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Pastor's Letter
November 12, 2015
Dear Friends,
Sometimes we feel weighed down; a burden resides in our hearts. This feeling might come from the responsibilities we bear, or just the hectic demands of life. Perhaps it's something deeper, more personal that we carry in our soul. Whatever it might be, it eclipses our ability to fully enjoy the life of joy, hope, and peace that God desires for us. There is a remedy, however, the solution might surprise you.
I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday. Please be in prayer for the ways we can be a blessing to the neighbors around Buckhall UMC. Please pray for how God is calling you to be a blessing.
Yours in Christ,

Weekly Announcements

What's Happening This Week
Saturday, November 14th - All-Church Bazaar from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Join in the fun. Discover the treasures of Grandma's Attic, delight your family with goodies from the Bake Sale, and get a lot of Christmas shopping done.
Sunday, November 15th Worship @ 8:45am and 11:15am; Message: Lighten Your Load
Nursery care available - Sunday School for Children and Youth @ 10:00am
Adult Small Group: "The Story" @ 10:00am
Sunday, November 15th - KaMP (Kids and Mission Projects) @ 12:30pm. Join us for food, fellowship and mission. We will assemble small Thanksgiving fruit baskets for our homebound members, make cards, and will distribute these as well.
Tuesday, November 17th - Pastor Linda @ Panera's from 12:30PM TO 3:00PM Join her for coffee and conversation. What's on your mind?
                                                            Choir Rehearsal @ 6:30pm
Wednesday, November 18th - Finance Committee @ 7:00pm
Thursday, November 19th - Administrative Council @ 7:00pm
Sunday, November 22nd, @ 10:00am, Pastor Linda will make a presentation on her pilgrimage to South Korea.
Looking Ahead.........
Sunday, November 29th - 1st Sunday in Advent.
Advent Series: Socks and Underwear
At Christmas we often dream of receiving the "perfect" gift, but many of us have experienced the reality of Socks and Underwear.   What if Christmas isn't about our expectations? What if Christmas isn't about what we get? Instead, Christmas is about what we give? What if we've been given is exactly what we need? Join us as we embrace the power of the true gifts of Christmas and their impact on our lives.    
11/29 - An Unexpected Gift: The Gift of Hope
12/6 -   Gift Cards: The Gift of Joy (Holy Communion)
12/13 - A Gift Returned: The Gift of Love (also "Undie Sunday" )
12/20 - A Gift Received: The Gift of Peace  
12/24 -   The Great Gift Giveaway     (Christmas Eve)
In keeping with the theme of "Socks and Underwear," Sunday, December 13th, is designated as: "Undie Sunday." On that Sunday, we ask that you bring in a package of new socks or underwear. The socks will be added to our winter version of "Kits for the Homeless." Any remaining packages of socks, along with the packages of underwear, will be taken to Rising Hope and other places for distribution among people who are homeless.
Advent Study
A 4-session Advent Study begins, "Travel the Highways of Advent," and will be offered at two different times:  
Daytime:   beginning Tuesday, December 1st @ 10:30am
Evenings: beginning Wednesday, December 2nd at 7:00pm.
Cost of book is $7.00.
Join in a journey from the here of our everyday lives to the there of Christmas hope and life. Sign-up in the narthex or e-mail pastor Linda at bumc.lmonroe@verizon.net .
December 6th - Hanging of the Greens.
Sunday, December 13th - "Undie Sunday". See explanation above.
Monday, December 14th @ 7:00pm   - Service of Reflection and Healing. This is a service of quiet, reflection, remembering, and healing. There are some people for whom this season is not "merry;" people who are grieving a loss, carrying hurts, have hearts full of memories, are bearing some kind of pain, or are feeling sad. Come into the quiet and experience the presence of God's love and peace. For questions, or to help lead contact Pastor Linda at bumc.lmonroe@verizon.net .
Thursday, December 24th - Christmas Eve
5:30pm - Children's and Family Service - children dress in costume and help tell the Christmas story.   Candlelight and Communion
7:30pm and 9:30pm - Worship with Candlelight and Communion
Sunday, December 27th - Lessons and Carols @ 10:00am
Join in hearing the story and singing our favorite carols. Come as you are and bring Christmas goodies to share.

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