Christmas Eve at Schweitzer UMC
Christmas is upon us! Tonight at 7:00pm, we offer our first of five Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Services. It is a great opportunity for those who will be out of town or do not wish to fight the crowds. Four Christmas Eve Services will be offered this Saturday, December 24. A service designed for kids and their families will be at 4:00pm. Traditional Worship will occur at 6:00 and 8:00pm in the sanctuary. A modern service is also offered at 8:00pm in the Outreach Center. Childcare is available for all these services. Which service will you attend? Who are you inviting to join you?

We will offer one worship service this Sunday, Christmas Day, 10:00am in the sanctuary. Our regular Sunday full schedule will resume on New Years Day, Sunday, January 1, 2017.

Year-End Giving
Thank you for your generosity throughout the year. If you would like for your December giving to be reflected on your 2016 statement, please keep the following dates in mind.
Gift may be placed in the offering through December 25.
The Church office will be open until 5:00 on December 30.
If you wish to mail contributions, they must be postmarked by December 31.
You may give online through December 31.

ALPHA
ALPHA is an open and relaxed atmosphere for you to ask life’s biggest questions. It is a great way to start if you’re looking to build a foundation of Christian faith. The Introductory Dinner on Wednesday, January 4, at 6:00 p.m. will include a free meal, a short video on Christianity, testimonies of lives changed by Alpha, and an opportunity for you to join the 11-week Course that begins on January 11. Childcare and transportation are provided. Contact: Mark McKnelly, mmcknelly@sumc.co.

PAUL: The Road Ahead
PAUL: The Road Ahead is the new sermon series beginning January 8. Come and go deeper in this rich study of the Apostle Paul’s life, a respected leader and revolutionary who helped transform the world! Join me, Sundays, January 8 —February 19, 5:00-6:30 p.m. We’ll use the book “The Apostle: A Life of Paul” by John Pollock ($10). You may contact me, rcasady@sumc.co.

SMALL GROUPS
For 12 weeks, groups of 8-12 people will study either Celebration of Discipline or Crafting a Rule of Life and take practical steps towards the deeper spiritual life, pursuing holiness together. Groups will vary in time, place, age, gender, etc. Contact: Jake Hotchkiss, jhotchkiss@sumc.co.

GETTING STARTED IN THE BIBLE
A 7-week Wednesday night class beginning January 11, 6:30-8:00, in 204/206, designed to help you get acquainted with the Bible and feel comfortable using it. In addition to some introductory teaching, there will be plenty of activities, Bible studies, and group discussions to make it an enriching experience. Contact: Jeff Fugitt, jfugitt@sumc.co.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDIES
Tuesday nights starting Jan. 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 and Friday mornings starting January 13 from 10 a.m to noon. “Uninvited,” by Lysa TerKeurst, helps women realize that the more fully we invite God in, the less we will feel uninvited by others. For women of all ages. Childcare available upon registration. Contact: Dawn Thompson, dthompson@sumc.co.

FAITH & FINANCES

Faith & Finances is a 12-week class that equips you with a biblical vision for how the comprehensive healing power of Jesus Christ can encompass their finances. The class teaches basic financial management skills, builds awareness about financial practices and systems, and helps overcome pitfalls that can be roadblocks to financial health. Contact: Mark McKnelly, mmcknelly@sumc.co.

KIDS MINISTRY
Wednesday nights around Schweitzer are fun, crazy times for the kids! Kids Club, for birth through 4th grade, and Discover Club, for 5th & 6th grade, will start again January 4 through March 29 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The cost is FREE and you may drop off and pick up your kids as you like. We will have fun themes throughout the year. Nursery childcare will be available. Come join the club! Contact: Dawn Thompson, dthompson@sumc.co.

YOUTH MINISTRY
The Youth Ministry is excited to spend the month of January growing more connected with each other on Wednesday nights beginning January 4 through events such as ice skating, Skyzone, group dinners, and rock climbing at Zenith! Contact: Tim Smith, tsmith@sumc.co.

Merry Christmas!
As you finish reading this, would you stop and pray for all those who will be attending our Christmas Eve Worship Services? Pray that God’s Presence will be very evident and draw people to the hope we have in Christ. Thank you for your prayers for me, Pastor Jason, Pastor Jim, and all those who have special roles this weekend. It is our desire to be used of God and glorify Him in all we do.

Merry Christmas!

Bob Casady
Lead Pastor

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