Messages from Pastor Carrie
June 8, 2020
Dear CUMC Family and Friends,
After much discussion and prayer with CUMC leaders and staff, I am happy to announce that CUMC is “Preparing for a SAFE Comeback” on Sunday, July 5th at 10:30am! We are pleased to welcome our friends My Brother’s Keeper to share their musical talent with us in one combined service in the sanctuary.
Over the past several weeks, our Ad Council, Trustees and staff have been carefully working on details to ensure that all disinfecting, social distancing, and worship guidelines are in place before we meet. Our goal is to work in cooperation with Governor DeWine, Bishop Palmer and our church leadership to adhere to suggested guidelines to protect the safety of all of people entering the building.
In the coming weeks, be watching your all-church e-mail for three important notices:
A “Preparing for a Safe Comeback” All- Church Survey. We would like everyone to complete this and return by Friday, June 19th
A “Welcome Back” Letter that outlines the procedures for a safe return to worship on July 5th
A YouTube link to a “Welcome Back” video that will be posted by June 25th
If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at 513-804-8088 or e-mail me at pastorcarrie123@gmailcom.
I am looking forward to seeing many “smiling eyes” behind those masks on July 5th!
May 15, 2020
Dear Cheviot UMC Family and Friends,
Paul had this to say to his church that he was so proud of:
“ …All this is for your benefit , so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause
thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God…So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is
unseen since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:15-18
Paul was speaking as a Pastor to a church that he loved and was very proud of. He reminded them that
what they going through would have the effect of reaching more people with the Grace of God if they
kept an eternal perspective.
I cannot think of a timelier message for us during this time of uncertainty and transition. Words cannot
capture the immense regard I have for this congregation, its leaders and staff for the way that you have
responded to this crisis. You have shown up, you have stepped up and you have looked up to God for
guidance and wisdom. Most especially, you have kept an eternal perspective rather than a temporary
one. You seem to understand that this situation is having the effect of reaching more and more people
and that it will have an eternal impact far into the future.
I want to update you on where we are now and where we are headed.
Our Administrative Board has scheduled two meetings between now and May 31st to plan for the safe
and timely re-opening of our church and the re-convening of our worship services. At this time, we do
not have a date for that to happen. There are many safety and health precautions for us to consider
and we will communicate those to all of our members prior to our re-opening. Until then, we will
continue to monitor the Covid 19 situation and follow both the Governor’s recommendations as well as
the guidelines that we are receiving from the Bishop. Our primary goal is for safety of all of our
We also want to assure all of our members that we will continue offering on-line worship services even
after our in-person worship re-convenes. Keep watching your all-church e-mail and your mailboxes for
updates as they become available. And remember, God is near.
Until we meet again,
April 24, 2020
Our Traditional worship team is happy to bring you this week’s on-line worship service from our Sanctuary. You maytune in anytime on your own or join us this Sunday at 9:10 using this link to hear this week’s message, “The Emmaus Road.”
Remember to subscribe to the page by clicking the “subscribe” button. Also, you can send this video to friends and family on any of your social media platforms by clicking “Share”. Pastor Carrie would like to extend a special thank you to Jeff Jena, Carol Gangwer, Anne Schummer, Marcia Lucas and John Race for their help in filming this service.
Next Sunday, May 3 rd, we will be celebrating Communion together at the conclusion of our on-line worship service at 9:10am You can participate by having a small piece of bread and a cup of juice ready as you watch the video. Also be watching your all-church e-mail for details of our next Prayer meeting on Zoom on Sunday, May 3 rd at 7pm.
Until we meet again,
March 27, 2020
Dear CUMC Family, I pray that you are staying home and doing well during these potentially stressful times. I am aware that it is normal to feel some fear in times like these and so I wanted to bring you a message to calm those fears. It is comforting to know that even Jesus’ disciples went through times of fear and uncertainty. In our scripture from Matthew Chapter 8 we learn that Jesus used a storm in the lives of his disciples to strengthen their faith in him and teach them the true meaning of the words “Do Not Fear.” I hope that you can listen to this story again in light of our fearful times and receive comfort and assurance that Jesus is “In the Boat” with us as we navigate fearful waters. You can access this message beginning today by going to www.youtube.com and typing “Carrie Jena” in the search bar. Look for the Video Titled, “Overcoming Fear”.
If you know someone in our church family who may not know how to navigate their computer, would you take a moment and give them a call and teach them how to do it? Also, if this message is helpful to you, would you help us share it with others by clicking on the arrow under the video screen called “Share”. Then you can post it to your Facebook, Instagram, or E-mail so that others can be blessed. In the coming days, we will be sending out basic instructions to help people connect on-line and also update them the old-fashioned way—through the mail! I pray that you are staying home, staying healthy and staying encouraged until we meet again. God is Near. Pastor Carrie
March 19, 2020
A Message from Pastor Carrie:
I pray that you are staying healthy and safe. We miss being with you and are looking forward to the time when we can worship together again. The Contemporary Worship Team recorded a worship service for you to enjoy from home. The band played and I delivered a hopeful message on the theme of compassion. This message will allow our small groups that are meeting to stay on track with the weekly themes.
God is with us. Until we meet again, Pastor Carrie