Special Reminders: The Monroe Concert Band is performing at Lights of Christmas Saturday, December 20 at 5:45PM and 7:45PM with Bob and Susan Cole as performing members.
For Sunday, December 21, we ask you to bring some of the following for the Everett Interfaith Family Shelter: tablet of lined paper, 8-1/2 x 11, box of small envelopes, 9-volt batteries, postage stamps, single-sided tape and Neosporin.
Stanwood/Camano Chorale concert here Sunday, December 21 at 3PM.
Blue Christmas Service here Sunday, December 21 at 7PM.
Christmas Eve—Family Candle Lighting Service at 5:30PM; Traditional Candle Lighting Service in the sanctuary at 9PM.
Sermon Title: Christmas Surprises
Scripture: Luke 1:26-38
Worship Focus: This morning we focus on one of the greatest surprises that ever there was, the surprise that took place when an angel by the name of Gabriel appeared to a young teenager by the name of Mary. Gabriel announced, “Mary, do not fear, you have found favor with God.” And this child would be Emmanuel, God with us.
It’s OK to Be Extravagant!
This Advent consider the question: “Why you shouldn’t simplify Christmas?” There are plenty of reasons why we should trim down and simplify our Christmas celebrations. But there are some ways in which it’s OK to be extravagant—not extravagant on spending thousands of dollars on decorations, gifts and entertaining, but rather, extravagant with your time—perhaps giving a few hours from your busy schedule to help with a food drive, or give an extra gift to someone in need, or some kindness to a neighbor who is alone this holiday. Extravagance may even mean giving yourself a little more time to savor the day.
The Christmas season is an amazing time to celebrate as we gather with family and friends and those we love. What about those who are homeless? How can they celebrate? This year during the season of advent, we are going to be having a drive for items needed for the Interfaith Family Shelter, which ministers to homeless families. As a church, we’ve been supporting it, preparing “Welcoming Boxes,” for residents as they enter the shelter, and “Best Wishes,” boxes when they leave and move on into housing situations. What an amazing ministry— and we are a participant in it! Each week we will highlight some items needed; a new one each Sunday through December 28. On Sunday, December 28, we ask you to bring some of the following: Fever thermometer, box of legal-sized envelopes, ink pens (4), pencil sharpener, double-sided tape and flashlight with batteries. Let’s be extravagant this Christmas in helping these families in need!
Our New Sanctuary Monitors
We hope you enjoyed our first use of the new monitors in the sanctuary December 14th. We feel they will enhance the worship service in many ways. The cost of the monitors was paid from the interest generated by our Endowment Fund. The Endowment fund cannot be used for General Budget. We are grateful to those who left this legacy to benefit the church’s ongoing ministries.
United Methodist Women
We have voted to change our monthly meeting date from the third Wednesday of each month to the second Wednesday of each month at the beginning of 2015. We hope this change will encourage more women and their friends of SUMC to attend our UMW meetings. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. in the Anderson Room. Please bring your sack lunch, beverages are always provided. We hope to see you then!
Dates of Note
December 21 Stanwood/Camano Chorale Here, 3PM
December 21 Blue Christmas Service at 7PM
December 24 Candlelight Services at 5:30 and 9PM
December 25 Christmas Day