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Welcome to ‘The Good News’ for the week of February 9, 2021!

Next Good News February 23rd
The Good News will be sent on the Second and the Fourth Tuesday of each month.  Special “All Church” announcements will be sent periodically as needed. If you have an article you would like in the Good News, please make sure it is emailed to officemangager@casonumc.org before February 5th.
 
PRAYER OF THE WEEK

Loving God, thank you that in your love, forgiveness and compassion you did not abandon all that you have made but came amongst us in your Son, Jesus Christ, to heal, guide and transform. May your life and love truly inform and shape all our hearts and minds for the challenges and the opportunities that lie before us.

For those who struggle, may there be comfort and release; for those who would bring relief, may there be wisdom and strength; and for those who lead, and for us all, may eyes and minds, hearts and hands be open to see, love and respond, as you see, love and respond, for the sake and love of all.

Amen. 

James Tebbutt, Cumbria District Chair

INSPIRE SPOTLIGHT
 


CLICK HERE to read a note from the Salty Service Chairperson, Sharon Bebout

CLICK HERE to read a note from Radical Hospitality Chairperson, Nancy Reames
LENT AT CASON UMC

Jesus’ Unwavering Love…a “call out of darkness into a great Light!”

 Lent: February 17 – April 2
Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, meaning “lengthen” and refers to the lengthening days of spring. The forty days represent the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin His ministry.

Ash Wednesday Service -  February 17, 7:00 pm
This service will be available via Facebook Live, Live Stream on our website and in person.  You will also be able to join and participate via Zoom.  Please look for our special Ash Wednesday Ready To Worship for more details.

Sunday Worship Series in Lent - 9:15 & 11:00
You won’t want to miss these six Sundays leading to Easter.  At Cason we will be immersed in the “Things of God…The Marks of Love!” with special music, three individuals grappling with the season and a message from Pastor Alexis and Pastor David that will stir you to look deep inside for all God has for you through Christ’s sacrifice and death.
 
CLICK HERE for worship Schedule

Lenten Small Groups -  The Easter Experience - Starting Week of February 21st
With sweeping shots of ancient Jerusalem and an emotionally stirring recreation of Jesus’ crucifixion – you have a front-row seat to the most important moment in history.
 
CLICK HERE for more information

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
April 1, Maundy Thursday – an evening of personal and guided prayer, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
April 2, Good Friday Service – 7 p.m.
April 4, Resurrection Day, Easter Sunday – “REJOICE!”
MUSIC APPRECIATION SUNDAY FEBRUARY 14th
For a relatively small church, we are truly blessed at Cason to have so many talented musicians, both instrumental and vocal.  Therefore, the Worship Design Team has set aside Sunday, February 14th, as Music Ministry Appreciation Sunday. February 14th is also Valentine’s Day – what better time to show the love and appreciation we have for these musicians who give so freely of their time and talent to help us all worship and glorify God.  On this day, special music will be shared at both services. Please plan to come or tune in to see these talented musicians at work as we worship God, together and give Him glory. 

 If you would care to send a card or make a special contribution to the Music Ministry at Cason, you can get an envelope from the usher when you arrive on Sunday morning; go to www.casonumc.org and make a donation; text 561-903-2279; or drop off a love offering to the Cason office during office hours. It would be greatly appreciated!
WEEKLY CHOIR REHEARSALS 
Don’t miss a choir rehearsal THIS THURSDAY, February 11th, with Ed and your choir buddies! Seats will be placed apart so that everyone will be socially distant and not close to one another.  We are also excited as we plan the Lenten and Easter season with great music. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Ed at 561-601-4912 or organistEd@aol.com.
Church-Wide Small Groups
The Power of Jesus Names 

Some names live in infamy, and some names inspire the greatest kinds of hope. But there is one name above all other names, and it belongs to the Son of God, Jesus. Jesus is the most unique person who’s ever lived, and his names carry with them great weight.

CLICK HERE for more information

MONDAYS – 7:00 pm. 
CLICK HERE to join the small group Zoom
CLICK HERE to watch the weekly video


The Book of Ephesians

Has it ever dawned on you that nothing has ever dawned on God? He knew before the world began that his people with face hardship, so he gave us His Word. The book of Ephesians is a survival manual — it equips believers to thrive in a world that hates Jesus Christ.  

