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Ponderings

Ponderings

Pastor Paul Frederiksen

Now is the time to buy your Christmas gifts. Don’t leave it until the last minute; don’t wait until prices have soared, and the stocks have been picked over, and shoppers stand a dozen deep before the counters. By now, in calmness and deliberation, without hysteria. Above all, let the present show that you have really thought about the person you are giving it to – have thought about his or her tastes and wants.

 --“Your Christmas Gifts”
Editorial, December 2, 1905

 

Yeah, 115 years ago the above item was carried in the “Saturday Evening Post.”  They must not have had “Black Fridays” back then, because the editorial was after Thanksgiving.  Today, in a ‘normal’ year, such an admonition would be too late, people mauling one another after stuffing themselves with turkey and dressing. Perhaps, this year, we may have space, time & eyes to see the “new thing” God is doing in our midst.

Pastor Paul


Incarnation by Adam Hamilton

Incarnation by Adam Hamilton

Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas

Sessions Offered 
     Sundays at 10:45 AM; starts Nov 29 
     Wednesdays at 7:30 PM; starts Dec 2.
Classes by Zoom
Contact the church office if you're interested in receiving a link for the Zoom class
Due to the high covid numbers, we are not offering in person classes at this time 
 
Books cost $14; Stop by the office to pick up a book
Scholarships available

 


Advent Devotionals

Advent Devotionals

Prepare your hearts for Christmas...

Advent Devotionals
Spend time in prayer and reading daily devotions.
Assorted devotionals available outside the office for all ages.
Devotions can be delivered or sent to you too. 😊
Prepare your hearts for Christmas!

 


Adopt-A-Friend Christmas Cards

Adopt-A-Friend Christmas Cards

Reaching out this Advent season!

The Adult Discipleship Team encourages YOU to be a part of a team who will write cards or notes of encouragement to others during Advent.   What we’re looking at is like an “Adopt-A-Friend” program. 
 
Here’s how to participate:
  • Please call or stop by the church to pick up the name(s) and address(es) of the person/people/couple(s) you are adopting.  Names are available now.
  • Simply write one card or note of encouragement each week to this person/couple during Advent starting November 29 through Christmas.  Introduce yourself, write notes of hope or encouragement, etc.
  • Send a total of 4 cards.  Of course, you’re welcome to do more or beyond Christmas.
  • Involve your family by having kids color pictures or add stickers to the envelope.
Let’s reach out to our Grace friends and provide encouragement and hope in this Advent season!

Advent Wreath

Advent Wreath

Create your own Advent Wreath

Using 5 candles or click on this link for the Advent Candle Pattern to create safe Advent candles.
 
Add one candle to the display each Sunday, starting November 29.
 
Click here to read the Lighting The Advent Candleslitany each Sunday during Advent.

Sing along to Light of Jesus at end of each Advent Candle Lighting.

 
 
Take a selfie or a photo of your family or even a video and send it to office@spencergumc.com 

Glory to God and Peace to All!

 


Count down to Christmas

Count down to Christmas

Family Acivity

Click on this link to get your Count down to Christmas cut out cards.

Read one Bible verse card each day starting December 1 to December 25.

Creatively display the cards (hang on Christmas tree, wall, door, window or mirror) to remind you of the true reason for Christmas

Decorate Your Windows

Decorate Your Windows

Sending messages of Hope, Peace & Love

Click on Color pages to print and hang them in your front window for Advent!
Send a message of Hope, Peace and Love to your neighbors and the world around us!
Take a photo and send to us:  office@spencergumc.com
Drive around & look for signs from other Grace friends.

 


Drive By Christmas Caroling

Drive By Christmas Caroling

Monday, December 21

5:15 PM to 6:30 PM
 
Singers will be socially distanced along the East side of Grace UMC.  
Drive by (or even park for a short time to listen) from the North along 2nd Avenue.
Hot chocolate and cookies will be delivered to cars
 
Carolers:  Dress warmly.  Arrive by 5:00 PM.
Cookie donations: Needed by Sunday, December 20 in Narthex kitchen
Questions?  Contact the church office.

Grace Giving Tree

Grace Giving Tree

Missions Outreach

Check out the ornaments on Grace Giving tree in the Narthex and decide how to be involved.  It’s easy to participate.  You can donate mittens/hats/socks for preschoolers or donate gift cards or money. 
 
Here are your options:
  1. Purchase mittens, hats, or socks for preschoolers, simply put them in the basket provided. Donations are needed by December 6.
  2. Select tag(s) & buy gift cards (i.e. grocery stores, Walmart, gas station), take the gift cards directly to the office so Pastor Paul can use them as individuals in need are identified throughout the year. Donations are due December 20.
Thank you for sharing God’s love and helping to make Christmas brighter for our friends, neighbors, and strangers!
 

Christmas Worship

Christmas Worship

Online Message

The Christmas Worship Message will be available online:
 
December 24,  the Sanctuary open Noon to 9 PM
 
Rediscover the significance of Christmas!