PLYMOUTH PARK VIEWS
an edition of The United Methodist Reporter
Two Sections Section A 072585 Vol 159 No. 32 December 7, 2012
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
• Sunday, December 9th at 8:30 and Christmas Eve on Monday, December
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
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,
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
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,
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
Dr. Bill La Barr delivered next week. those times is for Christmas Eve.
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
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PLYMOUTH PARK NEWS |4A
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?
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!
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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!
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Music Christmas Preparations
Last Sunday, the church was a ﬂurry of
activity—even more so than usual. After a full Services
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
especially peanut butter and
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
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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.