PLYMOUTH PARK VIEWS an edition of The United Methodist Reporter Two Sections Section A 072585 Vol 159 No. 32 December 7, 2012 Plymouth Park United Methodist PPUMC Music and Christmas Eve Church Worship Advent and Services 1615 Airport Fwy Irving, TX 75062 Christmas Events PPUMC is offering ﬁve Candlelight Communion services in celebration of 972-255-4185 • Sunday, December 9th at 8:30 and Christmas Eve on Monday, December www.ppumc.org 11:00 a.m. Service of Lessons and 24, 2012. A “Christmas Service of Sunday Worship Carols The Plymouth Park United Hope and Remembrance” will be Traditional Worship 8:30 am & 11:00 am in Methodist Church Chancel Choir held in the sanctuary at 2:30 p.m. the Sanctuary and will present a special service The Reverend Dana Norton, associate Plymouth Park of lessons and carols, featuring pastor, will lead this special service Praise 9:15 am in anthems and beloved carols of the designed to minister especially to those Fellowship Hall season. Come and hear the story who have experienced grief or loss The Sacrament of Holy of Christmas as told through the this past year. This “Blue Christmas” The youth participated in a Communion is observed scriptures and enhanced with music service will seek to offer a word of hope each Sunday in the 8:30 fundraiser for the homeless. They spent and song. and encouragement, and will include service and the ﬁrst the night in cardboard boxes on Friday, Sunday of the month in • Sunday, December 9th at 6:00 p.m. communion and special prayers of November 30 on the church grounds. the 9:15 and 11:00 Family Advent Concert featuring healing for all those present. Upcoming Events It was an eye opening experience to see the PPUMC Children’s Choirs and At 5:00 p.m., a Children’s Parent’s Night Out how a homeless person might feel. our own Kevin and Krista Bailey, who Celebration of Christmas will be led Dec. 7, 6:00 pm by the children of PPUMC. This family- will lead a church sing-along of all UMW Brunch your Christmas favorites. See Advent friendly worship service will include December 8 Concert article for more information. readings of scripture, communion, Lessons and familiar Christmas carols, and a • Sunday, December 16th at 6:00 reenactment of the Christmas story as Carols p.m. Plymouth Park UMC Family- Dec. 9, 8:30 & performed by the children of our church. Friendly Celebration of Christmas A traditional Candlelight 11:00 am PPUMC is proud to present A Communion service will be offered Family Advent Christmas Celebration. See article at 7:00 p.m., ofﬁciated by Dr. Bill La Concert below for more information. Dec. 9, 6:00 pm Barr, senior pastor. The Chancel Choir • Sunday, December 23rd at 9:15 a.m. and organist Ken Surley will present the SPR Meeting Plymouth Park Praise All-Music music for this service. Dec. 10, 6:00 pm Christmas mission Worship Service. Our outstanding We will also be offering a non- Trustee Meeting praise group will be presenting the traditional Christmas Communion Dec. 10, 7:00 pm opportunities abound annual P3 Christmas Music Concert, Service at 9:00 p.m. with music led featuring music ranging from by Plymouth Park Praise. This service A Christmas You still have time to help others have contemporary Christian songs to will include old and new carols in a Celebration a better Christmas. Dec. 16, 6:00 pm long-time Christmas favorites. This contemporary style, as well as a message Gifts are being collected for Irving annual service is a favorite of the from Dr. La Barr. Communion by Young at Heart nursing home residents, Irving students congregation, and one you will not intinction will be served at the close of Dec. 20, 10:30 am in need and area children, seniors and want to miss! the service. families served by Irving Cares. Alzheimer’s See Christmas Eve Services page 8a Body and hand lotions, soap, Support shampoo, conditioner, other hair and Dec. 20, 7:00 pm nail grooming supplies and toiletry items Christmas Bread P3 Christmas for men and women are on the wish PPUMC offers a free loaf of homemade bread to each Concert lists for residents at Irving Nursing & one of our ﬁrst time visitors. While this is provided Dec. 23, 9:15 am Rehabilitation. Other needs including almost entirely by our generous Bill La Barr, YOU have the Pastoral Staff socks, slippers, pajamas, caps will be