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“Reclaiming the city through the love of Christ” 927 West Tenth Street Dallas TX 75208


Tyler Street United Methodist Church
927 WEST TENTH STREET DALLAS, TEXAS 75208 214.946.8106 December, 2010

Sunday Morning Worship
8:30 a.m. 10:50 a.m. 9:30 a.m. Traditional Worship Blended Worship Sunday School for all ages

Consider the Incarnation
Ed Lantz Senior Pastor
For us, the Christmas season is so fast. We hurry through it. We’ve read the story and sung the hymns so many times that we miss the majesty of the moment; the splendor of the Incarnation. The Omnipotent God became a vulnerable baby. Such a Truth should cause us to slow down. Let’s pause and allow the ponderings of our brothers and sisters to sink deep into our souls:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word 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 one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1,14) “Being God, he became a human being; and then as God he raised the dead, healed all by a word, and also changed water into wine. These were not the acts of a human being. But as a human being he felt thirst and tiredness and he suffered pain…He spat in human fashion; but his spittle had divine power, for by it he restored sight to the eyes of the man blind from birth. When he willed to make himself known as God, he used his human tongue to signify this, when he said, ‘I and the Father are one.’ He cured by his mere will. Yet it was by extending his human hand that he raised Peter’s mother-in-law when she had a fever, and raised from the dead the daughter of the ruler of the synagogue, when she had already died.” (Athanasius, 296-373) “Christ by highest heav’n adored / Christ the everlasting Lord! / Late in time behold Him come / Offspring of a Virgin’s womb Veiled in flesh the Godhead see / Hail the incarnate Deity / Pleased as man with man to dwell / Jesus, our Emmanuel Hark! The herald angels sing / “Glory to the newborn King!” (Charles Wesley, 1707 – 1788) “The central dogma of the Incarnation is that by which relevance stands or falls. If Christ was only man, then He is entirely irrelevant to any thought about God; if He is only god, then He is entirely irrelevant to any experience of human life.” (Dorothy L. Sayers, 1893-1957) “The Omnipotent, in one instant, made himself breakable. He who had been spirit became pierceable. He who was larger than the universe became an embryo. And he who sustains the world with a word chose to be dependent upon the nourishment of a young girl. God as a fetus. Holiness sleeping in a womb. The creator of life being created. God was given eyebrows, elbows, two kidneys and a spleen. He stretched against the walls and floated in the amniotic fluids of his mother. God had come near.” (Max Lucado, God Came Near, 23)

For to us a child is born...and his name is Jesus! May He fill your lives with love, peace and joy this Christmas!

“But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “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 to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).” --Matthew 1:20-23 Upon learning of Mary’s pregnancy, Joseph planned to quietly break off the engagement. He didn’t initially understand Mary’s pregnancy. He thought he did, but he really didn’t. That’s when the angel showed up and explained the miraculous conception in Mary’s womb. After the angle’s message, Joseph did as the angel commanded and took Mary as his wife. We don’t know Joseph’s later thoughts, but I suspect he had plenty. Surely he spent time considering the miracle of which he had become part. God had become flesh and was inside his wife’s womb. I can only imagine the hours he spent considering this reality.

Order Your Christmas Poinsettia Today!
Name: ___________________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________________________ Phone: _________________________________________________________ In Memory of: ___________________________________________________ In Honor of: ____________________________________________________ A beautiful Christmas tradition we have at Tyler Street is our Poinsettia Trees in the sanctuary. You may order a poinsettia for a loved one or friend to fill our trees. Notice the price has changed to $10.50 per plant. Please attach your check, made out to TSUMC marked for "poinsettia" and place in the offering plate, mail to the church office or give to the ushers. IMPORTANT DEADLINE: To have your loved one’s name included in the Sunday bulletin on Dec. 19, please have your form in by Monday, December 13. Research shows that people are more willing to visit a church for the first time on Christmas Eve than at any other time of the year. That makes Christmas Eve one of our best opportunities to invite people to make a spiritual connection with the Christ of Christmas. Please be in prayer about who you should invite. Give the gift of Christ this Christmas; invite someone to church. We will continue the tradition of serving spiced cider and cookies in Yeats Hall following the Christmas Eve service. This will be a wonderful time to visit and introduce your guests to the warmth and love that is the Tyler Street family

Let’s slow down enough to consider the wonder of the Incarnation; the splendor of Christmas. I’m very thankful to be serving with you at Tyler Street. Merry Christmas! Blessings, Ed

