December 2017


North Judson United Methodist Church

210 W. Central Ave.

North Judson, IN 46366

(574) 896-5927

Hello from the online newsletter from North Judson United Methodist Church!!!  If you are new... welcome! We also welcome any comments or suggestions.  If you have any problems viewing or printing your newsletter, please call the church office at 896-5927.  Hope you find the December newsletter interesting and informative.


Church Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.





Life Choices:
And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you.
(1 Thess. 3:12)
Life is full of choices, especially during the holiday season: turkey or ham, white or dark gravy, dressing with or without oysters, cranberry sauce with or without nuts, pumpkin or apple (well OK, sometimes you can choose both).    To read more  click here .


    Head Usher: 9:00 a.m. Jeff Taroli

                                   11:00 a.m. Mike Mosher   

                            9:00 Scripture Readers                                 11:00 Scripture Readers

                       December 3      Bob McKee                                                  Wendy Hall
                                       December 10       Etha Kallin                                                    Carol Grubbs
                                       December 17       Barbara McLaughlin                                     George Thompson


                                       December 24       Jane Ellen Felchuk                                       Sandi Harlamert
                                       December 31       Nila Beauchamp                                           Janet Begley
         Communion Servers (December 3): 9:00 - Elaine Ezra, Carol Tripenfeldas, Diana Vermilyer  and Pastor Kevin                                                                   11:00 - Sue Samack and Pastor Kevin


Sunday Worship Services:


 9:00 a.m.

Sunday School 10:00 a.m.

Contemporary 11:00 a.m.

To view and/or print out the December calendar please click here 

(when you get to the calendar, click on the arrows to move to the correct month)

December Mission of the Month - 

Bishop's Christmas Offering


In the month of December, 100% of your donations will be sent to meet the needs of children here in Indiana, across the United States and around the world.


Date of Special Offering:

 December 3, 2017








The Advent folders are now available in the Narthex.  Please pick yours up!  If you know of anyone who would like a folder sent to them, please call the church office (896-5927).  You may place your filled folder in the offering plate at the Christmas Eve Service, or bring it to the church office any time before December 31, 2017.  Thank you!




This month we will have an outing at Route 10 on Tuesday, December 12th at 12:30 p.m. at Fellowship Hall for our Christmas meeting. All women are invited! Sanctuary clean-up for December is Etha Kallin.  



Nov. 5 - Clyde Flory worshiped at New Dublin Presbyterian church in Dublin, Virginia.





Once again the NJUMC will be celebrating with our annual Angel Tree.  This will give us the opportunity to show our love to the children in our community by purchasing a gift for a child in need,  Cheryl Allen will be heading up this Ministry with her team of "shepherds" who hope to share the "good news of Jesus' love",  The tree is in the Narthex with the names of the children and a sign up sheet.  Gifts should be wrapped and brought to the Fellowship Hall on December 15th & 16th. The gifts will be distributed to the children during a meal and a visit from a special visitor following our 11:00 service on December 17th. We anticipate bringing joy to about 30 children and hope you will discover the true joy that comes from giving.  The entire Angel Tree team wishes you all a blessed Christmas!!! 

     Little Lights Preschool
   December is an exciting month for our preschoolers. They can't wait for Christmas.  They are already discussing what gifts they want, singing Christmas songs, and talking about Santa.
    But they will learn that these things are not the only reasons we celebrate this holiday.  They will hear a story about how an angel spoke to Mary and Joseph.  They will find out where Jesus was born.  They will learn that shepherds spread the news of Jesus' birth and Wisemen brought Him gifts.  But the most important thing they will learn is that Jesus is God's gift to all of us!
     During class time they will do a variety of
Christmas activities including making ornaments
for our tree and making a nativity decoration.  On the last class day they will have a Christmas party and gift exchange.
Happy Birthday, Jesus!!




    For 8 weeks I taught a Confirmation Class which included 11 young people who wanted to learn more about how to serve God.  We discussed the history of Methodism and what it means to be a part of a community of God.  We learned that baptism was an important first step.

    On November 12th, nine children/youth were baptized during the 9:00 service.  Those being baptized were:  Kennedy Dusek, McKinley Dusek, Avaree Johnston, Emaree Johnston, Reese Johnston, Brody Martin, Delaney Martin, Lindley Martin, and Hailey Wright.

    On that same day all 11 young people who were in the Confirmation class were confirmed.  Those being confirmed only were Anastasia and Isabella Pettengill.  Those being confirmed and who became members of the North Judson United Methodist Church were:  Quinn Bales, Brandon Benavides, Jordynn Dusek, Kennedy Dusek, McKinley Dusek, Reese Johnston, Delaney Martin, Lindley Martin, and Hailey Wright.  Please remember to pray for these young people and welcome them to the church! 


               Kathy Vorm, Children/Youth Coordinator




December 24th

7:00 p.m.


Please join us in celebrating the birth of Christ at our traditional candlelight service.  Our Chancel Choir will also be performing the cantata, "Near to the Heart of God".








                              REC'D IN OCT.        REC'D TO DATE
OFFERING             $15,841.25                  $150,204.58
OTHER INCOME        944.19                     $13,788.27
TOTAL                    $16,785.44                  $163,992.85
DISCRETIONARY FUND            $69.65
9:00 A.M.                       70     
11:00 A.M.                     38      
AVG. COMBINED       108                                   115
SUNDAY SCHOOL       41                                     43

*A hard copy of the 2017 budget is available in the church office.
  FROM THE FOOD PANTRY ... Matthew 25: 37 & 40; (37) ..."Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you...?" (40)..."I tell you the truth, whatever you did, for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
We would like to thank all who helped with the Food Drive on November 18th.  Anyone who helped collect food in front of Heartland Market, Save-A-Lot and Dollar General and also those of you who purchased food and gave donations are very much appreciated!!!    

It's that time of year again when we decorate the sanctuary with beautiful flowers! We will be accepting donations in any monetary amount to be applied toward the purchase of poinsettias. With an arrangement with the florist, we will be purchasing the poinsettias for the sanctuary. Please fill out a form if you wish to have it in memory or honor of a loved one.  Forms can be found in the Narthex.  Forms and donations must be turned in to Amy in the church office or given to Lynette Altman, Barb Blaha, Cheryl Orkis or Diana Thompson by December 3rd.
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Pictures for our living pictorial directory in Realm will be taken by Melanie Gardner on the following dates:  Dec. 6th from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room and Sunday, Dec. 3rd & Dec. 17th from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the Choir Room.  If you don't already have your picture in Realm, please come and bring your whole family to be photographed for the directory. There is no cost and you don't need to bring anything but your smiling faces!!!  If you would like more information, or would be interested to learn how to put your own picture in Realm, please call Melanie Gardner (574-772-5801). 







I would like to thank those who volunteer to help with office work and mailings:


Financial Secretary:  Cheryl Orkis.


Attendance Secretary:   Shirley Fingerhut. 

 Joyce Verhagen.


Bulletin folding:  Paul & Carol Grubbs.


You are very appreciated for all that you do!


Amy Mosher,

Office Administrator/Treasurer



Dear Friends at NJUMC,


Thank you for your gift of $1,933.87.  Your gift is deeply appreciated and gratefully received.  Through its varied ministries, Joy in the Harvest is reaching Africans with Christ's love.  Your generosity makes it possible for our work to continue.  Lowell & Claudia Wertz and the Joy in the Harvest team extend a very warm and personal thanks to you.  Together we serve an amazing, wonderful Savior.



Melinda Bendle, Office Manager





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