Dec 30, 2020- Jan 6 2021
DEVOTION

EPIPHANY
This weekend in worship we will celebrate the visitation of the Wise Men to Jesus. We call this celebration EPIPHANY. Epiphany is the second oldest Christians religious celebration. Easter is the oldest and Epiphany – meaning manifestation of God – has record of being celebrated in Alexandria in the early 200’s. The Baptism of Jesus was the focus of the early celebrations. Later, the visitation of the Wise Men was added and then the two were separated and the visitation of the Wise Men became Epiphany, January 6 and the Baptism of Jesus was celebrated the next weekend. In both events God is made known to people. In Epiphany, God is recognized by the Gentile world – the Wise Men. In the Baptism God is recognized by all as the dove descends upon the baptized Jesus and God’s voice is heard.

REFLECTION
GOD SHOWS UP. GOD IS MADE KNOWN. GOD IS AMONG US. Are we Wise?
Nearly all wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts; the knowledge of God and of ourselves. But, while joined by many bonds, which one precedes and brings forth the other is not easy to discern. In the first place, no one can look upon [oneself] without immediately turning… thoughts to the contemplation of God, in whom [one] “lives and moves” (Acts 17:28). For, quite clearly, the mighty gifts with which we are endowed are hardly from ourselves; indeed, our very being is nothing but subsistence in the one God. – John Calvin (excerpted from A Guide to Prayer for All God’s People, by Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck, Upper Room Books, 1990, pg. 54.)

PRAYER
Everlasting God, the radiance of faithful souls, you brought the nations to your light and kings to the brightness of your rising. Fill the world with your glory, and show yourself to all the nations; through him who is the true light and the bright and morning star, even Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. AMEN. (UMBOW # 297)
Blessings, Pastor Tom


Sewing Ladies – Mondays in Meeting Room (1) in the Worship Center from 9 AM till Noon. They are constructing quilts for the United Methodist Children’s Home resident children and Covid 19 masks.

Trash and Treasure UPDATE.
Covid 19 has affected every facet of our lives. Our usual Trash and Treasure Sale will not be held as an in-person event this year. It is not safe to work and prepare the event and the sale days in the close quarters and with the large crowds that usually attend. We will be seeking to present some of the collected items through ON LINE Venues in the coming months. Thanks for all who are seeking to donate and help. We can recommend several other resale organizations to receive your items. We will prepare for a bigger and better in-person event for 2022.

LEADERSHIP TEAM Kick-Off Meeting, Tuesday, January 12th at 10 AM via ZOOM. Pastor Tom will send you the link on Monday, Jan 11.

MEET OUR 2021 LEADERSHIP TEAM
Vicky Carnevale - Chair of Leadership Team, Lay Leader and Lay Delegate
Dick Clark - Trustees
Marcy Clark - Finance
Bart DeGraaf,-Chair Finance
LeRoy Hall- SPRC
Jackie Hinrichs- Trustee


Louise Meehan- Chair of Staff Parish
Donna Michel- UMW Rep
Gary Olson-Chair Trustees
Barb Patton- Chair-Witness
Margel Smith-Finance
Judy Stephenson- Recording Sec
Bob Streul- Chair of Nurture
Kay Twa - Chair of Outreach
Sandy Viets-SPRC
Pastor Tom Willetts Jr., Ex-Officio


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NEW YEAR'S PRAYER FOR 2020
by Rev. Lia Icaza-Willetts

