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United Methodist Church of Swartz Creek

Dr. Reverend J.D. Landis, Pastor

December, 2010
Come join us for Sunday Worship 8:30 am & 11:00 am/Sunday School 9:45 am Wednesday Worship 6:30 pm

JD Landis As usual, our Christmas schedules are all getting very busy at this time, but I would like to encourage you to take time to be a part of our Christmas Concert on December 5th for the food pantry, to come and hear our musicians perform a Cantata on Sunday, December 12, to see our Children’s program on Sunday, December 19, and, of course to be a part of our Christmas Eve services on December 24th. Let me also tell you about another wonderful opportunity to be renewed and refreshed in the Christmas Love Feast…..(please see pg. 3)

The Candy Cane Look at the Candy Cane Tell us what you see. Stripes that are red Like the blood He shed for me. White is for my Savior Who’s sinless and pure! “J” is for Jesus, my Lord, God in flesh, be assured! Turn that “J” around, A shepherd’s staff in view. Jesus, our Good Shepherd, Was born for me and you!

Where To Find It
Greetings from…………….pg 1 Corner-copia………………pg 1 New News……………….. pg 2 Christmas Love Feast.…….pg 3 Around the Congregation... pg 4 Birthdays…………………. pg 5 Military List……………….pg 5 Thank you’s……………….pg 5 Staff Listing……………….backcover

United Methodist Church of Swartz Creek 7400 Miller Rd. Swartz Creek MI 48473* 810-635-4555 Our Mission Statement: To be a nurturing community of Christians committed to serving Jesus Christ, helping others find Him and grow as His disciples.

New News...
Flint District United Methodist Church Detroit Conference Lay Speaking Ministries:

Launching Laity Leadership— Saturday January 8, 2011 9am-12p at Flint Hope UMC—For All Lay Speakers/ Leaders Youth Lay Speaking Weekend— January 29-31, 2011 at West ViennaClio UMC Adult Lay Speaking Workshop— March 4 & 5, 2011 at Court Street UMC

Your LAST CHANCE to have you picture taken for our new directory is Wednesday, December 22nd from 2p-9p. If you consider our church, your church, make sure you’re pictures there! Call 1-800-866-2263 or go to—use our church phone number as a password!

Non-perishable food items are being collected for Christmas Baskets to help out those in need. You can drop items off until December 19th.

Need more info?? Check the District website at OR contact Bonnie Potter at

UMM Annual Christmas Tree Sale has started! Sale hours are M-F from 4p-7p And Saturdays from 10a-7p No Sunday Sales Choose from Douglas Fir, Frasier Fir, Or Scotch Pine Prices range from $25-$45

Financial Peace University— A Dave Ramsey study will be held at Flushing UMC beginning January 9th from6p-8p. Actual classes will begin January 16th from 6p-8p. Approximate cost is $110.00. Class runs 13 weeks. Call 810-659-5172 for info.

Heifer Fill The Ark—Special Advent Giving Opportunity: During Advent, we encourage each of you to participate in Heifer International’s FILL THE ARK program, which encourages individuals and families “an opportunity to learn about—and offer a helping hand to—families around the world.” Your participation will support Heifer’s effort to end hunger as well as care for the earth by providing “appropriate livestock, training and related services to small-scale farmers and communities worldwide.” Arks will be available on November 28th to all Sunday School classes. (Extra arks will also be available at the welcome center). Take your ark home with you and begin your 4 week journey of giving! A couple tips: • Make it a habit to give to your ark daily. Pray for the recipients of these gifts and that our hearts be filled with generosity • Set a goal for your Sunday School class • Visit the Heifer table by the welcome center to learn about alternative gift giving and other ways to help!

Bring your filled arks to church Sunday, December 19th!

