CHRISTMAS CANTATA - Let the Whole World Sing Featuring the PUMC Chancel Choir, Bellissimo Handbell Choir, and multiple instrumentalists

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ADVENT FESTIVAL & “Fast Food” Potluck beginning at 5:30pm

Children’s Sunday School CHRISTMAS PROGRAM 11:00am Worship

DECEMBER 18th Come, experience the musical blessings of the …

CHRISTMAS CANTATA - “Let the Whole World Sing” Featuring the PUMC Chancel Choir, Bellissimo Handbell Choir, and multiple instrumentalists.

8:30am and 11:00am “Since the birth of Christ, the gospel message has spread across the globe and Christmas is now celebrated annually in more than 160 countries. Despite our many differences, we celebrate the season united as one kingdom of believers. This is the theme of Let the Whole World Sing. From the gentle lilt of ‘The Angels and the Shepherds,’ to the African rhythms of ‘Come, Come, Emmanuel,’ through the Caribbean-styled ‘Christ Is Born,’ these arrangements gently underscore the universality of the gospel message. New music is blended with familiar, traditional carols in a wide variety of styles to create an interesting and fresh retelling of the Christmas story.”

DECEMBER 24th Christmas Eve: 5:00pm - Family Worship with Worship Band 7:00pm - Youth-led Worship with Bellissimo Handbells 10:30pm - Traditional Worship with Chancel Choir

DECEMBER 25th Christmas Day: 10:00am (only) Service with Special Music

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December Worship Schedule December 4 8:30am 10:00am 11:00am Preacher:

(The Second Sunday of Advent) Worship and Communion with Chancel Choir Eucharist Service Worship and Communion with Worship Band and Bell Choir Sherry Scates on “Sacred People”

December 11 (The Third Sunday of Advent) 8:30am Worship with Chancel Choir and Bell Choir 10:00am Eucharist Service Preacher: Eun-Hye Choi on “Sacred Knowledge” 11:00am Children’s Christmas Program December 18 (The Fourth Sunday of Advent) 8:30am Christmas Cantata by Chancel Choir and Bell Choir ** No 10am Eucharist Service ** 11:00am Christmas Cantata by Chancel Choir and Bell Choir December 24 5:00pm 7:00pm 10:30pm

(Christmas Eve**) Family Christmas Eve Service with Worship Band Youth-led Christmas Eve service with Bell Choir Traditional Christmas Eve Service and Communion with Chancel Choir

December 25 (Christmas Day**) 10:00am only Christmas celebration worship with Special Music Preacher: Eun-Hye Choi on “Sacred Being and Doing” January 1** 10:00am only New Year celebration worship with Special Music Preacher: Rev. Lora Zink (Guest Preacher)

** Please note the modified Worship Schedule for December 18th, December 24th, December 25th and January 1st. **

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Wednesday, December 7, 5:30 pm Best dinner of the year! No cooking allowed! We will be having a work-free potluck. Just pick up a sack of your favorite food at a fast food restaurant (chicken, burgers, tacos, egg roles, etc.) and bring it to share. Punch and water will be provided. We will eat together at 5:30. At 6:15, families will begin their Advent journey with a story, special creations, and time to reflect on the season! Childcare will be available for infants and toddlers in room 101.

Make this Christmas season special from the start! Children’s Sunday School Christmas Program December 11th, 11:00am Worship Rehearsal on Saturday, Dec. 10th at 9:30am in the Sanctuary WHAM! in December — WHAM! families are encouraged to join us for our Advent Festival on Wednesday, Dec. 7th (dinner begins at 5:30, then stay for fun!). We will meet again on Dec. 21st for Christmas Caroling! Dress warmly with gloves and hats! We’ll celebrate the season while we spread good cheer. Contact Pastor Sherry at [email protected] ** PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO SUNDAY SCHOOL on Dec. 25th or Jan. 1. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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...TO HELP OUR MILITARY AND THEIR FAMILIES The USO, located in Concourse C at Midway, provides many services for our military and their families. The main attraction is the kitchenette with free snacks and beverages! Also offered free to our men & women in uniform is wifi, the use of computers and printers, TV, magaizines, books, games and quiet space. The USO can also assist with transportations needs. It is often called a “Home Away From Home” for our military. Jeff & Carolyn Dement are again collecting snack items for the USO at Midway Airport. Last year, thanks to YOU, they were able to fill the back of their Acadia with treats. This year they would love to make two trips to Midway! Mr. Bob Stone, USO Midway Center Director reported that many military bases shut down for the holidays. Bob calls it the “Mass Exodus” and the USO expects to see 750-1000 servicemen & women pass thru Midway Airport between Dec. 16th and Dec. 18th. They will be in need of large quantities of individually wrapped snacks, such as chips, cookies, cheese or peanut butter crackers, granola bars, etc. The Dements will be collecting items through Sunday, December 11th. A box marked USO will be in the coat room. If you need to have your donation picked up please call Jeff & Carolyn Dement at 815-436-3783.

