Jefferson United Methodist Church 125 East Jefferson Street Jefferson, OH 44047 440-576-4561 [email protected] ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED LOVE GOD LOVE OTHERS Non Profit Org US POSTAGE PAID Jefferson, OH 44047 Permit #7 SERVE THE WORLD NOVEMBER 21, 2014 Issue 11 Volume 40 COME CELEBRATE CHRIST THE KING SUNDAY November 23 at 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. We will worship the Lord with the Procession of Christ the King and our Chancel Choir singing the praises of Christ OUR King! INSIDE THIS ISSUE OF THE STAINED GLASS WINDOW – Our Light in the Darkness Service Change The World at Christmas ideas Jesus Birthday Parties & Celebrations Join our next Covenant Bible Study LOTS MORE!!! LOOK INSIDE!!!!!! Dear Church family, December, 2014 The season of Advent is here and this will be followed by Christmas. The season of Advent, a season of waiting, is designed to cultivate our awareness of God’s actions—past, present, and future. In Advent we hear the prophecies of the Messiah's coming as addressed to us— people who wait for the second coming. In Advent we heighten our anticipation for the ultimate fulfillment of all Old Testament promises, when the wolf will lie down with the lamb, death will be swallowed up, and every tear will be wiped away. Oh what a day it will be! I hope you’re using an Advent Wreath and devotional to help you live into this season. Christmas is mostly celebrated as a single, climactic event and the next day we’re off to clearance sales. But consider these words of explanation taken from Seeking God’s Face, Praying with the Bible through the Year and perhaps your Christmas will become a more profound journey. Something as momentous as the incarnation of Jesus needs so much more than a day to adequately celebrate. That is why the Christian calendar sets aside twelve days to celebrate and linger over the incarnation (which is where we get that familiar, but very strange, “Partridge in a pear tree” song). The twelve day Christmas season, beginning on Christmas Day, may be the healing remedy needed to reclaim this holiday from merchants and marketers. After all the annoying ads and repetitive jingles fade, when everyone else is burned out on Christmas or has moved on to year-end reviews or gym memberships, now the follower of Jesus can focus on the meaning of the Christmas miracle. It’s a season of light in darkness, where we are taken deeper into the growing light of the Word made flesh. Reflecting on the birth of Jesus, we have time to delight in the how of incarnation as we’re also led into deeper wonder of its meaning for our world. At the heart of the Christmas season is the mystery of the incarnation, of God becoming human. The Christian faith is, at the same time, both wonderfully material and mystical, having no dealings with escapist spirituality. The Christmas season grounds our faith in space and time – this world that is broken, this body that bleeds. Materiality is not an embarrassment to God; he created it and revels in it. Christmas calls us to live incarnationally, to embody our faith in our local neighborhoods, following the lead of Jesus, the Word who left heaven and “moved into our neighborhood” (John 1:14, The Message). May you and your family have a blessed Advent and twelve days of Christmas! Peace & Joy, Pastor Dan Pastor Dan Christmas CAN STILL Change the World!!! Who or what do we worship during Advent? “Jesus” is the right answer, of course, but is it the truthful answer? Does the way we spend our time, money and energy testify that we worship God incarnate? Season after season, many churchgoers have learned to say the right things without allowing their words to reach their hearts. Each year Advent brings another opportunity to worship Jesus in the miracle of his Incarnation, when God revealed himself to people in a new way. We, here in America have already been blessed by God far beyond our basic needs. Instead of filling up the Advent season with stress about gift lists, purchasing gifts, exchanging gifts, wrapping, etc. etc., why not choose a simpler alternative? Why not celebrate Jesus’ birthday in a way that will honor Him – after all, it IS His birthday party!!! VISIT OUR CHANGE THE WORLD STORE!! Beginning November 30 we’ll have a “store” where you can purchase meaningful, life-changing presents for others!! Stop in the parlor lobby and make a donation to any of the four ministries we’ll be blessing with our Change the World offering in honor of someone you’d usually have on your Christmas list. You’ll receive a beautiful acknowledgement card so the persons on your list will know you that you love and care about them AND you’ll honor Jesus by blessing others in His name, in celebration of HIS BIRTHDAY!!! TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COUNTY-WIDE HALO MINISTRY. 