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The slides above are the activities taking place this week .

Thank you for visiting the online community of Waverly First United Methodist Church. We look forward to having you as our guests.

“Down To Earth”: Church-Wide Advent Bible Study!!

“The Hopes & Fears of All the Years Are Met in Thee Tonight”

“When Heaven Comes Down to Earth, Greatness Gets Redefined.”

A virgin birth. God’s son…a helpless baby. Fleeing certain death. Nothing about the Christmas story is ordinary. Mike Slaughter says it’s enough to confound the mind and make the heart contrite. In his book, Down to Earth, Slaughter presents a four-week Advent study that opens up God’s Christmas surprise to us and examines how it changed everything.

All of our Sunday school classes will use this study during the four Sundays of Advent. This will also be the resource used for the Friday morning Pastor’s Bible study that meets at 9:00 am in Fridays – starting Friday December 7.

Please join us any Friday. Everyone is welcome and all points of view are welcome!

If you would like more information call Pastor Mark at 720-5464 or just stop by!

Join us for this engaging Bible study every Friday at 9:00 a.m. The study is meeting in the nursery and parents are invited to bring small children.

The “HOPE OF YOUR CALL”

Christmas Eve “Lessons and Carols”

I pray that the eyes of your heart will have enough light to see what is the hope of God’s call, what is the richness of God’s glorious inheritance among believers, and what is the overwhelming greatness of God’s power that is working among us believers.                                                                                                                                                          ~ Ephesians 1:18-19a

In Ephesians 1, Paul’s purpose is that we may know what is the hope to which God has called us.

We are called, not only to have hope, but to give hope whenever and wherever we can. We can consider this to be “perfect charity.”

The Holiday season is one of despair for many especially those who are experiencing the absence of a loved one. Try to be aware of those around you: neighbors, family, work associates, friends, and others you see regularly. Invite them to dinner, to a movie, to a church event or worship. Let them know that you care about them and that they are loved. Find Christ in them and let them see Christ in you. Live the “hope of your call.”

Waverly First United Methodist Church will have a very special service of Lessons and Carols including candlelight and communion at          9:00 PM on Christmas Eve, Sunday December 24. bring your family and invite your friends to this, arguably one of the most meaningful events for Christians.

Bishop Beard Issues Challenge to IGRC Churches!!

Bishop Beard has issued a challenge to IGRC congregations to grow their mission outreach:

Our commitment to generosity is one of the strengths of our denomination.

Allow me to issue a challenge to each of the IGRC churches: I invite you to host a special Sunday between now and the end of the year dedicated to helping community ministries. You pick the Sunday, you choose the project, you collect and distribute what is gathered. 

Some of you will want to collect can goods to help stock a food pantry, some will want to collect blankets to be used by first responders, some will choose to collect back packs, and others will want to gather items that can be used to comfort someone that is grieving or sick. Of course, you can always bring items and funds for the OCOK campaign. The list of possibilities is endless.

My suggestion is to advertise what you are doing, set a realistic goal, invite folks to bring their items to worship, bless and consecrate the items on the altar and then distribute them to the places that have been selected.

I look forward to hearing that your church took the challenge. If you need ideas just call the Midwest Distribution Center. There are many ways to let folks know that we care.

Generosity is contagious, let’s start an epidemic!

Do One Thing – FIRST AID!

Do 1 Thing seeks to ensure that everyone has access to information about risk and vulnerability, allowing them to make informed decisions; and access to resources that can help them become better disaster decision makers.

This is the final month. The goal for this month is to be prepared to give first aid while waiting for an ambulance.

An emergency can happen at any time and any place. Many public places have a first aid kit, oxygen, or an AED (automated external defibrillator) to treat people. These items can only save lives if someone knows how to use them. Actions you take in the first few minutes after an injury or other medical incident may save someone’s life.

CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING THINGS TO DO THIS MONTH TO BECOME BETTER PREPARED:

 1. Know what to do while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

Call 911 instead of trying to take an injured or ill person to the hospital yourself. It seems like waiting for an ambulance will make it take longer to get help, but ambulance crews can start providing care as soon as they arrive. They can get the patient to hospital quickly, legally, and more safely.

 2. Make or buy first aid kits for your home and car.

Ready-made first aid kits are available at most department stores or your local American Red Cross chapter. These kits come in a variety of sizes and prices. You can also make your own kit from supplies you probably already have around the house.

 3. Take training in First Aid, CPR, AED, or Pet First Aid.

Helping others in a medical emergency isn’t as hard to learn as you might think. Knowing how to apply a bandage, identify the signs and symptoms of shock, perform CPR or use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) can save a life.

First responders may not be on the scene for five minutes or more. It is up to individuals like you to be ready to help someone who is injured. The person whose life you save may be someone that you love.

More information is available at the church or at http://do1thing.com

“12 months, 12 things – Small Steps Toward Being Prepared for an Emergency”