Christ United Methodist Church
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Called & Empowered by Christ to Love, Serve, Witness
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WORSHIP TIMES

 
*Sundays:  8:00 a.m.
 
Informal with guitar by the river - approx. June 1 to  October 15
In the sanctuary approx. October 16-30 
 
*Sundays:  10:00 a.m.
 
Traditional service with organ and bell choir - September 1 to May 30
 
*Sundays:  9:00 a.m.
 
Sanctuary worship - June 1 to August 31
 

EDUCATION 

*Sundays:  8:45 a.m.
 
Sunday School for children youth and adults- September 1 to May 30
 
*Tuesdays:  10:30 a.m.
 
Highland Village Bible Study
 
*Wednesdays:  3:30  to 4:45 p.m.
 
Confirmation Class for all students in Grades 7 and 8 (approx. Sept. thru May)
 

 

 

 

112 Hall Street, Watertown, WI 53094

                (920) 261-0736 watertownchristumc@gmail.com

 

Office Hours: 

                            Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

                              (summer:  9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)  

 
 
 
 
 
 

*On-Line Giving       

 
 

 
    

What's Happening Now...

 
 
 
 
 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
 
*Saturday, December 13
8:00 a.m. - Annual Cookie Walk
 
*Sunday, December 14
Third Sunday of Advent
8:00 a.m. - Worship
 
8:45 a.m. - Church School and Advent Study
 
10:00 a.m. - Children's Christmas Program
 
*Sunday, December 21
Fourth Sunday of Advent
8:00 a.m. - Worship
 
8:45 a.m. - Church School and Advent Study
 
10:00 a.m. - Christ's Ringers Concert
 
*Wednesday, December 24
Christmas Eve
4:00 p.m. - Family-Oriented Worship service with Communion and Candlelighting
 
9:00 p.m. - Lessons and Carols service with Communion and Candlelighting
 
*Sunday, December 28
8:00 & 10:00 a.m. Worship
 
NO EDUCATION CLASSES
 
 

 

Christmas Eve

 
We are looking for greeters and head ushers for the 4:00 and 9:00 p.m. Christmas Eve services.  If interested, please contact Annette in the church office.
 

 
COOKIE WALK
 
Our annual Cookie Walk is Saturday, December 13 beginning at 8:00 a.m.
 
 

 
 

2015 DEVOTIONAL CALENDARS AVAILABLE

 
Recipes and Circuit 34 has put together a 2015 Devotional Calendar.  It has a devotional for each month and wonderful scenic pictures.  The cost is $5 each.  This is a fundraiser for the circuit and would make a wonderful gift.  The calendars will be sold after each service or contact the church office.
 
 

 
 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP
 
We are beginning to develop new 2015 schedules for volunteers in ministry for Sunday morning 10:00 a.m. services.  We need to add volunteers to the following ministries:
*Head Ushers
*Liturgists
*Greeters
*Power Point
*Coffee Hosts
*Videographers
*Communion Stewards (Monthly)
 
If interested in being a part of these ministries, please contact Annette in the church office as soon as possible.  We would be happy to train anyone that would like to participate.  Many hands make light work.  Please join us!
 
 

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Sunday December 7, 2014

Mark 1:1-8"At the Beginning"

A wise pastor once taught me that a wedding service is a like a high school term paper - you say what you are  going to talk about. You talk about it. And, finally, say what you talked about. This formula has worked for me for over 20 years. I think this is the formula that Mark used for his gospel.

 Our text is the beginning part where Mark writes about what he plans to tell us. Then he shares examples in the next 16 chapters. And, it ends (Mark 16:15) with him repeating what he has said throughout.

Mark begins: This is the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Mark is writing to people living in dark, dangerous times, especially for the followers of Jesus. The Roman empire is in an uproar. The Jewish leadership continues condemn anyone who claims Jesus is the Messiah. And, so, any bit of "good news" would be good news indeed.

 The "good news" of Mark's Gospel is the news of God's presence - God's Son - on earth in Jesus and the salvation offered to humanity through Jesus' life, death and resurrection. This is Mark's message at the beginning, throughout the body of his work and summed up at the end.

 He grounds this news in the Old Testament by quoting from Isaiah and Malachi where God promises a messenger to open the way and to get the road ready. John the Baptist is the messenger who preaches salvation from the wilderness. Mark wants us to remember that God always reaches out to His people with an invitation to new life by grace.

John's message was a simple one - change your life and clean-up your act. It must have been just what people needed since so many people came to the wilderness to do just that. So they came. They confessed. They turned their lives around. Just like people in Mark's time folks of all times need the Lord and seek forgiveness and acceptance.

John knew that he was only the starting point. So, he pointed toward Jesus, whom I am not good enough even to bend down and untie his sandals. The one who will baptize you with the Holy Spirit. The third step in Mark's outline of spiritual growth was the ongoing energy and guidance of God's very Spirit coming to fill us.

 Advent is a time of preparation and the purpose of our text from Mark is to outline a process of preparing. We are to follow those who have prepared the way for us. We must search our souls and turn our fears and failures over to God for forgiveness. And, finally embrace the new life which flows forth from the Holy Spirit - a life which calls us to make straight the way for Christ to be experienced in this world.

Grace & peace,

Pastor Ron