Schweitzer News – December 4, 2018

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Join us!

Bring your kids and families to celebrate Christmas with lunch, music, and a puppet show!

This Sunday, December 9
12:00 Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Starting in the Sanctuary

Share a Toy!
Share the Joy!

Crosslines provides more than 30,000 brand new toys to local children each year, and they need our help! Please pick up a Toy List off the windows by the entrances to the sanctuary, and purchase those designated toys. Bring them unwrapped to the Fellowship Center and place under the Christmas Tree no later than this Sunday, December 9.

Add to the beauty of the sanctuary this Christmas by giving a poinsettia in honor or memory of a loved one. Drop your card in the offering bag on Sunday mornings or contact Mary Beth, by December 17. Cards are located in the pews. The cost is $12.

“Gloria” is a celebration of Jesus’ birth through music. We will rejoice in God’s promise to send His Son Jesus so that we may have eternal life. Join the celebration with Schweitzer Chancel Choir and orchestra on December 16 at the 8:20, 9:40, or 11:00 worship in the Sanctuary. Glory to God in the Highest!




We’ll journey with Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem for the birth of our Savior.

Join us in the Outreach Center Sunday at 5:00pm or Monday at 10:00am for our Modern services, featuring the praise band, video stories, live drama, a message from Pastor Jake, and more.

All of our services are kid-friendly, but especially the one at 4:00pm on Monday, in the Sanctuary. Featuring puppets, videos stories, hymns and carols, a message from Pastor Bob, and more for the whole family to enjoy.

At 6:00pm and 8:00pm on Monday, in the Sanctuary, will be the good ole traditional Christmas Eve service you know and love! It will feature hymns and carols, bells and other music, a message from Pastor Bob, and more!

All five services will conclude with the lighting of the Christ Candle, passing of the candlelight, and singing Silent Night. We’ll journey with Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem for the the birth of our Savior. Bring the whole family and invite your friends to this very special day you won’t want to miss!t

Recent Puerto Rico Mission Trip

As part of Missouri United Methodist efforts, Schweitzer recently sent six representatives to Vieques Island in Puerto Rico to help with the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Maria. Locals expressed their gratitude for the emotional support from having people come to help. The church broke into applause when Pastor Alex announced that our team was from the church that had provided a van. The teams of volunteers going to the island have made it possible for a number of Puerto Ricans to have employment, including some that had only recently been able to return from the U.S. mainland, where they had come for work after the storm. Support of food vendors and other businesses also contributes to the local economic recovery.

Our team was able to help in several homes, as well as finally close in the roof of the church that had been open to the weather for over a year. The team will share their experience on December 16 at 9:40 in Room 206 for anyone who wishes to attend. You can see the before and after videos here:



We are excited to announce that Dillon Brown will be joining the Schweitzer staff on January 2 as the new Assistant Director of Children’s Ministry. Dillon has a degree in Recreation, Sports, and Park Administration from Missouri State University, and he is very passionate in impacting the lives of others, especially youth. He has attended Schweitzer since 2007 and serves in many areas at Schweitzer – he is a Youth leader, plays the drums in the Praise Band, and has led Bible studies for the Boy Scouts. He has also worked in Student Ministries at Campbell UMC, taught Sunday School, and developed and led Children’s worship. Welcome, Dillon!