Letter from Pastor Mel

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Letter from Pastor Mel…

 

Dear Saints,

It is with great personal sadness that I’m writing to you today.  I have received word from family that my grandmother, “Grandmano”, is in her final hours of this life.  Though her pain will be over and her immense joy will soon begin in the arms of her maker, our family is grieving and anticipating the coming days in which we will say goodbye.  I will be leaving today, in just a few minutes, to be with my family, and prepare to assist in the offering of her funeral and burial. 

It is possible that I will have to be absent the remainder of our Advent and Christmas celebrations this coming week and next.  If I am absent, please know that my prayers and thoughts are never far from you all.  When I am present, please know that my grief is just that…grief…and I am blessed to have a family of faith with which to journey through. 

In this season of anticipation – of active waiting for the Christ child – I am struck by this new anticipation thrust into my days.  An anticipation of relief, of freedom from pain, of a joyful reunion with Christ in ways I can only imagine…all that await my Grandmano.  These anticipations are similar in many ways.  Both require our activity – our yearning, our doing, our releasing, and our determination.  Both require our surrender – to the blessings of God, to the will of One who is always greater, and to the thresholds that take us into the unknown. 

As you continue to anticipate during this Advent, remember to be active.  Pray – for yourself and for others.  Serve – for service is cleansing and fulfilling in its own right, and it is desperately needed by those around you.  Worship – for that joyful communion with others and with God is a source of boundless hope, love, joy and peace.  In all these things remember that you are part of the body of Christ – the ongoing presence of that child who grew into one who redeems.  You may anticipate Christ’s coming by offering Christ’s presence and bring into this world, even if only in miraculous spurts, the kin-dom of God that we all yearn for. 

Peace be with you, and much love in Christ,
– Pastor Mel  

This week…

 
 

Downtown Dinner TONIGHT

Downtown Dinner
 

Next Dinner:

TODAY, December 17th!!!
WE NEED YOUR HELP!  5:30pm-7:30pm

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CHRISTMAS ANGELS!!! 
If you have any spare spending ability, please consider taking on a Christmas Angel!  Deacon Cookie has a list of children in need this season.  Just the smallest offering can make the day for a child in need.  Call Cookie at 940-867-7080 or email her at fcicello@yahoo.com.  She will be in touch with a short list of options.  Thank you for your blessing to others!

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Board Meeting Wednesday 
The Board of Trustees will meet Wednesday at 5:30pm.  Board meetings are open for all to attend.  We will meet in the Fellowship Hall.

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Friday Night – Movie Night!

Join us for Movie Night and enjoy classics

Deck the Halls with  your church family!  This is double-feature December, so join us at 6:00pm for the first feature “A Charlie Brown Christmas/Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and then at 8:15pm for “Deck the Halls”.  Concessions will be available for donation only. 
(Suggested donation: $5/adult, $3/children)

This Sunday…

Awed and Odd

Awed and Odd 
Advent 2013

Celebrate the Advent season with our series “Awed and Odd”…for we Christians are in awe of a God that loves us so much as to send the Son to us in the birth of Jesus, and we are an odd bunch, called to act and live in contrast with the values of the world.  Join us for a new understanding of the classic themes of Advent: Peace, Love, Joy, and Hope as we prepare for and celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Christ.   

Morning Worship… 

Join us Sunday morning for an enlightening and inspirational message from God’s word.  Worship at 11:00am! 

 

Afternoon Gathering… 

Drumming Circle

 

What is a drumming circle, you ask?  Drumming

Drumming CircleCircle is a gathering of individuals who appreciate and enjoy the flow of the Spirit experienced through rhythm.  It’s NOT a musical performance, but the chance to come together with the drum and create a rhythm together.  In the process, those who participate in drumming experience the calmness of meditation, the reviving energy of the Spirit moving through them, and the restoration of centering body, mind and spirit.  You do NOT have to be a musician, or even particularly good at drumming or rhythm to take part.  You DO need to have a drum or something that you can beat a consistent rhythm on (like an empty bucket or trash can).  Dates:  December 22 at 6:00pm, December 29 at 6:00pm. 

