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HANGING OF THE GREENS: Sunday, December 1st, marks the beginning of the Christian year with the season of Advent, where we wait in joyful expectation for the coming of Christ. In preparation, we will have a special Hanging of the Greens Service, during both worship services. This service will enrich that Advent season by explaining the symbolism of items used to decorate and enhance our sanctuary and church building.

NOON ADVENT STUDY: “In 1741, John Wesley preached his famous sermon titled ‘The Almost Christian’ in which he encouraged people to follow Christ wholeheartedly, striving to be altogether Christians. In Almost Christmas, A Wesleyan Advent Experience, authors Magrey deVega, Ingrid McIntyre, April Casperson, and Matt Rawle explore how we can make the same commitment to Christ during Advent, connecting our Wesleyan heritage with the traditional Advent themes of Peace, Hope, Love, and Joy. Study begins December 4th at noon in room 226. Please call the office to sign up or email Louis at louis@crossvillefumc.com (Books $13)

HOLY LIGHT CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS MUSICAL: Sunday, December 8th at 5:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary, the Chancel Choir will present Holy Light, A Candlelight Celebration of Lessons & Carols. Twelve of your favorite carols will be preformed by the Choir, brass, woodwinds, handbells, and children’s choir. Plan on arriving early to hear the Bell Choirs perform special Christmas selections.

BREAKFAST with SANTA: We welcome you and your family to our 1st Annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 14th, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. All ages will enjoy a free pancake breakfast, a special visit with Santa, Christmas songs and the telling of the true story of Christmas. There will be 2 times for breakfast—9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Mark your calendar and invite your friends and neighbors to come to this fun event! Please contact the church office to sign-up at (931) 484-3537.

BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE: For so many of us, Christmas was truly the most wonderful time of the year. It was a time of joyful happiness and continuous smiles. However, somewhere in our journey of life, something happened. Someone close to us died, a family member is deployed, a cancer diagnosis is given, a once happy marriage ended. Someone is missing. Someone is hungry. Someone needs a job. Someone is addicted. Someone is desperate. And the list goes on and on. The joy of Christmas is replaced by grief and sadness. We try our best to be joyful and thankful, but it seems almost impossible during this time of the year. We invite you to attend a special service, called the Blue Christmas service on Wednesday, December 18th at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This will be a service to recognize all of those feelings that are holding us back. It will be a service to have an honest conversation with God about why and how we feel this time of year due to loss in our lives. It is a service or restoring our hope and our trust in God.

CLOTHING CLOSET DRIVE: The Clothing Closet will be hosting a drive of gently used or new—coats, hoodies, blankets and/or throws during the month of November. There will be tubs located in the Narthex and close to the back door for donations. You may also drop off in the church office. We are looking for sizes that range from children through adults. The ladies of the Clothing Closet greatly appreciate your generosity in supporting this ministry of the church. Our Clothing Closet allows us the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community.

CHRISTMAS ON THE MOUNTAIN: The barrel to collect new toys for Christmas on the Mountain will be in the Narthex November 12th through December 13th. May the love of Christ be ever in our hearts so it can flow out to others in our community. We greatly appreciate all your donations to help children in Cumberland County experience a blessed Christmas holiday. Please join us for the wrapping party on December 14th at a location we will reveal at a later date. For more information, please contact Cecilia Driscoll at the following email: christmasonthemountain@gmail.com.

Snow Policy

All WNL activities follow the Cumberland County School in the event of inclement weather. If school has been cancelled, ALL WNL activities are cancelled as well except for Chancel Choir and Praise Team Choir.

After School Childcare Program

• We in the ASCP ministry are excited to begin our next program fundraiser. We have officially started our preorder and presale for our awesome new Crossville First shirts offered in short sleeve ($15) and long sleeve ($20). Both will be solid gray. You can see a sample of the shirts in the ASCP entrance cubical. They are displayed so you can feel the exact quality of the shirts. Checks need to be made payable to FUMC with ASCP fundraiser written on the memo line. Sales are through the end of November. Spread the word to any of the church ministries about this great opportunity to have matching shirts to positively promote our church and support our ministry. For more information, contact the After School Program at (931) 787-1253 or childcare@crossvillefumc.com.

• As the Cumberland Counts Schools are in full session, the ASCP is also back in full swing in need of breakfast and snack foods to alleviate program expenses. You can help by purchasing and donating one of the following brand items or making a monetary donation, checks payable to ASCP. Please take an angel from the tree in the Narthex and return items to the ASCP program or the church office. It is important to note the brand name due to allergies and/or state requirements. Thank you in advance to all those that have or plan to support ASCP.

Volunteer Opportunities

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

MARTIN ELEMENTARY PARTNERSHIP: Due to the success of the Martin Elementary School Initiative more volunteer opportunities have opened up. Please consider helping out with this valuable and rewarding program. If you have any questions, please call Barb Duncan.

