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Pastor's Letter


November 27, 2015
Dear Friends,
The Thanksgiving dishes are barely dried when we are now confronted with Black Friday and its accompanying shopping hype. With all the frenzy around Christmas shopping and decorating, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that this Sunday is the 1st Sunday in Advent.
Advent is a season of waiting; where we wait with anticipation for the coming of Jesus, again; AND we look back to see how people long ago anticipated, with hope, the coming of the Messiah. Historically, Advent has been a time when Christians focus on Jesus, and preparing their hearts for his coming.   My prayer is that each of us find ways to step out of the busyness and prepare our hearts.
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

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
Step out of the busyness of the season and prepare our hearts by studying God's promises of hope.
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 at 12:3pm.
Sunday, December 13th - "Undie Sunday". See explanation above.
Monday, December 14th @ 7:00pm   - Service of Quiet and Reflection. 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 .
December 18th - Last day to receive reduced registration fee for Bi-District Training (January 9th 2016)
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.
On Another Note....... 
Worship Task Force Forming
As a part of the work we have been doing in understanding our mission field, its demographics, and how we best bless the people in our mission field (the area around our church), we are exploring the possibility of a different style of worship that would complement our existing traditional style. We will look at possibilities in its style, times of this worship service as well as the others, and even will explore a different day. This task force will be a working group. If you are interested, please know that you will be asked to:
  • Attend at least 2 worship services of a different style in the Alexandria or Arlington districts and report on your findings.
  • Become familiar with the demographics/psychographics/life-style trends of our mission field - information will be provided and discussed.
  • Be in prayer for at least 10 minutes each day about our mission field and how God is calling us to be a blessing and to be open to the leading of God's spirit.
  • Participate in the task force meetings. Date and time will be chosen by task force members.
The work and recommendations of this task force will then be presented to the congregation and church leaders for their input. If interested, please contact Pastor Linda at bumc.lmonroe@verizon.net


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