Archive for Wednesday, December 16, 2009

McLouth Happenings

December 16, 2009

Stanwood, Springdale, and Tonganoxie Friends Churches attended a Christmas dinner and program at Hesper Friends Church on Dec. 6. Friends Churches from Lawrence, Kansas City, Gardner, and Emporia also attended.

On Sunday, churches of McLouth will celebrate Jesus Christ and the public is invited.

The McLouth Church of the Nazarene choir will present its Christmas cantata, “Light of the World,” during the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

First Baptist Church of McLouth will present “His Name Is Jesus,” a choir musical celebration, during the 10:45 a.m. worship service.

McLouth United Methodist Church invites all to share in their “Advent Celebration” at 8:30 a.m., followed by a Christmas Cantata at 11 a.m. At 5 p.m., a Christmas radio drama play will be presented.

• McLouth Friendship Club’s covered dish luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Community Center. A contribution of one canned food item for a local food pantry will be appreciated. All adults over 50 are welcome. Please bring a covered dish and your table service. If you need a ride, the Jefferson County Services Organization vehicle (with limited seating) is available to residents within a one-mile radius of McLouth. Please call Charlotte Robinson to make your reservation for a ride: (913) 796-6798.

• Christmas can be a lonely time for some. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, McLouth United Methodist Church will offer a “Blue Christmas” service for those who will be missing someone special at Christmas.

Broken relationships, insecurity due to unemployment, illness, isolation, the loss of a child, the loneliness of no longer having a beloved spouse to share each day, the loss of a dear family pet — all these can contribute to the feelings of loneliness and “being blue” in the midst of society, which is geared toward festivities and joyful celebrations around the holiday season.

Join in sharing and hearing prayers, music, and scripture acknowledging God’s presence, reassuring that God’s word is for those who mourn and struggle; and that His word can shine light into our darkness.

This brief service will be followed by refreshments and fellowship, and is open to everyone. Please accept this invitation as a time to move from feeling “blue” to experiencing the wonder and hope of Christmas.

• Christmas Eve Service hours vary, offering everyone the opportunity to worship within the McLouth community:

A Children’s Christmas Eve service (for the young and young-at-heart) begins at 5 p.m. at McLouth United Methodist Church.

Stanwood Friends Church welcomes everyone to participate in a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m.

McLouth Church of the Nazarene Christmas Eve service begins at 7 p.m.

Everyone is invited to a beautiful and relaxed candlelight service, featuring communion, the hymns of Christmas and special music, at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve at First Baptist Church of McLouth.

McLouth United Methodist Church welcomes everyone to a traditional candlelight Christmas Eve service at 10 p.m.

— Please submit McLouth community information, announcements, and upcoming events to Beverly Muzzy: mclouthhappenings@embarqmail.com or (913) 796-6935.

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