The Weekly Grapevine - Sunday, December 10, 2017
WEEK AT A GLANCE
Sun, Dec 10
9:45 am – Adult Sunday School
11:00 am – Worship/Spark
5:00 pm – Candy House Making & Dinner
Mon, Dec 11
8:15 am – First Steps Program
6:00 pm – Girl Scout First Lego League
Tues, Dec 12
10:00 am – Keenagers to Wohlfahrt Haus
6:00 pm – Girl Scout Troop
8:00 pm – NA Meeting
Wed, Dec 13
Weekly Grapevine Items Due
8:15 am – First Steps Program
5:00 pm – Beacon Angel Tree Shopping & Dinner
7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal
Thurs, Dec 14
8:00 am – Bob Chilton Bible Study
10:00 am – Bible Study Fellowship
3:30 pm – Faith Friends Advent Tales, Get Ready, Get Set Worship & Little Voices Choir
5:00 pm – Friends Feeding Friends
Fri, Dec 15
8:15 am – First Steps Program
PRAYER AND PRAISE MINISTRIES
Prayers and Praise Info: There are cards in the pew racks (or chairs in Koinonia Room) for you to list any prayers or praises. Please include your name and the date that the person was added. Be sure to inform the church office of any changes or if the person needs to be removed. You may drop them in the offering plate during worship. Names will be taken off of the prayer and praise board at the end of each month, unless otherwise noted.
Prayers: Joy Barlow, Dot Besore family, Ilene Boyles, Barnsley Brown, Shasta Brown, Kelly Cail, Michael Harold, Rex Hobbs, Jane King, Bobbie Lane, Gary Littell, Hazel McCraw, Bettsee McPhail, Brian Minter, Libby Pell, James Penn, Treva Puckett, Nancy Quinn, Betty Ridolfi, Barry & Cheryl Schneider and family, Mala Sellers, Mike and Debra Shelton, Pam Shelton, Patsy Sutphin, Mike Vernon, Ginger Werner, David White, Steve Yokeley, Kathy and John Youell, Janice Younger, Nathan Zeller, Jesse Zimmer; Praises: Jane Rountree – for always preparing bread for communion
Our heartfelt sympathy is expressed to Barry and Cheryl Schneider and family upon the death of Barry’s brother, Garland Schneider, who passed away on November 27, 2017.
Candy House Making and Dinner: Join us this evening at 5:00 p.m. for dinner ($5.00 from Chile Rojo) and stay afterwards to make candy houses. The Beacons will be joining in as well.
Choral Cantata: Next week, December 17th, if seats are available, please sit in the sanctuary if you are able so that you will be able to enjoy the music of the Cantata fully.
Thank you! To all of the folks that came and assisted with getting the tree and wreaths put up and decorating at the church: Mike Branch, Wayne Barlow, Paul Belk, Carole Simpson, Jane Tesh, Mary Higgs, Suzanne Lewis-Brown, Lydia Taylor and Mary Ellen Goad. The church looks beautiful for the Christmas season!
Come to Sunday School! There are two adult options. The Odds and Ends Class meets across from the upstairs Men’s restroom. This class follows a year-round curriculum and is led by Felton Godwin and others. The Sunday Scripture class meets in the parlor. Contact Cecelia Belk for more information. Classes start each Sunday between 9:45 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Keenagers: Tuesday, December 12th; Meet at the church at 10:00 a.m. We will head to the Wohlfahrt Haus for their Christmas show.
Beacon Angel Tree Shopping and Dinner: Wednesday, December 13th; Meet at the church at 5:00 p.m. and we will head to dinner and shopping for our Christmas angels. Bring $20 for your gift and extra money for dinner.
Bob Chilton Memorial Bible Study: Will meet on Thursday, December 14th, at 8:00 a.m. at Pages. Join us for coffee and great discussion.
Faith Friends Advent Tales and Get Ready, Get Set, Worship Kids: Will meet on Thursday, December 14th, in the Fellowship Hall at 3:30 p.m. The children’s choir will also meet during this time.
You’re invited! The congregation is invited to an informal cider/cookie open house on Saturday afternoon, December 16th at “Cousin Emma’s Bed and Breakfast Inn” (Suzanne Lewis Brown’s home) 501 South Main Street from 2-4 pm. See Suzanne for details.
Longest Night Service: Sunday, December 17th; 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.
Montreat Youth Conference: July 28th-Aug 4th, 2018; Any Beacons who are eligible to go to Montreat next year will receive a postcard in the mail. The first deposit of $100 is due on Monday, January 15th.
2017 Year-End Contributions: All contributions must be received or postmarked by Friday, December 29th, 2017. If you contribute by eGive, you should receive information regarding year-end procedures.
With the end of the year approaching soon, here is where the congregation’s giving stands versus the need. $176,056 has been given of $209,340 pledged. Please complete your pledge by the end of the year. As of November 30th, our total receipts are $200,200 vs. $243,000 budgeted. Thank you for your continued generosity
Friends Feeding Friends: Thursday, December 14th; 5:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church. The following people are signed up to assist with this ministry that feeds the hungry in our community each week: Steven Lowe, Bob Keck and Bob & Sylvia Chilton. We need additional volunteers. If you’d like to assist, please see the signup sheet in the upstairs foyer.
Birthdays: 12/12: Mike Beal, AJ Clabough, Ken Gitt; 12/13: Wayne Barlow, Ann Yokeley; 12/15: Cathy Cloukey; 12/16: Griffin Gatewood
Anniversaries: 12/12: David and Lisa Petri
HOLIDAY AND ADVENT CALENDAR 2017
December 12 Keenagers to Wohlfahrt Christmas Show
December 13 Beacon Angel Tree Shopping – 5:00; Bring $20 for shopping and extra money for dinner
December 17 3rd Sunday of Advent; Choral Cantata – 11:00; Receive Christmas Joy Offering; Longest Night Service – 7:00; Beacons Progressive Dinner & Gift Swap)– 5:00
December 20 Cookies and Carols at the Gatewood’s– 5:00 open house, 6:45 Carol Sing;
7:30 Caroling in the neighborhood
December 21 Children’s Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
December 24 4th Sunday in Advent; Children’s Christmas Pageant–3:00; Candlelight Communion Service – 7:00
December 25 Christmas Day – Nativity of the Lord
December 26 & 27 Church Office Closed