Christmas Offering for Missions

Our annual Christmas tradition of giving to support mission projects during Advent features four ministries this year:

  • Methodist Children’s Home | A Methodist ministry that offers residential care, foster parenting and family education;
  • Providence Place | A Methodist ministry that provides adoption services in addition to helping young adults with disabilities work and live independently;
  • Rahab’s Retreat | A faith-based recovery home for women and children serving victims of sex trafficking, abuse and addiction;
  • Amazing Grace UMC Preschool | Our sister church in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, wants to expand their preschool that reaches families in the surrounding community.

Just mark your donation “Christmas Offering for Missions.” Thank you, mission hearts!

Devotional booklets

The annual book of devotions written by Marvin members is available now. Pick up your copy around the church. If you've subscribed to the Messenger, our weekly e-newsletter, you'll get the devotional each day in your inbox. Want to subscribe? Click here.

Poinsettias and blankets

Order poinsettias to decorate the sanctuary or blankets for people in need in honor or in memory of loved ones. The deadline to order is noon on Monday, Dec. 12. Cost is $20 each. Order forms are available in the Welcome Center and around the church. Click here to order online.

Advent events

Santa for Missions

Santa is available to come to your home, business or school to spread cheer! We ask for a minimum donation of $50 for 30 minutes. Proceeds go to the St. Paul Children’s Services Clinics. Contact Santa’s scheduler Mary Gammell (903.561.7119) for info. 

Christmas Downtown concerts

Free lunchtime concerts start at 12:05 p.m. each Wednesday in the sanctuary. Lunch is available ($5) in Pirtle Hall following each concert.

  • Nov. 30 | Class Reunion Quartet
  • Dec. 7 | Tyler Junior Colleg choirs
  • Dec. 14 | Robinson Handbells
  • Dec. 21 | Jeff MacMullen, baritone

Methodist Childrens' Home foster children's party

Marvin Church will sponsor our annual Christmas Celebration for the East Texas Foster Families of the Methodist Children’s Home on Saturday morning, Dec. 10. If you would like to sponsor a child’s wish list for gifts or volunteer the day of the party, contact Shannon Pogue in the Missions office. Volunteer slots and sponsorships of children go quickly, so don't wait to sign up!

Night at the Nativity Dec. 11

Celebrate Christmas joy as our kids share the story of Jesus’ birth at 5 p.m. Dec. 11. Click here for information.

Christmas Joy, Dec. 14-16

This joint project with Vida Abundante UMC provides gifts to select families in need. Sign up to work a two-hour shift! Click here for information.

Lessons and Carols, 8:30 and 11 o'clock sanctuary services  Dec. 18

The Chancel Choir and orchestra will present the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus in nine short Bible readings interspersed with Christmas carols, hymns and music.

Missions Serve Night Dec. 19

Bring your whole family and spend a couple of hours making Christmas gifts for Salvation Army residents.

Christmas healing service Dec. 21

Christmas is supposed to be special and something we all look forward to, but it can be a difficult time of year for many. Join Rev. Brandy Stevens at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 21 in the chapel for a service of hope and healing and to celebrate the promise of eternal life. God has given us Christmas as a time for healing and peace. This year could be the year you look forward to a time of peace once again.

Christmas services

Invite your family and friends to worship at Marvin with you on Christmas Eve!

Core Dec. 23 | Can’t make it on Christmas Eve? Core will offer its annual Christmas Eve Eve service at 6 p.m.

Sanctuary Services Dec. 24 | Celebrate the season at one of the beautiful Christmas Eve services with candles and Communion. Services will be held at 5, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. (no choir at 9 and 11). The 5 o'clock service will livestream on Facebook and YouTube. Child care is available at 5 and 7 p.m.

Core Dec. 24 | Celebrate Christmas in modern style with Core, candles and Communion. Services will be at 4 and 6 p.m. The 6 o'clock service will livestream on Facebook and YouTube. Child care is available for both services.

Sunday worship Dec. 25 | We'll have one joint service at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary with lots of Christmas songs. 

Jan. 1 | Wesley’s Covenant Renewal Service in all four morning services.

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