Christmas Eve we enjoyed a heartwarming and worship service. The final candle, the Christ candle was lit. We then all lit our own candles from the Christ candle and spread Christ’s light. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light. – John 1:5 We end this Advent season by celebrating the birth of Christ. We rejoice with the knowledge that the Lord is with us.
We are looking forward to a New Year filled with many opportunities for Worship, Fellowship, and Growth. Filled with Happiness and Joy.
Breakfast bash at Country Kitchen at N. Monroe Jan. 12th at 9:00am
Pastor Dave’s Who, What, Where, and Why Series will start Thursday Jan. 24th, at 7:00 pm.
Hope you’ll join us.
Join us for upcoming events
Christmas Eve Candlelight service Monday, December 24th, 6:00 P.M.
Pastor Dave’s Who, What When, Where and Why Study Series
Starting Thursday January 24th, at 7:00 P.M.
Tuesday Nov. 27th @ 7:45pm at Trinity U.M.C. – Charge conference
Thursday Nov. 29th @ 10:00am Bible study. Adult classroom.
Friday Nov. 30th @ 7:00pm – Hanging of the Greens – Sanctuary
Saturday Dec. 1st @ 9:00am – Roadside clean up
Sunday Dec. 2nd – 1st Sunday in Advent Worship @ 9:30 am and @ 11:00am Sanctuary
Sunday school 9:45am – Adult classroom
Sat. Dec. 8th @ 9:00am – Breakfast Bash – Country Kitchen on N. Monroe
Fri. Dec 14th @ 9:00am – Preparation for food distribution – Church
Sat. Dec. 15th - Redeemer’s Storehouse food distribution – Volunteer’s arrive at 8:00 – 8:30 distribution begins. Church
CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLE LIGHT SERVICE Monday Dec. 24th @ 6:00pm – Sanctuary
This Sunday Oct. 21st is going to be our Homecoming Celebration.
Please plan on joining us for this special service.
There will be a covered dish luncheon afterward, and we ask that you bring a dish to share.
This Saturday Oct. 20th will be Redemeer’s Storehouse Distribution
Your help is always appreciated.
Oct. 28th will be The Fall Festival.
We will have our trunk or treat and look forward to you bringing out your car/truck with the trunk/bed decorated up.
Please bring candy to give out to the kids as they visit each vehicle.
There will be games, prizes and food.
So tell your neighbors, friends, and family.
It will begin at 3:00pm and continue until 7:00pm.
Be sure and stop by Saturday September 29th, 8:00 am – 1:00 PM.
The August 18th distribution was a busy one with 95 families being represented with a total of 266 family members. In those we had 15 new client families represented! It is truly God’s work to feed his people, the volunteers end the day with a special feeling of knowing they have done and are continuing to do important work, thank you all!! If you haven’t come by on distribution day to help, you are missing out. We had Pastor David, Marsha and Anna with us helping serve others and enjoying ourselves!
With the large number of families and the stock we had on hand, we are now depleted of many items. We ask folks to bring in cans or staple food items in when you come to church; even one item will help someone in need! Our most needed items are: Peanut Butter, Jelly, Canned Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Pasta Noodles, Canned Fruit, Skillet Dinners, Mac & Cheese, Dried Beans & Peas, Soups. We are without some of these items but need more of all.
Also through the Redeemer’s Storehouse, quarterly we give out Personal Care Items. The following items are needed for our next distribution on September 15. We are in need of Bar Soap, 2 in 1 Shampoo, Deodorant, Toothpaste & Brushes.
This is Lake Jackson’s Redeemer’s Storehouse and you should feel very joyous that we all are helping feed so many of God’s people!
Sherry & Betty
SATURDAY ZUMBA CLASSES
The Saturday classes will begin in September. There will only be Saturday Zumba classes on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays. As always if LJUMC has an activity planned the class will be cancelled. Tuesday and Thursday nights are still from 6:30 – 7:30pm.
THIRD QUARTER MISSION
Brehon House (formerly Serenity Shores Maternity Home) provides security for homeless pregnant women and their infants in the Tallahassee area. These women and their newborns are provided the stable, nurturing, safe, warm and loving environment they so desperately need. They are provided: Pre and postnatal education, career counseling, encouragement to enroll in GED and other school programs, assistance in finding permanent housing, individual case management, conflict resolution, infant care training, self esteem building, and an opportunity to bond with their newborn in a loving environment.
Brehon like many other charitable groups are finding themselves in a cash crunch. It costs approximately $1,100/month/resident to keep the house going. This is an all inclusive figure that provides for the staff required as well as the actual “house” costs.
You can either make a monetary donation that will go to the general fund of running the House, or you can make a donation of items to be given directly to the residents, such as diapers, wipes, bus passes, disposable cameras, etc. There is a pack and play in the atrium where you can leave your donations. We have baby bottles you can use to put your change in or you can simply put your donation in the collection plate, please be sure to note that it is for the 3rd Quarter Mission or for Brehon.
ANNUAL SUMMER WATER FUN DAY IS NOW FALL FESTIVAL
The council has decided to put the summer Fun Day on hold for now and instead put more energy into our fall festival. Last year we did Trunk or Treat and we may very well integrate that activity with many other activities to make it an even bigger event for our families and community. We would love to have your input and ideas for ways to build our Fall Festival. If you are interested in helping with planning or volunteering to man stations the day of the festival, let us know.
