Your Place in Ministry – December 4th

The deadline for the “Beautiful Feet” Women’s Retreat 1/28-29 at Camp Sumatanga has been extended to Fri. Dec. 9th. Forms are available in the Church office and you can turn them into the office by the 12/9 deadline.

Dr. Etheridge’s Bible Study classes will not meet on Wed., Dec. 7th. Thank you.

You are invited to a very special Emmaus Christmas Cluster Gathering at Gardendale Mt. Vernon UMC on Tues., 12/6 at 6:30 pm. The bus will leave from our church parking lot at 6 pm. Please bring your favorite covered dish to share. Everyone is welcome. There will be a special Communion service and we’ll enjoy great fellowship, food and music.

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 SALE FOR MISSIONS HAS BEEN EXTENDED. This Christmas season, Missions is selling 8” poinsettias for only $20 to help support our Church missions. The Deadline has been extended to Tuesday, 12/13/16. Order forms are available in the Church office, the Transept, the Welcome Center and in the bulletin this week. Please order yours today. Thank you.

Join us Wed. 12/14 for “Down Home Family Christmas Dinner” by Circle 6 in the CLC. Menu: Chicken Casserole, Green Beans, Corn, Rolls, Tea/Water, Christmas Cookies. Donations will be accepted for future Circle missions.

PRAYER WARRIORS NEEDED. Prayers are needed for our pastors and our church during the times of our worship services. We are looking for volunteers to serve in the prayer room during the 8:30 and 11:00 services. Signup sheets will be available in the transept and the welcome center. Someone will contact you with specific information. Thank You!

Join us on Sun., 12/18 at 8:30 and again at 11:00 am as we unwrap a very special Christmas musical presentation for you entitled “Lessons & Carols” – directed by Dr. Karen Marrolli.

You are invited to join the United Methodist Women, as we deliver the toys to the Lovelady children. Circle One will host a Kids’ Christmas party on Mon., 12/5 for these children. Carpool is at 5 pm from the back church parking lot and everyone is welcome!

ADVENT STUDIES, (during Sunday School):
– “Writing the Christmas Story” – We’ll read the stories together and talk about what they meant when they were written and what they mean now. Bring your Bible. Hosted in the Training Room (downstairs Sunday School hallway). Led by Joey Butler.
– “Marry a Pregnant Virgin” – The Bible can be imposing and challenging. Try some “fresh interpretations to old stories” for new understanding and inspiration. New Horizon class, main Sunday School hallway upstairs.
– “Because of Bethlehem” – Max Lucado tells stories which will encourage, captivate,  inspire, and point you towards the One worth celebrating. Pioneer Class, main Sunday School hallway upstairs.

The TFUMC Methodist men will meet next Sunday morning, Dec. 11th, at 7 am in the Fellowship Hall.  Breakfast will be prepared by the Character Builders and Bible Outreach classes.  The guest speaker is our very own Dr. Bill Etheridge.  He will also install our 2017 Officers.  Please join us and bring a friend.

Bridge Builders would like to thank you for your donation of Christmas gifts for our homeless friends, as well as your prayers and support during the year.

THANK YOU! The Worship Committee wishes to thank all who help so generously and faithfully whenever asked, and all who serve in all ways. THANKS BE TO GOD!

-Sun., 12/11 ~UMM Breakfast – 7 am – Fellowship Hall
-Wed., 12/14 ~“Down Home Family Christmas” Dinner by Circle 6 – CLC
-Sun., 12/18 ~“Lessons & Carols” 8:30 & 11:00 Sanctuary
~ Live Nativity – Front Lawn from 5 pm-8 pm
-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 ~Combined Worship Service 10 am – CLC
-Sun., 1/1 ~Combined Worship Service 10 am – Sanctuary