1. On November 24 or December 1 come to church and take a tag and a star from the bulletin board in the sanctuary. 2. Keep the tag (it will have the listed item to buy on it) and hang the star on the tree. 3. Write your name and tag code on the log sheet on the star bulletin board. 4. Purchase the indicated item and gift wrap it. Attach the tag to the outside of the gift. 5. Bring the gift with you to church by December 15. 6. Come to the Dedication Service on Sunday, December 22. (NOTE: It’s really important that all the gifts be brought in by December 15 so they can be sorted and delivered before Christmas.) Adopt a family/household of your own for Christmas. Would you like to make a true heart-toheart connection this year at Christmas? We’re hoping God will open your heart to the idea of adopting a family for Christmas. This is going beyond buying one or two gifts through our Halo Care Giving Tree ministry – we surely need people to step up and help those families we’ve adopted as a church. But perhaps you’re looking for a way to share your abundance and could adopt a household of one or more people for Christmas. You could do this as a family, Sunday School class, at work or friendship group. Instead of exchanging gifts with others who have already been blessed abundantly, consider sharing that abundance with a single mom with kids or an elderly person or couple for whom presents under the tree will be scant. Last year, the Halo program in our area received applications from many families who qualified for assistance at Christmas. You’d adopt a household – you’d choose the size (some of these households are single elderly people as well as those with children) and bless them with Christmas cheer. Sign up on this week’s Church Servant Sheet OR call the Jefferson Area Halo coordinator Mary Howe at 576-4812 if you’re interested. On The Financial Side With six Sundays remaining till the end of the year, I’m glad to report that all of our current bills, with the exception of our denominational apportionments, are paid in full. As of October 31, we are behind $9,175 in those apportionments. I’m sure we can fill the gap, though, with everyone’s help. By now everyone should have received your IMPACT 2015 materials in the mail. WE HOPE TO HAVE EVERYONE’S PLEDGE CARDS RETURNED TO THE CHURCH BY NOVEMBER 23, CHRIST THE KING SUNDAY. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the church office. Copies of the 2015 budget are available in the church office. Boxes of 2015 offering envelopes will soon be available at the back of the sanctuary. If you don’t see one with your name on it, just call me at the church office, and I’ll be sure you get one. Jerry March Treasurer/Facilities Business Manager R&R’s Enjoy Special Christmas Luncheon Thursday, December 18 at noon Be sure to mark your calendar for the Retirement & Recreation Fellowship Group’s Christmas Luncheon, right here in the Angel’s Wing. The room will be gussied up for the occasion, there will be a beautiful catered meal, and special entertainment will be on hand, too. Look for more details in December worship bulletins, and also, I’ll be sending out a postcard to remind you about it. Please remember, too, to bring in a personal care item that we’ll pass along to Homesafe, our county’s shelter for abused women and their children. Barb Heath Senior Ministries Coordinator THANK YOU, BLESS YOU! Our 26th annual Heifer Project Intl. Living Gift Market, sponsored by our Sunday School, was once again a tremendous success. Total given so far is $2,643.40. This money will assist families around the world by providing them with income-producing animals, and the knowledge on how to successfully raise them. Some of the money was also given to Habitat for Humanity in Ashtabula County, whose goal is to provide simple, affordable housing to working-class people and to Nothing but Nets, which provides mosquito nets to prevent malaria. Our third year of Change the World efforts – the Craft Sale & Soup Luncheon and our Silent Auction – were also well supported. We now have $5,654 that we’ll be sharing with four missions here and around the world. Beginning November 30 through December 14 you can stop at our Change the World Store in the Parlor Lobby to purchase gift cards in honor of those on your Christmas shopping list. Stop In Wesley Hall and Bid On Beautiful Christmas Gift Baskets For Our Change The World Fund Mary Morgan is definitely sharing her talent, and has made up a few theme baskets, which we’ll be taking silent auction bids on beginning November 30 through December 14. The baskets are on display in Wesley Hall. All of the