Dear FUMC Alamosa Family,
This holiday season is such a mishmash of joy and grief. We celebrate the joy of the season—the warm cheer, the memories in the making, and the hope made realized in Christ’s birth. We also grieve our loved ones not with us to celebrate, we struggle being together with toxic family members, we feel the longest night deep, deep in our soul.
Whether you are in a place of unadulterated joy, or if your heart is heavy and aching, you aren’t alone. We are reminded time and time again that our God is a God of togetherness, who doesn’t abandon, neglect, or forget. God joins in our full belly laughs as well as our crying-induced headaches. It’s why we celebrate Christmas and the coming of Christ to be with us and know us as God’s created beings. We celebrate together and for the time we grieve, we grieve together—that’s community in the body of Christ.
As our days start creeping along brighter and brighter now, may you find strength and hope. This January, we’ll observe the season of Epiphany—a continuation of the Christmas journey and season. It’s a place for seeking wisdom in Christ with us. And Christ welcomes us as we seek wisdom no matter how we come.
Thanks be to God for the Son, and for the Holy Spirit that
restores our souls.
There will be NO Midweek Message this week
Church office hours for the holiday:
CLOSED: 24th December-29th December,
31st December-1 January
OPEN: 30 December (9:00am-12:00pm),
2 January (12:00pm-3:00pm)
Alamosa United Methodist Women
Tuesday, January 14th
Noon in the Memorial Room
Thank you to everyone who baked cookies and those who donated to the mission funds of UMW. It was a very successful—and delicious endeavor.
United Methodist Women will meet in the Memorial Room at noon on Tuesday, January 14. Judy Irvine will be serving dessert and Karen Ballentine will present an inspiring program for the New Year. Please join us to share in fellowship and spiritual growth.
Looking ahead—The Western Jurisdiction of United Methodist Women is holding their Quadrennial Event in Tempe, AZ. April 17-19, 2020. There will be many workshops and activities to suit a variety of interests. The Keynote Speaker is Professor Katharine Hayhoe, of Texas Tech University, an atmospheric scientist with a Christian perspective on science, particularly related to climate change. Registration and more information is available at www.wjumw.com. Our local UMW has scholarships to help with expenses. Frances Graves is planning to attend, so let’s go together!
1.10 Church and Society (7:30am)
1.12 AD Council (11:30am)
1.13 Trustees (12:00 pm)
1.22 Finance (1:00pm)
La Puente Shelter Call for Help
The shelter’s kitchen is being remodeled from January 6-10. We are asking for community support in providing meals. They need a total of 15 meals for that week: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. These would need to be pre-cooked meals, ready to serve, brought to the shelter.
If you are able to either make the food, please let us know:
Email us at email@example.com : YOUR NAME, YOUR DISH, THE DATE, THE MEAL TIME (breakfast, lunch, or dinner).
We may not be able to provide food for the entirety of the week, but let’s see how many hands in the community CAN make this possible.
IF YOU ARE ABLE TO HELP, PLEASE LET US KNOW BY DECEMBER 30TH.
The adult Sunday school class will begin a new book, “The Sins of Scripture” by John Shelby Spong on January 5. Rev. Spong addresses some of the hard texts of the Bible to “uncover the God of love beneath the Bible’s texts of terror”.
We meet at 9 am in the church library and invite anyone interested to join us. Please order your own books. We plan to read chapter 1 and 2 for January 5 and hope to cover 2 or 3 chapters a week (two weeks per section). If you miss some weeks, that is fine; just jump in and we will get the word out on our progress.
4 Ryan Wehe
5 John Taylor
6 Anne Morin
7 Kip Walker
New Year…New Mission Statement
The current FUMC Alamosa mission statement, on the front of each week’s bulletin, is “Building Christian Community.”
After their most recent meeting, it was proposed at the administration council the possibility of expanding and/or changing this statement for the next year.
