THE CHURCH LIBRARY

The Church Library has something for everyone, from toddlers to adults. Study, learn, find inspiration, or be entertained with an array of books, audiobooks and DVDs. The Church Library is located in the Lower Level in Room 110. It is open for book checkout any time the church is open. It is a self-checkout system. All you do is write your name on the card found inside the book cover and place it in the checkout box. Directions are posted in the room.

 
The Library includes all genres of Christian books from commentaries, devotionals, inspirational, and fiction. Some titles you might find available include The Mitford Series by Jan Karon, The Mark of the Lion by Francine Rivers, and The New Daily Study Bible Commentaries by William Barclay.
 
The Library gives a gift of a children’s book to newborns in the congregation. The Library is an inviting place that also can be used for small group meetings. Please contact Susan Patterson at susan.patterson37@yahoo.com for more information on the Church Library.
 

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December 2017: ‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the season to be aware of God at work in this world: Pastor Larry’s sermon series for the month of December is entitled “Chosen by God: Discover how God uses the unlikely and unexpected to write His story.” Who could be more unlikely to play important roles in God’s story than Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and the young, unknown woman named Mary who became the mother of Jesus? In addition to hearing and reading their stories as written in the Bible, you can read fictional accounts of their lives as told by Francine Rivers in her series “A Lineage of Grace: Five Stories of Unlikely Women who Changed Eternity.”
 
‘Tis the season to be thoughtful. The library also has Advent studies and other resources designed to help us walk more faithfully on the spiritual journey of Advent. Interesting studies include The Journey by Adam Hamilton and The Purpose of Christmas by Rick Warren. These and other resources can help enhance the meaning of the season.
 
‘Tis the season to enjoy! The library also has a variety of fun and interesting books and movies for adults, families, and children during the Christmas season. Children will enjoy (and learn from) DVDs such as Max Lucado’s The Crippled Lamb, or The Fourth King: A Christmas Film for Anybody Who’s Ever Been Late. VeggieTales titles include The Toy that Saved Christmas, It’s a Meaningful Life: A Lesson in Being Content, and Christmas Sing- Along Songs.
 
Let’s acknowledge, however, that for some people Christmas may be just be a season to “get through.” For a variety of reasons– the loss of a loved one, or perhaps some other life situation– it is hard to view Christmas as “merry.” If you or a friend or family member is undergoing feelings of grief and loss, there are some resources in the library that may be helpful. A Passage through Grief: a Recovery Guide uses writings from people who were able to address their sorrow through writing—keeping a journal—and gives suggestions and questions to help others do the same. This book includes a leader’s guide, but also works for individual use.
 
Another resource is A Group I Never Wanted to Join: Practical Advice and Stories of Hope and Recovery for Grieving People. But what if it is not you, but a friend or family member who has experienced the loss, and you are struggling with what to say and how to help? Try one of these resources: Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart by Kenneth Haugk, or When Your Friend is Grieving: Building a Bridge of Love by Paula D’Arcy.
 
There will be a Blue Christmas service in December that can serve as an acknowledgement that Christmas is not merry when the heart is heavy. This service offers a good space in which to acknowledge those feelings while remembering the loved one. “Grief is not a problem to be cured. It is simply a statement that you have loved someone” Barbara Baumgardner, “A Passage Through Grief”, p. 1
 

Little Free Library

What in the world is a “Little Free Library”? A Little Free Library is a small book box mounted on a post outdoors where it is accessible to passers-by who can stop by and take a book to read, or leave a book that others might enjoy. It is actually a worldwide movement, with many Little Free Libraries around the U.S. and abroad.

DSCN1076The good news is that we have a Little Free Library book exchange box right in MUMC’s back yard! It is by the sidewalk on 16th Street and usually has a variety of books in stock. We try to be sure that some of the books available in the box have religious or spiritual topics, but most are just general topic books, both fiction and nonfiction. We usually are stocked with a number of mysteries, thrillers, romance, and other books of interest.

One of the best parts of having this neighborly book exchange box is the number of children’s books that are taken. It is our most popular genre! That means there are a number of children who are having a lot of fun opening up the book box door and seeing if there is a book that they would like to read.

Please participate!
It is an adventure to look in the book box and see what books are there, or to leave a book you like for someone else to enjoy. If you have children’s books that your family no longer needs, feel free to leave a few in the box for other kids, or to take them to the church office or to the library downstairs in the church for us to place in the book box. We could use books for babies, toddlers, youth – on up to the teenage years. Join us in our Little Free Library adventure!       

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Saturday Morning Book Club

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!

Children’s Story Time

This annual event is offered for a few weeks every summer in cooperation with the Service and Missions team. Younger children of the church and from the community are invited to come and enjoy stories, songs, activities, and refreshments. Please contact Susan Patterson at susan.patterson37@yahoo.com for more information.