Spring 2017

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Welcome Statement

This Welcome Statement was adopted by the Administrative Board of Catalina United Methodist Church on March 20, 2016.

Wherever you are in your spiritual journey, whatever your age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, economic status, education, physical or mental ability, family structure, or religious background, you are welcome here.

Casa Maria

We prepare and serve a meal at Casa Maria soup kitchen every six weeks. We meet on the porch outside the church office at 7:45am and return by 11:30am. Wear closed toed shoes and clothes you won’t mind getting dirty! We make a hot meal and sandwiches and sack lunches. Usually 5-8 volunteers are needed. Contact Richard Jones if you are interested in volunteering or if you have any questions.  If we have too many volunteers (it could happen!), you will be contacted.


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Primavera Cooking teams

David Shropshire and Francis doing potaotes

David Shropshire and Francis doing potaotes

Silent Movie -“Ten Commandments’ with Peter Krasinski at organ Feb 5, 2016


What Is My Part? – Richard Jones, 6/14/15

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Scriptures for Today:

Luke 1.26-45
Luke 2.8-18 

The celebrated Danish painter, Carl Heinrich Bloch, was born on May 23, 1834, in Copenhagen, Denmark. After seeing many of Bloch’s paintings that were coming out of Italy,  J. C. Jacobsen, commissioned Bloch to paint 23 new paintings for the King’s Praying Chamber in the newly restored Frederiksborg Castle Chapel (which was ravaged by fire in 1859). This commission came toward the end of Bloch’s time in Italy. The assignment of this commission was to illustrate the life of Christ, and Bloch worked on this monumental project for nearly fourteen years. The commission to paint the 23 paintings for The Praying Chamber changed not only Carl Bloch’s personal life but also his artistic legacy.

Today’s art:

The Annunciation
Mary’s Visit to Elizabeth
Angels Announce the Birth of Christ to the Shepherds

Three really good articles to read that I refer to in the message:

“A Million Boring Little Things” by Richard Beck

“You’re Already So Loved” by Sarah Bessey

“Relaxing into Lent: Identity and Those Voices in Your Head” by Adam Erickson


1-Mary accepted God’s life-changing work.

How does God change you?   As I follow Jesus, as I read Scripture, as I pray, as I listen to others, as I respond to people’s needs, as I gather for worship, as I show love to others…God changes me.

2-Elizabeth celebrated God’s identity-changing work.

3-The shepherds participated in God’s world-changing work.

“Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing…” They got involved.  Where do I start?


Practice the examen

Pray the Lord’s Prayer

Be present



The Daily Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern his direction for us.  The Examen is an ancient practice in the Church that can help us see God’s hand at work in our whole experience.

The method presented here is adapted from a technique described by Ignatius of

Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises.
In its simplest form, the Examen invites you to review your day with two questions:

“For what am I most grateful today?”
“For what am I least grateful today?”

A more comprehensive guide can be found here:

and here:


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A Holy Advent Week One

We would love for you to leave your comments, thoughts, or observations about any of the practices from A Holy Advent! You can download the weekly handout here.

Angel Tree 2014

You can help change the life of a prisoner’s child FOREVER!

Every child has a story. For 2.7 million American children, that story is filled with the abandonment, loneliness and shame that come from having a mom or dad in prison. For many, it may also include following their parents down the same destructive road to incarceration.

Angel Tree, a program of Prison Fellowship, reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ. This unique program gives your church an opportunity to share Christ’s love by helping to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the families of prisoners.

Angel Tree is YOUR opportunity to share the love of God with a child! You can contact Ina Smalzer if you have questions or want to get involved.
Angel Tree Sundays (picking an angel–a child to buy gifts for) are November 23 and 30.

Volunteers are needed to help wrap gifts and deliver gifts.


Sunday, 10/12             Chapel & Sanctuary services              Angel Tree announcement

Sunday, 10/19             Fellowship Hall services                     Angel Tree announcement

Wednesday, 10/22      H32     6:00 to 730 p.m.                      Prepare caregiver letters

Thursday, 10/23          H32     1:30 to 3:00 p.m.                     Finish preparing caregiver letters

Tuesday, 11/18            H32     6 to 7:30 p.m.                          Prepare Angel tags

Wednesday, 11/19      H32     10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon        Finish Angel tags & label gift books

Thursday, 11/20          H32     1:30 to 3:00 p.m.                     Prepare Christmas cards

Saturday, 11/22           11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon                    Put Angel tags on Christmas trees

Sunday, 11/23             All services                                          ANGEL TREE SUNDAY #1

Sunday, 11/30             All services                                          ANGEL TREE SUNDAY #2

Sunday, 12/7               After 9:30 and 11:00 services             Return gifts and arrange in H230

Sunday, 12/7               H230   5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.             Youth Group wraps gifts

Tuesday, 12/9              H230   10:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m..         Gift wrapping

Wednesday, 12/10      H230   1:30 to 3:30 p.m.                     Gift wrapping

Thursday, 12/11          H230   6:00 to 7:30 p.m.                     Gift wrapping

Saturday, 12/13           H230   10:30 to 11:30 a.m.                 Move family gift bags to H232

Saturday, 12/13           H232   10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.         Deliverers pick up gifts

Sunday, 12 14             H232   10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.         Deliverers pick up gifts

Sunday, 12/21             ALL GIFT DELIVERIES COMPLETE