Christmas @UMC Merced

December 16 – 5:PM – La Posada – People Welcoming People – Wesley Hall 

La Posada is the Storybook Christmas that opens every heart to the miracle of Christmas. The village of Bethlehem doesn’t know that it can be open to pilgrims from far away places. They turn away a young family in need of shelter and security time after time until the miracle of welcoming is born in the hearts of the community. In this sacred moment, a savior is born – Christ Jesus.

Traditional Songs, Soup, Piñatas, and the warmth of a Welcoming Community, Celebrating the Birth of Our Savior. (we even have a donkey!!)

December 17 – 6:PM – Community Christmas Dinner – Wesley Hall   Join us in celebrating Christmas dinner with our neighborhood friends.  Bring a friend and a dish to share or simply join us for food, fellowship, and God’ Grace.

December 21 – 7:PM – Blue Christmas/the Longest Night – Sanctuary   The holidays aren’t always a joyful time for everyone.  Those who are mourning, lonely, or alienated may find comfort and acceptance in this service of hope.

December 24 – 10:AM – Christmas Morning Community Worship – Sanctuary – Welcome the arrival of the Christ child with songs of praise and adoration!

Christmas Eve – December 24 – 5:PM  – “New Star”  a Children’s Candlelight Program – Sanctuary –    The story of New Star presented by the children of our community. Old Star tells the younger New Star all about the First Christmas where it is learned he was the original Christmas Star. Along with New Star, we learn that Jesus Christ is the true reason we celebrate Christmas. 

Christmas Bazaar – December 9

The doors will open on Saturday, December 9 at 9am until 1:30pm for 87th Annual UMW Christmas Bazaar.  Come & visit:

  • our Bake Shop with lots of homemade goodies
  • the Jam & Jelly Room with a variety of homemade jams & jellies
  • the Christmas Room with all things Christmas
  • the Boutique Room with lots of handmade items
  • Candy Room with lots of homemade candies
  • Bake Shop with homemade cookies, breads & other goodies
  • the Silent Auction
  • Cheeseball booth
  • Attic Treasures and
  • Mattie’s Tea Room where you can purchase pie, cake, coffee & tea & spend time with friends.  
  • Lunch begins at 11:30 in the Wesley Hall.  

For tickets please call Joyce at 209 617–8119.

UMW Scholarships

The United Methodist Women of Merced will grant scholarship money totaling $1,000 per school year to one or more chosen applicants.  Each applicant is to be a woman who, after a lapse of time from graduating high school or attending college, is now ready to begin or return to college. Applicants must take at least six units per semester and be a member of the United Methodist Church of Merced.  Complete guideline and application forms are available in the church office.  Application deadline for this year is Wednesday, July 5.  2017 Guidelines-Application-Woman’s Scholarship by UMW

 

1 Pueblo 1 Fight!

Immigration Resources will be presented over 2 days:

Friday, June 2 from 4:PM to 7:PM 

Free immigration legal assistance – (as spaces are limited application must be made ahead of time)

Help completing applications for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) & citizenship.

For more information, please call 209 230-4128

Saturday, June 3 from 9:AM to 3:PM

Immigration Resource Day

Discussion: Understand Sanctuary

Lunch is included

For more information, please call 209 230.4128

Childcare will be available for both days.

 

Coming this Summer – Kids 4 Peace Camp

Save the Dates

July 10 thru July 14, 2017

9am – 12 noon

Lunch will be served

Stay tuned!  More details will be available soon. Meanwhile the.

2017 Peace Camp Registration Form is available here.

 

Come to Tea

On March 18th from 11am – 2pm the Ahmadi Muslim Women’s Association will host “An Interfaith Dialogue: Love for All, Hatred for None” in the Wesley Hall.  Come and enjoy an open discussion followed by light refreshments.  All women all invited to come & listen, dialogue, and make new friends over a cup of tea.

Easter Flowers

As we celebrate Easter and the risen Christ on April 16th, we hope to have our church beautifully decorated with lilies and spring flowers.  The form below is provided for your convenience in donating one or more potted plants in memory of a loved one or in honor of someone special in your life.

 

You are asked to bring your flowers to the church no later than 12:PM on Good Friday, April  14th.  Please place your name on the plant if you wish to take it home after Tuesday, April 25th.

Complete the Easter Flower Form  and return it to the church office by 9:AM on Tuesday, April 11th.  (Information may also be e-mailed to laura@umcmerced.org.)

 

2017-2018 Scholarships

Scholarship Application Packages will be available beginning Sunday, February 19 on the shelf in the Fireside Room, in the Church Office during regular business hours, or on our website.  Closing Date: Tuesday, April 4  at 4pm promptly.

Over the years we have had some very forward thinking people who have endowed the church with money or established a memorial to provide funds for scholarship to help our youth attend college.  For the 2017-2018 school year we helped 11 of our students with a total of $13,000 worth of scholarships.

2017 -2018 Guidelines for Selection of Scholarship Awards

Eat Dessert First!

The Wesley Foundation Merced fundraiser Eat Dessert First! will be held on Sunday, February 12th from 3:pm to 5:pm in the Wesley Hall.  Desserts, fruit, nuts, and savory items will be available to sample.  Centerpieces will be available to purchase as gifts, and many other special items will ab available at the silent auction.  $10 tickets are available in the Church Office.

Christmas @UMCMerced

12/18 – Community Christmas Dinner – Wesley Hall – 6:PM  Join us in celebrating Christmas dinner with our neighborhood friends.  Bring a friend and a dish to share or simply join us for food, fellowship, and God’ Grace.

12/21 – Blue Christmas/the Longest Night – Sanctuary – 7:PM   The holidays aren’t always a joyful time for everyone.  Those who are mourning, lonely, or alienated may find comfort and acceptance in this service of hope.

12/23 – Las Posadas – Sanctuary – 5:30PM                          Join in recreating the journey of Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus on their way to Bethlehem.  Pinatas and refreshments follow the procession of singing.

12/24 – Manger Tales – Sanctuary – 7:PM                                The story of the nativity presented as a TV talk show.  Get a fresh perspective on the wonder of Christmas as the animals and other visitors tell their stories.

12/25 – Christmas Morning Worship – Sanctuary – English Language 10:AM – Hmong Language 1:PM   Welcome the arrival of the Christ child with songs of praise and adoration!