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Special Decorations Needed for Advent/Christmas
This year we have a special series planned for Advent and Christmas. Our theme is "Calm and Bright". 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. This worship series will 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.

To make our church festive with the theme we are looking for items to help make this transformation. The items needed are:

1. White Candles  

2. Black Lanterns 

3. Soft White Lights 

4. Greenery/Wreaths with no decoration 
Help Decorate for Advent & Christmas
A group of volunteers have begun preparations to get the church ready for Advent and Christmas. We are planning on a big push to finish next week. Volunteers will be decorating on Wednesday, November 28th at 6:30pm. Anyone who wants to help out are invited to join us at that time. 

Special Celebration Set for Dec 1st

On December 1st at 4:00pm, Goodland UMC will host a special celebration event called “Bless the Years.” This is to celebrate our members who have reached 90-plus years of age. We realized just how many living saints we have in this congregation and want to take some time to recognize and honor them.

The celebration will include a short worship service and a special supper. We invite our church members to join us in this celebration.

If you are a member who is 90 or over years young, please let us know if you can attend as a special guest. We think we have a good list of people to invite, but if you know someone who fits this group, please let the office know so we make sure they are on our list.

Giving Tuesday- Remember the Church
Online Giving Available Through Facebook

Giving Tuesday, often stylized as #GivingTuesday for purposes of hashtag activism, refers to the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season.

If you visit the church Facebook page you will notice a new feature. You can now donate directly to the church through Facebook. At the top of the page you will see a "Donate" button. This will guide you to processing a payment. Since the church is a qualifying nonprofit, there are no fees charged for this giving! Go to https://www.facebook.com/goodlandumc/ if this is a feature you would like to use. 
Giving the Gift of Grain
From: Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation


In Deuteronomy 26 we read, “Now I bring the first fruits of the soil that you, LORD, have given me.” Giving of the first fruits from the land is a statement of faith that God will help us bring in the whole harvest. It is a commitment that God who brought about the growth from the seeds we have planted will bring it to fruition. Have you considered giving to God the grain that comes from the land?

Why Donate Grain Directly
For many cash-basis farmers, significant tax savings can be achieved by donating grain directly to their church or other favorite United Methodist charity.

Tax Savings
Many farmers do not itemize deductions because the standard deduction has greatly increased over the years.  Therefore, typical cash gifts to their church or charity do not save additional taxes.  When executed properly and by contributing grain directly to a church or charity, the cash-basis farmer avoids reporting the sale of the grain as income and still includes the cost of growing the grain in expenses which saves on self-employment tax, federal income tax and state income tax.

Key Points
  1. Timing: Donate grain grown in the current or previous years’ harvest any time during the tax year.
  2. Unsold commodity: The gift should be from unsold crop inventory, with no prior sale commitment made on the gift.
  3. Physical delivery: Be sure the gift is farm commodities, not warehouse receipts, which could be considered a cash equivalent. The church or charity must be able to demonstrate “control and dominion” over the gifted property.
  4. No control: The farmer can not provide any guidance in the transfer agreement as to the retention or sale of the gifted commodity.
  5. Documentation: Either a properly executed warehouse receipt in the church’s or charity’s name, or a notarized letter of transfer for crops stored on the farm can be used. The original sales invoice should list the charity as the seller.
  6. Storage & transportation costs:  After the transfer, the church or charity should assume costs of storage, marketing and transportation as well as bear any risk of loss.
  7. Crop share leases: Gifting will not work for a crop share landlord. A share of a crop received as rental payment is considered the equivalent of rental income.
  8. Unfamiliarity of charity: Farmers should be aware that their church may not be familiar with receiving this type of gift.
The Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation can assist you in giving grain to any United Methodistchurch, organization or affiliated institution.  This service of the Foundation is intended to assist thoseUnited Methodist charities that do not have the ability to readily receive and process gifts of grain. Contact the Foundation at 888-453-8405, www.kaumf.org, or foundation@kaumf.org for assistance if needed or to learn more on how you can support your church or favorite charity.
Youth Christmas Party

December 12th @ 6:30pm

Contest for "Ugliest & Most Creative" Christmas Sweater

Youth are asked to bring a snack to share with the group.
Praying Together 
For the rest of 2018 you are invited to join as an entire church to be in prayer for the future and mission of our church. We have provided a calendar that lists a daily Scripture reading and prayer focus from now until the end of the year. You can find the calendar on our website. The calendar can also be downloaded here
Pianos Available
We have 2 pianos available to a good home. They are on display in the Meeting Room on the 1st floor of the main building. The are free of charge. If you are interested, please contact the church office. 
Life @ Goodland UMC

Thursday, November 22

Office Closed

Sunday, November 25
9:15am Adult Sunday School
10:30am Worship
10:45am KidZone

 
Prayer List
Jeanne Harding, Alberta Hayden, J.B. McClure, Lois Sieck, Marsha McGillivray, Alvin Zimbelman, Marsha Smith, Iris Irvin, Gordon Colip, Fern Hawks, Elmarie Nelson, Dianne Merz

Weekly Worship

Sundays:

Worship 10:30am 
KidZone 10:45am (Sundays during worship)

Wednesdays:

reNEW Youth Wednesdays 6:30-8:00pm
      (7th-12th Grades)

Daily Radio Devotion

Radio devotions are broadcasted through KLOE 730AM and KKCI 102.5FM here in Goodland each weekday at 6:10 a.m. (MT) They can also be found on our website and Facebook page.
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