Sunday Afternoon Worship at Pine Ridge Extended Care Center
Ministering to senior adults who cannot attend Sunday morning worship services is an important ministry for CUMC. Church members volunteer to provide a chapel service once a month at Pine Ridge Extended Care Center in Pagosa Springs. On the third Sunday of each month, the non-denominational service is held in the lounge from 2:30 to 3 p.m. A folder of familiar hymns is provided to each participant for group singing. Pastor Leighton Mekeal leads in the devotional time. Residents are encouraged to participate by providing personal memories of spiritual experiences. People of all denominations are welcome to attend each service.
This year CUMC will partner with Vets for Vets in serving at Loaves and Fishes, a free meal served each Thursday in the Parish Hall (across the street from CUMC). The dates are January 5, July 6, and October 26. In addition several church members deliver meals each Thursday to shut-ins and seniors living in residential facilities.
World Day of Prayer was celebrated at CUMC Friday, March 3. This annual, ecumenical Christian lay women’s initiative is observed on the first Friday of March in over 170 countries. Through prayer and study women of various races, cultures and traditions come to understand and appreciate each other more fully. This year’s theme was “Am I Being Unfair to You?” Mercy Korsgren presented information about challenges facing women in the Philippines, sharing examples from her own personal knowledge and experience. We reflected on lessons about “fairness” taught in Matthew 20: 1-16 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers . . .” (NIV) Our UMW hosted this year’s service and luncheon. The LDS ladies brought soups, JPII women shared desserts, our sisters from St. Pat’s contributed breads with many salads arriving “potluck.” All delighted in the excellent fellowship and of course the delicious food. We wish to thank also Pastor Leighton, Father Doug and the other men who supported our women’s event.
CUMC EVENTS . . . Past, Present, Future and Ongoing
Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) in Pagosa Springs was celebrated by Mother Nature with 12+ inches of fresh snow! So Lenten Season began at CUMC with a new tradition: Fat Wednesday dinner immediately preceding our Ash Wednesday service. Chef Jim Stone treated all to melt-in-your-mouth fried catfish, hush puppies, cole slaw, gumbo and King cake. Mission team leader Patrick Huck led a presentation of our November trip to assist in Baton Rouge flood recovery and possible future mission trip projects were discussed.