Memories of losses often surface during the holidays. No matter how much time has passed, we miss a loved one, a favorite pet, our hometown, our children away at college. On Christmas Care Night, we’ll gather to honor losses by making Christmas ornaments filled with your choice of tiny decorations: stars, sprinkles, glitter, feathers, and more. Supplies and helping hands will be provided.
After a delicious spaghetti dinner donated by Golden Corral, we will hang the ornaments on the tree. We will pray, sing, hear scripture, and listen to a wonderful Christmas story.
This will be a festive evening for people of all ages celebrating the birth of Jesus, sharing good fellowship, and decorating the tree with ornaments of love.
Please RSVP to Pastor Nancy Liston by Wednesday, December 13.
Join us for Carols & Cocoa around the Zona Rosa Christmas Tree on Thursday, December 19 at 6:30. We’ll have carols, hot chocolate and the Christmas story during this short service, all while inviting Christmas shoppers to join us for a brief break from their errands and busyness. If you’ll be out of town on Christmas Eve, this is also an opportunity for you to celebrate Christmas with some of your church family.
Christmas Eve is a very special day at Platte Woods UMC. All of our Christmas Eve services feature the carols you love to sing, a meaningful message and a special candlelight version of “Silent Night.” Children are always welcome at our worship services, but for those who prefer, childcare is available for those 3 & under at two of our services.
We hope you’ll join us as part of your Christmas celebration.
Services are planned for the following times:
Tuesday, December 24
10:00 a.m. Breakfast with the Angels: A Family Worship Experience
5:00 p.m. Candlelight Service (childcare available for 3 & under)
7:00 p.m. Candlelight Service (childcare available for 3 & under)
11:00 p.m. Candlelight & Communion Service
If you’re looking for a way to worship on Christmas Eve with your young (elementary age and younger) children or grandchildren, we hope you’ll join us for Breakfast with the Angels. This special event is designed to be meaningful in a way that will impact you AND your kids as we “Unbox” the joy found in Jesus’ birth! Following this kid-friendly, family worship time, we will all join together for a delicious breakfast as we joyfully await the coming of our newborn King!
It’s time to plan for the Christmas Day Meal Deliveries Event! This is a wonderful tradition at PWUMC where we gather on Christmas Day to celebrate Christ’s love and share food with our community. Volunteers cook food in advance, prepare the meals on Christmas morning and/or deliver them to area workers who are spending Christmas Day away from their families.
If you’d like to help, please use the SignupGenius link below, and feel free to share this opportunity with others who would like to join in serving. Event organizers Mackenzie Albright and Grant Andrews are excited to see you on Christmas morning at 10:30 a.m.
Discover and live out God’s dream for your life.
Are your goals too small? Are you living the “just get by” plan? Or is there a greater “God dream” for you that, if lived to the fullest, could permeate and inform every move you make?
Dare to Dream is a startling and inspiring program by popular author and pastor Mike Slaughter that draws on the Bible and a lifetime of ministry to help us discern God’s dream for us and learn to live it out, prayerfully and enthusiastically. Participants will learn how to develop a life mission statement that helps them fully commit to a God-directed lifestyle.
- Dreaming the Dream: Wake up to God’s dream inside you.
- Discovering Your Birthright: You were created with a purpose.
- Your Burning Bush: Be aware of those illuminating God moments in your life.
- Lose Your Big Buts: Allow God’s strength to be displayed in your weakness.
- What Is in Your Hand: Identify and utilize the ordinary gifts God has given you.
- Perseverance: Discover a dream for your life far greater than your own.
The Sermon Series
God’s Dream for PWUMC
Each week in January, join us for the Dare to Dream sermon series, where we’ll focus on God’s dream for the church and for the lives of its members. Each week we’ll focus on a different aspect of the dream.
- January 4-5: Our vocation in life as Christian believers is to develop a God-sized dream. Where our ladder goes determines how we live our life.
- January 11-12: God has placed something special on your heart that you are equipped to deal with. Finding what God has for you ignites your life with passion.
- January 18-19: Lose your excuses to step into your life with a God-sized dream. No matter your situation, you have everything you need.
- January 25-26: Just because we find our God-sized dream doesn’t mean it’s easy to live out. We must persevere and we do that by entering into the struggle and by being in community.
God’s Dream for You
Everyone is encouraged to participate in a small group study of Dare to Dream! The study will help you discern God’s dream for us and learn to live it out prayerfully and enthusiastically.
- Wake up to the God-dream inside of you. Jesus gave you a dream when He came into your life.
- Create a life mission statement. Goals can change by season or circumstance, but a life mission statement never changes.
- Challenge yourself to commit fully to your God-directed life mission, starting now.
If you’re already in a small group, participate in this study with them. Not in a small group? We have everything you need to gather a group of friends, neighbors, family members or coworkers together and host a group in your home or anywhere. A materials checkout desk will be available in the Gathering Space before and after worship through January 12. You can also contact Pastor Jessica Richard for more information.
If neither of these options work for you, consider attending one of our open Dare to Dream groups:
- Wednesdays beginning January 8, 6:15-7:45 p.m. in room 256
- Sundays beginning January 12, 11:00 a.m.-12 noon
Have a middle- or high-schooler? They’ll be studying Dare to Dream as well in their small groups, so you can talk about your thoughts as a family!
Journey offers monthly programs to strengthen your relationship at any stage and any age! On the fourth Friday of the month, join us for a time of community and learning, followed by the opportunity for a date night for you and your significant other.
Have elementary-age and younger kids in the house? We provide professional childcare for your evening so you can enjoy your time together without worry. Childcare is $10 per family when registered 10 days before the event. Childcare reservations made after that deadline will be charged a $20 late fee.
Have you ever wondered why relying on other people never quite satisfies your soul? Why our words can sometimes negatively impact the people around us instead of helping build them up? No matter your age or stage in life, it’s not too late to learn your temperament and how to better understand your partner! God will always be the ONLY one who can satisfy all of our needs, but learning your temperament will help guide you and your partner!
Our schedule each month looks something like this:
|Enjoy a light snack while getting to know other couples. Childcare dropoff is available during this time.|
|Each month, we’ll have a different program of information designed to give you the knowledge and nudge to work on your relationship. There is no mandatory homework or reading and each month’s individual topic allows for flexibility in attendance.
Our 2019-20 study is based on the book “I Said This, You Heard That: How Your Wiring Colors Your Communication” by Kathleen Edelman. If you’ve ever wondered why sometimes your significant other doesn’t seem to hear you, or you feel like you are talking to a wall, then this is the Journey for you!
|Whether you decide to have a quiet dinner alone, catch up on some shopping or play mini golf, we hope you’ll take some of what you learned during the program and discuss it with your partner during your date. If your kids are in childcare, just be back by 9:00 for pickup!
Registration & Upcoming Dates