Blue Christmas Worship Saturday, 12/10 at 3pm Hope United Methodist, 2506 Caton Farm Rd. Life can be difficult, especially at the holidays. Maybe you’re alone, or suffering the loss of a loved one through death, illness, divorce or distance. Perhaps you have lost a job or had to move away from those you were close to. Situations like these can make the holidays feel stressful, empty and cold. If you are having difficult days, join us for a special service of healing. If you know a friend who could benefit from this, please invite them and sit with them. They will be comforted by your act of compassion. Contact Pastor Sherry at [email protected] with questions. Winter officially begins at 6:44am on December 21st. There are things that we can (and should be) doing now, to prepare. One great resource is the ‘Winter Weather Preparedness Guide’ developed by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. It provides great tips & information. Do a search for “ winter preparedness guidebook” and you will find it (or click HERE to access and print the doc). You can also request a copy by calling the church office. Also, REMEMBER to use caution when walking to/from the church. We do our best to keep walkways clear, but there still can be slick spots.

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Thurs., 12/1


Combined KIDS’ BOOK CLUB (101)


Plainfield Aktion Club (202)

Sat., 12/3


Bellissimo Hand Bell Practice

Sun., 12/4


Baptism Orientation Class (C/L)


Fun Men’s Group (Gordon Biersch Rest.) Bolingbrook Promenade


Jr. / Sr. High YOUTH GATHERING (206/207)


Lunch Bunch / Adult Education (“Sacred”) C/L


Meet @ Church for MorningStar Mission Soup Kitchen (Servers)


YMAP Meeting (C/L)

Tues., 12/6


“Traveling Team” Small Group (206/207)

Weds., 12/7


Letter-Writing Small Group (C/L)


ADVENT FESTIVAL & “Fast Food Potluck”


Worship Band (Sanctuary)


Children’s Choir (Choir Room)


Chancel Choir (Choir Room)

Thurs., 12/8


Trustees’ Meeting (C/L)

Sat., 12/10


Bellissimo Hand Bell Practice (Sanc. Balcony)


Children’s Christmas Program REHEARSAL

Sun., 12/11



Mon., 12/12


Prayer Shawl Knitting Group (PFH)


Lunch Bunch / Adult Education (“Sacred”) C/L


Membership & Outreach (205)


Prayer Shawl Knitting (PFH)


Worship Band (Sanctuary)


Children’s Choir (Choir Room)


Immersion Bible Study (Jan Johnston’s home)


Chancel Choir (Choir Room)

Mon., 12/5

Tues., 12/13 Weds., 12/14

Recurring Weekly Non-PUMC Events: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday / 9:30am / Music Together (203) Tuesdays / 7:00pm / Spectrum Singers Youth Choir (Choir Room) Thursdays / 7:00pm / Alcoholics Anonymous (206/207)

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** DUE DATE FOR JANUARY NEWSLETTER SUBMISSIONS ** Women’s Book Group Christmas Party/ Book Exchange (Roberts’ Home) Bellissimo Hand Bell Practice (Sanc. Balc.)



Thurs., 12/15 7:00p Sat., 12/17

Sun., 12/18


8:30am CHRISTMAS CANTATA with Chancel Choir & 11:00am 6:30p 11:30a 8:15a 5:30p 6:00p 6:30p 7:00p 6:30p 5:00p 7:00p 10:30p

Jr. / Sr. High CHRISTMAS PARTY (206/207) Lunch Bunch / Adult Education (“Sacred”) C/L Men’s Group Breakfast (Offsite) Worship Band (Sanctuary) Children’s Choir (Choir Room) WHAM! Christmas Caroling (202) Chancel Choir (Choir Room) Staff-Parish Relations Committee (C/L)


Christmas Worship Service with Special Music

Mon., 12/26


** NO SUNDAY SCHOOL ** Lunch Bunch (C/L)

Weds., 12/28


Trinity Food Pantry (Offsite)