We’re asking that you send in your thoughts and possibilities, so we have a variety to choose from and figure out how we want our mission statement phrased.
This is an exciting chance to hear from you about the vision you want to lift up for the next year!
Your choices will be presented at Church Conference in December, and you will vote on them as a body. You can email your statements to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Church and Society Article
PARTICIPATE IN THE 2020 CENSUS
Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics. The decennial census was first taken in 1790, as mandated by the Constitution. It counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.
Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Our community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. People in our community use census data in all kinds of ways, such as these:
>Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.
>Businesses use Census Bureau data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and these create jobs.
>Local government officials use the census to ensure public safety and plan new schools and hospitals.
>Real estate developers and city planners use the census to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods.
It is our responsibility, as responsible citizens, to participate in this census and it is critically important.
A census is nothing new. The ancient Babylonians, Chinese, Egyptians and Romans all conducted censuses, as did William the Conqueror, who in 1086 inscribed info about England's landowners into the so-called Domesday Book. The word census originated in ancient Rome from the Latin word censere ("to estimate"). The census played a crucial role in the administration of the Roman Empire, as it was used to determine taxes. With few interruptions, it was usually carried out every five years.
The birth of Jesus occurred during a census, according to the Gospel of Luke 2:1-7 which reads;
2:1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
As Joseph fulfilled his responsibility and enrolled so we, too should fulfill our responsibility to fill out the 2020 census in order to assure the possibility of fair and equal support of our community, county, state and country.
Completing the census is one of many acts we can do to fulfill our Christian responsibility this year - 2020
Thank you to the parents and families who made our children’s Nativity play such an exciting and joyful event! Thank you, con-
gregation for your support and presence as our kids told the story and sang. It was such a blessing and a fantastic experience.
PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A NAME ADDED TO THIS LIST. THE PRAYER CHAIN REQUESTS, WHICH ARE KEPT IN CONFIDENCE, ARE SEPARATE FROM THIS. YOU MAY HAVE YOUR REQUEST ON BOTH!!
Prayers for: Needs: Relationship:
Tricia Schneider Health Issues Wife of David Schneider
Ed Stoermer Health Issues Family of Helen Taylor
Janice Robison Health Issues Mother of Beth Robison
Sue Health Issues Friend of Helen Taylor
Kip Owen Health Issues Friend of Janet Camp
Peter & Jill Cznoski Health Issues Friends of Theresa Rudder
Shandi Hajek Health Issues Family Friend of Helen Taylor & Daughter
Rev. Margaret Gillikin Health Issues FUMC Family
Glen Bunch FUMC Family
Rachel Oliver FUMC Family
Dena Stoermer Health Issues Family of Helen Taylor
Paul Stoermer, Jr. Health Issues Family of Helen Taylor
Aaron Stoermer Life Transfusion Family of Helen Taylor
Holly Felmlee and family FUMC Family
Veronica Starcher and family FUMC Family
Those traveling for the holidays
Johnathan Richards and mom Car accident Neighbor
John and Kristine Taylor
Sarah Lander’s family
THOSE SERVING IN THE MILITARY
Taylor & Landen Nye DonStegman’s Grandchildren
Nathan Cross/Cameron Christensen
Bob & Judy Irvine’s Grandson
Erik & Janine Christensen Son
For the prayer chain, contact the church office 719-589-2243 or email @ email@example.com
|Sunday Worship||10:15 AM|
|Children's Sunday School||10:30 AM|
Chancel Choir & Bell Choir on Wednesdays
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
Meets the second Tuesday of the month in the Memorial Room at NOON--starting back up September 10th.
We have a variety of groups from across our Conference and the States that we house during the summer for missions/mission work and service here in the valley.
Meets every Monday from 5:30-8:30pm
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (AA)
Meets every Wednesday at NOON.
"Social Principles" Study Small Group December 15
Adult Sunday School Every Sunday at 9:00am
Check out their website and our "La Puente" tab for more information.