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Newsletter December Digital 2012

Newsletter December Digital 2012

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December, 2012
“CHRISTMAS” conƟnued on page 2
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Real. Simple. Holy. Joy.How does one define Christmas? Countless books, songs,hymns, sermons and arƟcles have aƩempted to define themeaning of the Christmas
.Four words come to my mind about Christmas: Real. Sim
-ple. Holy. Joy.Christmas is RealSo much of what happens at Christmas simply isn’t real. Weerect arƟficial trees with fake snow — beauƟful, but not real. Inflatablereindeer and inflatable snowmen inhabit our yards – fun, but not real. Wespend unreal money (we call it “credit”) on things we really don’t need.Even the pace of this season isn’t real. We go from store to store, party toparty and halfway through the season many say, “I can’t wait to get back tothe real world; get back to a normal rouƟne.” It’s easy, therefore to forgetthat the reason for this season is real.Christmas is real. John writes,
“In the beginning was the Word, and theWord was with God and the Word was God….The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the Oneand Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
(John 1:1,14)
Christmas is historically real. Jesus was born in Bethlehem’s manger.Unlike fairy tales or fables set in a fantasy land “far, far away,” Jesus’ lifetook place in real Ɵme. The gospels give us places, locaƟons, proper namesand circumstances surrounding Jesus’ birth. Christmas is historically real.But Christmas is also
real. John says, “We have seen his glo-ry…” Not only does John tell us that God became flesh, he says that he (andothers) saw His glory. Christmas is a Ɵme to see “his glory.” May each of usencounter the reality of Christ this Christmas.Christmas is SimpleIf there is a word that seems NOT to describe the contemporary versionof Christmas, it’s “simple.” In fact, Christmas in our day is oŌen extremelycomplex. The lists, presents, decoraƟons, food and so forth can be incredi-bly complex.The core of Christmas, however, is simple. MaƩhew describes it,
“‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife,because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
She will give birth
Ed Lantz
Senior Pastor
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www.tsumc.org Tyler Street United Methodist Church
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Tyler Street United Methodist Church www.tsumc.org
Farewell toFarewell toEd Logan andEd Logan andRebecca Comer!Rebecca Comer! 
Join us on Sunday, December 9, at 9:45 amin Yeats Hall to say farewell to Ed and Re-becca. They are returning to their homestate of Tennessee to be close to their fami-lies. We have enjoyed Ed’s beauƟful musicfor 22 years. His last service to play is Christ-mas Eve. Our love and prayers to youboth...you will be missed!
CSO preparingfor coldweather
We are collecƟng coats, sweatersand blankets for those who arecold and in need. Please place youritems in the containers in the Sanc-tuary bldg and Children's bldg.Our December Heart to Heart meeƟng will be a cookieexchange on Sunday, December 9th, aŌer church in theconference room, near Anderson Hall (during the Bazaar).Please bring two dozen cookies, Ɵns/boxes if you havethem for our shut-in cookie giŌ boxes.Thanks to all of you for your faithful prayer and parƟcipa-Ɵon in the Tyler Street UMC women's ministry this year.We will begin the next women's Bible study in Janu-ary. Stay tuned!Celebrate Tyler Street's centennial year at the Christmas Bazaar!AcƟviƟes will include a visit from Santa, the Children's Choir naƟvity pageant, achili cook-off, cupcake walk, old-school karaoke and the kids-only Santa's Work-shop. Vendors include Kairos Canning Company, Scentsy, the Family Photo Booth,Grace Adele, Vetala, Marshmallow Crossbows, Garden Store, Baked Goods, KnitFashions, Oak Cliff publicaƟons and more!
We sƟll need parƟcipants for the chili cook-off and donaƟons for the baked goodstable.Jamie Nelson
Director of Children and Family MinistryTyler Street United Methodist Church(214)946-8106 x301
DECEMBER 9, 2012 12:30pm to 3:30pm

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