Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday Fives

1. Preaching Series - This Sunday, December 15th, we will begin a new series entitled, Christmas Gifts That Won't Break. This week we will look to the hope we have in Jesus Christ and how his birth can be a source of everlasting hope, for all people. Invite a friend and I hope to see you all there.

2. Bible Study - We are two weeks into our Advent study entitled, Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam. This study, by Rev. James Moore, will help us answer the question: Which will you choose this year, Bethlehem or bedlam. Rev. Moore feels that we do not have to choose, because Christmas always happens right in the midst of confusion. God breaks into the confusion and is made known in Jesus Christ. I hope you will makes plans to attend as we walk through ways to see Christ in the midst of this season, as together we choose Bethlehem in the midst of bedlam. The class will be offered twice a day at 10 A.M. and 7 P.M., in the Fellowship Hall, with this Thursday, December 19th, being the last session. It is never too late to come and be a part of this study. For more information please click here. I hope to see you there. Below is a trailer for the new study.

3. Blue Christmas - This time of year is intended to be full of hope and joy. It is intended to be a time to celebrate and experience the love of Christ and family. However; for those that have lost someone to death, it can be a time of great sorrow and grief. On Sunday, December 15th, at 12:30pm, we are going to gather for a Blue Christmas service in our Sanctuary. This service is one of remembrance and hope where we will acknowledge our grief, but also the hope that comes from God’s constant presence. I pray you will join us for this time of worship and that you will benefit from the bond it will provide.

4. Christmas Caroling - Do you love to sing Christmas Carols? Do you love to bring joy into the lives of others? Then I have a great invitation for you! On Saturday, December 21st we are going Christmas Caroling. Just meet in the Fellowship Hall at 3:30pm and we will depart to sing to the residents of Hampton Manor and Chambrel Assisted Living Facility. Once we are done there, we will return to the church for some great chili and better fellowship. After dinner, we will split up into groups and go to carol at the homes of a few of our home bound friends. I do hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and join us in spreading a little Christmas cheer!

5.THANK YOU! - I want to close out this week by saying thank you for my wonderful surprise birthday party. I had no idea turning 40 could be so much fun! The warmth you shared, the gifts you gave, and the words you imparted made this birthday one I will always treasure. Thank you for being a part of this special day for me. I am truly grateful to each of you!

Advent Conspiracy Update - WE ARE OVER HALF WAY THERE!! The first half of our challenge has been met and we have a little over one week left to raise the rest. Thank you so much for your faithfulness in helping to truly change the life of another. If you would like more information about this challenge and the charities that will be supported with the proceeds, please visit our website by clicking here.

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