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December 18, 2013

the Visitor a publication of Flushing United Methodist Church

Our Vision Statement Preparing servants who make a difference in their community and the world by knowing Christ, sharing Christ and emulating Christ.

Church Staff Jeff Jaggers Lore Dearing Jeanne Wisenbaugh Marty Cheely Pat Helmer

Sunday Worship 8:45 am Traditional 10:00 am Sunday School 11:15 am Contemporary

Christie Dover Matt Packer

Published the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays (810)659-5172 Editor: Marty Cheely

Joy Lewis Sara Bledsoe

413 E Main St, Flushing MI 48433 e-mail:

Luke 10:38-42 is fast becoming one of my favorite Advent readings. It is the story of Jesus at the home of Martha and Mary. Martha is busy doing all the work to prepare a meal and her home to properly host Jesus and his followers. But, Mary is just sitting in the living room listening to Jesus instead of helping out. Martha gets really frustrated and pleads with Jesus to tell Mary to help her out in the kitchen, or at least dust and sweep a little. But, Jesus tells Martha that she is too distracted by her work and Mary has chosen the better thing. It is my annual reminder that all the preparations and plans and things I do to prepare for the celebration of Christmas are secondary at best to the one activity that is the most important – to look for and recognize Jesus in my midst. It reminds me of an old Celtic story of a king, Finn MacCumhaill, who asks his men, “What is the finest music in the world.” Each gives their answer: “The song of a bird,” “The ring of a spear on a shield,” “The baying of a tuneful pack of wolves in the distance,” “The laughter of a little girl,” “The whisper of a lover.” “All good sounds.” Agrees Finn And someone asks the great king his opinion on the finest music in the world. “The finest music in the world,“ replies Finn, “is the sounds of what is happening right now.” My daily challenge is to listen to and appreciate the finest music in the world – what is happening now. I can get so lost in regretting yesterday and what I did or didn’t do; and, I can get so worried about what might happen tomorrow that I totally miss living fully in the present moment. I suspect I am not alone. My encouragement for all of us as Christmas approaches, is that we remember that Christ is among us, right now; the music of the Spirit is playing all around us, and it is the finest music in the world. I don’t want to miss it, and I don’t want you to, either. May you find the grace to seek the living Christ in your midst and sit at his feet awhile, listening to the music of what is happening now. Merry Christmas! And, as always, I am proud to be with you on the journey

Christmas 2013 Christmas Eve Worship Services Tuesday, December 24

Candlelight and Communion 5:00, 7:00 and 11:00 pm Sunday Worship, December 29 One service - 10:00 am

60 meals for $10 Food Bank of Eastern Michigan Ornaments will be sold after both services throughout Advent. A donation of $10 buys 60 meals, enough for one person to eat twice a day for a month. All money donated will be split between Flushing Christian Outreach Center and food box/food give away programs at our church. Checks may be made to church, memo line - FBEM. Offering Envelopes 2013 Offering envelope boxes are ready for you to pick up in Fellowship Hall. If you don’t see your name and wish to use the envelopes, please contact the office. Altar Flowers Sign up for Altar Flowers 2014 on the chart in Fellowship Hall. Celebrate a special occasion while you grace our altar with flowers. Bouquets are $20.

