Join us for Advent!

Advent Services and Fellowship

Hanging of the Greens Service

Sunday     December 1     11:00 a.m.

Choral Christmas Program

Sunday     December 8     5:00 p.m.

Caroling, Hymns, Choir and Special Music

Refreshments following the service

Christmas Family Night Dinner

Wednesday     December 18     6:30 p.m.

Covered Dish Dinner, Caroling, and Santa Visits

Christmas Eve Service at Grace UMC

Tuesday     December 24     5:00 & 11:00 p.m.

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Advent Sermon Series – Journey into Advent

Sunday Worship Service at 11:00 a.m.

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Christmas Outreach

Union Gospel Mission

Collecting donations from Wish list located at each entrance.

John Calvin Christmas Party

Monday     December 9     5:30 p.m.

Music with Edwin Hixson, Food, Fun, and Fellowship

Family Promise at Burks UMC

Monday     December 16     6:00 p.m.

Provide desserts and fellowship with homeless families

Pastor’s Corner – November

Gleanings…

At a party the other night I watched an eight-month-old make his way around the room.  Pretty much anywhere he wanted to go was attainable so long as momma and daddy were not watching.  Pulling himself up on the coffee table or any of the chairs only added to the number of things he could get into, and that meant all of us had to be vigilant.  As I watched, I marveled at the drive he exhibited.  Nothing, until he tired himself out, was able to slow him down.  He just went and went.

One thing that most people have difficulty accepting is the lack of mobility that can come with old age and/or illness.  No matter who we are, where we live, or how old we are we like the ability to go when we want to and where we want to.  It seems there is nothing harder to impose on someone than restrictions on their ability to move about freely.  Do you think that our desire to move about is part of God’s plan for our lives?

Without doing any great research, I cannot think of a single animate creature that lacks the ability to move about.  That thought leads me to believe that we are born to move whether we swim, walk, fly, slither, or ooze along.  And, if we were made to move about, why do some stop?  Let’s chase that for a minute.

If we are able to move and we accept that this is how we were created, not moving seems to be a denial of who we are.  Now, I’m not talking about anything that finds one spot and never leaves it much as sponges and corals do.  No, I am referring to people who cease moving out into the world where they can experience new relationships.  When we form new relationships with the world around us, we are changed and we help to change others.  Without the action of change in our lives, we lose our reason for living.

Following this thread a little farther, if we are to grow as a result of moving about, we would likely benefit from having something to guide us.  Maps are useful for moving about geographically, but what guides us in our thoughts and beliefs?  Most of us might answer that it is very helpful to have one or more guides for any journey, whether of changing our physical location of moving about in our thinking.  Setting aside helps for physical movement, who do you rely on to guide your spiritual journey?

Stating that Jesus is our guide brings us full circle to the place where we connect the one who created us with the ability to move to the one who calls us to follow his directions.  I like the idea that it’s all part of the plan—we are created to move and find that our best guide is the one who created us.

So, where is Jesus calling you to go?  Accepting Jesus as Lord puts us on the path of discipleship.  Then, as we grow more and more into his likeness, we move into the role of apostle that we might bear Good News into the world.  This, I believe, affirms that we are to keep moving as we are able, never minding the road conditions.  Jesus needs us constantly moving so that we carry his mercy, compassion, and forgiveness (his love!) to our sisters and brothers everywhere.  And the best part is that Jesus is always on the road with us,

Blessings,

Pastor Braxton ><>