CMUMC Weekly Update 11-30-17 Weekly

Greetings all!  First I want to thank each of you for sticking with me as I bauble and bungle things.  I’m getting the rhythm and hang of Caddo Mills UMC, slowly but surely.  So I ask for continued grace as I wrap myself around everything new.
Speaking of new – ADVENT is here!  I absolutely love this time of year.  As we begin to prepare for and celebrate of the arrival of the Christ Child in the Manager, I pray that each of us finds a moment of quiet in our day to experience with our hearts and souls, one simple joy of the season.  After all, Hebrews 11:1 reminds us: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”  That is never more true than during this season of Advent, in today’s culture and climate.  As I was reminded while reading one of the daily devotionals this week, William Sloan Coffin, the former minister of the great Riverside Church in New York City once said “I love the recklessness of faith.  First you leap, then you grow wings.”  
Growing wings may be our goal as we all take a large leap of faith to fly in the face of fear this year, hearing “Do not be afraid” from God’s messengers. 
TONIGHT – the first Advent Study begins at 7pm in the Education Building.  This group gathering is great for youth and adults, so come on out and join us!
FRIDAY – Christmas Parade!  Won’t you come and help support the children in their float, and then plan on staying at the church afterwards for some hot cocoa and cookies.
SATURDAY – Caddo Mills Elementary schools need helpers this Saturday morning at 6:00 am at Walmart in Greenville. It is the annual Clothing Caddo Kids. Adult volunteers will help families find sizes for their children. 
SUNDAY – First Sunday of Advent!  It is getting exciting . . .  Invite your friends, neighbors, co-workers, family, anyone you know who doesn’t have a regular church home, to come and see what CMUMC has to offer!
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