SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10
Second Sunday of Advent
8:30 Nursery Care
8:50 Contemporary Service
9:45 Sunday School
10:00 R. L. Pope Class: Allen Brown
11:00 Worship Service (Sanctuary)
6-9:00 Youth
6-9:00 Journey to Bethlehem

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11
Boy Scouts
4-6:00 Art Academy (3rd Floor)

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12
7:30 Men’s Prayer Breakfast (Sunrise)
6:30 Praise Team Rehearsal

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13
3-6:00 Art Academy (3rd Floor)
5:30 Last Fellowship Dinner
6:00 Program
6:00 Kid’s Club/Choir
6:00 MS & HS Small Groups
7:15 Choir Rehearsal

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14
10:30 Chicks with Sticks (Parlor)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17
Third Sunday of Advent
8:30 Nursery Care
8:50 Contemporary Service
9:45 Sunday School
10:00 R. L. Pope Class: Tracy Brinkley
11:00 Worship Service (Sanctuary)
6-9:00 Youth

 

MEMORIAL UMC’s MISSION…

We are CALLED by Christ to
GROW in faith,
BUILD relationships, and
SERVE all people.

 


STEWARDSHIP FOR 2017

Our church finances are as follows:
Total Expenses as of 10/31/17        $721,067.84
Total Income as of 10/31/17            $627,107.31
Net Deficit as of 10/31/17              ($93,960.53)

Memorial United Methodist encourages the Biblical teaching of the tithe. If the ten percent is too far a reach, consider a percentage increase toward the goal. Your sacrificial gift is greatly appreciated and makes our mission possible to grow in faith, build relationships and serve all people.” “Faithfully they brought in the contributions, the tithes…”  II Chronicles 31:12

PRAYER CONCERNS

If you or a loved one would like to be added to the prayer list, please contact Lorna McCullough at (336) 259-5814
*If you put a name on the list, please keep in touch as names will be removed after 3 weeks.*
During this week, please pray for:
  • ALL Military personnel
  • UM Missionaries
  • Tracy Brinkley
  • Rick & Beth Schartiger
  • Winfred Armentrout
  • Anna Johnson
  • Dee Ellis
  • Priscilla Oldaker
  • Marian Baker
  • Randy & Cathy Meisner
  • Larry & Gayle Murdock
  • Kenneth Crisco
  • Bob Templeman
  • Cheri Conner
  • Peggy Finch
  • Harold Vannoy

We extend our prayers and sympathy to the family of Leon Brewer, who died December 3, 2017.
We extend our prayers and sympathy to the family of Richard Reddick, who died December 4,2017.
We extend our prayers and sympathy to the family of Mary Lou Harris, who died December 1, 2017.

Sunday Morning Welcome & Security at Memorial United Methodist

To provide a safe worship experience, the exterior doors at both services will be locked after the services begin. To meet fire safety standards all doors can still be opened from inside the buildings.

At the 8:50 AM service, the main door under the breezeway into the Christian Enrichment Center will remain unlocked and at the 11:00 AM service the center main doors into the sanctuary facing Randolph Street will remain unlocked.  The Superintendent of Buildings. and Grounds will provide watch during worship at these points.

Our goal is to provide a welcome and an open door for all of God’s people in Thomasville and the surrounding communities, while providing a safe place for our congregation. Together we are the body of Christ offered to the world.

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS!

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
5:30 PM – DINNER
6:00 PM – PROGRAM
6:00 PM – YOUTH SMALL GROUPS
6:00 PM – KID’S CHOIR PRACTICE
6:00 PM –  ADULT BIBLE STUDY

6:15 PM – HANDBELL PRACTICE
6:30 PM  – KID’S KLUB
7:15 PM  – CHANCEL CHOIR PRACTICE

JOIN US for great FOOD, FELLOWSHIP, and FUN!

COST: The Wednesday Night Fellowship Dinner prices are as follows:
Adults  $8.00
Children (12 & under)  $4.50
Families (children 12 & under) $18.00
Families (children Over 12)  $20.00

UPCOMING PROGRAMS
DECEMBER 13:  Art Academy Celebration
MEALS & PROGRAMMING WILL RETURN to WEDNESDAYS, JANUARY, 2018
Exact date: TBD

PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATION BY NOON ON MONDAYS.

What Child Is This…Journey To Bethlehem

DECEMBER 8 – 10
6 – 9 PM
CHURCH PARKING LOT

Have you noticed? Bethlehem is beginning to come to life. Soon it will be complete and on December 8, 9 and 10 from 6:00-9:00 pm everyone is invited to experience the sights and sounds of Bethlehem and visit the baby Jesus in the stable.

Help us get the word out by reminding family and friends to come drive thru and take in all the wonders surrounding our Savior’s birth. There are extra posters, flyers, and small business cards in the Receptionist Office if you can share or post in your workplace or business, please feel free to take them.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS AS A PARTICIPANT:
Please see this letter that was sent via snail mail earlier in the month:  What Child is This – Journey to Bethlehem Letter

May this be a Christmas Blessing to everyone.

LESSONS & CAROLS: A Contemporary Advent Service

DECEMBER 10
8:50 AM
MAIN SANCTUARY

This year our Contemporary Service will lead us in Advent worship with their very own style of upbeat, fun and inspiring music! Brian and his team have selected various songs and Readings that will help focus our attention on the coming of the birth of our Savior.

Don’t miss this new opportunity to prepare your hearts during this Advent season!  PLEASE NOTE: Due to the Journey to Bethlehem set up, this service will be celebrated in the MAIN SANCTUARY – this week ONLY!  Spread the word!!!