God Our Creator, we praise you and glorify your holy name.
We thank you for all the blessings we have received in this past year, and we ask for the forgiveness of our sins.
Clean our hearts and or minds by the power of your Holy Spirit.
Loving God, we look back at 2020 as a year of Pandemic - with pain and suffering, sickness and deaths, grief and loneliness, sadness and silence, prayers and hope.
We thank you for your love and mercy that sustained us through these difficult times.
We look forward to a new year with God, filled with wonderful possibilities, amazing miracles and abundant life.
Empower us to stand against injustice and oppression.
Give us kind hearts to reach out to people in need of bread and salvation.
Lord God, give us LOVE to forgive, JOY to enjoy life, PEACE that surpasses all understanding, and HOPE to face the future unafraid.
Bless our families and friends, our communities and our country.
We pray for peace upon the earth and the healing of the nations.
Almighty God, bring us together as one people under God, to make a difference in a hurting world.
May we be guided by the Holy Spirit of God to love and to bless all people that we encounter.
We pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.
Pastor’s Wednesday ZOOM Bible Study
Begins Wednesday, January 6, 2021 @ 7 PM. We will begin our through the year study of the Gospel of Mark using N.T. Wright’s for Everyone Bible Study Guides, “Gospel of MARK.”
Call the church office to sign-up - (239)543-2686. Purchase your book from Amazon or Cokesbury. $9.99.





N.T. WRIGHT is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world's leading Bible scholars. He is now serving as the Chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. For twenty years he taught New Testament studies at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities. As being both one of the world's leading Bible scholars and a popular author, he has been featured on ABC News, Dateline, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air.
Offices Closed Dec 31st and Jan 1st - Please make your reservations to attend Worship before 4pm Wednesday Dec. 30th.


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Saturday Evening Vespers Worship - Saturdays at 4:45 on the EAST PATIO. Bring your own chair or use one of the folding metal chairs of the church. Reservations are required. Please wear a mask and sit six feet apart.

Sunday Morning Worship - Sundays, @ 10 AM in the Sanctuary. Please make a reservation each week. Please wear a mask and abide by social distancing requirements.

Holy Communion on the weekend of January 2 & 3 in worship and Drive-Up on Sunday, Jan 3 at 11:30 AM.

We have spaces available in all services for you to attend.
Make a reservation by calling 239 543-2686
9AM - 3PM Monday - Thursday


THANK YOU, I want to thank you all, again and again, who helped Barie and me, during this long trying time of my sickness. You all did it with so much love and care and most of all Prayer. Because of your prayers, I feel better one day at a time. I thank God, we belong to an active, charitable, loving church, where God's will rules. Thank you all, We love you. Christina & Barie Fez-Barringten.



THANK YOU, I want to personally thank the Caring Committee members and the Monday Sewing Group for their support, caring and generosity.

Members of the Caring Committee have offered many prayers, phone calls, cards and other ways of support to our church family this past year. They delivered Poinsettias to members of the facilities recently and over the year, are an immense source of prayer and support.                       

The sewing group donated 6 beautiful quilts, that were taken to home bound folks from our church. These lovely quilts are a gift of love from “worker bees” who work quietly and diligently to design, sew and produce beautiful handiwork.                        

May you all have a healthy and blessed Christmas, knowing that I am extremely grateful for your support and generosity of spirit. We are all “God’s hands and feet” and I couldn’t do it without you!!!     
                        Blessings, Judy Greenstreet
Come join the fun - we will have treats and coffee to all those workers who come to help put the Christmas decor away. A sign-up sheet is in the Narthex.
Thanks, Judy Stephenson







ALL END OF YEAR GIVING SHOULD BE POSTMARKED
NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 31ST.
JANUARY ANNIVERSARIES
Bob & Shirley Streul 1/11/2014 7 years Darrell & Janet Eaton 1/26/1963 58 years
JANUARY BIRTHDAYS
Lynn Brandt 1/3 Martha Baird 1/4
Jim Hinrichs 1/5 Sid Dobson 1/7
George Farragut 1/8 Rick Kelsey 1/8
Ray Razor 1/8 Eloise Stearns 1/8
Nadine Berkebile 1/10
Donna Immega 1/12 Marcy Clark 1/13 Helene Stell 1/13
Helen Burke 1/17 Marion Mulcahey 1/17 John Topp 1/18 Wayne Peterson 1/21 Leroy Hall 1/23
Joseph Heidecker 1/25 Alice Hunt 1/28
Jan Hart 1/30
Grace MacMullen 1/30 Lee Arthur 1/31 Karen Rivet 1/31