opportunity to participate twice each year…and one of Senior Pastor Dr. Bill La Barr delivered next week. those times is for Christmas Eve. Associate Pastor Board games, cards, magazines, art/ We welcome all of your offerings in the hopes of giving Rev. Dana Norton craft supplies, 100-500 piece jig-saw bread to ALL of our visitors. Variety is encouraged with Music Ministry puzzles, large-print books, word-ﬁnd everything from white, wheat or sour dough to pumpkin, Jason Chavarria and cross-word puzzles books, CD’s, apple, cranberry, or eggnog breads. Youth Ministry movies, greeting cards and stamps can Bags will be provided in the ministry center. Please take just a moment to mark Peg Hartung also be good gifts for senior citizens. ingredients so that we are friendly to those with assorted food allergies. Children’s Ministry See Mission opportunities page 8a Cori Cossaboom Bell The United Methodist Reporter (USPS 954-500) is published weekly by UMR Communications, 1221 Proﬁt Drive, Dallas, Texas 75247-3919. Periodicals postage paid at Dallas, Texas and additional mailing ofﬁces. Postmaster: Send address changes to The United Methodist Reporter. PO Box 660275, Dallas Texas 75266-0275. PLYMOUTH PARK NEWS |4A G oodness gracious, where has the PRAYER CONCERNS year gone?! As I write there is a bit Larry Alexander (Kate Alexander’s father); Lynn Beahm; Samantha of chill in the air. It’s cloudy outside Branseum (Jo Gilmore’s daughter; M.O. Bridges; Buzz Burkhalter; Bill and only 49 degrees. What happened to the Chrisman; Dorothy Darby; Bill and Nelda Davis; Janet DeWeerd (Jeff Davis’ lovely days of the mid-seventies?! Oh, well, tis’ mother); Francis Graham; Karlton Graves (Joan La Barr’s nephew); Gloria the season, isn’t it? prayers Gray; Mildred Holman; Leslie Jones; Don Killian; David Klemer; Jerry If you have been reading these columns for Labhart; Peggy Mahoney; Anita McGraw; Karen McKenzie; Dr. Pete McKoy a while, you will remember that this is the time of year when Joan and I (Bill Wood’s friend); Joyce Pittman; Ruby Ray (Emeritus friend); Joy Riley reenact our annual play “Bah, Humbug!” It goes something like this: (Tiffany Riley’s mother); Nancy Robinson; Charles Simpson; Cynthia Svajda Joan: “I need you to get the Christmas decorations out of the storage (Randy’s wife); Frances Thompson; Karen Thurston; friends at Emeritus, building.” and Leta Gorham with our prayer partner church in South Korea, Sabkyo Me: “Bah, humbug! No one is coming up this year for Christmas! Methodist Church, and our homebound members, Shirley Asbury; Bill We are buying everything online and shipping it to the grandkids. Connell; Vera and John Eitson; Bill Greer; Lee Loftus; Elmyra McNutt; Mae There is nothing as depressing as a tree with no presents! Let’s Moulton and Barbara Strubhar. not put one up this year.” A complete list of those requesting prayers in on the web site and on each communion bulletin. Joan: “Don’t give me that nonsense! Go get the decorations.” Note to Congregation Me, grumbling as I drive to the storage shed: “I don’t know why we Please notify the church ofﬁce when your loved ones health issues stabilize and your loved have to go through all this foolishness for an empty house. No one ones are home from hazardous assignments. is going to see the decorations. . Mumble, mumble, mumble . . .” Obviously, I never win this argument, but just like the Nutcracker at the Fort Worth Ballet, it is our drama of the season – a play we rehearse over and over again. This year, with our new reality, however, I thought I darkness will not overcome it. A friend who is “downsizing” Family Advent had it won! Me (extra argument, smugly said): “You are going to be in Sulphur has given me their old Christmas tree. I have it at home, set up in Concert is Dec. 9th Springs most of the season, anyway! Put a tree up there.” the living room; lights shining. The PPUMC Children’s Joan: “Don’t talk to me about Sulphur Springs! YOU AGREED that I When Joan returns home from Ministry and Music Ministry should take the assignment! Don’t use that to wiggle out of your Sulphur Springs later in the are hosting a Children’s Advent obligations at home!” week she will ﬁnd the new tree Concert Sunday, December 9th at Me: “Mumble, mumble, mumble.” already up and the boxes of her 