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  • FUMC dressed for Christmas complete with snow.
  • To God be the Glory
  • Winter Beauty, courtesy of our Lord; and photo credit to Rev. Ray.
  • Resurrection Cross 2015
  • Ready for Advent - First Sunday
  • Ready for the Advent - Second Sunday
  • Third Sunday of Advent
  • Our beautiful Sanctuary - Ordinary Days
  • A Light Unto the World
  • I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
  • Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind......
  • Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
  • For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
  • On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
  • The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.
  • Pat & Ray
  • Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
  • Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying,"I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life."
  • God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
  • Summer is Beautiful at FUMC
  • The Covered Bridge in our beautiful city.

The angels brought a message of joy and peace on earth because Christ was born. The Christmas story with all of its celebration also has a dark cloud in it that has never gone away, but it will vanish someday. The birth of "Goodness and Light" always stirs up evil and darkness. A jealous king orders the slaughter of children for no other reason than the fact that he was upset about a baby born to be king. Matthew wrote, "A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more."

In Genesis, Rachel died after giving birth to Benjamin. She was buried by the side of the road that leads to Bethlehem. Some believed that whenever tragedy came to children she could be heard weeping for them, and that she refuses to be comforted until all the children are safe from evil.

Will Rachel ever stop crying? Today she must weep over the war torn refugees, the starving, the abused and all frightened children who are innocent victims of evil. She will continue to weep in the heart of every good and decent person until the day when evil has vanished, and God has wiped away ever tear from her eyes.

Matthew's words were a quotation from Jeremiah 31. God heard (and hears) Rachel's weeping. "There is hope for your future," declares the Lord. God speaks of a day, a better day, when the long night's weeping will be turned to the joy of a new morning. That day will come because a Savior was born not far from Rachel's place of weeping. His birth has not kept people from doing evil, but it will never allow evil to prevail!

"Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: God is not dead, nor doeth He sleep; The Wrong shall fail - the Right prevail, With peace on earth, good-will to men."

Grace and Peace, Rev Ray

 

Contact Us  
FUMC of Elizabethton, TN
325 East E Street
Elizabethton, Tennessee 37643
Phone (423)543-3505
Regular Schedule  
Sunday
  • Worship Service
    – 9:55 AM
  • Sunday School
    – 11:20 AM
  • 4:12 Youth Ministries Jr. High - Grades 6 thru 8
    – 4:10 PM to 5:30 PM
  • 4:12 Youth Ministries Sr. High - Grades 9 thru 12
    – 5:45 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Bible Study
    – 6:00 PM
Wednesday
  • Coolagers (grades K - 5th)
    – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Life Lessons in the Fellowship Hall
    – 6:00 PM
  • Chancel Choir Practice
    – 7:00 PM
Announcements
Christmas Cantata December 15, 2019 9:55 AM

"Have You Heard?"  by Joel Raney

Concert

A Christmas Concert presented by David Arney

7:00 PM In the Sanctuary, Friday, December 20th

David Browning's One Man Show

Come join us on Saturday, December 21, at 7:00 PM for a one man show of the Christmas Carol starring David Browning (AKA Deputy Barney Fife)

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