“The One who is the true light,
who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.”
—John 1:9

At Mexia First United Methodist Church, it’s not Christmas just yet. We are in a season called Advent. We spend the weeks of December preparing our hearts for Christ to come and make a home within us. Advent is a time of waiting as we prepare once again for the coming of God’s Light and Love into our world.

But this season is not about waiting around in boredom. It’s not about sitting back, relaxing and waiting for God to appear. In a broken world where dark shadows seem to loom at every turn, we are called to witness to the Light. Advent is about kindling the flame and cradling the light of Christ within us. It’s about getting ready to carry the fires of love and forgiveness, hope and peace into each new day.

As followers of the Bethlehem babe, we are called to spread and share the light! We are called to shine with justice and compassion as we reflect the True Light . Advent is a reminder to actively par-ticipate in the building of God’s kingdom here on earth each day! These past months, we have wor-shiped and prayed together. We have sung, laughed, learned, blessed, and experienced the presence of God. We have accomplished much in mission together. Just in the past 5 months since I’ve ar-rived we have…

  • Handed out hundreds of pencils and notebooks in conjunction with Mexia Cares to get the kids of our community ready for school
  • Brought in cans of pasta sauce for community Christmas baskets
  • Sent supplies, love and care down to Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey
  • Showered our preschool with toys and blessings for their newly expanded infant and toddler programs
  • Produced a Fall Festival that raised over $7,000 for Packs of Kindness (a weekend food program for children with food insecurity)
  • Began a “noisy offering” Sunday to benefit our Packs of Kindness program
  • Baked hundreds of dozens of cookies for our troops.

Much is happening at Mexia FUMC! From vital wor-ship, Sunday School and mission to our times of fel-lowship and fun, we carry the light of Christ in what-ever we do. So what can you do to join in the mission and ministry of Christ? Come and worship with us at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings and bring your full heart and then go and serve God in the world! As al-ways, we ask for your continued prayers for the Church and its mission.

This year Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday. I hope to see you Christmas Eve morning (you can even come in your Christmas PJ’s!). We will sing carols and listen to the story of Christmas told. Later that evening, we will also have a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on December 24th at 6:00 p.m. It will also be a time of singing carols, hearing the familiar scriptures spoken ending with the light of Christ being passed around the sanctuary. Blessings upon you and your family as you cele-brate Advent and Christmas and look forward to 2018!

And may Light and Life fill your December days—
Pastor Jenn