John Wesley UMC was busy during the Advent Season as we prepared our hearts for the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ! We had many opportunities to share our time, talents and gifts with our church and its special ministries during the Christmas season. Again, this article is being written after a long church centered day. “Candy Cane Christmas – A Sweet Gift!” was presented this morning by children, youth and adults from our Sunday School classes. I never tire of hearing the wonderful message they share through the pageant and it was nice learning the religious significance of the candy cane. I hope you were there to enjoy one! The afternoon was spent sorting the donated gifts for our adopted family and enjoying Pastor Katie’s hospitality at her Open House at the parsonage. I am looking forward to our Chancel Choir’s special music, and the Forever Young Concert in the coming weeks. Many activities and all because we are celebrating and thanking God who sent his only son to us so many years ago so that we may have eternal life! Congratulations to all for wonderful performances and a special thank you to each of you who participated in any way!
Our Christian Education ministry offers several opportunities for spiritual growth. The Wesleyan and Epworth Adult Sunday School Classes, Youth Class, Older Elementary and Early/Middle Elementary Children’s classes are offered each Sunday morning.
On January 6th we will resume our regular Sunday School Hour. Children and Youth will meet in the Sanctuary at 9:00 a.m. each week for music with Mr. Stephen. During January in Children’s Sunday School and Just Kids Church the unit of study is “Healing Families” and includes stories from the Gospels of Matthew, Luke, and Mark with the titles Magi Seek a Healer, Jesus Heals, Jesus Heals a Young Woman, and Jesus Heals Ten Men. We will also meet our mission family, the McCormicks, who are serving in Mozambique. January’s Bible Verse is “God heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.” Psalm 147:3.
After music, our Youth meet in the Youth Area with Pastor Katie to engage in a discussion of how the lectionary readings of the day can be applied to their lives!
SOUP, SOCKS, SNACKS for Holly Place, REACH and Micah’s Backpack will be the focus of the service project for our children and youth during January. The congregation is invited to join us. Just use your soup and/or sock donations to root for your favorite team in the Super Bowl by placing your soup and/or socks in the appropriate container in the area where we usually leave our donations for Holly Place. There will be a tally sheet above the Micah’s Backpack table where you can record your vote for each donation that supports Micah’s Backpack!
Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy 2018 in which you grow spiritually!