All Church Charge Conference
PPUMC’s annual All Church Charge Conference is scheduled for Monday, December 8 at 7pm in the Great Room.
All members are urged to attend and use their voting privileges on such issues as the Lay Members serving the congregation next year, Lay Servant certification and the Pastor’s recommended compensation report for 2015.
This is a good way to see the behind-the-scenes activities that keep us moving forward.
Mission Committee says “Thanks” with Tamales Fellowship
“Our church family has been so supportive of our mission work done here at PPUMC that the Mission Committee is serving up tamales, beans and salsa as a special way to say “thanks” on Sunday December 7, following each of the four worship services. Come to the Fellowship Hall after worship for a free tamales meal!”
These tamales will be made on Saturday, December 6th starting at 10am in the Fellowship Hall. Come learn how to make delicious Tamales while making those to be served the next day. Sign up with Elsa, Patty or the church office to learn the art of Tamales-making.
Some pork tamales will also be available for sale at $15.00 per dozen. Any proceeds over the cost of the ingredients will go toward adopting a local family this Christmas.
Kids’ shine in That Starry Night Christmas Musical
Our elementary school children are putting on the Christmas musical, “That Starry Night” which teaches kids and adults that all are welcome at church, everyone is important to the Christmas story and Jesus IS the Reason for the Season!
There are two showings, both in the Great Room of the Ministry Center. The first is Friday, December 12th at 7pm. The second showing is a matinee on Saturday, December 13th at 2pm.
Come and support our children who put so much energy and enthusiasm into this production about three youngsters who happen upon a group of kids rehearsing for their annual Christmas Eve pageant. Not knowing what a pageant is or understanding the teachings of Jesus, they learn a lot from their new friends.
Shoeboxes of Love Going to Oregon
Christmas Shoebox gifts are built from love for children that might not otherwise get a gift.
We are getting specific information on needs for children in Chiloquin, Oregon, and will pass those needs to our church family when available.
Since this is the first time we’re sending gifts to Chiloquin, Oregon, they don’t know what to expect. Our usual Shoeboxes of Love will be the bulk of our delivery this year, with some individual gifts when specified.
Don’t want to make your own Shoebox gift? Cash donations will be accepted and our Sunday school kids and Mission Committee will shop for you. See Linda Harrell to make a monetary donation.
These Shoeboxes of Love will be packed into vehicles on Saturday, December 13 and driven to Chiloquin, Oregon by members of our youth SSP and Adult Mission teams. The teams will spend the night and drop off the gifts the next morning at the Methodist Church in Chiloquin. To help with this project, please contact Linda Harrell.
Christmas Cantata Services
PPUMC’s Seasonal Choir is presenting “The Christmas Story” a cantata composed by Tom Fettke and Thomas Grassi. It is a blend of thirteen familiar and lesser-known carols. This event will bring a song to your heart!
On Sunday, December 21st, the first of two Christmas Cantata Services is at 9am in the Sanctuary. After the service, head into the Fellowship Hall for a time of gathering and refreshments.
The second service is at 11am, also in the Sanctuary, followed by a time of fellowship in the Hall.
Soup Supper and Stable Service December 21
On Sunday, December 21 the 6pm service will begin at the usual time, but in the Fellowship Hall instead, where the 6pm service families will be putting on the annual Soup Supper. Sign up at the evening service to bring soup, bread, crackers or cookies. Don’t want to bring anything? Set up and clean up tasks are available! Lots of help is needed, last year over 200 people attended this fun evening.
After the soup supper, everyone will be directed to the location of the stable service. Your family won’t want to miss PPUMC’s annual Stable Service where the church family re-enacts the scripture of Jesus’ birth. The Stable Service will be held immediately after supper, about 7pm. Weather permitting, there may be some Christmas caroling too.
Blue Christmas Service
Blue is a color with many meanings. On a beautiful day the brilliance of a blue sky caps off everything under it. When we look at water and it is a deep blue there is a sense of purity and depth which is pleasing.
Yet when blue is the color in our hearts, then it is every bit as painful and deep as it is beautiful and pure in other places. We will gather on Monday, December 22 at 7pm in the Sanctuary to own the blue feelings that live in us at this time amidst the joy and festivity of the Christmas Season for others. We gather this night for worship because we are not alone.
