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November 25, 2022



Kick off the Advent season at our Come to the Manger event on
Sunday, December 4 from
4:30 to 7:00 p.m.

We'll have a family advent concert, food trucks, crafts, petting zoo, and tons more...see you there!

Worship

Join Us for In-Person Worship
We'd love to see you at one of our worship services on Sunday: Chapel Communion at 8:30 a.m., Modern in the Fellowship Hall at 9:00 a.m., and Traditional in the Sanctuary at 11:15 a.m.

Join Us for Online Worship
We offer distinct Modern and Traditional Worship Services online. On-demand streaming begins on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. for our Modern Service and 11:15 a.m. for our Traditional Service on Livestream and Facebook. You can also catch a pre-recorded version of each week's sermon on YouTube. We hope you'll tune in!

Sermon Podcast
If you prefer an audio version of the sermon for on-the-go listening, check out our podcast! You can listen online or subscribe from your podcast app of choice. Search "dunwoodyumc" to subscribe.

Register Your Attendance
Please register your service attendance online. There will be a code on the back of the bulletins and handouts to do this. If you've never used a QR Code before, don't worry...it's easy!: Open the camera app on your device. Allow the camera to frame the code until a yellow link appears. Click the yellow box. Complete the form. Or, feel free to click HERE.

General

Come to the Manger
Dunwoody Kids, Youth and Children's Choirs invite you to a family Advent concert and a live nativity festival on December 4 from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. There will be Hanging of the Greens, food trucks, caroling and so much more!

The Longest Night: Service of Hope
The Longest Night: Service of Hope | While the holiday season is a time of joy and fellowship, for many of us it is also a time of struggle and grief. The Longest Night Service of Hope is held on or near the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, in order to acknowledge the hardships many of us face and to remind us that Christ, the light of the world, is always coming into the world to give us hope. All are welcome to join us for this quiet and reflective Service of Word and Table on Tuesday, December 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel.

Advent Devotionals
Download at dunwoodyumc.org/christmas

Devotions written and contributed by our clergy and congregation and shared with our community through daily emails and printed devotional books. (Available at any welcome desk).

Christmas Poinsettias
The Christmas season is the time for poinsettias, and we have them for you to purchase. You can purchase them in memory or honor of someone special, and they will be used to add color in our three worship spaces. You are welcome to take the plant you order after the last service on Christmas Eve or on Christmas morning which falls on Sunday this year. The cost of each is $12 and the deadline to place your order is Friday December 16, 2022. Order HERE. If you have any questions, please call Becky Springer in the church office 770-394-0675 ext. 205. Volunteers are needed to deliver poinsettias to our homebound members on Tuesday, December 20. Contact becky.springer@dunwoodyumc.org or call her in the church office. This is a great family service opportunity!

Discover DUMC
If you are interested in joining Dunwoody UMC or just needing a refresher on what it means to be Methodist, we invite you to Discover DUMC, December 11 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 253.  It is a great way to learn more about the United Methodist Church, ways to get involved in the life of DUMC, and to meet people who are also new to the church. Email hospitality@dunwoodyumc.org to let us know you're coming!

DUMC Merch!
Show your Dunwoody UMC pride with new DUMC t-shirts for the whole family! Sizes YXS - 4XL are available for youth ($12) and adults ($15). Place your order
HERE and represent your church as we all get in the game this Autumn.

Wednesday Night Supper
Join us for Wednesday Night Supper! Meal pick up begins at 5:00 p.m. and ends at 6:15 p.m. If you would like to register for WNS, please fill out the form below. You also have the option of emailing debbie.collins@dunwoodyumc.org or calling at 770-394-0675, ext 111. Reservations are due by the end of day on Monday. Please do your best to adhere to this reservation deadline so there will be a meal prepared for you. The cost for Wednesday Night Supper is $10 for an adult meal, $8 for a child meal (3-11 years). Children under 3 years eat for free. Menu for November 30: Salisbury Steak, Fried Catfish, Mac & Cheese, Greens, Mix Vegetables, Rolls, Salad Bar, Dessert Children's option: Cheeseburgers, Corn Dogs, Fries, Dessert | Register HERE!  