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Come My extra argument didn’t work. decorations stacked and ready for join us in the Fellowship Hall Our Jesus in the Gospels lesson today spoke to “Jesus exposing her enjoyment. I have not shared for this annual, fun-ﬁlled event the heart’s motivations;” whether our faith is turned Godward or is a with Joan the news of the gift of the designed to put you and your vehicle for self-enhancement and public honor. It is a slippery slope. As new tree. It is to be a new act in our family in the Christmas spirit! Christians living through the season of Advent, we look forward to God’s old drama, and it will be fun to see All of our children’s choirs will Incarnation; God Almighty’s ultimate self-revelation in the baby Jesus. how she reacts to it. be presenting special Christmas That is a solemn and holy experience. Unfortunately, that solemn and My heart is ﬁlled with hope, and music. In addition, our own Kevin holy moment is a minor drama in the great, mad dash to ﬁnd the perfect joy. It has been a wonderful year and Krista Bailey will be leading present at the perfect price. among you, and I look forward an all-church sing along, which How in the world did the wise men’s gifts to the parents of Jesus turn with great anticipation to all the will include many of our favorite into a shopping season beginning with “Black Friday” on the day after activities before us as we anticipate Christmas carols, as well as other Thanksgiving? How did expressions of honor and reverence become the child who has been given us. fun songs of the season. You will quests for the latest and newest and most high-tech gadget? How did a May your heart’s motivation be not want to miss this informal, fun deep expression of the longing of faith become measured by the amount of hope and joy through this holy event. Come and join us, and bring we are willing to spend? I’m sure there is a history there, a causal chain of season. Bill a dessert to share if you wish! events that can be retraced that would be interesting to review. However, we would still be left with the question, “What is our heart’s motivation?” As I struggle with the “bah, humbugs!” during this time of year, I ﬁnd myself falling more and more on the words of the prophet Isaiah. These PPUMC Presents A Christmas give me comfort. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Celebration those who lived in a land of deep darkness – The PPUMC Music Ministry will be presenting A Christmas on them light has shined. . . . Celebration on Sunday, December 16th at 6:00 p.m. This family- For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; friendly event will feature many of our church’s music groups, authority rests upon his shoulders and he is named including the PPUMC Chancel Choir and a special performance by Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority will grow continually, Plymouth Park Praise. The Chancel Choir will perform Benjamin and there shall be endless peace Harlan’s beautiful Christmas cantata “A Candlelight Christmas,” for the throne of David and his kingdom. accompanied by full chamber orchestra, including strings, winds, He will establish it and uphold it piano, organ, and percussion. It is beautifully orchestrated, and will with justice and righteousness include new Christmas songs as well as familiar favorites. We will have from this time onward and forevermore. something for everyone, including a Christmas carol sing-along and a The light of Jesus Christ will shine into the darkness, even if the special time for the kids. Mark your calendars for this annual, church- darkness is as bright as the interior of WalMart at Christmas, and the wide event! 