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LAKESIDER December 2011 A Season of Faithfulness

We began a new Christian year last Sunday with the First Sunday of Advent. As a time of waiting, Advent calls Christians to begin their year in hopeful expectation. We anticipate God’s coming into the world at Christmas and so mark the new year’s beginning, not by Christ’s birth, but by the preparation of our hearts and minds. Waiting can be difficult business. It is hard for some of us to stay attentive and focused when we wait. It is easy for some of our imaginations to run wild when met with delay. Staying “on task” while waiting can often be very trying. In her book My Grandfather’s Blessing, Rachel Naomi Remen writes that when she was four her grandfather, an Orthodox Jewish rabbi, gave her a small cup of dirt and told her that if she put water on it each day something might happen. She soon tired of the daily exercise, but her grandfather urged her to keep it up. After three long weeks, Rachel was astonished to see two green leaves poking up through the dirt. When her grandfather came to see, she thought he would be as surprised as she: “But, of course, he was not. Carefully, he explained to me that life is everywhere, hidden in the most ordinary and unlikely places. I was delighted. ‘And all it needs is water, Grandpa?’ I asked him. Gently he touched me on the top of the head, ‘No, Neshum-le,’ he said. ‘All it needs is your faithfulness.’” Advent is a season of waiting ..... of remembering ..... of being faithful. —Pastor Mark Lakeside United Methodist Church 2925 NW 66th Street, OKC, OK 73116 405-843-5777 lakesideumc@coxinet.net web: lakesideumc-okc.org Lakeside Staff Pastor........................ Rev. Mark Rickman Music Director.......... Jason Grife Pianist........................ Corie Melaugh Organist..................... Jean Shackleton Youth Director........... Lauryn Laupp Admin. Assistant........ Kyna Burnett Nursery Attendant..... Patsy Kouhdari Nursery Attendant..... Deanna Bond

ANNUAL PLANNING MEETING • 1/14/2012 • MARK YOUR CALENDARS 8:30 - 11:00 A.M. • ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL


Greeter and Usher Schedule We appreciate all the Sunday School Classes for providing Greeters and Ushers every Sunday. The following is the next two months schedule: December - Share January - Wesley & Youth As we do our part in serving may we be mindful of Jesus’ words from Matthew 25:35, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Hospitality calls us to see people as Jesus sees them and to see Jesus in the people God brings before us.

Please bring: your old prescription eyeglasses for Skyline; your Campbell soup UPC code (labels for Education) and cereal BoxTops$ for Education at Cookson Hills. Place them in the drawer of the credenza in the foyer. Skyline is also needing eyeglass cases. They try to provide each person who gets glasses from the clinic with a case for their new glasses. December 2011—Page 2

From Missions:

Thanks to everyone who helped at the Food Bank in November. We had 27 people (counting our WONDERFUL Youth group). In 4 hours our group boxed up 35,570 pounds of food, the equivalent of 27,362 meals. Way to go Lakeside, and God bless all those people in need everywhere. We need to have all the Skyline families taken care of by December 15th. Please check in the east foyer for your opportunity to give to these families for Christmas. Thanks!! —Mary Ellen Cromwell Mission Chair

Missionary Conferences Apportionment What is a missionary conference? According to the Book of Discipline, “A conference is a missionary conference because of its particular mission opportunities, its limited membership and resources, its unique leadership requirements, its strategic regional or language considerations, and ministerial needs.” We have two missionary conferences in our South Central Jurisdiction: The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference and the Rio Grande Missionary Conference. Both of these missionary conferences receive significant funding from the World Service apportionment dollars, in addition to the funds provided by their specific apportionments. The Rio Grande Missionary Conference is centered in San Antonio, Texas. It is comprised of Spanish-language United Methodist congregations in the states of Texas and New Mexico. There are approximately 15,200 members in 87 churches, with the membership growing each year. Each Sunday, you can count on more than 35 percent of the members being present for worship. This missionary conference is nurturing Hispanic leaders who are making disciples for Christ among our growing Hispanic population. The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference has offices in Oklahoma City and works under the episcopal leadership of Bishop Robert Hayes, Jr. It is made up of 89 Native American churches in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. These churches are served by 45 full- and part-time pastors, representing 25 tribes from across the United States. Only three of the churches are self-supporting. Our apportionment dollars are used to help pay salaries for the other 42 pastors, whose base pay is $21,050 per year. The average salary for all OIMC pastors is approximately $22,500. The support from the Oklahoma Annual Conference is their largest single source of support, with the exception of that received from the general church. They have a rich heritage and are the “parent” conference of the Oklahoma Conference. The first Methodist churches in Oklahoma were Indian Mission churches. We are privileged to now call them our “partner annual conference.”


