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Nov dec 2020 newsletter

  1. 1. EpworthUnitedMethodistChurch 3061LincolnWayW. MassillonOH44647 CHANGESERVICEREQUESTED DATEDMATERIAL November/December 2020 The Echo November/December 2020 Newsletter of Epworth United Methodist Church Worship Time: Sunday 9:30am Online at Sermons for November and December November 1: All Saint’s Day, “Crossing Into the Promised Land” Revelation 7:9-17, Matthew 5:1-12, Com- munion November 8: “A Light Unto My Feet” Joshua 24:1-3, 14-25; Matthew 25:1-13 November 15: “A Story of Three Servants” I Thess 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30 November 22: “When Lord, Did We See You?” Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 23:31-46; CHIRST THE KING SUNDAY November 29: “Come, Lord Jesus, Come” Isaiah 64:1-9, I Cor 1:1-9, Mark 13:24-27; FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT December 6: Holy Communion: “Christ Our Savior is Coming” Isaiah 40:1-11, Mark 1:1-8; SECOND SUN- DAY OF ADVENT December 13: “The Spirit of the Lord Is Upon Me!” Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-1; I Thess 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28; THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT December 20: “The Gift of Love” Romans 16:25-27, Luke 1:47-55, 26-38; FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT December 24: Christmas Eve, “The Birth of Jesus!” Luke 2:1-20, Isaiah 9:2-7 ONLINE ONLY AT WWW.MASSILLONEPWORTHUMC.COM December 27: “A Child of God” Isaiah 61:10-62:3, Luke 2:22-40 FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
  2. 2. Pastor’s Notes We are going through a difficult time, but we are not alone—we are with one another and we have the assur- ance that God and his Son, Jesus Christ, are both with us and his Holy Spirit, surrounds and guides us each and every day. The Psalms are a model of honest prayer that speak to every part of our lives. Psalm 107:1-8 1 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. 2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, those he redeemed from trouble 3 and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. 4 Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an inhabited town; 5 hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. 6 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress; 7 he led them by a straight way, until they reached an inhabited town. 8 Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. I have gone on retreat to the Genesee Abbey in Piffard, NY, several times. We were to maintain silence except when we gathered with the monks five times a day to pray the Psalms. During the week, they pray all 150 Psalms. It was a wonderfully refreshing and stimulating spiritual experience. Psalm 107 is a song of “Thanksgiving for Deliverance From Many Troubles” This psalm challenges us to think about the times God has delivered us from fear, loneliness and anxiety! We need to thank God who is good and whose steadfast love endures forever! Rev Les Peine VIRTUAL ADVENT BIBLE STUDY: “THE INCARNATION” by Adam Hamilton Will begin Dec 2nd at 9:00 am live on Epworth UMC’s Facebook page. Dec 2nd “Presidents and Kings” Dec 9th “The Savior and Our Need for Salvation” Dec 16th “Emmanuel in the Midst of a Pandemic” Dec 23rd “Light of the World, Word of God and Lord” Thank You’s Thank you to Larry Hinson for overseeing the Building Fund Account and taking the deposits to the bank. If you have questions about the following areas, contact the people listed below: Admin Board Nathan Lockwood 330.685.4199 Council on Min Alyce Ripple 330.832.5216 Trustees Marcia Paul 330.837.5424 Usher Allen Hendricks 330.832.4850 Director of Music Marie Deitz 330.837.1651 Spirit Marie Deitz 330.837.1651 Joyful Noise Debbie Scheetz 330.477.3985 Youth Marie & Rod Deitz 330.837.1651 Prayer Line Barb Dillen 330.705.9049 SPR Chair Debbie Scheetz 330.477.3895 Finance Alice Fazzone 330.833.5521 Lay Leader Debbie Scheetz 330.477.3895 Stewardship Day Care Board Bryan Stuck 330.309.1900 Fellowship Hall Rental—Cost is only $50.00 for members and $250.00 for non-members. You will need to contact Frances from 9am to noon Mon– Thursday to get a rental form & will be put on the schedule when the deposit is made. Please call the office if you or a family member are to be hospitalized, are under a doctor’s care, need a pastoral visit. When admitted, please inform the hospital of your church affiliation. Church Office Hours 9 am—Noon, Monday-Thursday . “BREAKFAST WITH SANTA” A walk-thru mission event Saturday, December 5, 2020 9:00-10:30 a.m. Details about this mission outreach event will be distributed on November 8! If you are not at the in-person wor- ship service that day or attend wor- ship through our livestream, the infor- mation will be available from the of- fice beginning then also. We hope that you will want to be a part of this special Christmas outreach by donat- ing items, helping that morning or in some other way! The Day Care will also participate in this event. We will be offering a free carry-out pancake and sausage breakfast, a bag of groceries for families, goodie bag for kids and an opportunity for par- ents to take photos of their kids with Santa! We have contacted Santa and he is on board! COVID-19 guidelines will be followed for the safety of Santa, the kids, parents and all who help that day.
