Subject: This Week at Medford UMC -- November 29. 2019

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A Word from the Pastor

Friends - 

And so it begins. A kind of sprint to the end of the year. 

I love Christmas, but there's a challenge to my enthusiasm: people. Maybe you woke up at 4:00 this morning to go shopping, thinking, "game on!" All I can say is, "better you than me."

We have turned this time into such a frenzy of, well, everything - that the image I have is of us staggering to the finish line, collapsing next to the manger of the baby Jesus. Not necessarily in worship, but in sheer exhaustion. Too much stuff, too much food (and drink!), too much pressure, too many parties, too many people.

If you are looking for an alternative, some ways to reconsider your approach to the season, check out - there you'll find some good suggestions and resources to simplify your Christmas.

And when you're tempted to get bent out of shape about people this Christmas, like when that guy steals your parking spot at the mall, try to remember this: the people are kind of the point. That's why Jesus came to begin with. He came because God cares that much about people


P.S. - One of the suggestions from Advent Conspiracy is that we "worship fully." Join us in church Sundays at 8:15, 9:30 or 11:00 as we look at the Christmas story through some of your favorite films - starting with Will Ferrell in Elf this week!



Operation Santa Needs Your Help Today

Operation Santa is our joint effort with the Medford Police Department to bring a little Christmas cheer to local families. With this year's expedited holiday schedule, gifts are due on Monday, December 2. If you have not yet signed up to give a gift, there are a few names left on the list. Please email immediately to find out the age and gender of a child for whom you'd like to shop.


Giving Thanks for You!

The Outreach Committee would like to thank all of you for your donations toward the Thanksgiving Food Drive. Special thanks go out to the numerous volunteers who helped sort and pack the donations, load the truck - and especially those who went to Camden to help unload the truck at the Neighborhood Center. This year, we collected 66 boxes of food and donated 58 turkeys!  Let’s keep the spirit of giving going as we start our Angel Tree program this Sunday!


Intergenerational Worship

Join us at 9:30 am in the FLC this Sunday! As we begin our sermon series, "Bethlehem Blockbusters," our theme for this first Sunday in Advent will be JOY as seen through the movie ELF.  We will be exploring a few of our traditional Christmas Carols -- remember Buddy the ELF says "the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud so all can hear."

This Sunday, the majority of the congregation will be seated in rows; six tables will be set up for families with children who need more room to color and explore as we praise God. Communion will be served in the traditional style.

Come and spread the joy of this Advent season as we prepare once again to welcome the Christ child into our lives.



Opportunities to Serve & Give

Christmas Service & Gifting Opportunities: Whether you want to purchase a gift for a child, make a donation to assist people in need, help with delivery and sorting or even wrapping gifts, we have an opportunity for you this holiday season. Simply click here for a complete listing of Outreach Projects for Christmas. Operation Santa will be happening immediately after Thanksgiving; Angel Tree gifting opportunities will be available the first three Sundays in December.
Help Us at the Dickens Festival: We need a few more people on Sat. Dec. 7 to help us to bring the story of Christmas to the Medford community with our Live Nativity! There are all sorts of jobs available for all sorts of people. Get details and sign up at Contact Pastor Kathleen with questions.

Give the Gift of Mission: This Christmas, honor your children’s Sunday school teachers and youth leaders through the gift of mission. Simply make a donation using a blue offering envelope (mark it “SS mission gift”) or through the church’s app (visit “Give Now” and follow the prompts). You can then visit the bulletin board outside Bowker Hall, choose an ornament to personalize and give to your child’s teacher or youth leaders! All gifts will be divided between REACH and MUMC’s Scholarship Fund.



Events & Small Groups

For more info about any program, or to register for events, email

Sarah Circle: Join us in welcoming Susan Victor as our guest speaker on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 9:30 am in Room 104. Susan is a deacon in the United Methodist Church who, among other duties, has been working with The Maker’s Place, a mission initiative in Trenton. Her presentation will be informative and uplifting. As always, we will have refreshments and discussion about our upcoming initiatives.

Dinner & a Movie (Advent Family Event): Join us on Saturday, December 14, 4:30-7:00 pm in the FLC for our own screening of “The Muppet Christmas Carol.” Everyone is welcome – bring your family and friends! There will be pizza served and we ask that each family bring either a side or dessert. Click here to let us know you are coming and what you’ll be bringing. If you have additional questions, please contact Bethany Carl.

Town Hall Meeting on LGBTQ+ Inclusion: Join us Monday, December 16 at 7:00 pm in Bowker Hall for a town-hall style, all-church gathering to talk about LGBTQ+ inclusion. The pastors and members of the MUMC Reconciling Ministries Team will discuss:

  • Progress, plans and timelines leading to a vote on becoming at Reconciling Church.
  • The outcome of the special session of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference in late October, and subsequent developments.
  • What we’re hearing from around the UMC as we look toward General Conference 2020.

Come and join us – all are welcome – regardless of whether you are a member of MUMC. If you are invested in our faith community, we’d love to have you join us.


Christmas Music at Medford UMC: In addition to our wonderful music each Sunday during worship, you are invited to join the Christmas spirit through song at our special music ministry events:

  • Choir Candlelight Service -- Sunday, December 15 at 7:00 pm
  • Handbell and Chime Concert --  Sunday, December 22 at 4:00 pm

Christmas Eve Worship Schedule:

Worship services will be offered on December 24 in the Family Life Center at

  • 5:00 pm - Children & Family Service, and
  • 9:00 pm - Contemporary Candlelight Service

and in the Sanctuary at 

  • 7:00 pm – Lessons, Carols and Candles, and
  • 11:00 pm - Candlelight Communion Service.

We hope you, your family and your friends will join us in welcoming the Christ child. 



Happening This Week

Sun Dec 1 Junior Choir Practice 1:00 pm Bowker Hall
  Chime Choir (time change) 5:30 pm Sanctuary
Mon Dec 2 Youth Volunteer Meetings 6:30 pm Bowker Hall/Room 104
Tues Dec 3 Sarah Circle 9:30 am Room 104
  Yoga 6:00 pm Bowker Hall
  Prayer Shawl Ministry 7:00 pm FLC
Wed Dec 4 Church Council 7:00 pm Bowker Hall
Thurs Dec 5 Women's Bible Study 10:00 am Room 104
  Pre-K Board 2:00 pm Johnson's Lounge
  Gift Wrapping for Operation Santa 5:00 pm Medford Police Station
  Trustees 7:00 pm Room 104
  Daniel Plan 7:00 pm FLC
Sat Dec 7 Men's Bible Study 8:00 am FLC
  Dickens Festival 5:30 pm Main Street Medford

Sunday Schedule

8:15 am Traditional Worship with Communion Sanctuary
9:30 am Contemporary Worship FLC
  Sunday School  
11:00 am Traditional Worship Sanctuary
4:15 pm Youth Fellowship (3rd-5th Grades)  FLC
6:00 pm Youth Fellowship (6th-8th Grades) FLC
6:00 pm Youth Fellowship (9th -12th Grades) FLC

Music Rehearsal Schedule

Tuesdays Adult Bell Choirs 7:15 pm Sanctuary
  Wesley Choir 8:30 pm Choir Room
Thursdays Junior Choir 4:15 pm Choir Room
  Youth Bells 6:30 pm Sanctuary
  Youth Choir 7:15 pm Choir Room
  Worship Band 7:30 pm FLC
  Garwood Choir 8:30 pm Choir Room
Sundays Chimes Choir 5:45 pm Sanctuary


Medford United Methodist Church
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