proceeds will be added to our Change the World Christmas Fund, which will bless people in Ashtabula county, student-athletes at the University of Pittsburgh, and orphans in Liberia. “LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS” A Different Service of Worship for Christmas Monday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. Jefferson United Methodist Church Sanctuary The holidays can be difficult for us all: the stresses and strains of trying to offer a time of celebration take their toll. Many people find they have trouble feeling ”in the spirit” of things, whether because of the recent (or anticipated) death of a family member or friend, the end of a marriage, the loss of work, or other trying changes in their lives. This year we will be gathering together for a service of “A Light in the Darkness” on December 15. The name is fitting because – despite the trappings of gifts, special meals and Christmas carols – the season can be darker than “normal” times of the year for those who struggle. Come join us. Bring a friend Music of the Season Reflection by Pastor Dan Scripture Lessons Silence Prayers Candle Lighting Covenant Bible Study Module 2 Begins! Living the Covenant Who should consider participating? The novice who wants to expand his/her understanding of the Bible and its application to life Those ready to journey higher and deeper in their walk with God Veterans who want to refresh and go deeper Can I participate if I have not taken Module 1? Yes When will CBS Module 2 be offered? Thursday evenings, January 8th – February 26th, 6:30 – 8:30p.m. Wednesday mornings, January 7th – February 25th, 9:45 to 11:45a.m. Cost? CBS Participant’s Guide - $19.00 Jefferson UMC will order all materials (except Kindle versions) when registration is closed. Register for Module 2 or have Questions? Email Pastor Dan @ [email protected] Church Life Servant Sheet (registration only) beginning December 7th Registration deadline is December 21st For more information visit, www.CovenantBibleStudy.com NEWS Dates, Times & Places COME TO OUR SECOND SUNDAY LUNCHEON Sunday, December 14 at 12:15 p.m. Right after the 11:00 service, we’ll gather for our Second Sunday Luncheon. Martha Lamson will be preparing ham, macaroni and cheese and green beans. You’re invited to bring a side dish or dessert to round out the meal. Come share a meal and friendly conversation! SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PAGEANT AND BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR JESUS Sunday, December 21 at 10 a.m. This year our Sunday School will be presenting their Christmas Pageant. It will begin at 10:00 in the Sanctuary. They’ll be presenting the Christmas Story through scripture and music, with each of the classes in costume, portraying people/animals who surrounded Baby Jesus! Then we'll move to Wesley Hall (the gym) for a rousing Birthday Song for Jesus and cake. The teens will serve cake and punch at Jesus' Birthday Party. The whole church is very, very welcome to come! COME HEAR OUR CHRISTMAS CANTATA Sunday, December 21 at both 8:30 & 11 a.m. services Our Chancel Choir, (plus several additional singers!) will be presenting “Love Came Down At Christmas” at both our services. They all feel blessed to be able to share the Christmas story through music. They hope you’ll experience a blessing too! M m LOVE GOD LOVE OTHERS SERVE THE WORLD . WOMEN’S BOOK CIRCLES MEET The Evening Book Circle will meet for brunch on December 13. They’ll be carpooling to Scribblers Coffee House in Geneva at Norma Barton’s home (201 Woodside Dr.) at 10:20 a.m.. They’ll be discussing Debbie Macomber’s Angel on the Table. The Daytime Book Circle will meet on Thursday, December 11 at noon at the home of Kathy Housel, 819 Lenox-New Lyme Rd. Bring an app. or dessert to share. We’ll enjoy a feel-good Christmas video & each other’s company! We’ll meet again January to discuss Hot Dogs and Hamburgers by Rob Shindler. This is about adult illiteracy. . COULD YOU HELP RING THE BELL FOR SALVATION ARMY? Our own Jefferson Unit of Salvation Army does wonderful work all year long. They assist people in financial need, send kids to camp, buy school clothes for kids, and lots more. Christmas time is their only time of the year when they ask the community to pitch in and help by dropping money in those familiar red kettles. Could you help man the kettles? Sign up for a one-hour or more shift by calling the church office or on the Church Life Servant Sheet Sunday. We need to fill the time slots between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. at both Golden Dawn and Bi-Lo on Wednesday, December 24. MANNA FOOD PANTRY NEWS Our community’s free food source, the Manna Pantry, would like people to bring in