Where is the Best Breakfast in Town?
Right here at Cross Keys United Methodist Church! Come join us every first Saturday of the month for a great time of fellowship and a wonderful breakfast. April’s breakfast will be held on Saturday, April 1st, from 8:00 am -11:00am. Come join us for what most people think is the best “all you can eat” breakfast around. For the amazing price of $10 (children 3-12 $3, 0-2 free), you’ll want to invite your friends, neighbors, and co-workers to enjoy the great food and fellowship with you. Volunteers are needed—if you want to join the awesome breakfast team (Friday morning and/or Saturday morning) call Linda Fuscia at 629-3379.
Members and Friends of Cross Keys Church: If you have had a recent hospital stay or have been dealing with illness, our Meal Ministry has some delicious meals that they will love to share with you! Made with love and prayed over, a few meals like this may be just what you need. Contact Pat Sprengle for meals or if you know someone in the church who is in need.
Easter Egg Hunt: Saturday, April 8th, 11:00a Sharp (Rain or Shine!)
All children, age 1 to grade 4 are invited to our Annual Easter Egg Hunt. We will meet in Faith hall and break into groups. We are collecting wrapped candy donations for the eggs and prizes, such as beach items, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, balls, etc. If you would like to help, in any way, or have any questions, please call Tina Hegeman at 609-381-3611 or Karen VanHouten at 856-728-7119.
Palm Sunday: April 9th - 8:45a and 11:15a services
Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem after his three-year ministry of preaching, teaching and healing in the regions of Galilee and Judea. Jubilant crowds celebrated Jesus’ arrival by waving palm branches and shouting praises to God. Even today we still hand out palm branches to help us celebrate this special occasion. During the 11:15a service on Palm Sunday, the Senior Choir and the Children’s Choir will present a cantata entitled, “In the Presence of Jehovah.” This joyous celebration of the resurrection includes some of the best-loved songs of all time. Join us as the Senior, Youth and Kids Choirs help us to follow Jesus’ life through individual characters, each who came into His presence through different circumstances. The full cantata will be offered to the Lord and for our inspiration at the 11:15a service. Several selections from the cantata will also be offered at the 8:15a service.
Maundy Thursday Communion Service: April 13th - 7:30p
Join us for a special evening service of Holy Communion in the church sanctuary. On this Holy Thursday we will remember Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples and consider the magnitude of His sacrifice on the cross.
Good Friday Women’s Breakfast: April 14th – 9:00a to 12:00p Sharp
Sicklerville UMC's Sisters of Faith's Annual Good Friday Breakfast is at Trump National Golf Club. Angela Brown is the keynote speaker. Angela is connected with the Perfecting Church located in Sewell. Members of The Perfecting Church seek to extend the borders of the Kingdom of God in their spheres of influence and to become known for their character, integrity, commitment to excellence and ability to practically apply biblical principles to their relationships, finances, health, professional pursuits and every other facet of their lives. Tickets ($22 per person) are available until April 9th through Shirley Jennings.
Good Friday Men’s Breakfast: April 14th - 7:00a Sharp
All men and boys are invited to join us for our traditional trip to Chews United Methodist Church located at 319 Black Horse Pike, Glendora, NJ 08029. The breakfast starts at 7:00a sharp and we need to arrive early. Contact Russ Fuscia to reserve your spot and if you need a ride.
Ecumenical Good Friday Service: April 14th - 12:00p – 3:00p
The ecumenical Good Friday service will be held at First UMC in Williamstown. The service is open to the public and a number of local clergy and choirs will participate. The service recalls the crucifixion of Jesus, reflects our gratitude for the grace and mercy of God, and anticipates God’s promise of new life through Jesus Christ. This year’s theme will follow “The Shadows of Calvary.” Pastor Jeff will share a message entitled, “The Shadow of Betrayal” from 12:30p to 12:55p.
Easter Sunday: April 16th
Easter is the joy-filled celebration of Jesus’ resurrection and his victory over sin and death. The following opportunities will help us celebrate:
· Easter Sonrise Service: 6:00 am (meet in Faith Hall and process to Calvary)
· Free Easter Breakfast: Following the Sunrise Service (about 6:30 am) in Faith Hall
· Easter Sunday Services: 8:45 am & 11:15 am
· Sunday School for All Ages: 10:00 am in Faith Hall
Missions Friendship Tea: April 22
Cross Keys Church Missions is springing forward with our annual spring Friendship Tea. We are looking forward to warmer weather and, dare we say it, flip-flop time! You’ll have to come to see what we mean. Join us on Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Faith Hall from 2:00-4:00 pm. To Host a table, or purchase tickets ($12 each), see Dawn Jennings or Karen Johnson. The Spring Tea is a special time to share with Mothers, Daughters, Friends and Faith Sisters. Please join us for this full program that includes great inspiration and fellowship, specialty sandwiches, scones, desserts and, of course, tea! Your continued support is what helps to bring the hope of Jesus Christ to many places in our communities and world.
