December 14 2008

 Miramar United Methodist Church
Pastor David Range
Order of Worship for December 14, 2008
8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Services

Third Sunday in Advent

 “Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World” through Passionate Worship, Radical Hospitality, Intentional
Discipling, Salty Service, & Extravagant Generosity

As a courtesy to all, Please place cell phones and pagers to silent mode.
Please stand as you are able for items marked with asterisk*

Call to worship                                                                    
*Praise and Worship                                                                                (See insert)                                          

Lighting of the Advent Candle

Prayer                                                                                                       (See insert)

*Hymn 196                                                      Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

Welcome and Recognition of Visitors
Birthday and Anniversary Recognition, Registration of Attendance, Announcements,     *Sharing the Spirit
(Please be seated when the music starts.)
Scripture                                      Luke 2:25-38
Children’s Time

Reception of Tithes and Offerings


Pastoral prayer and Lord’s Prayer

*Hymn 217                                                                               Away In a Manger

Christmas Cantata                                                                                            Choir

Benediction and Postlude (please join hands)

Today’s Mission offering is for Apportionments
 Next Sunday’s is for Women in Distress
Attendance last Sunday was 145

Events this week:
Today: Bible study with Pastor Garnes 10:00a.m.
Tonight: Tonight no Prayer Meeting--you are encouraged to attend the  
                community Tree Lighting
Tuesday: Narcotics Anonymous meeting in Fellowship Hall 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday: Choir Practice 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Pre School Christmas program, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: Census Applications taken in Fellowship Hall, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Thursday: United Methodist Women 7:30 p.m.
Friday: Youth Fellowship 7:00 p.m.
Next Sunday: Services at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m., service of baptism
Next Sunday: Sunday School party during 11:00 a.m. service
Next Sunday night at 6 pm: Christmas Concert with Steve Higgins and friends
Next Wednesday: Christmas Eve service of Lessons and Carols at 7:30 p.m.

Dates to remember for the future:
December 17 MUMPS Christmas program
December 21 Sunday School Party during 11 am service
December 21 Christmas Concert at 6:00 p.m.
December 24 Christmas Eve service 7:30 p.m.
December 31 Watchnight service 10:30 p.m.
January 4 Covenant Sunday at 8:30 &11:00 a.m. And Fellowship Breakast
                          after 8:30 a.m. service
January 7 next  Bold Justice research meeting on jobs.
January 10 next Sale of Meals at 2:00 p.m.
January 31, 2009 Saturday Block Party                   
March 5 at 7:00 p.m. BOLD Justice Rally
April 2 at 7:00 p.m. Nehemiah ACTION

Finance report for Last Sunday
Envelopes and Loose Collection                                                $ 2941.58
Building Fund/Trustees                                     $   134.50
Roof Repair                                                     $   182.00
Mission                                                                                                                    $   216.50

Bulletins this week are given by Marvia Aitken, in honor of Sophia’s 6th birthday and in gratitude to God for 6 beautiful and blessed years of her life. And by Theresa Riley in honor of George Walker’s birthday. They’re also given by grandma Fay Harley in honor of her grand-daughter Teonya Jackson’s birthday.

Welcome to all visitors.  You are invited to stand during the service and introduce yourself, or to have someone else introduce you.  We want to give you one of our welcome packs and therefore encourage you to fill out the card and tear off the badge, write your name on it and wear it so that we can greet you during and after the service.
Please note that there is a wheelchair entrance from the back parking lot through the double doors. Also the church has a wheelchair located in the back of the sanctuary for anyone who wishes to assist a person coming to a meeting.  Rest rooms for the disabled are available in the Preschool wing. LARGE PRINT HYMN BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE USHERS.
The Christmas Concert this year will be on Sunday, December 21 at 6:00 p.m. and feature Steve Higgins and his group. See the insert for more details.

A ministry to singles in their twenties upwards will be starting Jan. 17, time and place to be determined. All singles age twenty and up are invited to join the Singles Group. Please contact Val Christie at 954-394-0694 or Sheila Riley at 754-234-6842 for more info.

The Preschool is still collecting toys for the annual toy drive. They may be wrapped or unwrapped but if wrapped, please specify if it’s for a boy or a girl, ages zero to six years. Please drop off by Thursday, December 18.

The Book Fair is now in progress in the Preschool. We are asking for your generous support. You can make your purchases right after each service. (Books make great gifts!)

If you have opened an account at Suntrust since August 2007, and used your debit card, the church can receive a $100 check as part of its “My Cause” promotion. To make sure the church gets the donation, call 1 888-266-2802 and speak to a Suntrust representative.

Would you like to be a Census Taker or Census Crew Leader or Census Recruiting Assistant or Census Clerk?  Our Fellowship Hall will be open Thursdays Dec. 18, Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29 and Sat. Jan. 24 from 10 am to 2 pm for those who would like to apply for one or more of  these jobs. You need to call 1-866-861-2010 or go to  to reserve your space.

Please remember that the Church has an account with the Car Program, Inc. which allows us to benefit from any cars (trucks, boats, etc.) donated in our name. Please call the church office for details as to how all the hassle can be taken out of the process of disposing of a car. The donor gets a tax write-off and the church gets a lump sum payment!

The tutoring program for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders called Study Pals is beginning for those who need help in Reading, Writing and Math.  Coordinator Sharon Allen will be in the Fellowship Hall this week from 3 to 5 Monday to Thursday. Those interested in tutoring or being tutored are invited to come along or call Sharon on 954-963-3359.

Christmas Cards showing the facade of the church are available on the back table. If you take some please leave a donation for them in the offering plate.

US Armed Forces: Adam Ramsay, Navy; LCPL Jonathan Orejuela, Marines; Maj. Jeffry Moffit, Lawanda Thomas (Iraq), Damien Frances (Iraq), Glendia Williams, Marvin Nells, Chad Chong (Iraq): Army

Pastor David Range, Miramar UMC 2507 Utopia Drive, Miramar FL 33023
Tel: 954 989 4711, email:, website:



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