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Vol. 51 Issue 12 December 2019



The Season of Advent


M i s sion: Ma k i ng d i sc iple s of Je su s C h r i st for t he t r a nsfor mat ion of t he world

Haymount United Methodist Church


many ways, sullying. As young adults we are introduced to the

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complexities of carnal desire,

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temptations inherent in the desire

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to “get ahead,” and the allure-

ments of self-medication with drugs and alcohol to help us relax,

Lead Pastor

reduce stress, or really “party.” As

Rev. Dr. John Tyson

Rev. Dr. John Tyson Lead Pastor

Associate Pastor Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Tyson

Dear Friends,

Christian Education

As December unfolds, I in-

Dorothy Funkhouser

vite you to rediscover the

joy of Christmas. This joy is

Organist Dr. Timothy Belk

many-layered. For children, there is the joy of Santa Claus anticipating and fulfilling their hearts desires; as adults we

Leader of Contemporary Worhsip Andrew Sanchez

are eager to give this joy to our children, and somehow their joy becomes ours. This is a

Ministrer of Traditional Music &

vicarious joy, a shared joy that

Facilities Manager

is beautiful, exciting and real.

Donald Warren

But it is thin and evanescent


as the sprinkling of powdered sugar on Christmas cookies.

we enter adolescence, we begin to experience the exuberance of achievement, romantic love, and expanding control. We also experience the loss of important relationships through death, divorce and duplicity. We discover that life is too complicated to handle successfully without God’s help. For some of us this discovery comes earlier than for others. The joy of Christmas is not sullied by the existential business of living. It is the depth, dissonance, beauty, and complexity of human living that makes Christmas a season of many-layered joys: frothy and light as the spiced foam on egg-nog while children shriek with joy and fear of Santa Claus;

Holly Willenbrock

We don’t have to reach much beyond the beginnings of our teen years before we begin to learn that the business of living is complicated, and in

(Continued on next page) Deadline for Next Newsletter January 2019 submission deadline: DECEMBER 8 Please send submissions to Holly Willenbrock at

(continued from the previous page) dark and deeply poignant as Christmases remembered when loved ones now departed laughed, loved, and lingered around our tables; a time of candlelit solitude in fir-scented darkness as we thank God for the light of Jesus Christ who forgives the sins we have learned to hate, heals our brokenness, and restores to us the heavenly peace of a life ordered by God’s love and wisdom. And so, as December unfolds I invite you to rediscover the joys of Christmas, both great and small: children laughing, choirs singing, heaven glimpsed, and the greatest joy that underlies all others — a personal knowledge of Jesus Christ who makes the deepest darkness blaze with glorious light. He is, indeed, the Sun of Righteousness. December Worship: Rediscover the Joy of Christmas December 1 Hope Lights Our Way Isaiah 2:1-5. Romans 13:11-14. Matthew 24:36-44. Sometimes life is much harder than we expected. At times, life just wears us down, but we are not stuck in defeat. Through the good news of Jesus Christ the song of victory rises up within us, and carries us on Eagle’s wings. Our strength is renewed, and our hope soars. This hope is from God. It lights our way. God’s hope makes us joyful and strong. Dec. 8 The Joy of Trading with Jesus Isaiah 11:1-10. Matthew 3:1-12 We learn the joy of trading early in life! You don’t like the Almond Joy Santa Claus left in your stocking? I’ll trade you my Peppermint Pattie for your Almond Joy. Jesus invites us to trade with him — we give him the things that make us unhappy, and he gives us increasing joy. Dec. 15 A Festival of Lessons and Carols During 8:30 and 11:00am services, we have beautiful scripture lessons and gorgeous carols with all our choirs participating (chancel, children, handbells, orchestra). At 9:45 we have a contemporary version of Lessons and Carols. At 4:00 dinner theatre in the New Life Center (free admission)



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The Joy of Family

Isaiah 7:10-16. Matthew 1:18-25. The complex joy of family is at the heart of the Christmas story. Join us as we celebrate this gift from God. The children’s nativity play will enhance our worship. Christmas Eve Heaven and Nature Sing for Joy

Luke 2

We will celebrate with Carols, Candlelight, and Communion at three services. All the services are “family friendly.” 4:00 in the New Life Center. A shorter service that is geared toward the littlest ones. 6:00 in the sanctuary. This is the “big service.” 11:00 in the sanctuary. This is the “reflective service.” Dec. 29 The Joy of a Safe Refuge Matthew 2:13-23 Sometimes the world is a dangerous place. The Lord brings us the joy of wisdom and protection. He, in turn, invites us to offer shelter and protection to the vulnerable.

