Monthly Memory Verse:
December: “But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid.I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord." ~ Luke 2:10-11
A NOTE FROM THE PASTOR:
Now that we’re past Thanksgiving it seems as though Operation Christmas Child is a distant memory. But it’s worth reflecting on all that took place through our participation in OCC. Here are some of the highlights:
We don’t measure success of the things we do by the numbers, yet these facts help underscore the reality that God is at work in and through us. The best part about the ministry of OCC is not that millions of children will receive Christmas gifts, but that they will have a chance to hear the story of the greatest Gift ever given – Jesus Christ. (By the way, if you want to read the history of OCC here’s a great book that tells its story). What a privilege for us to be a small part of seeing the gospel of Jesus shared with children all over the world! Thank you to all who participated in this ministry. To God be the glory!
As we now turn our attention to the busy Christmas season I want to encourage you once again to strive diligently to fix your eyes upon Jesus. It’s not enough to give a simple nod of the head to Jesus in the midst of the chaos of Christmas parties, shopping, family get-togethers, and decorating. Ensuring that you set up a nativity set and reading the Christmas story once or twice is not enough to guard against all the snares of distraction that exist around us. More important than anything else you give this Christmas is that you give your heart – your full attention and devotion – to Jesus.
So what will you do this Advent season to prepare your heart to celebrate the coming of Jesus? How can you fix your eyes on Jesus this Christmas season? A friend of mine put together a blog post listing 27 ways that you can glorify God in this busy season. Another website lists 5 things that we should teach our children this Christmas, although I think we can ALL benefit from learning or being reminded of these things. Of course there are a variety of daily Advent devotionals out there (like this one), that you can use to begin each day in the Word. There’s also our church’s Christmas Eve service which I would encourage you (if you’re in the area) to plan on making part of your family’s schedule this year. However you choose to do it, let’s be careful to ensure that we’re giving our full attention – our whole hearts – to Jesus this Christmas.
THIS WEEK AT FAITH:
PRAYER MEETING: Tonight!
We continue to meet weekly (Wednesdays, 7:00pm) for prayer in the Prayer Room at the back of the sanctuary. All are welcome to join us in praying for the needs of our church family!
EXTREME FAITH YOUTH GROUP:
Youth Group will be meeting at the regular time of 4:30pm.
December 6th: Cooking for Home for the Holidays
December 7th: Home for the Holidays
December 14th: Baby Sitting Afternoon For Famlies
NEW MEMBERS CLASS:
The Membership Class that was originally scheduled for this Sunday has been rescheduled to Sunday, January 12 from 12:00-2:00pm, with lunch and childcare provided. The Membership Class is the necessary first step to becoming a member, but it's also open to those who just want to find out more about our church and what membership at Faith Church means. Are you interested in becoming a member at Faith Church, or at least finding out what membership is all about? Then plan to join us! If you are interested in taking the Membership Class, of if you have questions about church membership, please speak to Pastor Andy so we can plan accordingly.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: This Saturday!
Plan to join us this Saturday, December 7 from 10am-3pm as we participate for in the Melrose Home for the Holidays Celebration. We will be having a booth outside with Hot Chocolate and other holiday treats plus cookie decorating inside for children of all ages, and we can use your help handing out hot chocolate, helping with the cookie decorating, and just being here to greet people. If you have questions please speak to Pastor Joshua.
LADIES' COOKIE SWAP & BRUNCH: December 14
Women and girls are invited to a Christmas brunch and cookie swap on Saturday, December 14 at 10:00am in the Fellowship Hall. Come with 2 dozen of your favorite cookies - 1 dozen to swap with others and 1 dozen to contribute toward gift containers that will go to ladies we know who are in need of encouragement. Please also plan to bring a brunch item to share. In order to plan accordingly, please RSVP to Carrie Rice by Thursday (Dec. 12) if you plan to attend (firstname.lastname@example.org), or reply to this email and we'll pass it along. In your response please indicate what brunch item you'll be bringing. Feel free to bring a friend! Also, if you have a suggestion of someone to give a container of cookies to, please include that in your RSVP.
FREE BABYSITTING FOR FAMILIES: December 14
If you have children and want to get some Christmas shopping done or just want to relax for two hours without children we have something you'd be interested in. On December 14 from 3pm to 5pm we will be providing free child care for church families with some games, crafts and a few other things. This is open to all ages , birth through grade 5. If your interested please let Pastor Joshua know that your child(ren) will be coming. If you currently don't have young children and would like to help please speak with Pastor Joshua as we still need some volunteers.
FAITH CHURCH FAMILY CHRISTMAS PARTY: December 15
Our Annual Christmas Party will be held on Sunday, December 15 at 5:00pm here at the church building. We know that God has knit us together as a family - each and every one of us, so this is a great opportunity for us to spend time together as an entire church family - children included! We'll enjoy a meal together (Chinese food, with chicken nuggets for the kids) and our traditional Yankee Swap! Please bring $5/person to contribute towards the meal. Desserts for the Christmas Party will be provided by "Team A-K" - the losing team from our November Juice Collection. If your last name starts with A-K then please plan to bring a dessert to share. If you want to participate in the Yankee swap (either as an individual or a family), please bring a wrapped gift - something old, used, or very inexpensive. After the meal (during the Yankee swap) we'll have a movie/activity option for the kids. Plan to join with your church family as we celebrate Christmas together!
SPECIAL BUSINESS MEETING: December 15
Following the worship service on Sunday, December 15, we're having a special business meeting to vote on proposed changes to the Church Constitution regarding church membership. There are packets available at the back of the sanctuary that explain the changes in detail. Non-members are welcome to attend this meeting, but only members may vote. Please join us as we discuss this vital aspect of our church's health.
CHURCH DIRECTORY UPDATES:
We are in the process once again of publishing an updated church directory this fall, but we need your help. Please review the current directory (a copy is located in the back of the sanctuary) and provide us with any updates to your contact information, or use the form that will be provided in the bulletin to give us your contact information. The form can be dropped off in the basket at the back of the sanctuary. If you live away and need to update your information please send an email to the church office (email@example.com). Thank you!
SAVE THE DATE
Home for the Holidays: December 7
Ladies' Cookie Swap and Brunch: Saturday, December 14
Free Babysitting for Families: Saturday December 14, 3pm-5pm
Special Church Business Meeting: Sunday, December 15 (following the worship service)
Church Family Christmas Party: Sunday, December 15, 5 pm
Christmas Eve Service: December 24
Membership Class: January 12
All-Church Annual Meeting: January 26 (tentative date)
Interested in a copy of the message from Sunday? Email the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see that you get a copy. Past sermons are available at www.faithchurchac.org/sermons.