News and Events for December 3

Today is our second Sunday in Advent. Advent is a season of four weeks  including four Sundays that prepare us for Chris tmas. 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.

On Communion Sundays, usually the first Sunday of each month, we collect a special  offering to share with our brothers and sisters at the Robinson  Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church. Claiming our oneness in Christ Jesus and to help bridge the racial divide in our culture and because of our shared Wesleyan heritage, we support that  congregation with a gift of $100 per month. During Communion, you can bring your  offering forward. You can make a  check payable to Bluff City UMC and write “AME Zion” in the memo line.

Our second Sunday of each month is Invite A Friend Sunday. We would like each person who regularly attends worship to be praying specifically for someone and to invite them to come to worship that Sunday. Of course, you can invite a friend to come any time, but we hope you will make a special effort for Invite A Friend Sundays.

Thanks to all who have made Generosity Commitment 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.

Would you like to give gifts to the families in the Family Promise  program this Christmas?  We have been asked to buy gift cards instead of clothing, toys, etc., and they will be distributed equally to the guests.  Please bring your gift cards to Betty, Dan or Joan Williams by December 13th and Joan will take them to the Center.  Thank you!

There will be Poinsettias for purchase for a cost of $7.50 each.  If you would like to purchase one in memory /honor of someone, please see Elaine Good or Betty Malone. Deadline for ordering is Wednesday,  December 14.   They will be in the Sanctuary and Wesley Center  on  Sunday, December 18 and 25.

Rockhold Food Pantry will be distributing hams along with their regular food supplies on Saturday, December 17th.  Monetary donations to help cover the cost of the hams would be appreciated and will be collected Sunday, December 11th.

Church Council will meet on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 6:30 pm. Council members are: Tommy Forrester, Nancy Forrester, Betty Malone, Lelia Perry,  Bobbie  Warden, Carole Miller, Jane Bellamy, Kim Lundin, Elaine Good, Dan Perry, James Altman, Melissa Perkins, Wilma Boy, Mike Miller, Priscilla Keene, Samantha Gray, Betsy Carrier, Jack Hurlbert,  Michael Forrester, Kathy Hurlbert, Joan Williams, Jin Lane, Dan Gray

If anyone has a couch and/or recliner they no longer need,  please contact Bobbie Warden.

AmazonSmile. If you shop at Amazon.com, please consider using AmazonSmile and selecting our church as your preferred charitable organization. AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchase to the charitable organization you select. When you want to shop at Amazon, access AmazonSmile at the website https://smile.amazon.com , and use your regular Amazon user ID and password. The shopping experience is identical to  Amazon.com, and it does not cost you more. Thanks!

Several years ago, donations were made to a designated fund for the children’s bell choirprogram (current balance of $194.62) and to a designated fund for the children’s rotation Sunday School ministry (current balance of $102.53). We have not done these particular ministries since at least 2008 and perhaps before; and do not anticipate doing them again. We would like to move these funds to the Designated Children’s Ministries fund to be available to more generally support our ministries with children. If you donated any amount to either the children’s bell choir program or the rotation Sunday School, please contact Pastor Dan to discuss this matter .

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