Christ United Methodist Church
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Called & Empowered by Christ to Love, Serve, Witness
Informal with guitar by the River June 1 to October 15, in the Sanctuary October 16 to May 30
Traditional with organ, choir & bells September 1 to May 30
Sanctuary worship June 1 to August 31
Sunday School for children and youth September 1 to May 30
Highland Village Bible Study beginning September 9
*3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
Confirmation Class for all students in grades 7 and 8, September 24 to May.
*7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday Evenings with John's Gospel, September 10 to November 19.
112 Hall Street, Watertown, WI 53094
(920) 261-0736 ♦ email@example.com
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
What's Happening Now...
*Charge Conference - November 25
Our annual church meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday evening, November 25. We will be joined by members of the Concord, Johnson Creek and Sullivan United Methodist Churches and a part of the meeting will be devoted to clarifying the relationships between all four of our congregations. In addition, our 2015 budget will be presented.
The night begins with a potluck at 6:00 p.m. and the meeting follows at 6:45 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Rev. Deborah Thompson, our District Superintendent, will preside at the meeting. Please plan to attend.
*Thanksgiving Eve Worship
We will worship and give thanks to God on Wednesday, November 26. Our service will provide the chance to give thanks, along with experiencing special music, scripture, drama and prayer.
Plan to come for a light meal of tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches and apples at 6:00 p.m., with worship following at 7:00 p.m. Everything for the dinner will be provided.
*Brat Fry & Wagon Rides
Glenn's Market and Eyewear Unlimited proudly sponsor a Brat Fry and the Stumbled-in Percherons, Horse-drawn wagon rides on Saturday, November 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Glenn's Market, 722 W. Main Street, Watertown. All proceeds benefit the Jefferson County Salvation Army.
*2015 Devotional Calendars Available
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.
*Advent by Candlelight
This is a circuit event that will be held on Saturday, December 6, at 3:00 p.m. at our church.
This year's theme is "Celebrate Christmas." This will be a time to create a spiritual reflection through a musical message for all to take with them into the busy Advent season. Homemade pies and beverages will be served.
Table Hostesses are needed. Churches of our circuit, and their congregations, volunteer to host a table or tables. Hostesses are asked to provide table settings, holiday table decorations and a variety of candles. They are encouraged to invite family, friends and neighbors, regardless of whether they belong to a church, to join them at their table. If you are interested in hosting a table or attending this event, please contact Pastor Ron or Mitch Behlke (98-0608).
*Cookie Walk - December 13
Just a reminder to start getting out your cookie and candy recipes. Our Cookie Walk is Saturday, December 13, beginning at 8:00 a.m.
We would like all those good cookies and candies here by Friday morning, December 12, at 10 a.m. You may bring them in any time during the week. Remember, one kind per container and please label the containers. If you can make some extra cookies, it would be greatly appreciated.
Get out those recipes and start thinking cookies and candies.
This is a special invitation to anyone who would be interested in learning the "fine art" of couponing and how it could benefit our lives and the Coupons for Care Ministry of our church. Our initial meeting will be Friday, December 5, at 10 a.m. at the church in room 202. Tisha Morgan will provide information about the basics of couponing and some hands-on experiences to help us understand how to make the most of it! Please bring your coupons, even the ones that soon will be out of date or already expired, because those can be donated to the military! Oh, there's so much to learn!
*Volunteers Needed for Sunday Worship
We are beginning to develop new 2015 schedules for Volunteers in Ministry for Sunday morning 10 a.m. services. We need to add volunteers to the following ministries:
Head Usher, Liturgists, Greeters, Power Point, Coffee Hosts, Videographers, Communion Stewards (monthly)
If interested in being part of these ministries, please contact Annette in the church office as soon as possible. We would be happy to train anyone who would like to participate. Many hands make light work. Please join us!
*Need Volunteers for Thanksgiving Eve Services
We are in need of a head usher and greeters for our Thanksgiving Eve worship service on Wednesday, November 16, at 7:00 p.m. Please contact the church office. Thanks for your help.
*Church School Meets November 30
Mark your calendars. Church school students will all meet in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, November 30, at 8:45 a.m. to work on an Advent project.
*Circuit Choir for Advent By Candlelight on December 6
We are looking for any men or women of our circuit who love to sing at Christmastime to join in a Circuit Choir to sing a couple simple songs for the Advent By Candlelight event at Christ UMC on Saturday, December 6. Rehearsal will be held at 1:30 p.m. just before the event that begins at 3 p.m. If interested in singing, please contact Linda Norton at 920-350-5201 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 23, 2014
I Have Heard of You
You may think that this is just another Sunday coming up; but, in the church year, this Sunday is designated as Christ the King Sunday. It also is the last Sunday before Advent begins and a new liturgical year starts.
Having cycled through Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, the Ascension, Pentecost and "ordinary time," we are stopping, before starting again, to recognize Jesus Christ as our Lord, Savior and King, who sits at the right hand of God.
Our text comes from the Letter to the Ephesians and begins in the middle of the first chapter where the author writes, Since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God's people ... I don't stop giving thanks for you ... in my prayers. In this brief introduction, the people of Ephesus, who are hearing these words for the first time, and the countless others who have read them over the ages, are being reminded of the core of expectations of the faith - to love God and to love your neighbor.
The text continues with the author's prayer that the people will be blessed by God to see the hope which comes from God's call on their lives and the wonders of God's power that is working among us believers. The power, which is among us, is the same energy and strength that raised Christ from the dead and lifted him to his place as "King" in the heaven.
These are all grand-sounding words, but what do they mean for us today, two thousand years since they were written? The key is found in the final two verses where we are told that Christ is the head of everything in the church, which is his body and is the fullness of Christ who fills everything in every way. The image which is being presented that Jesus is in charge, Jesus sets the direction, Jesus calls us to continue his will on earth.
About 15 years ago, I was part of peer group in a Clinical Pastoral Education program. One of the members of our group was a 30-year old man by the name of Stan, who was in his third year of seminary. Stan was afflicted by muscular dystrophy and so he was confined to a wheel chair. He was incapable of doing most everything you or I could easily accomplish. He was bright. He was funny. He was a compassionate and spiritual man. But, his body was absolutely of no help when he tried to express those amazing qualities. So, he had to employ a personal assistant who attended to his needs and do what his failing body was unable to. In effect, while Stan was the “head”, his assistant was the actual body.
And so it is with us. Jesus is the "Head" and the church is the "body." It is interesting to note that the writer of Ephesians spoke about the "church" and not the "individuals." We so often see religion as an individual affair; when, in fact, it is what communities - congregations do. Christianity should be about unity and cooperation, inclusion and acceptance. Instead, we all run off to our own little corners and do "our thing," while condemning anyone who may seem different from us.
Our passage began with words of praise, "I have heard about you ... and your love of all God's people." We live in an age of fragmentation and division, not diversity. The power and possibility of our Lord and King cannot be fully expressed or experienced when the body is at odds with itself. Our responsibility is to rally together to BE Christ in this world, which needs what he came to offer.
Grace & Peace,