The Link: December 2020
Monthly News from Washington Park United Methodist Church
From Your Pastors
Greetings!
Happy Advent! Rev. Sandi & Rev. Jamielee
December Worship
Join any or all of our Advent and Christmas Worship Services! Services can be viewed live on Facebook AND YouTube, or afterwards with the links found on the website and weekly emails.

Sun, November 29th @9:30am– First Sunday of Advent & Communion
Home for the Holidays: Tradition, Isaiah 9: 2-7
Join via Facebook Live (Washington Park UMC) or this YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/rttOvCbZ3DA

Sun, December 6th @9:30am– Second Sunday of Advent
Home for the Holidays: Family, Luke 1: 39-45
Join via Facebook Live (Washington Park UMC) or this YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/jxuaPzZdeq0

Sun, December 13th @9:30am – Third Sunday of Advent
Children’s Virtual Christmas Program
Join via Facebook Live (Washington Park UMC) or this YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/i59F8olY1Mc

Sun, December 20th @9:30am – Fourth Sunday of Advent
Virtual Choir Cantata
Join via Facebook Live (Washington Park UMC) or this YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/5uBqh3m6foc

Thursday, December 24th @6pmCandlelight Christmas Eve Service
Join via Facebook Live (Washington Park UMC) or this YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/YrvY1HkobTg

Sun, December 27th @9:30am – Virtual Prayer Service
Join via Facebook Live (Washington Park UMC) or YouTube
Advent at WPUMC
Advent Calendar
We will be offering a digital Advent calendar with daily Advent activities and practices for your household to “count-down to Christmas”! Click this link to see our website’s Advent page.
Advent Study
Join your pastors via zoom on Wednesday evenings during Advent from 5:30-6:30pm (12/2, 12/9, 12/ 16, 12/23) for an Advent Study on “Christmas in the Four Gospel Homes” by Cynthia Campbell. The book looks at the story of Jesus in very distinctive forms as presented in the gospels. Order your book today and sign up for the study here.
Holiday Open House
Some new opportunities for congregational connection will be offered in 2021. Join us for this zoom “Holiday Open House” on Thursday, December 10th at 5:30pm to hear about these virtual opportunities and how you can be a part of a monthly fellowship hour with other church members and families. Sign up here!

Christmas Eve Eve

Join us on Wednesday, December 23rd for an in-person Christmas experience. Individuals and families can sign up for 15-minute slots to come to the church and participate in a several interactive prayer stations, including candle-lighting and hearing Silent Night in our sanctuary. *New extended hours available!* Use this link to sign up between 2 and 8pm on 12/23.
Volunteer & Donation Opportunities
Denver Inner City Parish Toy Drive
Once again, WPUMC will participate in a toy drive benefiting the Denver Inner City Parish. Now through 12/6 bring your donations the bins in the Narthex marked for drop offs.

See a list of toy donation suggestions for this year's drive.
Donate Suitcases and Backpacks
Do you have a rolling suitcase sitting in the basement or garage at home collecting dust during the travel-restricted winter of COVID? Why not put it to good use! For the fourth consecutive year, we are collecting rolling suitcases and backpacks to gift to our homeless neighbors in downtown Denver on Christmas Day. You can support this mission in either of two ways. You can donate rolling suitcases or backpacks by leaving them on Sheri and Matt Salis’ front porch at 285 South Williams Street, Denver, 80209 (just a few blocks from the church). Bring the ones you are not using, or check out the thrift stores or discount retailers (we are most in need of rolling suitcases). If you would prefer, you can make a fully tax deductible donation to Sheri’s and Matt’s nonprofit, Stigma. Here is a link to all the details, and to make a monetary donation. Thanks for supporting our neighbors in need this Christmas season!

Matt Salis
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News
Finance Committee Update
Season’s Greetings WPUMC family!

The holiday season is upon us, and although there are hard times surrounding us, the season has personally cheered me up. The Christmas music and lights keep me smiling. I hope that you are all reminded of the beauty and joy of the season and can enjoy as much as possible.
When my dad passed away, a good friend sent me a verse, Isaiah 43:2. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”
This verse has kept me going and helped me through the dark tunnel to see the light at the end. It reminds me that we are not alone, nor do we enter any battle alone; God will get us through.
The Finance committee has been busy working to budget and forecast for what seems a difficult time to do so. As so many things keep changing, so do our possibilities. We are continually working to navigate finances to continue to be the strong community that WPUMC has always been. Thank you to you for your faith and encouragement. Please consider giving to the church if you are able. We enter this year with the understanding that most people’s financial position has been deeply impacted over the last 12 months. It is not too late to submit pledge cards, whatever it may say. We thank you for your continued support.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and know our continued prayers are with you all.

Kristiana DeYoung, Finance Committee at WPUMC
Children's Ministry
The Christmas Season is upon us and we will be celebrating a bit differently this year but it’s still going to be great! We know the reason for the season and that of course is the traditional Children’s Nativity Program, right? Well, we like to think so. The show must go on and in a creative way to make sure it happens. There is a short video and a SignUp Genius that gives a bit more details on how this will come together for your viewing pleasure during the Dec. 13th Sunday Service.  
Sunday School will be the Nativity Story with a twist this month, so check us out by viewing the Friday morning email or Facebook on Park Kids at 10:30 Sunday mornings. We are also encouraging our children and their families to look into some of the December Missions projects that include a toy drive and rolling suitcase collection. Look under the Missions heading. I am going to be collecting kids art and small crafts to take to some Brookdale locations for the residents. The art items can be placed in a box under the black bench right inside the double doors during building hours or on my front porch. Email with any questions but PLEASE consider participating in one or ALL the missions. This is such a stressful year and giving back when we have so much really makes a huge difference in someone's life. 

Merry Christmas and many blessings,
 
Sheri Salis
Director of Children’s Ministry
Youth Group
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After an unexpected and trying year, we are going to close out our year with a celebration! Join us for our Annual Christmas Party online! Come hang out on Zoom for a Secret Santa exchange, our traditional Christmas movies and fun on December 6th from 4-7 pm. Take a look at our weekly emails to sign up for the Secret Santa exchange and log in details.
Keep an eye on our weekly email for news on our upcoming meetings! If you have any questions or would like to participate in our youth events, email Rev. Jamielee at youthgroup@washparkumc.org.

December Schedule:
December 6th –Annual Christmas Party! 4-7 pm on Zoom.
December 13th –Stuff Class Part 2, Join us on Zoom from 11-12:30 pm
December 20th—Game Day! Last Class of the season, join us for a Show & Tell and an opportunity to convince the class your opinions are right in a game of “Change My Mind!” on Zoom from 11-12:30 pm
December 27th—No Class, Christmas Week.
Birthdays
December 01 Emily Haemer
December 02 Mary Bea Halimeh
December 02 Olivia Webster
December 04 Liz Bankhead
December 05 Doug Poirier
December 07 Barry Nance
December 10 Lily Griffin
December 13 Barb Gonzales
December 15 Mark Morgan
December 18 Julia Couch
December 18 Kelly Goering
December 20 Alex Halimeh
December 23 Carol Mrzlikar
December 23 Jamie Obleski
December 26 Cheyanne Fleming
December 26 Noreen Marutle
December 27 Nick & Joey Salis
December 28 Blair Goering
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