Today is our first Sunday in Advent. 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.
United Methodist Student Day is one of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church. United Methodist Student Day calls the church to support students as they prepare for life in uniting faith with knowledge. The special offering provides scholarships for qualified United Methodist applicants.
We celebrated Generosity Commitment Sundays during our last two Sunday worship services. Thanks to all who have made pledges to support the mission of Jesus Christ through our congregation in the coming year. If you have not had the opportunity to consecrate our personal financial giving commitments for the coming year, you can place your yellow Financial Giving Commitment Card in the offering plate during worship, or deliver it to the church office.
At our last Annual Conference, our delegates pledged that we would encourage each church member to give 10 hours of service this year to children in poverty in our community. We hope that you are working toward that goal, and will encourage that in your Sunday School, Life Group, UMM, UMW, Circle of Faith, youth ministries, children’s ministries, etc.
Poinsettias will be placed in the Sanctuary and Wesley Center for the Christmas season. If you would like to give one (or more) in honor or memory of a loved one, they are available for purchase for $7.50 each. These donations will be listed in the bulletin on Sunday, December 13, so please turn in your requests and money to Elaine Good by today, Sunday, November 29.
Dear Bluff City UMC –
Thank you so much for the yummy cookies! It is such a treat for us. We appreciate your support so much and are grateful!
Bluff City Middle School Staff