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Utica United Methodist Church 
December 26th, 2018
Join us this Sunday, December 30th, for our morning Worship Celebration when our 
message will be, "What Are You Looking For?"  Our worship schedule is as follows:

8:45 AM   Sunday School Classes, KidZone and Small Groups
9 :00 AM   Praise Band Practice 
9:45 AM   Worship Celebration
          Nursery (Children in Kindergarten and Younger)
Refreshments:       Pat Burris
Greeters:              Mark Smith
Nursery:               Jackie Nutt
Back up:               Rachel Snyder
KidZone:               Duane & Amy Fovargue
Assistant:              Duane & Amy Fovargue
Media Tech:          Lauren Israel
Refreshments:       Melissa Owens
Greeters:              Melissa Owens
Nursery:               Marcia Shomaker
Back up:               To Be Announced
KidZone:               Margaret Bowman
Assistant:              Diane Benson
Media Tech:          Lauren Israel
The Events Committee is continuing Twelve Month of Giving, sponsoring and collecting items for Utica's food pantry.  Each month the pantry volunteers let us know what is most needed.  Please place your donations in the bin upstairs or downstairs by the door.  We will collect your donations at the church and deliver them to the pantry.

Items Needed for the Month of December:
Canned Pasta and Canned Fruit
  Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have,
 for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.  Hebrews 13:16
Utica UMC received a lovely card addressed to the church as a whole from Carl & Betty Bell which read, "Merry Christmas to all and a blessed New Year.
The staff of your Utica UMC sincerely thanks the congregation for the great remembrance and Love Offering which was distributed to us as a Christmas Bonus this last week.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated and it makes it so easy for us to work with all of you.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! 
After the morning service on Sunday, December 16th, one lonely earring was found in the Sanctuary.  If you are missing a lovely Christmas earring, please give us a call of stop in during office hours so we can return it to the rightful owner.

"But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people.  You are royal priests, a holy nation, God's very own possession.  As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light." (1Peter 2:9, NLT)  As God's chosen people, we should show others the goodness of God!  We should be a "thermostat" and not a "thermometer."  It's easier to be a thermometer and go with the flow than to be a thermometer and influence what's going on around us.
A thermometer reflects the temperature.  It indicates what's going on.  Those who are "thermometers" are up and down depending what's happening in their lives or with the people they are around every day.  They reflect the culture, are influenced by the crowd, and follow the leader.
God needs more people to be "thermostats."  These are people of influence that set the tone.  They help to change and transform the things around them.  They set a positive example and are intentional about using their wisdom and influence to affect others.  They are "salt and light" in a world that needs Jesus!  They stand up and stand out!
Are you influencing and affecting the world or is the world influencing and affecting you?  We can be "thermostats" in our everyday environments.  If we reflect the thoughts and actions of Jesus, the "thermometers" will rise higher too!
   Mark McDaniel
Our General Office Hours are from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  Next week, due to New Year's Day falling on Tuesday, the Office will be open on Mondays AND closed on Tuesday next week only.  I wish you one and all a very Happy New Year.  To submit information for Heartbeats or the bulletin, please deliver copy-ready items to the office by hand or email no later than 1:00 pm on Wednesday of each week.

Mary Lou Dixon, Administrative Assistant
Utica United Methodist Church
Contact Information
"To transform lives for Christ" 
Utica United Methodist Church
626 North Street
Utica, OH 43080
Church Office
(740) 892-2621
Web Page:
UticaUnited MethodistChurch.org

Pastor Jason Snyder
Cell:  419-688-9057
Email: jasnyder105@gmail.com.  

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