Thanksgiving Office Hours
The holidays are hard for some of us. But have hope! You can and will get through the holidays. Rather than avoiding the feelings of grief or loneliness, lean into them. It is not the grief or isolation you want to avoid, it is the pain. Feeling is the way out of the pain. Following are some suggested ways to cope shared with us by David Kessler (davidkessler.org).
- Have Plan A and Plan B – Plan A is you go to the Thanksgiving, Christmas Day or Christmas Eve dinner with family and friends. But if it doesn’t feel right, have your plan B ready. Plan B may be to watch a movie or look through a photo album or visit a special place. Many people find that when they have Plan B in place, just knowing it is there is enough.
- Cancel the Holiday All Together – Yes, you can cancel the holiday! If you are going through the motions and feeling nothing, cancel it. Take a year off. The holiday will come around again.
Advent Begins November 30
Join us for the first week of Advent! We will begin our new sermon series, Gift Exchange: The Meaning of Christmas, and celebrate the Hanging of the Greens.
Happy Veterans Day, Nov. 11
A Place to Call Home
Brett and Debbie Graham have raised their family at First Methodist. “It is where we worship and recharge our batteries. This church has given our kids a solid foundation for their faith.” Their children, Kristen, Luke, and Dan were all baptized here, and Dan will be their third and final confirmand in April. Kristen and Luke are active members of the youth group—participating in Wednesday and Sunday programs and traveling on mission trips. Debbie and Brett particularly love First Methodist’s commitment to service through programs like the Mission of the Month, Care Team, and Great Days of Service. They are members of the Upward Bound Sunday School class—a class that “challenges us and makes us think.” The Grahams have a simple approach to plugging-in to church: “show up” and “serve on committees!”
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Blue Christmas Service, Dec 7
THE HOLIDAY SEASON
FOR SOME OF US.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
FOR A DIFFERENT KIND
OF SERVICE…OF COMFORT, OF LOSS,
Mark Your Calendars
Nov. 19 All Church Thanksgiving | 6pm | CCLC Gym | We’ll provide the turkey, gravy, dressing, and rolls. Bring your favorite dessert or side to share! Children’s Choir will perform.
Nov. 23 Church Conference | 12pm | Binkley Hall | District Superintendent Marvin Guier will lead. We’ll vote to approve the 2015 budget and leadership roles. | Potluck lunch, ham provided. Bring a dessert or side to share.
Nov. 28 Pajama-Rama—Black Friday Drop & Shop | 7am-3pm | You shop while your kids play! Drop them off in their pjs in the CCLC Gym. | $25 donation per child | Reservations required | Contact Brittani Welch at 903-893-6514 or register by clicking the link on the right.
Ten Thousand Villages Update
Thanks to the participation of our church family and community, we sold over $3,600 at the Ten Thousand Villages Fair last month. A majority of the proceeds went to the artisans, who are paid a living wage and work in safe environments. Ten Thousand Villages paid all shipping costs and also allowed the Missions Committee to retain 10% of the sales. At the last Missions Committee meeting, the group decided to donate the 10% ($360) to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, which will be available to help those in need. The donation was given in honor of the United Methodist Women.