One of the literature books I read in school was “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. I hope some of us might have seen the movie as well. The story revolves around Ebenezer Scrooge, a heartless money lender who hates all things Christmas. He hates the songs, the decorations, the goodwill and the tidings of great joy. The story goes on to tell of brokenness, sadness and misery of the man Scrooge.
Then Ebenezer Scrooge was visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Scrooge was filled with suspicion, distrust and cynicism that he was not able to experience the joy of Christmas until he was freed from that bondage.
Like the character of Scrooge we are also broken in some way. We live in a broken world and many times we also cannot find our way to enjoy the warmth of Christmas for many reasons. That is why we need the Season of Advent. Advent is the four Sundays before Christmas. It is a season of expectation and waiting. It is an expectation of the Christ Child who brings us the good news of great joy. It is the advent of the Christ Child into our broken world.
The Mission Committee would like to express their appreciation for all the support from our congregation which enables us to provide this annual meal to the community.
This year's AnnualChristmasDinneris scheduled for Sunday, December 9th from 1 pm - 3 pm.
You can never estimate how many people will attend this freedinner, but usually, we serve around 300 people.
TURKEYS AND HAMS BEING DONATED ARE DUE AT THE CHURCH BY NEXT WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5
We need Volunteers to help with set-up, serving, and clean up.
There are items that the committee will have to purchase. Donations can be made with cash or checks made payable to Mt. Pocono United Methodist Church and placed in the locked box by the Church Office.
A list of all our needs is on a sign-up board in the Welcome Center. Please sign up for anything you can help with.
God bless you
Get someChristmasshopping done as you plan forChristmas. We will be having our annual silent auction andconcerton Sunday, December 2nd.
Silent Auction: 3-4:30 PM
MusicalConcert, featuring our own Organist and Choir Director, Kurt Faussette and his Family & Eileen Bertanzetti @5:00-6:30 PM
Theme: "The Miracle of Christmas"
Care packages, hand-made arts and crafts, gift baskets, gift cards, and much more will be available!
Join us, and bring your friends and family! Let's celebrate Jesus!
Once again we are orderingPoinsettiasfor
Checks should be made out to Mt Pocono UMC in honor or memory of a loved one.
If you have any questions, please call the Church Office.
Orders should be in the Church Office by December 9th.
November is a powerful and spiritual month in the life of the church. It begins with All Saints’ Day, a celebration of the saints who now rest from their labor in Christ’s Church. The Bible says in Hebrews 12, “Since we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, we must run the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus the Author and Perfector of our faith.” Paul often opens some of his letters with thanksgiving for the saints. For example, in 1 Corinthians 1:2-4, he writes to those sanctified in Christ Jesus called to be saints, “we always give thanks for all of you and mention you in our prayers constantly before our God and Father Jesus Christ.” On November 4th, we will honor those in our church who have died in the past year as part of our All Saint’s Celebration.
November is also the month we pause to give thanks, not because it is a national holiday but because we want to give thanks and praises to God from whom all blessings flow.
In this church, we will pause to give thanks on November 11 for all that God has done for us. God has been good to us. We have been able to pay off the mortgage and that blessing calls for a celebration. At the end of the month, with our friends and family, we pause to celebrate Thanksgiving with people across this nation. Thanksgiving is an attitude of gratitude and appreciation that is very good for our soul and our spirits. Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” So November is a big spotlight for Thanksgiving. All of us have received many blessings, all of us enjoy wonderful gifts such us the air we breathe and the family and friends we share. Not to mention the bounty, the freedoms, and prosperity we enjoy. All these are gracious gifts from God.
So as we look ahead to this wonderful month join us on Tuesday, November 20th at 7 p.m. for our Thanksgiving Service in the Sanctuary. May we always remember the source of all our blessings and give thanks to God for being the recipients of this wonderful generosity from our Father in Heaven.
Peace and Grace to you,
Commitment Sunday: I Belong!
Many years ago people in various communities had a relationship to the church in their neighborhood. In those days people were proud to belong to their church. The church and the schools were the nerve centers of the community. You went to church, you belonged to a church, and that is what you did.
To say we belong to something—a community, a church—means the place is important to us. It is the same with our families as well. The idea of belonging to something means that that thing gives us a sense of purpose. Our congregation has been a community for many people for many years. This year is the church’s 132nd anniversary. Through the years, many of us have had a part to play. So many people over the years—what the Bible calls “a great cloud of witnesses”—have played their part to make this church a community where people can belong. Some of us were baptized here, went to Sunday school here, were confirmed here, went to youth group, and were married here. For some of us our parents were married here and our kids were married here and their kids were baptized here and so on.
It was a great occasion when the entire family gathered for worship on Christmas or Easter. For some of us this congregation has been