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First United Methodist

Church Newsletter
“The Church with a Warm Heart”

PO Box 1466
301 NE 1st Street
Mineral Wells, TX

December 2013

Preparing for Christmas

In this season of Advent, we have much to do to get ready for
the coming of Christ.
We will host a decorating party Wed., Dec. 2nd. Join us at
5:30 pm for supper. Then we will scatter around the building to
decorate. The more the merrier! There's something for everyone
to do — from trimming the trees to hanging wreaths and
garland, so please join us.
Also that day, a group will pack care packages for our college
Methodist Men meet kids and any military. For the past 12 years or so, our church
every second
has made a point to let our college kids and military know we
Sunday at 7:30 am
love them and are thinking about them during this time of the
with the men of
year. Please consider bringing "goodies" for the packages
Central UMC. They (homemade cookies, beef jerky, popcorn, candy, etc.) or making
alternate meeting @ a donation to cover the cost of mailing. Encouraging notes are
Central or in our
especially welcome.
McMaster Hall to
Parents - We want to send your child a care package, but we
share breakfast
need addresses, so get those to the office or Jolene Williams.
followed by a
These are the ones we know. Contact Jolene or the office if we
program and
have left anyone off. Thank you.
meeting. This
Kenyon Calcote - OU (finishing grad school this semester!)
month’s meeting is
Mackenzie Dow - Weatherford College
at Central Dec. 13.
Scarlett Eaton - University of Louisiana - Monroe
Brayden Garcia - Weatherford College
Ethan Gregory - Perkins School of Theology (last year)
Kevin Gregory - Southwestern University
Sean McGuire - Tarleton State University
Breezy Rafaele - Arlington Baptist University
The Healthy Church Initiative Leadership Development Team,
up of Sue Overton, Chair; Troy Huseman, Sharon Garcia
Bible Study meets
and Tammy Crawford, are creating a leadership development
@ 6:30 pm
process. They will also meet Wed., Dec. 2nd.
Mondays in the
Our Community Christmas Parade is Sat., Dec. 5th at 4pm
parlor with Pastor
the youth are putting together a float for the church.
Lianne, followed by
Everyone is welcome to participate. See Shauna Bradshaw for
Handbell Practice
details and/or questions. She's in charge!
@ 7:10 pm with
We always adorn the altar area of our beautiful sanctuary with
director Adam Hull.
poinsettias. If you would like to order a poinsettia this Advent
season, please fill out an order form available at the
church. This year’s cost is $25 each.

Live Nativity
Our annual Live Nativity is scheduled
for 6:30 to 8:30 pm both Monday, Dec.
21st and Tuesday, Dec. 22nd.
We are updating and invite you to join
us for the new version! Celebrate the
birth of Jesus Christ through music and
scripture and watch as it was that night
long, long ago in a stable in Bethlehem.
The telling of the Christmas story will
begin every half hour on the lot west of
the church on NE 1st Avenue, across from
Western Auto and cookies, hot chocolate
and coffee will be served to the public at
the event.
We are in need of actors (all ages) for
each 30-minute performance. The music
and scripture is prerecorded so the
“acting” is the same as in the past.
Please join us representing Mary, Joseph,
shepherds, wise men and angels. Invite
your family and friends and let us all
share this special time together.
If you are unable to be an actor, please
come to the church and share in the
fellowship “behind the scenes” in
McMaster Hall. There will be plenty of
food and treats for everyone. Sign-up
sheets are on a table outside the
sanctuary for the different areas to help,
as well as for food items.
Monetary donations are also being
collected to purchase refreshments. Turn
these in to the church office or any of the
hospitality team members (MZ Dunn,
Vicki Tuggle, Beta Boyd, Cathy Johnson
and Kay Brown).
Thank you for supporting this special
Christmas event for our church and
please sign up to help make this an
amazing event for the community!

Salvation Army Bell Ringers
Our day to ring the bells is Saturday,
Dec. 19 from 8 am to 8 pm at the grocery
door of Walmart. Sign-up sheet is on the
bulletin board near the office. Please help
out for this worthy cause that benefits our
neighbors in need.

