What an amazing weekend of ministry! The Cantata was just heavenly at 8:30 am and 11 am! The church-wide breakfast brunch concept in the middle hour coordinated by Ro Robins and the Robinettes (and others) was just heavenly! Thank you for bringing so much food! The Children’s Christmas program later that evening was just heavenly – forty “Pre-K through 6th graders” can rock the world when they sing out like that! All the extra special things that so many of you did to make this weekend truly “something special” was just heavenly. And the way groups of people jumped in and helped out was breath-taking. Thank you Circle of Love for circling all 185 of us at the Children’s program Sunday evening with a dessert fellowship that was – you guessed it – just heavenly! And in the midst of this weekend, many of us extended our loving care and ministry to two beloved families of our church (the Steeds and the Heads) who suffered great loss. And we added our participation more formally at the Vogel State Park Christmas program for our community. I am very, very, very proud of every one of you! Now rest, Christmas is coming…
Welcome New Member
Judy Hair: PO Box 488, Young Harris, GA 30582
Tuesday Night CEC Fundraiser at Zaxby’s
Rumor has it there will be some really nice servants working an extra special shift at Zaxby’s on TONIGHT from 5-8 pm. Make certain you eat dinner their that night and harass encourage them! A percentage of the sales that night will be given to our CEC preschool. The CEC team will be there!
Last Fundamental’s for children and youth in the fall cycle is this week – no adult Bible study
Thursday Worship Service: 4 pm
The truth is everyone of us has some aspect of our lives that is not really the way we want it to be. Sometimes, the Christmas season magnifies those feelings as we watch “the rest of the world” walk seemingly hip deep in the joy of the season. And outwardly, we too may be full of joy, but there is still something tugging at our heart strings that keeps us from being fully engaged by the spirit of Christmas. Maybe you are struggling with a physical illness. Maybe this is the first Christmas without a loved one. Maybe you experienced a loss in your family years ago at Christmas. Maybe you’re just wanting to sit in an “OASIS with God” to get away from the pace of the season. There are 1000 reasons for a part of all of us not being ready to sing the Christmas Carols of the season. We will simply be sharing some words of comfort and hope, we will pray, and we will be in Communion with God and each other through this service. And you do not need to “do anything” in this service other than come be in God’s presence. There will be no Christmas Carols and no offering – we are just making ourselves present for God and for you. Please come if that would be helpful for you – I AM will be here. Come breathe deep the grace of GOD.
Last Day of our CEC (preschool) and Union County Schools - Christmas Break begins on Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Christmas Eve Services: 5:30 pm, 7 pm and 11 pm – find a friend to bring – or 10! The special offering this year is once again for The Hope House. Remember to bring your empty and clean gallon milk jugs this week to the bin at the MAC desk – our “luminary team” will put them to good use on Christmas Eve lighting the way to the Sanctuary.
MAC Closed for the Holidays
The MAC will be closed Dec 24, 25, 26, 29,30,31, Jan 1, Jan 2
Christmas Card Table is Up
If you would like to give a Christmas card to another person in the church, simply place it on the table in the the Narthex under the appropriate alphabetical heading. Check the table often to pick up any cards left for you!
OASIS CD’s for Sale (Great Christmas Present!)
The musical Cd recorded by our OASIS students this fall is available to purchase in the Church Office – $10 each. See Evelyn!Parish Nurse Ministry Events:Here are two activities of the Parish Nurses that we want everyone to know about. First, our Parish Nurses are taking blood pressures near the MAC desk on the first Sunday’s of the month from 9:30 am to 10 am. It’s free, just come sit and be checked. Also, they are coordinating our December Blood Drive. The blood drive will occur December 28th in the Fellowship Hall from 9:30 am to 2 pm. On that Sunday, plan to give the gift of life in this season of giving.
Call for a New 9:45 am Sunday School Class
We have now had several families throw their name into this hat. Please consider this if you are looking for a Sunday School class at 9:45 am. Due to recent growth, there is a need rising for a new Sunday School class of parents of children were the parents wish to worship in the 11 am Traditional worship service or 8:30Traditional worship. If that is your desire and you are interested in forming a new Life Group of parents, simply respond to this email indicating a desire to know more as this group takes shape. I will be collecting responses for several weeks to see if we have enough interest to start that class in early 2015.
Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
This is not a complete list – just immediate prayer needs for the immediate faith family in the week ahead
- Steed Family/Head & Allen Family – recent loses in their family
- Kathy Heyer’s brother (Rick) – under home hospice care now here in David and Kathy’s home in Blairsville
- Grady Garner’s grandmother under hospice care
- H.R. Warden – moved from hospital to Union County Nursing Home (pink 109)
- Richard Hoibraten’s brother James in California – late stage cancer
- Jim DeRevere– home recovering from another detached retina surgery
- Sue Chumley – at home recovering after back procedure today in Gainesville
- Bill Kolb – Gall bladder surgery anticipated after Christmas
- Henry von Staden – further testingMyrtle von Staden nephew in Baltimore (life threatening illness)
- Donna Morningstar – cautiously reinitiating food.
- Valerie Metcalf – undergoing chemo treatments
- Jane Driskell/Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove– chronic back/pain issuesThose fighting active cancer from our faith family:
- Valerie Metcalf, Joyce Kible, Donna Morningstar and several others (in various stages of testing and treatment)
A Note from Your Finance Team
Giving in the weeks of December has been as follows: December 7, $22,587, December 14, $32,230. Thank you so very much for your heaven sent generosity!
God’s Boundless Joy,