Sanctuary Hearing System A tele-coil is a system that provides a “sound field” for those who use hearing aids to hear what is coming from our sound system with very little background noise. One accesses the tele-coil system through a “t-switch” built into your hearing aid. The Worship Committee is looking into the possibility of installing a telecoil system, and would like to know if you have a “t-switch” on your hearing aid, and whether or not you would utilize the tele-coil system if you had the switch. Please contact Rev. Jaggers at the church office to let us know. Shhh! Bev Brown will be 88 on Dec 27! Her daughter would like our help in the goal of Bev receiving 88 cards for her 88th birthday! Please send birthday wishes to Bev at her home address. Thank you! Wanted: Used Laptop Computers for Liberia Drop off at the Crossroads District Office by Jan 20, 2014. Requested by Terry & Jackie Euper who will be representing the Detroit Conf at the Liberia Annual Conference Feb. 2014. Questions, 517-625-2920. Missionary Speaker Another missionary is coming on Sat, Jan 11, 8:30 am! We will have the opportunity to hear Mr. Victor Taryor, administrator of Ganta Hospital in Ganta, Liberia, telling his mission story. He will be our guest at the breakfast for Flushing and Hope United Methodist Men, but all men and women, boys and girls are welcome. Come for the breakfast and presentation or come for the presentation only. A pancake breakfast will be available for $7. An offering will be taken to pay for Mr. Taryor's travel expenses and support his mission work. Bethel UMC seeks Part Time Minister of Music The Director/Organist shall direct up to 3 choirs. Coordinate rehearsal schedules. Work with the pastor to coordinate the type of music and activities. Must have expertise in organ and piano, and conducting choirs. The qualified candidate should have a personal devotion to Jesus Christ, be positive, flexible and have an overarching view of the role of music in church worship. To Apply:

Meat from the Wild The Wild Game Dinner is coming! Please call Marshall Knight with any wild game you can donate. Thank you, hunters! Flushing Christian Outreach Center Merry Christmas to our Member Churches and their members! We at The Flushing Christian Outreach Center would like to wish all of our Churches and their members a very Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year! We hope that this time is spent with loved ones remembering the real reason for the season!

During the month of Nov, FCOC served 181 households which equals 477 individuals! Our December item for donation is toothpaste and our January item is deodorant. We have decided to have a monthly donation item to help our donators know exactly what we need. The other thing we can always use is prayer. We know we have lots of prayer warriors who support us, and we really appreciate all you do. FCOC will be closed Dec 22 - Jan 1 so that our volunteers can spend time with their families. If you decide you would like to donate to the Flushing Christian Outreach Center all you need to do is to go to and select the donate tab on the website. Thank you for all of your support! - FCOC

Financial Peace University Dave Ramsey's FPU is will have a free preview Jan 19 from 6-7:00 pm. Classes start Jan 26, 1:00-3:30 pm. This 9 week course teaches sound financial principles and is for anyone seeking knowledge on how to manage their money, live on a budget and save for the future. Cost for

The hosting schedule has been created and we will host families from April 27-May 4. We are organizing teams for each of the tasks and will soon be in contact with all servants who have indicated their willingness to serve to create a schedule for the week. You may serve one time or as many times as you are available that week. You are not expected to serve each day of the week. There are a variety of tasks available and you can choose to do one or more as your schedule allows. Additional servants are needed to host overnight, in the evening and at breakfast. A form is available at church or you can contact Carolyn or Sheila for more information. Training and orientation will be scheduled after Family Promise of Genesee County hires a director and the day center is ready for families. Once we have more details and information, orientation and training will be scheduled after the first of the year. All servants are required to attend a Family Promise orientation. St. Robert Catholic Church will serve as our support church. We look forward to partnering with their congregation and school to serve families. An updated wish list is available on the Family Promise poster and in the literature rack inside the front door. Thank you to all who attended the benefit concert at Calvary UMC last Friday. We sincerely appreciate the generous donations of items from the Wish List and financial donations from both groups and individuals at our church. - Carolyn Malaski

Pancakes and PJs Sunday School January 5 at 10:00 a.m. Elementary and Tween Students are Invited to Come Kick-Off the 2014 Sunday School Year in their favorite pair of PJs! (Church appropriate, of course!) Learn about the Magi who visited Jesus and enjoy a plate of pancakes while wearing your favorite PJs! Parents, you may sign up for a class or small group while enjoying food and fellowship in Fellowship Hall! Youth will help serve and eat pancakes if they’re not away at SpringHill!

Sundays and Beyond!

