Senior Adult Christmas Luncheon

On Thursday, December 18, a very special Christmas event is planned for all Senior Adults.  The event will begin with lunch at noon in the family life center.  A love offering will be taken for the lunch and RESERVATION MUST BE MADE by calling the church 918-341-4580.  The deadline for reservations is Monday, December 15.  Following lunch special musical entertainment will be provided by Carol Wilmoth and Kevin Shoemaker.  Please bring an inexpensive wrapped Christmas item for game time (a fun secret game).  Invite a friend to join in the fun.  See you on Thursday, December 18 at noon.

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Living Nativity

See Mary and Joseph at Bethlehem.  Witness the awesome sight of the newborn baby Jesus.  Experience the lowly stable they shared with oxen, donkey and camel.  Visit the living nativity!

FUMC Claremore will be presenting a living nativity scene Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, December 16 through 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.   Bring your family and friends to see the holy family and live animals.

“And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”   Luke 2:7

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The Busy Advent Season

This time of year there are so many things going on, it is hard to take time to remember the reason for the season.  This year at FUMC we have special events throughout the month of December which honor the meaning of Christmas.

Thursday, December 4

  • At our mid-week 5:45 Bridge Service we share a meal then worship the Lord by lighting the advent candle and singing Christmas songs.

Sunday, December 7

  • In the sanctuary harpist Lorelei Barton will be playing Christmas music in all three of our sanctuary services, 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00.
  • At 11:00 in the Family Life Center, the Tabernacle Service will have an intimate, modern service featuring acoustical Christmas music.
  • The Children’s Make and Take is from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.  Children ages 4 through 6th grade make gifts for family and special friends for just $5. The cost includes gift wrapping.

Thursday, December 11

  • At our mid-week 5:45 Bridge Service we share a meal then worship the Lord by lighting the advent candle and singing Christmas songs

Sunday, December 14

  • The Chancel Choir will present “The Music of Advent” at 8:30 and 11:00 in the sanctuary.  There will be no sermon at the Heritage or Generation services.  Preaching services are at 9:45 in the sanctuary and 11:00 in the Family Life Center.
  • In addition to glorifi, Stepping Stones children will be singing during the 9:45 Blue Jeans service in the sanctuary.
  • Dr. Ray Crawford will be preaching in the Blue Jeans service at 9:45.  Pastor Stephen Cagle will be preaching during the Tabernacle service at 11:00 in the Family Life Center.

December 16, 17, 18

  • Join Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus as they were that first Christmas morning 2000 years ago.  They will be surrounded by live sheep, goats and camels.  Shepherd boys and wisemen will come to pay homage to the Christ child.  Times:  6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

December 18

  • At our mid-week 5:45 Bridge Service we share a meal then worship the Lord by lighting the advent candle and singing Christmas songs

Sunday, December 21

  • Special musical guest Ernestine Dillard will perform for us at 8:30 and 11:00 in the sanctuary.
  • At 11:00 in the Family Life Center, the Tabernacle Service will be feature acoustical Christmas music in an intimate, modern service.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

  • 5:00 p.m. – Heritage service features a transitional service with beautiful Christmas hymns.  At the end of the service, the lights are dimmed, the congregation lights candles and walk out into the night by candlelight.
  • 5:00 p.m. – Tabernacle service features a modern, intimate service with acoustical Christmas music.  Bridge service buses will be running for the Tabernacle service.  At the end of the service, the lights are dimmed, the congregation lights candles and walk out into the night by candlelight.
  • 7:00 p.m.  - Blue Jeans service features contemporary Christmas music from the band glorifi.  At the end of the service, the lights are dimmed, the congregation lights candles and walk out into the night by candlelight.
  • 11:00 p.m.  - Generations service features traditional hymns with our chancel choir and modern music from our youth band, Elevate.  The service ends at midnight.  The lights are dimmed, the congregation lights candles and walk out on Christmas morning by candlelight.
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Nuts and Jam for Christmas

Mikes Nuts

The Philippines Mission team is selling home-made jam and Mike’s Nuts just in time for Christmas gift giving.  They will be in the Fellowship Hall Sunday mornings through December.

Jam prices are  $5 for a half pint jar, $10 for a full pint jar.

Procedes from sales will go toward construction expenses at Asbury College in Anda, Philippines.
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An Advent Message

The season of Advent helps us prepare for Christmas!

Welcome to Advent, 2014.  The word “advent” is taken from a Latin word meaning “coming.”  During these four weeks before Christmas we prepare for the coming of Christ.  Advent is a time of preparation.  As Christians we prepare for two things.  First, we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Second, we prepare for that day when we will meet the Lord face to face.

What are some ways that you and your family prepare for Christmas?   You probably have some traditions like decorating a Christmas tree, or buying gifts, or making candy.   Spiritually, you remember the real reason for the season.  Christmas Eve worship, family prayer, and the reading of the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke are wonderful traditions that help us keep Christ at the center of Christmas.

What are some ways that you and your family are preparing for that day when you will meet the Lord?  Practicing those things which help us draw near to Christ now will help us be better prepared to meet him later.
“See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone’s work.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”    
                                                                          -Jesus Christ, as recorded in Revelation 22:12-13
Striving to be Faithful,
Dr. Ray Crawford, Jr.
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