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Fire of the Holy Spirit at Parker UMC!
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!
2017 – Week 3
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
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.
meditation & reflection: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=i+will+serve+you+while+I%27m+waiting&&view=detail&mid=F2FCC981D087B359CA49F2FCC981D087B359CA49&FORM=VRDGAR
THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF PARKER, FL
Week in Advent, 17 December 2017
The Meaning is in the Waiting
– Pt 3 -- Advent Series – Waiting Between the Times
Yourself!” John the Baptist
13:11-14 – Mark 1:2-11 – John 1:1-18
Make it Work
How should someone prepare themselves for marriage?
If you knew the end of the world was tomorrow, what would you do
As you look around, what do you see as the “signs of the
What are the benefits of delaying the return of Christ?
What are the benefits of
What are you doing to
prepare yourself? Your heart, your mind, your home, your family, your
work space, your ___________________?
News (for everyone)
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.
Services Planned for you!
Longest Night Service:
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.
Sunday in Advent
greatest story ever told through song & narration. Note the early
start time. No Sunday School so drop by early for coffee & donuts!
Traditional Service of Lesson & Carols, closing with holy communion, and
candle lighting around singing Silent Night
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.
Sunday in the new year, and officially concludes the holiday season with Three
Kings Day. We’ll reflect on the Light that has come.
will be our final Wednesday programs until the new year, so come out and join
in the festivities with all the kids.
Dec. 12 noon
church office before Thursday if you’d like to attend, meet these long term
missionaries to Zambia who are spending Christmas in our area.
Methodist Children's Home
will be collecting all the "Change Jars" from those who have been
filling them with their loose change.
December 17th. The money collected will go to
Methodist Children's Home.
REMEMBER Bring in by Sunday December 17th.
You Lucy McCoy Missions
2018 Ministry & Committee Planning
Input Needed by 21 December.
Dearest Parker UMC Committee & Ministry leaders:
Deadline for Submissions to be in the first published draft of the 2018
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
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
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:
December – 5pm
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
the Team in 2018!
Please all, keep in mind our 2018 Membership
Vows renewal. We need
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.