  3. 3. Musical Notes Thank you to our Epworth Sun- day Singers for providing mu- sic during worship each week. We rehearse each Sunday at 8:30 a.m. in the Fel- lowship Hall, with our masks, safe distancing and doing things a little differently to keep sing- ers and congregation safe. If you are interested in joining us, let me know! Advent begins November 29. We’ll be singing Christmas music soon! We will be participating in the intergenerational Christmas program on December 20 and Christ- mas Eve service. Make a joyful noise! Marie Christmas Program “Wow! A Christmas Nativity!” Sunday, December 20 during worship service This will be an intergenerational pro- gram - which means that no one is too young or too old to participate! There will be parts with speaking lines and non –speaking parts also. The music will be familiar to all. Costumes and props will be provided! One rehearsal will be held on Sunday, Dec. 13, immediately follow- ing worship. Marie will distribute parts toward the end of November. Jesus Loves the Little Children.. And the Big Kids, Too! We have been having a great time at Bible Buddies this year learning about The Fruits of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22-23, while singing, hearing stories, eating yummy snacks, making crafts and playing games. We have been doing all of this while wear- ing our masks, washing our hands often and so- cial distancing. The best part of Bible Buddies is being together with our friends! All kids ages 4-6th grade and Youth helpers in grades 7-12, are invited to join us for Bible Bud- dies. The next several gatherings are Sundays November 15, December 13 and January 17 from 5:30-7:30. Friends are always welcome. Masks are required of all children, as well as adults who drop kids off and those who are working in the program. Thank you to Evelyn and Larry Hinson for the great snack each month at Bible Buddies and to Nate & Krissy Lockwood for helping with whatever is needed. Children & youth will participate in the intergen- erational Christmas program, “Wow! A Christmas Nativity,” on Sunday, Dec. 20, during the worship service. A yearly calendar for children and youth activities is available in the church office. Jesus said, “Let the children come to me…” Marie & Linda Due to Covid 19, we will be hav- ing a virtual Christmas Eve Ser- vice this year. The service will be pre-recorded and available at beginning at 6 p.m. on December 24. There will be candle lighting and communion. We encourage you to share this service with your family. Merry Christmas! We will be brightening Su- san’s holiday by bringing her gifts. There will be a bag for your donations in the front of the sanctuary. We will once again be buying gifts for the children of Mountain Vision. I have the list of children and their “wish list” in the of- fice. All gifts are to be wrapped (no ribbons necessary as they get crushed during transport). Gifts are due back in the office by November 29. We are also helping to provide hygiene bags . Each bag will contain: 2 toothpaste 4 toothbrushes 4 bar soap Shampoo Conditioner 6 rolls toilet paper 6 disposable razors 1 shaving cream Body lotion Male and female deodorant Comb and brush An Angel tree will be ready on November 29 We will provide Christmas for a family from The Salvation Army. There will be a Community Thanksgiving Eve Service on Wednesday, November 25 at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church. The service will be limited to 100 attendees, but will be available online at firstbaptistmassillon. Operation Christmas Child. We will be packing shoe- boxes for Samaritan's Purse. Shoeboxes are due No- vember 15 “Treats and Eats” THANK YOU! Thank you to everyone who par- ticipated in our Drive-Thru “Treats and Eats” mission event on October 31. There was such an out-pouring of generosity