December 2020
"No Christmas Shutdown!"
"And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them."     Luke 2:7
 
      The coronavirus grinch can’t stop Christmas from coming. Like it says near the end of the book, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” by Dr. Seuss -
"It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!..." "Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas … perhaps … means a little bit more!”
Yes! Christmas obviously means a lot more than gifts and decorations and food. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of God’s Son, even though many people, even Christians, struggle to keep Christ in Christmas. Will it be any different this year with Covid 19 bringing havoc to normal Christmas gatherings and traditions? We might expect families and friends to assemble less, and come up with creative ideas for sharing presents. Somehow though, the coronavirus isn’t expected to cause a slower, less stressful and chaotic season, even though our schedules might look different. We still need to remind ourselves of the real meaning of Christmas.
Wouldn’t it be nice for Christmas 2020 to be a true time of reflection where we use extra solitude to ponder the wonder of God’s gift of Jesus Christ? Jesus was born in a stable because there was no room for him in the inn. Can we manage to make room for Jesus this year? After all, it’s his birthday that we celebrate. Like we sing in “Joy to the World,” - "Let earth receive her King; let every heart prepare him room.” Coronavirus can’t stop the meaning of Christmas!
 
Merry Christmas!
 
In Christ’s Love
Pastor Mo
 
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December Worship
Sermon Series -
Christmas is Not Canceled
December 6
Peace is Not Canceled!
Special Music: Jodie Mohr

December 13
Joy is Not Canceled!
Special Music:
Leanne Dunn & Jodie Mohr

December 20
Love is Not Canceled!
Special Music: Jodie Mohr
& Steve Cavanaugh and friends
Board/Staff Meeting
The next Board/Staff meeting will be held Sunday, December 6 at Noon at the church.. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, December 24, 7:30pm
We will have new battery operated candles to hold up during "Silent Night" Social Distancing and safe practices will be in place. Watch for more details online and in future eblasts.
Delivering the Good News Through Operation Christmas Child
Thanks Ayersville UMC for bringing joy and the life-changing message of Jesus to 50 kids all over the world! The 50 shoeboxes we packed will be delivered soon to kids who will learn about the love Jesus has for them because of your kindness and generosity. Special thanks to Rick and Denice Edmonds, the Pathfinders Sunday School class and everyone who donated items or packed shoeboxes.

In February we will begin collecting for next year's Operation Christmas Child with a different focus each month. For example, in February we will be collecting hats, scarves and gloves, in March - toys, crafts, books, etc. Watch future newsletters and eblasts for more details and make plans to continue to share the love of Jesus with kids around the world.
Wreaths Across America
Remember Veterans with
a Wreath on Their Graves
Remember a Veteran with a wreath on their grave. To order wreaths please contact the church office. If you request a wreath, you can pick it up at the church so that you may place it on the veteran's grave. There will be no ceremony this year at the cemetery.
Contact the church office by December 7
to request a wreath!
Continue to
Worship God
through Giving
Offering plates are in the back
at each worship service or

Send donations to:
27728 Ayersville Rd.,
Defiance, Ohio 43512

or a donation drop box is available
under the carport at the church
Give online through Tithe.ly
Please remember to return your estimate of giving cards for 2021
Click here or on the picture for December's Church Events Calendar.
Happy Birthday!
Shayna Booher December 1
Denise Austermiller December 2
Eowyn Noaker December 4
Sharon Waldron December 11
Mary Brown December 19
Brady Zartman December 23
Anthony Wallace December 29
Bryson Stevens December 30
Sonny Miller December 31
Happy Anniversary!
Bret and Shayna Booher Dec. 7
Rod & Mary Martin Dec. 24

God's blessing to you on your special day! If you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary this month, we rejoice with you too! Please let us know so we may add it to our calendar.