Sat., 12/31 Sun., 1/1

5:30p 6:00p 6:30p 7:00p 9:00a 10:00a

Worship Band (Sanctuary) Children’s Choir (Choir Room) Immersion Bible Study (Indian Boundary Parsonage) Chancel Choir (Choir Room) Bellissimo Hand Bell Practice (Sanctuary Balcony) Worship Service with Special Music (NOTE: 1 SERVICE ONLY) ** NO SUNDAY SCHOOL **

Mon., 12/19 Weds., 12/21

Thurs., 12/22 Sat., 12/24

Sun., 12/25

Family Christmas Worship with Worship Band Youth-led Christmas Worship with Bellissimo Bell Choir Traditional Christmas Worship with Chancel Choir

Recurring Weekly Non-PUMC Events: Monday through Thursday / 9:30am / Music Together (203) Tuesdays / 7:00pm / Spectrum Singers Youth Choir (Choir Room) Thursdays / 7:00pm / Alcoholics Anonymous (206/207)

Youth Ministries News

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SCRIP MAKES IT EASY TO SUPPORT PUMC YOUTH The PUMC Youth Scrip program gives our entire congregation the ability to contribute to the Youth Program all the time, without doing anything more than using scrip gift cards to pay for your everyday shopping. You don’t have to spend money on things you don’t need, and you don’t have to change where you shop. All you have to do is make a small change to your buying habits by doing a little pre-planning. Just think of the Youth Program first and buy gift cards through us before you go shopping! For example, if your family spends $100 each month for groceries, stop by the Scrip table on Sunday morning and order Scrip cards for Jewel, Meijer, Wal-Mart, and Sam’s Club. Then, you pick up your cards the following Sunday and go buy your groceries! So, if you order a $100 grocery gift card, you pay $100 and get the full value of what you paid. There are no service fees and the cards never expire. Then, when the Youth Program places a Scrip order, we pay less than the full face value for cards (2 – 18% less, depending on the retailer). Jewel, for example, offers a 4% rebate, so the Youth Program pays $96 for that $100 gift card. What happens to that $4 difference? That profit goes into the Youth Account to help fund Youth Ministry Programs at PUMC! We offer gift cards from more than 700 retailers, perfect for everyday shopping. What’s even better? Gift cards make great stocking stuffers or last minute gifts for Christmas! See Youth Director Roger Beitzel, Jan Johnston, or Kim Pondelicek for more details. So, please shop with Scrip and help support our Youth!

DECEMBER YOUTH GROUP Dec. 4th We’ll spend the evening focusing on the

Christmas story.

Dec. 18th We’ll meet for our annual Crazy Fun

Christmas Party! Bring a “white elephant” gift for the gift exchange and be ready to play games and have fun!

CHRISTMAS EVE YOUTH WORSHIP Do you like to read or have a flair for dramatic reading? Do you have a musical talent you would like to share? We are getting ready for the 7:00pm Worship Service on Christmas Eve and we want to involve as many youth as possible! There are nine readings from the Bible to share, and lots of opportunities for special music. Please contact Youth Director Roger Beitzel for more details or to volunteer. You can reach him at [email protected] or call or text him at 630.338.2692.

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DECEMBER SMALL GROUP NEWS Letter-Writing Group - Hi, Letter Writers! As your decorations are going up and your lists are being made, please add Wednesday, December 7th to your “to do” list as it's Christmas Card writing time. All are welcome to join in at this special time of year within our church. We will be meeting in the conference room across from the office from 9:30 to 11:00am. All needed supplies are provided. Just bring your warm heart and your favorite pen. If you have any questions, please contact Harriett Nelson at 815-886-1035, otherwise we’ll hope to see you there! Women’s Book Group - Join us for our annual Christmas Party and book grab on Thursday, Dec. 15th at 7pm! Pick up a copy of our December book, The Color of Secrets by Lindsay Ashford, and come ready to discuss. Bring along a snack to share and a wrapped book (no more than $10) for our exchange. We’ll be gathering at Diane Roberts house. Contact Pastor Sherry for the address at [email protected]

Announcement from the Green Team!! Although the ground will soon be white, the green ideas just keep on sprouting up! A great idea came to us from Chip Mackley. He recently replaced all his CFL bulbs with new LEDs. The CFLs are still in good shape, but what to do with them….? Let's think of ways to share our gently used items, whether it be clothing, household or other (fill in the blanks!). We are hoping to begin a pilot of this new program, and potentially expand it as a community outreach. If you have ideas to share, or are interested in participating on a subcommittee to begin such a program, we invite you to contact Carol May at 815-351-9004 or email [email protected]