Blest Be the Tie that Binds

Celebrate Christmas at Tyler Street
Sunday evening, December 12
Joint Christmas Concert with Lover’s Lane UMC Presenting Handel’s Messiah 3 pm at Lovers Lane UMC

Christmas Basket Outreach 2010
The need is great this year, there are so many more families in need. We want to provide 120 Christmas Baskets this year to those in need. Your generosity and compassion will make this possible. Please bring your donation of food and toys to Tyler Street on Sunday, December 5th or 12th. Thank you very much and the Lord bless you. 1 jar peanut butter 1 can cranberry sauce 2 cans fruit cocktail 3 boxes macaroni and cheese 2 bags of candy 2 packages corn bread mix 1 package of rice (4 or 5 lbs) 1 box breakfast cereal In addition to food, we give a toy for each child in the family. If your last name begins with the following, please bring a toy for a child in the suggested age range: A - D .... 6 to 8 years old E - I ...... 3 to 5 years old J - M .... 12 to 14 years old N - R .... 1 to 2 years old S - Z .... 9 to 11 years old If you would like to wrap your gift, please attach a sticker that gives the gender for the toy, the age, and the gift description.

Sunday, December 19
All church luncheon, Children’s Christmas program “Shepherds, Stars and a Savior” and Santa! 12:30 pm in Anderson Hall

Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service
On Friday, December 24, at 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary, come celebrate the birth of Jesus. This communion service represents one of the most beautiful and inspiring opportunities and Christian fellowship offered in the life of our church. We’ll have inspirational harp music featuring harpist, Laurel Allen, and our choirs will lead us in beautiful music. Join us for a reception in Yeats Hall following the service.

This Christmas Tyler Street invites all our members and friends to do four life-changing things during Advent to make this the most meaningful Christmas possible: Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, Love All. You can participate by: Committing to attend all four Advent services and our Christmas Eve candlelight service Asking your Sunday School to use the Advent Conspiracy curriculum for adults Pastor John will be releasing soon Shopping in the alternative gift shop we will set up in December where you can donate to worthy mission causes in the name of your loved ones and give them a small token and card explaining the donation.

ANNIVERSARY Class was opened on Nov. 28 by singing “Take Time To Be Holy” led by John Skinner. Don Helsem brought our prayer. We thank Mary Anne Montgomery for playing the piano for us with Jean out. We were very blessed to have Butch Boss give our devotion “Take the Free Gift” from Revelations 21. Thank you so much Butch. Patsy Thompson gave our lesson and she read regarding the World War II and all the battles in our lives since then and what we should do and be. It was by John Wilks. Thank you, Patsy. CHALLENGE CLASS On November 7, we spent a few minutes discussing our class giving to missions and Ron Cawthon presented a lesson on God’s generosity as demonstrated throughout the Bible. Each one of us is called to be a blessing to others. The Challenge class joined the Two-By-Two class for a weekend retreat from Nov. 1214 at Prothro Center at Lake Texoma. Don Allen was our teacher. As we traveled through the Scriptures, Don explained how we can exchange our life in the flesh (living my way) for a victorious, abundant, resurrected life. Don challenged us to reflect on God’s Word and the material he presented and to work through the process of brokenness before God so that we might live a victorious life in Christ. On Nov. 21, Jere Thompson presented a lesson on the importance of friendship as found in the Bible. We may have many friends, but usually only two or three close friends. These are the people that we want to spend time with and who love us unconditionally. In John 15:15, Jesus said “. . . I have called you friends. . .” This was the highest earthly honor he could give. Proverbs 18:24 tells us “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” It is comforting to know that we have a heavenly Friend who will never leave us or forsake us. Jere reminded us of the wonderful hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” After touring the Mother Church of Christian Science in Boston recently, Ron Cawthon presented some basic information about that religion to our class on Nov. 28. The founder of the Church of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, believed that she had received the final revelation of God and had the key to unlock the Scriptures. However, her teachings are misinterpretations of the

