5 Linda Shurlow
10 Amelia Rhodewalt
11 Travis Nelson
12 Noel Woodward
16 Lorinda Church
19 Analia Castillo
21 Cathy Brocker
26 Janet Rhodewalt
27 Ken Harris and
28 David Rodriquez
29 Barbara Grode and
31 Drew Patterson
FROM THE PASTOR
A child is born to us, a son is given to us, and authority will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 CEB)
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty, God, Eternal, Father, Prince …
Wow! That is a lot of names for just one person. In biblical times, a parent sometimes chose a baby’s name from circumstances associated with the conception (as in the case of Isaac) or the delivery (as with Jacob and Benjamin), sometimes from divine acts or attributes (all those including as prefix or suffix “el,” “eh,” “ya,” and “yahu”), and sometimes from nature (for example, Deborah, meaning bee, and Jonah, which means dove).
Joseph received the name of their first-born child from an angel sent from heaven. The angle said, “She [Mary] will give birth to a son, and you will call him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
As we enter in our Advent Season (in preparation for celebrating the birth of Jesus) I invite you to give consideration to the names that befit our community at Shepherd of the Valley UMC. Is our name “kindness,” “generosity,” “love,” “inviting,” “caring,” … (feel free to add your own)? Who are we to our neighbors? What do they think of us? Are we making a kingdom difference?
In the coming year will begin the next phase of our church growth plan. We will begin to identify our spiritual gifts and how they can best be used to glorify God in our community. As people come to know us as a church what names will they assign to us? Will our experiences of outreach be life-changing and will our ministries be opportunities for personal and spiritual growth? Will our message be relevant to the world around us? Will we become the church God is calling us to be?
At Christmas time we remember that Jesus came to us a long time ago to save us from our sins. It is also a time to
remember that Jesus said he would come again someday. Our task as a church is to make sure that we, and our neighbors, are ready for that great day.
Be kind. Be generous. Be loving. Be inviting. Be caring. Be a good neighbor.
Enjoy the journey, Pastor Lynn
by Jerry Bursch
Like most of you I truly love this time of year, we start decorating our homes and baking for the Holidays. The hustle and bustle and getting in the spirit of the Season. We have been anticipating this Season of Advent for some time now, as we have been in rehearsal for our Christmas Concert. The Sounds of the Season will be part of the service on Sunday, December 15th @ 10:00 AM. We encourage you to invite your family, relatives, neighbors and friends to come hear our guest musicians, chancel, children’s and bell choirs.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
To all of the volunteers who worked so very hard to make our Church Rummage Sale a huge success. Everyone worked together, laughed and had fun. Working on a project enables us to get to know our church family and grow in new friendships. Special thanks to Connie Bredemeyer for providing us with lunch on Thursday and Friday, and, Rich & Pam Parsons for our pizza lunch on Saturday. If you have not volunteered, “try it – you’ll like it! I know that you will get more out of it than you give.
Wishing you all happy holidays, and, a Merry Christmas!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you from your OUTREACH MINISTRIES!!! It’s that time of year again when we feel so good about opening up our HEARTS and HELPING OTHERS!
We are HAPPY to announce that Julie Kistler stepped up to coordinate the ANGEL TREE this year … and it will be a little different than ever before … but never fear … it is something that EVERYONE can participate in and MANY will benefit … in the past there were a chosen few who benefited … but this year we are involving MANY children.
We have some ideas on improvements to the children’s playground area (More information will follow soon). These improvements will benefit our little ones and the children who are attending the Discovery of Learning School. You will have opportunities to give specific monetary gifts for the playground initiative AND an opportunity to give warm gloves for those whom we serve in our feeding ministries (It gets cold at night in the desert). Look for the tree in the Narthex! Please join us in our ministry of Christmas Giving.
