1st SERVICE: Maci & Mattie
2nd Service: Chandler & Brianna
1st SERVICE: Caitlin
2nd SERVICE: Brianna & Chandler
1st SERVICE Jordan & Hannah
2md SERVICE: Wade
1st SERVICE: Caitlin
2nd SERVICE: Chandler & Brianna
Christmas Eve Service
Jordan & Caitlin
1st SERVICE: Mattie & Maci
2nd SERVICE: Brianna & Chandler
1st Whitley Whitewood
1st Marjorie Sullivan
1st Tom Brosz
3rd Lauren Ball
6th Mike Sheeds
7th Alma McFarland
7th Marilyn Dawson
8th Richard Cage
9th Eric Lawlis
10th Scott McClaugherty
12th Lola Post
12th Stephanie Lister
13th Dana Carman
14th Clay Conoly
15th Bruce Martin
15th Steven Parks
16th Joe McMullan
16th Nikki Sandidge
17th Glen Ingram
17th Brianna Knowles
18th Ttory Capes
18th Susie Lewis
19th Nancy Cecil
19th Caroline McClaugherty
19th Amy Wood
20th Courtney Billings
20th Lois D’Spain
23rd Anne Munk
24th Morris White
25th Travis Langford
27th Frank Hall
27th Marilyn Davenport
28th Chela Thompson
28th Jason Lewis
31st Bob Scott
From Ken’s Keyboard
A Farewell and Big Thank You to Carolyn Marshall. As has been announced, our Music Director for about 4 years has submitted her resignation effective immediately. However, she has graciously agreed to stay on until her replacement has been hired or Christmas, which ever occurs first.
Carolyn has elevated our worship experience and community life through her leadership and by personal example. She led the adult choir in complicated pieces and trained voices to sing in shalom, harmony. Through her efforts, the Jubilee Bell Choir upgraded their bells and has made a joyful tone on the third Sundays and with special music events. Christmas and Easter music events have been incredibly moving. Please give her your appreciation as you meet her over these next few weeks. We shall miss her presence and musical contributions greatly.
December calendar. (1) Note on your family calendars, the children-led worship on the 15th second service, a lunch and Gingerbread Auction will raise needed funds for the youth for use throughout 2014. (2) The Choir’s Christmas Cantata is on the 22nd a “don’t miss” worship service. (3) We will resume our two service Sundays on the 29th.
Christmas Eve. Our Christmas Eve celebration will start at 6 p.m. (on the 24th of course). There will be an expanded children’s section. Please bring friends and strangers to this joyous celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior.
Marriage/Relationship Enrichment Weekend. We have scheduled a “Love and Respect” marriage/relationship enrichment class for the weekend of Friday, January 31 (5/6 pm to 10pm) and Saturday, February 1 (all day) at the Norris Ranch where the youth had their seminar a year ago]. Scott and Carrie Maderer, Lakehills UMC Lay Leaders, lead the video presentations and discussions, following the Letter to the Ephesians. Check your family schedules and reserve this time for yourselves.
Confirmation. Confirmation is 16 weeks beginning January 26, 2014 through May 25 with a Retreat set for May 9-10 at Mt. Wesley. There will be 3 Sundays we will not meet. The service of Confirmation will be Pentecost Sunday, June 8. Each Confirmation Class will meet 2 to 4 pm on Sundays. We anticipate 8-10 in the class, maybe more. This will be an exciting time in the life of these young adults.
As we head into the Advent-Christmas season, may we prepare our hearts and minds to receive the joy of Child that changed all our lives. To Him be the kingdom, the power and the glory forever. Amen and Amen.
In Christ’s love,
Kendra’s Bulletin Board
Thank you! The support and encouragement of this community for our students is overwhelming. Our Fall Family Festival was bursting with candy stuffed kids, Wednesdays have been blessed with servant hearted volunteers, and Youth Sunday was a crazy worship experience led by the very students you all helped raise in more ways than you may know.
With all of this behind us, we look forward to an ever full calendar!
December 4th- Confirmation Parents Meeting. If you are the guardian or know the guardian of a student grade 7 or higher who has not been through confirmation, please join us for our meeting at 6:15 p.m. This will be your chance to ask questions, peak at the curriculum. This is the step students take to become full-fledged members of the church.
December 15th- After what is sure to be a fabulous performance by the children of our church community, there will be delicious lunch to accompany our annual Gingerbread House Auction! This Fundraiser provides for camp scholarship needs throughout the year.
I look forward to finishing up this year strong with you in ministry together here at Bandera United Methodist Church.
Kendra Glass-- Let Your Light Shine
Another December is here, wow! Thank you God, for the greatest gift of all. Jesus!
Bible Verse: I give you good news of great joy. Luke 2:10
Theme: Jesus’ birth, Christmas, winter
Nursery Rhyme: Little Jack Horner
• Christmas- why do we celebrate Christmas?
• Where does true joy come from?
• What is winter? What is the weather like?
• Bible memory and comprehension
• Nursery rhyme memory and comprehension
Kids' Kingdom's annual "Pictures with Santa" will be on Friday, December 6th from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Bandera General Store.