Sunday School News: The Share Class Christmas party will be Sunday, Dec. 11th at 6:00 p.m. Boys and Girls each need to bring a $10.00 wrapped gift and a side dish or desert. To all of Lakeside...please support our Advent programs this season, and have a wonderful and blessed Christmas! The Disciples Class Christmas party is Sunday Dec. 11th at 6:30 p.m. We will be meeting at the church. Bring your favorite dish or dessert and a $15 gender-specific gift to exchange! Hope to see you there. Come to church to see Lakeside’s’ youngest and most beautiful! Congratulate the proud parents Nick and Kristen Geist on the birth of their daughter, Eleanor Marie Geist on November 9,2011.

Celebrate the Marriage of Courtney Evans & Josh Valentine with a Wedding Shower on Sunday, December 11, 2011 2:30 p.m. Lakeside United Methodist Church Registered at: Dillards Bed, Bath & Beyond

Barbara Johnson Darrell Hoel Dean Hoel Debbie Hamlin Greg Moore Ken Brokaw Max Harris

December Birthdays Betty Puckett................12/11 Donna Andrews.................15 Patsy Kouhdari...................17 Greg King..........................17 Dean Johnson....................19 John McGaugh, Jr. .............19 Henry Bockus....................21 Greg Norton......................23 Dean Hoel.........................23 Maria Roberson.................23

Christmas Eve & Christmas Morning:

There will be a Christmas Eve Service at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 24. Since Christmas is on a Sunday this year, there will be no Sunday School on Christmas morning. Be here at Lakeside by 10:00 a.m. to enjoy a service of carols and a Christmas message.

Pat Donnelly Randy Shugart Tara & Adam Brown Ted & Jean Wolford Terrie Thomas Tim Payne & Family Tom Howard Wayne Johnson

Please contact A.M. Nowlin with prayer requests and updates (843-6811). December 2011—Page 3


An Afternoon of

Caroling

12/18/2011 A Tapestry of Light: A Celtic Christmas Celebration will be presented by the Chancel Choir on Sunday, Dec. 18th during worship. The joy and hope of Christmas are celebrated in this new Celtic-styled cantata. This jubilant work is filled with tuneful carols, thoughtful narration, and sparkling orchestrations. Traditional melodies form the foundation of this tapestry of light bringing to you a pleasing mixture of choirs, carols, and candlelight.

Children’s Christmas Program 12/11/2011 The children of Lakeside will be presenting a wonderful Children’s Christmas Program, “Were You There” during worship on Sunday, Dec. 11th. Please be here to enjoy this story with the clever theme of a reporter interviewing the shepherds, stars and angels, etc. It will warm your hearts and remind you of the miracle of the season.

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& Chili

12/10/2011

Meet at the church at 2:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 10th for caroling. We will be back at the church to enjoy a chili potluck at 4:00 p.m. Bring your best chili to show off your skills to friends. Everyone will be home by dark. If you know of someone who would be encouraged by hearing a few Christmas carols please bring suggestions. This is a fun event for all. Hope to see you then. —Mark Smith


Being greeted at the Thanksgiving Dinner

Sharing a Thanksgiving Dinner in Fellowship Hall

Community Thanksgiving Dinner The Welcoming Committee has been busy this fall planning and producing events to draw the community into our church. A pancake breakfast was provided on November 5 that was very well attended. With the help of the Youth a Thanksgivng Dinner was also available on November 13 for members and the community. What a great way too celebrate the goodness of God’s provisions. Thank you, Youth! December 2011—Page 5


