December 2015 Newsletter


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 Merry Christmas!

That greeting just has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?   It also represents significant meaning for anyone pausing long enough to consider it.  So, this time of year:  Do you say it?  Do you hear it?  Do you think about it or is it more a polite acknowledgement of being present?  

Christmas music started very early this year on a radio station to which I listen fairly regularly, something like two months early!   I like Christmas music, particularly the genre of Contemporary Christian Christmas Music;  I usually can’t get enough of it and am disappointed at 12:00 Christmas night when stations typically return to their normal programming formats. 

I’m still not sure how I feel about the early start this year.   Especially given our very mild Fall weather, I’ve had a tough time getting into the spirit of Walking in a Winter Wonderland,  Silver Bells,  Frosty the Snowman,  Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree at the Christmas Party Hop and other similarly-themed songs, joyful in their own right but difficult for me to embrace while listening as I stained a fence outside in shorts and a tee-shirt.  

Contrary to this, I really enjoy listening to the less familiar Christmas songs of contemporary Christian artists because they seem so thought-provoking and filled with meaning that convey the Good News message not only of this season but for every living day all year through.        I can listen to this music any time of year (and I do). 

My point is that whatever your favorite Christmas music may be:  enjoy it and be moved by it – as often or as little as you like – but give it your attention to really consider the meaning behind it.   The angel Gabriel announced to the shepherds in their fields,   “I bring you Good News of great joy that will be for all the people.   Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you;  He is Christ the Lord.”  [Luke 2:10-11]    Let the music inspire and move you to embrace the message and meaning of God’s Good News.  Becky and I wish all of you not simply a “Merry Christmas,” but we wish you a meaningful Christmas of pondering, celebrating and living God’s Good News in your life.            

See You Sunday,  Pastor Dave

 

 

Dear Cortland Friends,

 

        Thank you for hosting our Regional Charge Conference on Sunday,
October 25 and for your extravagent generosity. I appreciate your hospitality and especially enjoyed the deviled eggs.  It is always good to gather and hear how God is at work among us! 

                                                        Blessings,

                                                        Pastor Sondra

 

 

Congratulations to Ashlee Chapin and Micahel Riley who were united in marriage on Saturday, October 31, 2015 in Columbus. Ashlee is the daughter of Terry and Melodee Chapin.

 

 

 

The sympathy of the congregation is extended to the family of Marquerite (Peg) Scherer who passed on October 28, 2015. Peg was a member for 72 years. And to the family of Walter Conley who passed on November 16, 2015. Walter was a member for 75 years.

 

2015  POINSETTIA ORDER FORM

            ORDERS MUST BE MADE BY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14TH.

 

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6.5 in  $10.00       7.5 in  $14.00      8.5in  $18.00        10 in  $20.00

 

COLORS         _____________       ______________            ____________

                             RED                    WHITE                             MARBLE

 

 

IN HONOR OF:

 

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IN LOVING MEMORY OF:

 

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NAME:___________________________

PHONE #:_________________________

 

 

 

Payment  must accompany your order form

 

FIRST SUNDAY OF MONTH :  DECEMBER  6, 2015 

                                                  

                                             

     RED BAG DAY

 

Remember to bring your bag of non-perishable items for the Cortland Area Cares Food Pantry.  Peanut butter, soup of any kind (please no tomato soup), paper products and soap products (kitchen – bath- laundry) are always needed. They are also in need of canned tuna, canned chicken  and plastic grocery bags. Needed:dish detergent, and laundry detergent.

 

 

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE

 

          Thank you so much to everyone who helped at the Red Cross blood Drive at Garden Brook. It was successful.  I want to personally thank all these people for donating cookies, registering people and serving at the snack table.  Helpers for drive were: Ruth Kozlevcar , Melodee Chapin, Jack and Bertha Cyphert, Linda Bealer, Anita Shaw, Jane Grinnell, Maggie Moran, Donna Pate, and Lynn Burkey.

 

          Thank you all,

          Janet Burkey

 

Next Blood Drive will be: Monday, December 14, 2015  from 1:30 until 6:30 pm here in

Fellowship hall.

