TODAY – DECEMBER 18, 2016
Head Usher: Derek Higgs
Side Usher: Nicole Harrison
Spark Teachers: Preschool: Jane Rountree and Mae Daniels
K-2nd: Theresa and Susanna Minter
WEEK AT A GLANCE
Sun, Dec 18
9:45 am – Adult Sunday School
11:00 am – Worship/Spark/Choral Cantata
4:00 pm – Beacon to Festival of Lights/Dinner
7:00 pm – Longest Night Service
Mon, Dec 19
8:15 am – First Steps
3:30 pm – Get Ready! Get Set! Worship!
6:00 pm – Girl Scout First Lego League
Tues, Dec 20
8:15 am – First Steps
6:00 pm – Girl Scout Troop
8:00 pm – NA Meeting
Wed, Dec 21
Weekly Grapevine Items Due
8:15 am – First Steps
11:30 am – Blue Ridge CareNet Mtg
5:00 pm – Practice for Children’s Christmas Eve Pageant
Thurs, Dec 22
8:00 am – Bob Chilton Bible Study
7:00 pm – BREWS Mtg
Fri, Dec 23
Church Office Closed
Sat, Dec 24
3:00 pm – Children’s Christmas Eve Pageant
7:00 pm – Candlelight Communion
PRAYER AND PRAISE MINISTRIES
Prayers: Irene Green family, Mae Turpin, Billie Bradley, June Hollman and family, Bob Taylor, Joy Snow, Shirley Warren, Gary Bowers, Jimmy McCraw, Mike Hensley, Nathan Zeller, Barbara Watson Mathes’ family, Jim VanHoy, Michael Harold, Mala Sellers, Harrelson baby, Dr. Tom Vaughn, loss for so many due to fires in Tennessee, loss of family members, cancer diagnosis, positive business endeavors; Praises: Melissa Wilkins, Marley Pack, meeting new people, hopeful sales of homes, good doctors & healthcare
Beacons to the Festival of Lights and Dinner: (6th -12th grade) Meet at the church at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon. We’ll head to W-S to celebrate the holidays. We’ll have dinner and then head to Tanglewood for the Festival of Lights. Bring money for a nice dinner and dessert on the way home.
Longest Night Service: Sunday, December 18th; 7:00 p.m. Perhaps this has been a hard year for you or you are having trouble getting into the ‘spirit’ of the season. All are welcome to gather for prayerful worship of Jesus Christ, the Light of the world, who is with us even on this (symbolically) longest and darkest night of the year. Childcare provided for infants through 2nd grade.
Get Ready! Get Set! Worship! Each GRGSW child needs to bring $5 on Monday, December 19th. We’ll meet at 3:30 p.m. and go purchase collars and leashes at Dollar Tree & head to the Surry County Animal Shelter to help socialize the animals.
Children’s Christmas Eve Pageant Rehearsal: Wednesday, December 21st, at 5:30 p.m. If your child is participating in the pageant, please make sure they are here to rehearse. We will give out scripts, costumes and practice for about an hour.
Bob Chilton Memorial Bible Study: Will meet Thursday, December 22nd, at 8:00 a.m. at Pages Bookstore. Join us for coffee and a great discussion.
BREWS: Will meet on Thursday, December 22nd, at 7:00 p.m. at Granite City Brews (The White Elephant).
Church Office Closed: Friday, December 23rd and Monday, December 26th to celebrate the Christmas holiday.
Children’s Christmas Eve Pageant: Saturday, December 24th, 3:00 p.m. If you are participating, please be here and in costume no later than 2:55 p.m.
Candlelight Communion Service: Saturday, December 24th, 7:00 p.m. Join us for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service as we prepare for the birth of Our Lord and Savior.
Christmas Day Worship: Join us for worship Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. as we celebrate the birth of our newborn King! (Kids can wear their pj’s if they want)
Ladies of the Church: Ladies of the church: Please join us for a baby shower on Sunday, January 8th from 2-4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall for Nicole and Skyler Harrison as they prepare to welcome baby Harrison (gender will be a surprise!) Gift ideas include: Children’s books, Pampers Swaddlers diapers (sizes 1 and 2), A contribution to a group gift for an Ergobaby Baby Carrier. For more info, contact Valerie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yokefellow Foods of the Month: Canned Milk, Canned Pasta
Thank you for your generosity so far in 2016 and for your pledge of support for our 2017 budget. We have received 60 pledges (out of our goal of 75!) for $188,363. We still have a little ways to go to meet our goal of $225,000. If you have not pledged but would like to do so, please fill out a pledge card (found beside the bulletins), drop it in the offering plate or bring it by the church office and give it to Lynn this week. All pledges are confidential.
With the end of the year approaching soon, we’d like to let you know where the receipts stand for our budget for 2016. The pledge receipts total $199,644.27 vs. our projected income of $215,000.00.
2016 Year-End Contributions: All contributions must be received or postmarked by Friday, December 30, 2016. If they are not received by then, they will be applied to 2017. If you contribute via eGive, you will receive an email regarding year-end giving.
Birthdays: 12/18: Gary Arington, Ray Manieri; 12/19: Bob Moody; 12/21: Liam Barlow
Anniversaries: 12/20: David and Millie Beal; 12/22: Mike and Legh Beal