Last week, Erin and I enjoyed a little downtime at home, in which we caught up on several movies and TV shows we had wanted to watch. I was particularly excited about the Christmas Special of Doctor Who, a British Sci-Fi show has been a favorite of mine for many years.
In this episode, the time-traveling, alien Doctor travels to a battlefield in World War I, right at the beginning of the Christmas truce of 1914. The episode draws to a close as the German and British troops sing “Silent Night” and come out of their trenches in a moment of the cease-fire. It is a moving scene of the possibility of peace and respect for life even in the direst of circumstances. And it sheds some light on a question the Doctor asks earlier in the episode.
The character the Doctor is constantly in situations where he has to make difficult decisions and struggles to understand right and wrong, good and evil. In this episode, he says, “By any analysis, evil should always win. Good is not a practical survival strategy – it requires loyalty, self-sacrifice, and love. So, why does good prevail?”
It is a complicated question and the show does not directly answer it. But we get glimpses of the power of good that can soften war-torn hearts, that works tirelessly to protect a single person because every life is important, and that gives us the courage to go on, even when the world seems out of balance.
During the next several weeks in worship, we will be looking at the stories of Jesus calling the disciples. I think there is much to learn in these stories about the character of the one calling, the kind of work Jesus expects us to do, and the inclusiveness of God’s call. In these stories and many others, we see how God has come to be with us to show us the value of goodness, self-sacrifice, and love, and how God calls us to participate in that goodness in the world.
Good may not be practical, and it definitely is not easy, but in this new year I hope that we follow God’s call to know and practice goodness and love in ever increasing ways.
Sunday, January 7
11:30 a.m. (ish) Unhanging of the Greens - Help us take down our Christmas decorations!
4:30 p.m. Meet at Oak Lawn UMC to serve dinner to the homeless
Monday, January 8
9:00 a.m. District Committee on Ordained Ministry
7:00 p.m. Finance Committee Meeting
Tuesday, January 9
7:00 p.m. Knitting Group
Thursday, January 11
6:00 p.m. Young Lives
Monday, January 15
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - church office closed
6:00 p.m. Trustees
7:00 p.m. Administrative Council
Monday, January 22
6:30 p.m. Church and Society Task Force
Saturday, January 27
1:00 p.m. Capes 4 Kids - We will host a cape-making afternoon with Union Coffee and Capes 4 Kids DFW! Bring your sewing (or cutting, tracing, pinning) skills and help us make capes to put smiles on the faces of sick children.
Welcome, New Members!
Betsy Henson and her children, Vo (right) and Si (left) joined the church on December 3. Si and Vo also chose to be baptized that day. We are so pleased to have them all in our church family!
As we move into the new year, we will continue to bolster our children’s ministry and would love your help and support in any of these ways:
- Pray – Please be in prayer for the children and families in our Lakewood neighborhood. Pray that they receive the spiritual guidance they need, whether that be at our church or any church. Pray that God spurs hearts of parents to bring their children to our church each Sunday morning. And pray that those who come into our space feel comfortable and excited to be here.
- Volunteer – You do not have to be an expert in anything to help out. Because of safety standards, we need 2 adults per room for any children’s programming. That means each Sunday we need 4 volunteers, 2 in the nursery and 2 in Children’s church. Erin writes out detailed lessons that are easy to follow, and the important thing is to show the children they are loved and have a place here. If you’d like to be put in the rotation of volunteers, contact the church office and we will get you set up.
- Spread the word – Let your neighbors know that we have some new children’s programming on Sunday mornings during the worship hour. During this time the kids sing fun songs, do crafts, and participate in an age-appropriate Bible lesson.
- Give – We have an Amazon wish list of items that would be helpful to have for children’s church. Please follow this link to see the list and purchase any items you’d like to give to the church: http://a.co/1vn1LQ7. Contact the office if you need help accessing or using the list.
2018 Metro District Lay Leadership Training
Christmas at Lakewood
We packed boxes for the homeless
We performed our cantata at Sunday morning worship and at the Museum of Biblical Arts (above)
We celebrated Christmas with lunch together in the Fellowship Hall
Happy Birthday to...
Dave Landis 1/3
Mary Mamantov 1/5
Catherine Larroca 1/8
Meagan Freeman 1/9
Mac Neuroth 1/22
Adelaide Hart 1/25
Sheila Richards 1/27
Stacy Olds 1/30
This Week, 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