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December 3, 2021



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Chancel Choir Christmas Concert

The Dunwoody UMC Chancel Choir will present a Christmas Concert featuring the beloved choral classic “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi, as well as familiar carols and other choral highlights. This holiday celebration will be accompanied by a professional orchestra and feature soloists from our choir. We hope you will join us for this rich tradition as live singing returns on Sunday, December 12, 2021, at 4:00 pm.

Angel Tree

The Missions Department will set up their Angel Tree on Sunday, November 28. If you are looking for a way to give back this holiday season, you can visit our Christmas Angel Tree (located in the outdoor Christmas Tree lot) decorated with ornaments representing donations needed in the community. Take an ornament, shop for a local charity (The C.A.C. and Hightower Homework Club, to name a few) and place unwrapped gifts in the donation bins located outside of the Nursery. Contact chris.mixer@dunwoodyumc.org with questions.

BEST MAN Breakfast Featuring Kevin Latty

Join DUMC's Men's ministry on Tuesday, Dec. 7, for this quarter's BEST MAN breakfast featuring guest speaker, Kevin Latty, founder of Souly Business. Kevin will tell us about his journey, and about how Souly Business, a spiritual retreat weekend, has been a transformational and impactful ministry for men in our community. A full breakfast -- bacon, eggs, grits, etc. -- will be served beginning at 6:45 a.m., and the meeting will run until 8:30 a.m. Cost is $15 (VISA and MC only). Click HERE to learn more and register.

Poinsettias for Christmas

Please consider purchasing poinsettias in honor or memory of someone special. The poinsettias will be displayed through the Christmas Eve services, and you may take your plant after the last Christmas Eve service or on the morning of Sunday, December 26. The cost of each is $10, and the deadline to place your order is Friday, December 17, 2021. You can purchase as many as you like HERE or by calling Deena in the church office 770-394-0675. Volunteers are also needed to deliver poinsettias to our homebound members on Tuesday, December 21. Contact Deena.Taylor@dunwoodyumc.org or call her in the church office. This is a great family service opportunity!

Worship

Christmas Worship at DUMC
Join DUMC for worship as we celebrate the birth of Christ:

  • Modern Christmas | Thursday, Dec. 23 | 7:00 p.m. - The story of Christmas with a modern twist, featuring contemporary music, candlelight, and a family-friendly atmosphere.
  • The First Communion of Christmas | Friday, Dec. 24 | 12:00 p.m. - An intimate service of Holy Communion in DUMC's Chapel, perfect for travelers or those who prefer daytime worship.
  • Family Service with Children's Choirs| Friday, Dec. 24 | 4:00 p.m. - Family-friendly worship featuring candle lighting and music from DUMC's Children's Choirs.
  • Family Service with Carol Sing-along | Friday, Dec. 24 | 5:30 p.m. - Family-friendly worship with candle lighting and sing-along carols.
  • Candlelight Communion | FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24 | 7:00 p.m. - A traditional service with Holy Communion, featuring music from DUMC's Youth Choir and Handbell Choir.
  • A Service of Lessons and Carols | Friday, Dec. 24 | 9:00 p.m. - Traditional worship rich in music and scripture, featuring choral classics and candle lighting.
  • Candlelight Communion | Friday, Dec. 24 | 11:00 p.m. - Traditional worship with Holy Communion and candle lighting to welcome Christmas Day.

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., Contemporary in the Sanctuary at 9:00 a.m. and Traditional in the Sanctuary at 11:15 a.m.

Join Us for Online Worship
We offer distinct Contemporary and Traditional Worship Services online. On-demand streaming begins on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. for our Contemporary 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, beginning at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday. We hope you'll tune in.

General

Estate Planning Resources
As a follow up to Giving Tuesday, people have been asking about estate planning. So we at DUMC wanted to let you know about this recent wills workshop offered by our Georgia United Methodist Foundation. Click HERE to view the webinar. We hope you find it helpful in your personal discernment.

Name Tags
Remember to order your name tags HERE if you haven't already. If you've ordered a name tag please pick it up at the main welcome desk located in the Narthex.

Christmas Welcome Team Volunteers
We need YOU to serve this Christmas! Please consider volunteering on our Welcome Team at one of the Christmas Services. Register HERE to be a part of offering a warm welcome to our church and guests.

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

Stephen Ministry
Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. Their commonality? A passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need. You don’t have to go through difficult times alone. Our Stephen Ministers are ready to provide you with confidential, one-to-one, Christian care and support to help you get through a tough time. Our Stephen Ministers are there to care. To find out more about Stephen Ministry for you or someone you know, talk with Pat DeBolt at 404-931-5443.

Alzheimer's/Dementia Support Group for Caregivers
Second Thursday of each month, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., in the Young Adult suite. If you are caring for a loved one affected by Alzheimer's Disease or any other form of dementia (even if by long distance), this is a support group for you. For questions/concerns contact JoAnn Akers at 678-352-8334.

