The greens have been hung, the decorations are out, and we are entering the season of Advent as we prepare for our Christmas celebration. Advent is one of my personal favorite times in the life of the church and I find a lot of value in allowing these weeks leading up to Christmas day to reveal new ways that the hope, love, joy, and peace of the birth of Christ can impact my life.
In that spirit of preparation, we will be looking at some of the stories that lead up to Jesus’s birth in worship over the next several weeks. One of the remarkable things about these stories is that we see several visits of angels to the main characters. These angelic messengers encourage us to be not afraid, to await God’s promises, to awaken to the new work of God in our world, and to be amazed by that work. I hope that you will join us and discover the way these messages can guide you afresh into another Christmas season.
This year is unique in that Christmas Eve is on a Sunday. As you can see on our calendar, we will have two services on that Sunday and each will be completely different. Our 10:15 a.m. service will be similar to our other Sunday morning services. Our 5:30 p.m. service will be a candlelight Christmas Eve service. Each will provide a unique way of preparing for and celebrating the birth of Christ and I hope to see you at both!
* Please see below for Advent events/information
Sunday, December 3
4:30 p.m. Meet at Oak Lawn UMC to volunteer at Oak Lawn Community Meal, their homeless meal ministry
Tuesday, December 5
7:00 p.m. Knitting Group
Thursday, December 7
6:00 p.m. Young Lives
Tuesday, December 19
6:00 p.m. Young Lives Bible Study
We are pleased to welcome Becky Jones to the LUMC family! Becky joined the church on November 26.
A Call for Shoeboxes
On Sunday, December 10, as we have done in years past, we will pack shoeboxes for the Stewpot to hand out to our homeless neighbors as Christmas gifts. We need your help collecting supplies for these boxes! We have plenty of bar soap and shampoo, but we still need the following:On
- Shoeboxes (must have completely separate lid)
- Knit hat or gloves
- Lip balm
- Small Bible or book of inspiration
- Small flashlight with batteries
- Disposable stick razors
- Small umbrella
- Fast food gift card ($5 or less)
- Small hand sanitizer
- Pens or pencils
- Stationery or cards with stamps
- Hard candy or gum
- Travel-size packs of tissues
The Dallas Marathon takes place on Sunday, December 10. We are not completely surrounded by the marathon course like we have been in past years, but there is still a chance you will encounter road closures on your way to church that morning. Visit the Dallas Marathon website for a downloadable PDF map or an interactive Google map.
Advent at Lakewood
This past month, the Lakewood Firehouse After School program was able to donate 6 coats to kids in need at Dan D. Rogers Elementary. While they were there, they dropped off donuts as a gift of appreciation for the teachers at Rogers. This month, Firehouse committee members are working with the school to identify 10 kids to adopt for an Angel Tree effort here at the church. We will be sure to let you know when we have everything set up so that you can adopt an Angel this Christmas!
Sunday, December 10
After worship, we will pack Christmas boxes for our homeless neighbors (see above)
Sunday, December 17
10:15 a.m. Christmas Cantata
11:30 a.m. (ish) Christmas Craft Store
Sunday, December 24
10:15 a.m. Sunday Worship Service
5:30 p.m. Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship
Monday, December 25
2:00 p.m. Christmas Lunch in the Youth Room: We will host a Christmas lunch and time of fellowship. The meal will be traditional, with turkey, ham, and all the fixins, but we will be accommodating one or more vegetarians. We will gladly accept any side dishes, etc., but it is not necessary. It would be helpful to know if you plan to attend, but you will be welcome without an RSVP. For more information, contact the church office or Cindy or Charlie Estee. See you on Christmas!
Monday, December 25 through Monday, January 1
Church Office Closed. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your loved ones! The office will resume normal hours on Tuesday, January 2. If you have a pastoral emergency during this time, please call (903) 814-4173.
Order Your Poinsettias!
Pictures from Our Choir Dinner
We had such a great time at our choir dinner a few weeks ago! Our choir members sang wonderful songs for us, and our usual auctioneer, George Freeman, appears to have some competition in the form of Noah Robertson! Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket and/or a dessert to raise money for our choir.
Happy Birthday to...
Mona Davis 12/1
John Gill 12/11
Yvonne Johnson 12/17
Chris Venable 12/18
Elizabeth Robbins 12/22
Kathy Purvis 12/24
Dollie Norris 12/27
Karen Davis 12/28
Buford Finley 12/31
Jim Tumlinson 12/31
This Month, We Pray for...
Katy Arbour; Gail Baldwin; Lynn Bruce; Linda Castor; Wilma Elrod; Mary Ann Finley; Buford Finley; Jean Fowler; Erik Galvan; Adelaide Hart; Harold Logan; Jan Logan; Rev. W.W. McNeill; Carolyn Miracle; Marie Miranda; Mike Miranda; Pat Norvell; Jorge Ortiz; Brandon Owen; Laneir Owens; Susan Price; Kathy Purvis; Elizabeth Robbins; Robin Robbins; Beth Saxton; Jeanne Scroppo; Linda Simmons; Alan Smith; Kelly Smith; Travis Smith; Danielle Swagger; Barbara Venable; Chris Venable; the Wade family; Betty Watson; Louise Williams