Christian Education Opportunities Adult SignSign-up and Student ReRe-Connect Event Sunday, January 5 at 10:00 A.M. Small Group Community - Stories of Redemption Explore Biblical stories of redemption and discover how to apply and share these stories in your every day life. Six weeks starting Monday, January 13 at 7:00 P.M. - Keri Jaggers - facilitator

Disciple ShortShort-Term Bible Study - Old Testament Intro Explore the Old Testament’s story of God and God’s calling of the people of Israel through the many “voices” of the biblical text. Class videos give insight from Biblical scholars and a visual tour of archaeological sites. Expected daily study time about 30 minutes. Study Guide cost $12. Minimum of 10 participants for this class to meet. So sign-up today! Don’t delay! Eight weeks starting Sunday, February 2 at 6:30 P.M. - Barry Pratt - facilitator

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No . . . Boundaries: personal property lines that mark those things for which we are responsible; definitions of who we are and who we are not. Often, Christians focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limits and limitations. When confronted with a lack of boundaries, they ask: Can I set limits and still be a loving person? What are legitimate boundaries? What if someone is upset or hurt by my boundaries? Aren't boundaries selfish? Why do I feel guilty or afraid when I consider setting boundaries? Explore the answers to these questions and more. Book & Study Guide cost $18. Available for Nook & Kindle. Minimum of 10 participants for this class to meet. So sign-up today! Don’t delay! Eight weeks starting Sunday, January 12 at 12:45 P.M. - bring-your-own lunch! Childcare provided upon request. Jeanne Wisenbaugh - facilitators

Financial Peace University (FPU) FPU teaches God's ways of handling money. Through videos, class discussions and interactive activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you've dreamed you could be. FPU will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more! Preview Sunday, January 19 from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Nine week class starts Sunday, January 26 from 1:30 - 3:00 P.M. Cost $95 Blair & Tracey Booth - facilitators

Elementary Sunday School - PreK thru 4th Grade SOARING HIGHER WITH GOD Children will ignite their biblical imagination and get to know Jesus by watching an animated Bible story, digging deeper into the meaning of the story and doing a fun activity! Children's classes are located in the lower level of the church. Sunday Mornings 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. Classes for PreK-Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grade, 3rd & 4th Grade Teachers: Chrissy Latstetter, Autumn Supernaw-Halbedel, Laurel Allyn, Jessica Rowley, Mary Ellen Zeller, Lori Dorman and Beth Ward

Tween Sunday School - 5th thru 7th Grade SOARING HIGHER WITH GOD Tweens will experience engaging Bible study, quirky videos, and hands-on activities. Sunday morning tween class is located in Room 9 in the lower level of the church on Sunday Mornings 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. Teachers: Kevin & Wendy Meredith

Youth Sunday School - 8th thru 12th Grade GOOD GOD THEATER Youth gather in the Undercroft in the lower level of the church to view Bible stories through the eyes of the people whom the scriptures are about. Ted & Company (the drama producers) have a unique take on biblical stories such as using vignettes to tell the bigger story of God's love for all creation. Sunday Mornings 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. Teachers: Sid & Connie Roman

Adults College and Beyond The New Testament DVD Study by Professor Bart D. Ehrman This introduction to the books of the New Testament will address who wrote the books, under what circumstances, and for what audience; it will consider what the books say, what they mean, and their historical accuracy. Come gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the New Testament books. This year-long class continues starting Sunday, January 12 at 10:00 A.M. in the Heritage Room as a long term commitment or week-by-week drop in. Carl Kinney - facilitator

History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon Be a part of a fast-moving yet thorough DVD introduction to key issues in the development of the New Testament: why different kinds of books, how the books were composed and why did some books and not other books become part of the canon of scripture that would define Christianity for all time. Twelve weeks starting Sunday, January 12 at 10:00 A.M. in Room 8 in the lower level of the church. Jim Thomas - facilitator

Our Sunday School Greeter greets students in the Church’s lower level to help locate classrooms and introduce teachers.

