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E-News for November 16, 2012

posted Nov 16, 2012, 8:59 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 16, 2012, 7:59 PM ]
In this Week's Monticello E-News
  1. Welcome from Pastor Rob
  2. This Weekend in Worship, November 18
  3. Important Youth Event Tomorrow (Saturday, November 17)
  4. Special Thanksgiving Worship & Event Schedule (Sunday, November 25)
  5. Christmas Poinsettia Orders
  6. Thanksgiving and Advent Special Gifts Needed
  7. Mark the Date--Advent Worship and Event Schedule
  8. New Prayer Chain Begins
  9. Dinner with the Pastors Coming Soon
  10. Directory Coming Soon--But We Need you to Do This

Welcome from Pastor Rob
Welcome to this week's issue of the E-News, the online newsletter for Monticello United Methodist Church.  As we enter the Thanksgiving holidays, many of us will find yourself connecting with family members, experiencing fellowship over dinner, and having some time away from the office.  That time to "re-charge the batteries" is so important!  But, remember this holiday season to also "re-charge the batteries" in your spiritual life too.  I hope you'll join me in planning to be in worship each and every weekend either here, or out of town if you are traveling.  It is through that act of worship together that we truly experience God.  I hope to see you in church!

This Weekend in Worship, November 18
Join us this Sunday as we complete our series entitled, "Reaching In, Reaching Out, Lifting Up."  Through this series, we've been exploring what it means to reach into ourselves and be the city on a hill.  Then, we reached out and  considered what it means to be a Christian in a world of religious and political diversity.  On All Saints Day, Pastor Erin   challenged us to live into the legacy of those who came before us.  And, last week, we thanked those Veterans who serve and reminded ourselves what it means to serve God above all else.  This weekend, we'll conclude this series with Consecration Sunday, a day to offer ourselves to God with our prayers, presence, our gifts, and our service.  I hope you'll join us!!!

Important Youth Event Tomorrow (Saturday, November 17)
All youth and their parents are invited to a short meeting at 9:00am in the chapel on Saturday, November 17.  We'll be sharing with you some important information about our youth program in 2013.  Then, parents can go home (or stay) at 9:30am while our teens stay and work on the new youth room!   It's an important day for our youth and parents!!!  Read more here

Special Thanksgiving Worship & Event Schedule  (Sunday, November 25)
On Sunday, November 25, our church will celebrate Thanksgiving in an unusual way.  We'll be sending a large mission team to Grand Avenue Temple, an inner-city church and homeless shelter from 8:00am until 2:00pm.  The team will worship, serve lunch, and spend Thanksgiving weekend with those who have great needs, especially during the holiday season.  IMPORTANT: As a result of our mission team being gone and so many out of town that weekend, we will have only one worship service at 10:45am on November 25.  The Thanksgiving worship will be a special service of music, scripture, and prayers of Thanksgiving.  There will be no children's or youth Sunday School that day as well, so bring your children to worship!  Nursery care is still available.  Join us for this special Thanksgiving worship!  Read more here and sign-up at the Connection Point to serve downtown.  

Christmas Poinsettias Orders
Christmas Poinsettias available for purchase now.  The poinsettias will be used to  decorate the chancel in Advent.  Then, you can take them home on Christmas Eve.  Any leftover poinsettias will be taken to local nursing homes.  Order yours here. 

