O Come, O Come Emmanuel

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He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, ... he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:11-12 NIV

During Advent, we prepare for and anticipate the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of the Jews for a Messiah and our own longing and need for forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning.

As we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming.


Advent Wreath Readings

Advent wreaths are a wonderful way to help you recognize and celebrate the wonder of Christmas. This may be a tradition your family has enjoyed for years or perhaps you'll start an Advent Wreath tradition for the first time this year. 

Advent wreaths can be inexpensive to purchase or make. The circular wreath represent the eternity of God and four purple candles symbolize the royalty of the coming King. Complete your wreath with a white candle in the center to represent Christ, the light of the world.

Each Sunday in Advent, light one new candle (plus any previously lit) and read that week's Scripture together. Light the Christ candle on Christmas. The links below provide a reading for each candle lighting. 




Advent Email Readings

As a complement to our Advent sermon series, we have prepared 25 days of brief readings and related content for anyone who desires to receive it. The readings will include excerpts from "The Wonder of Christmas" by Ed Robb and Rob Renfroe. Click the link below to receive the email readings, weekdays Dec. 2-Jan. 3.


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The Wonder of a Name - Dec. 1, 2019
Pastor Craig Carter

Jesus, your name is beautiful and special. You are the Lord of salvation – our God who saves us from our sins, rescues us from our fears, and heals us from our infirmities. You are our Savior and that is good news that brings great joy! May the wonder of your name fill our hearts with peace this Christmas and always.

Blue Christmas Service

If you're hurting at Christmas

Not everyone feels cheery around Christmastime. Those facing a loss – such as the absence of a loved one, divorce or separation, financial misfortune, health crisis, or another painful experience – can feel burdened by the joyfulness of the Christmas season. During such times in our lives, we need comfort and consolation and to know that we are not alone. 
 
Our Blue Christmas service on Sunday, Dec. 22 will provide a reflective hour of worship for anyone living with sadness or struggling with grief. At this service you will be accepted where you are and invited to seek healing and hope.
 

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Come worship the newborn King during our Christmas Eve service of candlelighting and Holy Communion.

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The Wonder of Christmas Offering

Give in honor of the Newborn Messiah

During the Advent and Christmas Season a special offering is collected to support three of our partnerships that serve children locally, regionally and internationally. We are proud to support Embrace Florida Kids (United Methodist Children's Homes in Florida),  Anchorage Children's Home, and our efforts to build a permanent home for Wanyange Central United Methodist Church in remote Jinga, Uganda. Please make a gift of any amount before Dec. 29. Our hope and prayer is that we will collectively raise enough to give $10,000 to each program, for a total of $30,000. Thank you for your generous giving in honor of God's greatest gift to us, his precious son Jesus! 

 

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Contact Us

Get In Touch Or Drop In At A Service

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Sundays @ 9:30 AM
Bay Haven Charter Academy Gymnasium
2501 Hawks Landing Blvd.  
Panama City, FL  32405
church@mylhumc.net
(850) 265-5231

Mailing Address/Church Offices: 
Lynn Haven United Methodist Church
3203 Minnesota Avenue
Panama City, FL 32405

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