Directory Updates December 2013 (Please attach this sheet to your red 2013 directory)

Directory Additions: BLEDSOE, Rev Danny & Sara Ruari,Ronan 12160 Baldwin Rd Gaines, MI 48436-9648 CARD, Newell 3185 Hatherly Ave Flint MI 48504-4314 Tiffany, Nicholas, Alexander 513-8283 CASTEEL, Tom & Roxie 564-0732 7202 N Clio Rd Mt Morris MI 48433-8226 DAVIS, Diane 1041 Normandy Terr Dr Flint MI 48532-3247 ELLIS, Rochellle 320 Terrace Dr Apt 21 Flushing MI 48433-1974 659-6917 PIEKNIK, Lisa 9468 W Bristol Rd Swartz Creek MI 48473-8592 Jared, Jamie 449-0081 RIDEOUT, David Lives with B & S Hathaway SMITH, Rachel 3064 Morrish Flushing MI 48433-2209

Directory Changes: ARN, Eleanor 218 N Maple Flushing MI 48433-1650 AURAND, Donna 4352 Breton Rd SE Rm 36A Kentwood MI 49512-9114 BIGELOW, Terry 3018 Wyndam Dr, Flushing BODIS, Jan 444-7227 DOWELL, Janet 9414 Reese Rd Birch Run MI 48415-9441 989-624-5143

DUNN, Diane 15900 Eastern Ave Betton MO 64012-4616 816-331-7621 EVERETT, Darin & Dawn 6292 Boulder Dr Flushing MI 48433-3538 FORD, Amy 223-2601 FORD, Chad & Meghan Ryley, Mikelya 4113 St Charles Bay San Antonio TX 78229-2085 HALBEDEL, Autumn Supernaw 691-6840 HAWLEY, Daren & Nikki Sydney and Dominick Guerra JOHNSON, Loren & Susie 221 Aberdeen Ct Flushing MI 48433-2659 287-6436 LECHOTA, Lauren 336-1296 NAPIER, Lee & Natalie L 517-206-4776 N 938-9313 POPOVITS, Nick & Jennifer 1207 Comstock Marshall MI 49068 SLINGLEND, Norm & Ann 624-5144 SWANSON, Jeff & Tamara 4095 E Rolston Rd Linden MI 48451-8438 SZMIGIEL, Kim Brown 750-9584 THOMPSON, Marguerite 7788 E De Ave Richland MI 49083-9472 WARD, Ron 691-3607

Withdrawn: PETERSON, Karen 3081 E Marlene Dr Gilbert AZ 85296 820-0329 VANRAEMDONCK, Suzanne

Our Church Family Aware of a concern or joy in our family? Please notify the church, so we can share them with you. Only first names will be published in prayer concerns.

Please remember in your hearts and prayers:

✝ ✝ Daughter was a victim in a robbery at work, trouble sleeping, husband facing surgery ✝ ✝ ✝ Those with health issues ✝ Granddaughter who has ✝ developed Crohn’s Disease ✝ ✝ Ryan having more surgery ✝ For Gloria whose husband Paul ✝ ✝ died from ALS ✝ ✝ Zizi recovering from surgery ✝ ✝ Jenny suffering from Lyme ✝ Disease, pain and depression

Kevin & Debbie on mission trip in Kenya, Africa Edward with divorce problems Lisa who has been hospitalized for months, may be out soon Mom moving in with a daughter Jeanne for effective treatments For Michael for encouragement A family loosing their home Those alone at Christmastime A couple with health problems Judy grieving her daughter and no contact with her grandson

Thank You Thank you for helping Young People's Ballet Theatre with our shoe drive. We went beyond our goal of 7,500 pairs of shoes. Our final total came to 7,675 pairs of shoes. We wouldn't have made it without your donations. Hannah Nettleton

A very special thank you to Barry and Denise Trantham, Denise Johnson and Ruth Brown for all of their help getting me home from the warming station during the Candlewalk. My car tire was flat and they made sure I got home safely. I truly appreciate their thoughtfulness and help. Maxine Schmaler Thanks to the generosity of United Methodists around the world, more than 880 projects and missionaries will receive a financial boost to help them meet their mission goals. Gifts to support Advance projects can be made online at any time at www.umcmission.orf/give.

