The Twelve Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas Devotions

December 26th: Today is still Christmas.  Christmas lasts for twelve days!  The candles for hope, love, joy, and peace were lit during Advent. At Christmas we continue to share the good news about Jesus by lighting candles and telling others about how Jesus brings hope, love, joy, peace and light.

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Christmas Day

Christmas Day – December 25th

Today is Christmas. Light all five candles. The first Sunday the candle of hope was lit. The second Sunday the candle of love was lit. The third Sunday the candle of joy was lit. Last Sunday the candle of Peace was lit. Today light the center candle. This candle represents Jesus. Remember Jesus' birth when lighting this candle. The waiting is over!

(Light the first, second, third and fourth candles. Light the center white candle, the Christ candle).

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Advent: Week Four

Fourth Sunday of Advent. This is the fourth Sunday in Advent. Today light all four candles. The first Sunday the candle of hope was lit. The second Sunday the candle of love was lit. Last Sunday the candle of joy was lit. This Sunday light the candle of Peace. The world is not always a peaceful world. People hurt each other. Countries are at war. People don't take care of the world. People yell and scream at each other. But God promises peace. We pray we will seek God's peace during advent.

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Advent: Week Three

Third Sunday of Advent. This is the third Sunday in Advent. Today light three candles. The first Sunday the candle of hope was lit. Last Sunday the candle of love was lit. This Sunday light the candle of joy. It may be an expectation to be happy all the time as we get ready to celebrate Jesus' birth. Joy is not the same as being happy. Joy is a deeper feeling created by knowing God cares for everyone and sent Jesus as a reminder. During Advent, remember again God's gift of Jesus to the world and know the joy that gift brings to all people.

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Advent: Week Two

Second Sunday of Advent. Today light two candles. Last Sunday the candle of hope was lit. This Sunday light the candle of love. One verse many memorize and remember on this day is John 3:16, "God so loved the world..." When people do not know the love of other people, it makes it harder for them to understand God's love. During Advent, remember God's gift of Jesus to the world and know God's love for all people is the reason for this gift.

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Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF on Social Media

Our annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF event on Sunday, October 25 was a rousing success! Not only did everyone have a lot of fun, you raised $348.83 to help kids around the world have access to basic needs like clean drinking water.

In addition, many of you helped raise awareness of this great cause on your social media pages. We were so pleased to see people posting their pictures of our photo booth on their Facebook pages!

If you got home and realized you had pictures on your phone you didn't upload, it's not too late!  If you need help uploading your pictures to Facebook, check out the directions below:

Open up your Facebook app on your phone and choose "photo."

Open up your Facebook app on your phone and choose "photo."

Pick your photo! You probably have a lot to choose from!

Pick your photo! You probably have a lot to choose from!

Say what you want about the photo -- make sure you mention Trick or Treat for UNICEF!  Then touch on the pin to check in!

Say what you want about the photo -- make sure you mention Trick or Treat for UNICEF!  Then touch on the pin to check in!

If University United Methodist Church isn't one of your first options, start typing. Make sure you pick the right University United Methodist Church! Then touch done and post it!

If University United Methodist Church isn't one of your first options, start typing. Make sure you pick the right University United Methodist Church! Then touch done and post it!

If you or a special kid you know wants to raise more money for UNICEF this Halloween, you can print your own label for a jar or box to take with as you Trick-or-Treat or as you have Trick-or-Treaters at your home.  Bring your collection back to UUMC on Sunday, November 1 and it will be added to the money already raised!  Every little bit helps -- $5 feeds a malnourished child for five days, and $15 provides clean, safe drinking water for a child for a year!

Thank you for your generosity and your heart for kids around the world!

Understanding Benjamin

Dear Friends of UUMC,

Thank you all for your understanding and patience regarding our son, Benjamin.

You may know that he has Autism, having been diagnosed as severity level 1 on the Autism Spectrum Disorder.  This manifests itself in many ways, most evident to the congregation is that the behavior which he presents can often be challenging to understand, distracting to others, and difficult to manage.

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Keeping Up with the Changes

It’s a new school year!  I always loved the excitement of syllabus day and learning your new teachers and classmates.  At the same time, by the end of September I would realize that I was having trouble keeping up with all of the assignments, and my high hopes of reading every word that was assigned would fall away. At University United Methodist Church, we sometimes have a similar experience. We have lots of exciting, new changes, and it can be hard to keep up with it all!

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Aventine

This guest post is written by Abbi Telander, UUMC's Communications and Office Managers. One of Abbi's jobs is to take care of our neighbors who come to use our Church Door food pantry.

Michael is a regular at our Church Door food pantry. I am almost 100 percent certain he's homeless. He dumpster dives and recently told me he mostly eats ramen noodles people throw out by the case -- or at least he did until the mug broke that he used to heat up the noodles at 7-11.

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The Status and Role of Women

I recently returned from my last board meeting with the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW), a global agency of the United Methodist Church that works for the full inclusion of women in the church. 

Seven years ago, I was elected to the GCSRW board as a recent college graduate. My college boyfriend had just broken up with me—in large part because I was leaving for seminary.  He didn’t think that women should be ordained.

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They Need Not Go Away

 “It was in the time of the old revolutionary war between Great Britain and the United States… I was a Methodist. I was indebted to the Methodists, under God, for what little religion I had; being convinced that they were the people of God, …I could not be any thing else but a Methodist, as I was born and awakened under them.”[1]  These are the words of Rev. Richard Allen, born a slave in Philadelphia in 1760.

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Will The Dust Praise You?

This past week twelve disciples from University United Methodist Church followed Jesus to southeastern Kentucky for the Appalachia Service Project.  We worked to make rural homes warmer, safer, and drier. We shared our faith through acts of loving service. We noted the healing that God is effecting in a region torn by environmental, health, political, and financial destruction.

While we worked with the Appalachia Service Project, serving among an area that still suffers from the injustices of yesteryears, the radio brought news of a fresh act of terror.  Nine people were slain while attending a Wednesday evening prayer meeting and Bible study.

We listened to the radio report and longed for internet access or a television to give us more details, to satisfy the insatiable desire for more knowledge, for someone to make sense of the situation.  But even if we’d had high-speed connections, it wouldn’t have helped.

 

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Serving Near and Far

I treasure the journal of my great-great-great-grandfather, who was a circuit rider in Illinois and Missouri.  He writes of moving from church to church each week, staying in the houses of people he had never met, hoping that they will give him food for his horse.  

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