A PUBLICATION OF THE

PROPHETSTOWN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

 
 
DECEMBER NEWSLETTER 2020
Can you believe its December already! This has definitely been a different kind of year, but we still celebrate Jesus being born this Christmas. As we journey through this month towards Christmas, we prepare our hearts and minds for the birth of our Savior. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, they had been preparing for the Messiah for over 400 years. That’s a long time to wait. When Jesus was born on that day in Bethlehem, the world was changed forever. As we celebrate the Christmas season with our friends and family, we remember that Jesus is with us always. We remember how important our faith is to us. We also think about the many blessings in our lives. We spend a lot of time preparing and waiting for that moment when Jesus is born and we celebrate the fact that he saved us all. This Christmas, many of us will celebrate in a different way. Maybe we are virtual with family and friends, maybe we are celebrating through a car window or another way, but however you celebrate this year, reflect on how important Jesus is in the lives of us all. This Christmas season, think about the power of Jesus in this world. Even though this year has been really hard, God is still in control and Jesus being born is the greatest miracle that has ever happened to us. Remember this verse Luke 2:11, “to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! Pastor Joey

Sunday School live @ 9:00AM with Pastor Joey on Facebook every Sunday
in December.
United Christians of Prophetstown
Starting Nov. 29th until Dec.19th from 10:00am until 1:00pm area churches will be ringing the bell. Prophetstown United Methodist is scheduled for Dec. 5th. We still need one more family on Dec. 5th at noon. If interested in signing up, contact Chris @815-631-8499.
Pat’s Table To Go will be 5:00-6:00PM December 14th in the circle drive of the church.
 
It has come to my attention that not everyone knows the church has a mail slot on the West side door . Any mail (offering envelopes for example) placed through the slot goes into the box pictured above. Mainly Chris (Adm.Asst.), Cheri Lewey (Treasurer) and Karen Richey (Finance Secretary/Counter) are the only ones that pick up anything placed through the slot. Any offering envelopes are put into the slot on the church office door to be counted.

 Any questions, please call the office 815-537-2496 9:00AM – Noon (Monday thru Thursday)

 
POINSETTIAS
During these uncertain times,, we have decided to order poinsettias as usual. This is one of our time honored traditions, and we intend to keep it, with a few minor changes. This year we will have an easier process– no forms to fill out! If you wish to order 1 or more poinsettias, simply call Chris, our church secretary, at 815 631 8499 and give her your name and the number of poinsettias you wish to order. The poinsettias are red and the cost is $13 per plant. Orders must be called in before Sunday, December 6th in order to get them before Christmas. Our goal is to deliver the poinsettias to you before Christmas Day so that you might memorialize and honor your loved ones, as well as enjoy the plants over the holidays. We will update you regarding payment and delivery within the next 2 weeks.

Mission Chatter
The Mitten Tree is down. We know you didn’t get a chance to see it—but it did look nice, not quite as covered as usual but you did a great job with not being able to shop like we women like! We took twenty gloves and mittens, seven hat and glove sets, two scarf, gloves and hat sets, five hats and two pair of socks to the Grade School. Think of all those smiling faces! Doesn’t that put a smile on your face also! Thank you so much!
It is with great hearts we can tell you, because of your generosity, we will be able to meet our commitments to our mission projects thi year. You are such a caring congregation, always giving to help someone less fortunate. We ask and you deliver! THANK YOU!
Could you continue to remember the Rainbow Covenant with a few of your coins or dollars each month. This will help with next years mission work. Thanks in advance!! Merry Christmas
Judy…..Sandy…..Tammie…..Connie
May the Love that was born that Christmas Night light all your days with Joy and Hope.

December’s Little Thought
The History of the Twelve Days of Christmas
This is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled people. What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?
From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for Catholics. It has two levels on meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church.
Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.
The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ. Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments. Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love. The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John. The five golden rings recalled the Torah or law, the first five books of the Old Testament. The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation. Seven swans a-swimming represent the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit-Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy. The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes. Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit – Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control. The ten lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments. The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples. The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.
So this is your history lesson for today. I received this in an email a long time ago! May God Grant you peace and happiness throughout this Christmas
 
DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS
2 – Terry Bickett
4 – Earl Murphy
5 – Gabriel Bohms
6 – LaFaughn Rosenow
7 – Alan Posey
7 – Jerri Robinson
7 – Sheri Giffin
8 – Louis Hummel
11 – Paul Petersen
12 – Brayden Garcea
13 – Alexander Raser
14 – Tammie Oleson
16 – Dick Bradley
16 – Doug Johnson
18 – Kelly Buck
20 – Teresa Bielema
20 – Connie Murphy
21- Betty Dennis
22 – Colleen Jacobs
22 – Shawn Swanson
28 – Caleb Naftzger
29 – Jean Bliss
29 – Tirzah Renkes
29 – Chris Yaun
30 – Rita Morphew
31 – Kathy Massingill
 
DECEMBER ANNIVERSARIES
4 – Dick & Diana Maronde
16 – Meredith & Doug Johnson
24 – Josh & Amanda Attig
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