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December 14, 2009 Volume IX, Issue 25 A Publication of Living Word United Methodist Church December 20 “Mary's Song”

Christmas Eve “The Angels' Song” December 27 “Simeon's Song” (one service at 10:00 a.m.) Remember when Christmas was a time of excitement, wonder and expectation? Before the stress of shopping, relatives and overcharged credit cards robbed us of holiday joy? The wonder of Christmas doesn’t have to be lost as we grow older – you can recapture it at Living Word. This Christmas season we are going to celebrate the pure wonder of God’s most beautiful gift, and look at how that gift can bring joy back to the season. So bring the whole family and experience the Words of Wonder at Christmas.

In This Issue: Pastor’s Pen Page 2 Message from the Heart Page 3 Celebration Arts Page 4 Volunteer Schedule Page 5 Prayers Page 8 Important Information Page 10 Youth Page 11

Christmas Eve Worship Services Thursday, December 24 5:00 p.m. - Family Friendly Glory & Praise Worship childcare provided for ages three and under sign language interpreted 8:00 p.m. - Traditional Candlelight Worship childcare provided for ages three and under sign language interpreted 11:00 p.m. Traditional Candlelight Worship Sunday, December 27 10:00 a.m. Worship Service This will be our only service for this day and there will be no Sunday School. Childcare will be provided for ages three and under.

December 14 will be the last issue of the paper Beacon Newsletter you will receive in the mail unless you contact Lisa Baker at or 636-821-2800 (extension 2853) by December 31. As of January 1, 2010 Living Word is “Going Green”. By receiving the electronic Beacon (eBeacon) Newsletter in your email inbox instead of the paper Beacon newsletter you will help the church save trees and money. The Beacon will also be available at Thank you to everyone who has already signed up for the eBeacon!!

Pastor’s Pen "Peace on earth, goodwill to men!" Glorious words, but are these words relevant? Are they true? Just turn on the television, or open the newspaper and our joy is quickly sobered: "Additional U.S. troops to go to Afghanistan " "Murder down among adult population but skyrocketing among juveniles." "Twin babies found abandoned in dumpster." "Gang shoot out wounds two teenagers." "Over fifty are expected to die in holiday driving, most due to drunk drivers." Peace on earth? Really? Because we cannot escape the curse of human sin and mortality, God chose to enter our world and by taking on flesh and blood, share in our curse. While the story of Jesus' birth is beautiful, it is also very real. Taxes displace a poor, working class family from its home at the most inopportune time, during the ninth month of the woman’s pregnancy. The family has to take shelter in a barn because there is no room in the inn. Shepherds, the lowliest of all people, are honored with the visit of the heavenly host proclaiming the birth of the Messiah. The powers that be get wind of the birth and in jealously plot murder to protect their power. The family is once again displaced and must flee to a foreign nation to protect the Child. Meanwhile, dozens of children are murdered by rampaging soldiers. Christmas is real, and takes place in the real world. But Christmas of course is the story of Jesus' birth. This is the way God chose to come to earth. Not as a conquering king, but as one of us. Not in a royal procession isolated from the realities of human struggle, but wrapped in rags and placed in a feed trough. God anchored himself to our world through the common and everyday realities of our lives so He could share our lives as Immanuel, and we could go be with Him when our time in this world is completed. When you see the headlines in the paper or hear the evening news, remember, Jesus came to insure we find peace by taking part in our very violent world. The headlines we hear are the very headlines He lived. More than a nice dose of nostalgia every December, Christmas is a reminder that God loved us so much that He would wear human skin and face human heartache so we could find peace in Him when we're finished here.