Thanksgiving & Advent Special Gifts Needed
There are four opportunities for you to offer a special sacraficial gift above and beyond your regular giving to those in need this Thanksgiving.  
  • CASA Christmas: Help provide gifts for those children and youth with a Court-Appointed Special Advocate.  Many of these children and youth are in foster care.  Our church sponsors 20 children each year.  We are looking for $600 to meet our goal of $2,000.  Donate online here or drop a check in the offering plate marked "CASA" this weekend.  Learn more about CASA here  OR  Donate today here
  • JOCO Christmas Bureau: Donate a gently used coat for someone without a coat this year.  Bring your lightly used or new coat to the Connection Point so we might provide it to those in need!  Learn more about JOCO Christmas Bureau here
  • Breakfast with Santa: We are looking for donations of new or slightly used-regiftables to be used at Breakfast with Santa.  Children may select a re-giftables to take home and give to their parents on Christmas.  Drop your donation off at the table in Fellowship Hall.  Learn more here
  • UMW Mitten Tree: The United Methodist Women are looking for donations mittens or gloves for children, youth, and adults.  Place your new gloves or mittens on the Mitten Tree in Fellowship Hall.  There is a special need this year for insulated ski-type gloves for men and boys.   Learn more here
    Mark the Date--Advent Worship and Event Schedule
    • Advent Begins with worship on Sunday, December 2 at 9:00am and 10:45am.
    • Night of the Nativities is Sunday, December 2 from 5:00-7:00pm.  This event is free.  We can also use more nativities "loaned" to the church for this event.  Contact Sheryl Wilde if you volunteer your personal nativity set for the evening.  Read more here
    • Breakfast with Santa is Saturday, December 8 from 9:00-10:30am.  There is a small fee at the door to see Santa and get your photo.  Read more here
    • "The Well" Christmas Party is Saturday, December 8 from 4:00-9:00pm.  This is open to all youth in grades 6-12 but reservations are necessary.  Contact Will Demings by email or visit the youth Facebook page to register.
    • Children's Choir Leading Worship on Sunday, December 9 at the 9:00am and 10:45am worship services.
    • "It's a Wrap" wrapping party for CASA Christmas gifts is Monday, December 10 from 6:00-8:00pm.  No need to register, just show up!  But, we are still $600 short of our goal for CASA gifts.  Donate today here.   OR Learn about the event here.  
    • Advent Worship on Sunday, December 16 at 9:00am and 10:45am.
    • Chancel Choir Dinner and Advent Cantata is Sunday, December 16.  Dinner is at 5:30pm and the Cantata is at 6:30pm.  The Cantata, though, is free and open to all!!!  Purchase dinner tickets here
    • Sunday, December 23 Worship will have one service only at 10:45am.
    • Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship will be on Monday, December 24, at 5:00pm and 7:00pm.  Both services will be indentical.  Come celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with us!!
    • Epiphany Worship will be on Sunday, December 30, and have only one service at 10:45am.
    New Prayer Chain Begins
    To offer better care to those in our congregation, we are starting a brand new prayer chain.  Pastor Rob will be sending a list of public prayer requests to this new group of "prayer warriors" each week.  (Those confidential requests, of course will not be shared on the prayer chain but instead handled by our pastors.)  To be on the new prayer chain, just email Cindy at cindy.hedges@getGOD.info from the email you want to use.  Let her know you want to be on the new Monticello prayer chain.

    Dinner with the Pastors Coming Soon
    As I look back at 2012 as your pastor, I want you to know I am so proud of you as a congregation. But, as I look at my own pastoral leadership, I notice a couple areas that I personally want to improve in 2013.  Today, I'd like your help with the first one.  In 2012, I spent so much important time on large scale church projects--building, renovating, financial projects, youth program development, and more.  All of those were so important, but all of them took away from the time to just build relationships and get to know the most important part of Monticello--the people.

    So, Pastor Erin and I are starting "Dinner with the Pastors."  This is an opportunity to enjoy a light supper with the pastors, to visit, and to connect.  Some of those dinners will be at the church while some will be at our home, depending on the number that sign-up.  You'll have a chance to sign-up for a date soon.  And, the date options will be spread out from now through the late Spring.  It's my hope that my wife and I along with Pastor Erin can get together with as many of you as would like to meet sometime before late spring.  

    I want to get to know you better and build stronger relationships.  And, my prayer for 2013 is that we build a stronger walk with Christ by developing a stronger relationship between us all.  I hope you'll attend one of the small "Dinner with the Pastors".  Look for sign-ups to start Thanksgiving weekend.

    Directory Coming Soon, but We Need you to Do This!
    As you know, we took photos a while back for the directory.  So, where is it?  That's a great question.  As a team, we are going to give this a ton of effort in the upcoming weeks with a goal to have it to the printer by mid-December.  Part of that will rely on you to confirm your name, address, phone, email, and desire to be published in the director!   Fill out a confirmation form in worship or at the Connection Point and let us know!!