December Newsletter

Here is the December 2014 Newsletter or if you would like a more colorful version simple scroll down toward the bottom of the page and click the blue arrow to download and read.  Enjoy!


Riding along in the car today during a long drive to visit my son, his wife and their new daughter (!), we were listening to a new cd of Christmas music.   Yes, that’s no misprint, it’s still November and it was Christmas music.  I was preoccupied with the GPS trying to maneuver through a virtual menu of more features and tools than I know how to use, but Becky the driver wanted to hear this new cd,  so I started working at freeing it from its  hermetically-sealed cellophane and the unforgiving clear plastic sealing tape that neither releases  nor  peels with any continuity.   That must’ve taken at least 20 or so miles after discovering my pocket knife was packed.   Finally after gathering all the strips of static-clinging cellophane and sticky shreds of that tape, I got back to the GPS.   When it became apparent the cd was repeating for the third time, Becky turned it off, but now Christmas music was in
my head.  

The song now repeating itself over and over again was probably the only song in the collection not particularly of the holy Christmas theme, but rather a fresh remake of a familiar traditional Christmas song made popular by Burl Ives, “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas.”   Even so, it caused me to consider and now encourage all of you to adopt and carry its expressed spirit of Christmas all through this coming season leading up to the Christ event which we have come to declare as the real ‘Reason for the Season.’    

Have a holly, jolly Christmas; it’s the best time of the year;

I don’t know if they’ll be snow, but have a cup of cheer.

Have a holly, jolly Christmas, and when you walk down the street,

Say “Hello” to friends you know, and everyone you meet.

           Ho, ho, the mistletoe, hung where you can see,

Somebody waits for you, kiss her once for me.

Have a holly jolly Christmas, and in case you didn’t hear,

Have a holly, jolly Christmas, this year!

Christmas and Easter:  How can it get any better than these times of year?  These times celebrate the Birth and arrival of God in Jesus Christ into this world and the Resurrection out of death in this world into Life with God, present and eternal.  Not that we should need any excuse, but the Christmas season is so widely recognized that expressions of unsolicited cheer and greetings are not generally surprising or upsetting to most people.   So, why not get into that spirit and routinely but intentionally offer cups of Christmas greeting and cheer to everyone you meet?   [1 Thessalonians 5:16] 

We have this treasure of Good News in the clay jar vessels that make up our human bodies and conditions.   [2 Cor 4:5-18]   We need to hold fast to the Life of God renewing us, not just for a season but day by day all year through.   And we need to distribute that cup of cheer to everyone we meet. There may be someone who hasn’t heard.  See You Sundays this Christmas!    Pastor Dave

 

 

-   Pastor Dave 

 Pastor Dave

 

The Cortland United Methodist Church

CortlandUMC@centurylink.net

www.cortlandumc.org


 

                                               

FIRST SUNDAY OF MONTH         DECEMBER 7, 2014  

                        

                                              

     RED BAG DAY

 

Remember to bring your bag of non-perishable items for the Cortland Area Care Food Pantry. Peanut butter, soup of any kind (please no tomato soup) paper products, soap (kitchen – bath- laundry) always needed.

     The Pantry is in need of plastic grocery bags.

 

  

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES & UNITED METHODIST WOMEN ACTIVITIES

 

          The ladies of the church will be traveling to Hannah House for a Christmas visit with the ladies there.  Date is Wednesday, December 17th. We will meet at the church at 12:30 that day and travel together to the Hannah House for 1:00 pm. fellowship.  We will be taking them gifts of nail polish and personal care products and gift bags. All ladies are invited

 


                         

Christmas Breakfast for our friends, once again, at Creekside.  Needed are 48 individual small coffee cakes or tea breads.  Breads are needed on December 23. Delivery will be the morning of Christmas Eve.  Contact church office or Katie Watson if you can help make the goodies and/or help deliver.

 

 ANGEL TREE

With

CHRISTMAS BELLS ON TOP

         These will be up on board in fellowship hall with names of seniors that are in need of a gift this Christmas.  Return gifts wrapped along with the angle on the outside of the package on or before December 15.   If you have any questions please call Katie Watson or check with Bertha in church office.

 

 

The United Methodist Women will hold their meeting on Wednesday, December 10th at 10:30 am.  (Please note date change of meeting).  We will have our business meeting then travel to Enzo’s for lunch and return to church to deliver the poinsettia’s that we give to our sick and shut-in members and families. All ladies of the church are invited to attend.

 

 

On Monday, December 15th we will have a BLOOD DRIVE in the fellowship hall during the hours of 1:30 pm until 6:00 pm. This is open to the public.