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14

"Peace on earth, goodwill to men!" That's God's blessing to us, His troubled children. So don't just look for God in the twinkling lights and the happy smiles of children on Christmas morning. But look for God in the bad news of the headlines and be reminded of His awesome grace because He has lived out those same headlines so that we wouldn't always be bound to them. “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.’" (Luke 2:10-14) Shalom,


Message from the Heart

Christmas is for the poor!! I thought that’d get your attention. But I mean it. Christmas is for the poor. Think about it. What is Santa Claus to our current standards of wealth? What does my 3-year-old daughter see in him? She doesn’t need him to bring her presents. To her parents chagrin, she already has too much loot as it is from adoring family and friends who are low on time, but can send a card with money. Besides, there’s these novelty-stockpiles called Walmart and the Dollar Store that would make ole’ St. Nick’s bag-o-fun look like picked-over candy from Halloween. Let’s face it—kids nowadays make out better on birthdays, graduations, and grandma’s guilt. Considering the affluence in our time and place, our children could become more charitable to Father Christmas than he ever could be to them. I’ll almost have to stifle a laugh to tell my kids about Santa’s early days, and about the kind of gifts he would drop off in the night. Who puts oranges in wet socks hung over the fire to dry? Seriously, this guy’s lured by cookies and milk? Needing a non-motored sleigh with antlered beasts to tow it? No GPS system, and only lugging a small bag of wooden cars, spinning tops, jack-in-the-boxes and ….apples? Even the little boy in The Polar Express only got a tiny bell from this Wonderworker in red. A tiny bell!! Our kids ought to be bringing Santa Claus presents. Only the needy and childlike would find a friend in such a jolly saint with a name like Kris Kringle whose magic can’t conjure up half as much fun as our money can. Jesus seemed to only attract the needy and childlike too. (ooh…right between the eyes!) Jesus didn’t come to bring something divinely hilarious for the White Elephant gift exchange, or grind some angelic eggnog for our drinks. Jesus came to lift the burdens of the oppressed. To bring sight to the blind. To liberate prisoners. To bring some long-awaited good news to the poor! The POOR!! There it is my friends. Santa Claus isn’t the only one who didn’t try too hard to amuse the wellto-do. Jesus, too, knew about those persons who are mostly preoccupied, as one Lebanese poet saw it, trying to beguile happiness by whispering to it from among their heaps of gold and silver. You know, I think we can learn something from Cindy Lou Who (from The Grinch, the movie) who awoke to understand that the dazzling festivities swirling all around her were just an ornate disguise for her community’s growing CAPTIVITY to their ‘things’. Even Scrooge ultimately acknowledged that every cent of his greed-earned cash was an added link on his growing chain of eternal BURDENS. And that kid from the Polar Express (I didn’t feel like Googling his name) realized that most people are deaf and BLIND to the real meaning of Christmas that transcends the toys placed beneath the tree every year. And we…we who have so much, all the time…we are really as destitute as that guy/gal we serve beans and pizza to at The Bridge. For all of our illusions of immunity from ignorance, pain, and death—we’re just as lost, and maybe twice as poor. We grow too attached to our things, we can’t escape our burdens of fear and sorrow, and we suffer from a recurring affliction of stone-heartedness when it comes to listening for God. We are POOR. That should make you happy. It makes me happy. Because Christmas is for the poor. Chris Shank Director of Adult Ministries


Celebration Arts Special Christmas Eve Choir Opportunity

Everyone from 6th grade students to senior adults are invited to participate in this year’s multigenerational Christmas Eve Choir. Can you think of a better way to celebrate the birth of Christ? This one time event is ideal for those who are home for the holidays or can not make a longer commitment, as well as all of our excellent singers that are currently involved. We will meet for one rehearsal at 7:15 pm on Wednesday, December 23rd and then sing at the 8:00 p.m. Candlelight Christmas Eve Service. This is another perfect opportunity to invite a friend to sit next to you and sing His praises! Please contact Kay Kelly with any questions at or 636821-2800. Mark your calendar today; we would love to have you join us. Many Blessings, Nate

Happy New Year!!!!!

