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The Music Ministry of
Lithia Springs United Methodist Church
presents
The Heavens Are Telling
Sunday, December 14, 6:00 pm
This will include music from our
Chancel Choir, Ezekiel 33, Handbell Choir and our Youth
Choir
Reception immediately following service in our Fellowship
Hall please
bring finger foods to share.
From the Pastor
Happy Advent!
I want to thank those of you who have responded so far by giving
to the YearEnd
Offering. We have received $4,490 to date which
means we are about 1/3 of the way to our goal of $15,000! We’re
making progress, but we’re not there yet. Most people think their
gift will be insignificant and not help. That could not be further from
the truth. Powerful things happen when each person takes a
minute to ask God about what to give. Please pray about
participating and jump in with us.
There are several ways to make your gift:
1. Give online http://
lithiaspringsmethodist.org/giving/
2. Give in service Give
in service this weekend and put in memo
Ministry Quick Links
LSUMC Website
Submit an Event
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Upcoming Sermons:
Advent: Words that Last
12/14 Rejoice Always
1 Thessalonians 5:16 24
12/21 The LORD is with
you
Luke 1: 26 38
12/24 NOW it’s
Christmas
Luke 2: 1 20
Services at 7 and 11 PM
Holy Communion
12/28 Rev. Angela
Johnson preaching
Office Hours
Please remember the
church office is open 9
AM 1
PM, Monday Friday.
If you call the office and
do not reach anyone,
please leave a message.
You may also email
Georgia at g.deakin@
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line (yearend)
3. Give through the mail We
included a selfaddressed
envelope
in the mailing last week, or you can send to:
Lithia Springs UMC
P.O. Box 627
Lithia Springs, GA 30122
4. Drop your gift off in the church office by Dec. 31, 2014 at noon.
God has given us a great mission, and we’re blessed to be able to
join Him in reaching our community for Christ and advancing the
Gospel around the world. Let’s finish the year out strong, and go
boldly into 2015!
Blessings,
Pastor John
A Word from the Associate Pastor/ Youth
Minister (Angela):
My heart hurts and cries out for people of all
ages, races, and backgrounds. I have been
extremely quiet to express my thoughts. As I
discern and reflect with God, I am beginning to
believe that I have been “quiet for too long.” As
a campus minister, youth/associate minister,
and a child of God; I believe it is a part of my
call for justice to be expressed. As an African
American clergywoman, a lot has occurred in the media
concerning Mike Brown and Eric Garner. Truthfully, I was not there
and cannot say what I should have, could have, or would have
done. It is my intention to express my thoughts and to hopefully call
people to respectful dialogue around race.
The protesting and outcry has more to do with the built up anger
and frustration of systemic racism than it does with the death of
these two men. That is not to diminish their deaths but speaks to
the great need for dialogue around race. I believe police officers
deserve respect and I am grateful for the work they do. What I
want to express is in no way to be disrespectful towards officers or
demean the work they do. A conversation about how people
respond to police officers needs to happen, but right now there is a
much more pressing issue.
Keep in mind that slavery in the US ended less than 150 years
ago, segregation in schools was made illegal only 60 years ago,
and in other realms only 50 years ago. Even after segregation was
made illegal it continued for years after that and there were many
other civil rights struggles that continued and still continue today.
We still have much work to do for civil rights and racial
reconciliation. God is calling us to do work as the church. Whether
you agree or disagree with my thoughts, just know that God is
calling us to do more. What can you do?
I again would encourage everyone to reach out to someone of a
different race to have conversations about race in our nation. It
lithiaspringsmethodist.org.
Please remember that
Pastor John is always
available on his cell
phone in case of an
urgent need.
The church office will be
CLOSED December 26 27
and January 1 2.
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may feel uncomfortable to do so but is a discomfort that needs to
be felt. I invite people to share how they are working towards racial
reconciliation or for persons of color to share their own
experiences. If you would like to talk about it, then I invite you to
email me so that we can find a time to talk over the phone, or in
person, preferably over a shared meal or drink.
Blessings for the journey,
Rev. Angela Renee
Upcoming Events
The Heavens are Telling
December 14, 6 PM
Special music by the Chancel Choir, Ezekiel 33, Handbell Choir and Youth Choir
Reception to follow bring
finger foods to share
Churchwide
Christmas Party
Wednesday, December 17
Dinner at 5:30 Carols and Santa 6:30
Christmas Caroling to Shutins
December 21
Meet at church at 4 PM we
will end at The Varsity for supper
Christmas Eve Services
December 24, 7 PM and 11 PM
December Birthdays
Dec 13 Margaret Arnold
Dec 13 Nancy Morgan
Dec 14 Stephanie Gay
Dec 21 Jeni Long
Dec 22 K. T. Price
Dec 22 Ian Douglas Squires
Dec 25 Sue Locke
Dec 27 Christine Buchanan
Dec 28 Stephen Johnson
Dec 29 Anne Martin Bernstein
Dec 29 Heather Gay
Dec 29 Scott Kelley
Dec 31 Jean Coffee
Dec 31 Frank Robison
December Anniversaries
Dec 16 Amos & Phyllis Martin
Dec 18 Gordon & Marion James
Dec 21 Steve & Kaye Andrews
Dec 22 Doug & Martha Newborn
Dec 23 Randy & Margaret Arnold
Dec 29 Jon & Christina Cunningham
Dec 30 Mary & Danny Gann
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