All-Church Email of December 12, 2013
Special Reminders: Our Annual Neighborhood Christmas Party, Friday, Dec. 13 at 5:30PM. Please bring a salad, main dish or dessert to share.
Sunday, December 15, Pastor Dan’s Open House, 2-4PM at the parsonage
Susan Cole’s birthday party, Saturday, December 14 at Bonnie Susan Cole Building, Fairgrounds. From 2PM to midnight. Lots of food, drink, activities, games, sports, etc.
December 15, 2013–Musicale (all-music worship services)
9AM Traditional Coffee Time Hosts: No one
10:45AM Continental Brunch Hosts: No one
December 22, 2013
Liturgist: Bob Cole
9AM Traditional Coffee Time Hosts: Barbara and John Shaffer
10:45AM Continental Brunch Hosts: Barbara and John Shaffer
Sunday, December 15, 2013
10:45AM Youth Sunday School @Youth Office (time change)
10:15AM Adult Sunday School
10:45AM Contemporary Worship Service
12:00PM Middle School Sunday School
2-4PM Pastor Dan’s Open House at Parsonage
Monday, December 16, 2013—Office Open, Pastor’s Day of Rest
Volunteers will staff office—Carol out
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Ad Council Cancelled
1:00PM Bible Study
6:00PM Youth Group
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
11:30AM UM Women/Silver Sages Christmas Party
5:00PM Praise Band Rehearsal
6:00PM Handbell Choir Rehearsal
7:15PM Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Friday, December 20, 2013—Church Office Closed-Pastor In
10:00AM Weekly Worship Theme Bible Study Meets
Saturday, December 21, 2013
2:00PM Stanwood-Camano Chorale Concert Here
Special Christmas Offering
If you would like to make a special Christmas offering for the ministries of our church, please use the Christmas envelope provided in the bulletin.
Pastor’s Open House
Pastor Dan invites everyone to stop by the parsonage for food, drink and fellowship at his annual Open House Sunday, December 15 from 2-4PM. The address is 9809 271st Street NW, just a few blocks east of the church.
The youth-age Sunday School will now be starting at 10:45 in the Youth Director’s office.
All-youth trip to the Lights of Christmas Dec. 29th. Pay what you can. Meet at the church for pizza at 5PM then head out to see the lights. Please sign up or let Kristen know you are interested by Dec 26th. Permission slips are required for this event as well.
United Methodist Women and Silver Sages Combine for Party
The UM Women and the Silver Sages group are joining together this year to celebrate at a joint Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 18, at 11:30AM.
This will be a potluck lunch, so bring a favorite recipe to share. Everyone is welcome to attend!
It was decided to have a “volunteer” gift exchange. For all who want to participate in this exchange, please bring a wrapped gift with a designated limit of $10.00 per gift. Any questions, please call Peggy Black, 387-7030.
Blue Christmas Service and Candlelight Services
All are invited to a special Blue Christmas worship service for the community to be held here on Sunday, December 22 at 7:00 PM. All are welcome at this uplifting service, but especially those who find Christmas and the holidays a difficult time.
The idea of this worship service is to provide an opportunity for those who may be grieving, in pain, or lonely to come together for a time of worship and to realize they are not alone. The service will include scripture, music and prayer.
Our two candlelight services will be at 5:30 and 9PM on December 24th. The 5:30 service is a children-friendly service.
We will take down our Christmas decorations on Saturday, January 4th. Hot coffee and snacks for all helpers!
Six Welcome Boxes and Five Best Wishes Boxes Were Delivered to the Interfaith Family Shelter in Everett
Thank you to everyone who has supported the Missions Committee’s project to provide a regular supply of “Welcome and Best Wishes Boxes” for the Interfaith Association’s Family Shelter in Everett. Six Welcome Boxes and five Best Wishes Boxes were delivered last week to the emergency shelter. While we were there, the social worker expressed how helpful the boxes are to the residents. She expressed a need for blankets during this cold weather. The Welcome Boxes, which have some basic items, are given to new residents who often have nothing when they arrive. The Best Wishes Boxes are given to residents who have begun to get their lives together and have found more permanent housing and need the basic necessities. Thanks to all who donated items to this important project, especially the United Methodist Women and two ConneXion groups which have been regular supporters.
The Missions Committee plans to continue this important service to these needy families. If you would like to help, write a check to SUMC and designate the Interfaith Family Shelter. With the cash, the Missions Committee has some super shoppers who find the best deals on items. We also encourage you to donate items listed in the display.
Dates of Note
December 15 Open House at Pastor Dan’s from 2-4PM
December 21 Stanwood/Camano Chorale Here, 2PM
December 22 Blue Christmas Service at 7PM
December 24 Candlelight Services at 5:30 and 9PM
December 25 Christmas
Thank You from Middle School Students
In August the congregation donated many, many school supplies to the Stanwood Middle School. Within a few days we received thank you notes from staff. A few weeks ago we received a packet of thank you notes from the students themselves. Each week I’ll include a few. They are so appreciative. (Carol)
Dear Church Members:
Thank you for donating school supplies. I know some students that are using them. Thank you. Jonathan Zedwick
Thank you very much for donating a lot of school supplies. It must have helped many people in this school. I really think that’s nice for those people who can’t afford them. Sincerely, Gabe Otero
Thank you for donating school supplies. You really helped the school a lot. That was really generous of you to donate all of the school supplies. Sincerely, Adam Jensen
Thanks for the school supplies. It really helped me while my Dad was layed off. Earlier this year he said thanks too. I really needed the supplies to start the year. Now we’re back on our feet but thank you for donating the supplies. Sincerely, Zachary Crittenden
Thank you for donating so many school supplies to students who couldn’t afford them. We really appreciate your donations. Most people aren’t that willing to spend their money on another person’s school supplies even if they can’t afford them. When you did this it said a lot about the people at your church. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Corbin Golden
I want to thank all the people who donated school supplies to our school and all who did not! I am from Stanwood Foursquare and Cedarhome Baptist. Sincerely, Isaac Zedwick
The Stanwood-Camano Chorale, with small ensemble Trouvere ,will present a holiday concert, “FUM, FUM, FUN, A Festive Feast of Frolicking Frivolity”, here in the sanctuary, Saturday, December 21 at 2PM. The director is Steve Jensen. A free-will offering will be accepted. Come sit, relax and enjoy this light, fun Christmas program. Refreshments following, of course.