Church Calendar Tuesday, December 24, 2013 Sunday, December 29, 2013 10:00 am Combined Worship Christmas Eve No Sunday School 5:00 pm Worship Service Wednesday, January 1 7:00 pm Worship Service Happy New Year! 11:00 pm Worship Service Wednesday, December 25 Church Office Closed Church Office Closed Thursday, January 2 Thursday, December 26 6:00 pm Handbell Choir 7:30 pm Sanctuary Choir Church Office Closed Friday, January 3 4:12 Youth to Springhill Worship Helpers Sunday, December 22 Sunday, December 29 Scripture Reader Keri Jaggers Scripture Reader Carl Kinney Greeters Greeters 8:45 am Barry & Cindy Pratt 8:45 am Jim & Liz Fonger 11:15 am Jamie & Sandy Kitts 11:15 am Mike & Amy Ford Coffee Hosts Coffee Hosts 8:45 am Jim & Velma Graham 8:45 am Dan & Pat Helmer 11:15 am Becky Stamm 11:15 am Sid & Connie Roman Ushers Ushers 8:45 am Dave & Sue Lewis, 8:45 am Carol Dick, Cathy Metz, Jim & Laragene Triplett Duane & Dawn Hiller 11:15 am Blair & Tracey Booth 11:15 am Denise Charles Kids’ Church Beth Ward, Acolytes Lauryn Klorres 8:45 am Bonnie Wisenbaugh Acolytes 11:15 am Taylor Fleury 8:45 am Bonnie Wisenbaugh 11:15 am Chloe Covert

Prayer & Card Request Authorized by Scot & Tammy Workman Please pray for Michael for strength and encouragement. Cards would be very appreciated. Current address until Feb 19: 1435 N Oakland Bldv Waterford MI 48327

Church Calendar Sunday, January 5, 2014 Sunday, January 12, 2014 10:00 am Sunday School Kick-off! 12:15 pm Kids4Christ Band 12:15 pm Kids4Christ Band 12:30 pm Staff Meeting 6:00 pm Tweens 6:00 pm Youth & Tweens 7:00 pm Nicaragua Trip Meeting Monday, January 13 Monday, January 6 9:30 am Ugli Quilts 7:00 pm Trustee Committee 7:00 pm Board of Missions 7:00 pm Faith in Action Team Tuesday, January 14 Wednesday, January 8 7:00 pm Praise Chorus 9:30 am UM Women Exec Wednesday, January 15 7:00 pm Praise Band Newsletter Published Thursday, January 9 UM Women Circles 6:00 pm Handbell Choir 7:00 pm Praise Band 7:30 pm Sanctuary Choir Thursday, January 16 Saturday, January 11 6:00 pm Handbells 8:30 am UM Men 7:30 pm Centrum Choir 8-11 pm Open Mic Nite Friday, January 17 9:30 am Care Givers Meeting 6:00 pm Family Fun Saturday, January 18 9:15 am NC Men’s Ministry Sunday, January 5 Scripture Reader Jeff Welch Greeters Sunday, January 12 8:45 am Mel & Donnie Weeden Scripture Reader Carol Dick 11:15 am Joe & Lori Dorman Greeters Coffee Hosts 8:45 am Ruth Brown, 8:45 am Jim & Laragene Triplett Bill Dessinger 11:15 am Tammy Workman 11:15 am Denise Charles Ushers Coffee Hosts 8:45 am Bonnie Farrow, Lois 8:45 am John & Kris Rundell Griffin, Bill & Sue Martin 11:15 am Becky Stamm 11:15 am Mike & Amy Ford Ushers Acolytes 8:45 am Dave & Sue Lewis, 8:45 am Bonnie Wisenbaugh Jerry Todd, Mel Weeden 11:15 am Ramsey Lechota 11:15 am Bob & Kris Halbedel Communion Servers Acolytes 8:45 am Rose Dessinger, 8:45 am Bonnie Wisenbaugh Carol Dick 11:15 am Chloe Covert 11:15 am Natalie Napier, Kids’ Church Lorie Goodale, Denise Charles Lydia Goodale Newsletter Helpers Wednesday, January 15 Bill & Germaine Knox, Jean Read

Worship Attendance Dec 8 — 249 Dec 15 — 198 8:45 am— 100 8:45 am— 101 11:15 am— 149 11:15 am— 97



the Visitor December 18, 2013 – Issue #21





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