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The Broadway Spire Volume 75, Issue 3, November, 2016 (USPS 875-600) is published monthly by Broadway United Methodist Church, 11 S, 1st Street, Council Bluffs, IA, 51503-4315. Periodicals postage at Council Bluffs, IA Postmaster Address changes to: Broadway United Methodist Church, 11 S 1st Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51503-4315 Phone 712-322-7741, Fax 712-322-2162. email:

Too Defended for Advent

by Pastor Lanette Plambeck

Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee. Israel's strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art; dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart. Born thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King, born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious kingdom bring. By thine own eternal spirit rule in all our hearts alone; by thine all sufficient merit, raise us to thy glorious throne. - Charles Wesley, 1744

In preparing for Advent, I ran across a reflection where the author stated, “I don't get into Advent. I'm way too defended for Advent.” To be “too defended for Advent” is an incredibly honest moment of self-awareness. Having one’s defenses up, suggests one has hurt or feels a need to be guarded. Defenses are there for a reason- to protect us from being hurt - and while shielding us from being “open” and “vulnerable” in a negative way, they also close the door to a freeing, healing and transforming experience, like Advent. When I was young and feeling sad, I liked to sit in total darkness. In the darkness, I would let my imagination go and create scenarios that would change whatever had caused these feelings. I realize now that in those moments, I did this as a defense mechanism; I did this as a way to care for myself when my heart was hurt or my mind was troubled. While I sat in the darkness, I would flick a flashlight on and off - watching the ray of light chase the darkness away. This was an oddly therapeutic practice for me. But it didn’t change my reality; I still had to deal with whatever it was that had troubled my young spirit. However, it helped to watch that light break into darkness while my mind and heart tried to make things right. Advent, for me, is a time when we get caught up in that very moment that darkness turns into light. In the light, we see that our reality, indeed, has changed for Christ - the Light of the world - has entered into the world and is taking on that which hurts or troubles us. One author writes, “There are many ways in which we defend or protect ourselves. There are many reasons why we do it. Most commonly we insulate ourselves from being hurt, after we've been hurt. We simply don't want to be hurt again. Sometimes it is as simple as “keeping my guard up.” Sometimes I develop an impenetrable barrier to having my feelings stirred up. Often, while I'm holding onto grief or some deep sadness, resentment or sorrow, it is just too difficult to let my feelings be opened up. Unfortunately, at times, the hurt is so deep, and has been unhealed so long, I've given in to cynicism or jaded negativity or a slowly burning anger inside and become hyper judgmental at the failings of others. At some very bad state of defensiveness, I'll push away even those who are trying to love me.” (continued on page 2)

Ever seeking, serving and growing as the family of God showing unconditional love and acceptance. 1

Too Defended for Advent (continued from page 1)

On the first night of Advent, I sat in the darkness for a while in my living room. First, I considered any hurts our troubles I had journeyed through this past year and I offered these over to God in prayer so that my head and heart could be open to an Advent experience. Second, I considered if I had caused hurt in another this past year and whether anyone had been troubled by an action or non-action I had taken or by a word spoken or left unspoken, in that moment, I asked for two things: forgiveness and an opportunity to make things right even in those instances where I was not aware of hurt I had caused. In all of this, I have the desire to not only set aside my defenses, but to minister faithfully to others to help them set aside their own. You see, if we can put down our guard enough to imagine that this season - these four weeks - could help us know God's love for us more deeply, could help us hear about the first coming of our Lord into this world, so that we can be opened to accept his coming into our hearts these days, then grace has entered in beyond the defenses and Advent has begun in us. If we can put down our guard, we could be vessels of redemption and reconciliation in this world. We are the people of Advent - called to both embrace and share hope, love, peace, and joy in this world. I invite you to sit in darkness for a bit and think back on both your joys and your sorrows of this past year. I invite you to embrace Advent as an opportunity for a fresh start to have a God-encounter this season. I invite you to help others set aside whatever barriers they may have, so that they, too, can be open to the sights, sounds, and celebration of this season - a season where we can lay our burdens down and defenses aside and bask in the light that has entered into the world.

Christmas AT B R OA DWAY

Saturday, December 24—Christmas Eve 3:30 pm

"O Little Town of Bethlehem"

A service for the young and the young at heart offering hands-on worship experience for the very young, and those who love them as we welcome the baby to Bethlehem. Songs featured at this service are those loved by all ages.

