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Scripture for the Week

Mary said,
“With all my heart I glorify the Lord! ...
He has shown strength with his arm.
He has scattered those with arrogant thoughts and proud inclinations.
He has pulled the powerful down from their thrones
and lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away empty-handed.”
Luke 1:46, 51-53 CEB

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
Holiday Craft Sale

Our holiday craft sale has begun! Each Sunday, homemade craft items will be up for sale ... you can start your Christmas shopping or get something special for yourself!

All proceeds from the sale will go to support Journey's apportionment payment for 2018.
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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
  • 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!

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)
Hope

Reflections: Advent: Christ's Coming

John 1:1-14

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children
born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 14 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.

The Advent season has begun. This is a time when we prepare ourselves for Jesus’ arrival during Christmas. We have waited all year for this celebration of our Savior’s coming to our world.


Christ’s coming is our hope. Our verses from John remind us that Jesus is the true light, the hope for all humankind, and through Christ we see the glory and love of God. As we begin Advent, let’s reflect upon Christ’s nature and mission.

Reflection Questions:

Please read and think about each question as it applies to your Christian journey with Christ.
  • What do you know about the nature of Jesus, as the second person of the Holy Trinity?
    How does this help you spiritually prepare yourself for Christmas?
  • Advent means “arrival” or “coming”. In what ways are you preparing your heart for
    Christ’s arrival? How can we share the message of God’s love this Christmas season?

Prayer:

Lord, we thank you for your holy and precious words from the book of John. Help us this season to remember the meaning of Advent, as we eagerly anticipate the arrival of our Lord and Savior. Show us how to be better servants for you as we give our praise and worship. Amen.

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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

Saturday

  • GPS Meeting
  • 10 AM @ The Henderson's Home

Sunday, December 9th

  • Second 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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Giving to Journey United Methodist Fellowship Giving to the church is a tangible recognition that all that we have comes from God and we return a portion of those gifts for the work of God’s church in our world. Your contributions to Journey have local, regional, national, and international impact through our connectional giving system. Most of the money you give supports your …
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Across the Connection

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Pause. Reflect. Prepare. Repeat.

Advent is the season leading up to Christmas. It is 24 days of preparation. This year, we're inviting you to prepare by hitting the "pause" button... daily.

We offer a practice for the Advent season that we hope is more meaningful and rewarding than it is hard: Our Advent Photo-a-Day Challenge. Each day during the season of Advent, we'll provide a word for reflection. Take a moment (or several moments) of pause and reflection, then share a response to that word through a picture.

Post your picture on social media. You can take time and explain your photo or just caption it with the word! Make sure to use the hashtags #rethinkchurch and #dscumc so we can see what Advent means to you!

Don't worry if you miss a day or two--there's no failing this challenge. We just hope to provide a gift of added meaning to this special season.
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At Christmas, we can lose focus on what is most important, thinking more about what we want than what we already have in Christ.

In the United States this year, Amazon.com released its first-ever, print, toy catalog for Christmas. It even included stickers to help family members highlight the items they most want this year.

We sometimes come to Christmas from a place of lack. We ask our kids what they want for Christmas and make wish lists of our own. We worry about having enough money to get everyone the gifts we’ve imagined they so desperately want.
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