Breakfast with Santa Celebrate Christmas with breakfast, crafts and visit with the big man himself! Reservations made before December 3rd are $5 per person, after December 3rd, it is $7 per person. Please call 484-5646 to make advanced reservations. A digital image of your photo may be purchased for $15 This event will be held in the New Life Center and hosted by the HUMC Preschool.

Yuletide Feaste Please join us for the 9th annual Yuletide Feaste! Dates: December 6 and 7, 2019 Show: 7:30 pm – doors open at 7 pm Price: $45 per person Please contact with any questions!

Twas the Night Pajama Fun On Sunday, December 8th from 5:30 to 7:30 we will join together for Ornament making, Decorating Cookies, and Shopping at the Secret Santa Shop. Registration is required by December 4, 2019. Reservations and payment ($3/dinner) will be online at or in the church office. All items in Santa's shop will be $1 each. If you have any questions, please email

Papa Panov Christmas Haymount United Methodist Church Presents: Papa Panov Special Christmas, Christmas Dinner Theater and Gingerbread Houses Children’s Short Story by Leo Tolstoy, Play adaptation by Susan Paschal Herrick, Music by Andrew Sanchez Sunday, December 15, New Life Center, HUMC Schedule of Events: 4:30PM – Crockpot, Cornbread and Carols. Bring your favorite crockpot dish to share! 5:00PM – Papa Panov Christmas Special, suitable for all ages 1-100. 5:45PM – Gingerbread House, $6/House Kit Please register online at for the Gingerbread house portion of the event. The cost is $6 per house kit.



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For weekly calendar updates, visit our website: Tuesday, December 3 9:30AM UMW Executive Board Meeting 11:00AM UMW General Meeting Wednesday, December 4 7:30PM SPRC Friday, December 6 6:00PM Yuletide Feaste Saturday, December 7 8:00AM Breakfast with Santa 6:00PM Yuletide Feaste Sunday, December 8 3:00PM Surviving the Holidays 5:30PM Twas the Night Monday, December 9 10:00AM Circle 2 1:30PM Circle 3 6:00PM Circle 1 6:00PM Circle 6 Tuesday, December 10 1:30PM Circle 4/7 7:00PM Outreach Wednesday, December 11 6:00PM Trustees 7:30PM Finance Saturday, Decemer 14 10:00AM Christmas Choir Rehearsal Sunday, December 15 4:30PM Papa Panov Dinner Theater Wednesday, December 18 6:00PM Church Council Thursday, December 19 4:30PM Endowment Committee Sunday, December 22 9:30AM Coffee and Donuts for College Students Tuesday, December 24 4:00PM Christmas Eve Service 6:00PM Christmas Eve Service 11:00PM Christmas Eve Service Church Office Closed Wednesday, December 25 - Thursday, December 26 Church Office Closed

WEEKLY EVENTS Sundays 8:30, 9:45, 11:00AM—Worship 9:30AM—Special Needs 9:45AM—Sunday School 4:30PM—Children's Choir 4:30PM—Youth Choir 5:30PM —Parent & Coffee Conversation Group 5:30PM—Kid's Group (K-5th Grades) 5:30PM—Youth Group (6th-12th Grades, beginning 9/8) 6:00PM—Handbell Practice Mondays 12:00PM—Covenant Prayer Tuesdays 10:00AM—Grandparent Coffee and Conversation Group 6:00PM—Scouts Crew 6:30PM—Boy Scouts 7:00PM—Cub Scouts 7:30PM—Girl Scouts (Troop 1588) Wednesdays 4:30PM—Children’s Choir 5:00PM—WEF 5:45PM—Church Orchestra 6:00PM—Confirmation Class 6:00PM—Wednesday Evening Classes 6:15PM—Liturgical Dance 6:30PM—Chancel Choir 8:00PM—Praise Band Thursdays 10:00AM—Senior’s Day Out 12:00PM—”Thursdays Together” Worship Service 12:00PM—Men’s Bible Study


