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Week of 12/16/2018

The Altar Flowers are Donated by Marchelle & Cerea Tubbs Happy Birthday to Ramon Tubbs

Thanks for supporting for HalleBration 2018:  This is a thank you from our Leadership Team for your support of HalleBration 2018.  New Vision showed out with hospitality and hard work.  We all truly came together to make this a joyous time and an outreach in the community.  People really look forward to coming out.  We had close to 1400 people over the weekend who attended the event and we served close to two hundred children as a result of the toys, Happy Meal gift certificates, face painting and crafts.  They also enjoyed the Meaning of Christmas story time.  Our Scholarship Committee also raised funds for the future.   We appreciate you all and we hope your holidays will be bright!  Have a wonderful New Year.  New Vision Leadership Team

A WORD ABOUT STANDING FOR THE SCRIPTURE READING:    There is no rule in the United Methodist Church to stand or not when any scripture, Old or New Testament, is being read. The act to stand or not is merely a personal preference for each individual.   Also, the correct or appropriate word to use is “rise” as opposed to “stand” because everyone may not be physically able to stand, but everyone can rise in mind, body and spirit.   So, if you are asked to read scripture, please just read it or say, “If you would like, I invite you to rise with me for the reading of the scripture.”

ADVENT INSERT:  Please enjoy our Advent Readings for 2018.  If you would like to take one home, remember to bring it back each week until our season is over.

READING FOR FUN:   Are you looking for something to do and perhaps a way to keep your child or even yourself occupied over The Thanksgiving & Christmas break?  Well, why not check out a book from our library!  It has already been stocked with Holiday Favorites.  As a matter of fact, let’s see how many books we can read as a church family before January 1, 2019.  Who knows there may be a prize or two? So let’s get started.  Read, read, and read because knowledge is power.  Remember there is no age limit on reading!

Black Methodists for Church Renewal, BMCR annual membership drive is currently open, through the end of December. Your membership will support the programs and services of this important caucus and advocacy organization the fee is $10.00. We thank you for those who have already signed up and we look forward to your continued support. Information about BMCR and forms will be available on the BMCR table in the rear of the sanctuary. Please join us for a reception immediately following morning service. For questions contact Gloria Hanley, Jenny Laster, Ron Coleman or Cynthia Lockhart, WOC-BMCR Liaison. We thank you in advance.

2019 CALENDAR DATES:  Reminder to all Ministries and Organizations, Calendar dates for 2019 are due today.  Forms are located at the Welcome Center.  Questions contact Karen Brentley

THE LORETTA C. MANGRUM CHORALE, under the direction of Eric Oliver, will be performing here on Sunday, December 30 at 5:00 p.m.  Please plan to attend this great concert.

FIFTH SUNDAY DINNER:  Immediately following morning worship on Sunday, December 30th.  Please bring a cover dish to share and enjoy the fellowship.

CANDLE LIGHT SERVICE:  New Vision is invited to join York Street on Christmas Eve at 6 pm for their candle light service.

Altar Flower Calendar for 2019:   We have been blessed for 2019 and have a new Florist. The price will remain the same $45.00. The Flower calendar for 2019 will be located at the Welcome Center Desk.

Remember if you share a date the cost is $22.50. The Altar Guild is thanking all of you in advance for your support in beautifying the Altar for 2019. Any questions please contact Karen Brentley, Pat Harper, and Geraldine Harper.

FOOD PANTRY:   Donations for December: Rice and Beans

 STEWARDSHIP CORNER

The Law of Reciprocal Supply-Through meeting other’s needs, we meet our own. When you face a big need, try to find someone else with that same need.  Pray for them, help them, and do everything in your ability to meet their need. Use your gifts.  Giving monetary gifts is important and needful, but giving ministry gifts in service for Christ is vital.  Know your giftedness and use it for God’s Glory. As this season of giving approaches, remember to give to God’s house so that we can continue to do ministry for the community.