2010 would be a great time to try out a choir at Living Word. We have a choir for all ages 1st grade – adult. Music is a wonderful way to praise God and you get to meet lots of new friends, too. Check out the following schedule and see where you can serve this new year.

Children’s & Youth Choirs Fall Schedule! Voce Dei High School Choir (audition only) Great Awakening High School Choir F.B.I. Middle School Choir Living Word Children’s Choir Choir (grades 1-5)

Sundays, Sundays, Sundays, Sundays,

3:00-4:00 4:00-5:00 5:00-6:00 4:00-5:00

p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m.

All children and youth start back up on Sunday, January 10 and the adults start on Wednesday, January 6. If you have any questions, please call or email Kay Kelly at 636-821-2800 or

Kids In Mission Kids in Mission make a difference at Epworth

Mrs. Zacher & I delivered two carloads of 60 pillows today to Epworth. They were so excited to receive them. I think every person that was working in the Admin Office, including the Executive Director, came in and thanked us for this awesome gift!! They were so thrilled at the gift and the creativity of it....they said, a lot of people donate things, but not many, if any, think to give pillows and the executive director said it is much needed!! And the tie-dye was awesome. They turned out very cool. There is no way that I could have completed this project without each and every one of you that donated pillows and/or helped with the project. It is just proof that together we can do so much more than any one of us could do on our own. Thank you for being part of the Teens on a Mission team!! I did receive a quick e-mail from Epworth that said "Wow! The pillow cases and pillows are wonderful!!! The kids will love them!!" And it really was cool having everyone stop in and say thanks today!! Thanks all need to know you really did make a difference in someone's life!! Thanks!! Susan Wintermute


Volunteer Schedule Ministry

December 20

Ambassadors: 9:15

Denise Bertrand Joyce Jackson

Ambassadors: 10:45

Kathy Klos Kristine Rembold

Curbside Ambassador: 9:15

Jerry Steiner

Curbside Ambassador: 10:45

Rick Klos

Greeters: 9:15 Upper Level

Doug & Sandy Nash Art & Marty Schnatterly

Greeters: 9:15 Lower Level

Paetzhold Family

Greeters: 10:45

Greg & Lelia Kleiner

Groceries for God: 9:15

Kim Cox

Groceries for God: 10:45

Don & Mary Wallace

Muggers: 9:15

David & Judy Evans Gary & Heather Arbesman

Muggers: 10:45

Dale & Melissa Koenig Brad & Jill Beveridge

Nursery: 9:15

Beth DeHart Jeff & Jessica Smithson

Nursery: 10:45

Sonja Glaser Judy Groeteke

Ushers: 9:15

Tim & Betty Polles Gareld Butler Bailey Ragan Len Emert Ray Cleve John Balzraine Brenda Luter

Ushers: 10:45

Mike & Kim McGee Jerry & Ben Harman Rick & Lynn Furgerson

Welcome Desk: 9:15

Doug & Sandy Nash Tracey Mann

Welcome Desk: 10:45

Terry Kimmel Paula Bailey

December 27 (10:00 a.m.) Dion Stimmel Ruth Cooper Leah Anne DeBold

Jeff Smithson/Mike McGee Mary Niemi Bill & Loretta Schepp

Jim & Jan Kladney Art & Marty Schnatterly

John Novatny Doug & Michelle Eisenhart Lori Kitrel

Hannah Leonard Judy Groeteke

Jeanne and Don Gosen

If you would like to volunteer to serve on Sunday mornings in any of the areas listed above, please contact the church office at 636-821-2800. 5

Looking Ahead Sunday, December 20

8:00 AM Discipleship Sunday School 8:00 AM Traditional Communion Worship 9:15 AM Jesus’ Birthday Party 9:15 AM Sunday School (all ages) 9:15 AM Nursery 9:15 AM Traditional Worship 10:45 AM “Word on the Street” Drama Presentation 10:45 AM Sunday School (Youth & Adult) 10:45 AM Nursery 2:45 PM Childcare 3:00 PM Disciple I 4:00 PM Disciple IV 4:00 PM Middle School Youth Small Groups 5:00 PM High School Youth Small Groups 5:00 PM Koinonia Small Group 6:15 PM Childcare 6:30 PM “Word on the Street” Drama Presentation