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Current as of November 15, 2019 Memorials have been given to God’s glory and in memory of: Richard McMillan, Kim Love's father, by Nita Rummans Kathryn Bundy, by Scott & Faith Parese Charles Howie, Nathan Howie's uncle, by Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home Frank Till, by Joseph Cade and George Cade Connie Reaver, by Joel & Margaret Hedgecoe and Nita Rummans Gene Weir, Rebecca Maier's father, by Nita Rummans Honoraria have been given to God’s glory and in honor of: Griffith Wright Puryear, Kelsey & Davis' son, by Nita Rummans Mike & Pam O'Brien, by Perry Olive Lyla Elizabeth Cleary, JoBeth & Franklin Johnson's grandaughter, by Lynda Clark Millie & Olive Montgomery, Katherine & Phil Pugh's grandaughters, by Lynda Clark

December 17 Owen Vanias December 21 Tony Argo Robin Hurmence Mary Frances Morketter Cary Mundell Alli Middleton December 22 Helen Bostic Cathy Howard Max Canady December 23 Carol Briggs Ava Brookhouse December 24 Michael Hix Edward Jones December 25 Ken Plummer December 26 Marilyn Sutton Lily Howie December 28 Katy Blanton Karen Barkman Pat Howell Anthony Locklear December 29 Kathy Lee Leighton Hatch III Carlie Flowers December 30 Larry Krieger Lauren Dempster December 31 Wes Jones Martha Owen Joy Thompson


Memorials & Honoraria

December 1 Eric Rowe December 2 David Grzybowski Lucy Jones Alyssa Pryzgoda Morgan Galaviz December 4 Mary Moody Barb Speir Ruthie Dent December 5 Delina Sullivan December 6 Dot Wyatt Betty Conaway Kevin Hight Cameron Wren Natalie Smith Emma Fowler December 7 Amy Dean Richard Olsen Fred Hersey Jayse Wyatt December 8 Gene Lemley Carole Wells Kathy Mathis Anne Fry Kari Diaz Adam Hurley December 10 Ellison Guyot December 11 Suzanne Uzzell Kathy Shuman Nicole Andre December 12 Linda Phillips Horace Long December 13 Pat Spiller Glo Aaron Mike Steadman Thomas Hobgood December 14 Trey Mathews III Ashley Bolton December 15 Robert Birke Katherine Pugh Dede Hedgepeth Will Pryzgoda Kaygan Draughon December 16 Ray McCormick Rachel Brittain Mason Walker



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Kids Worship All children will remain in the Sanctuary with their parents on December 15th to enjoy the beautiful music of the Lessons and Carols, as we all together prepare our hearts for Christmas and the story of the nativity.

Coffee and Donuts for College Students Sunday, December 22nd, 9:30-10:45 In the Coffee Lounge, Room 226 All college students are invited, and bring some friends! Catch up on the latest events and celebrate the Christmas break! Questions? Call Dorothy in the church office at (910) 484-0181.

Thursdays Together - December 12noon in the Fellowship Hall, Room 101, followed by lunch. Come join us for a relaxed worship experience with hymn singing, sharing and prayer. December's theme is "Christmas Remembrances and Traditions". Speakers: December 5 - JoAnn Stanford, remembering Christmases as a missionary in South America, and traditions that carried on. December 12 - Andrew Sanchez, celebrating the Christmas traditions of his family heritage of Nicaragua. December 19 - Rev. Dr. Tryon Lancaster, sharing Christmas musings and stories through lenses of the Gospels.

Youth Ski Trip Calling all skiers, snowboarders and tubers! We’re hitting the slopes at Winterplace, WV, February 14-16, 2020! More details coming soon! Interested youth and chaperones, please contact or Susan Black at 910-988-1238.

Prayer Warriors of Haymount "For where two or three are gathered in my name, I’m there with them.” Jesus (Matthew 18.20) "Offer prayers and petitions in the Spirit all the time. Stay alert by hanging in there and praying for all believers." St. Paul (Ephesians 6.18)

Ready to make a difference? Your prayers for our congregation and our world are needed! We gather by the elevator Mondays @ noon, then find a quiet place to pray. This is an awesome ministry, and you are invited to join us any and every Monday. For more information, you can call the church office: 910-484-0181.

