For your information, we don’t have an air-conditioning system in thesanctuary. Over the past years, we have not needed such a system onthe mountains to combat the summer heat. However, in recent years,the temperatures in the summer continue to climb higher making itvery uncomfortable and sometimes unbearable during services.
Notonly that, we have had situations with funerals and weddings when the fans are not enough to keep everyone cool.We are making plans to purchase two air-conditioning units for the sanctuary. The cost estimate to install this new equipment is $12,000. The good news is that we have secured $6,000
We are collecting gently usedclothingfor the SalvationArmy. If you are interested in donating to this cause kindly bring your donated clothing to church during all three services on Sunday, January 26th.
Service Project for Martin Luther King Day - Sunday, January 19, 2020
The Churches on the Mountain are doing a service project of collecting hygiene kits for UMCOR. Churches are collecting items that would be assembled at Mountainhome UMC on January 19 at 2 p.m. Volunteers from each church are asked to come and help put these items together:
This year we have decided to hold a Souper Bowl soup sale. We are beginning to make the preparations for our Souper Bowl Soup Sale, and need 8-10 people who are willing to make a crock-pot of Chicken, Beef, Vegetable, or Cream soup. If there is a soup that everyone wants you to make or a soup that your family loves, would you be willing to make it for this fundraiser? We will be selling the soups during worship services on Super Bowl Sunday, February 2nd.
Please contact the Church Office and let us know,570-839-9902, we will also have a signup sheet at this Sunday’s services.
Thank you in advance for your support!
Happy New Year and Welcome to 2020! God is the author of time and the seasons, and the great thing about a New Year is that it provides us the opportunity to look back and assess our failures and successes. The New Year gives us a chance to set new goals and establish a plan for the year ahead. Time can be captured in the past, the present, and the future. The past can be a roadmap for where we want to go in the future. Looking back at the past year for self- evaluation and self-assessment is not to wallow in regrets or to live in the past because we cannot change it. We look back to learn from our mistakes and successes to have the desire to do better.
Are you ready for Christmas? As I write this letter I am not sure how many of you have decorated your house for Christmas. I am not sure whether your tree is decorated or lit. Do you have some presents already wrapped under the tree?
Some of us know the story of “A Christmas Carol” - a cold-hearted moneylender who hates everything about Christmas; he hates the songs, the decorations, the Christmas cheer and the good will it brings. The story continues when Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. After that episode Scrooge became a changed man, helping to keep the Christmas spirit alive for a long time.
On the Christian calendar, Advent comes before Christmas. The word “advent” is derived from the Latin word for “arrival.” It includes the four Sundays before Christmas. Advent helps us to get ready for Christmas. It is a time to prepare and anticipate the arrival of friends, family, and loved ones, but more importantly, it is a time to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
It is a season when we light the four candles of Advent with wonderful themes of hope, peace, joy, and love. The candles also symbolize the prophets, the angels, the shepherds, and the Magi, all major characters playing a role in the birth of the Christ Child. Advent allows us to eagerly await the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, God coming to us in the flesh 2,000 years ago. Now we continue to wait for His advent with the angels to come and receive those who belong to Him.
Just as little children bubble up with excitement as they can hardly wait to open their presents on Christmas morning, we also should anticipate the greatest gift of all:
Get someChristmasshopping done as you plan forChristmas. We will be having our annual silent auction andconcerton Sunday, December 1st.
Silent Auction: 3-4:30 PM
MusicalConcert (Theme: HE IS HERE!), featuring the Music Ministry of The Faussette Family:5:00-6:30 PM
We are asking all who can donate care packages and other gifts towards the Auction to bring their items to church by Saturday, December 1st.
Please contact the Church Office for information.
Care packages, hand-made arts and crafts, gift baskets, gift cards, and much more will be available!
Come join us, and bring your friends and family! Let's celebrate Jesus!
How can we live a worry-free life? Well, gratitude is the antidote for all our worries. Philippians 4:6 says: “Do not be anxious about anything but in all things by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God and the peace of God that transcends all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” It is very difficult to be anxious when you are focused on all the blessings you have. The Bible encourages us to give thanks for all the blessings we have even for the smallest things that we take for granted. When we do this, our perspective and appreciation for the good things in life expands and helps us to cope better when difficulties arise.
Psychologists and medical professionals at Mayo Clinic explain that people who are grateful are also physically and mentally healthier and happier. As we move into the season of thanksgiving let us cultivate a habit of gratitude. We have to train ourselves to be more grateful for there are so many things we can do to show our appreciation to God.
Give thanks for each day when you wake up because it is a blessing to wake up every day and feel alive. And, don’t forget to give thanks every evening before you go to bed. Take time to thank God during meal times. Give thanks for the food provided and for the nourishment of your body. Many around the world go hungry each day without a meal.
Give thanks for the family and friends God has given each one of us to