SENIOR SOCIAL NEWS
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 12:30 p.m. – CRAFT DAY! Didn’t get in an October craft, so I’m trying again. Pot-luck lunch. Meat and drinks provided.
December - There will not be a regular social. You are invited to attend the church family Christmas pot-luck dinner on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 5:00 p.m.
One Silent Night
Sunday, December 16, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m.
"While they were there, the time came for Mary to have her baby. She gave birth to her firstborn child, a son, wrapped him snugly, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn." Luke 2: 6
This year is the 200th anniversary of the debut of "Silent Night, Holy Night." This hymn has become the best-loved worship moment of many Christians–even those who only come to church once a year. Something mystical occurs as we light our candles and sing the hope of, "All is calm, All is bright"– peace and light for the world. We want to celebrate the carol's message over the entire season of Advent and highlight its call for our lives that can guide us all year long.
Do we really know the peaceful sleep imagined in this beloved “Silent Night” hymn? Come join the choir as we re-live this “One Silent Night” that changed the world forever. Maybe there is a message for you on this night that the “Heavenly Peace” we sing of God’s peace will be in our hearts forever.
HANGING OF THE GREENS
Preparation: Saturday, December 1, 9:00-noon
Services: Sunday, December 2, 8:00am & 9:30 am
Advent will begin on Sunday, December 2 this year, and that is the day we officially decorate our sanctuary in preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. On Saturday the 1st, we will set up our fresh tree and string the lights, fluff the wreaths and tie on bows & ribbons, put hangers on the Chrismons which will adorn our tree, set up the Advent wreath, lay out the manger scene, etc. If you can spare 2-3 hours between 9:00-12:00 on Saturday morning, we could use your hands. We will have all the decorations set up on tables in the Fellowship Hall - no boxes to carry or unpack! There are several things that can be done sitting down, and this is an ideal community service project for youth. On Sunday, a wreath will be hung during the 8:00 and 9:30 services, then the remaining wreaths will need to be hung at the conclusion of the 9:30 service, so we could use a couple of taller folks to stay after and help us hang the remaining wreaths. this is a busy time of year, so we welcome your help in preparing for this joyous season!
Bob & Kathy Drury
Family Christmas Pot-Luck Dinner and
Christmas Gift Auction
Sunday, Dec. 2, 5:00 pm
Join us for a fun start to the Christmas season. The UMW will provide the dinner entrees. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.
A NEW TWIST THIS YEAR: Following dinner, everyone is invited to join us in a fun filled time enjoying Christmas presents a little early. We ask that you bring one or more wrapped Christmas presents. This can be most anything--homemade gifts and food make wonderful presents, too. Please mark your gift: Man, Woman, Boy, Girl, For the Home.
We will auction off the presents and the fun begins. You don’t know what’s in the packages; it’s just like Christmas morning! We hope that everyone will attend, and join in the fun, children and grandchildren are encouraged to come, so bring your family and friends.
Please sign up to attend on the clip board in the back of the church or call Julie Thompson (301-798-3617) to RSVP by Friday, Nov. 23. Proceeds from the auction will go to the church operations fund.
Veterans Wreath Laying at Kemptown Cemetery
Sunday, December 9, 2:00 pm
The Providence United Methodist Women invite you to join them in the laying of memorial wreaths at veterans’ gravesites in Kemptown Cemetery on Sunday, December 9. There will be a brief service in the church followed by the laying of 60 fresh wreaths. We invite you to share in this ceremony to honor and remember our loved ones that served our country. Cookies, punch, and coffee will be available in the Fellowship Hall after the wreath-laying.
For more information please call (301-798-3617) or e-mail Richard or Julie Thompson at (email@example.com).
Sunday, December 16th
Calling all bakers we are having our cookie exchange between the 8:00 am and 9:30 am services. Also after the 9:30 am service. Great time to pick up last minute Christmas Gifts. Please call Linda Howard at 301-865-0083 or firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know if you will be able to make some cookies for the exchange and what kind of cookies are you going to make. You need to do at least 3 dozen of the cookie you are going to do. More information and cost coming soon.
Another Fund Raising Opportunity
Although you may not want to think about it yet, Christmas shopping is just around the corner. If you plan to do some or much of your shopping on Amazon, you can also help the church at no additional cost to you. Amazon has a shopping option called Amazon Smile that makes charitable donations to many non-profit organizations. Providence UMC is one such organization. While the amount donated for each individual purchase may seem insignificant, multiple purchases by multiple shoppers can lead to meaningful assistance to the church – and as noted earlier, the process is totally painless to you, the shopper. To enroll, you must first have an Amazon account. Once your account is established, go to smile.amazon.com. When queried for the organization you wish to support, type “Providence United Methodist Church”. From the list that drops down, select the first choice (Monrovia, MD). That’s all you need to do. Amazon Smile is not just limited to Christmas shopping; it’s available all year. Why not give it a try?
How do I sign up for Amazon Smile?
1. Go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-1931585
2. Amazon will ask you to sign in to your account.
3. Once you are on the Amazon main page, click on Supporting tab under the search box.
4. Click on Change or Add...
5. Search Providence United Methodist church - monrovia, md
6. Hit Select next to our church
7. Then begin shopping.
8. When shopping at amazon, please use the smile.amazon.com and .5 will go back to the church.
The New Providence U.M. Church Sill Sitters have arrived!
Please see or call Linda Beale (301-829-6484) or Julie Thompson (301-798-3617; email email@example.com) to get one (or more). $20 each