Bible. This religion denies that Jesus is God and teaches that we are all sons of God and that we are just a reflection of a divine mind. The information Ron presented about this cult was very interesting. COVENANT Ed Lantz taught on “Tyler Street: Who Are We” during November. He began with history and shared about our beliefs for two Sundays and then our mission. Ed Lantz wrapped up part 1 of “Our Beliefs” on Nov. 28. As United Methodists, we use the Wesleyan Quadrilateral to assist in discerning truth; tradition, reason, experience and scripture. Scripture is the solid base and primary source for our faith and practice. Scripture always outweighs tradition, reason and experience when there are any discrepancies between the quad. Happy December birthday to Mark Bowling. As a class, we decided to support Aaron and Megan Fenderson each month. They are working for our Lord doing missions at the University of Arkansas as a part of the Campus Crusade for Christ. Our Christmas party is Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7 pm at the Butch and Carla’s home. Bring a white elephant gift and money for the catered meal. Be sure and let Ginger know if you can come. KOINONOI We will be busy reconnecting with family and friends this advent season. We will be seeing a lot of each other. The Wolfords’ open house is Sat. Dec. 4th at 7 pm. Join us at Hunky’s for lunch at 12:30 on Sat. Dec. 11th. We will leave from there to deliver poinsettias to our members who can no longer attend church with us each week. It will be good to see them again and share in joys and struggles since we last spoke. Since we love to eat so much, we will be gathering again to pack Christmas baskets and eat Pizza on Dec. 20th at 5:30 pm in Anderson Hall. We would love to have others join us in the fun. We pray that we will recognize all the ways we can see Christ in our daily lives. TWO BY TWO We lost another dear member. Our beloved Jack Rhodes graduated to heaven. Oh, how we will miss him. It was good to have Janet Rhodes in class on Oct. 24 along with two of her children, Terri and Randy. Russell had to fly back to Atlanta. Pat Whiteley taught a good lesson on Nov. 28 on Advent on what it means to you. Our sympathy goes to JoAnn in the loss of her sister-in-law and brother. We missed the ones that weren’t with us. Happy October birthday to Harold Binion, Marsha Griffin and Millie Lindsay. Happy November birthday to Mary

Schoonover, Tony Ostroff and Don Lindholm. The Matthews’ anniversary was Nov. 11. Class voted to help support Don and Lucy Lindholm when they return to Peru sometime in March to make corrections on the scriptures. Lucy is doing a wonderful job playing the piano for us. Keep Blanche Philcox in your prayers. Have a good week and a safe one. WEDDING RING Class opened Nov. 7 with a wonderful surprise. Ed Logan brought Keum Hwang with him and she sang “God Bless America.” We also sang “Love Lifted Me.” Evelyn reported Ace lost his older sister this past week. Evelyn’s devotion was on “My Daily Prayer.” Frank’s lesson was on parables, a student running out of money and becoming a janitor and a stranger thinking he was not like other people. They both “plugged in to God” and all was well. Class opened Nov. 14 with Ed Logan at the piano. We sang “His Name Is Wonderful” followed by “O How I Love Jesus.” Frank gave our prayer and Evelyn reported on those who are ill. R.E.’s devotion was on “Stewardship-Life at its Best.” Buddy Holley was our guest teacher and his lesson was on “Your Christian Warfare.” Our visitors today were members of the 2x2 Class who did not go on their class retreat. We were glad to have Tommy bring his dad, Ed Thomas. Class opened Nov. 21 with Ed Logan at the piano and we sang “Love Lifted Me” and “Revive Us Again.” Evelyn reported on our members. Herby is still with Ann but hopes to return home after Thanksgiving. Evelyn’s devotion was “Golden Chain of Friendship.” Prayer by R.E. Frank’s lesson was Matthew 20: 1-15 about the parables of “Workers in the Kingdom of God.” Class opened Nov. 28 with LaVerne at the piano since Ed Logan was in TN. Evelyn reported Mary Etta is still improving at home, Ace is scheduled for surgery the first week of Dec. Prayer by R.E. This was birthday Sunday so our “twins” Joe and Dorothy celebrated theirs which was on the 26th. Helen (our card maker) had beautiful cards for them. Tommy brought his Dad, Ed Thomas, to class today. Frank’s lesson was on “Witnessing.” Jesus said “follow Me” and be a witness. Being a member of Tyler Street, we are so fortunate to be a witness to all.

Monthly news at Tyler Street United Methodist Church

December, 2010

Monthly news at Tyler Street United Methodist Church

December, 2010

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Last call to have your picture taken for the church directory!
The final few days of photography sessions will be: Dec. 16 and 17 – 2:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Dec. 18 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m To make an appointment: 1. Go to and click on Gather, then Events, then Directory, or 2. Sign up at church or 3. Call or email one of the contacts below with your preferred date and time. For those with flexible schedules, please select the weekday time slots from 3 – 6 p.m. For those with large families of 6 or more, please select 2 appointment times back to back. Each family will receive a free 8 X 10 portrait. Others will be available for purchase, without pressure. If you have questions, please call or email one of the following: Karen Bennett – 972-979-8927; Judy Conway – 972-754-7608 Linda Bayless – 972-227-6789 If you are unable to have your picture taken, you can send a digital or printed picture of

Heart to Heart Women’s Ministry
The Heart to Heart December meeting is Saturday, December 4, at 10 am in the home of Melissa Vrabel. We will have a cookie exchange to prepare Christmas packages for our shut-ins. Please bring two dozen cookies to the meeting (homemade or store bought). We will share them and also put together the cookies to go as blessings to others. Remember this is the time of year that CSO needs coats, blankets, gloves, etc. And Ray will be collecting toys for the Christmas baskets. He could also use volunteers for delivering baskets.

