December 2019 Worship Series

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About the Series:  “Joy to the World,” a beloved Christmas classic, turns 300 this year.

Composer Isaac Watt’s interpretation of Psalm 98 invites us to sing a “new song” — and it is a powerful cosmic performance of all creation being renewed and freed. Rather than “joy” being yet another word for “happiness,” we will discover that the depths of joy can be found

especially in the midst of suffering, the work of justice, and the presence of compassion — all part of the coming of Jesus to this world and a message the world still so desperately needs.

— Dr. Marcia McFee, Creator and Visionary, Worship Design Studio

December 2019

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Follow the Star: This Advent season, kids will have the opportunity to search for the Bethlehem star on Sundays. When you find it, get someone to help you write down the location and turn it in to Rev. Sandra after worship. As it moves toward Bethlehem, we move closer to Christmas and Jesus' birth. But don't spoil it for others - don't tell where the star is so everyone has a chance to find it.


United Ministries of Greenville is collecting gently used men’s, women’s and children’s coats as well as men’s gloves and hats for their annual coat drive. They especially need large men’s coats. If you wish to contribute any of these items, you may take them to United Ministries Administration building from 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday before December 13th.  The address is 606 Pendleton Street, Greenville.


Native American Ministries  -  Elders Basket Ministry is an Outreach for the Elders in the Native American Community.  Donations include full baskets, items to fill baskets or monetary donations.  Baskets will be passed out to Native American Elders in the Walhalla Bear Clan and PAIA Cherokee in Grey Court.  A list of items to include in a basket or donated separately is listed below.  Please call the church office at (864) 297-0382 for more information.

The following items are needed:  Small laundry basket (which is filled with the supplies),

Non-perishable can or package goods of meats, vegetables and staples, Laundry detergent,

Dish washing liquid, Bath Soap, Shampoo, Hand/Body lotion, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Toilet Paper, Boxes of tissues, Health Care Items (bandages, cotton balls, etc), Men & Women facial care products, Nail Clippers, Christmas Candy.


"Maintain, No Gain"  -  The average American will gain weight during the holiday season!  “Maintain, No Gain” is a six week program designed to encourage healthy choices for proper diet and physical activity during the holidays to keep you looking great and feeling good, and to give you a head start on your New Year’s resolution!   The goal is to maintain your weight within two pounds of your initial weigh-in.  Weight loss is allowed, but weight loss is not the point of this program. Incentives: Participants who maintain their weight within two pounds will be eligible for a prize drawing. Weigh-ins will be Today, November 24th and weigh-outs will be Sunday, January 5th. For more information, please see Helen Rowland or call the church office at (864) 297-0382


December 8, 2019 - 2nd Sunday of Advent


December 8, 2019 - Christmas Cantata @ 7:00pm

Disciples United Methodist Church / 185 Riley Smith Road, Greenville, SC 29615

The journey of Christmas is told with original songs and timeless favorites in the Cantata, “Love Made a Way”. Disciples Choir loves this beautiful musical and is anxious to share it with the public. Invite your friends and family to enjoy this special evening. It will put everyone in the mood for the rest of this festive season, reminding us all of the true reason for Christmas. For more info please call the church office at 864-297-0382


December 9, 2019 - SPPRC will have our final meeting of the year.  December 9th at 6:30pm in the drama room. This is an important meeting as we have forms to fill out for the district office and final evaluations.   Please RSVP to the church office at (864) 297-0382


December 10, 2019 - United Methodist Women at 1:30pm

All women are invited and you really do not want to miss our wonderful guest speaker, Pearlie Harris. The breast center at Bon Secours Eastside as well as the mobile mammogram unit are named in honor of Pearlie for her endless dedication and making a difference and extending her mission of faith, hope, and help to those in need. Pearlie touched the lives of countless children through her 37 year career in Greenvllle County Schools. Please come welcome this lovely Christian woman.  Refreshments and tea and coffee provided.


December 10, 2019 - The United Methodist Men will be meeting at 6:00pm.  Please join us for a meal and wonderful fellowship!  For more information, please contact the church office at (864) 297-0382 for more information


December 15, 2019 - 3rd Sunday of Advent


December 15, 2019 - Family Fun Day with Gooey S'mores

Time:  2:30pm - 4:0opm  At Will Ann Godfrey's Home

Please call the church office at (864) 297-0382 for more information.


December 15, 2019  -  We will offer a Service of Blue Christmas at 5:00pm. This special service acknowledges that we sometimes need time and space to grieve our losses during the season of joy. We will remember God’s help in times of sorrow and honor our loved ones who will celebrate Christmas with the angels this year. No matter when your loss occurred, you are encouraged to attend and support others in this “happiest time of year” that may be difficult for many.


December 20, 2019 - Clean N Tidy Friday  -  10:00am - 12Noon 

Clean N Tidy Fridays are 2-hour sessions once a month to do cleaning, painting, small fixes, etc. coordinated by Trustees.  Please sign-up on the sheet in the church narthex if you plan to attend, or contact Tom Turner at email 7172tomcat@att.net   All volunteers are welcome.  Optional Activity for volunteers and those who wish to fellowship will be to gather at Cracker Barrel on Woodruff Road at 8:30 for breakfast prior to the church work session.


December 22, 2019 - 4th Sunday of Advent


The Church Office will be closed Monday, December 23rd through Friday, December 27th, 2019 for Christmas.  We will be back in the office Monday, December 30th.  Also, the Church Office will be closed Wednesday, January 1, 2020 for New Year’s Day.  We will be back in the office Thursday, January 2, 2020.  Have a wonderfully blessed Christmas & New Year’s!


December 24, 2019  -  This year we will offer two services on Christmas Eve. The 4:00pm service is informal and designed especially for those with children. We will hear the Christmas story and celebrate Holy Communion, together. The traditional 7:00pm service will consist of carols, communion and candlelight as we celebrate with joy the birth of Christ, for which we have been preparing. All ages are welcome at each service – the important thing is that we take time out of our family celebrations to remember the reason for the season.


December 28, 2019 - You are invited to bring your favorite nativity set to display in the Fellowship Hall on December 29th.  You may bring them in on Saturday the 28th between 10:00am - 12Noon so they will be ready for viewing on the 29th during the Sunday School hour. Bring your leftover holiday goodies to share during the coffee hour as we enjoy the crèche display.