Christmas Love Feast December 15, 2010 6:30pm

This year we will celebrate the Old Moravian Love Feast at our Wednesday night service, as we have for the past two years. Someone might ask, what is a love feast? Why should we do this on an already busy holiday season? The Love feast actually goes back to the New Testament recalling the fellowship meal Jesus had with his disciples. The current feast we celebrate had its beginning with Ludwig Von Zinzendorf in Germany, at a place called Hernhut, in 1727. Zinzendorf was the leader that led the Moravians into a passion for revival and world missions. It was through them that John Wesley found Jesus Christ as his savior. We celebrate the feast in part because, without their influence, there would be no Methodist Church or modern day Wesleyan revival. Some consider the Moravians as the founders of the modern day prayer movement, with their 100 year 24 hour a day prayer watch. As the years went by, many Moravians, Methodist, Mennonites, and Brethren celebrated the Love Feast. They were often held in homes by candlelight. It had as a focus a time of sharing, singing, showing love, and experiencing forgiveness with one another. Many churches today celebrate it in the Advent or Christmas Season with candle lighting and festive music. There is also a special bun and a drink of coffee, cider, hot chocolate, tea, or water. Love Feasts have also been part of Covenant Disciple Groups. My first Love Feast was at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in 1979. Dr. William K. Quick, a North Carolina United Methodist who grew up in Moravian country, introduced it. Remarkably, I grew up in Moravian country as well, but knew little of it. At its peak, Metro drew 1600 people to this Christmas Eve like service. It became a city wide event with people coming together from all denominations. In later years, persons were encouraged to dress in their native clothing. On a smaller scale, we will gather for a similar time of sharing, singing, reading the Scriptures and lighting candles. We will have participation from youth and adults. There will be sharing, and the bun and cider. We invite you to come and remember the gift of the Savior. To come show love for one another. A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another as I have loved you—John 13:34. Come and be in the presence of Christ, of your church family and friends, and remember the spiritual heritage we have been given.

Around The Congregation….
UMW Cookie Exchange Need help with your holiday baking?? We have just the thing for you! Bring 2 dozen of your favorite cookies, and copies of your recipe on Saturday, December 11th @ 9:30 am in the Johnson Center! Come enjoy the holiday fellowship! Join us on Sunday, December 19th at 6pm in the sanctuary for our Annual Christmas Play -“The Nativity Story”. Everyone 3 & up is encouraged to be a part of the play! As is our tradition, yummy cookies & punch will be served following the play in Murbach Hall.

Important December Dates:
Dec 1 Dec 1 An Advent Concert to benefit the Dec 3 Swartz Creek Community Food Basket Dec 4 Dec 4 Sunday December 5th at 3pm Dec 5 Swartz Creek United Methodist Church Dec 8 Hosted by Richard K. Thompson Dec 9 Choirs from St. Mary, SCUMC and Living Way Dec 11 will perform! Dec 12 Non-perishable food donations are Dec 13 appreciated and a free-will offering will be Dec 13 Dec 14 taken. Dec 14 Dec 15 Dec 16 Our Annual Christmas Cantata Dec 18 “Holy Night of Miracles” will be presented on Dec 19 Sunday, December 12th at both services. The Dec 20 Dec 22 Chancel Choir will be telling the Christmas Dec 24 Story in word and song. Dec 24 Dec 24 Dec 25 Dec 26 Dec 28 Dec 30 Dec 31

“Joyful Sounds”

UMW Exec Bd Mtg @ 9:30a Lg UMW Unit Mtg @ 11:30a Lennon Café SS Christmas Party @ 6p Johnson’s Play Practice @ 10a S Bells @ Durand Train Station @ 6p Food Pantry Concert @ 3p S Finance @ 7:30 201/203 Food Pantry Mtg @10a JC Play Practice @ 10a S UMM Breakfast @ 7a MH Pasties @ 8a Kitchen Missions Mtg @ 6:30p 105 Pasties @ 8a Kitchen Moms & More @6:15p MH/105 Church Council @ 7:30p S Red Cross Blood Drive @ 12p MH Play Practice @ 10a S Christmas Program @ 6p S/MH Trustees @ 6:30p SR Olan Mills Photos 2p-9p JC Christmas Eve—Office Closed Family Christmas Eve @ 6p S Candlelight Service @ 11p S MERRY CHRISTMAS!! No Sunday School Men’s Work Day @ 8:30a MH North End Soup Kitchen @ 8:45a New Years Eve—Office Closed

