First UMC Sealy Digest

A look at happenings at First United Methodist Church Sealy

This Sunday, Dec. 20: 4th Week in Advent

This Sunday we will continue on the journey through the season of Advent, following our SENT Sermon Series. In our fourth week of Advent we'll learn that Jesus Brings New Life! Can these dry bones live? You bet they can! Jesus has this habit of showing up in the most unlikely of people and places, turning them into something glorious. It's called transformation and it is the heart of the Christmas story. You are meant to experience the new life of Christmas and be one of God's everyday miracles. The good news of Christmas is that a world of miracles is closer than you think. The only question is will you open to living love being born anew inside of you?

Please contribute to our Angel Tree in the Narthex! Pin donations including cash, checks and Walmart gift cards to the tree. These donations, along with the money raised at the Vendor Blender, will all go to our Christmas Angel Ministry. We'll buy and deliver Christmas gifts to those in area nursing homes and retirement communities in need of assistance during the Christmas season. Want to help? Please contact Becky Mills.

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This Sunday we continue our exciting new Advent program, Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas. This five-week, church-wide Advent study challenges us through story, art and Bible study to discover what it means to be Christ's hands, feet, head, and heart!

Youth and adults are invited to join us at 9 am each Sunday during Advent. Dick Fagert will lead the youth in this study. Mary Ann Matthys and Richard Bauman will lead the adult study. We hope everyone considers being a part of this study, one that will prepare all of us to be disciples of Christ as we approach Christmas.

Sunday, Dec. 20: Jesus Brings New Life
Adult & Youth Bible Study: 9am (childcare provided)
Sermons: 8am & 10am

Thursday, Dec. 24: Jesus Changes Everything
Children-based Christmas Eve Service 4 pm
Candlelight, Carols & Lessons Christmas Eve Service 7 pm
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Upper Room Devotions for January-February will be available in the Narthex.

2015 Apportionments are paid in full! Thanks for your faithful giving and to the finance committee for their faithful service this year.

Don’t forget to turn the dial to KQLC (90.7 FM Christian Community Radio) tonight to enjoy Christmas music! Support our very own community radio station (located right next door) by tuning in and telling your friends.

Our offices will be closed Dec. 23-26, and Dec. 28-Jan. 6. Here’s wishing you and yours a very, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from First Sealy!

Year-End Appreciation & Giving

If you'd like to say “thanks” to our dedicated staff at this special time of year, please note “Staff Appreciation” in the memo line of your check and place in the offering plate during services or mail to the church office by Dec. 20.

Please also consider helping First UMC end on a strong financial note this year! Remember that for tax purposes, donations can be included in your 2015 giving if received by the church on or before Dec. 31, 2015. For financial questions pertaining to year-end giving, please contact Russell Koym 979-885-2223.

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Christmas Music Re-cap

What a joyous morning we had with our young drummers, our First Kids Mother's Day Out singers and soloist Tyler Burgess last weekend!

A BIG thanks to Pastor Curtis and for our Mother's Day Out teachers (Elise Every, Vicki Hensley, Joanna Kruzel and Michelle Rapsilver) for singing and preparing our children to share their musical gifts with us.

District Leadership Training

The Southwest District Leadership Training will be held on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at Sugar Land First UMC from 9am–1pm. Classes will be available for SPRC, Trustees, Finance, Lay Leaders, Children/Youth Ministries, Young Adults Ministry, Senior Adult Ministry and many, many more.

Our very own Pastor Curtis will lead one of the classes!

The cost of the event is $10. Visit and click on the Leadership Training banner, then follow the link. You may register as a Guest or set up an account.

Christmas Angel Ministry Grows!

Our First UMC Christmas Angel Ministry held its 3rd Annual Holiday Vendor Blender last week. And it was a huge success! We had great vendors and nearly 200 people shopped, ate and visited, while contributing to a very good cause. This year, with the help of Bliss's Ann Reay, we had help from several downtown Sealy businesses who held a shopping event on the same night. Downtown Sealy was THE place to be!

We'd like to thank Erika Burttschell for letting us use her new dance studio space. Also, big thanks to the United Methodist Women and Pastor Curtis for contributing cookies. And also, thanks to Russell Koym who helped us with our electricity issues.

This week we start shopping for our nursing home residents, with plans to deliver gifts the week of Christmas. Thanks to all who help with this ministry! -- Becky Mills, Robin Castillo & Leslie Ellis

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Sharing God’s Love by Serving Others

Reverend Curtis Matthys