shampoo, things for our baking shelf such as cake, cookie and muffin mixes, soup, and tuna. Donations of these items would help us to save our money for other needs. JUST LEAVE YOUR DONATION IN THE BARREL IN THE HALLWAY BETWEEN THE PARLOR ENTRY AND THE SANCTUARY. Thanks for all you do. Blessings, Lorna Westlake, Co-Director DO YOU HAVE AN EXTRA WORKING IRONING BOARD? The Mary-Martha Sewing Circle is need of one! Drop your donation off at the church office. Teens To Help You Get Started on Your Baking!!! Four kinds of homemade cookie dough for sale!!! That’s right, the teens here at JUMC want to make sure that you can get a good start on your holiday baking. So they’ll be making up batches of cookie dough – chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin sugar and peanut butter that they’ll be selling on Sunday, December 9. The cookie dough will be in a container and will sell for $10. Place your order on the Church Life Servant Sheet this Sunday. Then just stop back in Wesley Hall (the gym) and pick them up!!! Join the Harmony Ringers This is a group of people who enjoy playing handbells. They’ll be playing December 14 at 8:30 a.m. and December 24 at the 9:00 service. They’re always looking for new members – it’s not absolutely necessary for you to know how to read music. Rehearsals will be Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m. Nov. 23 & 30 and December 7 & 14 Contact Paula Stevenson for more info. (440-8973587) Office Holiday Schedule The church office will be closed Friday, November 28 (the day after Thanksgiving); Wednesday & Thursday December 25 & 26; and Wednesday, December 31 and Thursday, January 1. IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL PASTOR DAN (576-0350), OR PAT CRAMER (858-2256) Benefit Pancake Breakfast Saturday, November 22 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Jefferson Community Center Adults $10 Children $5 Under 4 Free All proceeds will benefit Ron & Sue Franklin as they are each dealing with very serious illnesses. The Franklins have owned and operated Franklin Tall Timbers maple syrup business for many years. There will also be a silent auction, raffle and maple syrup for sale First Congregational United Church of Christ in Jefferson is seeking a local person to fill the position of church sexton, 7 flexible hours every week. Duties include general church cleaning. If interested please call the church office. (576-4531) Come To The International Gift Fair Saturday, November 22 from 9-5 and Sunday, November 23 from 12-5 Beautiful crafts made by artisans in developing countries around the world will be sold at the Austinburg Town Hall. Ashtabula Zonta Club sponsors this fair trade event that ultimately encourages peace around the world. THANK YOU! Dear Church Family, David and I want to thank you for the prayers, good wishes, phone calls and cards during David's illness the past couple of weeks. It meant a lot to know you all were there, and with us in prayer. He is doing well now, according to his doctor. We are hoping it is the last time he has to go through having a DVT, or blood clot! Now, to get his weight back up and his energy normal! God bless you, Deanna and David Blough POINSETTIAS FOR CHRISTMAS Once again, on December 21, lovely poinsettias will grace our altar and sanctuary. You may buy them in memory of the beautiful people who have been a part of your life, in honor of those still with you or in praise of the Baby Jesus. Below is an order form which you may complete and return to the church. The price of each 6" pot is $5.00. The deadline for ordering is Wednesday, December 17. Please make checks payable to the church; payment should accompany your order. Poinsettias may be taken home following the9 p.m. candlelight service. I would like to order _______ poinsettia(s). Please list in bulletin: In memory of ____________________________________________________________ In honor of ______________________________________________________________ _____ in praise of the Baby Jesus Given by _______________________________________________________________ CHRISTMAS EVE SCHEDULE: In dialogue with Church leaders the following schedule has been set for Christmas Eve worship. 6:30 pm, Family Christmas Eve Worship including a Children’s Time, Scripture, Carols, Kinderchoir, Children’s Choir and Bells, and Advent Wreath lighting. 9 pm, Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Worship: Carols, Adult Choir, Scripture, Meditation, Bells, Advent Wreath Lighting, Communion, and Silent Night Candle Lighting. Because the Choir will be presenting the Christmas Cantata on Sunday, December 21, we decided to move the 11 pm service to 9 p.m. A Christmas Eve Offering will be received at both services. 