- Sunday, November 29: Angel Tree
- Sunday November 29: Lottie Moon Post Office
- Thursday, December 3: Young at Heart (8 a.m.)
- Saturday, December 5: The U Christmas Party (6 p.m.)
- Saturday, December 5: New Beginnings Christmas Party (6 p.m.)
- Sunday, December 13: Christmas Cantata (p.m.)
- Wednesday, December 16: Christmas Caroling (6 p.m.)
- Saturday, December 19: Clairfield Mission Trip (7 a.m.)
- Saturday, December 19: Community Christmas Store (10 a.m.)
- Saturday, December 19: Parents’ Night Out at (6 p.m.)
- Sunday, December 20: World Missions March (a.m.)
- Sunday, December 20: Halls’ Madrigal Singers (p.m.)
- Sunday, December 27: In-House Singing (p.m.)
Around the corner in December
December is always such a busy month. I want to remind you of just a few opportunities to give, serve, and pray in December.
Lottie Moon Post Office and the World Missions March
On Sunday, December 20, we will have our World Missions March. This is an exciting Sunday when we each give a special offering for the purpose of spreading the Gospel to the nations.
This offering is split in four different directions: part goes to International Missions, part goes to North American Missions, part goes to Tennessee Missions, and part goes to do Pioneer Missions (meaning to a new church plant, usually in northwest USA).
The purpose of the Lottie Moon Post Office – named after missionary, Lottie Moon – is to help us raise money for our World Missions offering. So, bring your Christmas cards for distribution throughout the church. We recommend a 15 cent per card donation. 100% of this collection goes to Missions.
Angel Tree and Mission Clairfield
These are two opportunities that go hand-in-hand.
Through the Angel Tree, we collect Christmas gifts for needy and impoverished children in the Clairfield community. Note: We ask that you provide two toys for each child’s name that you take from the tree. (Contact Lorene F. with questions.)
Then, join us on Saturday, December 19, as we travel to Clairfield to distribute the Angel Tree gifts and food from a Second Harvest trailer. Note: We will meet for breakfast at the Shoney’s in Caryville at 7 a.m. to make the journey to Clairfield.
A Thanksgiving Statement…
This week, I invite you to read along and participate.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Paul tells us,
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
We are to give thanks in everything – blessings and afflictions, joys and sadness.
So let me begin by telling you that I thank God for the rich blessings that He has bestowed on me, on my family, and on our church. But let me also be quick to say that I thank God for the tough things in my life this year.
I thank God for my friend, Rick, who struggled through cancer glorifying God, edifying this church, and encouraging me in my own personal spiritual journey of faith.
I thank God for men in my life who encourage me, pray for me, and even correct me when it is necessary.
I thank God that He forgave us and helps us to forgive. I have experienced the forgiveness of others when I did not deserve it; and praise God that He has helped me to forgive also.
I thank God that although my family is walked through a difficult experience, God is with us every step of the way, encouraging and sustaining us.
In everything, we give thanks. It is God’s will in Christ Jesus.
Here is what I invite you to do: write down your Thanksgiving statement. If you like, tear away your statement and put it in the offering plate this morning.
I thank God that…
15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
Donations were given for the Van Fund:
In memory of Rick Lyon by Hobart L.
In memory of Rick Lyon by NHC Farragut
In memory of Rick Lyon by the New Beginnings S.S. Class
In memory of Rick Lyon by Jeff & Peggy C.
In memory of Evelyn Graham by Euzelian S.S. Class
In memory of Evelyn Graham by Riverbrook Homeowners Association
Saturday, December 19
I want to invite you to join us on mission in the Clairfield Community again this year. Each year, our church works alongside a few more churches helping Clairfield. We distribute the Angel Tree gifts, and we provide a Second Harvest food trailer. Please plan to join us on this important mission event. We will meet for breakfast at the Shoney’s in Caryville at 7 a.m. From there, we will carpool to Clairfield.
Need a break from leftover turkey and dressing? Purchase a boxed lunch on Sunday, November 29 and help support The U @ City View raise funds for their trip to Passion this January.