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December 11

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 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6
Christmas Poinsettias
are now available!
 
If you would like to honor or remember a loved one with a Christmas Poinsettia, please contact the church office at 335-3013. Poinsettias are $10 each. Forms will also be available in the church bulletin.  
Hurt? Habit? Hang-up?
Celebrate Recovery meets
every Monday night at 5:30 pm.


Addiction. Depression. Grief. Abuse. Debt. Lifestyle tolerance. Divorce. Self-esteem. Overweight. Gambling. Porn. Co-Dependency. Smoking. 

No problem is too big for God.
No problem is too small.
It's never too late to join.

Share with anyone you think might benefit from Celebrate Recovery!
Susanna Wesley will meet on Tuesday, December 12 at 9:00 am. 
(Please note change in date and time.)
The Brown Bag Bible Study will be on Holiday break December 14 - January 4. They will resume on January 11. Make that the time to join this progressive bible study. They meet every Thursday at 12:00 noon. 
December is "White Christmas" month. Beginning on Sunday, December 3rd, special envelopes have been placed in the pews for you to use for your White Christmas offering to the United Methodist Children's Home. We will bless our gifts on Sunday morning, Demember 23rd, Christmas Eve. Please make your check payable to LUMC with "White Christmas" on the memo line. 

You can also donate online by visiting the church's website www.lumcal.com
Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24th from 5:30 to 7:30, LUMC is offering the traditional Christmas Eve Come-and-Go Communion. You are invited to come and reflect, pray and receive communion with your family. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas.
 
 
Help us help others ...

We presently have three separate families in need of all manner of home furnishings. Anything you can donate would be very helpful and greatly appreciated. 

We could use a building, shed or storage place to house a "crisis closet." We have had to turn down offers of furniture, household items and appliances in the past for lack of a place to store them. Just as often, someone calls in need of such items and we don't have them because we had to turn them away. If you have a place, or know of someone who does, please consider donating this space to the Salty Souls Crisis Closet. Thank you. 

Advent Week 2:
We bring peace to the world when we bring PEACE to our world.

Advent focuses on repentance each year. During the second Sunday of Advent, we hear John the Baptist proclaim loudly, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!”

Jesus brings the kingdom to Earth when he becomes human. He’s completely divine and yet completely human–fully God and fully flesh-and-blood. He’s just like me and yet very much not like me at all.

Jesus came to bring peace. He tells people, over and over, not to be afraid. But peace begins at home, within our walls and within ourselves.

Repentance brings peace.

Ridding ourselves of the burden guilt places on us and making things right with the people around us will open us more to the experience of the manger, the glory of Christmas, and the King who awaits us as a little baby.

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