Our church was the dropping off point for this area for Cookies for the Troops which was a Conference Wide project led by Rev. Bob Murchison in Coleman. We received 283 Boxes of Cookies from Cisco FUMC; Greens Creek UMC; Hamilton FUMC; Oakdale UMC of Stephenville; Laurel St. UMC of Dublin; Dublin FUMC; Ogelsby FUMC; Stephenville FUMC and Palo Pinto Area UMC's. On December 19, Ray LaBaume and myself loaded the cookies in a trailer and delivered them to Dyes AFB driving through some very heavy rains to get there and back.
The Advent Devotional and lighting of each candle was performed by different families in the church each Sunday preparing us for the return of Christ.
Our candlelight service was very well attended and we used our children as well as some adults to read the Christmas Story in Luke with Christmas Hymns or Carols between the readings and a Special Song by Pat Beaty singing and Leta Sage playing the piano, "When Christmas Come To Me". The Devotional was "A Great Light" based on Matthew 4:12-17.
Refreshments were served after the service and most stayed and enjoy the fellowship of each other.
We are now preparing for the end of the year with worship and then making our end of the year check out to the Conference.
Through it all, Christ has been present and helping and guiding us!
YBIC Ken Lunsford, Pastor