Monday, December 21

8:30 AM Offertory Count Team 9:00 AM Quilters 10:00 AM Worship Planning Team 5:30 PM Children’s Ministry Team Meeting 6:30 PM AA Support Group 7:00 PM Care Giver Support Group 7:00 PM Finance Committee 7:00 PM High School Coed Small Group

Thursday, December 24

4:45 PM Childcare 5:00 PM Family Friendly Glory & Praise Worship 7:45 PM Childcare 8:00 PM Traditional Candlelight Worship 11:00 PM Traditional Candlelight Worship

Friday, December 25

Christmas Day Church Building Closed

Saturday, December 26 Church Building Closed

Sunday, December 27

10:00 AM Worship Service 10:00 AM Nursery 11:45 AM Offertory Count Team 3:00 PM Disciple I 5:00 PM Koinonia Small Group 5:30 PM Disciple IV

Monday, December 28

9:00 AM Quilters 10:00 AM Worship Planning Team 1:00 PM BRIDGES Senior Health Class 6:30 PM AA Support Group

Wednesday, December 30 No Activities Scheduled

Thursday, December 31

3:00 PM Church Building Closed

Friday, January 1

Church Building Closed New Year’s Day

Saturday, January 2

Church Building Closed

Sunday, January 3

8:00 AM Discipleship Sunday School 8:00 AM Traditional Communion Worship 9:15 AM Sunday School (all ages) 9:15 AM Traditional Worship 10:45 AM Contemporary Glory & Praise Worship 10:45 AM Sunday School (all ages) 3:00 PM Disciple I 4:00 PM Faith Walkers 4:00 PM Middle School Youth Small Groups 5:00 PM High School Youth Small Groups 5:00 PM Koinonia Small Group 5:30 PM Disciple IV

Tuesday, December 29 6:45 PM GAP Band Practice

Tuesday, December 22 6:45 6:45 7:00 7:00 7:00


Childcare GAP Band Practice Christian Believer Disciple I Scouts Court of Honor

Wednesday, December 23

7:15 PM Worship Choir & Voce Dei Rehearsal

For up to the minute calendar information, visit the church website at: For changes/ additions, email Katie Lorenz at

Submission Deadlines & Publication Dates

You will find upcoming submission deadlines and publication dates listed below. Articles are due on Mondays by 12:00 noon. Please email articles to Submission Deadline Publication Date January 4 January 11 Januray 18 January 25 February 1 February 8 The purpose of the Beacon is to encourage fellowship among Living Word members and visitors and to announce upcoming events and activities. All articles are edited for continuity, content and space as needed. If you would like to receive the Beacon by email please contact us at 636-8212800 or 6

2009 Ministry Successes 1. Increased the number of children, youth and adults involved in Hands-on missions in the community and small groups. 2. The Living Word family sponsored more than 100 children through Compassion International in the Spring of 2009. 3. Living Word Early Childhood Center has added 25 new families and grown from 73 children to 98 children in 2009. 4. Living Word Youth and Bridges (Busy Retirees Involved Doing God’s Exciting Service) held a very successful intergenerational Wii bowling tournament in the Spring of 2009. 5. Living Word hosted the Willow Creek Leadership Summit Simulcast in August 2009 – 390 leaders attended from all over the region. 6. Living Word hosted the Beth Moore Simulcast “Living Proof Live” in August 2009 – 100 women from the area attended. 7. The participation in the 20’s group and the Bridges group has increased in 2009. 8. The multimedia ministries (lighting wall, videos, etc.) have enhanced the worship experience and musical presentation/drama ministries at Living Word. 9. Living Word is involved in the community through the Wildwood Business Association and sponsored a booth at the Wildwood BBQ Bash in September 2009. 10. Living Word had 80+ high school kids at a lock in after homecoming. 11. Living Word welcomed several new members to the music ministries in 2009. 12. Walk to Emmaus, Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon and Al-A-Teen met at Living Word

in 2009.