ECHO BACK TO SCHOOL CLOTHING
We provided two back to school outfits for two deserving children through ECHO. The clothing was delivered to ECHO in time for the children to begin school on a proud note.
If you meant to make a contribution and forgot, it isn’t too late, we didn’t quite meet our goal.
As part of our ongoing effort to be supportive of the ministry of Twelve Churches in Nicaragua we will be collecting funds to purchase Bibles for the new believers who come to know Jesus through the work of the Twelve Churches in Nicaragua. For approximately $8.50 a Spanish Bible can be purchased. If you would like to support this cause you can either use the Bible envelopes or simple write 12 Churches on your check/donation envelope.
THANK YOU to each and every one of you that made donations of school supplies. There are many families that simply don’t have the money to buy the many items listed on the school supply list for their child/children. Your donation will be a blessing to the teachers who spend their own money to have these supplies available and to the families that will receive the supplies.
This weekend is the 5th Sunday weekend for July and to celebrate, we have several events planned for you and your family! Check out what’s happening below!
There will be a special section for the kids to bring their sleeping bags, bean bags or blankies to curl up and watch the movie.
Sunday morning we’ll have a special time of worship as we all join for a Traditional service. Immediately following service we’ll have a covered dish lunch. Bring a dish to share and we’ll see you there!
Our New Pastor
We would like to formally welcome our new Pastor, Dave Huntley.
Pastor Huntley will give his first services at Lake Jackson United Methodist Church this coming Sunday. Please be sure to come out and welcome him and his family to our “family”.
No Vacation Bible School or Summer Fun day?
As of the writing of this news update, we have not had anyone come forward to chair or co-chair a committee for the summer fun day or VBS this summer. Please give it some thought and if you are able to help out with these activities, please let me know; otherwise we will not have these activities this year.
This past Sunday was our Appreciation Brunch. We appreciate all that Jim and Rudy have done for LJUMC while we have been in our time of transition. There was a good turnout and the food was wonderful. If you didn’t make it last Sunday, you truly missed a great meal and fellowship that was a blessing to all.
Jim and Rudy we love you and appreciate your service, you will be missed.
Rudy good luck in your new ventures and we will continue to pray for both you and Jim.
Outside Clean Up Day
Thank you to Charlie Butler, Jay & Sherry West and Larry Kalous for all the work and sweat put into trimming more of the trees and vines along the fence line. The area is looking good and with a little more work, we will have gained about 6-8 more feet of land just by clearing back the overgrowth.
The June distribution went well, we had many volunteers and clients. We received some fresh produce and extra bread thanks to Melissa Cardwell. The July distribution will be on Saturday July 21st. Remember that we still need your support of food and monetary donations. We are changing the hours during the summer to 8:30 – 10:30 to get folks in and out before it gets too hot.
THANK YOU to all of our volunteers and donors
Labels for Education
Please remember to bring in your Campbell’s labels for Education. They can be found on many food items such as Campbell’s soups, Pepperidge Farms products, Prego spaghetti sauce, etc. Bring them in and place them in the container in the back hallway. We will trim them and send them to the Lighthouse Children’s Home. These labels allow them to obtain school supplies and equipment.
Box Tops for Education
Don’t forget to bring in the Box Tops off your Zip lock bags, General Mills, cereals, etc. We forward these to Canopy Oaks Elementary School so that they can obtain school supplies and equipment for the children. You can place them in the “Campbells” container in the back hallway.
The next item that we ask you to save are the pop tops from aluminum cans. We gather these and donate them to the Shriners. These tops are recycled and provide funds for the Shriners to use to help families with transportation costs to get their children to a Shriners Hospital for treatment.
You can place your pop tops in the plastic tub in the church kitchen by the sink.
THIRD QUARTER MISSION – Brehon House
Brehon House (formerly Serenity Shores Maternity Home) provides security for homeless pregnant women and their infants in the Tallahassee area. These women and their newborns are provided the stable, nurturing, safe, warm and loving environment they so desperately need. They are provided: Pre and postnatal education, career counseling, encouragement to enroll in GED and other school programs, assistance in finding permanent housing, individual case management, conflict resolution, infant care training, self esteem building, and an opportunity to bond with their newborn in a loving environment. You can either make a monetary donation that will go to the general fund of running the House, or you can make a donation of items to be given directly to the residents, such as diapers, wipes, bus passes, disposable cameras, etc.
SATURDAY ZUMBA CLASSES
The Saturday classes will be suspended for the summer and will resume in August.
Tuesday and Thursday nights are still from 6:30 – 7:30pm.
We will be working with the older Zumba Children to teach them about composting. Why to compost, how to compost and then actually setting up our own compost pile with the resulting organic material being used to enrich the soil for our very own flower beds and small raised bed veggie garden. We may even start raising our very own earthworms.
If you are interested in helping with this project please see Kim.
This Saturday, June 23rd beginning at 8:00am, is Inside/Outside clean up day.
We would like to get the rest of the fence line cleaned up. If you plan on working outside please remember to bring gloves and any work tools that you have to help with the job. Once we get done trimming and cutting back we can arrange for Waste Management to pick up the limbs, etc.
On the inside we need to get a good deep cleaning done. Dusting of blinds, cleaning window ledges, general dusting, etc.
We have plenty of water in the refrigerator. If you plan on coming to help out, please let me know so we will have an idea of how many folks we will have.
Thanks – Kim Clayton