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Weekly News – 12/5/16

Christmas at Central | December 4-25

Yesterday, December 4, we kicked off our most wonderful time of year: Christmas at Central! We lit our first Advent candle, and Pastor Mike began our December sermon series, To Us, with “Wonderful Counselor.” The series will continue next Sunday with “Mighty God.” Last night our talented kids presented a delightful program with “Good King Wenceslas.” Over the next few days and weeks, holiday cheer-punctuated events will continue. Through it all our adoration and love for Jesus, who was born to save the world, will shine! Praise God for His perfect Gift!

Find a complete overview of Christmas at Central with a click right here.

Wrapping Gifts for Kids | December 6 | 4:30p | Chapel

Gifts for Kids Wrapping Night will be Tuesday, December 6, from 4:30-9:00 in the chapel. The evening will be come-and-go. Just choose when you want to help. We’ll provide gift wrapping supplies, along with dinner and snacks. Contact Hannah to volunteer.

If you have not yet turned in your Gifts for Kids, time’s up! We need them absolutely no later than Monday, December 5. Deliver them to the church office by 4:30pm.

Wednesday Night Bible Study | December 7 | 6:30p | MPH

This Wednesday night we’ll continue our December series, Family Portraits. The series will continue through December 14. Come to the Multipurpose Hall early for fellowship over a cup of coffee.

YA Christmas Party | December 8 | 7:00p | Fusion Center

College and young adults, join us this Thursday night for desserts, hot cocoa, coffee, and a fun gift exchange. Bring your favorite holiday dessert to share and a wrapped gift valued between $5 and $10. It can be a nice gift or a White Elephant gift. We look forward to seeing you!

Legacy Christmas Dinner | December 9 | 6:30p | MPH

Our annual Legacy Christmas Dinner will be this Friday, December 9. Tickets had to be purchased by Sunday, December 4. No tickets will be sold at the door. If you secured your tickets, we look forward to spending a wonderful, delicious, entertaining evening with you!

Food Pantry | December 10 | 9:30a | Central Assembly

Our next Neighbors Day is Saturday, December 10. This will be our last Food Pantry of the year. (The Oil Change Ministry will not be in action.) We need extra help on Friday, December 9, at 1pm to pre-bag the groceries. We also need extra help during the distribution on Saturday. It only take 2 hours of your time. Contact us to volunteer!

Christmas Festival | December 11 | 6:00p | Sanctuary

This wonderful evening of music features both traditional and contemporary Christmas music presented by our Sanctuary Choir & Orchestra, as well as our handbell choir and the Pipkin Middle School Choir. The concert is absolutely free—a gift to our community. Invite your friends and neighbors! Find more information about the Christmas Festival here!

Host Family Fellowship Christmas | December 18 | 12pm | Fusion Auditorium

On Sunday, December 18 join us after the second morning service for our Christmas potluck lunch and fellowship. We’ll celebrate Christmas as well as our international students who are graduating this semester. We have two more Wednesday ESL classes left this semester. Invite your international friends!

Greeter Ministry | Sunday & Wednesday Nights

We’re looking for a few friendly faces! If you’re interested in connecting with people and welcoming them to our church, please consider becoming a greeter. We need help on Sunday nights and Wednesday nights. A volunteer service packet, available at the Connect Counter, must be completed and turned in. Sign up on the Sunday bulletin if you would like to join this ministry.

Stephen Ministry | Bringing God’s love to those in need

Our Stephen Ministers have been trained to provide confidential one-to-one encouragement, prayer, and weekly support for people who are going through a difficult time. Do you know someone who is struggling with the loss of a loved one, loneliness, cancer, job loss, relocation, divorce, spiritual crisis, recuperation, single parenthood, or any of the countless other life challenges? If you or someone you know is hurting, Stephen Ministers can help. Contact us if you need help or would like to refer someone.