News and Announcements for the Week of December 7

Today in worship we celebrate First Fruits Sunday in our 3-year capital campaign, The Door Beyond, to raise funds to obtain the Cowan property next door.  We invite you during worship to give your first gift to God for The Door Beyond capital campaign.  Please use the designated envelope or write “First Fruit” in the check memo line.

Our capital campaign The Door Beyond is underway to help purchase the Cowan property so we can expand our ministries in our community. We are asking that everyone in the congregation give first to our Church Ministry Budget to honor the Biblical expectation of the tithe (10% of your income) and generosity. Giving to The Door Beyond capital campaign should be over and above your giving toward your tithe. This capital campaign invites us to honor God with a deeper level of generous and sacrificial giving. We do not expect equal amounts of giving from each person, but do invite everyone to equal sacrifice.  If you have not done so already, you are invited during our Offering to give your commitment cards for the Church Ministry Budget stewardship campaign and for The Door Beyond capital campaign. Please pray for our congregation as we seek to honor God with our ministries.

Advent is a season of four weeks including four Sundays that prepare us for Christmas.  Advent derives from the Latin adventus, which means “coming.” The season proclaims the comings of the Christ — whose birth we prepare to celebrate once again, who comes continually in Word and Spirit, and whose return in final victory we anticipate. The Advent wreath is a simple circle of evergreen branches, a sign of life without end; its four Advent candles encircle a central white Christ candle.

The United Methodist Women will be meeting Tuesday, December 11, at 2:00 pm.   Please bring your World Thank Offering boxes.

Bluff City Music Club presents “Melodies of the Christmas Season,” 3:00 p.m., Sunday, December 7, at Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist Church.  The program of holiday  music features Chris Neal, Melissa Parker, and Tammy Howard.  Everyone is welcome.  Refreshments following the program.

Endowment & Planned Giving Team meets at 6:00 pm, Tues., Dec. 9, in the Willing Worker Classroom.  Team members are: Nancy Forrester (chair), Betty Malone, Tony Lundin, Jack Hurlbert, Beverly Smith, Mike Miller and Dan Gray.

Finance Team meets at 6:30 pm, Tues., Dec. 9, in the Fellowship Hall.  Team members are: Tony Lundin (chair), Nancy Forrester, Betty Malone, Elaine Good, Nick Wright, Judy Finney, Beverly Smith, Jack Hurlbert, Mike Miller, Cyndy Sweet, Bill Phelps, and Dan Gray.

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