Archive for Sunday School
Dear Lauderdale United Methodist Church Family & Friends,
A cartoon from a few years ago showed a woman saying to her husband, “Good grief, Henry. Here’s Christmas at our throats again!”
Amid the preparations for Christmas each year, there always seem to be a few voices like hers, proclaiming a “Bah, humbug!” on the whole business. And if the truth be known, some of us may feel less than excited about Christmas ourselves. The expense, the crowds, the overindulgence, the hurried schedules and all the other trappings of modern Christmas celebrations are enough to make all of us to have a Scrooge look at the season.
In the face of the humbug state of affairs, it is helpful to remember that God did not send Jesus to be “at our throats,” but to be “in our hearts.” The difference between those two concepts defines the gap between gloom and glory. There’s a reason we call the gospel good news. As John so aptly put it, “For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him” (3:17).
Jesus is God’s gift to our world — and to our hearts. When Jesus resides within, whether we enjoy or merely tolerate the flurry of seasonal preparations, Christmas itself is a grand opportunity to say thank you to God for the gift of the Son.
My Prayer for you is that you and your family have a Blessed Christmas and remember to let Christ be the center of your life.
In God’s peace & Merry Christmas,
Just a reminder of the events that will be held at the church through Easter Sunday:
Tonight : Maundy Thursday Come and Go Communion 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Friday Night: Movie The Passion at 6:30 pm
Saturday: Decorate the Cross 8:00 am
Easter Egg Hunt, Dedication of Gym, Lunch – beginning at 10:00 am
Bring cupcakes and/or individually wrapped cookies (for Bunny Hop)
Sunday: Early Service 8:00 am, followed by light breakfast, bring fruit, casseroles, or sweet rolls
Sunday School 9:45 am
Adult Cantata 10:45 am service
No Evening Services
10. Try an electronic fast. Give up TV, Guitar Hero, texting, tweeeting, e-mail and all things electronic for one day every week. (or everyday of Lent!) Use the time to read & pray.
9. Start a prayer rhythm. Say a prayer every time you brush your teeth, hear an ambulance, or check your e-mail. Before you text someone, pray for them.
8. Read one chapter in the Bible each day. (Matthew’s a good book to start with. Psalms, too.)
7. Forgive someone who doesn’t deserve it (maybe even yourself.)
6. Give up soft drinks, fast food, tea or coffee. Give the money you save to help folks in Haiti or others in crisis.
5. Create a daily quiet time. Spend 30 minutes a day in silence and prayer.
4. Cultivate a life of gratitude. Write someone a thank you letter each week and be aware of how many people have helped you along the way.
3. Be kind to someone each day.
2. Pray for others you see as you walk to and from classes or drive to and from work.
1. Volunteer one hour or more each week with a local shelter, tutoring program, nursing home, prison ministry or a Habitat for Humanity project.
(Taken from Method-X, sponsored by Upper Room Ministries)
Our Advent Study begins on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 and continues for three consecutive Wednesday – December 8, 15 and 22. The session will begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude at 11:30 a.m. Following each session, we will enjoy a “brown bag” lunch (each person brings their own) and rich fellowship as we sit around the table and share conversation and food. For the Study, we will be using J. Ellsworth Kalas’ book, Best Sings Come At Night. The books are $7.00 each. The teachers are Ginger and Jimmy Harrison. Please join us. Sign up now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information and pay for your book the next Sunday or Wednesday when you are at church.