5:00 pm

"O Come All Ye Faithful" Proclaim: Candlelight Service Featuring familiar carols and new songs by the Proclaim band and vocalists.

8:00 pm

"O Come, O Come Emmanuel" - Traditional Sounds of Christmas Featuring Bells, Brass and Organ.

11:00 pm of Christ

"O Holy Night" a Candlelight and Communion Service An intimate time for reflection as we come together in that hour that celebrates the love and life entering in.

Saturday, December 24—Christmas Eve 10:30 am

"O Come Let Us Adore Him"

Most years Christmas Eve is the time when we traditionally gather for worship to welcome the birth of Jesus. This year, we are given an opportunity to gather on Christmas Day for a service that will, in song and scripture, consider those early hours of Mary and Joseph following the birth of Jesus. What were they thinking? What were they hoping? What were they dreaming? This service will feature those Christmas songs historically reserved for Christmas Day. 2

Our Community Praying and Caring for One Another Janet M. Kathy (aunt of Tommie Leaders) Mary & Cari (friends of Melba Bentley) Genaveve & Blair (family of Angie and Windy DiSalvo) Lynn H. (aunt of Rob Holmes) Lee V. (friend of Denise LeBaugh)

Mike D. (neighbor of Gayle Strickland) Ruth (friend of Gloria Gardner) Those that have lost loved ones Tim (friend of Debby Cline) The family of Margaret "Peg" Brown

Lord in Your mercy‌.Hear our prayers.

Create Your Canvas—Christmas Edition Friday, December 9th at 6:00 p.m. Broadway UMC Fellowship Hall Paint a holiday picture for yourself or as a gift for a loved one. $25.00 per person* Materials and snacks provided Please make reservations by December 6th (712-322-7741) Clay Cunningham and Kari Lewis started Painted Palate in 2015, with a goal of providing a fun party of painting and delicious food for aspiring 'artists'. Together Clay and Kari have over 35 years of teaching experience in the arts. Visit them on Facebook @ Painted Palate.

*Proceeds for Broadway Youth 2017 Summer Mission Trip and Summer Games

Annual Mitten Tree Broadway United Methodist will again collect donations of warm winter wear. Your donations will mean a lot to someone who does not have warm clothing for cold winter months. Bring your new or nearly new gifts and wrap scarves like garland and hang gloves and mittens as ornaments to decorate the tree. We will also accept gently used or new coats to be distributed to those who need them.


Adult Small Groups Mondays at 7:00 pm Advent Study: "The Redemption of Scrooge" by Matt Rawley

November 28 | December 5, 12, 19 From the ghosts of Christmas past, to the Life of the present, and the resurrection of Christmas future, this Advent study will "bless us every one" and reinvigorate our spiritual journeys as we look at this familiar story through the lens of faith.

Wednesdays at 6:30 pm Advent Study: "Down to Earth" by Mike Slaughter

November 30 | December 7, 14, 21 In this 4-week Advent study, Mike Slaughter opens up God's Christmas surprise to us and examines how it changed everything.

Cinema DIVINA—Thursday, December 8 at 6:30 pm Cinema Divina meets together to view a movie and reflect on what we learn about human nature and God's presence in film. In December the group will view and discuss The Hunt for Wilder People Receiving at 98% rating from, The Hunt for Wilder People tells the story of, Ricky a defiant kid in foster care. Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand country side when he finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac.

Be a Bridge—2017 Stewardship Campaign Your pledges to Broadway's 2017 Mission and Ministry will be dedicated at both the 8:30 and 10:30 worship services on December 18th. If you have already returned your pledge, we say, "Thank you!" If not, we ask you to prayerfully consider your decision and return a pledge on or before December 18th. If you need a pledge form, they can be picked up outside the office. Please call us (712-322-7741) if you need one mailed to you. Also available on the table outside the office is the narrative budget for 2017. Inside this document you will discover the many ministries and mission that Broadway provides because of your generous support.