All are Welcome!

 

Christmas Eve… 

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE 

December 24th, 7:00pm
Followed by a short Fellowship and Gift Exchange

 

Join us for a contemplative journey of the birth of Jesus with scripture and carols.  Then, celebrate the birth with a gift exchange, “for his sake”, and for your joy and peace.  Gifts will be available to those who would like to participate.  If you are able, also bring a gift to share.  Refreshments will be provided.     

 

Support Our Presence in the Community…

Donate

Looking to 2014…
  

 Upcoming Series…  The Break In  

More News…

 

 HELP US RE-TOOL THE CHURCH KITCHEN 

With the increased use of our church kitchen this year for social gatherings, downtown dinner service, various meetings and ministries, we could use a revitalized set of tools for preparing food.  Now through March 2014 Market Street and United Grocery is hosting it’s bi-annual cookware giveaway with their bonus stickers.  Consider collecting your stickers for the church!  Simply collect the stickers when you check out and bring them to church to place in the offering plate (or mail them to 1401 Travis St., WF, TX 76301).  Thank you!

 

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Downtown Dinner

We fed 78 people in November!
Next Dinner: THIS TUESDAY, December 17th!!!


Save the Dates…January 14, February 11

Come help us serve those in need!  Arrive at or near 5:30pm.  Dinner service starts at 6:00pm and ends at 7:30pm.

  

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 Prayers and Praises

 

Add your Thanksgivings and Prayer Requests:

Thanksgiving/Praise for… This church & our loving savior! For a new job!!!!  Starting a new job!  Family & Friends.  This church.  Hospice services.  Mom and Pam.  The Advent season.  GREAT Cantata night!  For the wonderful positive energy of our church. 

 

Prayers for

Mom and Pam.  Laurie S. and Leesa.  Debra’s mom – support for care.  MJ’s Mom, Lucille – healing and comfort.  Robyn Hering – for healing, safety, understanding and that all her needs, known and unknown, are met.  Our Change that Counts drive!   


Pray with Us

Loving God, surround with comfort and grace all those who suffer.  Embrace us with your constant presence and guide us along the path laid out before us.  Remind us of your ever-present Self so that we may be assured that we are never alone.  Move us in love with you so deeply that we cannot help but speak Your name to all who would listen.  In Your most holy and precious names, Amen.  

  Worship WorshipParticipation
This Week

Special thanks to all of you who have volunteered to serve during worship this week!  Please remember to be at church by 10:15 (Lead Usher) and 10:40 (everyone else) to check in!  

Lead Usher/ 
Altar Candles – Janise           
Greeter – Miriam      

Altar Set up & Clean up – Trish

Offering Ushers – Brylee & Miriam
Invitation to Generosity – Kim

Community Prayer – Linda
Invocation & Reader – Kelly
Message – Barbara
Celebrant – Pastor Mel
Co-Celebrant – Barbara
Assist Table – Kelly

Holder 1 – Laura
Holder 2 – Tammy
Holder 3 – Crystal

Server 1 – Cookie
Server 2 – XXXXXX  

More…


CREATING A LIFE THAT MATTERSCreating a Life that Matters  
Pray for Your 2013-2014 Class! 

 

 

The class for this year’s CLM study is 8 members strong!  Please keep Kim F, Laura N, Crystal N, Cathy Mc, Shirley M, Deon W, Pam F, and Janise S as they take on this journey of rediscovery!

 

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GenderQuest GENDERQUEST 
Let’s Get Together, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! 

 

Join us for our monthly meeting of GenderQuest.  We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm in the WFMCC Sanctuary.  Got gender?  Then GenderQuest is for you!


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OVEREATER’S ANONYMOUS

Overeater's AnonymousCompulsive overeaters are invited to a weekly
 meeting of Overeaters Anonymous on Saturdays from 9:00 – 10:00 AM at WFMCC at 1401 Travis (at 14th Street.) Please use the side door on Travis Street rather than the front door.

For more information, contact Linda at 940-723-4395. 

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Wichita Falls Metropolitan Community Church | 1401 Travis Street | Wichita Falls | TX | 76301

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