November 2018 Newsletter


Thankful and Joyful

Whew! We have just come through a very busy season in the church. Charge conference, stewardship, and all the meetings and planning that goes into both are accomplished! It is with relief and joy that I look forward to the season of families and holidays that quickly approaches now.

These holidays are often a time that people return to church for the obligatory visit. As church members, we need to be sure they are welcomed because church can be uncomfortable for many. When I first began to return to church after a several year absence, I was nervous and somewhat wary. I had left one church over some drama, but felt obligated to return to church as the children grew older. Believe it or not, I was shy and  did not make friends easily. And I was uncomfortable in the church atmosphere, feeling I was an outsider. I decided to give it a try.

At this church, everyone dressed better than I did. I wore jeans and tennis shoes because my dresses were poor excuses next to theirs.(If I even had one at that point!) On that first Sunday, one lady came up to me and said, “We are starting a new Sunday school that I hope you will try. We are not of one age or interest. We don’t even know what to call ourselves. Next Sunday we will meet in the fellowship hall to figure out what we are going to do – we are the group of people who don’t fit in anywhere else!” That got my attention and I came back the next week.

Suddenly I realized that I was sitting with lawyers and teachers, retired and stay-at-home moms, store clerks and college professors. There was every age in the book – and they were having a blast together! Immediately, I felt at home. We laughed and talked, and that group formed over doughnuts and a common need to enjoy church. The college professor came up to me and told me she was so glad I had worn jeans, and she began to wear them herself.  But her wearing jeans was not all that won me over. (Although it didn’t hurt!)

It was the joy I felt in that room. I can still picture sitting there, shocked at the easy laughter and joy filled atmosphere. This was the common ground I had needed to open the spiritual doors of hospitality and to break some serious barriers down between God and me.

Your attitude is contagious – your joy is contagious. If you are struggling in your own life or faith walk, we are told to rejoice. If life is fairly easy right now, we are reminded to be thankful, which brings us joy. And if you are really just not sure where you are, look for joy. Come to the church, go to work, and walk through the community with the assurance of the gift of joy that God gives us. Someone else just may be waiting for you to change their life – and neither of you know it yet.

In His Love,

Rev. Diane


November Birthdays

4       Evita Lacoste                            

5        Caryle Lena                               

6       David Johnston                        

8          Allison Johnston                        

11      Lloyd Peebles                            

12      Kristi Adams              Holly Mott

13      Christina Sims 

21      Patty Ross  

26     Nick Nicely


                                    November 2018 Calendar


(Every Monday:  5:30 p.m. Bell Choir Practice; Every Tuesday: 6:30 p.m. Bad Women of the Bible;

Every Wednesday:  10:00 a.m. The Creed Bible Study 6:00 p.m. Meet & Eat and Bible study)


November 1                SPRC Meeting 6:30 p.m.

November 2                Drive Thru Prayer 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

November 3                Vet Luncheon 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

November 4                All Saints Sunday

Hat Sunday

November 8                Finance Meeting 6:30 p.m.

November 15              Trustees Meeting 6:30 p.m.

November 17              UMM Meeting 8:00 a.m.

Morning Glories 9:00 a.m.

November 18              Thanksgiving Service and Dinner 6:00 p.m.

November 22              Office is CLOSED

November 23              Office is CLOSED

November 25              United Methodist Student Day

November 26              Admin Council Meeting 6:30 p.m.

November 28              Hanging of the Greens 6:00 p.m.


JUBILEE CENTER UPDATE:  Please see special separate documents/email.  Packets available in Narthex.  Those who receive e-mail newsletter – will include another file for the Jubilee Center.


Matthew 5:9, Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (NIV)

Peacemakers are those who encourage tranquility at all times between all peoples. They are slow to anger, labor to resolve discords, reconcile conflicts, and restore broken relationships. “Children of God” is derived from an older version that used “sons of God”. Here “children of God” is more gender neutral and more appropriate for our current culture. Peace is made between peoples of all nationalities as well as between God and humanity. Christ was and is the ultimate peacemaker, since He shed His own blood for all the world’s sins. All people are a part of the peacemaking effort, because Christ made peace and reconciled all to God at the Cross. All Christians are peacemakers as Christ is the great peacemaker.  Devotion by Kasy King

Youth News

(Every Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Youth Meeting unless otherwise noted)

Heritage UMYF is still seeking stockholders this year, we have some amazing trips coming and we can’t do it without y’all!  Any amount will be appreciated by our youth! Please follow our Heritage UMYF Facebook Page ( to stay up to date with everything we have going on. Parents, I will be sending out new health/permission forms in the coming weeks. Please completely fill them out and get them notarized before returning back to me, thanks! Starting this Sunday 11/4 the youth will begin going out for lunch after 11:00 service instead of meeting for youth on Sunday afternoons, watch the posted schedules for info and times. Thanks, Tommy Clifford

 Women’s Bible Study: “Bad Girls of the Bible: and what we can learn from them” will continue on until Tuesday, November 27. Please join us at 6:30 p.m. in the Jubilee Center.  All women are welcome.

Trustees Meeting November 15th

We will have a Trustees Meeting November 15th at 6:30 p.m. We encourage all church members on the Trustees council from 2018 and 2019 to attend this meeting! Thank you, Debbie Parker

Don’t miss out on these exciting monthly opportunities to

reach out in love to our community!  First Friday of every month. November 2, 11:30 – 1:30

United Methodist Women:         Morning Glories Circle – November 17 at 9:00 a.m.

