Weekly Update for December 21, 2017



Weekly Update

This Sunday: Celebrating Jesus!

It’s a big Sunday… Christmas Eve!

We’ll start the day off with a single, combined morning worship service. Come at 10:55 am for Sunday morning worship with song, prayer, and scripture. Rev. Amy Slater will be sharing some thoughts on the prophet Isaiah spoke of the light that was to shine in the darkness.

Then, come back in the evening for Candlelight Christmas Eve worship! We will finally light that white candle that’s been looking so dark and celebrate the light of Jesus come into the world! We will re-tell the Christmas story through scripture and carols and Pastor Jeff will share a version of the Christmas story that isn’t told as often as the others but that has a great deal of hope to offer for our world.

We will have two Christmas Eve services. The first will be at 5pm. It will be especially family friendly and nursery will be provided. Then, at 11pm we’ll celebrate Jesus’ coming by candlelight with organ and Communion.

Who Will You Bring?

Christmas is a time when people think about God and living a good life more than any other time of the year. That means there’s perhaps no better time to bring someone to church!

Have you given thought to who you might invite? Do you have a friend who could benefit from church? Give them a call, tell them how much Candlelight Christmas Eve worship means to you, and offer to give them a ride. But however you invite them, you may be amazed at what God does through your sharing.

Time for Disciple IV!

First United Methodist Church will offer DISCIPLE 4 Bible Studies starting in January, meeting weekly until the end of May, taking a break for summer, and starting back up in September for those wanting to have a better understanding of the bible.  We invite you to join this study if you have already completed Disciple 1 Bible Studies! If you have not ever taken Disciple Bible Study before, you will need to start with Disciple I.

DISCIPLE IV: UNDER THE TREE OF LIFE, the final study in the four-phase DISCIPLE program, concentrates on the Writings (Old Testament books not in the Torah or the Prophets), the Gospel of John, and Revelation. Emphasis on the Psalms as Israel’s hymnbook and prayer book leads naturally to an emphasis on worship in the study. Present throughout the entire study is the sense of living toward completion––toward the climax of the message and the promise, extravagantly pictured in the Revelation. The image of the tree and the color gold emphasize the prod and promise in the Scriptures for DISCIPLE: UNDER THE TREE OF LIFE. The word Under in the title is meant to convey invitation, welcome, sheltering, security, and rest––home at last.

The cost of the study book is $40.  Scholarships are available to those needing help with the expense. Please let Lisa Dale in the church office know if you would like to take the study.

New Tax Laws

New Tax Reform Legislation raises the standard deduction for income taxes beginning in 2018. The Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that the number of taxpayers who will itemize their deductions in 2018 (and thereby get tax savings from charitable gifts) will fall from 40 million under current law to just 9 million under the new legislation.

If you currently itemize, and are financially able to do so, consider giving some or all of next year’s gifts to the church before the end of this year. You can claim your gifts on your 2017 taxes (due April of 2018) and give the church a boost. This can be done for regular offering, special gifts such as for a capital campaign or endowment.

To qualify, the gift must be made by the end of this year, given in worship on or before December 31 or postmarked no later than December 30. The check should be dated in 2017 and indicate on the memo line “2018 offering” or other designation.

When in doubt, reach out to the church office to clarify your intentions.



Other Blessings
  • We celebrate the life of Dale Snyder. You can read his obituary by clicking here.
  • Pantry Needs: Spaghetti sauce, canned tuna (with pull tab to open), breakfast bars, fruit snack packs, canned fruit, canned vegetables, crackers, peanut butter, pancake mix & syrup.
  • Don’t forget to support our Hope Houses, the colorful boxes on the west side of our building! Bring anything to leave for anyone to take.
  • Have you linked your Dillons Plus card with the church? If you do, a portion of all your normal purchases will go to support our ministries! You can set it up by clicking here or contact the office if you’d like help.



Who will you bring to Candlelight Christmas Eve?



Sunday, December 24
Noisy Change Sunday
10:55am Worship
9:45am     Sunday School
9:45am     Choir Rehearsal
11:05am   Radio Broadcast (KWBW 1450 AM, 98.5 FM)
5:00pm     Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
6:00pm     Shepherd’s Run
11:00pm   Christmas Eve Candlelight Service


The Office is CLOSED December 25-30


Wednesday, December 27
5:30pm     Youth



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