Thanks be to God
You all did such a wonderful job of preparing & serving the meal at Lou Ellen’s Memorial Dinner. Your thoughtfulness is so greatly appreciated during this sad time. Thank you so very much! Stan & Lisa Kloc & Cody Family of Lou Ellen Myers Thank you for your prayers and cards during mother’s 8 months in a nursing home. Thank you for the continued visits of the care team members: David Beckwith, Barb Benjamin, Richard Moreland, and our pastor, JD Landis, as well as other church family members. Thank you to Tammy Gwillim & Monte Morgan and all the others who prepared the delicious funeral dinner. And finally, thank you for all the cards sent to me after the funeral. Ros Hamady

Those in Military Service
STC Jeff Arnold Richard Brill Joe & Missy Caldwell Christopher Campbell Bob Churchill Sean Crisp CW3 Rodney Crow Jessica Faith Ian Gohlke Paul Gregg Trevor B. Hicks John Leach William Lengyel Kyle Leonard Alan Lloyd Matt Makillom Kenny Middaugh AIC Kevin Miceli Michael Packer Michael Quinn Ryan Rolfe Joshua Sepanak Michael Sepanak Avry Spigner SRA Brandon Squires Steven Tanous Dr. Brad Taylor

Ben Strauss Suzette Mulnix Mikaela VanHoven Irma Elmore Alexander Fortinberry Weston Mitchell Madeline Rourke Tara Clark Lynn Harburn Andrew Burchett Becky McGraw Alex Poppen Zachary Forsythe Dorothy Cattell Michele Bielby Sherrie Strickland Thomas Gwillim Doris Beebe Elisa Hasse Madeline Pfeiffer Margot Guindon Aaron Johnson Eva Drlik Mary Whitten Susan Gaines 2 3 4 5 5 5 5 6 7 9 9 9 10 10 11 11 13 14 14 14 15 15 16 16 17 Gerald Lindenberg Joe Beckley Nancy McLaughlin Janet Peterson Donald Waddell Jaden Sepanak Ashley Parks Alli Weller Annette Beckwith Jonathon Smith Carla McKay John Witt Deena Wolfgram Paul Speck Nicole Grant Jennie Pyles Abby Henry Roberta Hatch Victoria Niles Elaine Sharp Marjorie Huff Brenda Sepanak Geri Smith Lucinda Brier Jessica Mulnix 17 18 18 18 18 19 20 20 22 22 23 23 23 24 25 25 26 27 27 28 29 29 29 30 30 Robert Museus Hope Moreland Alvis Whitten 30 31 31

Swartz Creek United Methodist Church Box 268, Swartz Creek, MI 48473

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Office hours: M-F 8:30a-12:00p & 1:00p-4:30p Pastor Rev. Dr. J.D. Landis Phone: 635-4555, ext. 201 Financial Secretary Donna Smith Phone: 635-4555, ext. 202 Youth Director Brian Kelley Phone: 635-4555, ext. 210 Music Director Richard Moreland Phone: 635-4555, ext. 208 Nursery & Sonshine Director Susan Waddell Phone: 635-4555 Associate Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrew Allie Phone: 635-4555, ext. 204 Administrative Assistant Barbara Mulnix Phone: 635-4555, ext 201 Main Office Kim Edwards Phone: 635-4555 Building Manager Dan Parks Phone: 635-4555

Join us each Sunday at 9:45 am for these ongoing classes: All are welcome! Nursery (2 & under) Preschool K-1st Grade 2nd-3rd Grade 4th-5th Grade Junior High (6th-8th) Senior High (9th-12th) Women’s Bible Study Men’s Bible Study Journey Through The Bible Fellowship Class Nursery Rm. 101 Rm. 108 Rm. 102 Rm. 105 Rm. 107/109 Rm. 202/204 Rm. 206 Rm. 302 Rm. 203 Rm. 207

Amy Gawthrop & Teresa Woodby Pete Plum Dennis Thorpe Sharon Cummings & Judy Bordeaux Carolyn Landis Lesa McKeon & Ann Brimley Jerry & Dannett Rice MaDonna Kelley

Essential Christianity John. Center Connecting With Others Rm. 205 Come As You Are Walking with God Lounge Murbach