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Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
All who lift themselves up will be brought low.
But all who make themselves low will be lifted up.
Meetings this Week!
Grief Group Sunday @ 3:00pm
SPRC December 2 @ 5:00pm
UMW Day Circle December 2 @ 1:00pm
UMW Night Circle December 3 @ 5:30pm
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Friday Update 11/25/22 Dear Friends,
We are ready! The season of Advent, which comes from the Latin word adventus meaning "coming" or "visit," begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. Advent is the beginning of the church year for Christians.
During Advent, we prepare for and anticipate the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for and need of forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning. Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming.
Although we are accustomed to celebrating Christmas on a single day, in both Christian tradition and on the church calendar, the Christmas season lasts from sundown on Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) through Epiphany of the Lord (Jan. 6). This is sometimes referred to as "the 12 days of Christmas."
Advent begins with the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day. This year, since Christmas falls on a Sunday, and Christmas Eve on Saturday night, Advent begins Sunday, November 27, and ends at sundown on Saturday, Dec. 24 three weeks plus a portion of an additional day. The color for Advent has traditionally been purple, although some churches have adopted blue.
This year will be the first time in three years we have been able to celebrate Advent and Christmas without mask mandates. (Masks are still available if you are being cautious.) We are looking forward to having the Annual Potluck this year!
We do have two different Advent devotional books. Please do not take one of each. We purchased enough for everyone to choose one but not enough for everyone to have both. The book we are studying on Monday nights and Wednesdays is red but has the same title as one of the devotional books. Remember, everyone is welcomed to join one of our studies.
It was a tradition in the early service to have candles to light for prayer requests or remembrances. We have moved the candles from the chapel to the sanctuary. You are welcome to come before the service, during singing or passing of the peace to light a candle.
Once again, thank you to all those who made our Thanksgiving Feast possible. You are amazing!
Grace and peace,
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Ellen has a great class on third floor. Everyone is always welcomed!
Ellen's previous lessons can be found on YouTube and Libsyn.
Please let us know if you would like to volunteer for any of our missions. We can always use extra hands and feet and most importantly loving hearts.
Last night the Open Door class fed 198 of our neighbors.
Sues table and food Pantry
First United Methodist Church has a program called Sue's Table that offers a free meal every Monday night at 4:45 pm . We also have a Food Pantry that is open Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9-11 am. Due to COVID 19 both Sue's Table and the Food Pantry are operating in a drive-thru method. No one is allowed to enter the church.We will serve you while you remain in your car or wait outside. Thank you.
Our feeding program participate in and distribute USDA TEFAP (emergency feeding assistance program). This organization is an equal opportunity provider and follows USDA nondiscriminatory policies .
We are a USDA distribution site
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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
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Thank you to all those who made our Thanksgiving Feast happen again this year. Charlotte Young coordinated the delivery of 241 meals around Ouachita County and our coordinators of Tate Wunnenberg and Carolyn Upchurch served around 200 drive-through and dine-in neighbors. Thank you especially to the Camden Fairview Beta Club for volunteering!