Hallelujah and Hallelujah and Wow!!!! You all came from far and near to support the Mason Food Bank and Young Life of Mason by attending the Art UMC’s production of “For Unto Y’all” Christmas Play. As many of you may know, this play had been in the “works” all year, thanks to our totally committed director, Tyra Jordan. She took those folks willing to give of their time and talents and brought the best out of them through encouragement, praise, and yes, at times, some loving constructive criticism. On behalf of the cast and crew, we were honored to give glory to the birth of our Lord through our presentation of “For Unto Y’all.” We sincerely thank everyone in attendance for spending your Sunday afternoon with us and for supporting these extremely important organizations.
The Christmas season is well underway and we have several events and meetings coming up. The Soup Kitchen will be preparing food in the School Cafeteria at 8:00am this Saturday, December 8th. Next Sunday, December 9th, please bring your cookies to church (6 cookies per zip loc bag) for the Food Bank or you may bring them to the Food Bank on Monday, December 10th between 2:30 and 3:00pm. We will be handing out food boxes from 3 to 5:30pm that Monday. Also on Sunday, December 9th, the Community Choir Christmas Program will be held at Mason First Methodist Church at 6:00pm. You definitely don’t want to miss the Art/Trinity United Methodist Women’s Christmas Luncheon at JoAnn Coston’s home in Llano at 12:00pm, on Tuesday, December 11th. There will be wonderful food, fellowship and a white elephant gift exchange. Please contact me or JoAnn for directions. The Mason Outreach Prayer Group will also meet on Tuesday, December 11th, at 3:30pm, at the Square Plate. The Art Christmas Open House will be on Saturday, December 15th, in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00pm and we will have a Chinese Christmas gift exchange. The shoeboxes for the Mexico Outreach and the Angel Tree Gifts will be needed at church by Sunday, December 16th.
Happy Birthday to Katherine Koock and Kynzli Kate Fuqua on the 6th, Wendy Jordan on the 8th, Joyce Mutschink on the 9th, and Kenneth Kothmann on the 11th. May you each have a blessed and wonderful day.
As always, please pray for our servicemen and women, our homebound and nursing home members and those who are ill. Many will not be able to be home this Christmas Season and many will wait anxiously for loved ones and friends to drop by and visit. Let’s all do our best to ensure no one is lonely by sending a card, making a phone call or visiting, to show we care.
What is Advent? Pastor Cliff included information about our Christian religious custom of Advent and the Advent Wreath in our Sunday bulletin. For the benefit of those who may not know, Advent is the time of year when we get ready for Christmas. It is the time to remember that Jesus is coming. When God makes a promise, we know it will happen because God has said it. Our Lutheran Brothers and Sisters in Eastern Germany are the ones that started the Advent Wreath as a Christian religious custom. The candles on the wreath are a reminder to us of God’s promises. The Advent wreath has five candles, three are blue, one is pink and one is white. One candle is lit each Sunday in Advent, with the pink candle being lit on the third Sunday. When the candles of the previous weeks are relit, it’s symbolic of the arrival of Christ bringing light into darkness. Last Sunday, Kristin and her sister Tabitha, along with their children lit the first candle, the Prophecy Candle. It reminds us of the prophets who foretold Christ’s birth, especially Isaiah. This candle is also called the “hope” candle. We will continue to light each candle every Sunday, with the last one (white) being lit on Christmas Eve.
Last Sunday our message for the first week of Advent was from Luke 21, 25-36. This is a week of hope as we wait for the arrival of Jesus. How do we wait? We must be watchful, ready, and comforted in knowing that God has promised He will return. Pastor Cliff reminds us of how in Luke 21, verse 8, we are not to be led astray. Many will come and say it’s time and claim to be God…….ignore them. There will be wars and rumors of wars. This will happen, but Jesus said we are not to worry or be afraid. There will be trouble, betrayal, and suffering along the way, but we will be given the wisdom to endure and testify. By our endurance we will gain our eternal life. In the meantime as we wait, we are not to worry, but to testify, pray and be faithful. Like the fig tree that bears fruit first before the leaves, we must be prepared. When He returns, it will be obvious; no one will have to tell us. What a glorious day that will be!
Peace to all