MURPHYSBORO EVENTS

You are invited!

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Click here for the MUMC Calendar of Events.

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Advent Sermon Series: We Light This Candle 

During the month of December

MUMC Worship Services: 9:00 or 11:15 am

 
There are so many wonderful Christmas stories. During Advent, we will look at five of them to discover how they help shape Christmas for all of us.

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Christmas Worship Services

 
Sunday, December 16: March to the Manger in both worship services
Thursday, December 20 at 6:00 pm: Blue Christmas Service
Monday, December 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Services with communion
     (Praise at 5:00 pm, Traditional at 7:00 pm)
Sunday, December 30: Celebration Sunday

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The Murphysboro Food Pantry Holiday Appeal

 
As we gather around the table during the Christmas season to share meals with family and friends, let us not forget those families who don’t have room in their food budget to provide the extras that most of us enjoy during the holidays. Please take this opportunity to create a holiday season that generates joyfulness for all of us this year by donating to the Murphysboro Food Pantry. Donation envelopes and information sheets may be picked up in the Welcome Center. Decorated coffee cans provided by our children and youth will also be available for receiving donations on Sunday, December 23.
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The Wesley Walkers

Every Friday at 10:00 am

MUMC Church Library

 
Get a head start on your New Year’s resolutions! Join the Wesley Walkers every Friday morning at 10:00 am in the Church Library. Participants will gather for a devotion, a 20-30 minute walk (indoors during inclement weather), and a time of prayer and reflection. Step counters and devotional books with be provided. Bring your walking shoes and a desire to improve your physical and spiritual well being.
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Volunteers Needed

 
Praise Service Children’s Church Volunteers: Children’s Church volunteers are currently needed for the 11:15 am Praise Service. Each volunteer will serve one Sunday a month. Sign-up is available on the attendance pad. Please contact Sage Lintner at mumcchildrenyouth@gmail.com with any questions.
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Mary Poppins Jr. – Youth Event

Saturday, December 8 at 7:00 pm

Murphysboro Middle School

 
All youth groups are invited to the Murphysboro Middle School production of Mary Poppins Jr.! Sign up on the Youth Bulletin Board in the upstairs hallway by November 18. Youth will meet in front of the Middle School. The cost of the ticket will be covered. Youth are responsible of concessions and memorabilia spending. The program will end around 9:15 pm and your child can be picked up from the Middle School. Please contact Sage Lintner at mumcchildrenyouth@gmail.com for more information.
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Children’s Christmas Program

Sunday, December 9 during the Sunday School hour

MUMC Sanctuary

 
Our children will be performing their annual Children’s Christmas Program on Sunday, December 9 during the Sunday School hour.
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Youth Christmas Party

Sunday, December 9 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm

MUMC Fellowship Hall

 
The annual Youth Christmas Party for CYF, JYF, and SYF will take place on December 9 from 4-6pm. Please bring one food item and a small gift for the Dirty Santa present exchange ($10 max). Ugly Christmas sweaters, Christmas pajamas, and Christmas costumes are encouraged!
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Prayer Request Jar

Located in the MUMC Prayer Chapel

 
We all need prayer — sometimes more than other times. Have you ever wanted to ask for prayer, but the hurt and the pain was too fresh, or too personal, to share publicly with others? For those times, we now have a Prayer Request Jar in the Prayer Chapel. No need to leave your name (just your need) and someone from the congregation will pray for you. And, while you are there, pick up a blessing card to take with you.
 
If you are willing to sign up as a prayer volunteer who will come to the Prayer Chapel one day a week (of your choice) to pray over the requests, please contact Michelle Parker-Clark at mpclark@siu.edu or (618) 922-3587.
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Young at Heart

Tuesday, December 11 at 12:00 noon (second Tuesday of every month)

MUMC Fellowship Hall

 
Young at Heart is an active group of mature adults that meets the second Tuesday of each month at noon. Please contact Michelle Parker-Clark at mpclark@siu.edu for more information about this fun and busy group.
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Bible Journaling Your Faith

Wednesday, December 12 (second Wednesday of every month)

7:00 – 8:30 pm in MUMC Room 108

 
Bible Journaling Your Faith is a recurring class where you can learn the exciting and creative process of making art in your Bible as a way to connect deeper with scripture and with God. Newcomers are always welcome! The class is led by Patti Shields and Rosie Wece. Please contact Rosie Wece at rwece50@gmail.com for more information.
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Our Neighbor’s TableOurNeighborsTable

December 23 at 12:00 pm

MUMC Fellowship Hall

 
FREE community meal the last Sunday of each month. Dinner is served with dessert and beverage.
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Celebration Sunday

December 30 in both worship services

 
Come celebrate and reflect on the past year!
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Precept Bible Study on James

Tuesdays, January 8 – March 26 at 9:00 am

MUMC Room 202

 
What is true faith? How should you live the Christian life? Each verse of this practical study is alive with instructions, admonition, and encouragement. Learn God’s principles for dealing with trials, temptations, the tongue, and the pull of the world. Please contact Angie Baughman at angie_baughman@hotmail.com for more information.
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United Methodist Men

Saturday, January 12 at 7:30 am (second Saturday of every month)

MUMC Fellowship Hall

 
All men are invited to attend! The United Methodist Men meet regularly the second Saturday of each month at 7:30 am to enjoy breakfast, devotions, and participate in church and community projects. Please contact Jay Graff at (618) 967-9848 for more information.
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Saturday Morning Book Club

January 19 at 10:15 am (third Saturday of every month)

MUMC Church Library

 
The book for January 19 will be My Family and Other Animals (Corfu Trilogy #1) by Gerald Durrell.
 
The MUMC Saturday Morning Book Club is held the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:15 am – 12:00 pm in the MUMC Church Library. Everyone is welcome!
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MUMC Caring List

 
Being part of a church is being part of a family. Many family members we see every week, others only on special occasions, and then there are those that are prevented from coming to church due to health issues or limited access to transportation. The new MUMC Caring List can help us reach out to those family members we don’t see as often. Whether through a visit, a phone call, or a birthday card, staying connected means so much. Pick up a copy of the list as you leave the sanctuary (beginning June 10), and make that important connection.
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Stephen Ministry Pew Cards

 
Stephen Ministers Care! Are you going through a difficult time, or do you know someone who is? To learn how to receive care from — or become — a Stephen Minister, pick up a new Stephen Ministry God’s Love in Action pew card. Give the gift of hope to someone today. Please contact Michelle Parker-Clark at mpclark@siu.edu for more information.
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ONGOING STUDIES & EVENTS:

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Youth Groups

 

Jr. High and Sr. High youth meet every Sunday in the MUMC Sr. High Room 100 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. The children’s youth group (3rd – 5th grades) meets with the older groups approximately once per month for special outings and activities. Please contact Sage Lintner at mumcchildrenyouth@gmail.com for more information.
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A.M. Yoga

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 am

MUMC Basement Room 104S

 
This is a class suitable for all ages! Gentle stretching & balance work. Supportive, encouraging environment and beneficial social time. Yoga practice can be modified and multiple adaptive techniques are presented. Newcomers to yoga are welcome! For more information, contact Sandy Hostetler, 618-303-0250 or shostet@siu.edu.
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