Your Place in Ministry – November 27th

BIRMINGHAM COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND – This Sunday at 3 pm in the CLC. Please come enjoy this fine group and bring finger food for a reception following.

Please remember to let the office know if your group plans to meet during the Holidays. Other than for our scheduled services, the doors will be locked when the Church office is closed over the Holidays, unless you contact us in advance to make other arrangements. So that we can all enjoy this special time with our loved ones, this year, the Church office will be closed on Fri., 12/23 and Mon., 12/26 for Christmas. For the New Year Holiday, the Church office will close on Fri., 12/30 and Mon., 1/2.

POINSETTIA FOR MISSIONS This Christmas season Missions is selling 8” poinsettias for only $20 to help support our Church missions. Orders may be placed until Friday, Dec. 3rd. Order forms are available around the Church and in the office at any time.

ADVENT STUDIES :
– “Writing the Christmas Story” – Bring your Bible. Beginning Nov. 27, Sunday School hour, downstairs in the Training Room. Led by Joey Butler.
– “Marry a Pregnant Virgin: Unusual Bible Stories for New and Curious Christians” – upstairs in the New Horizon Sunday School Class.
– “Because of Bethlehem” – upstairs in the Pioneer Sunday School Class.

Bridge Builders will be collecting gloves, socks, toboggans, flannel shirts (size L and XL,) for Christmas gifts for our homeless friends during the month of November-bin is in the hallway across from the kitchen. Thank you for your help with this project.

A New Prayer Ministry…Pastor Bill introduced a book to the Monday Morning Prayer group, Is Your Pastor Preyed on or Prayed For by Terry Teykl. We have read the book and suggest all members get a copy and read it. Our group would like to ask for prayers for our pastors, Bill and Joe, from all our church members.

Have you ever wondered how you can be a servant for God? Being a prayer warrior is most important for our church. Please be in prayer about this need. It would be great if we could have two different people in the Prayer Room for each Sunday for the year. One at 8:30 and one at 11:00.

Beginning Sunday, January 1, 2017, we will have people assigned to begin praying in the Prayer Room, located on the left side of the Narthex. Prayer times will be during the 8:30 am and 11:00 am worship services, one person at 8:30 and one person at 11:00. We suggest you get to the prayer room just before the sermon begins and stay until the sermon is concluded. There is comfortable seating and a kneeler in the Prayer Room.

Sign-up sheets will be located in the Transept and in Grace Vision. Our pastors and church need your prayers.

YOU ARE INVITED…Dr. Bill Etheridge and his wife Becki invite you to join them for “Christmas Open House” at their home on Sunday, December 4th between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Since parking is limited, the Church bus will be available, so please park at the Church and ride our bus. We look forward to seeing you there.

We need Christmas toys for the children at Lovelady (all ages.)  Would you please donate ONE NEW, UNWRAPPED TOY?  The collection bin is outside the Fellowship Hall.  If you donate funds instead, please make your check payable to FUMC Trussville, write Bibles and Toys on the memo line and place in the offering plate.  United Methodist Women will deliver the toys when Circle One hosts a Kids’ Christmas party on Mon., 12/5. Carpool at 5 pm from the back church parking lot and everyone is welcome!

SAVE THE DATES:
-Sun., 12/4 – ~Christmas Open House at the Parsonage – 4-7 pm
-Wed., 12/14- ~“Home for Christmas” Dinner by Circle 6 – CLC
-Sun., 12/18 – ~Poinsettia Sunday, Choir Cantata, Live Nativity
-Wed., 12/21 – ~Longest Night Service – 6 pm
-Sat., 12/24 – ~Christmas Eve Services 12 Noon and 7 pm-Sanctuary
5 pm – CLC
-Sun., 12/25 – ~Christmas Day Combined Worship Service 10 am – CLC