Journeys begin with a choice. Shall I go or not? Shall I stay and embrace the known and the comfortable, or shall I go and maybe find something wonderful, or maybe be unsettled, upset, uncertain? If you are a backseat person, you may not feel like you had a choice; you were dragged along by those in charge of you.
But even there, you have a choice. Are you going to enter into the spirit of the journey, or sit with arms folded and head down, grumpy face on? Your choice is whether you are going to add to the joy of the journey or make it miserable for everyone, yourself included. Journeys begin with a choice.
Because we do not know the day or time when Christ will come, Jesus encourages the believers to be ready at all times.
God of Amazing Surprises, we are rushing headlong into this season of buying, giving, greed, and struggle. We want to think of the holiday as delightful, but we have a tendency to make it a time of the highest stress. We over-schedule our time, overdraw our resources, ignore those moments in which we could just relax and have quiet time with our families and with you. We blame it on everything else but our own decision making. We speak of obligations, of the need to be constantly busy, of the pressure to purchase things to make people happy. The reality is that your love should be our foundation, the base from which we celebrate. Our watchfulness is not necessarily about what is to happen, but rather should be on the ways in which we order our lives, ways that block out your love and your healing power. Forgive us for our stubborn insistence on maintaining schedule rather than focusing on your love. Heal us. Strengthen us and make us watchful over our faith in you. For we ask this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Ushers: Jody Baldyga, Robert Friend, Tom Hayes,
Liz Reyes Rodriguez, Gustavo Rodriguez,Jeff Kaiser
Advent Reading: Jim and Carol Wixson
Coffee And…: All Church Advent Potluck
Thursday November 28
Sunday, December 1
Christian Formation-Advent Sunday-To Live Again Chapter 1
All Church Advent Potluck
Monday, December 2
Pastor Luis in Denver Colorado through Wednesday, Dec 4
Thursday December 5
6:30pm Aldersgate Ringers
7:15pm Chancel Choir
Sunday, December 8 – One Worship Service 10:00am
On Sunday, December 1st join the United Methodist Women as we usher in the Advent season.
Immediately following the 10:00 am service the saxophone quartet will present a program of Christmas favorites. When we are feeling completely entertained we will adjourn to the parlor and chapel for our annual potluck. The United Methodist Women will provide the beverage, and dessert. We ask that you would bring a dish to share. I am sure the joy of the day will fill you with the warmth of the season!
2019 Financial Update
Sometimes we get behind with our church giving because we’re away on Sundays, or we’re just didn’t get the check written or the online giving done. FUMC is nearing the end of its fiscal year.
As of October 31, this year’s expenses have exceeded revenue by $27,612.72. That’s a sizeable deficit. So…if you’re behind with your planned giving, or if you’d like to make an additional gift, now would be a perfect time to get up to date or make that gift!
The vision of the Lombard United Methodist Women is to turn faith, hope and love into action on behalf of women, children and youth. This year we were able to donate $10,000 globally, nationally and locally. Our ladies donated $2,000 to our local church as well as $1,300 to Pastor Luis’s discretionary fund. We thank you for your support throughout the year: your apple butter, breads, fudge, rummage donations and monetary giving.