Sunday: December 25, Christmas Day
Christmas: The Quiz
One service at 10 am
Join us for a time of fellowship and worship. Pajama-wearing encouraged. Name tags appreciated.
To find our live stream go to linktr.ee/castlerockfumc and click on either the YouTube or Facebook option.
Join us for the Blue Christmas Service tonight at 6:30.
The deadline for the January newsletter is December 23 and will be published on January 4.
Save these dates:
December 23: last zoom session for Rev. Sarah’s discussion of The Angels of Christmas, 6:30 pm
December 24: Christmas Eve services at 4, 6 and 11
December 25 & January 1: one service at 10 am
January 12: Leah Circle OF UWF, 11:45am, Fellowship Hall
January/February issues of the Upper Room are available at the Welcome Center.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of this year’s Giving Tree.
S.O.C.K. Volunteers are needed to provide and prepare meals for our Tuesday afternoon SOCK program (Serving Our Community Kids). Sign up at the Welcome Center.
The Church Photo Directory is live at this time.
To view the directory online, go to members.InstantChurchDirectory.com and follow the prompts under “Sign In” to “Create a login now.” Please remember, you must confirm your email address before you can sign in. There is also a free mobile app available for download at the Apple® App store in iTunes®, Google Play™ store and the Amazon Fire App Store. Simply search for “Instant Church Directory” to get the download. You will need to use your email address as listed in our directory to create a log-in the first time you use the directory online and via the mobile app. We will have print copies available by Jan. 8th We can still add you if you missed the picture dates. Just let Pastor Matt know. For questions or changes, please email Pastor Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org
Year-End Giving Reminder
Here is your yearly reminder that for contributions to count for 2022 they must be in the office by Dec. 31st. By Mail: must be postmarked on or before December 31, 2022, They can be mailed to Castle Rock FUMC 1200 South St. Castle Rock, Co. 80108, And for our Online giving they must be completed by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, December 31, 2022. Go to https://abundant.co/fumccr/church
Please contact the church office for links to these Zooms:
• Stephen Ministry Supervision meets the second and fourth Thursdays at 6:30 pm
• Rev. Sarah’s Contemporary Discussion Group, Zoom Sessions: Fridays at 6:30
• Coffee Time with Rev. Sarah, Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
Reminder: Social Media Have Been Updated to help us be easier to find and connect with.
All the links in one place: https://linktr.ee/castlerockfumc
PRESCRIPTION FOR A BLUE CHRISTMAS: HOPE
Written by Joe Gschwendtner
The winter solstice, or first day of winter is also the longest night of the year. Many churches recognize it in an Advent service or “Blue Christmas.”
For some, Christmastide is not for merrymaking, but rather great sadness. They have lost a loved one, a close friend, are ill, deeply in debt or beaten down by life itself. While the whole world seems to be laughing, they cry inside, estranged from joy with indescribable grief or loneliness. Recent mass shootings have only exacerbated this for all. Statistics tell us that loneliness has become an epidemic.
Hurting people need our help. They are in a silent crisis, needing to see beyond the veil of darkness that masks their sunlight. As Pastor Franks has noted, ours is a God of hope, and we are in his plan.
Let’s use December to take the time and attention to walk alongside those who we know are hurting. It is anything but easy, even painful, but God has called us to this. Jesus ministry changed many a hopeless life. We can too, just as he did. After all, this is the season….
In Our Prayers:
Patty Clausen, Jan and Bud Richter, Cynthia and Tom Johnson, Tracy Beaman, Sarah McAneny, Betty Grant, the family of Ann Corson, Jeri and Guy Groves,
Maria Molieri, sister of Vince Molieri
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,
The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play
And mild and sweet their songs repeat
Of peace on Earth, good will to men
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow