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Starting a Fire of the Holy Spirit at Parker UMC!

Vol 1, No 26



Contained are very important updates/input to our 2018 planning calendar, updates on Advent & Christmas Events, Children & Youth, updates on the 2018 Stewardship and much more to come!



ADVENT 2017 – Week 3 !

We are half way through our waiting season of the year.. the 3rd Sunday in Advent nears with our third look at how the Meaning is in the Waiting.  This week we move forward to look at John the Baptist.  Many forget that His-Story is woven into Advent… and two other critical times as the gospel comes to life. Here’s some reading and some questions for you to ponder this week as you reflect on what we learned from the prophets 3 fold waiting, our waiting for the fulfilment of the prophecy built around this season, and look forward in continuing to ponder the question,  what should be do while we’re waiting.   Sunday, and what a wonderful time it was as we prayed together, professed together, and together brought our “Advent” Tree J alive by placing ancient symbols of our faith all over it as we looked at Abraham & Sarah’s times of waiting for the promises, some which they never saw.


For meditation & reflection:






4th Week in Advent, 17 December 2017

The Meaning is in the Waiting – Pt 3 -- Advent Series – Waiting Between the Times

“Prepare Yourself!”  John the Baptist

Romans 13:11-14 – Mark 1:2-11 – John 1:1-18


Make it Work for You:




How should someone prepare themselves for marriage?


If you knew the end of the world was tomorrow, what would you do today? 


As you look around, what do you see as the “signs of the times?” 


What are the benefits of delaying the return of Christ? 


What are the benefits of delayed gratification?

What are you doing to prepare yourself?  Your heart, your mind, your home, your family, your work space, your ___________________?




  PUMC Children News (for everyone)

Children's Christmas Play

How about the Children’s/Youth Christmas Program Sunday evening?  I’ll paste a few pictures.. we had about 25 kids & youth, and 100 of you taking in the glory of those presents that are the most precious this season and always.  Many thanks to the LuAnn, Katie and their team for the many hours of work to share the love of the season through the hearts of the children.



Christmas Services Planned for you!



The Longest Night Service:

A Blue Christmas

Thursday, 21 December, 6pm

This is a time we will come together to reflect, encourage each other through what can be a lonely time of year for many.  To regroup around the most important point of this season, to light a candle for someone we might dearly miss at this season, and seek the Peace on Earth, sharing goodwill with each other.

4th Sunday in Advent

Sunday, 24 Dec, 10am

Christmas Cantata

Telling the greatest story ever told through song & narration.  Note the early start time.  No Sunday School so drop by early for coffee & donuts!

Christmas Eve

Candlelight Communion Service

Sunday, 24 Dec, 5pm

A Traditional Service of Lesson & Carols, closing with holy communion, and candle lighting around singing Silent Night


Christmas Sunday!

Sunday, 31 Dec, 10:30am

Take Sunday School off again today, and join us for a very simple service of lessons & carols.  New Year’s Eve is the only Sunday in Christmas this year.  We’ll make is a good and meaningful one.  We’ll have testimonies between each carol of the blessings of the Lord upon you and our church this year.


Epiphany Sunday!

Sunday, 7 Jan, 10:30am

Our first Sunday in the new year, and officially concludes the holiday season with Three Kings Day.  We’ll reflect on the Light that has come.


Wednesday Family Nite

13 December will be our final Wednesday programs until the new year, so come out and join in the festivities with all the kids.

UMC Missionary Luncheon

Thursday 14 Dec. 12 noon

Call the church office before Thursday if you’d like to attend, meet these long term missionaries to Zambia who are spending Christmas in our area.


 Change Jars  

United Methodist Children's Home

 Missions will be collecting all the "Change Jars" from those who have been filling  them with their loose change.

on Sunday December 17th.  The money collected will go to help the  United Methodist Children's Home.


PLEASE REMEMBER   Bring in by Sunday December 17th.

Thank You  Lucy McCoy Missions



Call For 2018 Ministry & Committee Planning Calendar Input Needed by 21 December.

Dearest Parker UMC Committee & Ministry leaders:

Deadline for Submissions to be in the first published draft of the 2018 Calendar:  21 December, 9am

In preparation for making 2018 our best year ever, the Pastor and Office Staff request you  review  your calendars for 2017 and send back to us your proposed calendar for 2018.

In compiling your committee/ministry calendar, reply first with a list of your rotating events, but those that occur daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly.

We need every ministry to consider how they can “plus up” what they already do AND refine what they do to meet our mission & vision: 

Again these are just ideas as to what type of events/information we need to plan the full year, don’t forget holiday special events.

Remember it is all in “pencil” and as your events draw near, then the pencil should change to ink, but never quite “permanent marker” until the even goes to press.



A Blue Christmas Service: The Longest Night

21 December – 6pm

We are planning a unique worship service to bring hope, help and healing to the many who are hurting, and sometimes hurt more during the holidays.  We need scripture readers and help in many other areas to do this right.  We’d like to offer a reception following the service.  If you’d like to help with any of this, you’ll find it quite encouraging.  We conclude this service with candlelighting and prayer where you’ll be offered opportunity to come forward and light a candle in memory of someone special to you who is lost through death, or just spiritually from their way who hangs heavy on you. Even if you have nothing “Blue” to work through this season, your presence will provide support for the many who area. Invite those you think might be encouraged from this service.


Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion


Service Of Lessons & Carols:

24 December – 5pm

We can use your help in this traditional service of Lessons, Carols, and Communion, closing with Candlelighting from the Christ Candle as we go into our Christmas night singing Silent Night.  Let the pastor know if you would like to do a reading. We’d like them from all ages


Building the Team in 2018!

Please all, keep in mind our 2018 Membership Vows renewal.  We need EVERY member to get your renewal cards to Susan, the Financial Secretary as soon as you can, no later than 9am 22 December, so our budget development meeting can work on merging our God-sized Vision with our projected capabilities.  This will save the finance committee a lot of time & effort to individually contact all the outstanding members from whom we’ve not yet received a Vow.  If you are a member or active constituent and do not plan to renew your vows for 2018, if you'd still please inform Susan of this, so she can mark your response, it will save much time and energy.


With that the Nomination & Leadership Development Team is very near completion of their work and goal in placing every member into ministry.  I am VERY excited to see how we can take a step farther in all of our areas of "giftedness," and perhaps one or two brand new first steps.  We will follow the will and leading of the Holy Spirit with great expectation in 2018.   Next week we will release the first draft of our every member in ministry document where we have literally put every member in ministry.  We’ve worked hard and long to get every members input and to put them where THEY wish to serve.



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