Celebration Reception for Bishop Sue
As you know, we are receiving a new Episcopal leader January 1, 2023. Bishop Robin Dease (pronounced like “lease”) has been assigned to North Georgia. This time of transition is going well. We express our gratitude to Bishop Sue as she journeys to Virginia as well as graciously welcome Bishop Dease to North Georgia. Please join us in both of these upcoming celebrations. 

         ·   Sunday, December 4, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Smyrna First UMC - Celebration Reception for Bishop Sue and Her Family 

          ·   Sunday, January 8 at 4:00 p.m., Oak Grove UMC - Installation Worship Service and Welcome Reception for Bishop Dease.
 

VEiL Exhibit
VEiL invites you to enjoy artwork by Mary Ann Gardner. This new exhibit is on view in the church library starting November 1st through the end of December. We also hope you will join Mary Ann in the library for an informal meet & greet on December 4th following each of the worship services.

Game Night!
Clean books, completed houses, sets, runs, and closed trains. If those terms mean anything to you, then you'll fit right into our Game Night Fellowship. Held the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Epworth room! Adults will gather at the church to play games like Train Dominos, Canasta, Rummy, and others, on a rotating basis. Never played before? No worries! Join us anyway, and we'll be happy to help you learn. Fun for adults, 18 and up! Sign up: click here to reserve a seat Questions? Contact Billy and Jena Dunham at gamenight.dumc@gmail.com 

Ask The UMC Series: Is The United Methodist Church really…?
As members of The United Methodist Church debate the church's stance on human sexuality, some congregations are considering whether they wish to leave the denomination. During this challenging time, misinformation about the church's official positions, how a church can exit, and what the future holds is causing added stress for many. Ask The UMC has created this series of FAQs designed to help dispel false information and provide accurate answers to the questions we are receiving. Please click HERE to learn more.

DUMC Nametags
You may place your name tag order HERE if you haven't already. All ordered name tags may be picked up on the magnetic board behind the Parlor welcome desk. Feel free to leave your nametag on this board during the week for easy access on Sunday mornings.

Medical Volunteers Needed
We are in need of medically trained volunteers to be "on call" during worship services. Please contact Roger Young at roger.young@dunwoodyumc.org if interested or for more details.

Prayer

Prayer Concerns
Please check our prayer concern list (updated regularly) to remain in prayer for the members of our congregation. Do you have prayer concerns that you would like to share with the church? Email them to our confidential email address prayer@dunwoodyumc.org, and we will be praying for you.

Support

Divorce Care: Surviving the Holidays 
If you, or someone you know is hurting, this weekly event can help. Our 13 week seminar/support group focuses on biblical principals for healing from a marriage breakup. Register HERE https://www.divorcecare.org/holidays/events/45229

Stephen Ministry
Are you going through a difficult time—emotionally, spiritually, or relationally? Are you lonely, experiencing a crisis, or simply stressed by everyday life? You don’t have to suffer alone. Our Stephen Ministers are trained caregivers, ready to listen, care for and encourage you, pray with and for you, and provide confidential one-to-one Christian care. Stephen Ministers can provide an opportunity to focus on your individual needs. To find out more, talk with Pat DeBolt at 404-931-5443.

Alzheimer's/Dementia Support Group for Caregivers
If you are trying to cope with caring for a loved one with a form of dementia, even if long distance, there is a monthly support group to help you! Come and join others who are on this same journey. Confidential meetings are held the second Thursday of each month in the Wesley Room from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. For further information contact JoAnn Akers at akersjoann@gmail.com or 404-434-9467.

Grief Support Group
If you are grieving the death of a loved one - no matter when that death might have occurred - there is a support group just for you. This group meets virtually via Zoom every week Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. For further information call Stan Hibbs at 404-625-8451 or JoAnn Akers at 404-435-9467 or by email at akersjoann@gmail.com.