13. Six new Stephen Ministers were commissioned in 2009. 14. Youth and Adult Choir summer tours were very successful (F.B.I – Middle School choir, Great Awakening – High School and Praise Hymn/Voce Dei – mixed youth and adult choirs). 15. Living Word is thankful for the faithful and generous giving in an uncertain economy in 2009. 16. Staff Parish Committee approved a new health care plan for the Living Word Staff. 17. Living Word Strategic Planning Team was formed in the summer of 2009. 18. Divorce Seminar was held in the Spring of 2009. 19. Small groups called Serve Groups for Grades 3, 4 and 5 were started in 2009. 20. Special Needs Fair took place at Living Word in the Spring of 2009. 21. Regular monthly mission service at “The Bridge” (formerly Centenary Cares) feeding the homeless. 22. SportsLife Camp Vacation Bible School brought in 130 kids from the area. 23. Bibles were presented to 20 3rd Grade students. 24. Library is in the process of becoming computerized. Touch screen check out is coming soon.



Prayer Concerns are listed for four weeks, starting the first week in bold print and are also shared with the Prayer Chain.

Health & Healing Jim McCormick Jack Cappadoro Don Larson Jessie Davie Lynn Wilcoxen Olivia Toone Cindy Hogman Margaret Gustafson

Betty Mertz Lauren Baxter Fred Dahlberg Ed Kleiner Syd Tockman Donna McIntyre Marie Spivey Matt Cooper

Dean Harris Joyce Goessling Steven Downs Bill Short Steve Jaboor Clella Malloy Pattie Teirney Nellie Cook Leonard Stimmel Chrissy Corrao Marilyn MacGavin Carol Farrell Mary Weisbarth Anne Spillenkothen Amy Farfan Sean Glanvill

Sandra Bauer Doug Scallorn Trudie Shaver Althea Procter Madeline Legler Tracy Potter Jacob Tomasovic Cleda Stoller

God’s Guidance & Presence Michelle Savage Steven Burian Dennis & Jackie Mourning Gary Hogman The Gamby Family Tim Cooper & family

Jim DeBold Chelsea Edwards Courtney, Brady & Carter Kuhn The Corrao Family Pam Savage U.S. Military


The Mertz family on the loss of Gary’s father, Rupp The Grogan family on their loss The family and friends of Chris Jenkerson The Kaczmarczyk family on the loss of husband & father, Denny The Weeks family on the loss of Lloyd Weeks The Morse family on the loss of Lu Morse The Gooding family on the loss of Judy’s sister, Joyce Williams Family and friends of Steve Heinicke The Davidson family on the loss of Bob’s father, Robert Sr.

To add a prayer to this list please call or text Wendy Sain at 314-420-4120 or email Emergency Pastoral 24/7 On-Call Phone: 636-821-2888

Stephen Ministry Stephen Ministry Training

Our next Stephen Ministry Training class is scheduled to begin in January of 2010. Stephen Ministers are lay persons whom Stephen Leaders train to provide effective, distinctively Christian care to others in their congregation and community. Classes will be held on Sunday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning January 10 and going through May 23. If you would like to register for classes or if you would like more information, please contact Wendy Sain in the Pastoral Care Office at 636-821-2800 or The cost for this class is $60 and includes all books and materials.


