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Weekly Grapevine – December 18, 2016

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

CHURCH MINISTRIES

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 parker_v@outlook.com.

WITNESS

Yokefellow Foods of the Month: Canned Milk, Canned Pasta

FINANCIAL

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.

CELEBRATIONS

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

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Weekly Grapevine – December 11, 2016

TODAY – DECEMBER 11, 2016

Head Usher: Ted King

Side Usher: Nicole Harrison

Spark Teachers: Preschool: Jane Rountree and Mae Daniels
K-2nd: Theresa and Susanna Minter

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Dec 11

8:30 am – Session Meeting

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

11:00 am – Worship/Spark

4:00 pm – Beacon Dinner/Festival of Lights

Mon, Dec 12

8:15 am – First Steps

11:30 am – Women’s Bible Study

2:00 pm – Red Cross Blood Drive

3:30 pm – Get Ready! Get Set! Worship!

5:30 pm – Women’s Bible Study

6:00 pm – Girl Scout First Lego League

Tues, Dec 13

8:15 am – First Steps

6:00 pm – Girl Scout Troop

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Dec 14

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps

6:00 pm – Advent Dinner/Gingerbread Candy Houses

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Dec 15

3:30 pm – Faith Friends Advent Tales & Little Voices Choir

6:30 pm – Surry Quilters Guild

Fri, Dec 16

8:15 am – First Steps

PRAYER AND PRAISE MINISTRIES

Prayers: Irene Green Family, Mae Turpin, Billie Bradley, June Hollman and family, Bob Taylor, Joy Snow, Shirley Warren, Gary Bowers, Nathan Zeller, Mike Lowe 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

CHURCH MINISTRIES

Our heartfelt sympathy is expressed to the family of Irene Green who passed away on Monday, December 5, 2016.

Beacon Dinner and Festival of Lights: (6th -12th grade) Meet at the church at 4:00 p.m. We’ll head to W-S to celebrate the holidays. We’ll have dinner, then head to Tanglewood for the Festival of Lights. Bring money for a nice dinner and dessert on the way home.

Order your apple pies for Christmas! The Beacons are selling apple pies made by Dave Banfield. All proceeds will go towards their next year’s mission activities. TODAY is the deadline to order! Pies are $15.00. Pick up is on Wednesday, December 21st. Order forms can be found next to bulletins. Please include money w/ your order.  You can drop it in the offering plate or give to Shasta.

Get Ready! Get Set! Worship! Kids will be assisting in the canteen for the Blood Drive on Monday, December 12th at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday Night Advent Meal and Gingerbread Candy Houses: December 14th; Dinner will be at 6:00 p.m. Sign up for dinner in the upstairs foyer, call the church or sign up online. We will be making gingerbread houses to take home.

Choir Rehearsal: We will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14th.

Faith Friends Advent Tales: (Preschool-5th) Will meet on Thursday, December 15th, at 3:30 p.m. Our Little Voices Choir will meet immediately after at 4:30 p.m.

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.

Ladies of the Church: Please join us for a baby shower on January 8th for Nicole & Skyler Baby Harrison. See the invitation in today’s bulletin. More details can also be found on the church website – http://www.fpcma.com.

WITNESS

Give the gift of life (DONATE BLOOD) this Christmas and Holiday season! Monday, December 12th, from 2:00-6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. See Shasta TODAY to sign up.

FINANCIAL

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 $189,143. 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 $189,329.27 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.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 12/12: Mike Beal, Ken Gitt; 12/13: Wayne Barlow, Ann Yokeley; 12/15: Cathy Cloukey; 12/17: Gavin Bush

Anniversaries: 12/12: Dave and Lisa Petri; 12/16: Gregg and Liesa Hawks

 

Holiday and Advent Calendar 2016

 

December 11                3rd Sunday of Advent; Beacons to the Festival of Lights and Dinner – 4:00

December 12                Red Cross Blood Drive – 2:00 – Sign up to give

December 14                Dinner – 6:00; Candy House Making (Sign up to attend)

December 15                Faith Friends (Pre-K-5th) Advent Tales 3:30; Little Voices Choir – 4:30

December 16                Faith Friends (Pre-K-5th) Movie & Dinner in the Tiki Room – 6:00

December 17                Churchwide Operation Christmas Child (Service Saturday Project for December) – 7:15 AM

(Deadline to sign up is December 7th)

December 18                4th Sunday of Advent; Choral Cantata – 11:00; Receive Christmas Joy Offering; Longest Night Service – 7:00;

Beacons in the  Tiki Room – 5:30

December 19                Get Ready! Get Set! Worship! Surry County Animal Shelter – 3:30

December 21                Children’s Christmas Eve Practice – 5:30

December 22                Bob Chilton Bible Study – 8:00; BREWS Mtg – 7:00

December 24                Children’s Christmas Eve Service – 3:00; Candlelight Communion Service – 7:00

December 25                Christmas Day – Nativity of Our Lord

Regular Worship Service at 11:00 a.m.                                        

 December 26                Church Office Closed

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Sympathy of the Congregation

Our heartfelt sympathy is expressed to the family and friends of Irene Green, who passed away on Monday, December 5, 2016. Irene will be missed greatly by our church family.

