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First United Methodist Church of Hawthorne
Stacey Spence, Pastor
December & January Anniversaries
December & January Birthdays12/10 Sharon Surrency 12/11 Linda Thomas 12/14 Abigail Hutchins 12/17 Liam Surrency 12/19 Ken Krug 01/04 Linda Cue 01/07 Jeanne Brockman 01/09 Catherine Allin 01/11 Ethan McLeod 01/13 Diane Tilbury 01/20 Myrna Dayton 01/21 Dan Cromer 01/23 Sherri Howland 01/27 Gene Hunsucker 01/30 Karen Fahrney
12/14 Gerald & Kathy Morgan 12/18 Richard & Ginger Stanford 12/30 Hank & Mary Ann Gross 12/30 Gene & Peggy Hunsucker
01/01 Dan & Kathy Cromer
Merry Christmas! HARC has been blessed by you and the community! Because of that we are working on 50 Christmas Food Baskets and toys for the children! Thanks to Dollar General who is partnering with us for the toys we will be able to give toys to needy children for Christmas.
We are wading into the bureaucratic waters of the CARES Grant with the County seeking reimbursement for items we have purchased due to the COVID pandemic. We have had some success thus far and hope to recover most of what we have spent.
Please continue to pray for this ministry as we are seeing lives made better by the touch of the hands of mercy and love.
Blessings to each of you, Sharon
This n’ That
By Mariella Gosnell
The Christmas Card Exchange Box……
will be not be available this year due to COVID 19.
You can hand out your cards to each other at our Sunday Morning
Drive-in Worship Service, mail them, or send Christmas wishes on
If you need assistance in purchasing stamps, see Pastor Stacey.
Matthew 1:23 (KJV) Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is God with us.
In these pandemic times we do indeed need God with us all the time, probably more than any other time in our lives. We can see more clearly now than at any other time how much we need to keep God in our lives.
I recently talked with a friend of mine who immediately said, “God is in control and we don’t know why this is happening, but we will someday.” That is such a true statement! We must always believe that God is watching out for us! I believe that God loves each of us and we will see the end of the turmoil someday.
Maybe we should concentrate on LOVE and caring for others rather than all the commercial things that many of us associate with Christmas.
Let’s consider the real reason for the season! God, indeed, is love for everyone, so let’s practice it this holiday season!
For people who need help, someone to talk to, or need to pray or be prayed for, call the HOPE Link at the Salvation Army from 9:00am to 1:00am at
By Mary Anne Smith
There will not be an annual UMW meeting. Hopefully in the coming year, our gatherings will be restored.
With the uprise of COVID-19, Thrift Shop workers felt it would be safer to close the store again until the virus is better managed. Some of our customers weren’t too happy with the “Mask On” mandate and some removed them or wore them improperly as they shopped. We are not youngsters and do not want to take the chance of contracting the virus.
We have had to reinstate the “no donations” request. Apparently during the quarantine, everyone was cleaning out their houses and the Thrift Store was the recipient of their
Our lives are diﬀerent from this time last year. Our routines have changed; our time with friends and family has changed. Many of the traditions that we cherish from year to year will not be possible to continue this Advent season. The one thing that has not changed is God’s desire for a deeper relationship with us. This year, make an extra eﬀort to find ways to draw closer to Him.
The Daily Bible in Chronological Order 365 Daily Readings is an excellent way to get the “Big Picture” of the history and story of God’s word. I have the NIV Large Print Edition (YAY!) published by Harvest House. The devotional insights help to provide a broader spectrum of comprehension of scripture.
How ever you choose, make a commitment to do just 1 extra thing each day such as mindful prayer, increasing scripture reading, sending a card or making a phone call to those we haven’t seen in a while. God is just waiting for us to reach out and up.
God bless you all and I pray 2021 is a healthier, more joyful year for us all.
Jane Box, Missions Coordinator delivered 59
“Operation Christmas Child” boxes to the collection point for worldwide distribution. Our prayers go with each box and to the child to whom it will be delivered.
Many thanks to Janefor all of her hard work in continuing this mission and to everyone who made this mission so successful.
