Dear Schweitzer Friends,

We had a wonderful celebration of the birth of Christ at Schweitzer on Christmas Eve with over 2,000 people in worship! Now, as we turn the calendar to a new year, we look forward to many opportunities to grow as followers of Christ in 2018.

Our new message series, The Struggle Is Real, begins this Sunday, January 7th, as we look at primary dead ends we hit in life. We’ll talk about the ultimate dead end of running out of options. This whole series addresses real life struggles and offers responses to consider in connecting to the help and love that God and Christian Community offers. Invite someone to join you in our worship gatherings.

I encourage you to check out the many classes beginning within the next few weeks to help you grow in faith and in life.  Which one meets you where you are?  Plan to be a part!

Getting Started With Spiritual Practices: Inviting God Into Your Everyday Life
(6 weeks)

In Getting Started with Spiritual Practices, you will grow in intimacy with God and effectiveness in service.

  • Sundays, 4:00 p.m., beginning this Sunday, Jan. 7, Rm. 102, led by Joe and Beth Zeh.
  • Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., beginning Jan. 10, Rm. 204, led by Jeff Fugitt.

To sign up or for more information, contact Jeff Fugitt, jfugitt@sumc.co. $5 covers the cost of the notebook.

Daily Text Class

Come and experience the Daily Text from Seedbed with the pastors & others. All Daily Text followers are invited to participate in the class with the material being the previous Monday-Friday Daily Text. Sign up for the Daily Text by Seedbed at http://sumc.co/news/daily-text. Pastor Jim will kick us off!—Sundays, 9:40 a.m., beginning this Sunday, Jan. 7, in the Library. Begin reading Daily Text on Jan. 1. To sign up, contact Jeff Fugitt, jfugitt@sumc.co.

Faith & Finances (12-weeks) : This class equips low- and fixed-income people with Biblical money principles. If you want to get and stay financially healthy, this is the class for you. Transportation, meals, and childcare are provided—Wednesdays, 6–8 p.m., beginning Jan. 10 in the Outreach Center. To sign up or for more info, contact David Freeman, dfreeman@sumc.co.

Discerning the Voice of God: Women’s Bible Study (7 weeks)

Through this study by Priscilla Shirer, discover the basis for clear and daily communication with God – humble obedience. All women are welcome—Tuesdays, Jan 9, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Rm. 106. Led by Sarah Asperger. To sign up or for more info, contact  seasperger2@gmail.com.

Alpha (11 weeks): ALPHA is an open and relaxed atmosphere for anyone asking life’s biggest questions. Come to the Free Introductory Dinner on Jan. 10, at 6:00 p.m. in the Outreach Center, to find out how the 11-week course can answer your questions. Childcare and transportation are provided. To sign up or for more info, contact David Freeman, dfreeman@sumc.co.

Financial Peace University (FPU) (9 weeks): Need to get a handle on your finances? There’s no better time than in the new year! Join us for the Financial Peace University (FPU) class.

  • Sundays at 12:00, beginning Jan. 14, Rm. 102. Lunch provided.
  • FPU for young adults at 5:00, beginning Jan. 14, Rm. 102.

Cost of materials is $100. For more information or to sign up, contact Jeff Fugitt, jfugitt@sumc.co.

Recharge: Explore a bite-sized Bible verse each week with an emphasis on living out discipleship principles in community: Internalize it, live it, share it—Sundays, 9:40 a.m., in the Outreach Center beginning Jan. 21. Led by Jeff Fugitt. For more information or to sign up, contact Jeff Fugitt, jfugitt@sumc.co.

KIDS & YOUTH MINISTRIES
Resumes January 10

Schweitzer’s Kids and Youth Ministries want to invite any child, Birth–12th grade, to come hang out on Wednesday nights at Schweitzer. Starting at 6:00pm, a free dinner will be provided in the Kids and Youth areas and everyone will have a blast growing in their faith walk, hanging out with their friends, playing games, and worshiping our Savior!
Kids Ministry — For more info, email Angela Smith, asmith@sumc.co.
Youth Ministry — For more info, email Tim Smith, tsmith@sumc.co.

The weather is warmer than last weekend so start your new year out on the right foot by being in worship this Sunday!

Bob Casady
Lead Pastor

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