There are two Christmas Eve Services:
At 7pm in the Sanctuary, there will be a Family Christmas Eve Service. This service lasts about an hour.
At 11pm also in the Sanctuary, there will be a Communion Service. This quiet time is for reflection on the gift from God that we celebrate the next day. This service lasts 45 minutes.
What Are “Core Values”?
By Jeremy Schulz
Our “Core Values” are those things that define who we are, who we believe God is calling us to be and what we value most as a church family. They are also the things we are best at and the things that excite us. They reflect our talents, and bring us genuine joy when we practice them.
Our “Core Values” are the strengths from which we are choosing to live and they will guide our decisions about the next phase of our church’s growth and development as a unique body of Christ.
The four core values for PPUMC are: Building Community, Deepening Faith, Worship and Serving Others.
This past year and going into next year, our church is going through the process of meeting together in groups to experience the meaning of these four core values. We do this to ensure a common understanding of the “Core Values” so we can become fluent in speaking about them to one another.
Once all of us have a working understanding of what our “Core Values” mean, then our church will take a look at what we are currently doing in terms of mission and ministries and see how they align with them. Out of this conversation and examination we will discover what we need to create or change in order to more fully live out of our strengths and “Core Values”.
Our “Core Values” will soon become the measure of how we, as the body of Christ in Point Pleasant, expend our God given time, energy, money, and talents in mission and ministry to best make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!
If you would like to be part of a Core Values four-week experience, contact the church office to get on the list for the next series of groups that will be forming in the early months of 2015. Let us know if you’d like a day or evening group.
Health expert: United Methodists saving millions of lives
“I have heard about the work that your congregations, particularly your young people, have been doing — the level of creativity, energy and commitment — to save the lives of millions of children and women in Africa,” said Dr. Christoph Benn.
He is the director of external relations and a founding board member of the Geneva-based Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He addressed the Council of Bishops during an update on the denomination’s Imagine No Malaria initiative.
“You have the sincere thanks of not only of the Global Fund, your partner, but also all the people whose lives have been changed by these activities,” he said.
So far, the global United Methodist Church has raised an estimated $64.5 million in gifts and pledges in its campaign to eliminate needless death and suffering from malaria in Africa, announced Pittsburgh Area Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton. He leads the Western Pennsylvania Conference and chairs the denomination’s Global Health Initiative. “I’ve seen the connection come alive,” Bickerton told fellow bishops. He noted that 42 conferences have made a commitment to participate in the initiative. The average individual gift is $96 and the average pledge is $800.
Church committed $28 million to Global Fund
The United Methodist Church aims to raise $75 million by the end of 2015 for Imagine No Malaria. Of those funds, the denomination has committed that $28 million will go to the Global Fund.
The United Methodist Church is the first faith-based group to work closely with the Global Fund. The Global Fund, a public-private partnership, is the world’s largest funding source for health programs that fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. People who bought products with the (RED) label help support its work.
Imagine No Malaria also is funding a number of other strategies. The campaign supports United Methodist hospitals, clinics and health boards across Africa that work to prevent and treat the disease.
Efforts are working
The various efforts are working. Since 2000, malaria deaths have decreased by 42 percent worldwide, Benn said. Deaths are down by 49 percent in Africa, where the disease has been most virulent. Benn talked of recently visiting a hospital in eastern Africa. He asked to see its younger malaria patients and learned the hospital had not admitted a child with malaria in two weeks.
A physician, Benn has more than 25 years of experience in global health and advocacy. He has worked as a clinician and public health official in Germany and the United Kingdom, as well as on the staff of a rural hospital in Tanzania.
He told the bishops that since the current devastating outbreak of Ebola in the West Africa countries Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, the Global Fund has freed up funds to fight this virus as well.
“We need to do everything we can to contain Ebola. I would not for a second underestimate the challenges in these countries,” Benn said. “But we also have to keep Ebola in perspective compared to the many other health challenges the world faces.” He said about 1,800 children still die every day from malaria, while the total mortality of Ebola at this point is estimated to be around 5,000. Nevertheless, Benn expressed hope that malaria deaths can be eliminated. He even suggested a vaccine may be available in a few years.
In all of this, he said, The United Methodist Church plays a key role. “I believe that churches have a unique capacity to be a source of imagination, as they have been for centuries,” he said. “They have an unparalleled network of life-giving communities all over the world. What the churches provide affects the progress achieved.”