as folks do- nated bags of groceries, food for the free meal, candy for the kids’ treat bags, mon- ey to help purchase items such as carry- out containers and other miscellaneous items. We also appreciate the folks who volunteered during or before the event to pack treat bags and hang posters, cook hotdogs, pack meals or to distribute items outside. This was truly a whole church family project! Pastor Jim (Mathatas) Scott will be turning 70 on November 18. Due to Covid-19, no party is being planned; but if you would like to send a card, his ad- dress is: Pastor Jim Scott 1210 Broad Street Ashland, OH 44805
  4. 4. Kidstuff Coupon Book Kidstuff coupon books are on sale for $20 until November 9. Please call the office is you would like to pur- chase one. THEMES INFANT/TODDLERS Nov 2—Community Helpers November Nov 9—Fun w/Cookng Thanksgiving/ Nov 16—Thanksgiving Families Nov 23—Family Unit Harvest Nov 30—Shapes December Dec 7—Warm Clothes Christmas/ Dec 14—Domestic Animals Nativity Dec 21—Christmas Around Cultural The World Dec 28—Spatial Concepts UPCOMING EVENTS Nov 24—Thanksgiving Feast Nov 26-27—Day Care Closed Dec 18—Christmas Party—Friday Dec 21-Jan 1—Day Care Only Dec 24—Closing at 3 p.m. Dec 25-—Day Care Closed Jan 1— Day Care Closed Jan 18—Martin Luther King Day Open House I want to thank all of the parents for coming to Open House. Please remember, Open House is not the only time to speak with a teacher. The Day Care is very con- cerned with staff-parent relations. Your communication about your child helps us to meet your child’s needs to the best of our ability. We have been fortunate to purchase new cots for our children. Starting November 1, the cots the children are currently using will be available for purchase. Each cot may be purchase for $5. Please see Theresa if you are interested. Also, we still have three adjustable height tables available. If you are interested, please see Theresa.. Christmas Poinsettia Order Form November Birthdays 11/3 Cleo Kelley 11/5 Marcia Paul 11/6 Cheryl Carter 11/12 Pam Staley 11/13 Frances Stuck 11/15 Keith Paulus 11/19 Tisha King 11/19 Trent Cakanic 11/21 Jim Brunckhart 11/22 Sandy Hunter 111/29 Devin Ramsey December Birthdays 12/1 Kathy Mortland 12/4 Iva Rees 12/5 Nick Staley 12/5 Lucas Kelley 12/7 Kameron Kincaid 12/7 Ralph Cox, Sr. 12/11 Sarah Paul 12/12 Laura Otte 12/12 Art Woods 12/14 Jeremiah Drobney 12/15 Nathan Schaffter 12/16 Bonnie Stipe 12/16 Mitch Derheimer 12/19 Nicole Weltich 12/22 Gabe Cakanic 12/23 Scott Bowe 12/27 Tim Remley 12/28 Theresa Lemon 12/28 Zoey Paulus 12/29 Vicki Henderson 12/31 David Stanford December Anniversaries 12/2 Larry & Evelyn Hinson 12/21 Laura & Bob Otte To order your Christmas poinsettia, send this completed form and your check to the church office. Make your check out for $9 to Epworth United Methodist. Please mark memo line “poinsettia”. _____Red _____White ____Pink The deadline for ordering is November15th! Your Name __________________________________ (as you want printed in acknowledgment insert) Phone # ___________________________________ Please specify for bulletin: In Memory Of _________________________________________ In Honor Of ___________________________________________ (Other) _______________________________________________ FINANCIAL REPORT CHURCH 09/01/20Balance Fwd. $14,159.35 Receipts $5,802.00 Total Receipts $19,961.35 Expenses $11,202.60 09/30/20Balance $8,758.75 SAVINGS ACCOUNTS 09/01/20EOC Credit Union $1,231.92 EOC Credit Union $18,048.06 FARMERS Savings $31,224.52 09/30/20TOTAL $50,504.50 BUILDING EXPANSION 09/01/20Balance Fwd. $190.94 Pledges $2,050.00 Total Income $2,240.94 Payment $2115.06 Extra Payment on Principal $20.00 09/30/20Ckbk. Balance $105.88 09/01/20Loan Balance $111,296.33 Payment on Prin. $1,815.41 Extra Payment on Prin. $20.00 09/30/20Loan Balance $109,460.92