The Indiahoma United Methodist Church exists to make disciples of Jesus Christ through love (open hearts), acceptance (open minds) and fellowship (open doors). Our objective is to provide an opportunity for both church and community to experience Jesus Christ as Lord.
It's party time again! Tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall Come anytime, leave anytime Bring games, food, puzzles, movies, music or whatever you think would be a fun addition to our evening. We'll ring the bell at midnight.
Here is some wonderful news from Jay Hunt, father of Madison, the five-year-old girl on our prayer list."My daughter and my family have received good news, the Leukemia cells can not be detected in the bone marrow and pending a test result from the national laboratory where the bone marrow sample has been sent, the leukemia will officially be in full remission. Thank you for your prayers." Katherine had a God sighting on Christmas Eve: "On Christmas Eve mom was without heat or electricity at Brookridge. We went to get her. We tried to get the car close to the ramp at the house and got well and truely stuck in the snow. At the point we were stressing the most a truck pulled up behind us and three young men stepped out offering assistance. They not only used the truck to pull us out but helped move a vehicle in our drive and then helped mom up the steps and into the house! God's true gift to us on the eve of Christmas!!! I do not even know who they were but they have my gratitude for their selfless act of caring!"
Deloris shared in church about a special encounter she had. She was sitting in her living room and looked outside to see an angel shoveling snow off of her porch.
Thanks to all of you who remember to do kind things for others, who are available to help when the occasion arises and who intercede for others through prayer.
We had 21 at church this morning, and I was surprised to see that many turn out. There were still snow drifts by the entrances and icy patches here and there. Beth and Owen were the acolytes. Mari and Beth lit the Christ candle in the Advent wreath. Herwannah led the choir. Janie played the piano. Daryl, Ken, Virginia, Shirley and Jim sang in the choir. Daryl did the children's sermon and the big people's sermon. The rest of us were the congregation.
Our annual Christmas cantata was another enjoyable evening of music and Christmas festivities. Thanks to Herwannah for her continual dedication as choir leader and Janie for her fabulous fingers on the piano. The members of the choir deserve kudos as well for the hours they spent rehearsing. It really paid off.
The best part of the evening was being with people from near and far. Catching up, exchanging gifts, meeting new people, laughing, sharing and, let's not forget, eating. How can I lose the five pounds I gained at the fellowship part of our Christmas Program?
“We can do no great things; only small things with great love.” --- Mother Teresa
What small tasks do you perform with great love?
Don't forget the Christmas program this evening at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary followed by fellowship, food, and fun in Fellowship Hall. The candy sacks are "plum full" of delicious goodies decorated with a bell ornament made by Katherine Hunt. See you at 7:00 p.m.
Minutes of the November meeting read and approved.
Treasurers' Report: building Fund $3942.45 + General Fund 6590.45 = $10,532.90
We've paid $2000 labor & $248.72 for materials for church repairs.
UMW Report - All is well.
Trustees Report - The window looks great. Ronnie is going to come back and match the paint. The bathrooms are much better. We might consider putting ADA toilets in the Fellowship Hall bathrooms. We need to get the speakers on the wall and run a separate line for our sound system. In spring we'll spruce up the courtyard and fix the bricks under the bell tower.
Choir Report - There are only two Wednesdays left for Christmas Program practice.
1. The after school reading program is doing well. We need more helpers to tutor.
2. The District Youth Lock In that was scheduled for DEC 31 has been postponed.
3. WED, DEC 9th at 12 noon we will host a free lunch for Indiahoma High School students. We discussed who will cook lasagna, who can be at church to set up and serve. Patrick will buy the food at Sam's. Patrick will also do a devotional while the kids eat.
4. DEC 13 IUMC will go se CUMC's Living Nativity with SUMC.
5. DEC 20 at 7:00 p.m. is the Indiahoma UMC Christmas Program.
6. Patrick will be gone DEC 27 celebrating Christmas in Ft. Worth. Daryl will preach that Sunday.
1. Our church gave $150 to the school robotics team for their National Competition trip.
2. Daryl has 2 slabs from the Mesquite tree that was cut down.
3. Christmas Eve service will probably be at 7:00 p.m.
1. We decided to sponsor two students from the Indiahoma Angel Tree. Alba will buy the gifts and decide how much to spend.
2. The church Christmas tree is getting old. Katherine made a motion to buy a new pre-lit tree after Christmas. Colleta seconded. All in favor say, "Get a new tree!" Motion carried.
Our first school lunch was a success. 48 high school students and teachers filled the Fellowship Hall on WED, December 9th for lasagna, garlic bread, salad, cookies and pop. The food was good, many came back for seconds. Patrick told a story about a mission trip to Washington DC to work at St. Francis House, a beautiful building and gardens used to house dying homeless men. The students listened attentively. They know how to act at church. :~) My last count was 49 students and teachers plus the IUMC "lunch staff."