In the Gospel of John, Jesus often asks his followers: "What are you looking for?"
How might you respond? Are you looking for answers to questions of social justice, are you looking for a place where you can honestly explore your deepest questions, are you looking for a community where you can worship in song and prayer?
Most of us are spiritually hungry for something, but it's not always easy to say just what. On one occasion, Jesus' followers, not sure how to respond, simply asked: "Teacher, where are you staying?" And he said, "Come and see." John says the disciples "came and saw, and they remained with him the rest of that day."
As you browse this website about our faith community, I invite you to come and see and, if you wish, to remain a while.
Marilyn Zehr, lead pastor
This Sunday marks the beginning of Advent. You are warmly welcomed to join us for worship at 11 a.m., where we will observe Communion and hear from special guests Naomi and Doug Enns, Mennonite Central Committee country representatives in Lebanon/Syria.
Christmas choir rehearsal begins at 10 a.m., meeting in the sanctuary.
Christian Education for children and youth takes place on the lower level beginning at 10 a.m., with children's choir meeting at 9:45.
At 7 p.m., join us for the annual Carol Sing, a long-time tradition that kicks off the Advent season at TUMC. It's a free-wheeling, intergenerational evening of singing and fun with Christmas carols in English, German and other languages as requested, followed by Christmas goodies. Guests are warmly welcomed!
Don't miss these other special events coming up:
Dec. 6 (Saturday, 11a.m.), TUMC Sisters Christmas Tea: a fun lunch get-together for all girls and women at TUMC, and female friends. Upper Room at TUMC.
Dec. 7 Advent II: Morning service will include taking our annual TUMC "family photo". In the evening, take a break from the typical frenzy of this season at TUMC's monthly Taize service (6:30 pm) of meditation, prayer and beautiful song.
Dec.14 Advent III: Morning service continues our theme of preparation. Come back in the evening to experience Bethlehem Village!
Dec. 21 Advent IV: Morning service at 11 a.m. Afternoon (4 p.m.-7 p.m.): One of TUMC's small groups hosts an outdoor nativity north of the city that will include a bonfire, snuggles with sheep and goats, carol-singing and supper. Check announcements for more information and to RSVP. Carpooling is encouraged.
Dec.24 Candlelight Christmas Eve service of Lessons & Carols
Doug and Naomi Enns, who will speak at TUMC on Nov. 30, talk about the human cost of war in Syria, where they direct Mennonite Central Committee's programs, including the Global Family Program's support of schools. The Ennses are based in Beirut as country representatives for both Lebanon and Syria, and are involved in refugee relief for people fleeing the war.
Who is Mennonite World Conference offers a great 3.5-minute overview of the 1.6-million member community of churches of which we are a part. Exciting news: Next summer, the MWC Assembly will be held in North America for the first time since 1990! This event, held only every six years, is a fantastic opportunity to meet, mingle with and learn from Anabaptists from around the world, many of them living out the message of Christ in situations of conflict, poverty and challenge. And it's not far away: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Learn more at the MWC website.