What a joy to watch the Christmas Missions unfold. Gifts are being bought for children who are delayed in their learning and children al the University Place Elementary School who need a little help at Christmas Gifts have been packed for the community elderly who will not be forgotten this year because of our church. Buckets were packed to send to those in the path of natural disasters. Compassion Coalition donations were collected at Share the Warmth. What a blessing it is to share the love of Christ through our missions.
We are planning another trip to the Dominican Republic with Filter of Hope. This trip is open to ages 16 and up. We have booked 15 tickets for June 8-14, 2019. Filler of Hope gives water purifiers to families. We will also share the Gospel Story with each family.
The Angel Tree gifts are arriving in the office. How fun! Please bring the gifts back by Dec. 16th.
Poinsettias are being delivered to our home-bound members. Please let the office know if you would like to deliver a plant.
White Christmas Offering
This offering goes directly lo the United Methodist Children’s Home. The offering will be collected through the month of December. Please earmark checks “White Christmas· and place in the offering plate or send to the church office.
Meals on Wheels
On Christmas Day our church “lakes over” cooking and delivering the lunches for the Meals on Wheels program. Over 100 meals will be cooked and delivered by our members. If you would like to help cook the meals on Christmas Eve al 10:00 am, or deliver the meals on Christmas Day at 11 :00 am, please let us know by Dec. 9 so maps will be ready. If you would like to make a donation of $5 per meal please earmark checks “Christmas Meals”. The signup sheet is available in the church office. Please see Lib Powell for more information.
We also support the children at University Place Elementary School. Please see Jim and Carol Cargile for more information.
We are learning about Kwanza on Sunday, January 6th from 5-7:00 pm, in the fellowship hall.
Kwanzaa celebrates the seven principles of African Heritage:
Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define and name ourselves, as well as to create and speak for ourselves.
Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems and to solve them together.
Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people lo their traditional greatness.
Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
lmani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
January 21 is Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday Observance. We will share more information about the times for the march, rally and celebrations.