 

 

UNITED METHODIST MEN

 

JOIN US FOR BREAKFAST         WITH OUR CHURCH FAMILY

A CELEBRATION IN SONG

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12,  AT 9:00 AM. IN FELLOWSHIP HALL

FULL BREAKFAST, FELLOWSHIP, AND A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON PERFORMED BY DENISE STARR.

SPONSORED BY THE UNITED METHODIST MEN’S FELLOWSHIP

$7.00 PER PERSON

CALL 330-637-2571 FOR RESERVATIONS BY  MONDAY, DECEMBER 7

 

    DECEMBER     2015

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

1.

7 pm- Bible Study

WEDNESDAY

2.

4-6 pm –After school

 

7 pm - Choir

THURSDAY

3.  10:00 am.

LOAF meeting

Bazetta Christian

 

10 am Bible study

 

FRIDAY

4.

SATURDAY

5.

6.Communion

8 am Heritage worship

9 am Fellowship

9:15 am Adult

Study

10:30 am Worship

W Junior church

11:45 am Fellowship

7.

9:30 am Bible Study

6 pm Bible-n-Burger           

8.

7 pm – Sister Act             Bible Study

 

9.

 

10:30 am United Methodist Women

Meeting-

Lunch-Visit Hannah House-Deliver poinsettas

 

4-6 pm –After school

 

7 pm - Choir

10.

 

10 am – Bible Study

11.     

12.

 

Men’s

Christmas

Breakfast

9:00  am

Make your reservation  by Dec 7 at 330-637-2571

$7.00 per person

 

 

 

13.

8 am Heritage      

          Worship

9 am Fellowship

9:15  am  Adult

          Study

10:30 am  Worship

W Junior church

11:45 am.    

       Fellowship

14.

9:30 am

 Bible Study

 

6 pm Bible-n-

         Burger

 

       

 

 

 

15.

7 pm Sister   

     Act  Bible

      Study

 

 

16.

 

7 pm - Choir

 

 

 

17.

10 am.  Bible Study

      

 

        

 

18.

 

19.

20.

.8 am Heritage

         Worship

9:15 am  Adult

           Study

10:30 am  Worship

W Junior church

11:45 am

        Fellowship

       

21.

9:30 am.

    Bible  Study

 

6 pm Bible-n-

         Burger

 

 

22.

 

 

 

NO BIBLE STUDY

23.

 

 

 

NO CHOIR

 

 

 

 

 24.

CHRISTMAS   

       EVE

 

 

Church offices closed

 

25.

CHRISTMAS         

       DAY

 

 

 

Church offices closed

26.

27.

8 am Heritage

Worship

9:15 am Adult

   Bible study

10:30 am Worship

W Junior church

11:45 am  

       Fellowship

 

 

 

28.

 

NO BIBLE STUDY

 

6 pm Bible-n-

         Burger

29.

 

NO BIBLE STUDY

30.

31.

   WATCH  NIGHT

 

 

NO BIBLE STUDY

 

Church offices closed

 

 

Dec. 6                                                    Dec. 13                                                      Dec. 20                                                Dec. 27

Malachi 3:1-4                            Zephaniah 3:14-20                          Micah 5:2-5a                            1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26

Luke 1:68-79                             Isaiah 12:2-6                                  Luke 1:47-55                             Psalm 148

Philippians 1:3-11                     Philippians 4:4-7                            Hebrews 10:5-10                       Colossians 3:12-17

Luke  3:1-6                               Luke 3:7-18                                   Luke 1:39-45                             Luke 2:41-52

 

 

“Start each day with God/End each day with God”

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN

 

        The monthly meeting of the United Methodist Women will be on Wednesday, December 9th at 10:30 in the church parlor. Please note the change in date.  After devotions and our business meeting, we will be going to lunch and then to Hannah’s House to visit with the ladies.  We will be taking Christmas gifts and personal care items to them.  Anyone wishing to donate items for them may leave them in the box located in Fellowship hall. Items include toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner and hair spray, nail polish.

 

 

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR VETERANS

 

Don’t forget to either use one of the cards on table in fellowship hall or bring in one of your own – We need at least 150 cards or more.

Please write a message in the card.- Sign your name but DO NOT SEAL the ENVELOPE as we will be adding a gift to the card before they are delivered.

