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It's Just Christmas
With Mommy kissing Santa Baby by the light of Rudolph's red nose while bells jingle to the beat of the drummer boy in the midst of white Christmas dreams, everybody knows some turkey and some mistletoe will be get lost amidst the lords a-leaping and geese a-laying. Wow! When did it quit being just Christmas?
In the upcoming weeks our Advent and Christmas sermons will center on the profound, astounding simplicity of Christmas. From Black Friday (okay, let's be honest, the decorations have been up since the middle of October) through after-Christmas sales we are inundated with mixed messages of what is necessary for Christmas. Yet the coming of Jesus is surprisingly uncomplicated, undecorated, and unsophisticated: God got down on our level! That's what we are celebrating.
Enjoy the lights and the music and the gifts, but let's not take our eyes off that ordinary looking baby laid in an ordinary feed trough on an ordinary day so long. There is our hope and the fulfillment of all the promises of God. That's extraordinary!
Grace and peace,
Are you a first-time visitor? Your new mug awaits!
If you are visiting Bear Creek United Methodist Church for the first time, please stop by the Welcome Center in the Courtyard after the service to receive a 12-ounce ceramic coffee mug, paired with a spoon that fits neatly through the handle.
Our latest mug features the new Bear Creek UMC logo, set against a sleek black exterior. The mug’s interior and spoon are bright red.
Additional mugs are available for $5 each in the Church Office, Welcome Center or HeBrews Coffee House. Proceeds allow Bear Creek UMC to give mugs to first-time guests.
Angel Tree Gifts
Angel Tree Gifts may be left in the Narthex on Sunday, December 8. Gifts may also be dropped by the church office through Friday, December 6. All gifts, stocking stuffers, and gift cards must be turned in by Sunday, December 8. As always, your help with this very rewarding outreach mission is appreciated. If you would prefer to make a monetary donation, please make checks payable to BCUMC with "Angel Tree" in the memo line.
Time to order poinsettias
Order forms for Christmas poinsettias will be in the Sunday bulletin. Poinsettias may be ordered through Sunday, December 15, for $10 each.
Purchased from The Brookwood Community, the poinsettias will beautify our Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall during Advent and may be taken home after the 11:00pm service on Christmas Eve.
Please turn in your completed form or contact the Bear Creek UMC office at 281.463.2330.
Hour of Prayer “Blue Christmas” Healing Service
Finding joy amid the holiday frenzy can be difficult for those who are hurting - either physically or emotionally. If you or someone you know faces this challenge, please attend the Hour of Prayer “Blue Christmas Healing Service” on Monday, December 16, at 7:00pm in the Fellowship Hall.
Complimentary coffee from HeBrews Coffee House will be served between 6:00 and 7:00pm to those attending the service.
Advent Devotional booklets ready
The 2013 Advent Devotional booklet is available in the Sanctuary Narthex and Fellowship Hall Narthex on Sundays. Every family is encouraged to take a copy. The booklet includes a variety of inspirational writings and prayers, penned by Bear Creek UMC members.
A special note of appreciation goes to Linda Dunn, Joyce Evans and all contributors for keeping this Bear Creek tradition alive!
Combined worship service set for December 15
The Chancel Choir, KidsRock children’s choir, and Faith Matters praise band will team up to present a Christmas special entitled “The Prophecies of Christmas” on Sunday, December 15 at 10:30am in the Sanctuary. This inspirational event will be presented in one combined worship service.
The Christmas story is full of prophecies: the angels’ prophecies to Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, and the magi; we hear prophecies from Zechariah, Simeon, and Anna; and the Old Testament prophets’ foretelling of the birth of the Messiah. “The Prophecies of Christmas” will explore some of these through music and the spoken
The service will feature Christmas carol arrangements by John Rutter accompanied by live orchestra as well as a traditional children’s Christmas pageant. Come celebrate the Christmas season, and hear
the words of God as told through the prophets!
turning strangers into friends, friends into family,
and family into saints of God
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