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 - 8:15pm. For further information call Stan Hibbs at 404-625-8451.

Women's Ministry

Green and White Banquet
All women are invited to attend the Dunwoody UMW sponsored Green and White Banquet on Tuesday, Dec. 7 beginning at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner will be served at 7 pm. Our guest speaker will be Cathie Lee Phillips who is a United Methodist, an author, and a Christian educator. Reservations are required and can be made HERE or by calling the church office. For questions or more information, contact Shirley Layne at shirley.layne@gmail.com.

Men's Ministry

BEST MAN December Speaker - Kevin Latty
Tuesday, December 7, 7:00-8:30 a.m. Join DUMC's Men's ministry on Tuesday, Dec. 7, for this quarter's BEST MAN breakfast featuring guest speaker, Kevin Latty, founder of Souly Business. Kevin will tell us about his journey, and about how Souly Business, a spiritual retreat weekend, has been a transformational and impactful ministry for men in our community. A full breakfast -- bacon, eggs, grits, etc. -- will be served beginning at 6:45 a.m., and the meeting will run until 8:30 a.m. Cost is $15 (VISA and MC only). Click HERE to learn more and register.

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, Matt 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.

Senior Adults

Pryme Tymers Christmas Lunch
All Pryme Tymers are invited to be our guest for lunch Wednesday, December 15, 11:30 am at the Vintage Pizzeria in The Shops of Dunwoody, 5510 Chamblee Dunwoody Road. You are encouraged to dress for the holiday season, with seasonal colors, bows, etc. A donation will be optional for the Murphy Harpst Childrens Center. A head count is needed so please reply by December 13 to Ann Stone, 770-399-1887 or Cheryl Dunbar, 770-778-5624.

Music and Performing Arts

Chancel Choir Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 12,  at 4:00 p.m. The Dunwoody UMC Chancel Choir will present a Christmas Concert featuring the beloved choral classic “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi, as well as familiar carols and other choral highlights. This holiday celebration will be accompanied by a professional orchestra and feature soloists from our choir. We hope you will join us for this rich tradition as live singing returns on Sunday, December 12,  at 4:00 p.m.

Children's Ministry

Come to the Manger
Sunday, December 5, 5:00 p.m. Kick off the Christmas season on Dec. 5 with a family concert, food trucks, live nativity and carols from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the DUMC parking lot. We welcome the community to this free event (food trucks are pay as you go). And, don't miss the great photo opportunities of the live nativity and Christmas Tree forest!

DUMC Preschool 2022-2023 Admissions Tour
Learn more about the preschool program at Dunwoody UMC. Join us for a tour on Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Nov. 11, Nov. 18, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Jan. 6 or Tuesday, Jan. 11. Spaces for each tour are limited; please RSVP. Contact preschool@dunwoodyumc.org with questions or visit www.dumcp.org for more about the preschool.

Marist School Open House Dec. 5
Marist Open House is set for Sunday, December 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. Explore the campus, visit classrooms, experience student activities, and meet students, faculty, and staff. Open House is a community event, and all are welcome to attend. Visit marist.com/openhouse to register and learn more.

Missions

Angel Tree
The Missions Department will set up their Angel Tree on Sunday, November 28. If you are looking for a way to give back this holiday season, you can visit our Christmas Angel Tree (located in the outdoor Christmas Tree lot) decorated with ornaments representing donations needed in the community. Take an ornament, shop for a local charity (The C.A.C. and Hightower Homework Club, to name a few) and place unwrapped gifts in the donation bins located outside of the Nursery. Contact chris.mixer@dunwoodyumc.org with questions.

Hightower Homework Club
Hightower Homework Club has a new volunteer coordinator. For volunteer opportunities, please reach out to Maggie at margaret.gayler@cornersoutreach.org. Hightower Homework Club is also adding Fridays as another day to tutor and mentor students starting in December. They are looking for volunteers for Friday afternoons from 3 - 6 pm. For directions and more information contact chris.mixer@dunwoodyumc.org.

Outdoor Ministry

UPDATE - Outdoor Ministry Retreat
DUMC's Outdoor Ministry day-long retreat on December 4 will be postponed. Stay tuned here, join our DCB group, or contact Jim Labus (labusj@bellsouth.net) for updates on a rescheduled time and info on upcoming events!

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 Jay Pryor at jpryor@uga.edu.

This Christmas season take to heart John Wesley’s Rule for Christian Living: “Do all the good you can by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can!” “Doing good” doesn’t have to be expensive. Be thoughtful about what you give to others and to God’s creation. As you select gifts online, turn your shopping green by exploring companies that are environmentally focused, that give back a percentage of profits to support environmental actions, and that have ethical practices, as well as great products that won’t quickly end up in a landfill.