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Scripture for the Week

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 NIV

Birthdays & Anniversaries

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December Birthdays:

Megan Aquino, Phyllis Conlon, Doris Henderson, Logan Krathwohl, Katie Salta, Bob Scott, David Taylor, and Gloria Shoemaker

December Anniversaries:

Bobby & Anita Buss
Jim & Susan Gunn, and
Roy & Gloria Shoemaker
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Since Joseph belonged to David’s house and family line, he went up from the city of Nazareth in Galilee to David’s city, called Bethlehem, in Judea. He went to be enrolled together with Mary, who was promised to him in marriage and who was pregnant.
—Luke 2:4-5 CEB

As Mary and Joseph traveled to his hometown, many of us go home for Christmas as well. We journey near and far to gather with family and friends, some of whom we may not see at any other time of year.

For infrequent travelers, the idea of getting on an airplane or packing the car can seem overwhelming. Where is that suitcase? Is this too big to be a carry-on? Do we have everything the kids will need? How will we travel with the gifts we’ll give and later return with the ones we’ll receive?

Thoughts & Prayers

Dear God
Please remember all those in our congregation who are dealing with health issues and/or need an extra measure of God's grace.
  • John and Connie Hancock
  • Jim and Sue Rosenow
  • Pearl Jackson
  • Cyn Jones
  • Phyllis and Mike Conlon
  • Becky Adams (home & recovering)
  • Matt (Colleen Dorame's brother)
  • Jason (Bob and Barb Brown's son)
  • Steve Hannaford
  • Bill and Sylvia Roberts
  • Ben and Becky Johnson
We'll have many of our Journey family traveling this holiday season. Traveling mercies to all including Ben who is working in Texas!

Our relationship with God means we can bring our prayers and requests, and ask for God’s healing hand on the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

If you, or someone you know, is in need of prayer and would like to be included on this list, please let us know.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us
. - 1 John 5:15 (NIV)
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Reflections: Advent: Our Joy

1 Peter 1:8

8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

This is the season to celebrate and find the joy we have in the coming of our Savior. Joy is not a temporary feeling or a fleeting emotion. It is a defining characteristic of true believers in Christ. Our joy shows the world who we are and whom we serve. It is a constant reminder that we have God’s love and grace. While we may suffer in this world, our joy keeps us hopeful, and allows us to persevere in our Christian walks. Let’s remember to live faithfully and joyfully, especially as we prepare for Christ’s coming this Advent and Christmas season.

Reflection Questions:

Please read and think about each question as it applies to your Christian journey with Christ.
  • What is the best way to experience joy? How does joy help you in your Christian journey? What do you think is the best way to have joy instead of happiness?
  • How is joy related to faith? In some ways, our joy may show us how much we trust and rely on God’s promises. What makes you the most joyful this time of year?

Prayer:

Lord, as we go through the third week of Advent, please give us your joy; the joy of knowing our Savior came to atone for our sins and bring us into a true relationship with you. Let our joyful songs of praise and our joyful characters be a testament to how much we love you. Thank you for this season of hope, peace, and joy.

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Weekly at Journey

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Tuesday

  • Scrabble
  • 12-2 PM @ Honeycutt Coffee

Thursday

  • Coffee with the Pastor
  • 9:00 AM @ Honeycutt Coffee

Thursday

  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 6:30 PM @ Trudy Fuller's Home

Sunday, December 23rd

  • Third Sunday in Advent

Advent is Here!

The season of Advent, which comes from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming” or “visit," begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve.

During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for, and need of, forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning. Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming.

Giving to Journey United Methodist Fellowship

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Across the Connection

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Seeing People as People

Out of the corner of my eye I saw him crossing the street. I knew right away what was happening, and I was not an enthusiastic participant. I was in the process of loading my car after finishing our South District Christmas party. It was no surprise when he walked up to me and said that he was homeless. He wanted to know if I could help him get something to eat. How do we respond to a request like this?

I would like to say that I immediately responded with generosity, but that is not the truth. My first response was that I wasn’t the pastor of this church, but I was sure that if he went to the office they would be able to help him. As I said this, I remembered that I had some McDonald’s gift cards in the car. Was that the right answer? I was a little bit slow, but it finally hit me what I was supposed to do. We had just finished having a wonderful Christmas lunch, and there was food left. He told me that he was thinking maybe he could get something at McDonald’s, and I told him that I could do better than that. I invited him to follow me, and we would be able to give him some lunch.
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Rethinking Christmas Tradition

Why do we do what we do at Christmas?

Jesus was not (likely) born on Dec. 25. No one set up a decorated tree next to the manger in Bethlehem. We don’t have any record of the holy family celebrating the impending birth of the Christ child through a series of company parties and familial gatherings. They didn’t send out cards. The shepherds didn’t come bearing cookies and fruit cakes.

For crying out loud, there was no little boy who showed up and bashed a drum cradle-side while baby Jesus happily slept
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