McConnellsburg United Methodist Church
Friday, December 15, 2017
Growing on a Life Changing Adventure with Jesus!

Notes from the Pastor

             Preparing the Way for Jesus

     We are entering into the season of Advent, a time to prepare ourselves for receiving Christ into our hearts and homes once again.  Preparation for Christ's coming is much more than decorating a Christmas tree or doing some holiday shopping.  It's about getting your heart right, getting it realigned to what's really important in life.  McConnellsburg UMC wants to help you prepare your heart for the coming of Jesus.  You are invited to any or all of the following activities.

ADVENT WORSHIP

     Weekly worship at 8:30 am and 11 am proclaims the prophetic passages that speak of the coming Messiah and the Second Coming of Jesus.  Advent Wreath mediations and candle lighting add to the special nature of the season. Advent and Christmas music play prominent roles in both congregational singing and choir selections.  The Advent season climaxes with a special Christmas Eve candelight service at 7 pm.

ADVENT BIBLE STUDY

     Every Wednesday at 10 am and 6:30 pm, Adam Hamilton's study entitled Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph, will be offered in the old fellowship hall to aid you in seeing the remarkable story of God's love from Jesus's earthly father's perspective.  Below is a reading chart to help guide you in hearing Joseph's story.

EVENT:                                                BIBLE READING:

 

Joseph lived in Nazareth                          Luke 2:4

 

Genealogy of Jesus                                                Matthew 1: 1-17 Solomon to Jacob       

                                                                  Luke 3:23 Nathan to Heli

 

Joseph Betrothed to Mary                       Matthew 1:18

Angel visits Joseph (1st dream)               Matthew 1: 20-21 

Joseph and Mary travel to Bethlehem       Luke 2: 1-5

Birth of Jesus                                           Matthew 1:25         Luke 2: 6-7

Temple presentation                                  Luke 2: 22-24

Angel tells Joseph to flee (2nd dream)      Matthew 2:13   

Flight into Egypt                                        Matthew 2:14-15

Angel tells Joseph to return to Nazareth (3rd dream)    Matthew 2: 19-20

 

Joseph and family settle in Nazareth          Matthew 2: 21-23          Luke 2:39

 

Finding Jesus in the Temple                         Luke 2:41-51

 

Holy Family                                                  John 6:41-42

 

 CHOIR CANTATA

       On December 10th at 7pm, a combined Cito and McConnellsburg UMC choir will present the We're Glad You Came cantata.  Musical offerings are a blend of both traditional and contemporary pieces.  There is also a nice balance of full choir and solo performances.  A love offering will be taken to offset the cost of future music ministry projects.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS/WALK THRU BETHLEHEM

     On December 1st, 2nd, 8th, and 9th, we invite you to head to the Fulton County Fairgrounds to experience Christmas through a drive-thru lighted display and a walking tour of the Nativity story.  Come and see the First Noel portrayed by actors from many churches in the area.  The Festival of Lights begins at 6 pm and closes around 9:30 pm.  There is a cost of $4.00 per carload.