A E R A T N E I R O F O S G N I K E E R H T E W R
N F S R J X T M E Y M C I L D W V L N U I R V E I
G H Q J F O A H J X S K P J O D E T V G O N E U M
E D A R Z Q Y S G H G M E N Y M V O V C Y D K E C
L O O R V P I T W I E A K V H H S D O O N E H G A
S Y T O K K S U O C N U W T D U M M W I D E F M K
W O E F I T U I T T O Y U Z U X E A E I L S I F Q
E U Q N E K H T H Y H F L Z L O K R D H V H X X E
H H Q V G C J E D T P E M O C Y E I T F F I Z H F
A E B U E T S I H B S U W O H S Z E G S C A P V T
V A L Z V Z D P E E S I M O O O B Z I P C L Q J H
E R W D Y Y W J R I R E D N R F U L M C E G M X E
H W E A R C W N S C E A D L O L E V W L A A S R F
E H H A P D F G C M R E L N I N D Q B Q K U Z Y I
A A M I Q Y Z B M J R D W D T H K T R I T D J W R
R T L O V E C A M E D O W N A T C H R I S T M A S
D I O Z G F N U H S T B I X N N I T Y J A M Y H T
O H T Y V U C T A E E G G T O G G Z A S N C O G N
N E S Q E A H X L X H R C I U R M E H H R W L X O
H A W L U P O T B T Z U X L U W J G L C W Z C R E
I R X K L O T N A M W O N S E H T Y T S O R F J L
G Y G O K I A W A Y I N A M A N G E R C S I L W X
H P D S L L E B E L G N I J W J I S S K V I T E L
R U G O T E L L I T O N T H E M O U N T A I N M H
R K Z I D F T N D P R S U E T O M T G Q S Y D G S
ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH AWAY IN A MANGER
DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR FROSTY THE SNOWMAN
GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING JINGLE BELLS
JOY TO THE WORLD
LOVE CAME DOWN AT CHRISTMAS
MARY DID YOU KNOW O COME OCOME EMMANUEL O HOLY NIGHT
O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM RUDOLPH THE RED NOSE REINDEER SILENT NIGHT
THE FIRST NOEL
WE THREE KINGS OF ORIENT ARE WHAT CHILD IS THIS
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1 2 3 4 5 UMW Thrift Shop Closed until further notice 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1st Sunday in Advent
9:30am Adult Bible Study
11:00am Drive-in Church
Meeting-FH UMW Thrift Shop Closed until further notice
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
2nd Sunday in
9:30am Adult Bible Study 11:00am Drive-in Church K-4 Group 7PM FH UMW Thrift Shop Closed until further notice 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 3rdSunday in Advent
9:30am Adult Bible Study
11:00am Drive-in Church
HARC to give out Christmas Food Baskets -FH
No Surrency Circle
10AM Educ. Bldg HARC Closed
7:00pm CHRISTMAS EVE Drive-in Service with live Nativity UMW Thrift Shop Closed until further notice 27 4th Sunday in Advent
9:30am Adult Bible Study 11:00am Drive-in Church 28 6:00-7:00 Finance Committee-Council - via Zoom 29 30 31 HARC Closed NEW YEARS EVE HARC Closed 1 HARC Closed HAPPY NEW YEAR
The Case for Christ I Can Only Imagine Fireproof
The Note 2: Taking a Chance on Love The Note 3
Same kind of different as me Old fashioned
In the Blink of an Eye Johnny
Jerusalem Countdown The Bible stories: Jeremiah Flywheel
Faith of our Fathers The Encounter The Risen
The Promised Land
Apostle Peter and the Last Supper
Revelation Road the beginning of the end Revelation Road 2 the sea of glass and fire Revelation Road 3 – The Black Rider
Hachi (Kleenexes needed) To Save a life
Henry Poole is here
The Visitor (2008 not the other one) The Grace Card
Believe (2017 not the Justin Bieber Believe) Phoebe in Wonderland
Soul Surfer Rust
The Mighty Macs
A Dangerous Method Get Low
When the Game Stands Tall Hidden Secrets
A Question of Faith (2 boxes of Kleenexes) What If
Hidden Secrets/Sarah’s Choice 17 Miracles
The Resurrection of Gavin Stone
A Dog’s Purpose (A LOT of Kleenexes needed!)
by Mary Anne Smith
I have had the opportunity to utilize the film collection of our public library system. Regardless of the location of the film, you can order them online with your library card number and they can be sent to the Hawthorne library where you can pick them up. Some titles that I wholeheartedly recommend are:
FOUR-FLAVOR SHEET PAN PIE
From the FOOD NETWORK website
Go to their website link at the bottom of page 9 to see the video they have posted on making this 4-pie dessert.
This is good recipe for thanksgiving AND Christmas. Going to try and convince Janel to make it.
