Dear Church Family,
As I write this, I am preparing to turn in the last of my assignments for the semester. Over the past three months I have spent many of my evenings and weekends researching, writing, and conducting interviews in the areas of preaching and church revitalization. My hope is that as my doctoral studies continue, many of the lessons that I am learning will have a direct and positive impact upon what we are doing here at the church. Thanks again to my family, the staff, and the leadership of the church for all each of you has done to support me in these efforts.
It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas around our house. This past weekend we had the Revelation Choir over for dinner and it was awesome! I can’t tell you what a joy it was to have so many students in our home. Reverend Tim Morrison and Brittany Arrambide are doing an incredible job leading this group and I’m so thankful that our church has such a vibrant music program for students in our community. It is hard to believe that our oldest will be joining the youth choir in just a few short months!
I’m so proud of our church and some of the things we do to help others have a merry Christmas. Many of you are familiar with Bed Start, a ministry started at Custer Road that delivers beds and other furniture to families that need them. Did you know that there are currently almost 200 families that need beds right now? So we’re making a special annual push called “In Bed By Christmas” to try to meet this need. And there’s an added bonus. Every dollar is being generously matched, increasing the likelihood that these families will indeed be in bed by Christmas. To contribute, write a check to CRUMC and put “Bed Start” in the subject line, or give online here, select other, and put “Bed Start” in the memo line.
Our Christmas Eve service times will be the same as last year. We’ll begin with a children’s service at 5 p.m. and have services at 6:30, 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 p.m. as well. Please note that the 11:00p.m. service will also include communion.
Christmas Eve is the night of the year when many guests and visitors who might not otherwise darken the door of a church will come to worship with us for the first time. Because we want to make sure that their experience is one that might inspire them to come back again, we are looking for dozens of volunteers for our hospitality team. If you would consider volunteering for one of the services, it’s easy to sign up. Go to crumc.org/christmaseve and you’ll see where to sign up at the bottom.
Sunday is our annual Christmas concert, one of the highlights of the Advent season for me. Our Chancel and Revelation Choirs will be performing with the full orchestra. And they’ll be singing about the gift of Christ, the gifts that come from Christ, and how we are called to take the gifts that Christ gives us and share them with the world in the name of Jesus. It’s going to be an inspiring morning you won’t want to miss.
Finally, on a sad yet hopeful note, I want to announce that two of our student ministry staff will be leaving us. Evan Jones, Director of Youth Ministry, has accepted a new position at First UMC Dallas as the Associate Minister of Discipleship where he will oversee all of Christian Education. His last day at Custer Road is December 31st. Jenn Kloeppel, Associate Director of Youth Ministry, is moving to Denver as her husband, Joe, has been relocated with his job. Her last day at Custer Road is yet to be finalized but will be sometime in early January. Their contributions to our church have been immeasurable to say the least. Many of you can attest to the powerful ministry of grace they have had with our young people. Evan and Jenn, let me say it here publicly: Thank you, on behalf of all of us at Custer Road. We pray for you and your families, and look forward expectantly to the next chapter God has for you.
Christmas is a season of hope. A baby reminds us that God is not finished with us. O come, let us adore Him!
See you Sunday,
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