Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult.
The constant refrain on the radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation – all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern; we need to know that we are not alone. Our spirits sink, as the days grow shorter. We feel the darkness growing deeper around us. We need encouragement to live the days ahead of us.
For these reasons, First UMC will offer a special “Longest Night” service on Tuesday, December 21, at 6 p.m. Come out, and join with us in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle – and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone is welcome.
All women are invited to a potluck lunch and UMW meeting on Wed. Nov 3, at 11 a.m. Plans for next year will be decided, so please bring your ideas. The UMW pecan sale (for missions) also begins the first week of November. Anyone interested in attending the Hiwassee District Annual UMW Meeting on Nov. 6 in Madisonville is asked to call Flora (706-632-5979) for details about the meeting and ride sharing. You’ll find more about the above, plus other UMW news in The Missionette, which is in PDF format (below).