100% of gifts will support the global missional arm of our United Methodist apportionments, the World Service Fund. Please join us for one or both of these beautiful services!! Christmas Eve Offering for the World Service Fund: The World Service Fund serves as the financial lifeline to a long list of Christ's mission and ministry throughout the denomination. If the United Methodist Church were to reflect the ministry of Jesus in our life together, we’d be doing the things he did: •Jesus discipled those who would lead his church •Jesus welcomed those who didn’t know his Father, and those who did •Jesus met the physical and spiritual needs of the poor •Jesus healed the sick Have you ever wondered if our church is doing those things? The People of the United Methodist Church are engaging the world by imitating the ministry of Jesus—and the World Service Fund makes our Christian outreach possible. Across the country and around the world, the World Service Fund empowers the United Methodist Church to be Christ’s body in the world. Your Giving Changes Lives. Your faithful giving makes the heart-changing and world-transforming ministry of Jesus possible today. Because of your generosity the United Methodist Church continues to share good news with the world God loves. Bishop Mary Ann Swenson explained why the World Service Fund is so very vital to the ministry of the UMC, “It is a way in which neighbor helps neighbor, and it helps Christians reach out all around the world.” Make a Difference Today. The needs around us often feel overwhelming. None of us can meet every one. But together, with the help of the World Service Fund, we’re sharing God’s love with the world. Please share a generous gift to bless others in the name of Jesus through the United Methodist World Fund. Events, Groups & Classes in December Sundays 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship Sanctuary Sundays 9:50 a.m. Sunday School Various locations here Sundays 9:50 a.m. Adult Classes Various locations here Sundays 11:00 a.m. Encounter Worship Sanctuary Sundays 11:20 a.m. SPARK! for children Angel’s Wing Sundays 6:00 p.m. Harmony Ringers practice Sanctuary Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:00 p.m. Strong Women Angel’s Wing Wednesdays 9:15 a.m. Prayer Group Prayer Room Wednesdays 1-3 p.m. Mary/Martha Sewing Circle Disciples’ Room Wednesdays 3:35 p.m. Adventure Club Various locations here Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. INFUSE Youth Group Youth Room Saturdays 7:15 a.m. Promise Keepers Breakfast Mugs Restaurant Monday, Dec. 1 noon – 6 p.m. Red Cross Bloodmobile Wesley Hall Sun., Dec. 7 12:15 p.m. Second Sunday Lunch Wesley Hall Thurs., Dec. 11 noon Women’s Daytime Book Circle Kathy Housel’s home Sat., Dec. 13 10:20 a.m. Women’s Evening Book Circle carpools to Scribblers for brunch Meet at Norma Barton’s home 201 Woodside Dr. Monday, Dec. 15 7:00 p.m. Light in the Darkness Service Sanctuary Thurs., Dec. 18 noon R&R Christmas Luncheon Angels’ Wing Thurs., Dec. 18 7:00 p.m. Memory Loss Support Group Parlor Sunday, Dec. 21 8:30 & 11 a.m. Christmas Cantata presented Sanctuary Sunday, Dec. 21 10:00 a.m. Sunday School Pageant Sanctuary Monday, Dec. 24 6:30, 9:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Worship Sanctuary Tuesday, Dec. 25 CHRIST IS BORN!!!! Thurs, Fri, December 25, 26, Wed., Thu., December 31 & January 1 OFFICE CLOSED Addresses for your Christmas Correspondence: Rev. Tom & Cathy Poremba 1015 Crestview Circle Kent, OH 44240 Rev. Ron & Sue Mowry 102 Applewood Dr. Chillicothe, OH 45601 Rev. Nolan & Mary Younkman 7339 N. Tulip Tree Punta Gorda, FL 33955 Rev. Dan Loomis 27100 County Road 1 Coshocton, OH 43812-9050 Mr. Roger & Rev. Pat Christ 172 N. Firestone Akron, OH 44301 Bruce & Stacy Becker 14637 Caves Rd. Novelty, OH 44072 Mrs. James Parr 4931 Nettleton Rd., #4107 Medina, OH 44256-8192 Stacey & Ben Crawford 29725 Chieftain Dr. Logan, OH 43138 Rev. & Mrs. D. Josh Arrington 249 S. David St. Smithville, OH 44677 Rev. Nathan and Megan Howe 422 N. Crandon Ave. Niles, OH 44446 Jon & Brittney Roden 6191 Kraft St. