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The UMRC is here to help support your church in its various ministries!
Please forward this newsletter to church leaders and Sunday school teachers in your church.
There is no rental fee to borrow these items; the only cost to churches is to mail resources back to me.
 The UMRC is located in the United Methodist Center in Springfield.
If you're here for a meeting during the week, come in and look around!
        Contact me in advance and I'll have resources ready for you to pick up.
The UMRC has a wide variety of materials for teachers of
adult, youth, and children's classes!
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments; my contact information is listed below, near my signature.
Christmas Gifts that Won't Break Christmas - Good Bad Ugly
 Advent studies for adults
Not a Silent Night
Proclaiming the Christmas Gospel
Proclaiming the Christmas Gospel Ancient Sermons and Hymns for Contemporary Christian Inspiration
#814211  Rediscover the miracle of Christ's birth with this collection of Christmas sermons from legendary figures of the faith: Jerome, Augustine of Hippo, Leo the Great, Caesarius of Arles, Gregory the Great, Bede, Rabanus Maurus of Mainz, Guerric of Igny, Bernard of Clairvaux, John Wyclif, Thomas a Kempis, Martin Luther, and John Calvin.
Women of Christmas   
Women of Christmas: Experience the Season Afresh with Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna
Liz Curtis Higgs explores the Christmas story through the stories of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna.  Includes discussion questions.
Why This Jubilee
Why This Jubilee?  Advent Reflections on Songs of the Season
Appropriate for individual or group study, this book of 24 reflections revisits familiar Christmas hymns and songs and contemplates certain phrases and their meaning for us.  Includes a leader's guide.
Carols of Christmas: A Celebration of the Surprising Stories Behind Your Favorite Holiday Songs
Andrew Gant, former director of Her Majesty's Chapel Royal in Great Britain, discusses the origins of 21 beloved carols:  1) O Come, O Come Emmanuel;  2) O, Christmas Tree;  3) The Holly and the Ivy;  4) I Saw Three Ships;  5) O Little Town of Bethlehem;  6) Good Christian Men, Rejoice;  7) O Come, All Ye Faithful;  8) While Shepherds Watched;  9) O Holy Night;  10) Ding dong! Merrily on High;  11) Angels from the Realms of Glory;  12) Hark, the Herald Angels Sing;  13) Away in a Manger;  14) I Wonder As I Wander;  15) Good King Wenceslas;  16) Personent hodie;  17) Here We Come a-Wassailing;  18) The Twelve Days of Christmas;  19) We Three Kings;  20) What Child Is This?;  21) Jingle Bells.  Includes introduction and  index.
Silent Night: The Stories Behind 40 Beloved Christmas Carols
Silent Night #814055
This small book includes short articles on 40 Christmas songs, blending history, tradition, and devotional insight.
Mark Your Calendar
The United Media Resource Center will be closed the following dates:


Thursday-Friday, Nov. 26-27
December 19 - January 3
If you have questions or wish to request resources, please contact me at 217-529-2744 (phone), 217-529-4155 (fax), or [email protected] (e-mail).


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Jill D. Stone, Director
United Media Resource Center