5A| PLYMOUTH PARK NEWS Finish your New Pastoral Counseling December Christmas Councelor comes to PPUMC Young shopping! My Plymouth Park friends, at Heart I was asked to write a brief column to introduce myself to the Your Christmas shopping is almost done but you’re still congregation, so read up (grab a coffee if you need it)! My name is Allen Luncheon struggling to decide what to do for DeSalme (pronounced like de-“Psalm”), and I have recently returned Begin with either Craft those hard to folks on your list. to Dallas from the high desert in New Mexico to work at the Pastoral Corner to make gifts for our Stop in the Ministry Center on Counseling Center. I was born and raised in Dallas. I was ordained as a homebound or with a game Sunday morning or see Rev. Dana Presbyterian minister in 1984 and subsequently also earned a Master’s of cards or dominos. Then Norton in the church ofﬁce to degree from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education. I later join us for a special Christmas purchase the PPUMC Family Table completed a Master’s in Counselor Education at University of North Texas Luncheon Cookbook for just $30 or $25 if and am “ABD” (All But Dissertation completed) for a doctorate. I am a you buy 4 or more. The new church Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas and am also a National Certiﬁed Date: December 20 cookbook is so complete that it Counselor. Place: Fellowship Hall will be your new ‘go to’ cookbook. I have worked at community counseling centers, clinics for Cost: Suggested $5 love So don’t fret over your Christmas the severely mentally ill, a pain management clinic, and in therapeutic offering. But don’t let that lists this year. Everyone on your list foster care. I focus in work with anxiety, stress, depression, anger keep you away. All are will want the PPUMC Family Table management, mental illness, geriatric counseling, and play therapy. I also welcome regardless of your Cookbook. use biofeedback to treat anything that stress makes worse, though I will ability to contribute. probably not be able to do that here. 10:30-12:00: For games, craft We are pastoral counselors, but I am certainly open to considering corner and fellowship anyone’s particular spirituality as an important path to her or him, and am 12:00: Christmas lunch interested in any client’s well-being. I will be here every Tuesday from late morning or early afternoon into the evening. Given our policy, I can see of turkey and all the anyone from 12 years old up, so if you want to talk to someone, work on trimmings! a problem, have a spiritual issue, or are under stress come see me! I hope RSVP: Rev. Dana Norton to be here for the foreseeable future! at email@example.com or in the church ofﬁce at 972-255-4185. 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Fixed Annuities Fixed Indexed Annuities Life Settlements Contact Linda War ren Pointing the way to Financial Pe0ace of Mind 972-255-4185 Phone: (214) 679-9004 PLYMOUTH PARK NEWS |8A Christmas Eve Music Christmas Preparations Last Sunday, the church was a ﬂurry of activity—even more so than usual. After a full Services New Members Notes morning of worship, many in the church began working on decorating our worship spaces for Christmas. It is not work for the faint-of-heart, let me tell you! For the Fellowship Hall, which Our 11:00 p.m. service will be a Meditative and Reﬂective Service of Communion with Dr. La Barr preaching. This service is the worship space for our contemporary worship service, decorating will be prayerful in nature, as involves placing garland around the perimeter of the room, hanging about together we await the arrival of eight beautiful Christmas wreaths in various locations, and putting up and Christmas Day. decorating an absolutely beautiful 8-foot Christmas tree. There is also a PPUMC offers a wide range nativity set to put out as well as some poinsettias. of worship opportunities to help The other decorating occurs in the main sanctuary, and since the space you and your family prepare to Please welcome Michael Aleman is much bigger, so are the decorations! In addition to garland being placed welcome again the Christ child and Virginia Stern. They joined around the chancel, there are three very large wreaths to hang up under into our world. We hope to see you on November 25 at the 11:00 the organ pipes, and a monstrosity of a Christmas tree to assemble over to Christmas Eve! worship service. the right of the chancel. To be fair, the tree is only a monstrosity during its actual assembly, after which it becomes stunning and beautiful. Our very- impressive tree is an artiﬁcial, pre-lit balsam ﬁr which stands 14 feet tall. Mission Paul Benson Fourteen feet!! It is, shall we say, rather difﬁcult to assemble, and takes several strong people to get it into presentable fashion even before any of opportunities Speaking on Early the decorating is begun. This tree still looks good