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512 The Prayer Closet “Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, Just as in fact you are doing.” From Paul I Thessalonians 5:11 Those in our church family Lee Daubenspeck Ardith DeBow Bill Greenlee Delores Moore Mary Howe Julie Smith Piper Waller Maggie Smith Fred Hinkle Carole Wright Don & Pat Laird David Blough Kevin Burke McKenzie Fasuk Family and friends: Linda Johnson, Mike Johnson’s mom John Miller, Joe Miller’s brother Pastor Fred Grimm (lifted by Sandy Corbett) Dr. Richard Waters and Joyce McClintock (lifted by Deanna Blough) Sister Maureen Burke (lifted by Kathy Housel) Betsy Zwaduk (lifted by Heather Whetsell) Audrey Roberts, Becky Eckel’s grandmother McCartney Busch, Sheri Busch’s grandson Alyssa Perry (lifted by Pat Cramer) THANK YOU! A Wheelchair Ramp Thank You I am grateful to Jefferson United Methodist Church for arranging to have a wheelchair ramp built. I am also very thankful for the gentlemen who came to build it. Your generosity is overwhelming. Sincerely, Ardith DeBow Dear JUMC Family, Thank you for your generous support of this ministry with athletes at Pitt. Your partnership is a huge blessing. We are having a great semester! I meet weekly with 25 students for discipleship and 40-50 student athletes come to our fellowship weekly and bring friends/ teammates. Students are eager to grow! Thanks for joining us in this work! Love, The Cooke Family Dear Church Family, Many thanks for all the cards, calls and good wishes given for my 90th birthday. My church, friends and family are truly one of life’s most wonderful blessings. I am most grateful for the love shown to me – to make a joyful birthday and a great memory. With love, Madge Lehnert To My Church Family, I was grateful for all the birthday cards I received for my 89th birthday, not only from my church family, but even from folks on the West coast. They all made me feel very special. With thanks, Gladys Bannister Those who are celebrating special times: Matthew and Alvina Cramer, on the birth of their daughter, True Mia, on November 12. She weighed 9 lbs., 4 oz and was 21 ½ inches long Those who are in mourning: The family of Jimmy Van Pelt following his death (lifted by Betty and Charles Jacques) The family of Linda Patterson following her death (Donna Patterson’s daughter-in-law and John & Nancy Patterson’s sister-in-law) The family of Arlene Fenner following her death (Barb Whipple’s mom) The family of Gregory Gates following his death (Becky Furman’s dad) REMEMBER OUR SHUTINS Please remember our nursing home residents and shutins by visiting, phoning or sending a card. If you know of anyone who is not on this list, please contact Barb Heath, our Senior Coordinator. Vera Brenneman and Ruby Hruska-Williams, reside at Jefferson Healthcare Center, 222 E. Beech St., Jefferson, OH 44047 Ph: 576-0060. Robert Janson and Ardith DeBow reside at the Ashtabula County Nursing Home. Kingsville, OH 44048. Ph: 1-224-2161. Eleanor Ferguson resides at Country Club Estates, 925 E. 26th Street, Ashtabula, OH 44004 Thelma Hoffman and Mary Russell (536-3018) reside at Saybrook Landing, 2300 Center Rd., Ashtabula, OH 44004 PRAYER CHAIN RECEIVES WEEKLY PRAYER REQUESTS Each Monday those on our e-mail prayer chain will receive a list of those we’ve specifically prayed for on Sunday, along with a brief notation about the person’s particular situation, if appropriate. If you’d like to join in this ministry of prayer, please sign up on today’s Church Life Servant Sheet. Dec. SHARING THE MINISTRY IN DECEMBER 2014 8:30 Service 11:00 Service Acolyte 7 Bodey Beckwith Christian Graham 14 Cameron Hall Colin Rodgers 21 Kiden Housel Madison Loveland 28 Ben Allen Brandon Furman Greeters (8:30) Joyce Zigmont, The Gage Family, Barb Gildersleeve, Fran Wilson Dec. 7 14 21 28 Dec. 7 14 21 28 Dec. 7 14 21 28 Dec. Encounter Hospitality (11:00) Cathy Cunningham Techs Cody & Will Ulrich Cody Ulrich, Dan Claypool Will Ulrich, Tom Avsec Cody Ulrich, Dan Claypool Café Hospitality Dennis Hoffman Barry Humes & Annette Paul Mary Howe Pam Zack Liturgist (8:30) Marty Cephas Miki Gage John King Greg Housel Friday afternoon Helpers 5 Pauline Pishner 12 Fran Wilson 19 Lori Jerome 24 Regina Burk Neil Coleman, Rob Ebersole Kevin Burke Noah Manweiler, Neil Coleman Noah Manweiler, Buzz Sly Ushers (8:30) Chuck Phelps (11:00) Jim Watson Nursery (11:00) Jeff Corbett Joyce Zigmont June Cooper Lisa Brail SPARK! Helpers (11:00) Vicki Wright Leeanne Fasuk Kathy Housel Greg Housel SPIDERWEB NEEDS COATS & BOOTS – ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN!!! Clean out your closets and drop off your donations at Spiderweb, which is the little coral colored house right next to our church. They’ll get them out to the people in our community who need them. You can leave them there any time around the back – there is a porch overhang that will protect your donation from the weather. Here's a list of folks who have birthdays in December: (If you'd like your birthday listed, just call the church office.) Dec. 1 David Czayka Jon Stevenson 2 Robin (Ward) Kleven Stephen Graham II Jerry Krieg 3 John King 4 Courtney Painter 5 Kiden Housel Rick Stevenson Tristan Osborne 6 Elizabeth Gage 7 Jerry March Breonna Wiley 8 Duane Woodruff Steve Graham 9 Jennifer Diehl 10 Karen Hakala 12 Ralph Rice Madison Loveland 14 Russ Bryer 17 Mike Fenton 18 Jon Roden 20 Patrick Locy 21 Mindy Kerzic Judy Ebersole Sarah Loveland 22 John Parker Megan Robinson Joey Misinec Hunter Harju 23 John Buzzard 24 Pauline Pishner Martha Demshar 25 Nola Vlock Courtney Leininger 26 Melynda Litwiler Bart Sly Christian Rodgers 28 Jack Howe, Dale Christ Judy Buknis 29 Danielle Jackson Michael Brail Shannon Burns Collin Rodgers 31 Bill Whipple Heidi Robinson The Twelve Days of Christmas: Using Music to Teach Theology On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me... A Partridge in a Pear Tree The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, whose birthday we celebrate on December 25, the first day of Christmas. