Once again our church will be participating in the South Yarmouth Library Annual Holiday Cookie Stroll, scheduled for Saturday, December 14 from 10 to 3. This is an annual fundraiser for the library.
This year we are welcoming an ensemble of talented musicians from Dennis-Yarmouth High School to play some favorite Christmas music in the sanctuary at 11:00 a.m.
Another Look at the Stories of Jesus’ Birth and Childhood
Join with Pastor John for a six week Bible study based on the stories of Jesus’ birth and childhood. Usually our recollection of the story of Jesus’ birth is a combination of a few stories from the different gospel writers. During our time together we will read and reflect upon what each different gospel writer has to say about the birth of Jesus. Also, the Bible doesn’t tell us much about Jesus’ childhood, so we’ll look at the few stories we do have that describe Jesus’ early years. No matter how familiar these stories might feel to us, it’s always interesting to look at them again, especially because of the insights that can come from those who gather to reflect upon them.
The study will be offered on Wednesday afternoons at 12:30 p.m. and then again at 7:00 p.m. The afternoon meetings will begin with a time for lunch together from 12:00 until 12:30. All classes will be held in the Parish Hall. If you are interested, please sign up in the Parish Hall or the church office for either the afternoon or evening opportunity.
Wednesday, December 4
Matthew’s story of Jesus’ birth: Matthew 1:18-25
Wednesday, December 11
Luke’s story of Jesus’ birth: Luke 1:26-38, Luke 2:20
Wednesday, December 18
John’s story of Jesus’ birth: John 1:1-18
Wednesday, December 25 & Wednesday January 1
Christmas Day & New Year’s – No class!
Wednesday, January 8
Matthew 2: The Epiphany and the First Family’s Escape to Egypt
Wednesday, January 15
The Presentation and the stories of Simeon & Anna: Luke 2:22 – 40
Wednesday, January 22
The boy Jesus at Jerusalem: Luke 2:41-52
On Tuesday, December 24th, the South Yarmouth United Methodist Church will hold two Christmas Eve services. The first will begin at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend, but this service will be geared toward children, youth and their families. A Christmas pageant will be at the heart of this service. Children will especially be encouraged to participate in the re-telling of the story of Jesus’ birth. There will be special music as well as a children’s message and a Christmas meditation.
A second service will begin at 8:00 p.m. and include lessons, carols, special music and Christmas message. This service will have a more contemplative “feel” for the night. Both the 6 PM and the 8 PM service will end with candle light and the singing of “Silent Night.” Please feel free to invite family, neighbors and friends to either or both of these services.
I “CAN” do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Our Youth are collecting redeemable “CANS”! Please bring your redeemable beverage cans to the Parish Hall where there is a large box under the bulletin board in which the kids painted to hold the donated cans. We greatly appreciate your support!
What a joy to have our youth part of Sunday’s special baptism service. Thank you all for living out your faith and leading us in worship.
Always giving thanks for our young people…
A blessed Christmas my friends,
The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you good news of a great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savoir, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”
We all have a wonderful opportunity to be an angel for a child and their family this Christmas. The South Yarmouth United Methodist Church will be supporting the Hands of Hope Outreach Center of the Cape Cod Council of Churches with Christmas gifts for children and youth in our community.
If you would like to be someone’s angel during this holy season, visit our “angel tree” and choose an angel tag from the tree. The tag will suggest a gift for an infant, child or teenager. Take the tag home with you and purchase the gift suggested on the tag. Bring the gift in any time on or before Sunday, December 15. Simply place the gift, with its tag, under the tree. Your gift does not need to be wrapped.
Leaders from the congregation will take all the gifts to the Council of Churches on Monday, December 16 in order to get them ready for their recipients. Gifts of money are also welcome. If you’d like to be an angel by giving a donation, checks can be made payable to the “Hands of Hope Outreach Center” and marked “Christmas Program.”
What a wondrous and meaningful season is upon us, a feast of gratitude, lights and much music. Our choir has blossomed from eight to twelve singers to now and still counting! I want to personally invite you to consider joining us in choir on any Sunday. Singing sounds lovely, yes, but it also makes us feel good. Research shows that singing – whether in the shower, car or in a choir – decreases stress and anxiety and increases feel-good chemicals like serotonin and dopamine. If the holiday season finds you less than celebratory, consider joining us for a Sunday during Advent. You don’t have to do it perfectly! In fact, just showing up before the service at 9:00 is the only criteria. Here are some musical festivities to get you excited:
December 8: Right after church service, join us for some soup and then Christmas caroling! We’ll canvas the neighborhood as well as add our voices to a retirement home. All that’s needed from you is to dress warmly and a love of Christmas carols. I’ll bring some portable caroling sheets so no music memorization necessary!
December 22: Our regular church service will be filled with extra special music from the choir, including solos, duets, a trio and maybe a bass or a cello! It will be a surprise. Please don’t miss this expression of worship from our beautiful choir, who is rehearsing as we speak. For those who may be expecting a “blue” Christmas, be it from loss, or just not so cheery a year, our choir has a special song that speaks to loneliness and loss but also gives a gentle message of Hope.
Christmas Eve, December 24: 6:00 p.m. service includes our children’s pageant (plus musical surprise!). The 8:00 p.m. service is more contemplative, musically but get ready for a jazz Christmas song or two.
I hope to see you very soon. Thank you for your consistent support of the music and your wonderful welcoming that continues to amaze me.
Cheryl Kain, Minister of Music
Members and friends of the South Yarmouth United Methodist Church are invited to stop by the home of Pastor John and Joy on Sunday afternoon, December 15 between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Their open house will provide everyone with a nice opportunity to enjoy some light refreshments and to enjoy each other’s company during this time of year. Pastor John and Joy are looking forward to sharing their home with all who can come. Please phone the church office at 508.398.9482 for the address.
There will be a meeting at 11:30 a.m. after the December 14 Sunday worship service to present and vote upon a budget for 2020.
“Sing we now of Christmas, Noel, sing we here!”
On Sunday, December 8, at 12 noon, members and friends of SYUMC are invited to join together to visit a few of our homebound members and sing Christmas carols with them. All ages are welcome to participate, as well as people of all different singing abilities. All that is required is a desire to “make a joyful noise” to the Lord and to bring some Christmas cheer to members and friends who don’t get out too frequently. We will carpool to a number of different residences in order to visit, sing and share some of the joy of the season. We’ll plan on finishing up at about 3:00 p.m. or so. Don’t miss this meaningful activity during this special time of year.
Spread the word, the Christmas Room will be open in the Fisherman’s House Thrift Shop from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. from November 30 through December 20. Looking for bargains? This is the place to shop for ornaments, table linens, wreaths, decorations, wrapping materials, stuffed animals, Yankee swap gifts, Village ceramics and much, much more. We’re located at 324 Old Main Street in South Yarmouth. Visit our Facebook page: Fisherman’s House Thrift Shop.
All proceeds benefit the South Yarmouth United Methodist Church and members of the Dennis-Yarmouth community.