Coats, sweaters and blankets needed
Cold weather is here. The Tyler Street Community Service Outreach is sponsoring our annual coat drive. Many who are homeless or families who don’t have the finances will be needing warm coats, sweaters and blankets. Children as well as adult sizes are needed. You may bring your items to the church and place them in the boxes provided. Thank you for helping those in need.

yourself to the church office or to one of the people listed above.

Parents’ Night Out
Friday, December 17 5 - 9 pm for kids ages 0-12 years $5 per child
Want to go on a date? Need to do some Christmas shopping? Or do you just want a night off to watch what you want on TV? Then Parents’ Night Out is for you! We encourage early registration, but drop-ins are welcome. Contact Jamie Nelson at 214946-8106 or to RSVP or to volunteer to help. You may also register online at

Hosts/hostesses needed for church directory photos
Volunteer hosts/hostesses are needed to greet and assist those being photographed for the new pictorial directory. Just two(+) hrs. of your time would be greatly appreciated. Dates/times for shifts are Dec.16-17 (2:15-8:30) and Dec.18 (8:45-4:15). To sign up, or for more info., please contact Debbie Travis at 214-942-0515.

Tyler Street Christian Academy Christmas Program
Thursday, December 16 7 pm in the Sanctuary
Everyone is invited! Come and see the children sing their praises to our King. You will have an opportunity to contribute an offering toward the TSCA Teacher and Staff Bonus Fund. Please help us thank our teachers and staff!

Our Church Family
Congratulations to Sarah Hunzelman and Elmer Bradley who were married on November 20. Congratulations to Rev. John and Laurie Wilks on the birth of their daughter, Amelia Grace Wilks. She was born Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25 at 7:37 pm weighing 6 lbs. 12 oz and was 19 3/4” long. Brothers Ben and Ian and sister Abi also welcomed her home. Congratulations to Jim and Linda Bayless on the birth of their first grandchild, Peyton Foster, who weighed 8 lb 5 oz. A Men’s Bible Study will meet every Wednesday morning at 6:00 am in the Conference Room. All men are welcome. Our love and sympathy go to... Mary Escobar and family and Monty McKnight and family in the loss of their mother, Louise McKnight. Friends and family of Mary Lu Higgins. JoAnn Schroeder on the loss of her sisterin-law, Pat Pennington, and her brother, Jimmy Pennington. Frances Grimes on the loss of her sister, Ingram Bennett. Friends and family of former member Mr. Robbie Robinson, former headmaster of Tyler Street Christian Academy. Ace and Dorothy Simmons on the loss of Ace’s sister. The Finance Committee gratefully appreciates your faithful support of our

church, which blesses us all. We are below budget in our receipts; hence we ask our members who are not current in their pledges to catch up, if possible. Each of us should continue to give generously and faithfully. “Give and you will get,” Luke 6:38. Thank you for your investment in the ministries of Tyler Street. Financial Update thru November 30, 2010: Jan-Nov Budgeted Receipts $701,250 Jan-Nov Actual Receipts $690,634 or 98% Jan-Nov receipts short of budget $10,616 or 2% MEMORIALS In memory of Louise McKnight given by Joy Bilhartz, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bannick, Dorothy and Diane Wynne.
December, 2010 Monthly news at Tyler Street United Methodist Church December, 2010

Monthly news at Tyler Street United Methodist Church

The Challenge Class and Two by Two Class held their annual retreat at the beautiful Prothro Center at Lake Texoma

Join us for the premier of Veggietales “It’s a meaningful life” Saturday, Dec. 4 at 10:30 am Yeats Hall Free popcorn and lemonade!

Sunday, December 19 Kid’s Musical “Shepherds, Stars and a Savior” All Church Christmas Luncheon Following the 10:50 am service
Monthly news at Tyler Street United Methodist Church December, 2010 Monthly news at Tyler Street United Methodist Church December, 2010