First UMC Sealy Digest

A look at happenings at First United Methodist Church Sealy

This Sunday, Dec. 14: 3rd Sunday of Advent -- NO 8 am service

The four weeks of Advent are a time to slow down in a season often characterized by busyness and activity. If we're not careful, our 'busyness' can cause us to lose sight of the real story of Christmas. This first Sunday in Advent reminds us that the story is not about our shopping success or activities, but about God stepping down into our world to know us, love us and to save us. We've prepared several Advent worship opportunities for you and your family, including bible studies and Sunday evening worship!


This Sunday is our Christmas Musical entitled 'Christmas is Coming.' You won't want to miss this special service of singing and praise! The musical rehearsal is Saturday at 9 am. Performers: make every effort to attend rehearsal. Also please be at church at 9 am Sunday morning before the musical starts.

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Around the Church:

2014 Apportionments are paid in full! Thanks for your faithful giving and to the finance committee for their faithful service this year.


A Service of Christmas Healing: Sunday, Dec. 21, at 7 pm

  • In the midst of all the wonder, joy, and celebration of Christmas, there are likely to be those for whom the idea of Christmas joy is not part of the season this year. First UMC Sealy is holding a Service of Christmas Healing, a quiet, comforting time with prayers of healing for our world, our community and ourselves. Non-denominational … ALL are Welcome!


Christmas Eve: Wednesday, Dec. 24

  • 4 pm Children-based Christmas Eve Service
  • 7 pm Candlelight and Communion Christmas Eve Service


There will be NO United Methodist Men in December. The group will reconvene in January.

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Advent Experience: 'Unwrapping God’s Greatest Gift'

ALL Church. ALL Advent. All God.

Under Wraps includes special sermons and worship activities, as well as study groups and resources for adults, youth, and children. This is an ALL-church, ALL-community series. PLEASE invite your friends and family to join us, as we unwrap God’s greatest gift, our Savior Jesus.


God Is Expectant (week 1)


God Is Dangerous (week 2)


God Is Jealous (week 3)
Bible Study:

  • Tues Dec 9, 11am & 7pm (childcare provided)
  • Sun Dec 14, 9am (childcare provided)
Sunday Sermon: Dec 14, 10 am ONLY (Church Musical) & 7 pm


God Is Faithful
(week 4)
Bible Study:
  • Tues: Dec 16, 11am & 7pm (childcare provided)
  • Sun Dec 21, 9am (childcare provided)
Sunday Sermon: Dec 21, 8 am & 10 am & Healing Service 7 pm


A Season of Joy (Christmas Eve)

  • Children-based Christmas Eve Service 4pm
  • Candlelight Service 7 pm


Just as the first wrapped gift beneath the Christmas tree marks the new season, so the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day signaled that God’s hope and salvation and redemption plan had come into the world. In Jesus, God gift-wrapped himself in human flesh and was born in a stable so he could come and live among us and offer us life and salvation that we could never gain on our own.

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Celebrating

Birthdays:

  • Delores Cass 12/10
  • Augustine Whitcomb 12/10
  • Debra Ann Hamner 12/12
  • Suzzanne Mc Daniel 12/12
  • Channing Whatley 12/12
  • Beverly Zapalac-Hight 12/16


Anniversaries:
  • Shawn & Kristina Freeman 12/14

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First United Methodist Church

Sharing God’s Love by Serving Others

Reverend Curtis Matthys


Sunday Services: 8 am & 10am