Loving and Learning in Lodi December 2 2018
A familiar cartoon from childhood is from the ‘Peanuts’ series by Charles Schultz. Lucy is holding the football for Charlie Brown to kick. She notoriously likes to pull the ball away as Charlie attempts to kick it, and Charlie ends up flat on his back! She does this to him EVERYTIME! Yet, every time, he chooses to TRUST her!! I, personally, think he is nuts! But, Charlie Brown has a heart that trusts.
As the Advent Season begins this Sunday, we’ll light the first candle on our Advent Wreath…the Candle of Trust…
See you Sunday!
Mid-week prayer request: Prayers for Bob Heitkamp’s sister, Phyllis, who had complications following a surgery. She was in critical condition and is now stable.
~Neal and Pat McLoda will be celebrating 61 years, Dec. 1. The secret: just hangin’ in there!
~Karl and Donna (VanTrees) Hankins will celebrate 9 years Nov. 28. Karl said the secret is Donna’s patience and they are looking forward to many, many more!
~Charlie Brown shared that over 500 Christmas cards will be delivered! Many of those cards came from this church. When they got home the other day, 144 cards had been left in their screen door! Thank you!
~Grace Harvey’s brother-in-law is recovery and doing well after his surgery.
~Letha and Larry Mapes are grandparents to a beautiful baby boy, Erik James, Nov. 9. They are ecstatic!
~Larry Scott shared that many things, besides the rain and ice came down, branches and leaves, too! Donny handled the branches and his family handled the leaves. He is very grateful!
~Nadine and Garry Moore really enjoyed Thanksgiving with all of their family! It is the first time in a really long time that they were home for the holidays.
~Patty Ramey is having a good day and hopes to be moved to a nursing facility to recover from her broken hip and gall bladder surgery.
~Continued prayers for Connie Cray’s daughter-in-law’s mother who has pancreatic cancer.
~Patti Graves’ friend’s son, Gabe Ruso, passed away.
~Neal and Pat McLoda’s son-in-law’s mother passed away. Prayers for the Kepler family.
~Rob Laughlin’s cousin died on Thanksgiving day. His 94-year-old uncle is in a coma. Married for 72 years. His aunt needs prayers to help deal with all this.
~All the unspoken prayers among us.
~Our military personnel, near and far.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Charlie Brown, Hattie Ziegler, Lee Geissman, Patty Ramey
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller
Families Grieving: The Acey Baker family, The Lois Jockisch family, The Jim Hastings family, The Susie Hall family, The Judy Yoder family, The Joni Barnes family, The Doris Formanek family, Ken Wiley family
Liturgist: Jane Corbus Greeter/s: Rich & Anne Serafin
Hymns: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel verses 1, 2 & 4 #211
Through It All sing twice #507
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus verses 1 & 2 #196
Scripture Isaiah 43:1 - 7 New International Version
But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…
Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you…
Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west.
I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”
Leader: The word of God for the people of God. People: Thanks be to God.
THE CHURCH IN ACTION
Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 7. Come join us!
We have our monthly potluck this Sunday. The youth are providing two main dishes. Please bring salads, vegetables and desserts.
Remember to bring your 2019 Stewardship cards to worship this Sunday if you’re ready to turn them in.
Pick up your copy of our Advent Devotional as you leave church this Sunday! They are at the back of the sanctuary. Advent begins this Sunday!
United Methodist Women are asking for donations for the bake sale at the Vendor Show! Bake up your favorite sweet treat to share! Bring them in Friday afternoon after 12:00pm, November 30th.
Breakfast with Santa scheduled for Dec 8th from 9AM to noon at Lodi UMC. Proceeds are to benefit the Lodi Community Center and R.O.A.R. (Riders for Opioid Addiction Recovery). We are requesting a $5.00 cash donation the day of the breakfast. Everyone is welcome!
Our Christmas Giving Tree this year will include the following ways to give to others: You can take a tear off tag from the poster board at the front of the sanctuary with an item to buy for a member of the three families we help celebrate Christ’s birth. You may give a donation to our monthly community meals, Feed My Sheep or you may give to the on-going ministry of our local Food Bank at the Good Samaritans. Ornaments will be placed on the tree at the front of the sanctuary for those donations and can be taken home Christmas Eve.
We are taking Poinsettias orders through Sunday, Dec. 16th. The poinsettias come in 6-inch pots with a donation cost of $10 each. A form is included at the end of this email for you to use to designate if the poinsettia is “In Memory of…” or “In Honor of…” those special people in your life. Make any checks payable to ‘Lodi UMC’ and note that it is for ‘poinsettias.’ You can mail your order or put it in Sunday’s offering plate. Poinsettias can be taken home Christmas Eve.
Tuesday, December 11 at 7pm: Blue Christmas Service. A time when we can, with others, acknowledge the “blue” feelings we have at Christmas time, the losses behind them, and offer them to God. In this service, we’ll share in some quiet music, hopeful words, light candles in memory of our loved ones, and find a place to simply be ourselves in the struggles of the season.
Christmas Eve Services on Monday, December 24th at 7:00 & 11:00 P.M.