EARLY DECEMBER 2010
MARVINLIFE A MARVIN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH PUBLICATION
Christmas at Marvin Dec. 1: Christmas Downtown Luncheon Concert 12:05 p.m. in the Sanctuary Tyler Junior College choirs followed by lunch in Pirtle Hall ($5)
Dec. 2: Marvin Kettle Day for Salvation Army Hobby Lobby Marvin members will ring the bell to raise money for Salvation Army.
Dec. 3: Night in Bethlehem 6–8 p.m. in Fair Gymnasium Come and see what life was like on the night Jesus was born with fun activities and crafts for the whole family.
Dec. 5: All Things Chocolate Bake Sale 9 a.m.-noon in the Atrium Proceeds benefit Mercy Ships
Baby’s First Christmas 9:30-11 a.m. in the Adult Lounge UMW hosts parents and 2010 newborns.
Celebration of the Greens 6 p.m. in the Sanctuary Featuring children’s choirs and handbells
Dec. 6–10 and 13–17: Santa’s Secret Workshop, St. Paul’s campus Marvin will host a Christmas store for the clients of the St. Paul Children’s Foundation where families can select new items to use as Christmas presents for immediate family members. Contact Brenda Byerly (firstname.lastname@example.org) to volunteer.
Dec. 8: Christmas Downtown Luncheon Concert, 12:05 p.m. in the Sanctuary UT Tyler Patriot Singers followed by lunch in Pirtle Hall ($5)
Dec. 11: Methodist Home Christmas Party, 10 a.m. in Pirtle Hall For the seventh year, Marvin will host a Christmas party for Methodist Home foster children and their families in East Texas. We need people to purchase wish list items and help with the party. For more information, contact Melissa Brigman.
Afternoon with Santa, 3–5 p.m. in Pirtle Hall Bring children for pictures with Santa, games and refreshments. Bring your friends!
Dec. 11 and 12: Christmas Worship Experience, 5:14 p.m. Saturday and 8:45 and 11 a.m. Sunday in Herd Auditorium Our contemporary bands join for “Hallelujah, Jesus is Born,” a celebration of great music focused on the birth of Jesus.
Dec. 12: Wesley Ringers, Caroling and chimes in the hallways following the early services.
Dec. 15: Christmas Downtown Luncheon Concert, 12:05 p.m. in the Sanctuary Robinson Handbells followed by lunch in Pirtle Hall ($5)
Service of Hope and Healing 6 p.m. in the Chapel This service is for the bereaved of our community who seek emotional and spiritual support during the holidays. A reception in the parlor follows the service.
Dec. 19: Vivaldi’s Gloria 8:45 and 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary The Chancel Choir and professional orchestra perform this Baroque masterpiece along with other Christmas favorites.
Birthday Party for Jesus 9:30-10:30 a.m. in Pirtle Hall Join us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus with music, crafts, entertainment and cake. Children ages 2 through fifth grade are invited to attend with their parents. Bring a small unwrapped toy for Mercy Ships.
Christmas Eve, Dec. 24: Worship Services of Candlelight and Communion Family service, 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary Contemporary services, 5:30- and 9 p.m. in Herd Auditorium Traditional services, 7 and 11 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Christmas Day, Dec. 25: 5:14 Worship Service 5:14 p.m. in Herd Auditorium Dec. 26: Family Worship Service 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary Join the whole church family for one large blended traditional and contemporary service.
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CHILDREN Dec. 3—A Night in Bethlehem, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 11—Afternoon with Santa, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 19—Birthday party for Jesus, 9:45-10:45 a.m. Dec. 24—Family Christmas Eve service, 4 p.m. Dec. 26—No children’s Sunday School FALL MISSIONS We will collect new toys for Mercy Ships patients during December. CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
cial time for reflection and comfort concerning the grief that has been experienced during the year. This service will provide guidance and space to encourage healing especially during the Christmas season. Special readings, prayers and singing will be included in the program. Following the service, there will be an informal time of guided discussion in the church parlor. Conversation will focus on helpful ways of living with grief during the Christmas season. Handouts will be available with practical suggestions regarding grief during the holidays.
Advent Scripture Calendars are available in the Welcome Center and throughout the church to encourage you as you seek Christ during the four-week preparation leading to the Christmas celebration.
B90 CELEBRATION LUNCHEON
The next meeting is at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10, in the Adult Lounge. The book is The Story of the Other Wise Man by Henry van Dyke.
All B90 participants are invited to a celebration luncheon to mark the completion of the Bible in 90 Days journey. Highlights will be the “Testimony Wall,” completion certificates and sharing a fellowship meal with all the B90 groups. The event is scheduled for noon on Sunday, Dec. 12, in Fair Gymnasium. Make reservations through your B90 group. CONTINUE THE JOURNEY Enjoying your B90 Small Group experience? Want it to continue? If you or your small group are interested in participating in a follow-up group in the spring to continue the shared journey with others, please contact Dr. Doug Baker (email@example.com). CONGREGATIONAL CARE Our traditions and indeed our culture promote the festivities of the Christmas season. These are often times when loved ones gather to celebrate. For those struggling with loss, this time can be extremely hurtful. A time once enjoyed and anticipated may now be a month of dread some might prefer to rip right out of the calendar.
Tolstoy and Tea is a book study club made up of people who appreciate and enjoy reading and discussing classic Christian books. Everyone’s invited and new members are always welcome.
