December 2022

Pastor’s Notes

To the Douglass Church family and community,

It is with warmth in my heart and the greatest of happiness I wish you and yours a season of comfort and joy! Since my arrival this Summer I have felt a constant sense of giving from this church body that I continue to thank you for. Thank you for what you continue to give to me, to each other, and to the Douglass community.

As we participated in the “Hanging of the Greens” on November 20th, I took a picture of the arrangement of various presents that caught my eye as I entered our building from the front. Each present was wrapped in colorful paper with a label showing various local missions the church participated in this past year. You will find my picture somewhere within this article. The first package represented the “Wednesday Night  Dinners” where so many of our church come together with main dishes, side dishes, and desserts throughout the school year. Often members of the community join for our meals. Food is also delivered to those who cannot get out.

Next is “TEFAP”, our food mission on various Saturdays, where cars line up, open their trunks, and church family carry out boxes of food, including canned goods and fresh produce.

The “Community Thanksgiving dinner” put on by the ministerial alliance was a huge success. Our church joined with several various churches and community groups to feed 250 the night before Thanksgiving. Not only was the food great, but it was also a chance to see people from all over the community.

The “Angel Tree” offers us a way to help provide a Christmas for those children who might otherwise not be assured a gift this year. The Angel Tree gifts will join “Christmas Boxes”, which will be put together by the ministerial alliance and sorted to be given to children and families around the community.

“United Women in Faith” (formerly United Methodist Women), is going strong with monthly meetings. A group of our women went to the regional gathering in Burden, KS in October. Our “United Methodist Men” have plans to serve pancakes and sausage soon so be on the look out for upcoming dates. Other community activities include “Feeding the Football team”, the “Douglass Night Out” at the swimming pool, “Love in a Lunch Box” and “Trunk or Treat”.

So much giving! So much to be thankful for! Seeing these gifts wrapped with their labels as memories of this year serves as a reminder of the power in giving. Please share the gift of Jesus with someone who could use the hope and the knowledge this Christmas Season and all year round. This is the greatest gift you can give!

God Bless!
Pastor Janet

Important Church Announcements & News


If you would like a poinsettia to grace the altar in memory or in honor of a special person or persons, please sign the sheet in the lobby or call
the church office (316) 747-3134 to get one ordered. They typically cost around $10.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

What a super turn-out for the Community Thanksgiving. We served and served until most pots were bare. It was 250 plus meals that were enjoyed along with pumpkin and pecan pie and numerous other desserts. The youth from the Christian Church were most helpful whenever a helping hand was needed. Thanks to all who cooked and served.

Angel Tree

We have 10 boys and girls with requests on our angel tree. Each year along with the Ministerial Alliance, we buy gifts for those less fortunate. And along with that we will also be handing out Christmas Boxes. This will happen on Thursday, December 15th at noon to 1:00 p.m.

Birthday Celebration

Mary Ann Moore was so pleased for all those that turned out for her 90th birthday party. She felt so blessed to be honored by so many.

United Women in Faith Candy and Cookie Sale during Christmas Around Town

Thanks to all who donated items for the sale and to all those who bought goodies. The UWF cleared around $400.00.

Upcoming Events and Activities

12-03 UWF Meeting at 9:00 a.m.
12-04 Communion Sunday
12-06 Bible Study at 10:00 a.m.
12-07 Community Dinner 5:30 p.m
12-07 Admin Council 6:30 p.m..
12-11 Angel Tree Gifts Returned
12-13 Christmas Boxes sorted at 9:00 a.m.
12-13 Bible Study at 10:00 a.m.
12-14 Community Dinner 5:30 p.m.
12-15 Christmas Box & Angel Tree Distribution 12:00-1:00 p.m.
12-16 School Dismissal at 1:00
12-20 Bible Study at 10:00 a.m.
12-24 Christmas Eve Service at 6:00 p.m.
12-27 Bible Study at 10:00 a.m.

You can find a full PDF version of this newsletter and a PDF printable calendar for December 2022 below in the attachments section. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!