CHURCH GARDEN CLUB: The Church Garden Club always welcomes new members. We meet every 2nd Saturday at 8:00 a.m. outside the church office. No experience needed. Questions? Call Julia MacManus.

BACKUP BUS DRIVERS NEEDED FOR AFTER SCHOOL – NO CDL REQUIRED: Children are one of God’s most precious gifts. Have you been wondering how you can serve God? Crossville FUMC ASCP is actively seeking volunteers looking to serve and have a love for children with a free schedule approximately between the hours of 2:00PM-4:00PM. You must be between the ages 25 and 70, have an “F” endorsement on driver license (CDL not required), complete/pass drug screening and background check, as well as, annual physical at Quality Care. The cost of acquiring your F endorsement, drug screening, background check and physical will be at no cost to driver and fully covered by church. Approved drivers are also required to complete transportation training. To sign-up, please contact the After School office at 931-787-1253 or email childcare@crossvillefumc.com.

BUS DRIVER NEEDED FOR AFTER SCHOOL with CDL: There is a need for a bus driver with a CDL.  With the recent loss of one of our mini buses, the ASCP is needing a driver for the bigger bus.  Qualifications needed:

  • Must have a CDL
  • Pass a background check
  • Pass a drug screening
  • Get a physical (from Quality Care)

The cost of acquiring your drug screening, background check and physical will be at no cost to driver and fully covered by church. Approved drivers are also required to complete transportation training. To sign-up, please contact the After School office at 931-787-1253 or email childcare@crossvillefumc.com.

Sunday School

CLASSES FOR ALL AGES: We have Sunday School classes for all ages at 9:45 a.m. every Sunday. If you would like to find a class, please see the wonderful volunteers at the welcome desk. They will be happy to find a class for you and your whole family and even take you there.

Stephen Ministry

• STEPHEN MINISTRY IS HERE! – Stephen Ministry is a group of well-trained caregivers who are equipped to give one-to-one Christian care to hurting people in our church and community. They are trained to offer support to people experiencing times of “life change” such as moving, an empty nest, loneliness, grief, divorce, hospitalization, disability, unemployment, and other difficulties.

• TO FIND OUT MORE: To learn how a Stephen Minister can help you or someone you know, or how you can become a Stephen Minister, contact the church office or speak with our Stephen Leaders, Rev. Louis Davis, Jackie McGrady, Bill Dorstewitz, or Lynn Hintz.

Looking Forward Into Ministry

December 1 — December 8

 

THIS SUNDAY:Worship Service, 8:30 a.m. in Sanctuary—Hanging of the Greens
Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. in Various Locations of Church
Worship Service, 11:00 a.m. in Sanctuary—Hanging of the Greens
Hispanic Service, 2:00 p.m. in Sanctuary
Youth Praise Team Rehearsal, 4:00 p.m. in Sanctuary
Youth Dinner and Activities, 5:00 p.m. in Gym and Youth Room

2nd – Staff Meeting, 1:15 p.m. in 226
Memoir Writing Class, 1:00 p.m. in 210
Stephen Ministry Supervision Meeting, 2:00 p.m. in Parlor
Hand Bells, 4:00 p.m. in Choir Room

3rd – Clothing Closet, 9:00 a.m. in Area Upstairs by Small Sanctuary

4th – Strategic Planning w/Dickie Hinton, 10:00 a.m. in Small Sanctuary
Women’s Bible Study, 9:30 a.m. in 226
Sonshine Soup Kitchen, 12:00 p.m. in Annex
Chancel Choir Practice, 5:45 p.m. in Sanctuary
Praise Team Practice, 7:00 p.m. in Sanctuary
Strategic Planning w/Dickie Hinton, 7:00 p.m. in Small Sanctuary

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8th – Worship Service, 8:30 a.m. in Sanctuary
Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. in Various Locations of Church
Worship Service, 11:00 a.m. in Sanctuary
Hispanic Service, 2:00 p.m. in Sanctuary
Youth Praise Team Rehearsal, 4:00 p.m. in Sanctuary
Youth Dinner and Activities, 5:00 p.m. in Gym and Youth Room
Holy Light-Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols, 5:30 in Sanctuary


For the Month of December:

10th – Discipleship Formation Meeting, 5:30 p.m. in Parlor

14th – Mustard Seed-Bread of Life Breakfast, 7:00 a.m. at BOL
Breakfast with Santa, 9:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. in Family Life Center

16th – UMW Meeting, 9:30 a.m. in Parlor

17th – ASCP Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. in Parlor

18th – Blue Christmas Service, 6:30 p.m. in Sanctuary

19th – ASCP Christmas Showcase, 5:30 p.m. in Small Sanctuary

24th – Church Office Closed, all day
Christmas Eve Service, 5:00 & 11:00 p.m. in Sanctuary

25th – Church Office Closed, all day

31st – Church Office Closed, all day