                            

 

 

CARD MINISTRY FOR VETERANS

It’s that time of year we take special interest in remembering those who served to provide us the freedoms that we have today. Please take time check out the card ministry box of cards in the Fellowship Hall. Write a message, sign the card. If you wish you can use your own card and return to the card basket. A container will be on the table in case you want to help defray some of the cost of this program.

We will be adding the Wounded Soldier Program and two Vietnam chapters to our list this year.  Don’t forget to share yours and God’s Love for their service.

Thank you for your time – Shirley

 

 THANK YOU CORNER

 

          Thank you very much to all who helped with the November Blood Drive. Thanks to Melodee Chapin, Sharon Mogle, Debbie Miller and Linda Bealer for providing cookies. Thanks to all the workers, who set-up. Registered donors and served snacks. Debbie Miller, Melodee Chapin, Ruth Kozlevcar, Linda Bealer, Jan Stocz and Donna Pate. 

Thanks again

Janet Burkey

 

 

To My Church Family,

 

Thanks to everyone for their thought and prayers, cards and flowers and the soup.

Special thanks to Pastor Dave for his visits and words of encouragement.  

God Bless You,

Harold and Leona Kagy

 

 

CARD RECYCLING

 

Please recycle your used Christmas cards! Just drop them off at the office or leave them on the back pew in the sanctuary, they will be used to make crafts for shut-ins who need a bright spot of cheer. All extras will be donated to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children program.  You may purchase beautiful, recycled cards from St Jude’s by visiting www.stjude.org?

 

Thank you for sharing the joy of Christmas with others while caring for God’s children and this sacred green earth.

 

DECEMBER 2014

SUNDAY

 

MONDAY

1.

TUESDAY

2.

WEDNESDAY

3.

 

THURSDAY

4.

 

FRIDAY

5.

SATURDAY

6.

 7.  COMMUNION

2nd Sunday-Advent

8 am Heritage Worship

9 am Fellowship

9:15am Adult study

10:30 am Blended

   Traditions

11:45 am   

        Fellowship

8. 

9:30 am               Bible Study                       

6:00 pm Bible- n- Burger

 

9.

7 pm Sister Act               Bible Study    

10.

 

10:30 am UM

    Women meeting

    Deliver flowers

 

4:30 pm -  After

    School Program

   

7 pm - Choir

 

11.

 

10 am  LOAF 

       Meeting @

      St. Roberts

 

10 am Bible Study

       in parlor

12.

13.

 

 Men’s

Christmas

Breakfast

9:00  am

In fellowship hall.

 

 

 

 

14.

3rd Sunday-Advent

8 am Heritage      

          Worship

9 am Fellowship

9:15 am 

   Easter Breakfast

10:30 am Blended

       Traditions

 11:45 am.    

       Fellowship

15.

9:30 am

 Bible Study

 

6 pm Bible-n-Burger

 

 

16.

7 pm Sister Act

     Bible Study

17.

 

12:30 pm – Trip to

    Hannah House

 

4:30 pm – After School Program

 

7 pm - Choir

 

 

18.

10 am.  Bible Study

             in parlor

 

19.

 

20.

 

21.

4th SundayAdvent

8 am Heritage

         Worship

9:00 am Fellowship

10:30 am  Blended

       Traditions

 11:45 am

        Fellowship

       

22.

 

9:30 am.

    Bible  Study

 

6 pm Bible-n- Burger

 

23.

 

NO SISTER ACT

24.

 

6 pm – Christmas

  Eve service w

 Live Nativity

 

8 pm – Christmas Eve service w Live Nativity

25.

 

CHRISTMAS DAY

 

 

Offices closed

26.

 

 

 

 

Offices closed

27.

 

 

28.

8 am Heritage

         Worship

9 am Fellowship

9:15 am

     Adult study

10:30 am. Blended 

              Traditions

11:45 am

       Fellowship

      

29.

30.

 

NO SISTER ACT

31.

 

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE

 

 

 

Offices closed



 

 

 

 

 

 

Isaiah 40:1-11                     Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11                 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16              Isaiah 61:10-62:3

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13            Psalm 126                                Luke 1:47-55                           Psalm 148

2 Peter 3:8-15a                  1 Thessalonians 5:16-24       Romans 16:25-27                Galatians 4:4-7

Mark 1:1-8                          John 1:6-8 19-28                    Luke 1:26-38                Luke 2:22-40

 

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On behalf of Pastor Dave, and church staff: George Kirby, Jill Freeman, Bob & Darlene Bissell,  I would like to take this time to wish each and every one a most blessed holiday season this year. 