Art Academy Fall Semester Celebration

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13
6 PM
Fellowship Hall

We will be celebrating another semester of creativity at the Arts Alive Arts Academy at MUMC! All are invited as we put some of this semester’s artwork on display and listen to a recital of Christmas songs led by our students and instructors. We ask everyone that is coming to bring some cookies (or other snacks) to share! If you have any questions or want more information, contact Brian Russell at (336) 472-7718 ext. 20 or brussell@mumctville.org.

LOVE FEAST 2017

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17
7 PM
SANCTUARY

Our Annual Love Feast will be held on Sunday, December 17 at 7 PM in our church sanctuary.

This is a special Advent worship service in which we sing Christmas carols, listen to readings from the nativity passage, and partake of the tea and rolls included with an authentic Moravian Love Feast.  We will end with a special rendition of “Joy to the World” as candlelight floods the sanctuary and the spirit of Christmas is sure to flood your heart! It is a beautiful and solemn moment during a very busy and often hectic season. All are invited, we hope you will join us!

CHRISTMAS EVE COMMUNION

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24
5:30 PM
MAIN SANCTUARY

Our Christmas Eve Communion Service will begin at 5:30 PM. We will have a brief service with special readings and blessing of the Communion elements.

Following the service, Communion will be available for anyone to receive in a “come-and-go” format until 7:30 PM. This means that even if your Christmas Eve plans prevent you from being at the church 5:30 PM, please feel free to drop by and receive Holy Communion at anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 PM!  Bring your family and make this a new Christmas Eve tradition!

We hope to see you and celebrate this beautiful sacrament on the Eve of Christ’s birth.

MUSIC WORKSHOP for KIDS

JANUARY 6, 2018
10 AM – 2 PM
CHRISTIAN ENRICHMENT CENTER

Free event for children ages 4-11!

All are invited to join us for a fun day of music exploring voice, rhythm instruments, chimes and drama. Lunch provided.

RSVP to Lynda Hepler 336.472.9711 / lhepler@mumctville.org

TOY DRIVE!

DECEMBER 7
MEMORIAL UMC

COOPERATIVE COMMUNITY MINISTRIES NEEDS YOUR HELP TO FILL THE NEEDS OF OTHERS.
TOYS! LOTS OF TOYS!
Please drop off an unwrapped toy for a boy or a girl (infants to age 12) in the boxes set up around the church.

Deadline is December 7, 2017.

If you have any questions call the church office (336) 472-7718 or CCM at (336) 476-1842.

Thank you for your continued support

ALTERNATIVE GIFT GIVING 2017

DEADLINE: DECEMBER 18
CHURCH OFFICE

Instead of buying one more THING for your loved ones this season, consider donating to a charity in their name instead!  That way you can honoring those you love this Christmas with a gift AND assist our neighbors in need as well!  This is the way it works:

STEP 1:  READ the descriptions of the outreach ministries (found on the Gift Order Form), hand selected by our Mission Committee for their commitment to making sure that every dollar impacts the physical, educational & spiritual lives of our friends in need.

STEP 2:  CHOOSE one of more organizations to support.

STEP 3: FILL OUT the “Gift Order Form” found in Sunday’s bulletin and HERE.  A minimum, tax-deductible donation of $10 is suggested, however you may order as many “Acknowledgement Cards“*** as you like, just make sure that you have clearly designated how many cards you will need on the Gift Order Form..
***(“Acknowledgement Cards” are blank note cards, embossed with a Church logo, and the Ministry to which your donation has been sent, that you can fill out and send to your loved ones so they will know that a donation has been made in their name.)

STEP 4: RETURN the Gift Order Form along with a CHECK (made out to “MEMORIAL UMC“) or CASH to the Church Office (336) 472-7718 OR drop it in the Offering Plate on Sunday morning.  All order forms must be turned into the church finance office by 12/18.

STEP 5:  PICK UP your “Acknowledgment Cards”  at the Reception Desk 3-5 days after placing your order.

The Missions Committee thanks you for BEING the Good News in this world.

POINSETTIAS AND WREATHS

ORDER DEADLINE: December 8,
PICK UP: December 17 following the LOVE FEAST (7 PM)

White poinsettias ($12) and door wreaths ($32) can now be ordered through the church financial secretary’s office (472-7718) by completing the form HERE.

ALL REQUESTS MUST BE IN WRITING. Checks are to be made payable to “Memorial UMC”.

SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED:
We have 18 wreaths available. Please place your orders as soon as possible. The cut-off date will be Thursday, December 8.

REMINDER: Please leave your poinsettia for the Love Feast Service, which will be held December 17 at 7pm.

LOVE FEAST LUMINARIA SALES

DEADLINE: DECEMBER 10
CHURCH SIDEWALKS

HONOR or REMEMBER a loved one this Christmas with a LOVE FEAST LUMINARIA. The Luminarias will be used to light the path to the Love Feast on December 17. ALSO, you and your loved one’s name will appear in this year’s Love Feast bulletin!

You may purchase your Luminaria at the Sales tables following the Sunday morning and Wednesday evening services OR through the church office by filling out the ORDER FORM and return it to the church office.

SALES BEGIN Thursday, November 23 and END Sunday, December 10.
Contact Rodney for more information (472-7718)
Cost is 1 for $2 or 3 for $5.  Sales go to support the Youth Ministry.

Thank you for your support

UPCOMING EVENTS

DECEMBER 8-10 – JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM
DECEMBER 10 – LESSONS & CAROLS (8:50 AM SERVICE)
DECEMBER 13 – ARTS ALIVE ART ACADEMY DINNER/RECITAL
DECEMBER 17 – LOVE FEAST
DECEMBER 24 – CHRISTMAS EVE COMMUNION
DECEMBER 25 – CHRISTMAS DAY!
JANUARY 1 – HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018!!!

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