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Thursday Worship: 5:30 PM
Worship Sundays: 8:45 am and 10:55 am  
Sunday School: 10 am

This week's Sermon Notes for Thursday, December 8 and Sunday, December 11:


“Conception and Misconceptions”


Are you aware that Christmas creates a great deal of dynamic tension? The extremes that you read in this text below (Matthew 2:1-18) still exist today. Some are “TROUBLED” by Jesus while others desire to “WORSHIP” Him. As you read this text --- notice that there are 3 prophecies. (Micah 5:2, Hosea 11:1, Jeremiah 31:15). Why is prophecy important? How do we resist the “World’s Spirit” at Christmas?    

Matthew 2:1-18 (NKJV) Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: 6 ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’”  7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.” 9 When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way. 13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” 14 When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, 15 and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.” 16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: 18 “A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more.”

Prayer – Dear Jesus, thank you for coming into my tension filled world. As I walk with You today and this Christmas Season may Your abiding presence remind me that You desire for me to be filled with (hope, love, joy, and peace). Amen


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Christmas is Jesus
A Children's Christmas Musical
Followed by the Happy Birthday, Jesus Party

5 PM
Sunday, December 11
In the GFUMC Gym

Everyone is invited!  Come and bring your friends and family.

Advent and Christmas Calendar

3rd Sunday in Advent: Sunday, December 11
Christmas is Jesus, Children's Christmas Musical and Happy Birthday, Jesus Party, 5 PM
4th Sunday in Advent: Sunday, December 18, Christmas Cantata, Traditional Worship

Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24,
Communion, Prayer and Reflection, 4:00 PM
Live Nativity by the GFUMC Youth, 5:00 PM

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship and Communion, 6:00 PM

Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, One Worship Service 10:00 AM, Traditions, in the Sanctuary
(Sunday School Classes will not meet.)

New Year's Day, Sunday, January 1, One Worship Service 10:00 AM, Celebrations, in the Gym
(Sunday School classes will not meet.)


Journey Groups for Adults

Journey Groups and Bible Studies will resume on January 4.

6 PM Wednesdays

  • 12 Relevant Voices of Truth -This Bible study on Wednesday’s will come from the 12 “Minor Prophets” (Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi). The message of the “Minor Prophets” is not minor at all. Though their messages were shorter, they were no less powerful nor no less needed. The truth they reveal is very relevant for our world in 2016.              Room 208                          Led by Pastor Harvey
  •   Beginning Wednesday, November 9-  Because of Bethlehem by Max Lucado                                    Four week study                          Room 112                    Led by Harriet Murray
  • Young Adults meet in the Parlor

                                      w/ Pastor Tyler Woodham

Wednesday Morning Bible Study with Harvey Beck  10:30 PM
"12 Relevant Voices of Truth"  Room 108

Wonderful Wednesday will resume on January 4
 Church Dinner  5 PM

6 PM Adult Journey Groups
"Twelve Relevant Voices of Truth"  Room 208
"Before the Amen"   Room 112

6 PM Youth Groups
6 PM Children’s Journey Groups, Games & Choir
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Thursday Worship: 5:30 PM

 8:45 AM, Celebration, Gym
10:00 AM Sunday Shhool
10:55 AM--Traditions, Sanctuary





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