Christ United Methodist Church Neptune Beach
Sunday, December 08, 2013
God's Family Lighting The Way With Christian Love
Welcome to Christ United Methodist Church Neptune Beach!
I recall as a child the excitement and anticipation of Christmas. Everywhere I looked, you could sense that Christmas was getting closer. Decorations began to appear around the house; Christmas music could be heard everywhere you went. I remember Mom baking Christmas cookies in the kitchen, but we were not able to eat any until Christmas Eve. I watched as presents started to appear underneath the Christmas tree. Even in church, I remember getting excited each week as another candle on the Advent wreath was lit until, finally, on Christmas Eve the big candle in the middle was lit. When Christmas appeared, there was bounty to be torn into and I enjoyed the many gifts that were both given and received. However, at the end of Christmas Day, I found myself sitting in the living room with an enormous letdown, wondering "what's next?".
In the life of the church, we are in the season of Advent. This is a period of waiting for the coming of the Christ child. Like in my youth, many people wonder during this season, what's next. It seems that the church is building up to this glorious celebration, only to resume normal activities. During this season, I invite you to rediscover the baby Jesus and how the expectations of a people were fulfilled with the sounds of a baby's cry. May you find in the Christ child an excitement that rekindles the fire in your soul. Through this celebration, we are able to remember and proclaim with the angels that a Savior is born for all people. In the process, I hope that you will discover what's next: the promise of an everlasting life.
May this season bring you and your family joy and happiness.
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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION LUNCHEON
Hosted by United Methodist Women - Circle One
Saturday, December 7, 11:30-1:30
All women and their guests are invited to the UMW's annual Christmas Celebration Luncheon to be held at the North Beach Bistro in Atlantic Beach. Please contact the church office to get your ticket today!
ANNUAL ORNAMENT EXCHANGE PARTY
Thursday, December 13, 6:30 p.m.
The annual Ornament Exchange Party will be held in Wilson Hall at 6:30 p.m. This gathering is for adults over 18. Please bring a wrapped ornament ($5 minimum), and sweet or savory finger foods to share. For information or to reserve child care, call the church office.
FAMILY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION AND COOKIE CANTATA
December 15, 11:30 a.m.
Celebrate Christmas at our annual Family Christmas Celebration and Cookie Cantata. Crafts and fun activities will be available for children and their families and a visit from the jolly old elf himself will highlight the day. A “soup bar” will be available for lunch and homemade cookies will be sold to support our various ministries. Join us in Wilson Fellowship Hall immediately following CUMC’s choral cantata, Behold the Star, during the worship service.
December 22, 6:00-8:00 p.m.Experience a live nativity as CUMC hosts a drive-thru Nativity on the front lawn of the Church. The scene will depict the amazing Christmas story featuring the Holy Family, 3 wisemen, shepherds, live animals and beautiful music. All donations received will help fund our various ministries.
Many events are in the planning phases. Check here frequently to see the many opportunities to connect with others.