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Christmas Day Only one service on Sunday, Dec 25. We’ll combine in one beautiful celebration at 10:30 AM in the Worship Center.
Wednesday Nights Starting Jan. 18, explore avenues of your faith. Classes are 6:30–8 PM; optional dinner at 6 PM. Find out more and sign up at universitycarillon.net.
• Intentional Family (7 weeks) led by Pastor Craig & Jesse Bachman
Could we be more intentional about being the kind of families, spouses, and parents that help our children flourish? Nurture faith, hope, and love of God & neighbor.
• GriefShare (13 weeks) led by Dave Weier
Loss of a family member or friend? Group meets weekly to help you face challenges, move toward rebuilding your life.
• Epic of Eden: Isaiah (10 weeks) led by Pastor Chris & Pastor Jamie
Explore Israel, the definition and role of the prophets, and apply the message of the prophet Isaiah to our lives today.
• Alpha (11 weeks) led by Rise W. & Bob M.
A series of small group sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith. Is there more to life than this? Who is Jesus? Why should I read the Bible?
UC Community Saturday Join us on Saturday, Jan. 21 | 5:30–7 PM for a family dinner. Main dish provided; bring a side or dessert! Explore how to be intentional community centered around Jesus.
• Drop off non-perishable food items during the week (M-F, 8:30 AM–3 PM) or during weekend gatherings; supports Faith UMC Food Bank.
Prayer Gatherings Join others in prayer … for the church, the community and the world. Meets in the Chapel every Monday at 12 PM and Wednesdays at 7 AM.
Mission Trip UC is going back to the Dominican Republic alongside Sucher Ministries (July 15–21, 2023) with college students a young adults of the church. More info online. Contact: KrisHolguin@universitycarillon.net
SOAP Daily Devotionals
From Pastor Jamie I love the daily rhythm of spending time in God’s Word. Research shows that regularly reading God’s Word is number one on the list of spiritual disciplines that helps lead to our growth in the faith. We are currently working our way through the Old Testament and the Book of Jeremiah. We are invited to read just one chapter of Scripture each day, and then I offer some reflections on what we have read, which is called the “SOAP” (Scripture verses, Observations, Application, and Prayer) daily devotional. As we prepare to enter the new year, this is a great time to get signed up for this to be sent by email to you every day. Subscribe at universitycarillon.net/SOAP.
Merry Christmas, Pastor Jamie.
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Christmas Eve — Jamie Westlake
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning,
supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything.
The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.
At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child.
And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.