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge that feigns injury to decoy predators from her helpless nestlings, recalling the expression of Christ's sadness over the fate of Jerusalem: "Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How often would I have sheltered you under my wings, as a hen does her chicks, but you would not have it so . . . ." (Luke 13:34) On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Two Turtle Doves The Old and New Testaments, which together bear witness to God's self-revelation in history and the creation of a people to tell the Story of God to the world. On the 3rd day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Three French Hens The Three Theological Virtues: 1) Faith, 2) Hope, and 3) Love (1 Corinthians 13:13) On the 4th day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Four Calling Birds The Four Gospels: 1) Matthew, 2) Mark, 3) Luke, and 4) John, which proclaim the Good News of God's reconciliation of the world to Himself in Jesus Christ. On the 5th day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Five Gold Rings The first Five Books of the Old Testament, known as the Torah or the Pentateuch: 1) Genesis, 2) Exodus, 3) Leviticus, 4) Numbers, and 5) Deuteronomy, which gives the history of humanity's sinful failure and God's response of grace in the creation of a people to be a light to the world. On the 6th day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Six Geese A-laying The six days of creation that confesses God as Creator and Sustainer of the world (Genesis 1). On the 7th day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Seven Swans A-swimming The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: 1) prophecy, 2) ministry, 3) teaching, 4) exhortation, 5) giving, 6) leading, and 7) compassion (Romans 12:6-8; cf. 1 Corinthians 12:8-11) On the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Eight Maids A-milking The eight Beatitudes: 1) Blessed are the poor in spirit, 2) those who mourn, 3) the meek, 4) those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 5) the merciful, 6) the pure in heart, 7) the peacemakers, 8) those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake. (Matthew 5:3-10) On the 9th day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Nine Ladies Dancing The nine Fruit of the Holy Spirit: 1) love, 2) joy, 3) peace, 4) patience, 5) kindness, 6) generosity, 7) faithfulness, 8) gentleness, and 9) self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23) On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Ten Lords A-leaping The ten commandments: 1) You shall have no other gods before me; 2) Do not make an idol; 3) Do not take God's name in vain; 4) Remember the Sabbath Day; 5) Honor your father and mother; 6) Do not murder; 7) Do not commit adultery; 8) Do not steal; 9) Do not bear false witness; 10) Do not covet. (Exodus 20:1-17) On the 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...Eleven Pipers Piping The eleven Faithful Apostles: 1) Simon Peter, 2) Andrew, 3) James, 4) John, 5) Philip, 6) Bartholomew, 7) Matthew, 8) Thomas, 9) James bar Alphaeus, 10) Simon the Zealot, 11) Judas bar James. (Luke 6:14-16). The list does not include the twelfth disciple, Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus to the religious leaders and the Romans. On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...Twelve Drummers Drumming The twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles' Creed: 1) I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 2) I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. 3) He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. 4) He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell [the grave]. 5) On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 6) He will come again to judge the living and the dead. 7) I believe in the Holy Spirit, 8) the holy catholic Church, 9) the communion of saints, 10) the forgiveness of sins, 11) the resurrection of the body, 12) and life everlasting.
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