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December 4, 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.

Are the holidays difficult for you?

Flushing United Methodist Church invites you to a Blue Christmas Worship Service

Saturday, Dec 14 3:00 pm

Church Staff Pastor

Jeff Jaggers Spiritual Formation

Lore Dearing Congregation Care

Jeanne Wisenbaugh Office Staff

Marty Cheely Pat Helmer Music Coordinator

Sunday Worship 8:45 am Traditional

10:00 am Sunday School 11:15 am Contemporary

Christie Dover Choir Director

Matt Packer Youth Ministries

Joy Lewis Sara Bledsoe

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

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Pastor’s Pastor’s Corner Corner

A few weeks ago, Rev. Dr. Bill Dobbs, our Clergy Assistant to the Bishop, wrote about two experiences he had in two different higher education institutes. At one, his professor told him that he had to earn the professor’s respect and grade with hard work. At another, he was told by a faculty member that they were there to help him succeed. Dr. Dobbs writes, “They would not do the work for us, he said, but they would try to point out the steps we could take to get where we wanted to be. Along the way, they would help us recognize where we were putting a foot wrong and where we were headed in the right direction. They would encourage us whenever they could and be honest with us when they couldn’t. And, in the end, he said that they would consider themselves as having failed us if we did not succeed. That was light years away from the speech I had heard from a faculty person when I did some graduate work in another institution of higher learning. That speech was more to the effect that I would have to earn everything I received from them and that they thought it was their job to make me prove to them that I deserved to be in school at all.” What if Flushing United Methodist Church adopted a kind of “We are here to help you succeed at being a Christ-follower” posture? What if everything we did was all about helping people succeed at making a difference in their community and the world by knowing Christ, sharing Christ and helping Christ? What if someone’s success at growing in Christ or sharing Christ or making a difference in their community was our success as well? What if we saw a sister or brother’s need to overcome something as our own? What would happen in your life if someone said to you, “I am here to help you succeed at becoming a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. I will not do the work for you, but I will come alongside of you and encourage you and be honest with you and love you.” There are too many churches who feel the need to point out a person’s flaws and weaknesses, and who make people earn the privilege of fellowship and favor and love. I pray that we are the congregation that wants to help people succeed at becoming ever-more faithful followers of Jesus Christ. I pray that for us – that we are helping one another succeed, and that we will help all who seek God among us succeed. Let’s be THAT church. And, as always, I am proud to be with you on the journey

Advent 2013

Good News of Great Joy Devotionals for Children, Tweens, Youth and Adults. Pick up your Advent Devotional In the Church Lobby!

Free Financial Planning Seminar Sun, Dec 8 2:00-3:30 pm At Flushing United Methodist Church

Dr. Wayne Barrett, a certified financial planner, will lead us through the maze of Recession, Government Shutdowns, and Real Estate turmoil that have impacted our personal economy. He will also be available immediately following the seminar for free 30 minute individual conferences. Light refreshments will be served. Contact the church office if you wish to register for a conference. We spend our lives acquiring possessions. The church teaches us that the faithful stewardship of our possessions is important. Yet, over 50% of Americans have not established an estate plan for the care of those possessions beyond their own need. This seminar will be of interest to most everyone: young parents, retirees, adult children, and middle aged individuals.

Estimate of Giving Cards In late October we celebrated God’s grace and power working in, through and among the congregation of Flushing United Methodist Church. As a part of that celebration, we asked the church family to complete and return an Estimate of Giving card for 2014. This card is a simple tool that helps us plan the budget for next year. To those who have already completed and turned in your Estimate of Giving card, we offer our gratitude. If you have not yet completed or returned your Estimate of Giving card, the Finance Committee would appreciate receiving it as soon as possible so that they may recommend the church’s budget to the Administrative Council at our mid-December meeting. The finance committee would like to thank everyone for their gifts and offerings. We are concerned that although expenses have continued to grow, giving has been flat over the last 5 years. Declines in church membership and attendance mean that there are fewer of us supporting the church, making the efforts of each individual more important. Please continue to give generously in the coming year. 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 the church with FBEM in the memo line. Gifts for Children Angel tree will be in the lobby with items to purchase for children in the Flushing area. Select an angel off the tree. Buy the item. Wrap it. Place the angel from the tree on the wrapped item. Return it to Fellowship Hall - matching the letter of the angel to the letter on the storage tub. All items must be in tubs by Dec 15. Flushing Christian Outreach Center The special need this month is toothpaste. Thank you for keeping FCOC in your prayers & supporting the needs.