CLICK HERE for more information

WEDNESDAYS - 11:00 am 
CLICK HERE to join the Small Group Zoom
CLICK HERE to watch the weekly video
 
SALTY SERVICE
New! Hygiene Kits: We are still collecting items for hygiene kits for men and women. Items requested: toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, brush, soap, shampoo, conditioner, and handi-wipes. Please drop them off at Cason’s office Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 1 pm, Sunday morning or bring them by Monday or Wednesday evening from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

CLICK HERE for more service opportunities
Financial Update
The update will be included in the next Good News on February 23rd.
 
Commitment Cards – are NOW available from Cason’s website or pick one up at the Cason office!
If you have not turned in your Commitment Card yet, please consider bringing it in or mailing it before the end of the month. Or go to casonumc.org and click the giving tab for an easy way to fill out the Commitment Card. This will assist
your Committee on Finance and our Finance Chairperson, Patti Alexander, in setting an accurate Operations Budget.   
 
2021 Offering Envelopes: The 2021 offering envelopes are here. They will be available in the Narthex. If you are currently worshiping from home, you can come by the Church office Monday thru Thursday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. If you would like to come in the evening, please contact Andrea at 561-703-1100.   
 
Giving:  Please make checks out to Cason UMC. Or to give online go to: www.casonumc.org. Text your giving to 561/903-2276.  To change your giving status, email giving@casonumc.org or leave a message at Cason's office for JoAnn Guertin.
Sermon Thoughts

https://www.casonumc.org/awe-came-upon-everyone/Acts 2:43-47, The Message
Everyone around was in awe—all those wonders and signs done through the apostles! And all the believers lived in a wonderful harmony, holding everything in common. They sold whatever they owned and pooled their resources so that each person’s need was met. They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved.               

I am nearly blown away with joy as I think of all that Cason is and “is doing!” Yesterday, at our in-SPIRE worship service, how wonderful to hear what we have done and the goals for the future at Cason.   The mission, ministry and outreach are so exciting to share with others. The day reminded me of Acts 2, Pentecost, when believers came together because of the power of the Holy Spirit.  I sense that kind of stirring at Cason!  The list of what we are into and what will come seems to go on: In-SPIRE Sunday and ministry; Music Ministry Appreciation Sunday; Ash Wednesday; Lent; food distribution; Children’s Sunday School; Small Group Studies; partnerships with Eat Better, Live Better, and Living Hungry and CROS ministries; Holy Communion to those who cannot get out; office volunteer ministry and so much more that you will see as you read through your editions of The Good News. 
 
My prayer is, first of all, that over this next year, you will pray for Cason.  And next, that you would consider how you will be part of the ministry here at Cason.  Some roll up their sleeves and dive into a ministry event.  I call them sparklers.  Others hear God calling them to long term ministry as an office volunteer or serving as a chairperson or committee member on one of Cason’s in-SPIRE pillars or through an administrative ministry as a member of Finance, Trustees, Staff/Pastor Parish or Nominations.  I call these persons candles.  Whether a sparkler or a candle, God needs you at Cason to promote and further His Kingdom.  Will you take part in our Vision:  Where All Will Find and Know the Love of God?

THINGS TO KNOW
Congregational Council Meeting
The next Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:00 pm.  All are encouraged and welcomed to attend.  For more information or to be added to to the agenda, please email Council Chair Emily Popolizio at emilypop1@gmail.com

The meeting will be hosted on Zoom, and can be acceseed via computer, smart phone and tablet or by calling the number below.

CLICK HERE to join the ZOOM meeting
Call +1 929 205 6099 and use meeting code 867 1215 8497
Upper Room
JANUARY/FEBRUARY UPPER ROOMS: To receive a copy, please come by during office hours or email Andrea, childcarecoordinator@casonumc.org. Cost: $2.00. You can also find the Upper Room Daily Devotionals online.
RightNow Media
We’re excited to give you free access to RightNow Media, a wonderful library of video resources for all ages from churches and pastors all across the country, to help you develop and grow as both a disciple of Jesus and disciple-maker.  

