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November 24, 2019
Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Worship Times

Traditional Worship           9:00 am

Sunday School                 10:10 am

Contemporary Worship     6:00 pm

Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month.

Due to renovation, both services are currently held in the 

McWhorter Activity Center.  

We plan to resume worship in the sanctuary 

on Sunday, December 8.

November 17

Sermon: Simply Grateful

Sermon Series: The Gratitude Experiment

Scripture: Psalm 138

Rev. Lyle Holland, Senior Pastor


Kids 1st closed November 27

ALL Facilities closed November 28 & 29

See you on Monday, December 2!


The Pairs & Spares Sunday School class will NOT be having their Bake Sale this year. 

2020 Estimate of Giving Cards

We are still receiving giving cards in the church office. Please feel free to come by and drop yours off if you're out and about. And if you need another one, we have them here. The offices are open 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday - Thursday, and Friday 8 am until noon.

Thank you for your commitment to Jacksonville First United Methodist Church!

2019 Charitable Contributions

As you finalize your 2019 charitable contributions to the church, please make certain they are: 

    • Cash and/or checks received in the Church Administrator’s office no later than December 30, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
    • Realm online donations no later than December 29, 2019 midnight
    • Mailed must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2019
    • Stock donations made by December 15, 2019 – please contact Dora Hayes in the church office for necessary forms and information.
Community Thanksgiving Meal 2019

Our church will, for the 5th year, co-sponsor a lunchtime Thanksgiving meal for the Jacksonville community. We will team with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. We will probably deliver around 300 meals and serve about 150 meals at St. Luke’s. To do this we need your help.

We need:

· Monetary donations which will pay for our portion of the food supplies needed. Checks can be made payable to JFUMC, and in the memo line write Thanksgiving Meal.

· Cooked and deboned roasted turkeys delivered to St. Luke’s. (call St. Luke’s to sign up.)

· Cakes & pies delivered to St. Luke’s, sliced and ready to serve.

· Volunteers: Servers, meal delivery, greeters, and clean up. (Call St. Luke’s to sign up.)

If you plan to help and haven't called to sign up, please do so. TODAY is the time to take action!  It's OK to leave a voicemail with your contact info.

There are so many folks who are generous to help out, but it sure is nice to know a few days ahead. Thanks!

St. Luke’s: open 9 am - 2 pm, Monday-Thursday: 


For more information, please call Jim Lloyd at 256-452-4773.


* Began in spring of 2013

* Provides nutritious snacks for children who are at risk of not having enough food on the weekends

* Currently serving 103 children (the most ever)

* Weekly cost of each bag ranges $4 - $5 weekly

* Donations may be made to JFUMC designating the money for Snack Packs

* You may also sponsor a child for $25/month.



in the Sanctuary

Christmas Play Needs Christmas Trees!

Please be on the lookout for Christmas trees of ALL shapes and sizes; we will need LOTS of trees for this year's play! 

They don't have to be purchased new, (unless you would like to donate them) but if you bring one to loan us, please make sure that your name is on it, and we will return it to you ASAP afterwards.

(NOTE: 3 foot minimum size)

As always, thank you so much for contributing to Children's Ministries!

presented by JFUMC Children's' Ministries
2019 Children's Christmas Program

Sunday, December 8

6:00 pm

McWhorter Activity Center


If you can volunteer at Toyland, please call JCOC at 256-435-1891. Thanks!



Please bring new underwear and socks for children ages 3 to 18 on Sunday, December 1.

Tuesday, December 10, 5:00 pm
Senior Adult Christmas Dinner

It's time to mark your calendar for the Senior Adult Christmas Dinner on Tuesday, December 10 at 5:00 pm. 

This is a lovely catered affair for anyone in the church family who is aged 50 or older. There is no charge, but reservations are necessary for a head count. Contact Chris Brightbill for a reservation: 256-225-7394,

The Connectional Table met on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 3:00 pm. The meeting was opened with prayer by Lyle Holland. The following reports were given:


We will need to bring in $48,000 in the next 2 months, but this is likely, and there is a good chance that we will close out the year in the black.


Improvements upstairs and in the sanctuary continue. A cross-training tutorial session will be held at 5 pm on November 18 for several people to learn about AV improvements, to include live streaming of worship services. There will be a dedicated iPad for the sound, and a dedicated laptop for video streaming.

As soon as carpeting is complete, they will begin moving pews and instruments back into the sanctuary. When one of the kneeling cushions was taken for cleaning, Heather was told that they are heirlooms, and probably should not be cleaned again. It was decided to use them through Advent and then to preserve them. There was discussion on how to reconfigure the handbells and pews in the left alcove. It was decided to add back 3 of the pews into the handbell area.


Reworking of job descriptions continues, a draft may be available to staff members by Thanksgiving.


She and Summer Jennings will be attending a consignment conference in January in order to be able to spend some one-to-one time with the people who created the consignment sale software.

Fall Festival was a wild success, and having to change to the front parking lot made it even better. Children’s Ministries still needs trees for the Christmas program.


Corey reported that the youth had just had a bonfire at the Cunningham’s home, and had a great time. They are participating in a Reverse Advent event in which they collect non-perishable food donations in the weeks before Christmas to give to JCOC.

The youth plan to help out with Toyland, and have a Progressive Dinner scheduled for their Christmas party. They will not be meeting on Sunday nights during December due to so many other activities, and will spend their Wednesday night times volunteering at JCOC.

The youth raised $700 from their fish fry, and those who had participated were eager to have Swamp John return. The youth are considering collaborating with a Sunday School class to do this again in 2020.


Lyle thanked the Connectional Table for a good year. A number of staff and volunteers met last week to do planning and calendaring work for 2020. This brought lots of new ideas, clarity, and collaboration.

He asked everyone to be in prayer for the General Conference (May 5-15,) and then the Annual Conference (May 31) during this anxious time.

The meeting was closed in prayer by Corey Burns at 3:50 pm.

Prayer Requests

 (MEMBERS / Non-members)

  • David Lewis
  • Dan Mathis

Christian Sympathy is extended to 

TOM & LAURA LEATHRUM in the death of Tom's mother.

Sandra Walker and family in the loss of her husband, Tommy.

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