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 for more information on the Church Library.

The Library Corner

December 2018: Ready for Christmas

If you are like me the answer to the question above is “uh, no.” But some of you are ready, and good for you! Ready or not, Christmas will soon be here, and perhaps what we all want most is to have within us a true Christmas spirit. The Church Library may be able to help with that! We have a variety of Christmas books and DVDs—including some for children and youth. Here’s a sample:
Because of Bethlehem: Love is Born, Hope is Here by Max Lucado. Max loves Christmas, — the carolers, the trees, the movies, even the crowded stores. But the real reason he loves Christmas is because Christ’s birth began the story that led to the cross and a Savior. He urges us to rekindle our connection to Christ– and find hope for a lifetime. Lucado says: “Christmas presents from Santa? That’s nice. But the perpetual presence of Christ? That’s life changing. God is always near us. Always for us. Always in us. . . . He called Himself “Immanuel” (which means, God with us.)” p. 6.
For an inspiring fiction book, try Shepherd’s Abiding by Jan Karon. This slim book tells about Christmas in the little town of Mitford. And the dedication page reads “To the honor and glory of the child Emmanuel God With Us.” Or try Christmas in Harmony by Phillip Gulley. In the small town of Harmony, a member of Pastor Sam Gardner’s church has an idea for a progressive Nativity Scene (like a progressive dinner) that involves the whole town. How does this wacky idea work out? Well, you’ll have to read the book!
In Christmas Cake by Lynn Hinton, the ladies of Hope Springs plan a cake cookbook hoping to distract themselves and their friend Margaret from the fact that her cancer has returned. But Margaret needs something else entirely, and her friends find a way. Warning: this book contains many delicious cake recipes—read at your own risk!
We also have books for the kiddos in your life, ranging from board books to books for older children. Here are a few:
*The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving. The Bear cubs are focused on what they will get for Christmas—until they learn a valuable lesson about the joy of being givers.
*Merry Christmas Mr. Mouse. When Mr. Mouse and family take up residence in a new home they hear about Christmas and a child born long ago, and decide that they too should celebrate.
*Great Joy. A Christmas pageant, a little girl, and an organ grinder and his monkey. In the end, there is reason for great joy!
*The True Gift. Lily and Liam are happy to be at their grandparents’ farm for Christmas. But everything changes when Liam sees the lonely white cow in the barnyard. What can they do? He finds an answer, and they find out the meaning of a true gift.

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!       


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 for more information.