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Christmas Cantata

Published December 12, 2017

I know that we are counting down to Christmas morning when our anticipation will be gloriously answered by the birth of the baby Jesus, and I can think of no better way to celebrate the seasons of Advent and Christmas than to worship through music and voices. The De Leon FUMC Chancel Choir will be performing their cantata, “The Perfect Christmas,” this Sunday the 17th at 10:30 a.m.! Please come early for breakfast at 9:00, and Sunday School at 9:30. I look forward to seeing you there! Pastor John

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Operation Christmas Care

Published November 30, 2017

The Ministerial Alliance of De Leon is sponsoring Operation Christmas Care again this year. Each family will be provided with a basket of food for their Christmas dinner and the children in that home will receive toys donated by the members of the churches. This year, our church is responsible for 20 unwrapped gifts for boys and 20 unwrapped gifts for girls, ages 9 to 12. Please have the toys at the church on or before Tuesday, December 12. You may leave them in the front church foyer. Again, thank you for everything you do to help the children in our community have a blessed Christmas.

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Keepsake Christmas

Published November 30, 2017

De Leon First United Methodist Church will host Keepsake Christmas from 6 p.m. 7:30 p.m. on December 17, 2017 . During this one-hour interactive program, kids and their families will create their very own Keepsake nativity scenes to treasure for years to come. But that’s not all! They’ll also watch as the nativity scene comes to life on stage. Mary, Joseph, and an angel will share memories from the very first Christmas and encourage families to celebrate the best Keepsake of all…Jesus! For more information, call (254)  893-6155.

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Thoughts From Pastor John (November)

Published November 29, 2017

As I watched the news program, I could not believe what I was seeing, hospitals being targeted for bombing in Syria, and even worse than that, the reporter claimed that Syria’s dictator, Bashar al-Assad, would use chlorine gas to make people sick enough to go to the hospitals…then bomb the hospitals. As people of the church, what are we to do with this? We struggle with it and we seek the Christian answer. We seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we seek the presence of God, we await the Messiah. It seems that every time that we see or […]

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Scout Sunday

Published January 23, 2014

Scout Sunday in the United Methodist Church is the second Sunday in February (Feb. 9 in 2014). In a good year, in a effective and aware church, this Sunday can bring together two groups that I consider among the best in the world. (Yes, I know they both have their issues. Yes, I know they are both torn over the “gay issue.” For the record, I think they are both wrong. There, I’ve got that out of the way.) Now, back to my point: More than a half million youth meet in nearly 7,000 UM churches each year as members […]

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Music Monday

Published December 23, 2013

We don’t always see — Lord, please open our eyes.            

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Friday Fun

Published December 20, 2013

This Friday’s funnies are a mixed bag — We LOVE this photo (which captures the occasional reality of the season): From www.jamiliajean.com, via stuffchristianslike.net And, we admit, there are days that go like this (both for the pastor and the dog)! From http://www.dogshaming.com, via stuffchrisitanslike.net And, if that’s not enough, read “Hilarious Church Bulletin Bloopers” from the National Catholic Register at http://bit.ly/J7RgTL An example: “The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.”

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Music Monday

Published December 16, 2013

Matthew West – My Own Little World: Sometimes, we need to get out of our own little worlds:

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A Real Christmas Gift

Published December 14, 2013

Gussie Dowell was a long-time piano teacher in DeLeon. Near the end of her life, she was a resident of a nursing home in DeLeon. Becky Timmons worked at the nursing home in those days. “Before Christmas of 1996,” Timmons said, “I asked her what she wanted for Christmas.” Gussie, who was blind, said, “What I want, you can’t give me.” Timmons insisted, and Gussie finally told her that she would like to hear Byron Smith and Sharon Fraiser, two of her favorite piano students, play the piano one more time. Timmons made some calls. “I got Gussie out of […]

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Friday Fun

Published December 13, 2013

Doesn’t it sometimes seem like Christians need their own dictionary to explain those terms you only hear in church, or that are used differently in church than they are used anywhere else in the world? Well, Tim Stewart thought so: Check out the Dictionary of Christianese at http://www.dictionaryofchristianese.com/

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