The children are making cards that will go to those in Veteran’s Hospital at Wade Park in Cleveland, and the hospitalized veterans at Washington Square Veterans Nursing Home in Warren, Ohio, and to the Veterans at Tod Avenue Out-patient clinic in Warren, Ohio.

The rest will go to local Veterans VFW, AmVet posts, a motorcycle Vietnam group. If you woud like to add a group or a person please feel free to make the suggestion.

Please take the time to show them that you care – Not many cards are in the basket.

All the groups we have remembered are grateful for our visit each year. They actually look forward to it.

            All cards are had delivered to the groups. If you would like to help contact Shirley at 330-720-3147.

 

DO YOU KNOW

 

1. Who decorated the fisrt Christmas tree with electrical lights?

 

2.  Which President started the first Lighting of the Christmas Tree at the White House?

 

(answers on back page)

 

ADVENT PREPARATION

 

            Special thanks to all who stayed and helped make God’s church prepared for the coming of the Christ Child – Special thanks to Debbie Moore for helping prepare all the decorations for the Advent hangers.  A special thanks to the Matt Kreig family who helped.

Thanks to Janet and Lynn Burkey for the organization of the 5th Sunday breakfast. If you enjoy the manger scene as you enter, thank Ron and Denise Lehman for taking their Monday getting it out and putting it together. Also thanks to Pam O’Dell for the great decorated boards in fellowship hall. They add great meaning to the area.  God’s House is ready for  “His” coming.  Now add your presence and take time and ivite someone or pick someone up and bring them with you to share “His” love with you and God’s Cortland United Methodist Church members. Later continue to fill God’s house with a full church for all this precious season’s activities.

 

 

Did you reach out – contact a shut –in – invite someone to church or aChristmas event-

Offer to bring someone to church ????

Please be God’s disciple Take Time to reflect on what God has done for you

And what you could do for others!!

 

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2015

 

6:00 pm – Candlelight service with live nativity at

                5:30 pm

 

8:00 pm  - Candlelight service with live nativity at

                7:30 pm

 

 

Financial News:

 

As the end of the year approaches, there are a few items I would like to bring to everyone’s  attention:

 

      1. As always, we will be receiving a special Christmas offering that will be combined

           with the Easter offering from last spring.  Donations will be made from these

           offerings to the Warren Family Mission and the Red Bird School.

           If you receive weekly giving envelopes please use the specially marked

           Christmas Offering envelope. Otherwise, make a notation in the memo line of    

           your check or use a pew envelope and designate Christmas offering on the line

           marked   “Other”.

      2. We are continuing to ask for donations towards our Shared Ministry obligations.

          There is a balance left for the year of approximately $4,000 to pay this in full.

          Shared  Ministry Funds cover a variety of things including continuing education,

          clergy  support, conference administrative costs and most importantly world

          outreach   programs and missions. Designated green envelopes are available in

          the pews and white envelopes are hanging on the tree in the Narthex.

      3. Any donations that are to be credited to giving statements for tax year 2015 must

          be received in the office or postmarked by december 31, 2015. Per IRS

          regulations, donations received or postmarked after December 31st cannot be

          backdated.

      4. Please keep the church leadership in your prayers.  We have seen an overall

          decrease  in offerings received and the leadership committees are struggling with

          ways to cut expenses to address the shortfall while continuing to move forward 

          with God’s plan for us.

 

Thank you all for your continued support. May each of you have a blessed Christmas.

 

Sincerely,

Jill Freeman

 

 

         

 

 

 

   Cortland United Methodist Church             155 North High Street           Cortland, OH 44410

                               Church Office                 (330)637-2571                 Pastor David Vensel             (330) 637- 3768

 

E-mail:cortlandumc@centurylink.net

pdcortlandumc@centurylink.net

 

DECEMBER  DATES TO REMEMBER

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12

MEN’S CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST

9:00 AM

 

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24

 CHRISTMAS EVE

6:00 PM WITH  LIVE NATIVITY AT 5:30 PM

                              8:00 PM WITH LIVE NATIVITY AT 7:30 PM

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David Vensel,
Dec 9, 2015, 12:02 PM
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