Dennis McIntyre Tom Nondorf Nancy Davis Darcy Denner

Christmas At Living Word Christmas Tree Lot is Open! Lot

hours are Monday - Friday from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. The lot features three kinds of trees including Scotch Pine, Fraser Fir and Balsam Fir. They also have a variety of wreaths and pine roping. Thank you for being a part of this fundraiser that enables Men’s Club to support Living Word’s missions and ministries. We still have several slots available to work the tree lot, please sign up on the Connect Card for a time slot listed or call Cindy Brown at 636-821-2800 for other opportunities to serve.

“Word on the Street” Musical Presentation - December 20 at 10:45 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. “Word on the Street” is a contemporary Christian musical of Mary, Joseph, and God’s gift of grace and faith. It is true to the Christmas story--but nothing like your typical “Christmas Pageant”. All ages welcome! Childcare provided for ages three and under. Event will be sign language interpreted.

Happy Birthday Jesus! Bring your friends to the Birthday Party of the year

on Sunday, December 20 at 9:15 a.m.! We will celebrate the birth of Jesus with fun games, crafts, and special Birthday cupcakes. Kindergarten through 5th Graders will meet in Room 205, Preschool students will meet in Room 111, and 2 and 3 year olds will meet in Room 114. Please note that there will not be children’s 10:45 a.m. Sunday School on this day - check out the “Word on the Street” Musical as a family.

Year End Giving

We want to encourage each of you to prayerfully consider making a year-end, tax deductible gift to the general fund. In order to obtain income tax benefit for 2009, we must receive your gifts physically in the church office or they must be postmarked by December 31, 2009. Thank you for your faithful generosity particularly in a time of financial uncertainty. God will honor your faithfulness in growing His Kingdom! Year End Giving Statements – we now have the capability to send your Year End Giving Statement electronically through secured email. Receiving your statement electronically will save the church the cost of mailing and allow you to receive it sooner. Electronic statements will be sent by January 15. Paper statements will be sent by January 31. If you would like to know more or you would like to sign up to receive your statement electronically please email Kim at kcox@livingwordumc. org or give her a call at 636-821-2800.

Breakfast with Santa Thank You!! The Early Childhood Center Board of Directors would like to

thank all of the volunteers that helped us with Breakfast with Santa. It was a huge success, and you really made it possible. A special thanks to Mick "Santa" Rembold who sat through hundreds of pictures and brought smiles to so many families!


Important Information The Church Building will be closed December 25 & 26 in observance of Christmas and will also be closed January 1 & 2 in observance of New Years. Have a great holiday! Free Senior Health Class sponsored by

BRIDGES is Monday, December 28, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Anna Sides, RN will be covering the topic of “Living Healthy with Diabetes”. You may contact Nadine Mordt at 636-230-6475 or if you have any questions.

New Studies Starting 2010...

From Eve to the Woman at the Well, Delilah to Sapphira, “The Bad Girls of the Bible” will bring you closer than ever to these shady ladies from Scripture who have so much to teach us! Begins Tuesday, January 12 at 12:30 p.m.; book and workbook will be available for $13.00. For more information or to reserve a spot, please contact Ann Lindemann, or call 636-519-0864.

Foundations Bible Study!

Are you interested in a bible study that will strengthen your understanding of basic Christian beliefs? A new Living Word weekly bible study will be starting January 10, 2010, at 4:00-5:30pm. This study is called Foundations - A Purpose-Driven Discipleship Resource and in 24 weeks will provide you with a thorough study of the core truths of the Christian faith. Whether you are a new Christian or a mature Christian, come dig into God's Word and explore the truth with us. For more information, contact Merri Eklund at 636-4582662 or at

DivorceCare - Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the

most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced. It’s a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you’ve never faced before. DivorceCare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each DivorceCare session has two distinct elements: a seminar with experts and a support group with focus. We want to help you on your journey toward recovery. Register today to be part of our next DivorceCare group. The next 13 week session begins January 21, 2010 and will be led by Lee and Kathy Foster. If you would like to register or receive more information, please contact Wendy Sain in the Pastoral Care Office at 636-821-2800, ext. 2823 or email wsain@ Cost for this 13 week support group is $15.

