A Note From Pastor Kim
I am often told that the winter is very difficult for some people. The cold grey days and the long nights when the sun is low in the sky and sets early can be distressing and can even lend a sense of depression. Waiting for light and lightness might seem to take a long time but hold on! Last night the weatherman said the days are getting longer. In fact a 1/2 hour longer than just a couple weeks ago. Why is it that the gaining of that 30 minutes of light isn't met with the equal amount of celebration as the agitation caused by it's loss just 15 days ago seemed to have induced? Just sayin'.
Darkness might surround us for a time, but it cannot take over. So, let's take notice of the daily brightening of the Light of Christ. Don't let the darkness of pessimism, antagonism, racism, sexism, paternalism, or whatever else is attempting to dim the light of Christ in the world. Recognize it and declare to everyone that the darkness will recede by the Grace of God, through His work in the world. But we are to remember that His work is completed though our hands. I am reminded of the saying of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
We are called Children of Light, the light that was brought into the World at Jesus Birth and the light, that love the Magi searched for, that lead them to Jesus. That same love is still leading us to be the beacon of justice, and peace for the world. As we tear off that last calendar page and begin 2018, May God bless you and lead you to share Christ's love and be a light of hope, peace and justice in a world where darkness has no hold and where light might shine brighter each day.
Happy New Year & God's Blessings.
Many thanks to everyone who helped to make our pageant so successful. We are so thankful for the congregation's participation in our unique pageant. Thank you to all of the Shepherds, Middle School class, Christine Nally and Krystn Forcina for all their organizing efforts for the pageant as well as Grandparent Sunday! Thank you to all to have donated hats, mittens and gloves, they will be shared with Lowell Wish Project. Faith Basics
In January, students will be starting their Faith Basics Unit. Each grade will be working for the month of January to learn about an important part of our faith. There will be a presentation by all students in grades 1 to 5 in February. Grade 1 and 2 will be learning about the Lord's Prayer and the Sacraments, Grade 3 will be learning about Bible Basics, 4th and 5th grade will learn about the 10 commandments and worship. Mission Projects
We hope that people will continue to donate mittens, gloves and hats to our December Mission Project! In January, we will begin collecting items to use during the 30 Hour Famine! We are in need of the following items:
- Large cans of Tuna Fish
- Jars of Peanut Butter
- Jars of Jelly
- Family sized can of Chicken Noodle Soup
- King Sized Loaf of Bread
I Can Serve God Too means even our youngest Kids have a place in the worship and mission of our church. Recently you have been seeing some new Acolytes in worship and will continue to see more as they become trained and are scheduled to carry the Light of Christ into our Worship services. Junior Bells
As you have heard our Junior Bells are a great blessing to the music ministry of WUMC. There is room for more!! We have bells enough to go around! Any kid wishing to join in this fun and meaningful bell choir is welcome to do so. Practice is Tuesday at 6:30. Created by God
is the approved United Methodist curriculum in human sexuality for 5th - 7th grades. In school, young people learn about the anatomy and physiology of their bodies, and that is very important. In the church, we are more concerned with learning about reverence for everything in God's creation, including our bodies, about morality, and about growing in intimacy with others in other than sexual ways. This pro-gram is also intended to make it easier for parents and youth to talk together about sexuality.
We are planning a session of this program at WUMC with a Friday evening and most of the day Satur-day "retreat" setting here at the church (without the overnight, which will be spent at home). The parent meeting is on Sunday afternoon, January 30. We are limiting this class to 15 young people.
If you have friends or neighbors who might be interested in their child participating, please have them call or email Pastor Kim to request registration materials. Small Group Study Opportunities for Adults
Coming in February-April: Active Parenting Now & Active Parenting of Teens. Active Parenting Now, for parents of children aged 5-12 & Active Parenting of Teens will be offered for six weeks, evenings this late winter-spring, February - April. You will learn how to teach your kids cooperation, respect, courage, and self-discipline, among other positive character traits. Watch for the exact times to be announced in mid-January. The cost is $20 per parent or couple (sharing the same book). Please email or phone us for advance registration information. Events at Rolling Ridge Conference Center, North Andover
Rolling Ridge offers a wonderful selection of one-day spiritual retreats focusing on the mind, body and soul. To register for any of these events please see the website at www.rollingridge.org
- February 14, 2018, Confession/journey into Lent at 9:30 am
- February 22, 2018, TAIZE retreat at 6:00 pm
- February 23, 2018, TAIZE retreat at 6:00 pm
- February 24, 2018, TAIZE retreat at 6:00 pm
- February 25, 2018, TAIZE retreat at 6:00 pm
- February 26, 2018, Insight Peer Supervision at 9:45 am
- March 6, 2018, Enneagram and Personality Type at 9:30 am