CLICK HERE to get your personal RightNow Media account. 
UMW Book Circle
The first Book Circle meeting of the season is scheduled for Thursday, January 28th, at 1:30 pm. You will love “The Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes presented by Mal Bates!  The story is based on the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky – it’s funny, heartbreaking, and enthralling. Please address any questions or suggestions to Mal Bates at malbates1@gmail.com.  Leaders Marlene Weir and Mal Bates wish you “happy reading.”
New Member Class
Have you been coming to Cason online or in person for more than six weeks?  Do you find yourself thinking more about the ministries? Do you think, “Boy, I’d like to be more involved?” Or, would you just like to know more? If you have answered “Yes” to any of these questions… You are invited to the Pre-membership 3-session Seminar: The first class will be at Cason and Zoom, Sunday, February 21, at 2 pm.  To reserve your place in the class, call the church office, or connect with Pastor Alexis in the office via email: pastoralexis@casonumc.org or by cell: 786/301-4684 before February 17th.  Membership Sunday is scheduled for Easter Sunday, April 4th.
Caring Kitchen
In 1978, a group of United Methodist Churches located in Palm Beach County came together to form Christians Reaching Out to Society Inc. (CROS Ministries). CROS Ministries is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization serving the hungry in Palm Beach and Martin Counties through community collaboration. The Caring Kitchen is CROS Ministries' hot meal program (located right here at Cason Church) that provides mid-day daily meals, drive-thru meal distributions, and nutritious homebound meal deliveries to the hungry in Delray Beach. The Caring Kitchen also provides after-school snacks for children at the Milagro Center and Paul's Place. If you would like to learn more about CROS Ministries' hunger programs, please visit www.crosministries.org
Shona Castillo, Caring Kitchen Program Director
Eat Better Live Better
Eat Better Live Better is a local nonprofit organization (located right here at Cason), founded by Debra Tendrich, that provides nutrition education and healthy foods to local children, families, and seniors. We aim to create healthier communities by working towards preventing, reversing, and reducing childhood obesity and other dietary-related illnesses. We provide fun, hands-on, and interactive nutrition programs to the youth in aftercare and summer camp programs and deliver healthy groceries directly to the doorsteps of the families in need. If you would like to get involved with our organization, please contact us at 561-344-1022 or visit EBLB.org. Please join us in our COVID-19 relief efforts.
Debra Tendrich, Founder & President – “Head Apple”
Board of Trustees
Cason 2021 Board of Trustees is already at work so we would like to introduce ourselves and ask for your prayers as we attempt to listen to the Lord in maintaining His church. Each member has been given a set of responsibilities. Hopefully this will make it easier for you to cut through the clutter and resolve your issues.

Barbara Wooden, Chair of Trustees

CLICK HERE to view Trustees members and responsibilities
Worship Deep Dive

The Florida Annual Conference is hosting a workshop entitled "Maximizing Hybrid Worship For Online and In-Person Experiences."  This 2.5-hour workshop which will delve into strategies for creating powerful transformative worship where no one feels like they’re an afterthought. 

While the program is designed for Worship Leaders and Clergy of small and medium-sized churches, all are welcome to participate.  There are two different times for the event designed to fit everyone's schedule.

Friday, February 19th, 10:00am – 12:15pm followed by Q & A
Or
Thursday, February 25th, 6:30pm – 8:45pm followed by Q & A
(Same event, offered with options for daytime or evening)

Cost: $10. per person

CLICK HERE to register for the event

Cason Staff

Pastor Alexis Talbott - Lead Pastor
Pastor David M. Schmidt - Minister of Families and Modern Worship
Ed Krynicki - Director of Traditional Music
Andrea Rawls - Child Care Coordinator & Rental Coordinator
Bill Burton - Audio/Visual Technician
Sharon Bebout - Volunteer Officer Manager
Janice Heffernan - Treasurer
Jo Ann Guertin - Financial Secretary
Thank you Cason and friends for your continued commitment to the ministry!
Let’s keep promoting safety and health, physically and spiritually in this season!

VISION: Where All Will Find and Know the Love of God
MISSION: Loving, Serving and Growing
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