Gifts for Christmas Need a gift idea? United Methodist Women (UMW) suggests these: 1) BLENDING of 0LD and NEW - HAYMOUNT'S BEST COOKBOOK. What a bargain at $10 each or 2 for $15.00! (2) Cards for special occasions: Christmas, birthday, memorials, Thinking of You, In His Service, etc. At $5.00 per card, these are a neat way to remember someone! Remember - all proceeds help women, children, and youth worldwide. Mark your calendar - Tuesday, December 3 - 11:00 a.m. in the New Life Center. You are invited to the UMW General Meeting, installation of officers, presentation of awards with a soup and salad luncheon. Join us for that meeting. Join a Circle. This provides wonderful opportunities for learning, fellowship, and serving. We are FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE IN ACTION!!!

Angel Tree Each child has two gifts on the tree. The price cap is $25 and we ask that each gift be returned wrapped and with the Angel tag attached to the gift. These must be returned to the church office no later than December 10th. Please call us with any questions 484-0181. Thank you and bless you for your willingness to be a part of this ministry. An estimated 2.7 million children have a mom or dad in prison. You are helping to make a difference. "Whoever welcomes a child in my name welcomes me." Matthew 18:5



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It's Your Birthday! Do you enjoy receiving birthday messages on your special day? If we have your email address and birthdate in our system, you will receive a happy birthday greeting from your church! If you are not receiving a message from us on your special day, it is because we either don’t have your birthdate, or don’t have your email address. Please call the church and give that information to Jennie. She loves sending the messages! 910-484-0181

Pilgrimage '19: A Huge Thank You! I want to pass along to the Haymount United Methodist Church ministry team a huge “thank you” to your United Methodist Men. During the Saturday session of Eat for Relief, the Haymount UMM generously donated food, cooked delicious hamburgers and hotdogs, and served over 600+ youth during a disaster recovery fundraiser. We raised over $6,700 in a single afternoon for hurricane recovery thanks to their generosity and hard work. This event would not have been possible without their support. - Hannah McMillan

CareSharing - Meetings Monthly The next meeting is November 24th in Room 118, the Commons Room. Are you a care-giver for a parent or spouse? Do you feel very alone on this journey of new norms, daily navigating new situations? Then you will want to join this intimate and confidential group that meets once a month, where each person shares their journey and all learn from and support one another. You can just come, no reservation or registration required. Please extend invitations to those you know who might benefit from this group. If you have questions, please contact Dorothy at

Studies for Winter 2019 and Spring 2020 (To register, email or call the church office at 484-0181.)

Advent Studies Not A Silent Night: Mary Looks Back To Bethlehem, DVD study by Adam Hamilton – No pre-registration needed, Sundays, 9:45-10:45, Room 217. Beginning December 1, 2019, Adam Hamilton begins at the end, with Mary at the crucifixion and resurrection; travels back in time as she witnesses his life and ministry; and ends at the beginning, with the Christ child born in a stable, Mary’s beautiful baby. This year, experience Advent and Christmas with Mary. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson – Register by December 4th Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00, Room 217, Two weeks – December 11 & 18, cost of book: TBD Discussions led by Paige McMillan. The group will read the beloved and classic novel and glean the hope and love of the Christmas story. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Upcoming studies and groups for Winter/Spring 2020 – Register by December 20th To Live Is Christ – The Life and Ministry of Paul, Beth Moore. Mondays, 10:00-11:30am, Beginning January 6th for 11 weeks, Room 227, Cost of Study Guide: $17, Facilitated by Dorothy Funkhouser God & Me (for 2nd & 3rd Graders) and God & Family (for 4th & 5th Graders) Studies for all students. These studies are recognized by the Girls Scouts of America, Boy Scouts of America, 4-H and other youth civic groups. Tuesdays, 5:00-6:30pm, January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, God & Me taught by Lisa Courter; God & Family taught by Dorothy Funkhouser. Disciple Fast Track Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study - New Testament Wednesdays, 6:00-7:15, Beginning January 8th, Room 227, Cost of book: $17 Taught by Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Tyson Financial Peace University: Manage Your Money Wisely, by Dave Ramsey Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30, Information Night January 8th; Course begins January 15th, Room 101. Cost: $99 online membership to receive your resources. Facilitated by Tina and Tom Torbett, graduates of the Financial Peace University.



