December 13, 2018                                                                                               Volume XXXVII  No. 12


                                                               Yes! Yes! Yes!
       “Yes” is almost always the answer we want to hear, and the answer we most enjoy giving.  Advent and Christmas is the time of year when we remember God’s big YES.  Yes, God loves us.  Yes, God forgives us.  Yes, God gives us another chance.  Yes, God walks beside us, and will never leave us.  Yes, everyone is welcome.  Yes, God wants us all together, leaving no one behind or left out.  Yes, we are all one family. 
     There are so many people and circumstances that proclaim “no.”  No, you are not welcome.  No, you have had your chance.  No, there is not enough.  No, I do not love you anymore.  No, I will not be there.  No, this is just for our family, or members.  No, you are too young, or too old.  No, No, No…
      When God sent Jesus to us, He was saying and continues to say, yes. When we tune in to God’s continuous message of yes, it drowns out the negative messages of no.  Come to Sunday worship as we celebrate God’s awesome message of yes.  Say yes to your family and friends by gathering as a community of faith, singing: 

     “Yes, Jesus loves me!  Yes, Jesus loves me!  Yes, Jesus loves me!  The Bible tells me so.”
     “We say Yes Lord, yes Lord, yes yes Lord; yes Lord, yes Lord yes yes Lord;
yes Lord yes Lord, yes yes Lord Amen.” 
      I look forward to seeing all of you…. Yes?  Yes!  Amen!    Pastor Don  


                                             YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS! Niki Barr    

​   The youth have been quite busy this month with leading Polar Express, helping Junior Auxiliary with Santa Sneakers, & spreading some Christmas cheer with caroling. Our group has been blessed to be a part of each of these events. We end the year with a Lock-In at Pharr Chapel in Morgan City. Our church has a strong Youth leadership team that has done an excellent job of organizing & implementing events. I look forward to working with them as they discern where God is calling us to go in this brand new year!                                                      

                                                       Youth Calendar

  • December 16th White Gifts Service at 6pm. 
  • December 31st-January 1st  Nightmare after Christmas Lock-In at Pharr Chapel in Morgan City. We will leave church at 4pm on 12/31 & arrive back in Houma at 10am on 01/01. 
  • January 5th Bingo at Heritage Manor from 2-4pm. 
  • ​January 6th UMY Epiphany Party- Bring a $5-$10 wrapped gift or re-gift something you received from Christmas for our White Elephant gift exchange.
  • January 13th Youth Council meeting in FH from 11am-1pm.
  • January 18th-20th Happening in Woodworth, LA at the Wesley Retreat Center. This Spiritual Retreat is for youth in grades 10th-12th 
  • January 20th No Sunday School or UMY
  • January 25th-26th Conference Council on Youth Ministries Winter Meeting at Covenant UMC in Lafayette. 
  • ​January 27th Parent Meeting at 4pm in room 403 in the gym. UMY 5pm-7pm in the gym. We will have our Youth Worship, Under Pressure, at 6pm in the Sr. High Room led by Georgiana & Emma.

    Up-Coming Event: RSVP for Second Harvest Food Bank Mission in New Orleans on Saturday, February 16th. Limited spaces available. We will need help with transportation.  



                                                         Children's Ministry 

​ Our Polar Express event was so much fun! We got rave reviews. We would like to thank UMY for decorating, dressing up, & all their hard work; Georgia Randolph for making delicious hot chocolate; Rev. Don for helping Santa make a special appearance, &  Kim Babin, Anthony & Amber Cheesebrough for all the extra support! It takes a team to make an event run smoothly. Great job everyone!

                                 Come one! Come All!  Children ages 6-13
Would you like to perform in a theatre production? Starting Sun, Jan. 6 at 4 pm we will begin work on a production to be presented at Easter. Please call Sue Peace at 209-5665 or church office to sign up to participate 

                                          Children's Ministry Calendar
Dec. 16th Children will be working on their White Gifts Nativity Play during Sunday School in the Sanctuary at 10am with Sue Peace. Children need to be in the FH for 5:30pm to rehearse for the White Gifts Service.

​      Dec. 23rd No Sunday School--Sunday School will start the New Year with Bible basics on January 6th under the direction of Keith Rhea. We are in need of a few more Sunday School teachers. If you would like to be a part of a child’s spiritual journey contact Niki @ 870-5976.
Jan. 6th Cherub Choir practice at 4pm in AB403. Children’s Council will meet in AB Chapel at 4pm. Any parent or adult is welcome to attend!
 Jan. 13th Cherub Choir sings at the 2nd Service. 


                           Chancel Choir Cantata--Noel, Night of Everlasting Love
     Our Chancel Choir will present Noel, Night of Everlasting Love at BOTH worship services on Sunday, December 16, the Third Sunday of Advent as their Christmas present to you. This cantata is a wonderful collection of Christmas carols and songs arranged by Derric Johnson.
      If you have been to Epcot at Walt Disney World during the Christmas Season, perhaps you have seen this wonderful presentation at the American Gardens Theater. Derric Johnson is the original artistic director and arranger of Disney’s long-running annual Candlelight Processional, and our Chancel Choir is presenting this exact same music. Several of our present and former Chancel Choir members have performed in this event. It is presented annually at Disneyland as well. 

​                                               White Gifts Service & Reception
                                                Sunday, December 16th at 6pm

White Gifts will be sorted on Mon., Dec. 17th. Anyone wishing to

volunteer to help sort, please meet in the Sanctuary at 9 am.  

