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Help Keep Our Kitchens Clean: We recently contracted with a professional company to perform a deep clean of our two commercial kitchens. As our staff work hard to maintain that level of cleanliness, we’d appreciate your help. If you use the kitchens or any related equipment, please make sure to clean up afterwards.
We are looking for individuals, families or small groups to lead the liturgy for the Advent Candle Lighting in the 8:30am and 11am traditional Sunday services in December, as well as the 7:30pm and 11pm Christmas Eve services. We also need readers for the Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 17, at 5pm. If you would like to help, please contact Cathy West (email@example.com).
For many years, Christ United Methodist Church and HamptonElementary School have shared a truly loving and impactful relationship. The United Methodist Women have supported the teachers, administration, and students at Hampton by providing a variety of support services, including their annual book-giving tradition every December, where each student receives a book of their own to take home over their winter break. Our junior high youth have spent several summers assisting the Hampton summer camp program as part of their summer mission experience. The Next Step Sunday school class supports the teachers who work tirelessly with limited resources. These ministries are deeply appreciated by the school and its administration, faculty, and the children. Likewise, our church members have experienced the joy and excitement that comes with supporting Hampton Elementary School.
We are thrilled to add another dimension of ministry to Hampton Elementary School. This year, our church will provide each of the school's 340 students with a gift bag that they will take home as they leave for their winter break. To ensure we reach every child, we are asking you, your family, and your friends to come by the display table in the Gathering Space beginning November 5. Here you can pick up a Ziplock bag with an instruction sheet inside. Each sheet will list 5 items to be purchased for a student. You will have the choice of shopping for a girl or boy in kindergarten-2nd grade or 3rd-5th grade.
The gift item list was created in consultation with the school principal and social worker to provide thoughtful items with both purpose and excitement. Please take as many bags as you would like to fill. (However, we ask that you only take what you will be able to return to ensure we have gift bags for all students.)
Fill your heart with love and joy as you shop and bring the filled Ziplock bag(s) back to the display table no later than Sunday, December 3, at 12pm. The Hampton Gift Bag Ministry committee will place the items in gift bags and attach blue and gold ribbons (Hampton school colors), then take the gift bags to the school to be presented to the children. If you would like to choose a monetary gift, rather than shopping, please mail or bring donation funds to the Church Office marked for "Hampton Gift Bag Ministry." There will also be a place to leave donations at the Gathering Space display.
This year, we are excited to "Go Local" to support our beloved Hampton Elementary School. This ministry will be in place of Operation Christmas Child, which we have supported in the past.
The Weaver House winter shelter at West Market Church (formerly West Market Street UMC) will begin December 11 and run through March 2018. Volunteers are needed to provide meals to the homeless guests each Friday beginning December 15. Please contact Beth Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org; 336- 202-8726) for more details and to volunteer.
A recent anonymous gift provided for some wonderful improvements to our Columbarium, ensuring that it will be a dignified, peaceful place of rest for our loved ones and their visitors for many years to come. Please take a moment to walk through it and see the changes. For more information about purchasing a niche in the columbarium, contact Mark Ledford (email@example.com).
Please visit the Angel Tree in the Gathering Space during the month of November. We will once again be partnering with the Salvation Army and collecting toys, bikes, and coats for 125 children who submitted "wish lists" for Christmas. Prayerfully consider participating in another opportunity to make a faith-filled impact on needy families in our area. Cash or gift cards to local stores are also appreciated; all gifts are tax deductible. Deadline for returning gifts is Sunday, December 3. Contact Donita Cooper (336-449-9876; firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.