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Week of 12/17/2017

Flowers on the Altar:  Donated by Marchelle & Ceara Tubbs Happy Birthday Ramon Tubbs

PRAY WITHOUT CEASING:  Prayer Line Monday – Friday 6 am -6:30 am.  Call (712) 770- 4035, then enter the access code 447547 then (#) at the prompt.   Feel free to join at any time!

BIBLE STUDY:  There will be no Tuesday morning or evening Bible Study for the next two weeks.  We will resume on Tuesday, January 9th.  There will also be no Sunday morning Bible Study following service for the next three weeks.  We will resume Sunday, January 7th.  Have a merry Christmas and a blessed and happy new year!

STARTING THE NEW YEAR RIGHT:  Starting Sunday, January 7th, the Sunday morning Bible Study following worship will be beginning a new topic-driven Bible Study.  It will be based on the book:  When GOD Comes to Church by Steve Gaines. Now is a perfect time to join, as we are accepting orders for this book between now and the first of the year and are excited about this new study.  Won’t you join us?  If you would like to order this book, please fill out the form included in this bulletin and turn it into the Ushers or the Church Office.

HOMEGOING SERVICE FOR SISTTER HELEN KELLERBlessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”  Beloved Sister Helen Heller passed from death to eternal life this past Monday, December 11th.   The Homegoing Celebration will be held at Cedars of Lebanon Chapel, Spring Grove Cemetery on Friday, December 22 at 11am, family to receive visitors at 10am.  We solicit your prayers, support and encouragement for the family during this time of loss.

THANK YOU FOR HALLEBRATION 2017:  Thanks to each of you for the part you played in making Hallebration 2017 a great success.   We had close to 1200 people visit our church for this event.  The families and individuals who came were blessed and everyone had a good time.  We had 50 volunteers from our church and supporting organizations.  Every ministry in the church helped to make this a success.  We see what we can do when we all work together.  Thanks to the Youth Ministry, Sunday School, Bible Study classes, Worship, Finance, the Trustees, Ushers, Choir members, Track monitors, Lead Team and everyone else who volunteered.  Directories with the businesses who participated are available on the Welcome Center Desk.  Please share it with a friend.  Kathye Lewis and Miriam Kinard.

ALOHA Thank you New Vision for the beautiful flowers, and your prayers and thoughts.  They all added to my recovery and Hawaii finished the job.  I’m back to 95% of my old self.  Thanks be to God!!  See you soon.  Carolyn Johnson

PASTOR APPRECIATION MONTH:  Dear New Vision Family, The month of December is designated as Pastor Appreciation Month.  Decorative Boxes have been placed at the rear of the Sanctuary for your gifts and acknowledgment, and will be there each Sunday in December.  These gifts and acknowledgments will be presented following service, Sunday, December 24, 2017.  MAY THE LORD GUIDE US IN THE WAY THAT IS EVERLASTING.  YOURS IN CHRIST:  MIRIAM, CYNTHIA AND CHARLES

COOKIES AT CHRISTMAS We need cookies to distribute to the Hamilton County correctional facilities and treatment centers on Christmas Eve to all the inmates and correctional officers, 20,000 cookies.  We cannot accept packaged cookies.  The cookies will need to be homemade.  The deadline is Sunday, December 17.  Thank you for your generous contributions.  Virginia Hardin, Transforming jail Ministry.

WIDOW’S MITE GIVING: Please plan to participate in the Widow’s Mite Giving. The “Red Bag” coin collection will begin in November.  Save all of your loose change and place in the red bag.   Red bags will be available after the morning service the first Sunday in November. Coin wrappers will also be available if you prefer to roll your coins.  We will collect the red bags during the month of December.  If you have questions, please see Patricia Simmons or Sylvia Kennedy.

Christmas OfferingDuring this season of giving we know that Jesus is the Reason For The Season!  Let us remember Our church by giving a special Love Offering. Christmas envelopes will be available for those who would like to have one; or you may use the regular offering envelope just be sure to mark it Christmas Love Offering. You may turn your offering in now through Sunday December 31st.  For additional information please see Betty Smith or Karen Brentley.

NEW YEARS EVE:  We are celebrating the ending of the old year and the beginning of a new year.  Come and ring out the old year and usher in the New Year with the 10am worship service and a potluck dinner here at New Vision.   All are welcome!!

THE FLOWER CALENDAR:  For 2018 will be available starting Sunday December 3rd.  The cost for Altar Flowers is $45.00, if you share a Sunday the cost is $22.50 per person.   The Altar Guild thanks all of the members and friends who donated flowers this year to beautify the Altar, we know we can count on your continued support in 2018. Please contact Karen Brentley, Pat Harper or Geraldine Salter.

FAMILY COMMUNION SUNDAY:  January 7, 2018 is Family Communion Sunday.  Please come and bring your family for the first communion of the New Year.

YOUTH LEADER VOLUNTEERSThose interested in being a part of the New Vision youth program as an adult leader & as a youth participant please see one of these individuals:  Sis. Collette, Sis Cassandra, Sis Marchelle, Sis Ceara, Sis Natalie, Sis Diane, Sis Jules, Sis Dominique & Sis Vanessa.

STUDYING TO SHOW OURSELVES APPROVED:   New Vision’s current insightful and inspiring Sunday School classes will continue to be offered on Sundays at 9am.  There is a sermon application session following worship led by Pastor Worthen.  This Bible Study/discussion will be based on the sermon and gives everyone an opportunity to be in dialogue with one another about the message and how God’s Word can be applied in our lives.  Everyone, members AND visitors are encouraged to participate in this time of fellowship and study, as it gives us an opportunity to ask questions, and to learn from and encourage one another.

FOOD PANTRY:  For December please donate: Tuna, Jell-O, Dry Beans