Dec. 1 - John Mayo, Holly Runyon
Dec. 3 - Ed Evans
Dec. 5 - Paul Vaughan, Kenzi Huseman
Dec. 7 - Dianna Runyon
Dec. 10 - Kylie Williams
Dec. 16 - Amanda Daniell
Dec. 19 - Tena Brooks, Mary Cox-Stahl
Dec. 22 - Bill Keller, Jamie Novak
Dec. 24 - Sherry Mayo, Kerry Runyon
Dec. 26 - March Williamson
Dec. 27 - Dale Brooks
Dec. 29 - John Holder
Dec. 31 - Wes Bradshaw

“Because hunger does not take

the weekend off”
Working on Back Pack Buddies is a lot of work, but it is also a great blessing. We
sometimes see so much bad news that we forget about the good in the world. I have
seen the goodness in people’s hearts as they have worked on our fundraisers such as
the gates at the Crazy Water Festival. I received word this week that the Festival
committee will donate enough money to supply food to 254 students for almost five
weeks! We sincerely thank them for their generosity. I have seen the same generous
hearts in those who have held food drives for us such as the generous people at
Suddenlink and Mr. Jim’s Pizza. Thank you for your help in our effort to eliminate
childhood hunger on the weekends.
Please mark your calendars for February 4th. The Zonta Club has scheduled their
annual “Bowls of Love” event. This year, the event will benefit Back Pack Buddies. We
are very grateful for their support. I sincerely hope that you will plan to attend.
It has come to our attention that a number of high school students are living on their
own. We are currently collecting toiletry items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes,
shampoo, soap, deodorant, etc that will be dispersed by the school counselors. We
hope you will be able to help with this effort. The honest truth is that this has grown to
be a big and expensive endeavor, and we need the support of all of our church family.
Please pray for this mission and the children we serve.
With gratitude, Judy Jackson
This program accepts both monetary and food donations. It costs $3 per child each
week. Food provided includes pudding or fruit cups, dried fruit, Poptarts, cheese
crackers (no peanut butter due to allergies), Vienna sausages, or individual snack

Prayer Blanket ministry meets the third
Wednesday of each month, but there will
be no Prayer Blanket meeting during
December. We will begin again Wed., Jan.
20, 2016. Merry Christmas and A Blessed
New Year!

Our Vision: “Our passion is to be
followers of Jesus Christ who are welcoming,
worshiping, growing and going.”
Please sign up to cook a meal or
To fulfill the “welcoming” portion of our
provide a dessert to feed our WOW
vision the Hospitality and Assimilation team
group. The sign up is on the bulletin
has created a WELCOME CORNER. It is set
board by the office or see Children’s
up inside the east door of the church.
Coordinator Vicki Gregory.
One of the top three goals of this team is to
initiate the Greeter Program. Greeters will
We will not have Wow the week of
extend a warm welcome and helpful
Christmas or New Year’s (Dec. 23 or
assistance to guests and members before
Sunday School and worship at FUMC.
Snack Supper at 5:30 pm and
Greeters and ushers will be easy to identify
children's lesson and activity from 6-7
as they will be wearing red lanyards and
pm. All children are invited to join us for name tags. If you would like to serve as a
the fun and cool fellowship. Invite a
Greeter, please contact Cathy Johnson at
buddy or friend to come with you.
940-325-4366 or Kay Brown at 940-3251585. We look forward to hearing from you
Youth meet upstairs until 7:30 pm
and want to thank you for actively engaging
with Youth Director Amanda Daniell.
in the life of our congregation.
Choir practice starts @ 7 pm,
The Communications Team has given the
backpacks can be packed for
FUMC website a makeover, and increased
our presence on social media. Visit the new
BackPack Buddies and Prayer Shawl
church website and like the church Facebook
workers meet on the third Wednesday
page online. You can also find the FUMC
of the month. Pick an activity to join
Youth group on Instagram and Twitter.
and have your evening meal provided.
If you have special announcements and/or
events that you would like advertised, please
Youth will go caroling let David May or Amanda Daniell know so
they can add it to the website and the
from 5 to 8pm
Facebook page.
The team is currently working on signage
Sunday, Dec.
around the church and is looking into where
signs are needed and the cost.
Everyone is invited to join us. If you
know of someone who would love to
have them come and sing to them,
Facebook Page:
please let Amanda Daniell or Shauna know.
Worship on Wednesdays continues
each Wednesday evening.