Candlewalk Servants Needed Friendly people are needed to help serve cookies & hot cocoa at the Candlewalk Thurs, Dec 5 and Fri, Dec 6, either night one hour at a time. No special skills necessary. Just be radically hospitable to persons using our church as a warming center during the candlewalk. Call Denise Trantham 650-5354. All ages welcome to help! Family Caroling Bring the whole family and join us at Fostrian Manor for caroling from 11:00 am to 12 noon. The more the merrier! Set-Up Servants Needed Flushing UMC is hosting the Crossroads District Christmas Party on December 7. We are looking for servants to help set up the Fellowship Hall at 10 am on the seventh. Please confirm your willingness to serve by calling the church office. The work should take less than one hour. Servant Surveys Connecting people to ministry is the work of the Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development. If you would like more information on, or serve in, one of the many servant opportunities here at Flushing UMC, a “Servant Survey” is available on the table in the lobby. Please fill one out and return it to the office soon. Offering Envelopes 2013 Offering envelopes 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.

Christmas Food Boxes Do you know a person who would appreciate a gift of a box of food at Christmas time? Do you know someone you could reach & share the love of Christ with at Christmas time? $35 will buy the box of food if you wish to make a donation. Please turn in names of persons you feel could benefit to the office by Dec 5.

Christmas Memorials Remember someone special this holiday season by giving a Christmas Memorial Donation. The poinsettias soon to adorn the Sanctuary will serve as a reminder of the donations given in honor of or in memory of friends and family members. Names for whom gifts have been given will be listed in the December 24 Christmas Eve bulletin. A suggested donation is $10, but all donations are welcome. Donations given will support: Grace Children’s Hospital #418520 This hospital has provided health care to children and families since 1967. Recognized as Haiti’s leading medical facility dedicated to the treatment of children with tuberculosis, Grace Children’s Hospital reaches out to some of the poorest people in the western hemisphere, providing them with health and hope. Imagine No Malaria #418520 Malaria infects more than 500 million people a year and kills more than a million – one person dies about every 30 seconds. Bed nets work by creating a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night. A family of four can sleep under an insecticide-treated bed net, safe from malaria, for up to four years. ------------------------------------------------------------------

Christmas Memorials

(Return to church office by Sunday, December 15) Attached is a gift of $____________ Given in loving Honor/Memory of (Circle one, please): ______________________________________________________ Given by:

Multi-Church Choir Cantata Our Sanctuary Choir will combine with choirs from Bethany, Mt. Morris, and West Vienna UMCs to present the Christmas Cantata, Nativity Suites, on Sunday, Dec 8 at 3:00 pm at Bethany UMC. Come enjoy a time of singing with refreshments and fellowship to follow the program. We promise this will put you in the Christmas spirit!

Are the holidays difficult for you? Do you feel like you are the only one without peace and joy this Christmas? God understands, and we want to help. Flushing United Methodist Church invites you to a Blue Christmas worship service. Saturday, December 14 at 3:00


A Christmas Musical Tapestry Sunday, December 15 6:00 pm Please join us for a concert of the sounds of the season

You’re Invited to

Saturday, December 14 10:30 am to Noon Come Celebrate Jesus’ Birth at the Birthday Open House Crafts! Games! Treats! Fun! For parents and children to celebrate together! Questions? Contact the Church Office 810.659.5172 or visit our website 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” build 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.

Advent 2013 Calendar Sunday Schedule

Traditional Worship 8:45 am Sunday School for All Ages 10:00 am Contemporary Worship 11:15 am Youth and Tween Groups 6:00 pm

Open Mic Night, Saturday December 14 - 8:00 pm

Individuals 14 and over are invited to share their talents of singing, playing instruments, reading poetry or be a part of the audience in a safe, alcohol and drug free environment. Questions? Contact Joe Williams

Birthday Party for Jesus A Celebration for the Entire Family! Saturday, December 14 - 10:30 am to Noon

Join us at an Open House to celebrate Jesus’ Birthday! Crafts - Games - Sweet Treats - Fun! Questions? Contact Keri Jaggers

Blue Christmas Worship Service, Saturday, December 14 - 3:00 pm

A service of affirmation and comfort for those who find Christmas to be a time of sadness, conflict and despair.

Christmas Tapestry Concert, Sunday, December 15 - 6:00 pm

Celebrate the Good News of Great Joy! through music!