Missions

Night to Shine
Night to Shine 2023, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, celebrating people with special needs.  This event will be held in-person by host churches around the world simultaneously on Friday, February 10, 2023. Dunwoody United Methodist Church is excited to be a part of this worldwide movement that God is using as a catalyst to change how cultures embrace people with disabilities and to rally the church worldwide to honor their local community of people with special needs, ensuring they know they are valued and loved. Click HERE to volunteer, register a guest, donate or view our Amazon wishlist. 

Angel Tree
The Missions Department Angel Trees return on Friday, December 2. If you are looking for a way to give back this holiday season, you can visit our Christmas Angel Trees (located in the outdoor Christmas Tree lot or the activities building lobby) decorated with ornaments representing donations needed in the community. Take an ornament (or more), shop for a local charity (The CAC and Hightower Homework Club, to name a few) and place unwrapped gifts in the donation bins located outside of the Nursery. The ornaments each highlight local ministries that can use tangible help this holiday season.  We are asking for most gifts before Friday, December 16 so we can distribute them before Christmas. Contact sean.penn@dunwoodyumc.org with questions.

Music & Performing Arts

DUMC Christmas Concert "This Christmastide" 
The Dunwoody UMC Music Ministry presents "This Christmastide", a concert of holiday music featuring the Chancel Choir, Musica Gloria Chamber Choir, the Dunwoody Handbell Ringers, and string orchestra. The concert will feature beloved Christmas songs that celebrate the sacredness and nostalgia of the season. Sunday, December 11, 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.

A Christmas Carol
Come kick off the holiday season with a reading of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol on December 3, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Suggested donation $5.00

Small Groups

Not In It To Win It 
Is it possible to disagree politically and love unconditionally? Delve into this question with Dr. John Simmons as he facilitates discussion of Andy Stanley's book, "Not In It To Win It: Why Choosing Sides Sidelines the Church". Wednesday Nights, January 11, 18, & 25 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Asbury Room | RSVP HERE

Lands of the Bible Tour
Save the Dates - April 16-28, 2023 for the Lands of the Bible Tour in Israel & Jordan. This tour will be led by Dr. Phil & Elizabeth Schroeder & Rev's. David & Joy Melton. Join us as we visit Old & New Testament sites; walk where Jesus walked! Click HERE for trip details. For more information and to express your interest in the trip, click HERE.

Men's Ministry

BEST MAN Bible Fellowship
Tuesdays, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m., Fellowship Hall and Zoom. Bring your coffee, a snack and a mask to join pastors David, Garrett, and Phil for a dynamic, COVID-safe, in-person lesson and small group discussion! Come start your day with JOY (Jesus, Others, Yourself), and take a step to become your BEST MAN. If you'd rather join via Zoom, click here for the link. Contact Andy Drexler at drexler.andrew@gmail.com with questions.

18 Steps to Spiritual wHoleness
The 18 Steps to Spiritual wHoleness group will be meeting Friday, December 09 at 7:00 a.m. for a full breakfast and study in the Epworth Room. Dr. Phil Schroeder will be discussing Isaiah 35:1-6, 10. To make your reservation for Friday, register HERE. Make sure to RSVP by Thursday, December 08 at noon.

Women's Ministry

52nd Annual UWF Green and White Banquet
All Women of DUMC, please join the UWF for the 52nd Annual Green and White Banquet. We will celebrate our theme, “Healing and Joy…on Our Journey to God”, with a reception and dinner followed by Speaker Mary Frances Bowley, Founder of Wellspring Living, an organization ministering to human-trafficking victims. This event will be held Tuesday, December 6th, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. in the DUMC Fellowship Hall. Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 23rd. The price for this event is $18 for non-UWF guests ($20 for UWF members). Register HERE or call Becky Springer in the church office. 

We will accept donations to both Murphy-Harpst Children Center and Wellroot Family Services. Cash or check is appropriate for both (checks should be payable to each specific agency). Amazon, Walmart, or VISA Gift Cards or gifts appropriate for preteens and teens are also options for Murphy-Harpst. 