The Kids' Kingdom Christmas program will be on Tuesday, December 17 at 6 pm in the Sanctuary. Please join us for "A Christmas Story". Then stay for a sweet bite of birthday cake as we celebrate Jesus' birthday.
Kids' Kingdom will be sharing Gods' love with Helping Hands again this year. We will be collecting canned goods and other non-perishable food items. This year we are also collecting new packages of children's socks and underware/ panties. If you would like to contribute please, let us know or drop it off in the church office (by December 19) if we are not at Kids' Kingdom.
Let His light shine through you. You never know who's day you might brighten.
Helping Hand News
Christmas is near, and it is a busy, busy time at Helping Hand. Boxes are still needed for wrapping of
gifts for Spirits of Christmas. Please drop off empty shoe boxes, cereal , and other small boxes at the
church office as we will be wrapping presents for kids in need on December 13 in the Fellowship Hall.
The sign-up deadline for kids needing gifts is December 6 at Helping Hand.
Our Church will be helping with the Salvation Army bell ringing at Lowe’s Market on December 2-4.
Sign-up sheets are located in the church foyer.
Helping Hand is asking hunters not wanting their venison to take the field dressed deer to Rhodes
Processing in Kerrville. If the hunter is not wanting to pay the processing fee, tell them it is for Helping
Hand, and Helping Hand will pay the fee when the meat is picked up.
Anyone needing a Christmas meal is asked to contact Helping Hand by December 6. If you wish to
donate food for meals please get it to Helping Hand by December 6. We especially need turkeys, hams,
and the accompaniments. It must be in cans or boxes and must not be prepared.
Helping Hand thanks you for your support with items of clothing, food, furniture, household items, and
monetary giving – all enabling us to better serve those in need in Bandera County and fulfill our mission
outreach of Bandera United Methodist Church.
Helping Hand Representative
Prayers, Packages & Greetings (PP&G)
Our ministry of support to deployed armed forces members
continues when we have names / addresses to mail the care packages.
In Oct. we had a small mail out and will again on Dec. 2.
YES, BROWNIES are needed for that mailing! You may leave them in
the office or bring to church on Dec.1 and leave in the kitchen.
Please continue to keep our military and their families in your prayers.
Many are still in very dangerous locations serving our Nation proudly.
In response to our Oct. mailing, one soldier was so touched that he made
all 18 in his unit get in full gear and pose for a photo using his cell phone
to send to us via his wife.
Another mailed a photo and the following:
Thank you so very much for the gifts. My Soldiers have already started
snacking and haggling over who gets which books.
This came at the perfect time as we have lost a number of our Brothers
in Arms close by our location. The mood has been very solemn and
everyone is on high alert.
With the government shutdown, we are all hopeful for a fast resolution.
I am sure that some of your congregation may be affected, so please let
them know we are thinking of them as well.
2Lt. Wesley Fuller
At Bandera UMC, Confirmation of young adult’s faith in God occurs during their 7th grade but also includes older youth who have not been through the process. It is a 16-week process designed to provide them with spiritual guidance, information, and a sufficient comfort level to make their own profession of the Christian faith. There is an overnight retreat at Mt. Wesley Retreat Center included. Attendance at each class and the retreat is required. For 2014, the schedule is as follows:
December 4, 2013Meeting with Parents January 19, 2014Meeting with Mentors/Friends in Faith January 26th Introduction to Confirmation February 23rd Sin, Atonement, Reconciliation April 27th How We Became United Methodists May 4th United Methodists Are Different May 9-10th Retreat at Mt. Wesley May 25th Mission and Service June 1st Reserved a day for make-up, if necessary
A Children’s Christmas
A Super Christmas! The children will be performing the play "A Super Christmas" on Sunday, December 15 at both services. If your child would like to be in the play and you have not spoken to me, please call me!
We will have KFC every Wednesday except for those days the kids are not in school.
Scott and Carrie Maderer from Lakehills U.M.C. will be offering a Marriage/Relationship Enrichment Weekend.
The class will start Friday, January 31st from 5/6 P.M. to around 10 P.M. and continue all day Saturday, February 1st at the Norris Ranch.
Methodist Church Cut-ups are hosting a soup luncheon and crafts sale. The craft sale begins on Friday, December 6th from 4-9pm in the
Fellowship Hall. On Saturday the craft sale will be from 9am-4pm. A delicious soup luncheon will begin at 11am . The cost is $7.00 for the meal and includes cornbread and drinks.
Office Volunteers Needed
We are looking for volunteers to answer the phone and greet visitors when the office manager is not in. If you would like to sign up for this please call the church office at 796-3849.
Welcoming Our New Members
Tom & Susan Stain
& Son Seven
Changes in Weekly Events
8;30 AMPraise Service 9:45 AMSunday School 11:00 AMTraditional Service 4:30 PMYouth Group
10:00 AMWomen’s Bible Study
8:30 AMKid’s Kingdom 1:00-4:00PMThe Cut-Ups 7:00 PMBoy Scouts
3:30 PMKid’s for Christ 4:00 PMYouth Group 6:15 PMChoir Practice 7:30 PMCelebration Praise Practice
8:30 AMKid’s Kingdom 6:30 PMJubilation Bell Choir