The Traveling Team met for the first time in October and talked about why we love to travel, where we’ve been (we’re building our own list of “subject matter experts”) and where we want to go next. We discussed how “Finding Your Inner Traveler” and knowing your travel “style” (and your travel partners’ too!) can lead to better travel experiences. On Tuesday, December 6th at 6:30pm we will meet again (at the church), to begin our multi-part discussion of “Travel Planning,” and share info, tips & tricks. We have a few new members that have joined since our last meeting. We meet every other month, and you are invited to join us on Tuesday, Dec. 6th at 6:30pm in Room 206/207. Interested? Email Victoria Eggerstedt at [email protected] Please include your email address and cell phone number.

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Prayer Requests New prayers were received during the month of November for the following: *Roger Beitzel’s friend’s son - Jacob Osmond, and also friend, Rev. Beth Elders’, father. *Family of Alex Kierstead, Roger Beitzel’s friends, and also his cousin, LeAnn Austin *Franklin & Pat Brown’s friend, Terry Russell *Renee & Brandon Countryman’s grandmother, Marilyn Williams *Elmer & Judy Eddy’s great-grandson, Zion *Sue Glasgow *Hannah Hawkins’ friend, Natile Stundhart *Carole Holloway’s friends - the family of Adam Calkins *Sandy Krzywanos

*Sadie Larsen’s aunt, Taylor *Veray (Chip) Mackley’s niece, Tricia Ryan *Belinda (Joe) Maranowicz’ father, Bill Courter *Megan Marconi *Misty Martin *Harriett Nelson’s mother, Harriett Crismon *Maggie Proulx’s teacher, Mrs. Boukram and her grandfather *Bill (Cheryl) Reichert’s aunt, June Eichorn and sister-in-law’s mom, Ruth Cardwell *Cheryl Reichert’s friend, John Ristow *Bob & Rena Snyder’s godson, Joel Swartz *Dan (Janine) Valkema’s father, Quentin Valkema *Claire Wellman’s friend, JoAnna Switch

Holy Baptism Averi Nichole Countryman was baptized at the 11:00am service on Sunday, November 20th. She was joined by parents Renee and Brandon Countryman and older sister, Madison, age 3. Sponsors were Weston Countryman & Kelly Countryman. Maternal grandparents are Judy Kaminskas, Tim Williams and Rod Kaminskas. Paternal grandparents are Gary Countryman & Robin Countryman. Maternal greatgrandparents are Marilyn Williams and Ruth Parise. Please join us in congratulating the Countryman family and welcoming our newest sister in Christ.

December Hosts Dec 4th Dec. 11th Dec. 18th

8:30am Lolly Adolfson Sharla Brender Rebecca & Tim Battersby Harriett Nelson Chrissy Santerelli

11:00am Betty & Tom Sacco Shannon & Jeff Jarot Kim & John Pondelicek


Dec. 24th 5:00pm - Melissa & Nick Wilson / 7:00pm - Sue Hasenyager 10:30pm - Paul & Victoria Eggerstedt Dec. 25th 10:00am - Linda & Lonny Bodie

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Plainfield United Methodist Church Phone: (815) 436-9651 / Fax: (815) 436-9764 Web: Email: [email protected] CHURCH OFFICE HOURS Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm Regular Sunday Worship Schedule 8:30am - Traditional Worship with Chancel Choir 9:45am - Sunday School 10:00am - Eucharist Service 11:00am - Contemporary Worship with Worship Band Plainfield UMC Pastoral Staff Rev. Eun-Hye Choi, Lead Pastor [email protected] Rev, Sherry Scates, Minister of Faith Formation [email protected] Roger Beitzel, Youth Director [email protected]

Plainfield UMC Staff Victoria Eggerstedt / Cheryl Henbest Administrative Assistants [email protected] Jason Hawkins, Chancel Choir Director [email protected] Kelly Markwell, Bellissimo Choir Director [email protected] Jason Hawkins, Worship Band Director [email protected] Cheryl Henbest, Financial Secretary [email protected] Kathy Hermansen, Organist [email protected] Karyn Holstead, Children’s Choir [email protected] Danielle Ivins, Parish Nurse [email protected] Hope Wooldridge, Bookkeeper [email protected]