Posted by: deercreekcharge | January 3, 2013

Epiphany Festivities

Christmas isn’t over yet!

A beautiful image by Jan Richardson http://www.janrichardson.com/

A beautiful image by Jan Richardson http://www.janrichardson.com/

Come celebrate the twelfth day of Christmas with us this Sunday. At Deer Creek at 9am, we will be celebrating with our rescheduled Children’s Pageant. At Mt. Tabor at 11am, we will be focusing more on Matthew 2:1-12, the story of the Magi, and talk about the gifts in our lives— and how we can be gifts to others.

CHURCH HAPPENINGS
At Deer Creek, we welcome our new pianist Linda Myers. Linda was born in Rochester, NY, and has lived in MD for more than 30 years. She and her husband, Charlie, have three grown sons. Her favorite composer is Bach. Her three favorite hymns are: “Are Ye Able,” “Beneath the Cross of Jesus,” and “In the Garden,” and she also likes contemporary music.

Help feed the Homeless at the Day Shelter (New Hope UMC, Edgewood) on the 3rd Friday of the month (MT) and 4th Monday of each month (DC). Next: January 18th (MT) and 28th (DC)

Knit/Crochet No experience needed— will teach! Make scarves for the homeless or prayer shawls. Meets at 7pm at Mt. Tabor. Next Meeting: January 11.

Deer Creek Choir Practice will be this Wednesday at 7pm.

Bible Study will wrap up Mon. Jan. 7 and 14th at 10 at Deer Creek.

Mt. Tabor Fellowship Meal next Sunday to celebrate two baptisms!

Family Observance of Epiphany: Want to celebrate Epiphany at home with your family? Check out this resource from the Global Board of Discipleship.

One: Today we gather as a family to celebrate Epiphany. On this day, we remember the visit of the wise men to Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. Let’s hear again the story of the coming of the wise men found in the Bible.

Read Matthew 2:1-12. Give each family member a piece of paper cut into the shape of a star and a pen or marker.

One: We’re going to take a few minutes and think about the ways we have been kind and loving to one another in our family. Write one of those ways on your star.

When all have recalled and written or drawn something on their star to illustrate kind and loving actions, ask each person to tell what he or she has on the star. When each person has finished, place the stars around a white candle.

One: Let’s pray together. Loving God, we give you thanks again for your son Jesus. We know your desire is for us to be kind and loving to one another. We give you thanks for the many ways we are doing this in our family. We ask that you be with us in the coming days and weeks so that we can continue to remember to act with love and kindness. And we ask that you help us so that the words we say and the actions we take not just in our family, but in our schools, in our work, and in our community can reflect this same kindness to all we meet. Amen.

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