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|YOU ARE INVITED - UMW CHRISTMAS BRUNCH
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4TH
WORSHIP 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
BRUNCH – FELLOWSHIP HALL
11:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
We, the United Methodist Women, would like to express our love and appreciation for your support of our mission work throughout the year.
Join us for fun, food, fellowship and maybe, some surprises
UMW CHRISTMAS CARD POST OFFICE
December is upon us and the UMW Post Office is open! We are located in the Fellowship Hall. You will see a table set up with crates, filled with hanging file folders in alphabetical order. Your name will be on one of those folders. (If your name is missing, let me know and I’ll make one for you). We “mail” our Christmas cards to those we wish to in our Church Family @ 10 cents per card. Please place your money in the container provided.
It is my hope that people will place their own cards in the file folders, leave the money in the container provided & check on Sundays to pick up their cards. When I prepare my own cards, I write them out in ABC order & then it is quite easy & fast to file them in the file folders. If you cannot place yours in the folders, a UMW member will do it for you.
Our dates for the Post Office are December 4 – 18. You may pick up your cards at the Christmas Eve Service, but you may not drop off cards at the Post Office that night.
Messages from the secretary...
Diddy for the day… Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible? Answer: Pharaoh’s daughter. She went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a prophet.
It is a beautiful day today and hope you got some much needed rain. I know we did. Please take the time tomorrow to honor our vets of Pearl Harbor. My dad was there on that day. Thank you for your service.
Last Tues. I was reminded I was no longer a city girl. I am definitely all (hill) country. David and I hauled cattle to the stockyards from early morning to after dark. With boots on and pants tucked in (cow poop prevention) we backed the stock trailer to the loading shoot and David convinced the heifers and calves to go down a narrow shoot and load into a stock trailer; while I slammed the interior gates shut. A little hesitate, but in the first bunch went. It is interesting and sometimes puts you on alert when the truck sways as the cattle in the trailer try to move around. You try to bunch them up close enough so they don’t move a lot. Then off to the stockyards in Uvlade. The stock yard unloading is like a drive through. Drive up… front and back gates are shut so you are trapped… open interior gates to stock trailer and now convince the cattle to go back out and down another shoot. Men walking on ramps above the stock pens, some on horseback, some are checking to see if the cow is pregnant, some feed, some shovel, and some count. Lots of mooing and lots of poop! Cows tend to poop a lot when they are excited. David gets into the truck and he said, “You smell that! I said yes, He said, that’s money!” Never really thought about cow poop that way, but for a rancher I guess it is equivalent to the smell around oil fields; although neither is getting anyone rich these days. Then after you do this several times in one day… guess what… you get to wash out the stock trailer. Hmmm…. If your blue jeans aren’t cover in cow poop by now, then they will be when you finish. Yep, I guess I am a rancher’s wife… because I thought it was a fun day to work and ride with my husband all day. Well on with the news…
Dec. 6th 6 pm Choir and Finance Meeting @ 7 pm.
Dec. 7th PEARL HARBOR DAY, Amplified Youth @ 5: 30 “ Most Christmas Outfit – the Griswald award, Bible Study @ 7 pm
Dec. 10th Breakfast with Santa at the Leakey Bandera Electric office from 9 – 11:30 am. This is for the children of Leakey and Utopia
Dec. 12th Making Spirits Bright – downtown Leakey stores will be hosting with gifts and sales – refreshments at some stores – 10 am – 7 pm, then a Candlelight service will be held at the courthouse. Community Women’s Bible study is at 6:30 pm.
Well, I need to stock the church pews with supplies… so I will leave you with this thought.
Who was King David’s best friend?
Answer: c. Jonathan (1 Samuel 20:17)
Love ya lots and take care of each other!
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During the seasons of Advent and Christmas, we often talk about hope, love, joy, and peace. This is definitely a joyful and festive season. You can’t go anywhere without hearing the upbeat sounds of holiday cheer ringing out in the music heard on the radio and in the stores; our thoughts turn to friends and family, the excited squeals of children on Christmas morning, the smell of fresh baked sugar cookies, or maybe we anticipate the cooling temperatures and chance to cozy up next to a warm fire. There are a multitude of things in which we can find joy! There is no season quite like this, and I love every minute of it.
For many of you at this point, you have a smile on your face as you are thinking about all the wonderful things in the list above. I am sure there are many things that popped into your mind adding to the list above. This is a season of wonders, anticipation, and joy. The joys of this world are enough to bring a smile to our faces, even if just for a moment. This is the drawback to worldly joy, it is here for but a moment and then it fades and disappears. We plod along in a dreary existence until the next fleeting moment where we experience a moment of joy. Thankfully it often seems like the next one is just around the corner. Worldly joy, is great but it isn’t everything.
The promised joy of Advent and Christmas is different, it is eternal, overwhelming, and life changing. A new light that shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it. This light has the power to transform lives, to uplift the weak and the wounded, and set wrongs right. One of my favorite readings this time of year is the Canticle of Mary (Luke 1: 46-55), it reminds me of the promise that has come, is here, and is yet to come. This is the promise that I cling to, and I find my joy not only in the anticipation of Christs return, but in seeking him continuously.
My friends, I sincerely hope that you experience joy this year. Not just the joy comes from the celebrations of the seasons, or the temporal things of this world, but the lasting joy that comes through encountering the Christ Child in the smallest of things.
Grace and Peace,
|History of the United Methodist Church
On April 23, 1968, The United Methodist Church was created when Bishop Reuben H. Mueller, representing The Evangelical United Brethren Church, and Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke of The Methodist Church joined hands at the constituting General Conference in Dallas, Texas. With the words, "Lord of the Church, we are united in Thee, in Thy Church and now in The United Methodist Church," the new denomination was given birth by two churches that had distinguished histories and influential ministries in various parts of the world.
Theological traditions steeped in the Protestant Reformation and Wesleyanism, similar ecclesiastical structures, and relationships that dated back almost two hundred years facilitated the union. In the Evangelical United Brethren heritage, for example, Philip William Otterbein, the principal founder of the United Brethren in Christ, assisted in the ordination of Francis Asbury to the superintendency of American Methodist work. Jacob Albright, through whose religious experience and leadership the Evangelical Association was begun, was nurtured in a Methodist class meeting following his conversion.
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