Enews: Sunday, December 8, 2019

First United Methodist Church ENews
Sunday, December 8
One Worship Service
8:45am Christian Formation
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary
Dear Friend,

In any journey of length, there will come times when questions arise. A question such as, “Are we there yet?” is only one possibility. Other questions such as, “Should we turn around?” or “Do we really want to make this journey?” or even “Are we making progress?” may occur. Questions about who made the decision, why we are going, and what’s this all about anyway are all a part of the journey-the desert part, the questioning part, the part where people wonder if there is a point to continuing. Maybe we have lost sight of the destination, or maybe we have gotten lost in the unfamiliar world through which we travel, and our sense of security is telling us to go back to what we know rather than ahead to what might be.
Isaiah proclaims the coming of the “shoot from the stump of Jesse” who, through God’s Spirit resting on him, will bring peace, justice, righteousness and equity to the earth.
Paul’s prayer that God may empower the Church to live in harmony, since Christ came for both Jew and Gentile, and together they form one voice of praise to God.

John the Baptist preaches in the wilderness, baptizing those who repent, speaking out against the corrupt religious leaders, and challenging people to prepare themselves for the coming of the Messiah.
We thank you, O God, for bearers of hope and peace in all times and all places:
for those who govern, when they set things right for the poor, meek and needy; for anointed prophets, who speak and act in your
spirit- in wisdom, understanding, and equity.
And we thank you for reminders, gentle or urgent, that we, too, should be agents of harmony, reconciliation, peace, justice, and righteousness. Make us advocates of your vision for the world. Amen.
10:00am Worship
Music: Aldersgate Ringers
 Ushers: Gerry Chvatal, LouAnn Chvatal, Jack King, 
Ron Lohman, Jeff Kaiser
Advent Reading: Chris and Rachel Smith-Koslowski  
Coffee And…:  

Thursday December 5
6:30pm Aldersgate Ringers
7:15pm Chancel Choir
8:30pm Fusion

Sunday, December 8 – One Worship Service 10:00am

Monday December 9
6:30pm Rachel Circle
Tuesday, December 10
noon Naomi Circle @ Lexington Square

Wednesday, December 18
7:00pm Blue Christmas Service of Readings, Candle Lighting
& Communion
Cookies and Coffee to follow in the Chapel
Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve!
4:30pm Christmas Eve Service
7:30pm Christmas Eve Service in the chapel
11:00pm Christmas Eve Service
Sunday, December 29 – One Worship Service Only 10:00am
Lombard Villa Park Food Pantry
Toy Shop Volunteers & Toys Needed
The Food Pantry will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for ages newborn to 12 starting now until December 18th when Redefine will sort the toys.
We are always short on infant/toddler toys and boys and girls age 10 & up. 
If you would like to donate, you may drop off the toy(s) in the church office. 
If you would like to volunteer on Friday, December 20th from 8:15 am-noon, please email Linda Dumas at reetea301@hotmail.com.
Thank you for your generosity!


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