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Oh no! Christmas is coming.

Oh no! Christmas is coming! Every year it seems that this final holiday of the year comes with a little more gusto. Don’t get me wrong – I love Christmas! I am a little kid trapped in a bigger kid’s body, and it doesn’t take much to let that inner eight year old out.

The question is this: What is Christmas really about? If you said giving, you were mostly right. Christmas is the time we celebrate the greatest gift of all, God’s gift of His Son Jesus. I have absolutely no problem with this at all. I do have to ask the question, Is this really what we are celebrating?

What are you giving this Christmas? For so many of us Christmas has become the celebration of giving a bunch of plastic junk, wrapped in pretty paper. I give things that people really don’t need or want to some people I really don’t know. I look at the way our society thrives in this time of ‘I want’ and it almost makes me sick. God gave His only Son, and we give fruitcake.

I will ask the question again: What are you giving for Christmas? It’s okay to give people gifts. It’s okay to have parties and bonuses. It’s okay to gather with friends and family, that’s what makes this season fun – and it’s okay to have fun.

As we celebrate this year, give a gift that matters. Show God’s love by feeding or clothing a stranger. Go to a nursing home and visit people that many have forgotten. Sing a song, out loud! Let people see the gift God gave by the things you do. That’s what Christmas is really about.

Go-Fight-Win. Amen.

Bro Steve

Festival of Trees

We are happy to announce that St. Paul’s is sponsoring a tree at the Festival of Trees at the Museum of East Texas this year. This is another way for us toreach out to our community and make ourselves known. All are welcome and encouraged to come see and support our tree. The Festival opens Monday, Nov. 24th. Hours are 10 AM till 5 PM. Another first for st. Paul’s!

Advent Study

Our study starts on Thursday, Dec. 4th at 5:30 PM. The study book is entitledĀ “The Wesleyan Way-a Faith that Matters” and costs $10.00. We will share a meal each night (no meatless soup this time). Please see Gladney to purchase your book.

St. Paul’s cooks and serves soup

Cook and Serve each 3rd weekend

Saturday the members of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church served potato soup and all the fixing to 250 people at ‘Cook N’ Serve’ on second street. It was a chilly 50 degrees, a perfect day for theĀ hot soup lunch that was enjoyed by 250 people from the second street area in Lufkin. St. Paul’s serves a free lunch to all who come on every third Saturday of the month. Volunteer to be a part of this ministry to share God’s love by serving others in need.

United Methodist Women meeting Thursday

United Methodist Women meet Thursdays at 11:30am in the Fellowship Hall of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

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St.Paul’s United Methodist Women will meet on Dec. 18th at 11:30 am. Each lady is asked to bring a wrapped fun gift (limit $5.00) to exchange. Bonnie Killam will install the officers for 2015. Snacks will be provided by the officers so, you don’t need to bring a sack lunch, All ladies are welcome to come and have a party with us!!