Dec 10, 2013 - Leavenworth First United Methodist Church
The Friends of Jesus Circle will meet on December 16 at 6:30 at the home of Melodie
Warner, 12730 Hollingsworth Rd., for our ornament exchange party.
We also will be collecting needed items for our "Make a Difference for a Veteran" service
project. Bring to our meeting: your ornament to exchange, items for the VA patients,
(list of needed items can be found below), and come prepared for a fun time of fellowship. If you cannot attend the meeting but would like to donate to our service project,
you may give your items to Mary Lou Anderson or any other FOJ member or leave them
in the church office. Call Mary Lou Anderson, 913-306-4064 or Melodie Warner, 913775-3374 with questions.
VETERAN PATIENT NEEDS
Denture Adhesive & Cleaner
Individual Crystal Light Packets
Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
Shaving Cream & Shaving Lotion **
Coffee- Regular and Decaf
Disposable safety razors
Women’s hair products
Pre-paid phone cards
Shampoo & Conditioner**
Notepads & envelops
Good used luggage and tote bags
Men’s White T-shirts-S & M
Hand & Body Lotion**
Hairbrushes and combs
Soda & healthy snacks
First United Methodist
of Leavenworth, KS
December 10, 2013
Inside this issue:
Itchin' to Stitch
Magazines (not more than 3 months old for the waiting rooms)
Good used clothing, especially men’s jeans
$5.00 gift cards to be utilized for prizes at Recreational Activities - McDonalds, Wal-mart
Monetary donations are always welcome and may be designated as a memorial. Funds benefit
needy Veterans and are used to purchase Canteen books,
fund special Recreation activities, comfort items, tennis shoes, and support patient activities.
Make checks payable to: Dwight D. Eisenhower (DDE VAMC) VA Medical Center.
Mail to Voluntary Service at the above address:
**Please make sure containers are plastic and items are alcohol-free
“We are a Church of the Ages,
Serving the Present Age by making
Disciples of Jesus Christ for the
transformation of our community
Being a spiritually dynamic, outward
focused United Methodist
Congregation enlivened by
passionate worship, equipped
discipleship and compassionate
Can you think about both Advent and Lent???
It’s that time already! We are compiling a list of ‘writers’ for the 2014 Lenten Devotional. This will be
our 52nd annual book! Please let me know if you are willing to write a short (not a word over 370
words!) devotion. This year’s theme is “The Quiet Center” Your writings could center around finding
peace and quiet in the midst of uncertain times and busy schedules - and focusing on the cross. Perhaps you have found that center and are willing to share your story! Or perhaps you are still searching...
You have a LOT of flexibility within that theme to share your thoughts with others in the congregation!
As you know, the Lenten Devotion Booklet (in the format of The Upper Room daily devotional) is always
inspirational, and warmly received by everyone. Please prayerfully consider this…and let me know if
you are willing to write this year. I will email you the guidelines or print you a copy and also provide you
with an example if you are new to FUMC and did not get a copy of the booklet last year. Your final devotion will be turned in later in January, but this is a good time to begin thinking about what you want to
Thanks very much!
Each Christmas, a family celebrated by holding a birthday party for Jesus. To
remind themselves of Jesus’ presence, they placed a chair of honor for him at
their dinner table.
The highlight of the party was singing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus and then
blowing out the candles on a special cake.
One Christmas, a visitor asked the family’s 5-year-old daughter, “Did you get
everything you wanted for Christmas?”
The girl paused and then answered, “No! It’s not my birthday!”
Advent Happenings at FUMC
Sunday, December 15th
Youth Christmas Party
"A Celebration of Carols" Christmas Cantata
Reception to follow in Fellowship Hall
Tuesday, December 24th
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
This service will feature our Cherub Choir, Kids Praise
Choir, Genesis Chimers, Young Christian Singers and
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
This service will feature our Sanctuary Choir and
Wesley Ringers. Be sure to join us at 7:30 for a
prelude by the Brass Ensemble, coordinated by
We hope you will be able to join us as we celebrate the birth of our
Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
Give the gift of blood this holiday
season by donating at our annual
Community Blood Center blood drive.
We will be hosting the blood drive
from 11:00 am - 6:30 pm on December 17th in the Fellowship Hall. There
will be sloppy joe's available to those
Itchin' to Stitch will be meeting Thursday, 19 December, at the home of Teresa Hicks,
6:30 PM - 118 Rock Creek Loop, Lansing. If you need directions, please call Teresa at 7272694 any evening.
We are going to be collecting dental items for our veterans .... if you have a chance, pick up
toothbrushes, toothpaste, denture adhesive and/or cleanser.
Remember to bring any items you may have put the finishing touches on and any new
project ideas you may have. Bea is going to do some quick tip demonstrations. See you soon!
If you are 60 years of age or older and can't spend Christmas with your family or friends, Federal Police Officer, Cpl
Jeff Zilmer, Leavenworth Police, Sgt. Bill Green and Retired
KCMO Officer Richard White, invite you to attend the 37th
Annual Christmas Dinner.
The free dinner will be served Christmas Day, noon - 2:00
pm, at the Heritage Center, 109 Delaware St. , Leavenworth,
Kansas. Contact 816-572-2646 no later than Saturday,
December 21st to attend or for a home delivered meal. Call
Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
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Poinsettias for the church altar during the Christmas season may be ordered through the church
office at $13 each. Checks need to be made out to First United Methodist Church (Please write
“poinsettias” on the memo line of your check). If you wish to give one in honor or memory of a
loved one, please fill out this form and return it to the church office with your check as soon as
In Honor of:_____________________________________________
In Memory of:____________________________________________
Please pick up your poinsettia on or after December 29th or make specific arrangements with the
office if you can’t pick it up by that date.
Rev. Kevin Hopkins
Rev Bob Atwell
Coordinator of Christian Education
Director of Youth Ministry
Amy S. Brandt