Aged to Perfection On the first Thursday of each month we celebrate the Broadway's retired and re-fired friends with a catered luncheon and program. All are welcome to join us in the Fellowship Hall for this time of good food, good friends, and interesting and informative programming. A free-will offering is taken. Thursday, December 1

"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" Thursday, January5 To Be Announced 4

Grades Pre-K-5

Faith In Motion

bumc kids

by Carey Garafalo, Children's Ministry Director

Faith in Motion children will begin their Advent study this week with the Missions rotation, followed by the cooking rotation with Laura. We will be having the preschool-5th grade Faith in Motion Christmas party on Wednesday, December 14th, after dinner in Fellowship Hall. On the agenda that evening: games, crafts, cookie decorating and a final Advent lesson. There will not be any Children's activities on December 21st and 28th due to winter break. The fun will resume on January 4th! December 21st | 6:00 pm

Faith in Motion Movie Night | #Movie#Pizza#Friends

bumc youth

For youth in grades 6-12

Shane Coffey, Youth Ministry Director

Faith in Motion—Wednesdays 6:00 pm Family Meal served in the Fellowship Hall Advent Study "Down to Earth" by Mike Slaughter.

Breakthrough Bible Study—Sundays 6:30 pm Disciple Fast Track Bible Study for Youth in room 205 Movie Night - December 25

Bibles and Coffee December 8 & 22 Please contact Shane at the email below for location and times. Who doesn't like a good cup of coffee and even better conversation? Meeting on alternate Thursdays at a local coffee shop, Broadway youth are digging deeper in Scripture and friendship.

Broadway Faith and Fine Arts Presents

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Sunday, December 18 1:00 p.m. Broadway United Methodist Church Sanctuary 5

Participate Let's Go Caroling! - Sunday, December 4th. Meet at the church at 3:00 pm and we will carol to our members who are homebound and in care facilities or who just can't get out like they used to. Let us know if you know someone who would appreciate a visit by calling the office at 712-322-7741.

MOHM's Place Serving—Join your friends from Broadway when we help serve the evening meal at MOHM's Place on Thursday, December 22nd at 4:30 p.m. To participate, please sign up at the Opportunities Kiosk in the Centrex.

Meals on Wheels January Deliveries—Broadway is scheduled to deliver Meals on Wheels during the month of January. Volunteers pick up meals on ***FRIDAYS*** at 10:00 a.m. at the Red Cross building. It takes no more than 2 hours to deliver. A sign up form will soon be in the white notebook at the Centrex Kiosk.

Single Diners—will meet on Friday, December 2nd at Famous Dave's; Friday December 9th at Village Inn; and New Years Eve (Dec. 31) at Pizza King. All events are at 5:00 p.m.

Dulac Community Center Work Trip, Dulac, Louisiana, February 12-18, 2017—Learn about life on the bayou, Houma Indians, shrimping, and the history of Dulac Community Center while helping those in need with home repair. A you tube video “Dulac Community Center” gives good background. Cost $250/ week includes meals, lodging with bedding, and materials. If you are interested, contact the church office (712-322-7741) and we will put you in touch with those organizing this trip.

Preschool teachers needed—until the end of the year. All curriculum and materials are provided. If you are interested in helping with this opportunity, please contact Carey, Children's Ministry Director.

Celebrating BUMC Ingathering

Two hundred school bags, 21 health kits, and 29 layettes were delivered to the Thanksgiving Ingathering in Greenfield on November 5th. Thanks to everyone who made this possible. A special thanks to the UMW for the layette kits, the ladies that made the many bags for the school kits, and especially to Wanda Leaders who met her personal goal of making 100 bags. Amazing!!

Boxes of kits being loaded into the semi that will take them to Sager Brown in Louisiana

Kits were assembled at the local level of the United Methodist churches in Iowa, taken to a gathering place where they are loaded into a semi, and then taken on to the Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, LA. From there they are dispersed around the world where the needs are greatest. BUMC Outreach Team

Harvest Dinner Thanks to all who helped, donated food, helped serve, or cleaned up at the Harvest Dinner. Thank you also to Margarite Goodenow and Carlotta Romero for sharing your culinary gifts and organizational skills. You are all appreciated—we could not have done it without you. Blessing to you all. Broadway United Methodist Women 6

DECEMBER, 2016 Sun


Sunday Worship and Discipleship 8:30 am Traditional Worship 9:30 am Fellowship Hour Sunday School for adults and children 10:30 am Contemporary Worship 6:30 pm Breakthrough Youth Bible Study



Wednesday Faith in Motion 9:30 am Staff Meeting (DL) 6:00 pm Family Meal 6:25 pm Broadway Bells Rehearsal 6:30 pm Activities and Groups for all ages 7:30 pm Broadway Choir Rehearsal



Communion Sunday 3-5 pm Christmas Caroling

7 pm—Adult Advent Study "The Redemption of Scrooge" (DL)

