News and Announcements for the Week of December 14

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.

Thanks to all who have contributed to our capital campaign The Door Beyond! We have received about $20,000 in First Fruit offerings, and have about $90,000 in pledges. 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 and give your First Fruits offering. Please pray for our congregation as we seek to honor God with our ministries.

Leadership & Vision Team meets Tuesday, December 16, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Team members are: Mike Miller, Beverly Smith, Nancy Forrester, Judy Wright, Alicia Ronquillo, Samantha Gray, Kim Lundin, Jin Lane, Bobbie Warden, Tony Lundin, Jack Hurlbert, Dan Perry, Judy Finney, and Dan Gray.

If you have ideas about God’s vision for our use of the Cowan property, please share your thoughts with one of the members of the Leadership & Vision Team, listed above.

Church Council meets Thursday, December 18, at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Among other matters, we will determine our Church Ministry Budget for 2015. All people are welcome to come, but only Council members can vote. Members are:  Beverly Smith, Mike Miller, Betty Malone, Nancy Forrester, Bobbie Warden, Judy Wright, Alicia Ronquillo, Herman Carrier, Kim Lundin, Jin Lane, Lelia Perry, Samantha Gray, Judy Finney, Brian Ronquillo, Dan Ronquillo, Josh Hodges, Joan Williams, C. W. Fleenor, Jane Riley, Tony Lundin, Jack Hurlbert, Elaine Good, Dan Gray.

Christmas Eve Worship Celebration is at 7:00 pm on Dec. 24 in our Sanctuary. In addition to your family, we hope you will bring a friend. Please pray about who God would place on your heart to invite, perhaps someone who has never met Jesus and simply needs your invitation to “Come and see.”

The Children’s Christmas Program will be held Sunday, December 21 at 6:00 PM in the Wesley Center.  Refreshments will follow.  Please bring your favorite finger food and support our children.

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