BABY SHOWER FOR THE BABY JESUS
In the past Miss Rose’s Sunday School class has collected baby care items for the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission. The gifts are given in Jesus’ name. This year, the whole church is invited to participate. Bill Greenman is putting together a giant crèche to hold our gifts of infant diapers, wipes, pull-ups (not exactly gold, frankincense, and myrrh, but I am sure Mother Mary would have appreciated these gifts too). Stay tuned for Baby Shower date!
Our trip to Joshua Tree October 19th was a very fulfilling time … as usual. They are waiting with open arms when we pull up to the side door … always eager to help UNLOAD and get things set up. We had a great bunch of volunteers and first timers Bruce Knight learned about washing the ‘egg’ pan and Sharon Knight and Shirley Fellersen were front and center dishing up the food. We served about 115 great breakfasts. They tell us each time how excited they are when it’s OUR TURN to come up, because we bring the BEST BREAKFAST. We needed to stop and say prayers on the way up and back because of an AWFUL accident that
Service Ministries continued
was deadly. It was on the main highway and we were there right after it happened.
We were WELCOMED by almost all NEW faces on Oct. 26th … a few of the usual said … ‘WE ARE SO GLAD WE CAN COUNT ON YOU!’ Everyone liked their ‘HALLOWEEN’ trick or treat bags of goodies … and our SCARY shirts … Miracle’s family & friends brought ‘ Barbacoa’ a dish some of us knew nothing about … it looks like a rich beef stew, it was served with tortillas and macaroni salad, chips with ‘nacho’ cheese, and guacamole and the meal was topped off with Michaels Tres leche cake.
Miracle is an ‘on call’ tec and so her sister along with two other friends came to bring the food and helped serve, they all asked if they can come back and help again….’ … and oh, how wonderful to have Bruce and Sharon Knight back! THANKS, BRUCE for participating!! while Sharon was ‘CRUIS’N’. Until you come help with this mission you have no idea the SATISFACTION you feel. We go on the 4th Saturday of every month. There is a ‘SIGN UP’ sheet in the narthex on the table and we ALWAYS need to FILL THE BARREL on the 3rd Sunday of the month. We really NEED help with the clothing. We lost our volunteer that always worked with Barb and it is too much work for just one … SOMEONE PLEASE STEP UP!
As we celebrate our THANKFULNESS this holiday season of GIVING, we look forward to MAKING GOD PROUD OF THE WORK WE ARE DOING IN HIS NAME!
WE ALWAYS HAVE ROOM FOR NEW MISSIONS … HAVE ANY IDEAS?
“THANKS GOD” FOR ALL YOUR GREATNESS & MERCY!
HOLIDAY BAKE SALE –
United Methodist Women Annual Bake Sale
Sunday, December 15th
by Sheila West
Remember for all your shopping and gift giving needs we have a card for you. Please see me in Fellowship Hall after church most Sundays for a complete list of everything available.
Advent is a season of joy and sharing. Again, this year we will be offering Poinsettias. However, due to the fact that so many people have pets, and, allergies we purchased silk Poinsettias. As in the past, following our Christmas Eve Service we ask you to take your Poinsettia home. Envelopes will be available in the Narthex for your purchase; the cost is $15.00. Please, place your order before Sunday, December 15th. Wishing one and all a Happy Christmas!
2020 Church Offering envelopes will be available in the Narthex on Sundays, December 15th and 22nd. We ask you to please take the box set with your name. If you are not currently using envelopes and would like to start, please call the church office at 760-347-1046 and speak to Patricia.
SUNDAY ALTAR FLOWERS – We will post the 2020 Altar flower calendar on the bulletin board in the Narthex sometime in December. Please sign the calendar for the Sunday you want to have flowers. Remember only one sign up per Sunday. We ask you to write in pencil and use the envelopes located below the calendar for payment; the cost is still $35.00.
FREE CHRISTMAS CARDS We have a number of complimentary holiday cards on the table in the Narthex. These cards are available to anyone who would like them. So, please feel free to take as many cards as you need.
Please be aware, the third Tuesday of EACH month is street cleaning day. NO PARKING is permitted on Deglet Noor from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Violators WILL BE ticketed.