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A note from the financial secretary and treasurer December 2019

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Operation Christmas Child

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Our sincere thanks to all who took part in “Operation Christmas Child”. We packed 30 boxes this year which will be sent to children all over the world.

It is indeed a privilege to take part in this project that will bring the love of Jesus Christ to these children and their families.

  – The United Methodist Women 


A View from the Belfry December 2019

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Hello from this very wintry belfry! As I write this, we have had our Trunk-or-Treat event, which was very successful, despite a COLD wind which sent January shivers up and down our spines even though it was still October. This bat appreciates all the volunteers we had helping with the Halloween candy distribution in the parking lot. They included Ruth Annelin, BJ Ash (the fireman in the photography booth), Kristin Anderson, Pastor Don Bedwell, Kerry Billings, Sara Blanchard, Janet Helmbold, Connie Kelsey, Sherry Koschmider, Kali Lewis, and her mother Mary Schulze, and Gayle and Bill Tufnell. Kerry also decorated the church for the occasion, with Halloween spooks, pumpkins, bales of hay, corn stalks (thanks to Vic and Sharon Vanderville), and other assorted decorations. Now it’s on to Thanksgiving and its turkey, cranberries, pumpkin pie, and everything else in between, which will be followed all too soon by the Christmas rush to shop, wrap, write cards, put up and decorate the tree, make the house festive, bake the cookies, make the candy, hang stockings, etc. etc. etc. Sometimes I wonder what Jesus would say if He came back in human flesh during all this hubbub. Would He have to dodge a flying sleigh pulled by flying reindeer and transporting a rather robust man in a red suit? Would He muse over a tree with all kinds of glitter and tinsel on it, as well as balls, lights, and perhaps decorations ranging from angels to Barbie and John Deere tractors? Would He wonder, as I do, what these things have to do with His birth as a baby in a dark and smelly stable, and lying in a food trough instead of a bed? Perhaps He’d see all the happiness on peoples’ faces, as well as the exhaustion, and the worried and sad looks on the faces of those for whom this season has more challenges and sad memories than peace and joy. Maybe He’d enjoy the Christmas carols about a silent night, or a little town called Bethlehem, or people singing about joy coming to the world. He’d most likely wonder how and why Grandma got run over by a reindeer, or what losing two front teeth has to do with Christmas, and why a child should want them so badly when they will most likely be growing back soon anyway. Hopefully He wouldn’t be too dismayed by all the long lines of people waiting at a store all night for the doors to open so everybody can get inside early to get whatever toy or doodad everybody wants and simply must have this year, knowing that whatever the “must have” item was last year may well be lost, broken, or cast aside as not anything anyone wants any more. I hope He might stop at a church on Christmas Eve, perhaps when He sees light pouring out through beautiful stained glass windows, and hears the strains of a Christmas carol played by an organ, floating softly through the air. If He enters, I hope He will see a sanctuary filled with  people, celebrating His birth as a tiny babe, and worshiping Him. He would  hopefully see the love these people have for Him and for each other, and for all the other people in the world who are not there or in any church for whatever reason. Sometimes we forget that God sent Jesus to all people, including those who are not in any church, who do not want to go to any church, or who even scorn and hate the people who do go to church. After all, these are the people for whom Jesus came and for whom He is still searching and   holding the door open, inviting them to enter. He asks us to do the same for them, this Christmas and always. Can we? Will we?                                                                                                                                     Merry Christmas and best wishes for a life filled with love, peace, and the presence of Jesus in your heart.


Lay Leader Lines December 2019

Monday, November 25th, 2019

United Methodist Women December 2019

Monday, November 25th, 2019

The United Methodist Women’s annual Christmas Tea is Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1 PM. The theme is “Let Heaven and Nature Sing,” and will include the popular Cookie Walk and a Kitchen Gourmet Table. Proceeds from the sales will benefit the church Deacon’s Fund and the Manistique Ministerial Association. The tea is always open to the community so be sure to attend and bring your friends.

 The UMW Christmas Party will be held the following week on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 5 PM. This will be a potluck dinner. All members of FUMC are invited to attend. Be sure to mark your calendar now.

An “emergency” end-of-year UMW General Meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 12 at 1 PM to discuss finances of the UMW and donations for the end of 2019.

Looking ahead: the first UMW General meeting of 2020 will be Tuesday, January 7, at 1 PM. If you are not already a UMW member, why not make a New Year’s resolution to join. The group is open to all women interested in the health and welfare of women and children worldwide.