Funeral services will be held Friday, December 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow at Gladesboro Lutheran Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 12:30 pm until time for the service at the church.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.moodyfuneralservices.com.

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Weekly Grapevine – December 4, 2016

TODAY – DECEMBER 4, 2016

Head Usher: Ted King

Side Usher: Nicole Harrison

Spark Teachers: Preschool: Jane Rountree and Mae Daniels
K-2nd: Mike and Linda Gatchel

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Dec 4

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

11:00 am – Worship/Spark

12:00 pm – Congregational Meeting

4:30 pm – Beacon Angel Tree Shopping

Mon, Dec 5

8:15 am – First Steps

11:30 am – Women’s Bible Study

3:30 pm – Get Ready! Get Set! Worship!

5:30 pm – Women’s Bible Study

6:00 pm – Girl Scout First Lego League

Tues, Dec 6

8:15 am – First Steps

10:00 am – Circle 1

6:00 pm – Girl Scout Troop

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Dec 7

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps

11:45 am – Staff Christmas Lunch

6:00 pm – Advent Dinner/Christmas Carol Sing-a-long & Cookie Swap

7:00 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Dec 8
8:00 am – Bob Chilton Bible Study

3:30 pm – Faith Friends Advent Tales & Little Voices Choir

5:00 pm – Friends Feeding Friends

Fri, Dec 9

8:15 am – First Steps

A Congregational meeting will be today immediately following worship. The purpose of this meeting will be to elect the next class of elders.

PRAYER AND PRAISE MINISTRIES

Prayers: Mae Turpin, Billie Bradley, June Hollman and family, Bob Taylor, Billie Bradley, Joy Snow, Shirley Warren, Gary Bowers, Nathan Zeller, Mike Lowe 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

CHURCH MINISTRIES

Beacon Angel Tree Shopping and Dinner: (6th -12th grade) Meet at the church at 4:30 p.m. to head out on this adventure. Each Beacon needs to bring $20 to go towards their Angel Tree gifts plus money for dinner.

Get Ready! Get Set! Worship! Kids will be delivering candy canes and Christmas cheer to the residents and staff of the Skilled Nursing Unit at Northern Hospital on Monday, December 5th at 3:30 p.m.

Circle 1: Will meet on Tuesday, December 6th at 10:00 a.m. at Ridgecrest Retirement in the Card Room.

Wednesday Night Advent Meal and Christmas Carol Sing-a-long & Cookie Swap: December 7th; Dinner will be at 6:00 p.m. Sign up for dinner in the upstairs foyer, call the church or sign up online. We will be singing carols and having cookies. Please bring two dozen cookies to share.

Choir Rehearsal: We will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7th, to prepare for the Cantata. Please note different time.

Bob Chilton Memorial Bible Study: Will meet on Thursday, December 8th, at 8:00 a.m. at Pages Bookstore.

Faith Friends Advent Tales: (Preschool-5th) Will meet on Thursday, December 8th, at 3:30 p.m. Our Little Voices Choir will meet immediately after at 4:30 p.m.

Ladies of the Church: Please join us for a baby shower on January 8th for Nicole & Skyler Baby Harrison. More details can be found on the church website – http://www.fpcma.com.

WITNESS

Friends Feeding Friends: Thursday, December 8th, at 5:00 p.m. The following people are signed up to assist with this ministry: Steven Lowe, Wayne and Joy Barlow, Bob and Sylvia Chilton, and Bob Keck.

Give the gift of life (DONATE BLOOD) this Christmas and Holiday season! Monday, December 12th, from 2:00-6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Call the church to sign up.

FINANCIAL

Thank you for your generosity so far in 2016 and for your pledge of support for our 2017 budget. We have received 59 pledges (out of our goal of 75!) for $187,443. 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 $182,259.27 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.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 12/6: Alex Gilley; 12/7: Ann Windley; 12/8: Sarah Kilby; 12/9: Catherine Beal, Drake Wardle

Anniversaries: 12/5: Jim and Janice Younger; 12/7: Gary and Cristi Arington

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