Eylau United Methodist Church

NEWSLETTER (December 2015)

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Our Purpose:

Love God - Love Others - Serve God in the World

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Advent

Advent is a season of waiting, expecting, and hoping.  Beginning four Sundays prior to Christmas and ending on Christmas Eve, Advent helps us prepare for the coming, or “advent” of the Christ child at Christmas. (The word “advent” comes from the Latin word that means “coming.”)

 

For hundreds of years, Christians have used an Advent wreath to inspire their hopes for the coming of Christ. By lighting candles and reading Bible verses, we are reminded about the meaning of Christ’s birth and become more excited about his coming in the past, in the future, and in our own lives.There is no set meaning for the candles of the Advent wreath (except for the middle candle, which always signifies the birth of Jesus the Christ and is often called the Christ Candle). I have been in churches where the candles point to peace, hope, joy, and love. In other settings they are identified with key figures in the stories of the birth of Jesus, such as the shepherds, the angels, Joseph, and Mary. I have used the main theme of waiting to give structure and meaning to the Advent candles, with each candle focused on different aspects of our waiting.

 

Advent wreaths employ candles with a variety of colors. Some wreaths use all white candles; others use three purple or blue candles, one pink candle, and one white candle in the middle. I share an understanding of the Advent wreath with many Christians for whom the purple candles remind us of how serious and solemn God’s people have been in waiting for the Messiah. The pink signifies the joy of our waiting. The white is triumphant and celebrative because Christ is born.

 

 

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How far to Christmas?

 

How far is it to Christmas Day?  The journey’s just as long as taking time to listen to a joyful angel song.  It’s just as far as one can go in doing a loving deed that helps someone feel better or that meets their special need.  For Christmas is a journey that the heart makes every year.  It starts right with your family and those you hold so dear.  It travels on to strangers ’round the world to everyone with the message that God loves us and that’s why he’s sent his Son!

—Peggy Ferrell

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A New Heaven and New Earth: The Book of Revelation Revisited

by Reverend Paula J Behrens

 

(Fellowship Hall)

Wednesdays @ 7 PM

You are welcome to join in the fun!

 

Sessions: 

10-     Silence in Heaven (12/2/2015)

11-     The Two Beasts and Babylon (12/9/2015)

12-     A New Heaven and New Earth (12/16/2015)

 

We have taken a look at the visions of Daniel, the apocalyptic writings in the Gospels and now we are into the Book of Revelation!

 

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday! 

 

13 Alton Guest

21 Jessica Jones

21 Wade Jones

24 Nancy Adams

 

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View the current sermon HERE!

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Christmas Celebration

 

Join us on Sunday December 13 @ 6 pm for a time of celebration, snacks and a special visit from Santa.

 

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Do THREE THINGS a week:

* Come to worship to fall more in love with God and His Word

* Participate in a small group to learn how to better love others in community

 

* Serve in a ministry to impact others outside the walls of the church

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CHRISTMAS CHILD BOXES

This year many good folks at Eylau UMC again answered the call to touch the hearts of lots of children with a gift-filled shoe box and the Good News of Jesus Christ!  Thank you!

 

 And the UM Women will picked-up the cost of $7 per box.

 

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Eylau United Methodist Women

 

The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose Purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. 

 

 

The United Methodist Women will be offering "The Twelve Days of Christmas" gift bags to special folks who are not able to attend worship and other church activities, in hopes that their hearts will be touched by Christ during the Advent/Christmas season.

 

 

The Eylau United Methodist Women will meet again on Monday, December 14 @ 6:30 PM @ Carol Stoners house. 

 

If you wish to join United Methodist Women, you may do so by attending one of our meetings.

 

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PREPARING FOR WORSHIP

 

Let us prepare our hearts and minds to worship the Lord our God during this very busy season of Advent and Christmas. 

 

First Week of Advent: May my offerings of praise and worship — as well as of money and time — be pleasing to you, Lord (see Malachi 3:4).

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Second Week of Advent: How I appreciate this chance, during a busy season, to abide in your presence, heavenly Father. Thank you for this time of worship.

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Third Week of Advent: Loving God, if people here today are putting on a happy face for the season but feeling sad inside, help them sense your comforting touch — maybe even through me.

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Fourth Week of Advent: “Star light, star bright … ” Oh, Bethlehem star of Christmas night, lead us to the humble stall to worship Christ as Lord of all. Amen.

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Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: When we were small, Christmas morning was about presents. Since then, we’ve learned it’s about presence — God’s presence with us in the form of Jesus! Alleluia!

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The Week After Christmas: How worried Mary and Joseph were when they couldn’t find Jesus for four days (Luke 2:41-52). How concerned God our Father must be when we wander away from him. Jesus, guide us back into the arms of our loving Parent.

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Epiphany: This New Year’s Eve, God, help me let go of the past and follow you into the future. 

 

 Grace & Peace,

 Pastor Paula

 

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Jesus is the

 

Reason for the

 

Season!

 

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Next Fellowship meal will be February 21!

 

See you there.

 

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Liturgists for December

 

 6 - Don Petty

13 - Laverne Ogden

20 - Carol Stoner

27 - Jewel Sullivan

 

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

 

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 Newsletter Preparation

 Newsletter Volunteer Day is Monday, December 28 @ 10:30AM 

 

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Committees

 

To see NEXT Year's Committee list,

 visit this link and click "LEADERSHIP"

2016 COMMITTEES

 

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Opportunities

 

SUNDAYS:

• Gathering Time - 9:15 AM

• Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 AM

• Worship - 11:00 AM

MONDAYS:

• Prayer Meeting @ 10 AM (Check Calendar)

TUESDAYS:

• Computer Class @ 11 AM (By Appointment)

WEDNESDAYS:

• Choir Practice @ 6 PM

• Revelation Bible Study @ 7 PM

THURSDAYS:

• Computer Class @ 11 AM (By Appointment)

 

Special dates

 

• First Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2015

• Second Sunday of Advent, December 6, 2015

• Third Sunday of Advent, December 13, 2015

Christmas Celebration, December 13, 2015

UMW Meeting @ Carol's House, December 14, 2015

• Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 20, 2015

• First Day of Winter, December 21, 2015

• Christmas Eve, December 24, 2015

• Christmas Day, December 25, 2015

Newsletter Volunteer Day, December 30, 2015

New Year's Eve, December 31, 2015

 

 

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