             Sunday, December 23rd Worship Services at 8:45 am and 11:05 am
Monday, December 24 Christmas Eve Service at 5:30 pm
             Sunday, December 30th Worship Services  at 8:45 am and 11:05 am

Agape Bible Study Veteran collection-Agape is collecting the following items for local Veterans: tooth brushes, tooth paste, toilet paper, paper towels, razors, shaving cream, socks, clothes detergent  

                                      CONSECRATION SUNDAY UPDATE
     We have received 83 estimates of giving for 2019, plus we are still waiting for confirmation from 10 families who use ACH for their contributions.  Have you turned in your estimate of giving card yet?  In order for your church to form a budget for 2019, we need to hear from more members their 2019 plans.  Cards are available at both entrances to the sanctuary, or you may call the church office.  Prayerfully consider how God has said “yes” to you.  Will you say “yes” or “no” to God?  Thank you.



                                             Did you know that our English Handbell Choir is up & running again under the capable leadership of Amber Cheesebrough? We have a gorgeous five-octave set of perfectly tuned, shiny bells, but not enough ringers. “Les Belles Clochettes” needs you! If you know your alphabet from A-G & can count to 4, YOU CAN PLAY HANDBELLS!  We are eager to enhance our worship experience with these beautiful instruments. We currently practice on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 with the exception of the 1st Wed. of the month, in AB/403. We hope to see YOU there!


                                         New Adult Sunday School Class
   We have started a new class in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings for a growing number of families that would like to get to know the Bible better. We are starting in the book of Exodus and we would love for you to join us. See Niki for more details. 


                                                                              Christmas Poinsettias
Donations were made to the Altar Flower Fund by the following:  Joyce Verdin; Marlene Dial in memory of Linda Garland; Kristie Pitre in memory of grandmothers Effie & Theresa;  Mike & Joy Tingle in memory of Ed and Nellie Bridges, in memory of Hazel Abernathy, & in memory of CJ & Mary Tom Tingle; Anthony & Amber Cheesebrough in memory of Judith Cheesebrough & in memory of Charles & Juanita Bailey; Juana Woodard in memory of John W. Woodard; Victoria Aycock in memory of Jack & Jackie Walker & in memory of Bobby Aycock; Billy & Myra Austin in honor of Rachel & Gene Milford; David & Connie Martin in memory of Ronnie Kimball & in memory of A D Martin Jr; Bobbie Simons in memory of Richard T. Simons; McCarty children, grandchildren, & great grandchildren in honor of Mr. & Mrs. Edward McCarty on their 66th anniversary; Jon & Pam Russo in memory of Matt & Rosemary Russo, in memory of Ethel & Paul Poincon, in memory of Sidney DeRoche; Lemley Family in memory of Jerry Lemley; Barbara & Lori Rogers in memory of Edgar Rogers; anonymous in honor of Gail & James Shanklin; Donna & Faron DeHart in memory of O’Ann Fischer, in memory of Madilynn Stroud, in honor of Savannah Dean, in honor of Abigail, Evalynn, Edward, & Eamonn Brown

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​​​                                                 United Methodist Women
United Methodist Women's meeting will be on January 8th at 9:30 am in the FH 

                                                   United Methodist Men 

                  United Methodist Men's next meeting will be in January 2019                        

 The Nursery (for children up to 10 years old) is open for Wednesday night activities from 5:30-8 pm. ***RSVP your nursery needs by Tuesday at NOON!

Gumbo for sale!
We have pints for sale for $5 & quarts for $10 in the Activity Building freezer. All proceeds go toward transportation costs for youth trips. 

​​                                                     CHURCH T-SHIRTS FOR SALE

Blue shirts kids sizes S-L $10; adult S-XL $11; 2-5X $13
Green shirts adult S-XL $11    
Bright yellow shirts adult S-XL $11; 2-5X $13

​                                                    SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES…..  
Box of Caring and Sharing--In January we will be collecting canned goods for the Terrebonne Churches United- Good Samaritan Food Bank

Children’s Moment - NEEDED- additional Children’s Moment providers at both services

Lay Readers - NEEDED- additional Lay Readers at both services


                                   Name tag orders will be placed periodically. $10 will be collected                                         when you pick up your name tag in the church office. Order forms                                       are in the church foyer on the name tag board & in the office.            



                                                                     Planned Giving
The goal of planned giving is to help donors plan their estates and charitable giving in ways that benefit both family & the church. The federal tax code allows for several trusts and gift agreements that are used in making these planned gifts to charity and that provide some tax benefits for donors.
designate your church as the beneficiary of your asset by will, trust, or other instrument. It allows you to maintain control of your assets during life and to make a gift to your church at your death.
            Charitable Gift Annuity
transfers your cash or appreciated property to the Foundation in exchange for a promise to pay you fixed income (with rates based on your age) for the rest of your life, and then to your church in perpetuity. It allows you to avoid capital gains tax on the sale of your appreciated property and receive a charitable deduction now.
            Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT)
transfers your cash or appreciated property to fund a trust. The trust sells your property tax-free & provides you with income for life or a term of years. It allows you to receive a charitable deduction now.
            Beneficiary Clause Retirement Plan
designates your church as the beneficiary of your retirement plan. It allows maintaining control of your assets during your life and to make a gift to your church at your death.
            Life Estate Reserved
allows you to donate a house or property to the Foundation but retain the right to use it during your life. It allows you to receive a charitable income tax deduction now.
If you would like more information about Planning Giving, pamphlets are located in the foyer of the front of church.                                                     


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