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Lower United Methodist Church
December 22, 2021

 

Luke 2:14, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

Christmas morning is an exciting time for children. When they wake up and see the gifts under the Christmas tree, they begin to get excited. After they open a gift and discover what is inside, some children will scream for joy. Parents will be incredibly happy to see such children. They may feel pleased and joyful.

But if the children are not happy with the gift, the parents will be sad. Gifts do not magically appear. They are carefully chosen and have been given through the sacrifices of the parents. If the children do not like the gift, the parents feel that their efforts are in vain.

Christmas is the day when we remember Jesus as God’s gift. We cannot comprehend what sacrifices were required to give us that gift. But when we see Jesus and rejoice, it becomes glory and joy to God. If we do not rejoice at the gift and remain indifferent, God's heart will be broken.

Jesus is God's greatest gift to us. Those who know the value of the gift will rejoice in the Lord. And God will be glorified. I pray that Christmas will bring such joy and glory to God through us.

Reading for this week:
Micah 5:2-5a
 Hebrews 10:5-10
 Luke 1:39-45
 Luke 1:46b-55

Pastor Yosub Namgung

 
 

The United Methodist church is dealing with death and devastation caused by the tornadoes that clobbered Kentucky, Tennessee and other states overnight on Dec. 10.


If you would like to contribute to disaster relief to help, please make your check payable to LUMC and write on the Memo line, UMCOR #901670.

You can mail it to the church or put in the offering plate over the next few weeks.

Your generosity is appreciated!

REMINDER:
The deadline to make your 2021 charitable tax donation is December 31st.

 
If you are interested in making a stock donation to LUMC for 2021, complete the Gifts of Publicly Traded Stock Form from the below link:
http://vaumfoundation.org/resources/forms

The VAUMC Foundation provided this brokerage service free of charge, by accepting the stock, liquidating it upon receipt, and issuing a check to Lower United Methodist Church."

Please contact our Treasurer, Tom Noffsinger if you have any questions. 
twnoffsinger@gmail.com, 804-815-1423.
 
WE HONOR AND REMEMBER OUR LOVED ONES THIS BLESSED CHRISTMAS SEASON
               CHRISTMAS  
          POINSETTIAS 2021

In Honor Of:                       Given by:
 
Our Loved Ones                                  Murray Family
 Donna & Bill Will                              Debbie Corber
 My Loved Ones                                 Ceil Rector
 Grandsons, Family and Friends          The Revere Family
 Lower UMC                                         The Revere Family
 Frances Johnston                  Her children, Grandchildren &  Great-Gandchildre
Vicki Hogge                                       With love, the Choir
 Pastor Yosub & Minjung          With love and gratitude  from your Lower Church family
 Benjamin Garner                    With love and gratitude from your Lower Church family
                               

In Memory of:                        Given by:
 
Penka & Hugh Coloff                 Stan & Chyrel Coloff
 Melvin & Helen Nelson             Stan & Chyrel Coloff
 My Beloved Nancy Johnson     David Johnson
 My Family                                 Ceil Rector
 Charlie & Chuck Revere           The Revere Family
 Our Loved Ones                       The Revere Family
 Cliff Tinsley                               Pat Tinsley
 Earl & Gina Soles                     Kevin & Gina Walsh

 Mom & Dad, Eunice & 
 Dolphis Porter and my              Elizabeth Johnson
 Brother, Jerry Porter
 Temple Davis, Ann Davis,          Greg & Terry Rogers
Jaren Davis
Our Captain, Floyd Gene Ward    Helen and the children
Ray Hull                                       Given with love, the Choir
Dangey                                        Sophie, Macon, & Piper
Our Dad, Herbert Johnston          Michael & Helen
My parents, Marvin & Bessie Revere    Arlene Smith
My husband, Garland                   Arlene Smith
My daughter, Kathy                      Arlene Smith


 
 
 

 
 
Please pray for:
Aaron & Christian Wilke
Amber, the Holland's daughter
Betsy Guthrie & family
Betty Miller
Carolyn Cox
Ed Ruark
Family of Chuck Bennett
Family of Walter Palmer
Frankie Bristow
Gail Keefe
Helen Elizabeth Ward
Ileana Rosas
Kyle Murphy
Mercedes Boone
Mindy Miller
Paul Pearce
People of Kentucky hit by tornadoes
Roberta
Ron Sheffield
Shawn Powell
Steve & Rebecca
Traveling mercies over the holidays
Vicki Hogge


 
 
Last week:
       
Attendance:   85
Offering:      $18,905.00
E-giving       $  1,640.00
Total             $20,545.00
 
Needed for weekly goal:
                     $4,135.00
 
Our offerings to date:
                  $213,630.46
Our 2021 YTD Goal:
                  $210,885.00
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