“The Bridge” will host the Longest Night Memorial Service on Monday, December 21 at 4:00 p.m. to remember homeless individuals who passed away during 2009. For more information contact Deb Crowe at

December Item of the Month - In December the Missions Committee

is collecting cake mixes and canned frosting for Circle of Concern to honor the birthday of Jesus. Please place your items in the collection bins located on the lower level at the bottom of the stairs.


Priscilla Shirer, the daughter of Dr. Tony Evans, ministers full-time to women. Her desire is to see women not only know the uncompromising truths of Scripture intellectually but experience them practically. In “He Speaks to Me”, Priscilla shows us how God spoke to Samuel and how He speaks to Christians today. Begins Wednesday, January 13 at 9:30 a.m.; workbook will be available for $11.00. For more information or to reserve a spot, please contact Jill Rector, jill@ or call 636-536-6699. For more than 15 years, God has used “Experiencing God” in His work, showing believers how to know Him intimately while encouraging them to step out in faith and join Him in His work -with miraculous results. Begins Tuesday, January 19 at 7:00 a.m.; workbook will be available for $15.00. For more information or to reserve a spot, please contact Jenny D’Errico, jderrico@ or call 636-458-0202. Also begins Monday, February 1 at 7:00 p.m.; workbook will be available for $15.00. For more information or to reserve a spot, please contact Traci Kelly, or call 636-5304671.

Youth Lets Get Merry People,

As this is the last beacon of the year, and at this time of year there's all sorts of retrospective lists or "best of 2009" lists; I thought I would follow suit: 9 Things I loved About 2009 (in no particular order): 1. Seeing great participation in our summer mission weeks. We had students "Love the City" from KC all the way to our own backyard. 2. My wife and I got our dog Bernard in February. He is a cocker spaniel who is just over a year old. 3. Seeing family from Living Word at my Grandma's funeral in May. They made the hall to Edina, Missouri, the land of my forefathers. I will never never forget the support my church family gave my biological family. 4. My sister getting married in June. I was all verklempt! 5. Seeing new faces at Middle School Half Day Hangout and our High School Lock-in @ Sportsfusion. One of my favorite things in ministry is not knowing who is showing up at our stuff, because that means students are bringing their friends! 6. Our High School Retreat in September. Pastor Harry Walls led us through an incredible journey through the story of the prodigal son. Plus, there was an epic football game in the rain, during which I inadvertently struck one of our students on the noggin due to my Brett Farve like pass release. 7. Fantasy Football season. Although I don't love that LT is clearly a shell of his former self. 8. Donald Miller's new book "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years". You should ask for it for Christmas. 9. Working with so many wonderful fellow youth leaders. I cannot say enough about our youth leaders dedication, passion, awesomeness, and attractiveness (Kung Fu Panda anyone?) We have dedicated folks to Sunday morning and Sunday evening activities, and a few who double dip. We have bus drivers who make off campus events possible. We have small group leaders sharing so much more than just their time- they are sharing their hearts with our students. We have student leaders leading the preaching, music, and prayer at events. We have students helping to set up, tear down, and promote events. I am blessed to be in partnership with all of these people. Youth ministries built on singular personalities will eventually be doomed. Plus, I'm not that cool anyway. 2009 has been a great year of youth leader expansion, we now have over 30 folks regularly meeting with the students of our church. Without these dedicated people, there would not be much to love about Living Word Youth in 2009. Because of all these people, Living Word Youth 2010 is possible. Many thanks. Peace, Adam Mustoe Director of Youth Ministries


Living Word United Methodist Church


17315 Manchester Road Wildwood, MO 63038

Phone: 636.821.2800 Fax: 636.821.2801 Pastor On Call: 636-821-2888 Website:

This publication contains dated material mailed December 14, 2009

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Mission Statement of Living Word:

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