for its age, but seeing as it’s over 10 years old, it’s becoming a bit worn. There was some serious Non-perishable food, especially peanut butter and Christianity discussion about the need to replace it, but the price tag on large trees Have you ever wondered how canned meats, are needed by such as this ranges from $2,500-$3,500. Yikes! We may need to have a the “church” got started? Dr. Paul Irving Cares and PPUMC’s food Christmas tree fundraiser in the near future! Benson, member at PPUMC, will ministry. Canned and packaged By 3:00 p.m., all the decorating was complete, and the church was now be speaking on “The Sunrise of goods can be brought to the ready for the ﬁrst Sunday in Advent. Christianity” the ﬁrst three Sundays church throughout December. Honestly (and a bit embarrassingly), I didn’t think much more of it. We in December. Christmas is also a great time were done preparing for Christmas, and all is well, right? I had completely All presentations will start at to make a special donation to moved on in my mind until that next Tuesday morning when Associate 9:45 am in the Activity Room. your church or your favorite Pastor Rev. Dana Norton burst into my ofﬁce, excited about a piece of o December 9, Birth of the United Methodist Church ministry liturgy she had just come across in a newly-published resource from the State Church: Constantine through UMC Advance specials. United Methodist Publishing House. “I’ve found and Advent Prayer of and the Roman Way PPUMC Missions Committee Confession! What do you think?” she asked. “Do you think we should do o December 16, St. Augustine’s thanks you for sharing with our this one for worship in place of our traditional one?” Church: A Template for neighbors in need. Many of you know that the Prayer of Confession is part of our Western Civilization communion liturgy. As we prepare to receive the elements of bread in Dr. Benson’s talks are always wine, we ﬁrst prepare ourselves by confessing our sins, humbly asking informative, challenging, and God for absolution. We acknowledge that we have all sinned, and are quite often humorous. As a long therefore all in need of God’s grace. time Professor of Humanities at Just as we prepare for communion, the season of Advent is also a time Mt. View College he has spent his of preparation—preparation to receive the Christ-child once again in our illustrious career enriching the lives hearts. The idea is that in order to be able to fully accept the gift of God’s of others in Texas and throughout son, we must prepare ourselves, opening our hearts and making room so the United States. that we are truly ready to receive this gift. Among his award winning The prayer Dana found combines the two things beautifully. pursuits, he has a special interest Merciful God, always with us, always coming: We confess that we in Egyptian, Greek-Roman, and do not know how to prepare for your Advent. We have forgotten Asian religions. He has chaired how to hope in miracles. We have ignored the promise of your numerous National Endowment for kingdom. We get distracted by all the busyness of the season. the Humanities workshops. Forgive us, God. Grant us the simple wonder of the shepherds, the intelligent courage of the Magi, and the patient faith of Mary At the Norton’s and Joseph, that we may journey with them to Bethlehem and 3006 Hillcrest Dr. Pecan Sales ﬁnd the good news of a child born for us. Now, in the quiet of our Irving, Texas Members of the youth group hearts, we ask you to make us ready for his coming. Amen. will be selling Schermer Pecans Reading this the ﬁrst time, the words took my breath away. They Saturday once again this year to raise reﬂected as a worship leader what I felt and prayed for in my heart, but December 15, 2012 money for their Spring Break had never seen expressed in a way that matched so closely with my 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Ski Trip. personal prayer for me and for our congregation. As we embark on this 4-week journey to Christmas, my prayer is that we each ﬁnd the time to Come & Go Stop by the table in the ministry center and get yours prepare our hearts, to open them to God’s grace, and make room to fully Food Galore!!!! receive God’s greatest gift. Jason while they last.
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