Two 14.1-ounce boxes refrigerated rolled pie crust (4 crusts total) All-purpose flour, for dusting
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup turbinado sugar (ok to substitute with white sugar)
2 pounds mixed apples (such as Granny Smith, Gala and McIntosh), peeled, cored and sliced 1/4-inch thick
1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon Kosher salt
Sour Cherry Pie:
2 cups drained jarred sour cherries, plus 3/4 cup juice from the jar 2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/3 cups canned pure pumpkin puree 2/3 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1 large egg
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar 1/2 cup light corn syrup
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 large eggs
¾ cup Kosher pecan halves 3/4 cup roasted pecan halves
• FOR THE CRUSTS: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Unroll 3 of the pie crusts on a
lightly floured work surface. Stack them on top of each other. Roll out the thick, layered dough to a 15-by-21-inch rectangle. Press into a rimmed baking sheet so that the crust comes up the sides and hangs over slightly. This will be the bottom crust. Chill until ready to use, at least 30 minutes.
• Use the remaining crust for the top of the pie. Unroll it on a lightly floured work surface
and roll it to a 14-by-18-inch rectangle. Cut the dough in half so you have two 7-by-9-inch pieces. One half will be the top crust for the apple portion of the pie. Cut the other half into 1-inch diagonal strips to use for the lattice on the cherry pie. Place the rectangle and strips on a parchment-lined baking sheet and chill until ready to use.
• FOR THE APPLE PIE: Toss the apples in a medium bowl with the sugar and lemon juice.
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the apples and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the flour, cinnamon and a pinch of salt and cook until thickened, about 1 minute more. Cool completely.
• FOR THE SOUR CHERRY PIE: Place the cherries in a medium bowl. Whisk 1/4 cup
cherry juice with the cornstarch in a small saucepan until completely smooth. Add the remaining cherry juice and sugar and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until thick and glossy, about 30 seconds. Pour the sauce over the cherries and gently fold to combine. Cool completely. For the pumpkin pie: Whisk together the pumpkin, evaporated milk, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and the egg and in a medium bowl until smooth. Set aside.
• FOR THE PECAN PIE: Whisk together the brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, vanilla, eggs
and a pinch of salt in a medium bowl until smooth. Fold in the pecans and set aside.
• Once all fillings are made, begin assembling the pie. Remove both baking sheets with
dough from the refrigerator.
• Visualize the sheet pan is divided in half lengthwise and then crosswise so you have 4
equal quadrants. Each quadrant will hold a different pie filling. Prick the bottom crust all over with a fork.
• Add the pie fillings in this order: Add the apple pie filling to the upper left quadrant of
the crust; spread it to cover a 7-by-9-inch rectangle. Moving counter clockwise, pour the pumpkin filling right under the apple pie filling and spread it the same size as the apple filling. Spread out the cherry filling next to the pumpkin filling. Fill the top right empty space with the pecan filling.
• Cover the apple pie quadrant with the reserved rectangle of dough. Lay the pie strips out
diagonally over the cherry pie quadrant. Press any remaining strips of dough around the edge of the pie to thicken the rim. Crimp the edge of the pie, making sure to incorporate and crimp together the dough from the apple quadrant. Brush the edges and the dough on top of the pie with egg and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Cut decorative slits in the apple pie crust.
• Bake until all pies are set and the crust on the apple pie and cherry pie is golden brown and
crisp, 55 minutes to 1 hour 5 minutes.
SAY “YES” AT CHRISTMAS
And Mary said, “Yes” when the angel came, not knowing all it would mean. For “yes” was only the beginning. “Yes” to giving birth in a cold, dark stable,
while cows and sheep looked on.
“Yes” to a sword that pierced her soul, as her Son died on a cross, while she looked on.
And Mary said, “Yes, let it be done.” But do I? Do I say, “Yes” when God calls to me? Oh, not through an angel who comes in the night,
But maybe a pastor
who asks if I’ll lead Sunday school class; Or a former friend
who calls to mend our broken relationship; Or a stranger
who wonders if I might spare some change for food. And I for a moment as I ponder what to say,
does God’s purpose flicker like a flame in a sudden breeze,
to be snuffed out by “no,”
Ot to burn even brighter with the power of “yes”? For “yes” is only a beginning.
“Yes,” I’ll give my time to sharing God’s Word. “Yes,” I’ll end a quarrel by forgiving another, and myself.
“Yes,” I’ll share what I have with one in need. For somehow I know that even to the small questions,
God needs to hear my “yes” as much as He needed to hear Mary’s.
Perhaps that’s why Jesus comes to the world a baby, a baby full of questions, needs and desires. When He asks to come into my hear this Christmas,
Will I say, “Yes”?
~Gina Bridgeman A Christmas Greeting by Guideposts. Carmel, NY 10512 Note - This is from a pamphlet that Ina Kay gave to RC and I many years ago. It is as prevalent