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- Remembering Bishop La Verne
  by Lizet T. Raquel
- The Asuncions A Family Made Strong By Faith
- A Giving to Remember


Let’s Celebrate!

HAPPY Christian Education Sunday!
This is my fourth time to celebrate Christian Education Sunday here at Central United Methodist Church. It is always a joy to sit down and plan with the committee some gimmicks and attention-grabbing activities for the whole church. Today is a new and exciting way to celebrate for it is a celebration with the whole family. As it was announced for several Sundays, it will be a family-fun day – lunch together and games that will surely make the family enjoy to the max! Why family? Because it is just right to remember and strengthen the value of family in our society today. It is to remind each one of us that it is in our families where we first experienced the presence of God through the love of our parents.It is where we grasped our first spiritual truths, the values in life and living. It is with our families that we feel secured and genuinely cared for. Indeed, it is time to redeem the importance of “a happy family living together and loving each other,” as preschoolers enthusiastically sing it.
Our church through the Christian Education is concerned with the Christian growth of every family. It is the ministry of CE to provide venues for every member of the family to know more about Jesus, experience God’s love in their lives and share this wonderful love to other members of their own family, as well as the family of believers, the church. Here, at Central United Methodist Church, we are one big family. You and I belong here. Each one of us is called to share our life with one another and grow together for God’s greater glory.
Our Central UMC family will not be complete without your family. So, bring your whole family to the church. Lead them to serve God faithfully. Together, let us build up one another in love.
Join in today’s Potluck Fellowship and Family Bibleethics or Bibliolympics! We want this to be a very special event for OUR whole family. See you there!



                     The Cross Room

A young man at the end of his rope groaned in distress as he prayed. “Lord, I can’t go on. My cross is too heavy to bear.” “My son,” the Lord replied with compassion, “if you can’t bear its weight, come with me to the cross room. There you may exchange your cross for any other cross you choose.”
Filled with relief, the young man sighed, “Thank you, Lord.” Briskly entering the cross room, he mindlessly discarded his own cross and searched for one he’d rather carry. He saw many other crosses, some so large the tops weren’t even visible. After winding in and out of the rows of crosses, he spotted a tiny cross leaning against the far wall. “I’d like that one, Lord,” he whispered. And the Lord replied, “My son, that is the cross you brought in.”


- Do you want to be a leader?
A discipleship training is held ev
ery Friday, 6-8 pm at the cubicle, Rev. Ray Sison spearheads

Everybody is invited to join our Potluck Fellowship right after the English Worship Service. Pls. Proceed to Mosebrook Hall.

(From the Anniv. Comm. Chairman)

Still Searching For A Theme!
The Anniversary Committee asks for suggestions for the anniversary theme of our church in line with its 105th celebration in March 2004. The theme must focus on community service. You may give your suggestions at the church office or email them at thecentralspire@hotmail.com. Deadline is on Oct. 5, 2003.
The next meeting of the Anniversary Committee is slated on Oct. 12, 2003, after the English Service at the Garcia Hall. All members are enjoined to attend.

ARE you seeking employment?
The Outreach Ministry encourages you to leave your resumes at the church office for possible job referrals. For all employers who are in need of (Christian) workers/employees, please contact our Outreach Ministry Chairperson, Chris Cardano via email at c_cardano@yahoo.com or leave your messages at the church office. Please refer to our bulletin boards for other job announcements.


The NCCP is inviting us to attend its Dr. Gumersindo Garcia Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003 from 1-5 pm at Ellinwood-Malate Church 1660 Vasquez St., Malate. Speakers are Justice Romeo Capulong, U.N. Ad Litem Judge, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and Dr. Kathlyn Poethig, Professor of Global Studies at California State University Monterey Bay. They will speak on “Vanquishing the Darkness, Ushering in the Dawn of Peace” (c.f. Isa. 32:15-17), NCCP’s Ruby Anniversary theme.

Our family extends our heartfelt thanks for all your support and generosity. God bless!
-the Cenon Family

Calling OFWs

WE’RE inviting all OFWs and
seafarers to join the OFWs and maritime ministry. (A registration book is situated at the back of the Sanctuary). The group’s Bible Study is held every Thursday, 3pm at the Mosebrook Hall, led by Pastor Tess Cruz.

Medicines, please?
THE Health and Welfare Ministry

is appealing to everyone who would like to donate medicine for our church clinic. Kindly visit our church office during weekdays or the church clinic every Sunday and register your name plus the donated item/s.

Prayer Power
JOIN the Prayer Warrior Group, led
by Rev. Vic Melad, Jr. every Thursday, 6-7:30 pm at the Perez Chapel

Lay Speaking Courses
THE CUMC Basic Lay Speaking
Course on Sermon preparation and delivery will be re-scheduled on November (date to be announced), to give way to the PAC and District activities.

One-Day Blessing / Income

The Stewardship Committee wishes to inform everyone that we will have a “One-Day Blessing/Income” offering next Sunday, October 5, 2003. This is a wonderful opportunity to express our gratitude to the blessings and provisions we receive from God daily. Collections shall be used to help meet our church’s budgetary needs.

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