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In Preparation Haymount United Methodist Church is preparing to celebrate its 75th Anniversary in 2020. There are many events being planned but we need YOUR help to make them come to life. We need people with a history at HUMC to share memories, pictures, stories, and ideas that will help us make the entire year very special. We also need ideas on what events YOU would like to see take place. If you are interested in sitting on the 75th Event Planning Committee, please contact Committee Chair Susan Paschal Herrick at Here is a Sneak Preview of just a few events we have planned so far: (Save the Dates) February 22nd -- USO RADIO SHOW 1945– Featuring a Swing Orchestra complete with dancing, celebrity performances, plus talent by our very own HUMC players and singers, dance lessons, an open canteen and dinner, video memories, radio skits, and a silent auction. May 17th -- A DICKENS OF A CHURCH All Church Musical retelling the story of HUMC through the angels of church past, present, and future. Rehearsal starting January 2020. Please email or call the church office to be added to the performers or technical crew list. Nov 22nd -- ANNIVERSARY WORSHIP SERVICE

Have Your Photo Taken We are at work on a new directory. Pictures will be taken in January. This means that appointments for pictures need to be made in December. I know that your focus is on Christmas and all the things that happen before school vacation, but please take a few moments to schedule a January time. The photographers from Life Touch (the same company we worked with last time) will be here January 2, 3, and 4 and January 23, 24 and 25. On Thursdays and Fridays appointments are from 1pm until 8pm. Saturdays from 10-5. Those first times may seem awkward, but they were chosen with you in mind. Most college students will still be home the 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Lower schools don't start back to class then, so if you are a teacher or administrator it should be easier to schedule a time. Students will not have homework loads. Hopefully, sports practices and other extra curricular activities have a lighter schedule. Please take advantage of your more flexible schedules and grab one of those early times. To make an appointment, go to the church website - haymountumc. com. There are large banner pictures at the top of the page. Click on the large graphic/photo about pictures. That will take you to an intro to the process. Click on the red text that says Lifetouch Photography Session Sign-Up. That takes you to the sign up. Your first blank asks how many people will be in the picture. You have to fill that in to proceed. If computers just aren't your thing, please call me - Karen Barkman at 910-867-3677/ 910-818-9050 (cell) or Mandy Brown at 910-624-6510. We would be glad to make an appointment for you. Please call us - do not expect a call asking you to sign up. The directory is valuable to the church because it helps us recognize the members of the congregation and helps us get in touch with them. If you are in witness protection, we do not want your picture to appear. Otherwise, we really want your picture in there. The more families pictured, the more effective the directory can be. If you get a picture made, you receive a free directory and an 8x10 photo. We will not have directories to sell this time, as company policies have changed, so the only way to get one is to have a picture made. Thanks for participating. - Karen Barkman



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2019 Christmas Cantata

On December15, the Chancel Choir will lead the 8:30 and 11:00 traditional worship services with A Ceremony of Lessons and Carols by Anna Laura Page and Jean Anne Shafferman. Traditional scripture readings are interwoven among the familiar Christmas carols along with tunes by G. F. Handel and J. S. Bach. A string quartet and a brass quintet will join our musicians for this celebration of the Christmas season. The handbell choir and the children’s choir will also take part in leading worship for this cantata Sunday. Come join us in worship!

A Christmas to Remember The Christmas of 2010 was our first celebration of a Christmas to Remember. That first year we used the $30,000 gift to make the transitional housing at Ashton Woods more energy efficient, support the building of a home for a Mississippi family post-Katrina, and provide education and wells for clean water to impoverished people of post-civil war Liberia. It is a great joy to give from our heart in the spirit of Christmas to the people Jesus would have us love and serve. Please consider a gift this Christmas to our selected recipients, Hurricane Relief through the Methodist Church and Curamericas Global, the non-profit so many of our members remember from mission trips with Wes Jones to Bolivia. Christmas to Remember began with an idea that captivated John Wheeler, a challenge to give a special gift at Christmas equal to what you spend on family and friends. It is a gift of love given in the spirit of Matthew 25:40, “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Let’s join together and celebrate Jesus’s birthday in this memorable way!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8TH 3-5PM HAYMOUNT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1700 FT BRAGG ROAD ROOM 227 A&B Help and hope as you navigate the Christmas season. Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can’t be recreated? Our Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are grieving a loved one’s death. You’ll learn: •

How to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays

What to do about traditions and other coming changes

Helpful tips for surviving social events

How to discover hope for your future Please call (910) 484-0181 to register by December 4th



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