Tree of Warmth

The CAUMC Tree of Warmth is up! Please feel free to drop off your donations M-TH 8-5, Friday 8-12, or Sunday during the Worship Service.

The CAUMC Outreach Committee thanks you for supporting this annual event.

Staff Christmas Gifts

From the Staff Parish Relations Committee:

One of the ways CAUMC is blessed throughout the year is through the hard work of our staff. Much of their work goes on behind the scenes, providing instrumental support in carrying out our mission. We’d like to invite you, as you are able, to contribute to a fund that will be distributed among the staff as a Christmas bonus. Your contribution can be made online through our website (www.caumcmanhattan.org)where there is a new option, ‘Staff Christmas, by placing an envelope specifying your gift for staff Christmas in the offering, or by giving your gift personally to myself, Leo Lake, or George Milliken.

Merry Christmas and blessings to you, members, and participants at CAUMC!

Lorrie Gfeller-Strouts, SPRC Chairperson

Thank You From the Youth

The Youth Group would like to thank all the KSU football fans who reserved parking spaces in our parking lot. Our loyal parkers are the best! This year, our parkers donated over 300 pounds of food and cash to our blessing box. Reserved spaces are now available for the 2023 season.

 50 YEARS AGO, IT ALL BEGAN!

December 10, 1972, the Sunday Worship Service was built around the decorating of the sanctuary for Christmas.

Mildred and Ed Odom designed the decorations and planned the morning service.  The pastor was Douglas Dingle.  A candlelight turkey dinner was held at 5:30 p.m. and a children’s program at 7:00 p.m.  Ramona Woodhouse was chairperson for the Christmas Festival. 

Christian Anti-Semitism Makes No Sense

Unfortunately, there has long been a strain of anti-semitism in Christianity. But I’ve noticed that the anti-semitic folks who call themselves Christians have gotten louder lately (at least in the U.S.A.).  Christian anti-semitism makes no sense. It is contrary to reason. It is contrary to any reasonable interpretation of the story scripture tells us. Below are just a few examples why.

  1. Jesus was born a Jew (Luke 2:1-15), circumcised on the eighth day (Luke 2:21), raised a Jew (Luke 2:22-52), was in ministry as a Jew (Luke 4:14-22) and died a Jew (Luke 23:26-43). He was the embodiment of Israel through whom God accomplished all that had been promised to Abraham. You can’t take the Jew out of Jesus. 
  2. As Christians, we were grafted onto God’s Abrahamic project through Jesus Christ. What God is doing in us has not replaced Israel; instead we have been attached to Israel. The apostle Paul warned us not to get cocky. (Romans 11:11-24; 15:12). 
  3. God made promises to Abraham and Sarah; Isaac and Rebecca; Jacob and Rachel; David and countless others. God made promises to Israel as a whole, as a people. (And those promises included their descendants living among us now.) Finally, through Jesus Christ, God made promises to us. If we believe God is true to God’s promises, that means God is true to all of God’s promises, not just the promises made to us. Who are we to try to hinder God?

Now, one of the counter arguments that might be made is that Jesus often disagreed with, argued with, and ran into trouble with Jews. Well, I have often disagreed with, argued with, and run into trouble with Christians. None of that makes me any less a Christian. None of that made Jesus any less of a Jew. 

Christian anti-semitism is senseless, but it is not harmless. It does great harm to Jewish victims. It does harm to non-Jewish bystanders. And it does self-inflicted harm to its perpetrators. It is long past time for those who call themselves Christian and yet perpetrate anti-semitism to repent and return to the arms of the King of the Jews who died for them.