Eylau United Methodist Church

NEWSLETTER (December 2014)

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Our Purpose:

Love God - Love Others - Serve God in the World

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Christmas Child Boxes 

This year many good folks at Eylau UMC answered the call to touch the heart of sixty needy children with a gift-filled shoe box and the Good News of Jesus Christ!

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Ultimate Kindness

What greater proof could God have given of his mercy than by taking upon himself that which needed mercy? Where is there such fullness of loving-kindness as in the fact that the Word of God became perishable like the grass for our sakes? 

Let man infer from [Christmas] how much God cares for him. The humanity of God shows the greatness of his kindness (Bernard of Clairvaux, 1090-1153).

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Just the Beginning


As John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus, he baptized people and urged them to turn their lives around and live for God. As powerful as this ritual was, John was clear that Jesus’ baptism would be more so: “I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit” (Mark 1:8, NIV).

The story is told of a gruff old man who’d resisted baptism all his life. Finally, he told his pastor he was ready to be baptized, according to the church’s custom, that Christmas. After breaking the ice off the surface of the local pond, the minister plunged the man, face first, into the frigid water three times “in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” 

As the man emerged the third time, he exclaimed, “Thank God that’s over!”

“Oh, no,” replied the pastor. “Baptism is just the beginning.”  

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If you have not been Baptized into the Christian Faith and wish to know more about baptism, please contact the pastor. 

 

A special Sunday in 2015 will be set aside for those wishing to join with the Eylau worshiping community through Baptism and Profession of Faith, or Transfer of Membership. 

 

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With Humble Hearts

Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, which marks the likely spot of Jesus’ birth, has a four-foot-high entrance. Throughout the centuries, the height of the entrance has been lowered twice: once to prevent looting and once to keep out camel- and horse-riders. 

Because visitors must bow as they enter, this has become known as the Door of Humility. It’s a reminder of the reverent, submissive posture our hearts should take as we approach our newborn Lord and Savior. It’s also a reminder that Jesus is the narrow door (Luke 13:24) — the only path to eternal life.

As you worship this Christmas season, whether or not you’re physically able to kneel, enter Jesus’ presence with a humble and thankful heart. He alone deserves our reverence because he alone is able to save.

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What’s the name of the angel who told Mary she would give birth to God’s Son?

A. Gabriel
B. Raphael
C. Michael
D. Jonathan

Answer: A (See Luke 1:26.)

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Happy Birthday!

 

13 Alton Guest

21 Jessica Jones

21 Wade Jones

24 Nancy Adams

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Thank you for your efforts to use the church's resources wisely!

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Do THREE THINGS

a week:   

 

1) Come to a worship service to fall more in love with God and His Word.

2) Participate in a small group to learn how to better love others in community.  

3) Serve in a ministry to impact others.

 

Love God, love others, serve God in the world.

(Simple Church, Eric Geiger)

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Preparing for Worship during a very Busy Season

We all know that the Advent/Christmas season can sometimes be the most difficult time to focus on the REAL Reason for the Season.  So, I've decided that some small statements of faith may help us to do that better this year.  Here they are.  Recite them daily.  You may even wish to post them on the refrigerator or on the bathroom mirror or other places where they might get noticed as you prepare for the birth of the Christ-Child once again.

 

• [First week of December] “Prepare the way for the Lord!” calls John the Baptist (Mark 1:3, NIV). Indeed, prepare a way in my heart, Lord God.

 

• [Second week of December] I’m still pretty patient and calm, Lord, yet my anticipation tickles around the edges of this busy time. Keep my heart focused on you as Christmas draws closer.

 

• [Third week of December] “Here am I, the servant of the Lord,” said Mary (Luke 1:38, NRSV). If a young girl so trusted God’s goodness, surely I can, too.

 

• [Christmas Eve] For a blessed hour now, amid the excitement of this holy night, I pause, dear Jesus, to nestle your newborn sweetness close to my heart.

 

• [Christmas Day] Perhaps someone among us is lonely today, or sad, or scared. May their needs be made known to those of us, the church, who can meet them with God’s Christmas love. Amen.

 

• [Fourth week of December] Show us how to receive you always with delight, Jesus, as Simeon and Anna received you in the temple (Luke 2:25-38).

 

• [New Year’s Eve] Dear God, I leave the past year in your keeping and open my heart to the year to come, confident that you journey at my side.

 

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Paula

 

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Even amid increased secularization, God makes the core Christmas message known. Take, for example, the story of a “winter pageant” a mother attended at her son’s grade school. Songs of reindeer, snow and Santa included one titled “Christmas Love,” in which the youngest performers held up letters as the song progressed: “C,” “H,” etc. 

When a little girl unknowingly held her “M” upside down, the older kids snickered and the adult audience smiled acceptingly. But as the song drew to a close and all the letters were revealed, surprised recognition struck the Christians in the room. 

“CHRISTWAS LOVE,” read the string of student-borne letters. God’s truth had penetrated the human clutter and confusion around Christmas — as it has power to do throughout our lives: “Christ was love.” And of course, he still is.

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UNITED METHODIST WOMEN CHRISTMAS PARTY!

All women of the Church are invited to celebrate Christmas with the United Methodist Women with a Christmas party and dinner at the home of Carol Stoner, on Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m.

 

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CHRISTMAS  MEAL

Join us for our annual Christmas meal celebration on Sunday, December 14 @ 6PM.  Also, note that we will have a special visitor that evening for the children!

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Liturgist for December

 

7 - Bill Adams

14 - Max Harris

21 - Joe Breed

28 - Jewel Sullivan

* Please let the pastor know if you would like your name added to the Alternate Liturgist list. 

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Advent Candle Lighters

 

1st Sunday, (Nov 30)

Lavern, Nancy & Freida

 

2nd Sunday, (Dec 07)

Joe & Linda

 

3rd Sunday (Dec 14)

Carol & Howard

 

4th Sunday (Dec 21) 

Jewel & Barbara

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Opportunities

SUNDAYS:

• Gathering Time - 9:15 AM

• Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 AM

• Wesley Sundays/A Modern day Class Meeting - 9:45 AM

• Worship - 11:00 AM

MONDAYS:

• Prayer Team @ 10 AM (Check Calendar)

TUESDAYS:

• Computer Class @ 11 AM (By Appointment)

WEDNESDAYS:

• Wesley Wednesdays/A Modern day Class Meeting @ 11 AM (Check Calendar)

• Choir Practice @ 6 PM

THURSDAYS:

• Computer Class @ 11 AM (By Appointment)

 

Special dates

 

• First Sunday of Advent, November 30, 2014

Second Sunday of Advent, December 7, 2014

Third Sunday of Advent, December 14, 2014

Church Council Meeting, December 14, 2014

Christmas Meal & Celebration, December 14, 2014

UMW Christmas Party, December 15, 2014

Newsletter Volunteer Day, December 17, 2014

Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 21, 2014

Christmas Eve, December 24, 2014

Christmas Day, December 25, 2014

New Year's Eve, December 31, 2014

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