Dear Lakeside members and friends, Although we have made significant progress in recent weeks toward our apportionments, we still have a ways further to go. At this point, we have paid 100% of the following apportionments: Africa University, Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference, Rio Grande Conference, Urban Ministries, Cookson Hills Center, Neighborhood Services Organization, Oklahoma Volunteers in Mission, United Methodist Manor, Oklahoma Conference of Churches, Mt. Sequoyah Assembly Grounds, SMU Campus Ministry, Lydia Patterson Institute, Ministerial Recruitment, Interdenominational Cooperation Fund, Jurisdictional Administration, Episcopal Fund and Housing, Equitable Compensation Fund, Group Insurance Fund, and Ministers’ Moving Fund. Listed below are the apportionments with balances due before December 31: World Service and Conference Benevolences.......................... 1,000 Ministerial Education Fund.......................................................... 772 Black College Fund..................................................................... 268 Camps and Conferences............................................................... 96 Congregational Development...................................................... 428 Prison Ministry............................................................................ 298 Hispanic Ministries...................................................................... 195 Oklahoma City University........................................................ 1,958 Campus Ministries................................................................... 1,484 Circle of Care............................................................................. 633 Nursing Homes............................................................................. 63 Chemical Dependency Programs.................................................. 47 Ok. Ministry to Racial Ethnic Churches......................................... 98 Board of Ministry.......................................................................... 36 General Administration Fund...................................................... 179 Oklahoma Conference Administration..................................... 1,934 Communications......................................................................... 545 District Superintendent Fund................................................... 1,249 Conference Center Building........................................................ 389 St. Paul Seminary, OCU.............................................................. 343 REMAINING TOTAL....................................................................... $12,015 If you have already completed your 2011 pledge and can made an additional contribution toward one or more of the above items, it would be greatly appreciated. Remember, all contributions must be dated and postmarked before December 31, 2011, if they are to be recorded as 2011 contributions. Contributions received after that will be recorded as 2012 contributions. Thank you, Lakeside, for what you have already done and are doing. The ministries and programs represented on this page are making a difference in countless lives around the globe. Let as all do our utmost to meet 100% of Lakeside’s 2011 commitments. ­

—Henry Bockus Administrative Council Chairperson

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—Pat Donnelly Lay Leader


December 2011 Sunday

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4 9:30 am Sunday School 10:45 am Worship 2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT 5:00 pm Youth 5-12 grade

5 6:30 pm Finance Committee Meeting

6 9:00 am Worship Planning 6:00 - 8:00 pm ESL 7:00 pm AA

9:30 am 11 Sunday School 10:45 am Worship with 3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS MUSICAL 2:30 pm WEDDING SHOWER COURTNEY & JOSH VALENTINE 5:00 pm Youth 5-12 grade

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13 9:00 am Worship Planning 6:00 - 8:00 pm ESL 7:00 pm AA

18 9:30 am Sunday School 10:45 am Worship with 4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT CHRISTMAS CANTATA 5:00 pm Youth 5-12 grade

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20 9:00 am Worship Planning 6:00 - 8:00 pm ESL 7:00 pm AA

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27 9:00 am Worship Planning 6:00 - 8:00 pm ESL 7:00 pm AA

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CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED

7 6:00 pm Rehearsal for Children’s Christmas Musical 6:30 pm Bell Rehearsal 7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal

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3 7:30 am Methodist Men’s Breakfast

10 2:30 pm CAROLING & POTLUCK CHILI SUPPER

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The LAKESIDER

PERIODICALS

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Skyline News Highlights

•While we’ve had a challenging year to keep up with the financial needs, we were pleasantly surprised to learn World Neighbors chose Skyline to receive their Dignity Award. •The many other ways Skyline ministries help the poor are faithfully reported each month in the newsletter. The overall trend is an ever increasing number of individuals being served. The Cupboard, the Eye Clinic, Alive on Saturday Night and the Listening Post have served approximately 15% more individuals this year. •Clothes for Kids, Christmas Grace, Prom Dress and Prime Timer programs, located at the McKee Center, also continue to serve an increasing number of clients. •Please consider becoming one of our volunteers. Visit our website: www.skylineurbanministry.org, for more information and phone numbers. —Joe C. Leonard

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December, 2011 Newsletter