  The monthly hymn sing continues the first Monday of each month at the Medical Care Facility. We meet at 10 AM to present a brief program of familiar hymns and a seasonal message. New participants are always welcome.

  It is time to finish up your goal in the 2019 UMW Reading Program. A new program begins in January 2020. See Mary Prater for more information.


From the Pastor’s Desk December 2019

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Dear Advent Season Saints, as we prepare ourselves for our Lord’s birthday, we are reminded of our need for a Savior. Each of us looks around and finds that the world is full of opportunities to ignore what God has done for us. Whether it is our employment, our school work or activities, our family life, or our recreation, we place our need for redemption on the back burner. In Mark 1:2-8 we read of John the Baptist “proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” We also read that “people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.” In verses two and three, Mark quotes the prophet Isaiah as follows: “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’” During Advent, which begins on December 1st and will end on Christmas Eve, we confess our sins; we listen to the proclamation of a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Like the people of Judea and Jerusalem, we clamor for salvation. We want to be made whole.    During this Advent season, it is tempting to move ahead to Christmas and totally ignore our brokenness. December becomes all about the Joy of Christmas Day. Wall Street proclaims that this is the Holiday Season where merchants attempt to get consumers to forget about their problems and empty their pocketbooks on the latest toys for children and adults. As the Church, however, we proclaim a different message. We proclaim that we are preparing the way of the Lord and making his paths straight. We are reflecting on our lives so that we can present ourselves with real joy on Christmas Day. Christmas begins on Christmas Day and lasts for twelve days until Epiphany. As we awaken on the morning of December 25th, I pray that our hearts will be uplifted with the knowledge that once again we remember the birth of our Lord and Savior and how God split the heavens and broke into our existence in the form of a little baby. I pray that this will be a humbling recollection and bring us to an understanding of the gift for which we are responsible. The gift of life, the gift of our salvation is too wonderful to hold within our own hearts. It is too wonderful to simply confine to the Christmas tree on Christmas morning. The gift we have been given is meant to be shared with others in community. That is precisely what worship is all about. Christianity is all about worshiping as a community. We are not meant to be solitary worshipers. With that in mind, I hope to see all of you at our Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve as we sing praises to the Lord and remind ourselves of why Christmas is so important to our individual lives and the life of the church.

Polly and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and healthy New Year.


A View from the Belfry November 2019

Monday, October 28th, 2019

Lay Leader Lines November 2019

Monday, October 28th, 2019

United Methodist Women November 2019

Monday, October 28th, 2019

The annual Thank Offering will be featured at the November 5 meeting of the United Methodist Women. We meet at 1 PM in Fellowship Hall of the church. In addition to the usual items in the business meeting, plans will be finalized for our annual UMW worship service to be held Nov.10.​

Plans are also in the works for the annual Christmas Tea to be held Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1 PM. The tea will include the popular Cookie Walk and a Kitchen Gourmet table. Proceeds from the sales will benefit local charities. The tea is always open to the community so be sure to attend and bring your friends.​

The UMW Christmas Party will be held the following week and this will be a potluck dinner. All members of FUMC are invited to attend. Be sure to mark your calendar now.​

The monthly hymn sing continues the first Monday of each month at the Medical Care Facility. We meet at 10 AM to present a brief program of familiar hymns and a seasonal message. New participants are always welcome.​

With the recent redistricting of the United Methodist Church in Michigan, the UMW Reading Program for 2019 has been extended to the end of the year, so there is still time to finish up in reaching your personal goal. See Mary Prater for more information.​

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Church Bulletin Board

Monday, October 28th, 2019

The following appeared in church bulletins or were announced at church services.

· Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale, it’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.

· Don’t let worry kill you off — let church help.

· For those of you that have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

· Potluck supper Sunday at 5 pm—prayer and medication to follow.

· The church will host an evening of fine dining. Super entertainment and gracious hostility.

· At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be “What the hell?!”.  Come early and listen to our choir practice.

· Low self-esteem group will meet Thursday at 7 pm. Please use the back door.

· This being Easter Sunday service we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.

· The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoons.

· Miss Charlene Mason sang, “I Will Not Pass This Way Again”, giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.

· The sermon this morning “Jesus Walks on Water”. The sermon this evening “Searching For Jesus”.

· Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24th in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.

· This evening there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.

· The Associate Minister unveiled the church’s new tithing campaign slogan last Sunday— “I upped my pledge—up yours”.

                                            – Compiled by Max Bowen