“The Associate’s Corner”
Waiting for Jesus
When I was a child I use to share a bedroom with my father, mother, and younger brother. Unfortunately my father worked 1st shift and my mother worked 2nd. As one can imagine this often times made for some strange sleeping and waking hours. So while my brother and I slept my dad would wake up earlier and go off to work and every night my mom would return home between 11:00 – 11:30 PM which by the time both my brother and I were fast asleep. Occasionally though on Friday my father and my brother and I would stay up late and wait for my mom to get home. I still remember that after the news and WWF wrestling I knew my mom would come through the door any minute. The joy that my heart felt when that door flung open and my mom showed her face was one of the most delightful times for me as a child. Those moments I’ll never forget the rest of my life.
During the Advent season we will also being waiting on someone our savior and redeemer Jesus. It is a time to remember what Jesus means to us and what he has done for us. Jesus is more then just a healer or a person who can control the elements of nature – Jesus is savior our lives and the reason we no longer fear the penalty of death or the punishment of hell.
Why only celebrate Jesus once a year when you can do the same multiple times a year? Why not celebrate Jesus every day? Why not celebrate Jesus every second of our lives? In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Paul advises the followers to “pray without ceasing” and continues in verse 18 saying “give thanks in all circumstances…”. So praying without ceasing being thankful and grateful to God every moment of our lives. By doing this we start to realize just how present God is in our lives and just how awesome our Creator really is. Also in this way we discover new things about God and maybe even new things about ourselves and others as well.
I personally believe that God is steadily opening the doors to Heaven to humanity over time. It’s not because God is teasing humanity or creation but more like humanity has yet to catch up to the reality of just how awesome God and the kingdom God has made is. As more and more people realize just who God is and what Jesus did to save us. Just like my mother would slowly open the door for us I hope that each and every one of us will wait in anticipation for the day when the doors God’s Kingdom will be flung wide opened and all the world will see just how great and awesome God is. When will this day come? Even Jesus said he does not know when he will return to Earth (Mark 13:32 and Matthew 24:36) but as we wait we also have responsibilities here on Earth. We are to not only love God with all that we have but we must also love our neighbors as ourselves as well. Through our love and
dedication to God we also invite others to do the same increasing God’s truth around Earth and sharing hope of God’s grace to all those who did not have any before.
Pastor Yeng Yang
Fennimore UMW News:
The meaning of December: “twelfth and last (by modern reckoning) month of the calendar, the month of the winter solstice,” late Old English, from Old French decembre, from Latin December, from decem “ten”; tenth month of the old Roman calendar, which began with March.
We are looking forward to our Annual Potluck on Wednesday December 4th. We will enjoy a delicious meal and then have a short meeting and create our cheer plates.
As the year winds down and we rush to prepare our home for the Christmas, may you find … “Peace with God, peace with others, and peace in your own heart.”
The UMW wish you all a Very
Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
Creation Day: 9 AM on the THIRD Tuesday of each month at the Church. Many hands make a quick job of tying covers for our missions!
Stitzer Administrative Council and UMW will meet on Thusday, December 19 at 6:30 PM with a Potluck Dinner. Following that, Cheer Boxes will be filled. Please bring 2 to 3 dozen Cookies or Other Goodies!
Depot Exchange — Volunteers work on the second Monday of the month from either 9:30 – 11:30 or 2:00 – 4:00 . Please come and join in one of the UMW’s and FUMC’s favorite mission. Audrey is the contact person if you need info.
Kim Cathman 822-3196
Judy Nelson 822-3355
Lori Budzinski 822-6727
Audrey Doan 822-6527
December is a BUSY month for Christian Education! The students have been working hard, preparing for our annual Christmas Program (December 8 at 10:30). We will wrap up this semester next Sunday (December 15) with our Classroom Christmas Parties! There will be NO Christian Education on December 22 or 29. Classes will resume on Sunday, January 5 (2020)!
Operation Christmas Child was a HUGE success! Our students were able to pack over 90 boxes — WAY TO GO! We also held a movie night in November! Aladdin was shown, the kids has fun and everyone enjoyed the movie! We also have a Calendar and Holiday Card Sale going as well. Watch for them for sale between Worship Services on December 8 and possibly, December 15 (depending on supply).
Thank You for your support of CE!
Searching For Truth
Looking for something to do while your children are in Sunday School (Fennimore United Methodist Church)? Wanting a closer relationship with Jesus? Or looking for how God’s word pertains to your life today? Join us on Sundays from 9:15 to 10:15 AM. We will be using the Upper Room Devotional Book to guide our discussion to start. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Glen Klais at (608) 778-4953 or Christine Klais (608) 822-5578 (Text or Call).
Youth Impact is going strong!
We meet on Sunday nights from 4:30 to 6:30 PM in the FUMC Basement. Activities vary from week to week, but there is usually some combination of food, games, and spiritual-growth too. All students in grades 6-12 are welcome. Bring a friend!
Call or email Katie Volz-Oyen with any questions!