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Lower United Methodist Church
December 15, 2021


Philippians 4:1, “Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!”

For parents, children are a great joy. It seems there is nothing that gives parents more joy than their children. In the past, I attended a small group meeting held every month at a Korean church. At the meeting, one member especially liked to talk about her children. Looking at her, I discovered how much joy a child is to parents.

We are the joy of God. It's not because we are good at doing something or achieving something but because we became children of God through Jesus. God looks at us and says, “I am well pleased with you.” God protects us like the apple of His eye (Mark 1:11).

However, often we do not believe it. While looking at our own weakness or sinfulness, we cannot believe we are God’s joy. We doubt it because sometimes we do not live a life pleasing to God.

But God is still pleased with us. It is not because we have done something well or listened to God but because Jesus is in us. Just by believing in Jesus, we become the joy of God. Zephaniah 3:17, “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by
his love; he will exult.”

I pray that today will be the day where we take joy in the Lord while thinking of God who still delights in us.

Scripture Reading for this week:

Isaiah 12:2-6
 Zephaniah 3:14-20
 Philippians 4:4-7
 Luke 3:7-18

Pastor Yosub Namgung

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:

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., 804-815-1423.
          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:

Allan McNamee
Amber, the  Holland's daughter
Callie Jo Revere
Carolyn Cox
Ed Ruark
Family of Chuck Bennett
Family of Jeff Stanaway
Family of Kenny Grubbs & Mary Ann
Family of Perry Lyons & Susan Thomas
Frankie Bristow
Gail Gillieland
Gail Keefe
Ileana Rosas
Mercedes Boone
Mildred Ailsworth
Mindy Miller
Paul Pearce
People of Kentucky hit by tornadoes
Raymond Benson
Roberta, Judy Evans' neighbor
Ron Sheffield
Shawn Powell
Steve & Rebecca
Tiffany & Larry
Vicki Hogge
William Morris

Last week:
Attendance:   80
Offering:      $7,283.00
E-giving       $     40.00
Total             $7,323.00
Needed for weekly goal:
Our offerings to date:
Our 2021 YTD Goal:
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