6 IWCC Special Election— polling place (FH) 9:30 am Book Review

6:30 BreakScouts through Youth Aktion Club Bible Study 11 3rd Sunday of Advent 9:30 Cookie Walk

12 1:30 pm Grace Study (DL)

6pm Community Christmas Concert (New Horizons)

7 pm—Adult Advent Study "The Redemption of Scrooge" (DL)

6:30 pm Breakthrough Youth Bible Study

Scouts Aktion Club




1 2 3 12:15 Aged to Perfection (FH) 5 pm Single 12-3 pm Lounge Diners at Reserved 2pm UMW Board Famous Daves (DL) 4 pm Endowment Committee 7:30 Nebraska Brass (S)

Nursery available 8:30 11:30 4 2nd Sunday of

S = Sanctuary / D.L. = DeLong Lounge / C = Chapel Cen = Centrex / CR = Choir Room

7 9:30 am Staff Meeting (DL)

8 12 pm UMW Catered Lunch (DL)



5pm Single Diners at Village Inn

Wednesday Faith 6:30 pm Cinema in Motion Divina "The (see above) Hunt for Wilder 6pm "Create Your Canvas" People" (DL) painting fund5-8 pm Fellowship raiser (FH) Hall & Kitchen Reserved

13 10am-2pm Pastors' Outreach Ministry

14 9:30 am Staff Meeting (DL)




January Newsletter Deadline 5-7 pm Wednesday Faith Charlie Brown Christmas in Motion (see above) Dress Rehearsal (S)

——————————-Alternative Spring Break Hospitality—————————— 18 4th Sunday of Advent Consecration Sunday 1pm—A Charlie Brown Christmas 3pm—Lounge Reserved 6:30 pm Breakthrough Youth Bible Study


25 Christmas Day

26 Office Closed

Fellowship Time at 10:00 am One Worship Service at 10:30 am


7 pm—Adult Advent Study "The Redemption of Scrooge" (DL)


9:30 am Staff Meeting (DL) No Wednesday Faith in Motion




24 Christmas Eve Worship at: 3:30 pm 5:00 pm 8:00 pm 11:00 pm

4:30 pm Serving at MOHM's Place

Aktion Club



3-7 pm Fellowship Hall and Kitchen Reserved

No Wednesday Faith in Motion



31 New Year's Eve 5pm Singles Diners at Pizza King


United Methodist Women

Cookie Walk December 11 | 9:30 a.m. DeLong Lounge

Dust off the cookie pans! Its time for the Cookie Walk. We need donations of cookies, bars, and candies. Donations can be dropped off at the church on Saturday, December 10th between noon and 2:00 p.m. Join us Sunday, December 11th starting at 9:30 a.m. to purchase your holiday treats.

UMW Annual Members Catered Lunch

The local chapter of UMW will celebrate Christmas with a lunch served at the December Unit Meeting on Thursday, December 8th at 12:00 noon. Reservations to Darla Fent are appreciated. Bring a recipe to share. Other Meetings

Board Meets—Thursday, December 1 at 2:00 p.m. Grace Study—Monday, December 12 at 1:30 p.m. Twilighters—Wednesday, December 21 & 2:30 p.m.

Poinsettias And Pastors' Fund Memorials Poinsettias will soon be ordered for delivery by December 18th. We will be able to adjust our order a little, so if you miss the December 1st deadline, please call the office at 712-322-7741.

We will be able to accept donations for the Pastors' Fund in memory and in honor of loved ones until December 12th. This will insure that your loved ones are listed in the special insert.

Ministry Leaders Office Hours Lead Pastor: Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck, Co-Pastor: Rev. Chris St. Clair, Pastor of Visitation: Rev. Ray Martin, Office / Communications Director: Teresa Fletcher, Children's Ministry Director: Carey Garafalo, Youth Ministry Director: Shane Coffey, Treasurer: Whitney Kurcz Music Coordinators: Ann Carpenter, Gary Richardson, April Wichman Custodial Services: Doro Olivo; Vincente Escobar Nursery Attendants: Mary Atilano, Dana Driscoll, Saedy Hartley, Kay McDonald , Barb

Mon-Thursday 9am-4pm Friday 9am-12noon Sunday mornings Between worship times

Renney, Rachelle Buress 8

The Spire, December 2016  

The monthly newsletter of Broadway United Methodist Church.

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