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Community Groups

Starting on October 9th and 10th
Are you yearning for stronger and more meaningful relationships in your life? Do you need space to talk about what is going on in your life but don't feel like you have anyone to turn to? Are you feeling like you want to get more connected with folks in our community?  Community groups at First UMC of Costa Mesa are places of care where you can gain greater connections with folks from our community. Starting October 9th and 10th, we will devote 6 weeks to (re)connecting with one another, with the divine, and with the message from the prior Sunday, digging into questions related to Sunday's sermon as well as questions of our faith and our lives. Our groups are open to all folks who are willing to be in genuine and authentic relationship to and with others.  Groups will be available Wednesday and Thursday nights from 7 to 9pm and will run through November 14th.  To find out more information about where and when groups meet, please contact Brian James Tipton at brianjtipton@gmail.com, and he will get you in contact with a group.


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BE THE BRIDGE BOOK TOUR

Tuesday, October 22nd (6:30-8:30pm) First United
Be the Bridge—an organization dedicated to bringing the gospel to the racial divide—and WaterBrook are honored to host a series of community conversations centered around the inspiring vision of racial unity defined in Be the Bridge founder Latasha Morrison’s debut book, Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation (WaterBrook). Latasha Morrison is a bridge builder, reconciler, and compelling voice in the fight for racial justice. In 2016, she founded Be the Bridge. Numerous organizations, including Forbes and Christianity Today, have recognized her as a leading social justice advocate. A sought after speaker, Morrison has appeared at events such as IF: Gathering, Facebook Summit, Catalyst, and The Justice Conference. A compelling leader and trailblazer, she has been selected for Ebony’s Power 100 as a Community Crusader and is one of five individuals—the only in North America—chosen for Facebook’s first Community Leader in Residence Program, which comes with a grant of up to $1 million to advance the work of Be the Bridge. A native of North Carolina, Morrison earned degrees in human development and business leadership. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia.


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ALL SAINTS’ DAY

Sunday, November 4th (during the 10am service)
All Saints’ Day is an opportunity to give thanks for all those who have gone before us in the faith. From the early days of Christianity, there is a sense that the Church consists of not only all living believers, but also a “great cloud of witnesses” who have gone before us. Using the Connect Card on Sunday, please share the names of those who have passed away in the previous year, and we will recognize them on November 3rd. Feel free to bring a photo or memento to be placed on the altar that day.


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MINISTRY APPRECIATION LUNCH

Sunday, November 3rd (11:30am-1pm) First United
Join us for a special celebration of the volunteers of First United! Everyone is invited to have lunch provided by El Matador and honor each ministry team. We’ll also be conducting our annual charge conference to approve the ministry budget for next year. RSVP at the Welcome Table on Sunday or by contacting Amy Fullerton at amy@costamesafirstumc.com.


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HUNGER & HOPE DRIVE

Bring pasta or pasta sauce by November 10th.
This holiday season First United has decided to team up with Trellis and Fresh Beginnings Ministry (FBM) to help provide 1,000 under-resourced families with meal boxes. These meal boxes will contain a traditional holiday meal in addition to 5 other meals. This allows families that are experiencing food insecurity to celebrate the holiday with dignity and allows us to extend some love and hope during a vulnerable time. Want to help contribute? Bring in packages of pasta and pasta sauce to the church on or before November 10th and we will make sure it is delivered to Trellis! Can't remember to grab these while you’re at the store? Consider donating by cash or check and we will be sure to pick up the remaining items in bulk before delivering all the rest to Trellis. Consider being a part of this effort as we show love and compassion during this holiday season. (Note: pasta sauce in either cans or plastic containers is preferred, as there is the possibility of the glass jars breaking which would not only be a mess, but also be dangerous as well). If you have questions or want more info, please contact Brian Tipton at brianjtipton@gmail.com.