A WORD FROM PASTOR KATHLEEN — One of my favorite movies when I was a child was Angels in the Outfield . I loved the incredible underdog story of faith and a lesson of true family and the ever optimistic child reminding us that “It could happen,” that even the i mpossible can become a reality. Sports are like that sometimes. On any given day an underdog can have a great game and pull an amazing upset. I always have hope.
But in life sometimes it’s more difficult to have faith, to believe that “it could happen.” Sometimes we are limited to our o wn thinking instead of remembering God’s abundant faithfulness that is greater than we can imagine.
Our scripture for this week is Genesis 21:8 – 21, the story of Hagar who is stranded in the wilderness awaiting the probable death of her son, when a vision of an angel comes to her and reminds her of God’s presence and faithfulness to give her hope. As we approach Thanksgiving, it is a good time to remember God’s abundance that g ives us incredible hope even in the midst of the most difficult times. I hope you will join us Sunday as we give thanks together for all that God has done and all God continues to do to lead us, guide us, and give us hope.
Grace and Peace in Christ,
COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING — The Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, at the St. Bernard’s Auditorium. Volunteers may report at 9:30 a.m. Desserts in disposable containers (non- perishable) are welcomed.
DINNER AND DECORATING — Join us on Wednesday, November 29, as we decorate the sanctuary for Advent. We will have pizza and the younger children will have a special program while the older children, youth and adults decorate the Christmas trees. The meal will begin at 5:30 p.m.
CHRISTMAS PROGRAM — Save the date of Sunday, December 17, at 6:00 p.m. for our Christmas Music Program and Children ’ s Nativity. Parents, please see Amanda Windmeyer for more information and to be assigned a part.
CHRISTMAS WITH UNSPOKEN — Breaking Bonds Ministry will host Christmas with the Contemporary Praise Group Unspoken and Tyrus Morgan on Saturday, December 16, at 7:00 p.m. in Wesley Hall at FUMC. Group tickets are available for $12 per person. Contact the office if you are interested in attending by December 1.
BREAD OF LIFE — During the month of November, we will be collecting jars of peanut butter for the ASU Mobile Food Pantry. A donation box will be at the back of the sanctuary.
INGATHERING — CUMC is a collection site for Ingathering, the annual mission day of the United Methodist Church. Please bring all items to the church the week of November 13 – 17. At this time, floodbuckets are not needed. Please consider either a Hygiene Kit or School Kit (see instructions in weekly newsletter). A volunteer is needed to ride with Pastor Sam to Little Rock on the morning of Saturday, November 18. If you are able to ride with her, please contact Pastor Sam or Patrick Gillespie.
WORKERS IN SOUND BOOTH NEEDED — We NEED a couple of extra people in the Sound Booth. If you are interested in working with the audio/visual equipment, please see Laura Syc and we will get you trained!
HELPING NEIGHBORS FOOD PANTRY — Thank you for helping us keep the food pantry stocked at Helping Neighbors. Drop your donations off anytime at the back of the sanctuary. Week of 11/26 – Diapers (all sizes), wipes, baby food, canned milk, formula.
MUSIC MINISTRIES — All are welcome to play or sing. If you are interested, contact one of our music folks today. Ethel May Beall is our accompanist (firstname.lastname@example.org). Our Music Director is Laura Syc (email@example.com).
NURSERY CARE (Birth – 3 Years) — Our nursery provides a warm, nurturing and well-supervised program for your infant or toddler during all Sunday and Wednesday night worship and activities. Andrea Newsom (firstname.lastname@example.org) is our Nursery Director.
CHILDREN CHRISTMAS PAGEANT — The children will be performing a Christmas pageant on Sunday, December 17, in conjunction with our adult Musical Christmas Program. All children are invited to participate. Please see Amanda Windmeyer to be assigned a part. This program is a “walk-in” type so no extra rehearsals will be needed to participate. We simply need the children to be there on Sunday night, December 17 at 5:30 p.m. before the program begins at 6:00 p.m. The children will walk down the aisle with the congregation singing Christmas hymns with a brief narration.
CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES (4 YEARS TO 3RD GRADE) Kids ConneXion is a worship time that begins in the Cloud Room following the ‘ Children ’ s Time ’ in 9:00 Worship. Sunday School begins at 10:00 am every week in the left-hand wing of the education building. Wednesday night after the meal at 5: 30 there are games and a short lesson from 6:15–7:00 p.m. Alyssa Burleson is serving as our interim Children’s Director (email@example.com).
LINK is a ministry geared specifically for the transitional ages of our 4th – 6th graders. They meet for Sunday School at 10:00 in the children’s wing of the education building. LINK meets after the Wednesday night meal for games and fun activities from 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Crystal McDaniel (firstname.lastname@example.org) is our LINK Director.
YOUTH — Sunday School is at 10:00 a.m. for both Junior High and Senior High in the children’s wing of the education building. United Methodist Youth (UMY) meets on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. with a special activity one Sunday a month. Contact Pastor Kathleen(kathleen.mcmurray@arum) for information.
An ANGEL TREE is in the back of the Sanctuary. We have tags from the Salvation Army and Brookland School for children as well as 9 tags for residents of the shelter who are in need. All gifts need to be returned, unwrapped, by Sunday, December 3.
9:00 am Contemporary Worship
9:00 am Kids ConneXion
10:00 am Sunday School
11:00 am Traditional Worship
4:30 pm Handbell Practice (Sanctuary
10:00 am Helping Neighbors Food Pantry
6:30 pm AA Meeting (Friendship/Fellowship Room)
6:30 pm ALANON
Wednesday (Office will be closed)
6:30 am Men’s Prayer Breakfast (Front Page Café)
7:30 pm Praise Band Practice
Thursday (Office will be closed)
6:00 am Proverbs Men’s Group