News and Events for December 17

Once You Believe, Anything Is Possible. Today we continue our Advent worship series, The Wonder of Christmas. This series explores four elements of the Christmas story that teach us about the wonder of God’s great love for us: a star, a name, a manger, a promise. As we look to these wonder-filled aspects of the Christmas story, we will rediscover that the true wonder of  Christmas is found in the love of Christ and made real in our hearts when we share that love with others. You are invited this Advent to embrace and celebrate the true wonder of Christmas, believing that because of God’s great love and light in  Jesus Christ, anything is possible!

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 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 green Financial Giving Commitment Card in the offering plate during worship, or deliver it to the church office. Here is a listing of helpful Christian financial budgeting websites:
Crown Resources,
*  Dave Ramsey,
*  Seed Time,
*  Managing God’s Money,

The Youth Ministries fundraiser at Pizza Hut initially scheduled for Wed., Dec. 20, will be rescheduled in the new year. We will be on regular schedule for our Wednesday night programs.

For Sunday, December 24, we will have our regularly scheduled morning worship services; and Christmas Eve worship at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary.

Today we will receive a special offering for the Dollars for Scholars program to benefit Camille Gray. The United Methodist Dollars for Scholars program involves matching support from a student’s church, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF ), participating United Methodist-related schools like Emory & Henry College where Camille attends, and participating UMC Conference Foundations like the Holston Foundation . Here’s how it works: (1) our church supports the student with $1,000 sent to UMHEF on a church check; (2) UMHEF will match that $1,000; (3) Emory & Henry College will match with $1,000; and (4) the Holston Foundation will match $1,000. The potential scholarship total is up to $4,000. Make checks payable to Bluff City UMC and put Dollars for Scholars in the memo line . We need to send the church check to UMHEF by January 1.

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