Saying goodbye

It was announced in church today that Pastor Nick will be appointed to a new congregation in the Harrisburg area starting July 1st. This week, our church leadership will be meeting with the District Superintendent to have a conversation about the qualities needed in our next pastor. Please keep them, our District Superintendent Jon Buxton, and Bishop Jeremiah Park in your prayers.

Sometime in the next few weeks, the new pastor will be announced in worship. The conference will supply a pastor to start on July 1st, so there is no time where Dorranceton will be without a pastoral leader.

Lenten Bible Study

During the weeks leading up to Easter, we will be studying the life and travels of Jesus, from the time he started his public ministry to his
death on the cross in Jerusalem. Each week’s Bible study theme will also match the sermon and worship from the weekend. You can join us for breakfast on Tuesday mornings at Chuck’s Diner, Main Street in Luzerne at 8:00AM, OR the same study will be offered on Thursday evenings at 7:00PM in the Pastor’s study here at DUMC

Dorranceton UMC Christmas Schedule 2012

All Church Christmas Party
Saturday, December 8th, 5:30PM

Join us for a meal and a Christmas sing-along led by Terry Zipay. Gather in Rumbaugh Hall to enjoy the decorations and Spirit of the season

Children’s Christmas Play
Sunday, December 9th, 10:00AM

Our children and youth are preparing a Christmas play to share in this Sunday’s worship service. It will include cute Christmas angels and some Christmas hymn singing. Join us as the kids sing and share the Christmas story in their own special way.

Christmas Caroling
Tuesday, December 18th, 6:00PM

Our youth group will lead this outing. If you like to sing, you are invited to join us as we sing carols around our neighborhood. We’ll end the evening with some hot food back at the church. All ages are encouraged to attend.

Attitude of Gratitude Workshop
Sundays Dec 9th,16th,and 23rd 3:00-4:00PM

Gentle spiritual and physical activities to refresh your weary soul this Advent season

Christmas is a joyous time. So why am I so worn out?
This busy time can leave us stressed and overwhelmed.

Join Kris Cross and Brookye Keeney Sunday afternoons during Advent to practice easy meditation exercises and gentle stretching to keep your body and spirit refreshed.

All are welcome! Stretches can be adapted to fit all abilities. Wear comfy clothes that you can move in, like sweat pants or pajamas – no jeans!

Blue Christmas – Service of the Longest Night
Wednesday, December 19th, 7:00PM

For those who are grieving a loss, the Christmas season can be especially tough. This special service, also known as “The Service of the Longest Night” will be a quiet, meditative service, where we will have a chance to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas – God coming into our lives.  We’ll sing quiet carols, share prayers, remember lost loved ones, and share communion together. If you know anyone who has suffered a loss this year, please invite them to join us on this special night.

Christmas Eve
December 24th, 7:00PM and 11:00PM

This year you can celebrate Christmas Eve at Dorranceton at either 7:00PM or 11:00PM. The early service will include Lessons and Carols, an offering from our Choir, communion and candlelight. The later service will be a quieter, and more contemplative Christmas worship service that will also include candlelight and communion.

Rumbaugh Hall update

Rumbaugh Hall Project Update

Rationale:

If you have ever seen Rumbaugh Hall set up for a nice event like a wedding reception or funeral dinner, you know what a beautiful space it can be.  You’ve probably also noticed that the end nearest to the sanctuary is full of items that have no other place to be stored.  It’s disappointing that our beautiful space looks so cluttered.  At its best, it looks like this:

 

The Plan:

The plan is to create permanent storage space on this end of Rumbaugh Hall.  It will be enough room to hold all of the day care toys, all of the tables and chairs, and the janitorial supplies that were displaced when the handicapped accessible bathroom was added.  There will also be ample storage space upstairs that can be used for items that don’t need to be accessed frequently.  The new wall would look like this:

 

The floor plan of the new space:

 

Funding:

The Rumbaugh Family established a trust fund that generates yearly interest checks that are only to be used for the maintenance of Rumbaugh Hall.  Currently, enough funds have accrued to cover the materials needed for this project.  The budget is $3,200-$3,500.  All of the labor and expertise will be donated by church members.

This means there are several ways you can contribute.  We will need many hands when this project begins, so if you have the ability and time to donate we can use your help.  We would also appreciate any financial contributions.  While this project can be completely funded through the Rumbaugh Hall Endowment, there are other future projects we’d like to pursue to make our fellowship hall more beautiful and inviting to our guests, including new walls, new wiring, and new flooring.  These projects will happen as we can fund them, but any donations to our current project will help to offset the materials costs.

Questions:
If you’d like to know more about this project, or would like to volunteer labor or funds, please talk to Council member Del Coslett (570-991-7565).

Vacation Bible School

Kids ages Pre-K through 5th grade are invited to join us for Operation Overboard.  Each day they’ll learn a Bible Story, make a craft, play games, have a snack and learn a song.  You can call 570.288.1477 or email office@dorrancetonumc.org to pre-register your child.  Our volunteers follow a “Safe Sanctuaries” policy to ensure that children are protected and cared for at all times.

Easter Morning

Come join us for worship at 10:00AM.  We’ll start with a darkened sanctuary, and then add color and light as we celebrate the resurrection of Christ.  You’ll hear an uplifting message about how God brings hope even to the darkest of situations.

 

Our sister congregation, Field of Grace, A United Methodist Faith Community – will worship at 1:00PM in our building.

Prayer Labyrinth

 

Our prayer labyrinth is open today, Good Friday, from 12-3PM and 6-9PM.  You can come to walk, pray, and meditate upon the journey Jesus made to the cross.  There will also be a special hour for families with children from 5PM – 6PM.