Christmas Eve Worship Services, Tuesday, December 24

Candlelight and Communion 5:00, 7:00 and 11:00 pm

Sunday Worship, December 29, 2013 One service - 10:00 am

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:

 Gunther recovering from surgery  For the family of Dave who died from pancreatic cancer  Praise for Jason’s new job Thank You To the Methodist Church Family, Thank you for your thoughtful ways that have made my days brighter and more beautiful. Cynthia McClain Family Promise Update Family Promise of Genesee County (FPGC) has announced that they will begin to host families in February. We are beginning to create plans and schedules for servants. Our goal is to have twice as many servants as we actually need for each of the tasks. Once we get the exact dates to host, it is possible that several servants will not be available during that time. We need 56 servants (2 for each time slot each of the 7 days) to serve as hosts for the evening, dinner, overnight and breakfast. Currently we have room for: 9 evening hosts, 22 overnight hosts, 14 breakfast hosts. If you have not already returned a Servant Opportunities Survey, we invite you to do so. Contact Carolyn Malaski or Sheila Reid-Hall if you need more information. FPGC will host a Rock of Ages Big Band Christmas benefit concert at Calvary UMC Fri, Dec 13, free will offering. Tours of the day center for families begin at 6:30 and will continue after the concert. We invite you to join us! FPGC is hiring a full or part-time director and part-time associate director. Details available at the church office or can be sent to you by Carolyn or Sheila. FPGC is also in the process of seeking additional board and committee members. Check the web site for details: Thank you for your donations and the financial support we have received. Recently a donation was received from the UMW and a grant was awarded by the Endowment Committee to be used for start-up expenses to set up the bedrooms for families.

Church Calendar Sunday, December 8 Sunday, December 15 12:30 pm Staff Meeting 6:00 pm Christmas Tapestry 2:00 pm Endowment Seminar 6:00 pm Youth & Tweens 3:00 pm Cantata at BethanyUMC Monday, December 16 6:00 pm Youth & Tweens 6:00 pm Finance Committee Monday, December 9 7:00 pm Administrative Council 1:30 pm Soup Kitchen carpool Tuesday, December 17 7:30 pm Praise Chorus 9:30 am Ugli Quilts Tuesday, December 10 7:00 pm Stephen Ministry UM Women Circles Wednesday, December 18 7:00 pm Praise Band Newsletter Published Wednesday, December 11 7:00 pm Praise Band UM Women Circles Thursday, December 19 7:00 pm Praise Band 6:00 pm Handbells Thursday, December 12 7:30 pm Sanctuary Choir 6:00 pm Handbells Saturday, December 21 7:30 pm Sanctuary Choir 9:15 am NC Men’s Ministry Friday, December 13 6:00 pm Elderberries Saturday, December 14 8:30 am UM Men 9:30 am Kids for Christ Band 10:30 am Birthday Party for Jesus 3:00 pm Blue Christmas Service 8-11 pm Open Mic Sunday, December 15 Worship Helpers Sunday, December 8 Scripture Dave Lewis Scripture Jeff Welch Greeters Greeters 8:45 am Duane & Dawn Hiller 8:45 am Mel & Donnie Weeden 11:15 am Tom Lawrence 11:15 am Bob & Mary Lou Martin Coffee Hosts Coffee Hosts 8:45 am Jerry & Carol Dick 8:45 am Marshall Knight, 11:15 am Laurie Pitkin, Jerry Todd Barb Ackerman 11:15 am Leonard Pickelmann Ushers 8:45 am Lois Griffin, Carolyn Ushers 8:45 am Bruce Hathaway, Malaski, Larry&Sue Ridge H & E Hulet, Larry Ridge 11:15 am Barry & Denise Trantham 11:15 am Becky Stamm Kids’ Church Natalie Napier, Kids’ Church Lorie, Lydia Goodale Patricia Wisenbaugh Acolytes 8:45 Bonnie Wisenbaugh Acolytes 8:45 Bonnie Wisenbaugh 11:15 am Taylor Fleury 11:15 am Ramsey Lechota Newsletter Helpers Wednesday, Dec 18 Bill & Germaine Knox, Jean Read

Worship Attendance Nov 24 — 235 Dec 1 — 210 8:45 am— 101 8:45 am— 105 11:15 am— 134 11:15 am— 105

December 4, 2013 – Issue #20

the Visitor