Care Packages for College Students: Due by April 23, 2017
In the coming month, the Nurture Committee is sending out care packages to college students who are away from home. Please contact Larry Hardwick, Mary Dreisbach or Pastor Jeff with the names and addresses of any college student that you would like to receive a care package. They do not have to attend CKUMC to receive a package.
The committee is also seeking donations for the packages. Suggestions include macaroni and cheese, microwavable popcorn, soups, crackers, snacks, gummi bears, phone cards, Christian CDs, stationary, stamps, toiletries or other items you think a college student could use. If you would like to donate but don’t want to shop, see Larry, Mary or Rich & Bonnie Fowler and they will be happy to take your monetary donation. All donations are due by Sunday, April 23, 2017.
Prayer Covering Needed: April 25-28
The United Methodist Judicial Council (the “supreme court” of the denomination) meets from April 25 – 28 in Newark, NJ. On the docket are several cases related to individuals, churches and annual conferences that have challenged biblical and Disciplinary authority in matters related to human sexuality. Please cover the members of the judicial council with your prayers.
Missions Yard Sale: May 6
Your trash may be someone else’s treasure! Please join us as we put together our annual missions yard sale on Saturday, May 6, 8:00 am-1:30 pm (Rain date June 3rd). There are at least three ways to participate and raise funds for Missions at the yard sale this year. Buy a spot for $10 and sell your own items. Or you can donate items for the team to sell (drop off starts after Easter Sunday talk to Tina Hegeman or Larry Hardwick). Items can be placed in in room #2 in Faith Hall. You can also browse the sale and purchase something useful or interesting. The yard sale is an important fundraiser for the variety of mission initiatives that we sponsor. Hope to see you there!
Think Snow—In July! ~ VBS ~ Sunday, July 16 - Thursday, July 20, 2017
Operation Arctic – Vacation Bible School will be really COOOOOL this year as we explore together in Operation Arctic! Save the dates: Sunday, July 16 – Thursday, July 20 from 6:30-8:30 pm. All children from preschool through Junior High will be headed deep into the stunning Arctic Circle that is filled with treasure and thrilling to explore! Be sure to pack your Bible—we’ll be learning all about that breathtakingly beautiful Book that is also filled with treasure and thrilling to explore! Volunteers are always welcome—contact Deedee Huffman. Don’t forget to save your milk and water jugs. We need hundreds of them so that we can build our igloos! Jugs can be dropped off at the Sunday School or Faith Hall.
Small Groups Starting ~ September 2016
Fall is a great time to take our faith to the next level, and connecting with a small group is one of the greatest ways to dive deeper in our walk with Christ. If you have never been involved in a small group, check it out - you won’t be disappointed! Listed below are some of the powerful spiritual opportunities available now.
- Cooper Small Group: Thursdays 7:30p, Relying on the Holy Spirit
- Monson Small Group: Every other Thursday 7:00p
- Fuscia Small Group: 3rd Wednesday 7:30p, Topical Daily Life Studies
- Pastor’s Bible Study: Thursdays 10:00a, Exploring Acts: Finding the Victory
- Adult Elective 1: Sundays 10:00a, Jerry Furniss, The ABCs of Christianity
- Adult Elective 2: Sundays 10:00a, Bill Jennings, Paul’s Letter to the Colossians
“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”
Growing In God's Word
Pastor’s Bible Study, Thursdays 10:00 am
Mr. Jennings Bible Study, Sundays 10:00 am
Bible Study: A Christian Defined Series, Sunday 10:00 am
Bible Study: 1st and 3rd Monday, 9:00 am
Prayer Meeting: Wednesday 7:00 pm
Monson Small Group, every (2nd and 4th) Thursday 7:30 pm
Cooper Small Group, every Thursday 7:30 pm
Grief Support Group: Monday, quarterly 7:30 pm
Mom's Time Out ~ 2nd Tuesday in April 9:00 am
Fuscia Small Group, Studies on faith and daily living, every third Wednesday 7:30 pm
Men’s Group: Fellowship and meeting community needs, every 2nd Monday 7:30 pm
Senior’s Lunch: Great food and fellowship, every 3rd Thursday 12:00 pm
Growing through Fellowship
Children's Choir: Sunday 6:00 pm
Junior Youth Fellowship: Wednesday 7:00 pm
Senior Youth Fellowsip: Wednesday 7:00 pm
Senior's Luncheon: 3rd Thursday (even months) 12 noon
Men's Group: 2nd Monday 7:00 pm
Care Team: Monday 9:30 am (prayer and visitation)
Senior Choir: Thursday 7:30 pm
Wonderfully Made: 2nd Monday 6:30 pm (card making)
Prayer Shawl Ministry: 1st Monday 7:30 pmMeals for Members in Need
Meals for Hurricane Sandy Teams
Apple Gleaning Project (October)
Hurricane Sandy Home Repair Trips: (Fall and Spring)
Hope Mobile Food Bank: 3rd Saturday (9 am parking lot)
Christian Pre-School Program Monday - Friday (September through June) see: http://childrensgardencs.org