NOVEMber 2017 | Click to view

NOVEMber 2017 | Click to view

Insight is our monthly newsletter that is filled with articles from our staff and members as well as information about upcoming events. Click the image to view a PDF of November's issue of Insight.

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Online Bulletin

this week

CHRISTMAS MIXTAPE DEVOTIONAL | TODAY | Stop by any one of our Information Centers, located both in the Christ Center and Sanctuary Gathering Area, to pick up your copy of our Christmas daily devotional written by staff and members of Christ UMC.
EDUCATORS COFFEE | TODAY | 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | Hospitality Room This will be a time to celebrate the wonderful work of our educators and share dreams on building a ministry for educators.
CHRIST UMC CLOSED | THUR., NOV. 23 SAT., NOV. 25 | Christ UMC, including the Recreation Ministry, will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

missions and serving

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CHRISTMAS EVE GREETERS NEEDED | SUN., DEC. 24 | Greeters are needed before and after each service on Christmas Eve day. If you are available, and would like to help us welcome members and guests, please contact Lesly Barrow at

music ministry

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WELSH REVIVAL: UNIVERSITY OF MOBILE CELTIC ENSEMBLE | SUN., DEC. 3 | Sanctuary | All Services | Join us for the unique and beautiful sound of Celtic worship!

next generation ministry

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PRESCHOOL FUN DAY: COOKIE DECORATING | WED., DEC. 13 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Fellowship Hall | Come and kick off the Christmas season with a cookie decorating party! We will have all the  cookies and decorating supplies, you just bring your imagination.
YOUTH WINTER RETREAT | FRI., JAN. 12SUN., JAN. 14 | 6th – 12th Grade | Camp Baldwin | Join us for our biggest event of the year! Our speaker this year will be Rev. Jeremy Steele. There will be incredible worship services, engaging small group sessions, and awesome games. Registration now open! Register at Cost: $140 until DEC. 1; $180 after DEC. 1.

other events

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PRAYER MEETING | TUES., NOV. 28 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Parlor | The church is to be a House of Prayer. Please join us to discuss starting a new Prayer Ministry.

christmas with christ

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LADIES CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST | SAT., DEC. 2 | 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Christ Center Assembly Area | Join us as Rev. Jean Tippit helps us be still in the Lord during this hectic season. Music by Crystal Couch. Bring a breakfast food to share and a new toy for the Dumas Wesley Christmas Toy Store. To reserve a seat, contact Sonya Carson at or 251.706.3365.
CHRIST IS BORN: ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT | SUN., DEC. 3 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Sanctuary | It will be a night filled with the musical talents of our adult, youth and children choirs, as well as various ensembles, handbells, and instruments.
LIVE NATIVITY HAYRIDE | WED., DEC. 6 | 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Pavilion | In celebration of the Christmas season, travel in a hayride with us through the story of Jesus’ birth in a Live Nativity.
JINGLE JAM: TACKY CHRISTMAS | SUN., DEC. 10 | 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | 6th – 12th Grade | Youth Area | Join us for a Tacky Christmas Party! Come dressed in your tackiest Christmas outfits for a chance to win some prizes. There will be games, food, and much more. Cost: $5.
50+ MINISTRY: LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION | WED., DEC. 13 | 4:40 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Hospitality Room | Come celebrate the Christmas Season! Live Music and Wassil at 4:30 p.m., dinner served at 5:15 p.m. To reserve a spot, please contact Kim Pratt at 251.706.3331. Reservation and payment must be received by MON., DEC. 4 at 12:00 p.m. Cost $15 per person.
SINGLES CHRISTMAS OUTING | SAT., DEC. 16 | 4:30 p.m. | Join other singles 40 and up as we gather in the Christ Center for hot chocolate and goodies, then travel together to the Christmas Light Display at McGowin Park!
BEAUTY FROM ASHES: A BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE | SUN., DEC. 17 5:00 p.m. | Christ Center Gym | Are you missing your loved one or hurting this Christmas? We will remember those who have passed, pray for those far away and seek God's healing.
CHRISTMAS EVE MORNING WORSHIP SERVICES | SUN., DEC. 24 | 8:00 a.m. | 9:15 a.m. | 10:40 a.m. | Regular morning worship | There will not be Sunday School classes for adults, youth, or children. Nursery will be available for 0 - 2 years old.
CHRISTMAS EVE FAMILY COMMUNION SERVICES | SUN., DEC. 24 | 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. | Sanctuary | A child-friendly service with puppets and an interactive telling of the Christmas story.
CHRISTMAS EVE TRADITIONAL COMMUNION SERVICES | SUN., DEC. 24 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. | Sanctuary | Join us for music, scripture readings, Holy Communion, and candlelight carols as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
CHRISTMAS EVE MODERN COMMUNION SERVICE | SUN., DEC. 24 | 7:30 p.m. | Christ Center Gym | Come experience live strings, an incredible band, and a meaningful teaching that you don’t want to miss.

Online Giving Is Now Available | Visit, OR install the Pushpay app (red and white “p” logo) from the Google Play Store or the App Store, OR text “christumc” to 77977.
Orders for CDs or DVDs of services may be submitted and picked up at B-122.

Listen for Perceptions at 7:40 a.m. on these radio stations:  
WKSJ - 94.9 FM | WRKH - 96.1 FM | WTKX - 101.5 FM
or online at

Pastoral Care | For hospital admits, scheduled surgery and prayer requests, Contact Kim Pratt at or 251.342.0462, ext. 231 | 24-HOUR PRAYER REQUEST LINE AT EXT. 309
Military Prayer Board | Located in Christ Center Please provide a small snapshot of the person with name, branch of service, place of deployment and connection to Christ UMC. Contact David Smithweck at 251.666.8509.
Stephen Ministers | Are available to help you or someone you know walk through a difficult time in life | For more information, contact Donna Alexander at 251.342.0462, ext. 225. 


Adults | 8:00 a.m. • 9:15 a.m. • 10:40 a.m. 
Singles | 9:15 a.m. 
Newly Married | 9:15 a.m. 
Youth | 6th - 12th Grade | 9:16 a.m. • 10:40 a.m. • 5:00 p.m.
Children | 3 yrs. - 5th Grade | 8:00 a.m. • 9:15 a.m. • 10:40 a.m.
Nursery | Newborn - 2 yrs. | 8:00 a.m. • 9:15 a.m. • 10:40 a.m. 
Youth Singers | 10:20 a.m.
Youth Ringers | 11:00 a.m. 
College | 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

GAP | Graduates & Professionals ages 23 - 35 | 6:30 p.m.
Exaltation Ringers | 6:00 p.m.

Children | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Adults | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Singles | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Youth | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sanctuary Choir | 6:30 p.m.

Celebrate Recovery | 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Christ Center Hours
Monday - Friday: 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Stewardship Report

We have changed our reporting to make it more informative. We now report monthly giving numbers with a year-to-date total. On the first two Sundays of each month, we will report Forward giving receipts for the previous month; on the last two Sundays we will report principal payments on our debt. Please contact Rob Blackwell or Patricia Parker if you have questions.

Monthly Debt Principal Budgeted$56,655$595,575
Monthly Debt Principal Paid$36,640$379,204
Monthly Mission Fund Budgeted$3,600$36,000
Monthly Mission Fund Given$2,132$25,979
November 12, 2017
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