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We are called by Christ to ministries of love, 
    and reconciliation
with our     church, community  and world.

Morningside Update
Christmas Offering

Our Christmas offering will UMCOR relief efforts in Puerto Rico from hurricane damage and the Inter-Faith Hospitality Network in Salem, Oregon.  Offering envelopes will be available at all the service on Dec. 24 or you may mail in your Christmas offering noting as such.

Soup Kitchen: December 31, 12:30-3:30 
at St. Mark's Lutheran Church. 

Come and help prepare, serve and/or clean-up for our 5th Sunday at Kairos Soup Kitchen for lunch.  If you cannot volunteer, cans of chili are always welcome.  There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.

Morningside UMC All Church Conference
Jan 7 at 11:15 at Morningside
Morningside will have an All Church Conference to hear updates and highlights of our ministries.  We will receive the Lay Leadership, Trustee and Membership Reports. The budget proposal for 2018 will also be presented.  

This will follow our morning worship service where our District Superintendent, Rev. Tim Overton-Harris will be our preacher.  Rev. Tim will join us our meeting following the service on January 7, 2018.  Everyone is encouraged to attend!

Lunch and a Movie with the Disability Connection Team: January 14

You are invited to join the Disability Connections Team for a bring-your-own-brown-bag Lunch and a Movie on Sunday, January 14th, 2018 at 12:00 noon in the Fireside Room. Our movie will be Temple Grandin, the award winning story of the real Temple Grandin, PhD, based on her own writings. Clare Danes won a well-deserved Emmy Award for her brilliant portrayal of the autistic writer, speaker, and expert in the field of animal science.   In this movie we will get to know Temple, an amazing and unique autistic woman.  We'll learn more about the autism spectrum, what it is, and how it can affect people, from one who lives with autism every day.

When church lets out on 1/14/2018 enjoy refreshments and conversation as usual, then at 12:00 join us in the Fireside Room to watch the movie.  It is just under 2 hours long, so feel free to bring a sack lunch from home or pick up fast food to bring back and eat while we watch.  If you usually go out to eat at a restaurant after church, consider getting your meal to go and bringing it back to church.

Watching this movie together should be an interesting, entertaining, and thought-provoking experience.  Wendy Marsh, autism author, will be available to answer questions and lead a discussion after the movie. 

If you want to see the trailer for the movie, click here
If you'd like to hear Temple speak about The Autistic Brain to the Chicago Humanities Festival, click here.

Morningside Hosting 
Open Door Churches Youth Group

We will be hosting the youth group in January: January 7, 21, and 28 from 12:30-2:00.  We are looking forward to having the youth group those Sundays.  They will be at the snow retreat at Suttle Lake the weekend of January 14.

Stewardship Update

We are pleased to share that we have received pledges totaling $237,736 for 2018.  Confirmation of your pledge has been mailed out this week on Dec. 19 and includes the electronic giving form.  If you currently give through direct deposit, you do not need to return the form, any changes to your pledge will be updated by the office. If you wish to begin giving through direct deposit, fill out the form and return it to the office. If you do not receive a confirmation of your pledge, but turned in a pledge card, or your confirmation is incorrect, please notify the office and we will make the correction.  Thank you for your faithful and joyful stewardship.