MATURE ADULTS The Grown-ups will gather for brunch at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 10, in the Hub across from Herd Auditorium. Bring an ornament to decorate the new Christmas tree and celebrate the end of the year with your friends. There is no cost for the meal, however reservations are required. Make reservations by contacting Brenda Byerly (firstname.lastname@example.org or 903.592.7396) by Dec. 5. MISSIONS Our annual Christmas Offering for Missions will benefit four outstanding ministries supported by Marvin Church: Methodist Children’s Home in Waco, Methodist Mission Home in San Antonio, St. Paul Children’s Foundation in Tyler and the Golden Cross Medical Program of the Texas Conference. Please give generously to these lifechanging ministries. Just mark your check “Christmas Offering for Missions.” AFRICA INTEREST MEETING
Rev. Carey Ponder will lead a free Grief Support Workshop from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, in the Arts and Crafts Room. Register in person at the Welcome Center or e-mail Rev. Gerry Giles (email@example.com).
An interest meeting for the November 2011 trip aboard the Africa Mercy in Sierra Leone will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in Marvin’s Trinity Classroom. Contact Melissa Brigman for information.
HOPE AND HEALING
Marvin Missions is sponsoring a Giving Tree for Mercy Ships. The tree will have different projects that you can choose to sponsor as a gift for someone or as a gift to yourself, ranging from $5
A Service of Hope and Healing is set for 6 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Chapel. The purpose of this service is to provide Marvin members and friends a spe-
HOLIDAY GIVING TREE
all the way to $10,000. The Giving Tree is located in the Family Ministries foyer. You will receive a card telling of your gift that you can give to someone or put on your tree. Stop by the Mercy Ships Giving Tree on Dec. 5, 12 or 19 and choose a gift that truly will give life! VISITS FROM SANTA There are still a few spots available to schedule a visit from Santa to your home, business, party or school. Proceeds benefit Give Kids a Smile Day and the children’s clinics of St. Paul Children’s Foundation. Schedule your time by calling Mary Gammell (903.561.7119). Home visits begin at $50 for 30 minutes and rates for parties are negotiable. BE AN ELF AT SANTA’S WORKSHOP Marvin will host a Christmas store for the clients of the St. Paul Children’s Foundation in December. Families will be able to select new items to use as Christmas presents for immediate family members. Individuals and families will have opportunities to work in the store (located on the St. Paul’s grounds) during the two weeks the store will be open (Dec. 6-10 and Dec. 13-17). The volunteer shifts are 12:30-3 p.m. and 2:30-5 p.m. To sign-up for a shift, contact Brenda Byerly (firstname.lastname@example.org). SINGLE ADULTS The Christmas party will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, in the Hub (across from Herd Auditorium). Join in the fun and bring a white elephant gift to exchange and an ornament to decorate the new Christmas tree. If you are able, bring a donation for St. Paul Children’s Foundation. As
usual, delicious food will be provided. E-mail Brenda Byerly (email@example.com) by Dec. 1 for reservations. WOMEN Cancer Support Group will celebrate the end of the year from 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 1 at Potpourri House. There will be favors, fun, games, door prizes and lunch. Make reservations by calling Suzanne Daniel (903.312.4114) or Gwendolyn Brown (903.525.9299). MOPS You don’t want to miss the next MOPS meeting at 10 a.m. Dec. 2 in the Faith classroom. This important meeting led by Sarah Jane Walker is on “how to talk so your kids will listen and how to listen so your kids will talk.” Child care is provided. BABY’S FIRST CHRISTMAS You and your “littlest angel” are cordially invited to celebrate Baby’s First Christmas at Sunday, Dec. 5, in the Adult Lounge. The event is sponsored by UMW. COOKIES & BOOKS Cookies & Books will end the year on Thursday, Dec. 16, at the home of Mary Lynn Smith. We will have a cookie exchange and review of the book The Story of the Other Wise Man by Henry Van Dyke. For more information contact Mary Lynn (firstname.lastname@example.org). FACEBOOK Become a fan of Marvin on Facebook. You’ll get current events and photos and you can comment on what’s going on at Marvin.
MARVIN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
300 West Erwin Street, Tyler, TX 75702 CONTEMPORARY Phone: 903.592.7396 Rev. Marty Dunbar www.mumcfamily.com Rev. Allison Thompson WORSHIP WITH THE MARVIN FAMILY SATURDAY 5:14 SERVICE TRADITIONAL 8:45 and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary Dr. John Robbins Dr. John Robbins CONTEMPORARY
DATE Dec. 5 Dec. 12
TRADITIONAL Dr. John Robbins Dr. John Robbins
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8:45 and 11 a.m. in Herd Auditorium
5:14 p.m. on Saturdays in Herd Auditorium
Nov. 7 Nov. 14
12:05 p.m. each Wednesday in the chapel 6 p.m. in the chapel, second and fourth Sundays
SUNDAY SCHOOL 9:45 a.m.
MARVIN United Methodist Church
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WELCOME OUR NEW MEMBERS RON, LEIGH, WILL AND SMITH VICKERY JOINED BY TRANSFER FROM ANOTHER DENOMINATION.
SARAH, TONY, EDEN AND AUBREY GARRARD JOINED BY PROFESSION OF FAITH (PHOTO NOT AVAILABLE).
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER Dec. 1―Chicken fajitas, corn dogs Dec. 8--Fried catfish, hot dogs
CARING FOR THOSE WHO SERVE OVERSEAS―MEMBERS OF MARVIN’S MILITARY CARE COMMITTEE PACKED AND PRAYED OVER 24 PACKAGES THAT ARE HEADED TO OUR MILITARY SERVING OVERSEAS IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. THANKS TO ALL OUR MARVIN MISSION HEARTS FOR SHARING DONATIONS AND SUPPLIES FOR OUR MILITARY FRIENDS.