Wednesday Night Advent Study 
Please join us for our Women's Wednesday Night Bible Study for Almost Christmas - A Wesleyan Advent Experience. This study features a group of authors who explore how we can make a commitment to Christ during Advent, connecting our Wesleyan heritage with the traditional Advent themes of Love, Hope, Joy, and Peace.The study will be Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. from 11/30-12/21 in room 240/242. RSVP Here Purchase Your Book Here.

Senior Adults

Pryme Tyme Christmas Party
You are invited to a Christmas Party, hosted by the Pryme Tymers, on Wednesday, December 7 at 11:30 a.m. at Vintage Pizzeria. As the guest of the Pryme Tymers, each person will order their favorite lunch from the menu, and enjoy visiting with friends as we await the delicious food! We encourage you to wear something festive for the holiday season to show your holiday spirit. We will be accepting donations to Murphy Harpst Children's Home. RSVP by December 5 to Ann Stone 770-399-1887, annlstone@bellsouth.net.

"New Friends" Christmas Party
The New Friends Christmas Party will be held this year on Monday, December 12, at noon in the Epworth Room. Please RSVP by December 5 to Betty Moreland at 770-641-8519. This cost of this event is $18 a person. Please make cash or checks payable to Betty.

DUMC Preschool

2023-2024 DUMC Preschool Admissions Tours
DUMC Preschool Admissions Tours for the 2023-2024 school year are available at 10:00 a.m. on the following dates: Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Jan. 5, Jan. 10 and Jan. 12. Registration deadline for current families is Jan. 9. Community registration deadline is Jan. 13. Enrollment priority is given to DUMC members. Register HERE for your preferred time slot.

Youth Ministry

Morning Blend
Sunday Morning (Year-Round) 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. | Youth Lounge | 6th-12th Grade | Morning Blend is our version of Sunday School. We have a light breakfast and a lesson. Each week is a little bit different - from local missions projects, to worship experiences, to games days. It’s an awesome time to be with your friends while learning more about Jesus.

DYM Worship
Sunday Nights (September - April) 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Youth Lounge, Gym & Fellowship Hall | 6th-12th Grade | DUMC is the place to be on Sunday Nights! Our Worship night is filled with engaging games, dynamic speakers, a live worship band, and some of your favorite small group leaders. Plus, there is FOOD!

Sports and Leisure

Creative Kids Art Class | Winter Session
Awaken the joy of art in your child with our Creative Kids Art Class. Taught by an experienced and beloved local artist, Ms. Dawne Cueller, children will create masterpieces while exploring a variety of mediums including acrylics, watercolors, clay and pastels. All supplies are included in registration fee. Open to children in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Class fee: $160.00.Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Arts and Crafts room. (Upstairs in the Activities Building) December 8, 15, January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9. The registration link below will allow you to complete contact information, sign up for participation, and submit payment. Please read through each page carefully to ensure that all information is provided accurately. Click HERE to view the registration link. 

Thursday Afternoon Bridge Group
The second and fourth Thursdays, 12:30 p.m., Young Adult Area. Adults of all ages are invited to play. Contact Fred Bounds 404-428-6630 for details.

Creation Care

Creation Care Tips

Creation Care Tips are brought to you by the Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESC) of Dunwoody UMC. The ESC meets the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. For more information, contact Ted Bowden at bowden5169@gmail.com

The first thing that comes to mind in December is the birth of Christ.

Then somehow the packages start arriving to put under the Christmas tree. Do we make the connection that in this occurrence, we have the responsibility to honor and protect God’s creation? This starts with putting all the packaging that applies into the recycling bin. All that Styrofoam (no matter the size or shape) can be taken to the Foam bin in front of Publix. Just open the bin door to make it easier to insert into the bin. They accept plastic bags, too.

When looking for gift ideas, look for items – and packaging – that are friendly to God’s creation.

“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:7-10