Shalom Circle – November 12 at 6:30 p.m.

UMW FUNDRAISER It’s almost that time of year!! It’s time to gather the family for Holidays, take family photos and send Christmas Cards to all your friends and family! Be sure to support our UMW in their Christmas Card fundraiser this year! This is a Christmas Card exchange to the active members of the Church. The collection box will be in the foyer of the church 25 cents for each card. It will start November 25 through December 16 and the proceeds will go to Rebecca’s House.


Heritage United Methodist Church would like for everyone to be a part of this wonderful mission to spread joy, love, prayer, peace and happiness to our active military who are away from home this holiday season. We are asking our members to write letters and/or purchase small items to send to those who are serving our country. Please contact the church office with the name and the address of those you would like letters and small goodies to be mailed. We ask that you put the person’s name on the envelope and package and drop in the box on the front table. We will then send them out so they know how much we support and care for them. A list of names will be provided as soon as we get them all. Please contact Jamie Sanders 326-6503 or Kim Reeder 341-4713 if you have any questions. We ask that you continue to pray for our Country and our military.


 The UMW Unit Christmas party will be held December 8th starting at 2:30 p.m. The party will be held at the home of Jack and Julene Anderson. The address is 14513 Pine Ridge Road, Vancleave, MS 39565. There will be a gift exchange for those wanting to participate. To be a part pf the gift exchange, each woman will bring a wrapped ladies’ gift and each man will bring a wrapped man’s gift (value not to exceed $10.00) Please make sure the gifts are labeled. Bring light snacks to share. Any questions, contact Julene Anderson at 872-3471.

UMM Adult Christmas Dinner will be held on December 1st. We will have fellowship time from 6-6:30. The meal will be served at 6:30 followed by entertainment. Tickets will be available at $10 per a person from November 4th – November 25th. You can choose between pot roast or Lemon glazed chicken. Call Tom Butler or Jack Anderson for additional information.

Wednesday Christmas December 12th there will be a Christmas social for the adults in the Jubilee Center and the Youth will have a Christmas Party upstairs at 6 p.m.

Advent Activities

Wednesday, Nov 28 – 6 pm sandwiches and light supper; Study and prepare for Hanging of the Greens.

Sunday, Dec 2 – Hanging of the Greens worship services at 8:30 and 11 am

Saturday, Dec. 8 – Advent VBS 11 – 2

Sunday, Dec 9 – Caroling after 11 worship. Pizza in the fellwoship hall and then off we go!

Friday, Dec 14 – Noah’s Ark Christmas program

Sunday, Dec. 16 – Parsonage Open House at 2:30 pm, Bring some goodies!

Wednesday, Dec 19 – 6pm  Christmas movie

Sunday, Dec. 23 – 6pm Christmas program for all ages!

Monday, Dec 24 at 6 pm – Christmas Eve Communion; Lessons and Carols

 Jubilee Center……………………………………………………………….…Maryann L. Graczyk, Director


At this very special time of the year, we turn our thoughts to all the blessings for which we are thankful. God has truly given Heritage United Methodist Church a wonderful opportunity in which  to go forth and make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The Jubilee Center cannot fulfill its mission without the volunteer help  of church members. Special thanks to advisory board members, idea providers, supply contributors, bookcase and sign builders, maintenance, décor helpers, special committees, and all others who help in so many way. We pray that everyone has a Thanksgiving, Christmas and new year filled with an abundance of God’s blessings.

The Jubilee Center continues to support a vigorous outreach ministry of spiritual renewal and service to the congregation and  the community. We are already building our calendar of events for November, December 2018 and 2019.  Popular studies, workshops, and exhibits will return. Out-of-state overnighters are already calling. Now’s the time to schedule your event. Contact the Jubilee Center office (228-392-4288) or the Jubilee Center Director (228-235-7814) to schedule your event.  Once dates are confirmed, complete information will be sent to finalize arrangements for your plans.

Sat.      Nov. 3   11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Military veterans and dependents luncheon. Join us for refreshments and a special fashion show featuring our very own HUMC models.

Mon.    Nov 12 IMPORTANT SPECIAL MEETINGS in the Jubilee Center.

6:30 pm Jubilee Center Advisory Board will meet to review safety/emergency plans for the Jubilee Center.

7:00 pm, the HUMC committees for Safety and Emergency will meet to review the first draft safety/emergency proposal for the church and all areas of the campus. Both meetings are open.

Sat.      Dec 15 through Sat., Dec. 22  Retreat group from Michigan

Sun.     Dec. 23 Hummel Nativity display, information, appraisals. Opened one hour after each service.

Think about how you can help our Jubilee Center Mission……

o   The Jubilee Center needs your help as assistants to our dedicated skilled volunteers. Share your talents and skills as carpenters, plumbers, electricians, painters, etc.

o   The Jubilee Center welcomes your ideas for workshops, classes, etc. The director can assist in working out the plans for a successful event.

o   The Jubilee Center welcomes your donations of supplies or funds. Supplies needed include outdoor games, checkers and chess games, small bookcases for the bunk rooms, archive pictures of HUMC in action during Katrina, used blankets/bath towels, dinner plates, soup bowls, and other items you may no longer need. If a financial donation, make checks out to Heritage United Methodist Church / Jubilee Center