 

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. – Colossians 3:15”

 

God’s blessings to all!

Bertha Cyphert, Administrative Assistant                          

 

UNITED METHODIST MEN

 

 

The United Methodist Men will have their Christmas breakfast on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 9:00 am. here at Cortland United Methodist Church.  The cost is $7.00 per person. This is open for all to attend. Come bring your wife, a friend, or come alone.   We will have Denise Starr do a Christmas program???    We have invited the Kinsman church members to join us.

 

Reservations are due no later than Sunday, December 7th and can be given to Lynn Burkey

or call the church office at 330-637-2571.

 

 

 

MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY THANKS!                AND OTHER THANK YOU NOTES

 

Thanks to those in the church who gave to the Make a Difference Day. The gift of soup, corn bread and cookies was really appreciated and are Walter’s favorite foods so he really enjoyed the gift.  Also thanks to Ralph Rufener and Drew Devadan for the delivery of the food and some chit chat.

 

Thanks so much you really brightened our day!    Walter & Esther Conley

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Your kindness is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for the generous gift of soups – what a delicious variety. It was fun deciding which soup I wanted for dinner. The corn bread and cookies were also great. Thank you for thinking of me.   Doris Lines

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And I’m all smiles.  Thank You!  Bless all the ladies that prepared and delivered the delicious soups, cookies and cornbread. 

God Bless!    Mary Franks

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Dear Friends of Cortland United Methodist Church

Thank you for the wonderful harvest of potatoes shared with Bella in September.  We so enjoyed them and shared them too.   Great donation!

Blessings to you,   The Bella Team

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Dear Friends,

Thank you for your VERY generous gift of $320 to adopt a Foot. The need this year seems to be greater than ever before so your support is very much appreciated. We have about 160 names on the list this year.

Jean Bollinger, AAF Coordinator

 

 

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      following charities:    Cortland Area Cares, Warren Family Missions, Youngstown                Community Center 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. Designated green envelopes are available in the pews.

 

            3.  Any donations that are to be credited to giving statements for tax year 2014 must be received in the office or postmarked by December 31, 2014.  Per IRS regulations.  I cannot backdate donations received or postmarked after that.

 

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

 

Sincerely,

Jill Freeman

Church Treasurer

 

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD UPDATE

 

Wow! What an exciting year for our church project to share God’s love and news about His Son, Jesus!! We sent 140 shoe boxes from our church and collect 140 from the community. Thanks to the generosity of all of you, we were able to include the money for shopping or shipping helped at our 2 packing parties (We also let the after school kids pace a box…..the loved that!), helped during collection week, loaded cartons in vehicles and delivered the boxes, or most importantly prayed for this ministry thanks to YOU many children and their families will never be the same…..You have given them God’s hope and love and that is priceless! God bless you for all your generosity and support of Operation Christmas Child.

 

My helpers and I were very touched during collection week. The excitement on people’s faces and their stories they shared about their love of OCC was beautiful! We were truly touched. On Sunday a grandmother brought her grandson, Sabastian, came in to drop 2 shoe boxes (one he packed and one his sister packed).  Sabastian said that he hoped a 7 year old would receive his box since he was 7. I asked him if he would like to pray with him of the little boys that would be receiving their boxes.  He hesitated, his grandmother was encouraging the prayer, and then he said, “Only if you don’t do it in Greek.” 
I chuckled and asked his if he was Greek. He was and I told him I was, but I assured him I would pray in English, since I don’t know Greek! Out of the mouth of babes!!  Not only are we blessing poor children in other countries, we are blessing children here who seem to have it all. They are definitely learning how to share…..oh what a blessing it is!!

 

In Christ’s love,

Debbie Miller

 

 

 

 

                               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@century link.net

            pdcortlandumc@century link.net

 

 

 

EVENTS FOR MONTH OF DECEMBER

 

SUNDAY,  DECEMBER   7                  SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

         HOLY COMMUNION – RED BAG DAY

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER  10         UNITED METHODIST WOMEN MEETING

                                                                       

SATURDAY, DECEMBER  13             MEN’S CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST  9:00 AM.

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER  14                   THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER  21                     FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER  24          CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP

                                                                             6:00 pm and 8:00 pm    w live nativity

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25              CHRISTMAS DAY

                                                                            Church offices are closed today and Friday

 

SUNDAY,  DECEMBER  28                    FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS

                                                       (Take Christmas decorations down)

 

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David Vensel,
Dec 14, 2014, 5:40 PM
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