Church E-mail Blast

Church E-Mail Blast

United Methodist Church at Newfoundland

 

Christmas Caroling – The A&P in Milton is welcoming people from the area churches to Christmas Carol in its entryway tomorrow, Saturday, December 20. We will join with our friends from Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church caroling from noon to 1 p.m. Barb Miller, our music director, is organizing our participation. If you would like to join your voice with the voices of others from our church, please contact Barb so we know you are coming. Barb’s e-mail is 1thess51522@gmail.com or you may call her at 201-486-0257. We hope to see you tomorrow and be ready to have a great time singing about the birth of Jesus!

Blue Christmas Service Sunday, December 21st at 3:00 pm – Do you sometimes feel disconnected from this season of joy? If you do, you’re not alone. This can be a time of very real pain and suffering for those for whom the holidays are simply not joyful, for those who are lonely, who mourn, who feel alienated from family or friends, who are hurt or distressed. The holidays themselves can bring on seemingly inexplicable feelings of isolation, depression, and sadness.
We invite you to a safe place of comfort and acceptance at our Blue Christmas service at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 21 in the sanctuary. Don’t hesitate to invite any friends or loved ones whom you think might also be feeling isolated from this season of hope.
God is with us in sadness and in joy, and we are not alone, now or ever. Find rest and solace in God’s grace and the company of our loving and affirming community of faith. All are always welcome here.

Congregation Carols at 5:00 pm Sunday, December 21st – One of the many joys of Christmas is the opportunity to sing the wonderful Christmas carols. Under the leadership of Barb Miller, our music director, we will sing carols for some of the home-bound of our congregation; may also sing at a local nursing home. It will be a chance to bring Christmas cheer to friends and neighbors while we enjoy fellowship and song. Come to the church early (between 4 & 5) and enjoy hot chocolate and some special Christmas goodies in Fellowship Hall.

Noisy Offering Postponed to this Week – The wonderful monthly tradition of our children collecting coins during the worship service and making a noisy offering as they pour the coins into a metal pan on the second Sunday of the month has been postponed one week. This Sunday, December 21 will be a special worship highlighting our children of Sunday School and Bright Beginnings. It is appropriate that the Noisy Offering be collected on this Sunday.

Adult Bible Study will take a break during this holiday season. We will start up again in January. The schedule and topics will be shared in the Chimes and the e-mail blasts. Thanks!

Help Needed on Christmas Eve – We will have three services on Christmas Eve (5, 8, & 11). Each service is different and calls for different voices in the liturgies. If you know the service (or services) that you will be attending and you would like to have a reading part in the services or you might be an usher helping with the candles, collection, and making sure our “regulars” and our guests have bulletins, etc., please call, email, text, or talk with Rich about your willingness to volunteer. Thanks!

Christmas Eve Schedule of Services –
Wednesday, December 24 at 5 p.m. – A Christmas Eve service for children and families, with carols and candles.
Wednesday, December 24 at 8 p.m. – A Christmas Eve candlelight service of traditional and contemporary carols with a short homily.
Wednesday, December 24 at 11 p.m. – Our “midnight service:” a candlelight service of lessons and carols.

Christmas blessings to you all!

Rich

E. Richard Knox, Ph.D., Pastor
United Methodist Church at Newfoundland
PO Box 288
Newfoundland, New Jersey 07435-0288
973-697-2877 (Church)
973-738-3460 (Mobile)
973-697-1427 (Parsonage)