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Danville United Methodist Church
820 West Mill Street
Welcome to Danville United Methodist Church! We’re so glad you are here.
From the Pastor …
When arriving as your pastor this past summer I was told by several that the summer would be slow. They lied! I was also told that November and December would be crazy. It appears they were telling the truth.
Throughout this newsletter you’ll see information about “Coming Attractions.” I’m pleased that most things have been scheduled and that information has been sent to Cathy, our Administrative Assistant, so that you can plan accordingly. I’m really excited about all the events for children. Of special highlight is the Pre-School Holiday production, the Family Activities Time musical, and the Christmas Eve 11:00am worship service being designed with children in mind.
For the 25th year in a row our congregation is providing Live Nativity as a gift to the community. This will obviously be my first one although I’ve heard about it for over twenty years. Robbin and Owen McLean have already had the first planning meeting and things are well underway. Both the one on Sunday evening, December 17th at the church, and the brief one after Thanksgiving, November 24th at the Courthouse, impact a great deal of the Hendricks and Putnam County communities. Roger Riggs has once again been able to obtain the animals that will be used. And I recently discovered that there will be a special kitchen/restaurant available for all the workers on December 17th, just another reason to be a volunteer and help out in a variety of ways that are needed. I’ve been asked to pray that there be no snow or freezing rain at either Live Nativity event this year; the outcome of that determines whether or not I get to eat!
I’m a “lazy Susan” with all sorts of identities and heritages I’ve picked up from congregation to congregation. I’ve asked the Passionate Worship Team if I may introduce something new into the traditions you have on Christmas Eve and they have approved. One hour before the main evening service I would like to make communion available to anyone and any family that would like to receive. I will be here an hour before the service begins with CD music playing in the background. For fifty minutes I’ll be available to serve communion. You may sit in the pews, pray and meditate, for as long as you would like both before and after receiving. This is a custom that comes out of German Christianity as it was brought to southern Indiana 150 years and more ago and I experienced the beauty of this custom while serving such oriented congregations in southern Indiana.
As I’m writing this Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are before me. I’m going to need a break! So beginning on Christmas Day I plan on being in Evansville for the week. I’ll be visiting with family and friends and watching a game of the basketball team my nephew coaches at South Spencer High School. And without missing a Sunday I’ll see all of you on New Year’s Eve. I hear there may be a “White Elephant Gift Exchange” between the worship services. What fun!
Pastor P.T. Wilson
Be a part of our beautiful Meditation by purchasing an Engraved Paver. You choose the wording to be engraved on your brick. There are many ways to personalize. A few ideas include:
In Honor of a Special Mentor…
The choice is yours. The cost is $100 for a 4” x 8” paving stone and $190 for an 8” x 8” paver. Net proceeds will be used towards the new church building and needed new furnishings. The entire cost of the paver is tax-deductible.
Pick up your order form at the door of the garden or get on line at www.danvilleumc.org.