Owatonna United Methodist Church
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Connecting Caring Learning Serving

Weekly E-pistle


Advent, like Lent, was originally a season of reflection and repentance before a major holiday.  Like Lent, the Sunday in the middle of the season is set aside as a day of joy as a break in the more somber mood of the season.  We tend to consider the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas a festive time.  We don’t care that some ancient bishops thought there should be a season of reflection and repentance in preparation for the twelve days of Christmas.  Still, this is the Sunday of Joy on the Advent calendar, and I hope you will bring joy with you to worship, and joy into the activities of this week.


Come and join us Wednesday at 5:30p.m. for supper (pizza night) and stay to join us for worship at 6:30p.m. when we will sing some of our favorite Christmas carols (congregation's choice.)


Cecil Smith's memorial service will be held at our church on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 11a.m. with visitation at 10a.m.  Dorothy Rypka's service will be at our church on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 10:30a.m.


This Sunday's worship will be a special musical Sunday as we celebrate the joy of the season.  Come and support our musical groups as they share their gifts.


This year's Blue Christmas service wil be held on Wednesday, December 19 at 6:30p.m.


Scriptures for Sunday, December16:  Zephaniah 3:14-20:  Rejoice for God is delivering the people from their captivity.  Phil. 4:4-7:  Rejoice always!  Luke 3:7-18:  John the Baptist testifies that there is one far more powerful for whom he is preparing the way.




9:00a.m.  2nd Wednesday coffee at HyVee

10:00a.m.  Advent Study at church

5:15p.m. Jubilee Ringers

6:30p.m.  Worship

7"00p.m.  Chancel choir



4:00p.m.  KnitWits

6:30p.m,.  Refit



1:00p.m.-7:00p.m. Red Cross Blood Drive



11:00a.m,.  Smith Memorial Service


9:00a.m.  Worship

10:00a.m.  Sunday School

10:00a.m.  Coffee fellowship honoring Christ Minske's 90th birthday

10:15a.m.  Adult Sunday School

6:00p.m.  Advent Study at Olson's

Loren Olson
Lead Pastor and Director
Prairie Spirit Cooperative Parish
Serving the Communities of Owatonna and Dodge Center, Minnesota