NEWS & NOTES
CHRISTMAS & ADVENT AT FOURTH AVENUE
The word Advent comes from the Latin venio ad, and it means, “coming to.” Therefore, Advent is about much more than remembering what was or what is. It is about what more is to come. It is about the cosmic and personal journey we are being drawn into by God towards a new reality. Isaiah 2:3 says it this way, “Many peoples shall come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.’”
The church is a family on a journey. When families travel, some are anxious about keeping to the itinerary, unexpected delays, and being sure they have everything…perhaps more than…they will need. Others are quite comfortable with changes in plans, detours, and prefer to travel light. Yet, we will all eventually ask that most familiar question: “Are we there yet?” We are not yet there, but we are on a journey that God put in motion long ago. As one person wrote, “This season, let that question not be a whine from an uncomfortable back seat or an impatient traveler; let it be a plea for God to break into our reality and bring us the glorious fulfillment of the promise; let it be a hope that God remains in charge, despite the trouble we see in the landscape through which we travel; let it be a call to work and worship in this season of light.”
Sunday, December 1st @ 9:30 am, First Sunday of Advent & Hanging of the Greens
Sunday, December 8th @ 9:30 am, Second Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 15th @ 9:30 am, Third Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 22nd @ 9:30 am, Fourth Sunday of Advent
Tuesday December 24th @ 5:00 pm, Christmas Eve
WATER STEP: SHOES FOR WATER
By donating your new and gently used shoes to WaterStep, you’ll help fund safe drinking water projects all over the world — projects that help to save hundreds of thousands of lives each year. In addition to funding water projects, donated shoes keep hundreds of tons of waste out of our landfills. We accept gently used shoes that are free of mold/mildew. Athletic shoes are preferred, but we will accept all styles of shoes. Shoes are sold to an exporter and funds received help bring clean water to those in need. There is a receptacle in the hallway to place your donations.
CENTRAL LOUISVILLE COMMUNITY MINISTRIES
Central Louisville Community Ministries is in need of the following hygiene items: soap or body wash, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, and tooth brushes, toilet paper, and facial tissues. Household items needed are liquid laundry detergent or pods, liquid dishwashing liquid, and paper towels. Please bring items that have not been used. There is a laundry basket under the table in the main hallway for donations. One of the zip codes that is served by CLCM, 40203, is the poorest in Kentucky with a median household income of $14,412 and a population of 19,004. These are our neighbors.
CHECK OUT THE DECEMBER ISSUE OF “TODAY'S WOMAN!”
Carrie Farris was asked by Louisville’s free monthly magazine, “Today's Woman,” if they could interview her about moving to a new community and how she got involved in that community. Immediately Carrie thought of focusing the story on FAUMC and our Open Door Ministry. This story will be published in the December issue of the magazine which should be available in local stores and shops on December 1.
LOUISVILLE DENTIST WINS HUMANITARIAN AWARD FOR HELPING PEOPLE IN NEED
The Louisville dentist who founded the FREE Smiles Clinic is probably beaming from ear to ear, along with the many people he has helped. Dr. James E. “Randy” Ransdell III was awarded the 2019 Humanitarian Service Award from the Academy of General Dentistry during the group’s annual meeting in Chicago in November. Randsdell was honored for his volunteer service, civic leadership, dedication to dentistry, and the wellbeing of the community. In 2015, Randsdell co-founded the Louisville Dental Society FREE Smiles Clinic, which grew from a vision to help families and individuals who lack access to oral healthcare.
“We wanted to create a place where people could come back in six months for a routine visit instead of just and emergency situation to address symptomatic issues,” Ransdell said. The clinic has provided free dental care to more than 1,100 patients over the last four years. “It is pure joy to see the smiling faces of those who feel taken care of,”Ransdell said. Ransdell’s excitement about dentistry began while he was in college working with dental teams on mission trips in Mexico and Peru. He also realized the value of helping those who struggle with access to care. “Dr. Ransdell has never faltered in his commitment to those needing essential dental care services,” said Dr. Connie White, president of Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Ransdell and his team of volunteers are using their collective time and talent to impact their patients; quality of life in a way that goes well beyond oral healthcare. AGD and the Louisville community are so fortunate to benefit from his commitment.”
Published in the 11/21/2919 Courier Journal, written by Veda Morgan, Director of Community Impact, Louisville Courier Journal, USA TODAY NETWORK