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December 11, 2016 Childlike Faith “People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it." And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.” Mark 10:13-15 We are so blessed at Wesley to have been entrusted with a great group of children. God has given us the opportunity and responsibility to bring these children to know Jesus through our teaching and example. During this season of Christmas, there are some special events that highlight the faith of our children as they share with us the joy of Christmas. This afternoon at 4:30 p.m. our youngest children’s group will present their Christmas play, “The Shiniest Star.” Then on Wednesday night at 6:15 p.m. our older children will present the annual Nativity Pageant. Through our children we are reminded of Jesus teaching his followers to receive the Kingdom of God like little children. While there are times in our faith journey when it is important to question, doubt, and search, there are other times when we should put down the clutter of our skepticism and simply receive with faith and joy the good news of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ. We can never fully understand the incarnation, how God became man, but we can open our hearts to the grace and truth Jesus offered us. And when we revisit our childlike faith, we will rediscover the wonder of God’s greatest gift and the beauty of this story. A FESTIVAL OF LESSONS AND CAROLS Sunday, December 11, 2016, 11:00 A.M. Featuring: Wesley Chancel and Youth Choirs This morning our 11:00 a.m. worship experience will be the traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus that is traditionally followed at Christmas. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, and choral music.
MORNING WORSHIP SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2016 — 8:45 A.M. Third Sunday of Advent Gathering and Announcements
Welcome to worship this morning. Thank you for joining us. If needed, the nursery for infants to 3 years old is located on the first floor. Hearing assistance devices, several seat cushions, large print bulletins, and large print hymnals are available in the narthex, and an usher will be happy to help you with them. Please fill out the attendance registration pad found in the pew, and remember to silence your cell phones and refrain from flash photography during the service. We pray this hour will be a meaningful and gracefilled encounter with God through music, word, and fellowship.
Lighting of the Candles Opening Voluntary
Hymn No. 250
Affirmation of Faith No. 881
Once in Royal David’s City
The Apostles’ Creed Nelle Bordeaux I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
Gloria Patri No. 71 GREATOREX Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen. Lighting of the Advent Wreath Leslie Shor, Donna Benson, Natalie Tisinger, Michael Cooler Congregational Response “Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.” A Prayer for Joy & The Lord’s Prayer Carolyn Hale Cubbedge Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory; For ever. Amen.
8:45 Children ages 3 - 1st Grade line up at the door on the right side of the sanctuary to go to Children’s Church, held in Room 103. 11:00 Children ages 3 - PreK leave through the door on the right side of the sanctuary to go to Preschool Children’s Worship in Room 205. Children in grades K - 4th leave through the door on the left side of the sanctuary to go to Elementary Children’s Worship in Room 303.
Hymn No. 230
O Little Town of Bethlehem
ST. LOUIS Nelle Bordeaux
The First Noel
arr. Melody Bober
Presentation of Tithes and Offerings During the 11:00 a.m. service, please remove the attendance sheets from the book and give to the acolytes as a symbolic offering of our presence in worship.
Hymn of Response As they offered gifts most rare; At that manger rude and bare; So may we, with holy joy, Pure and free from sin’s alloy, All our costliest treasures bring, Christ! to Thee our heavenly King.
Scripture (Pew Bible, pg. 56-58) Sermon
Hymn No. 240
Luke 1:26-49, 57-58, 2:8-11
“Joy to the World” Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Ben Martin MENDELSSOHN
Invitation to Christian Discipleship *
Benediction Closing Voluntary
Ben Martin Ave Maris Stella - Amen, Finale (Hail, Star of the Sea)
Please stand as you are able. Immediately following each service a docent is available by the grand piano to share with you a brief history of this sanctuary and congregation. All music reprinted under OneLicense.net No. A-719387 and CCLI No. 11046193.
The Gift of Joy More than anything else, music speaks joy to our souls. The old Coca Cola jingle “I’d like to teach the world to sing” brings to mind pictures of people throughout the world singing joyfully with one another. While advertisers would have us believe that a bottle of Coke is all we need to find real joy, we know that the Gift of Joy can only come from the one who made us for Himself. Today we light the pink candle as a symbol of the Gift of Joy.
Usher Roses The roses worn by the ushers today were given in loving memory of Bob Farrow by his children and grandchildren. Congratulations Wesley Monumental congratulates Josh Hildebrandt and Elizabeth Rawlins on their marriage, which took place December 3 in the sanctuary. United Methodist Men Meeting This Thursday, December 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Nativity Pageant & Wednesday Night Dinner Everyone is invited to attend the Nativity Pageant this Wednesday, December 14 at 6:15 p.m. in the sanctuary. If you plan to attend dinner that evening, and are not on the permanent reservations list, or if you will be bringing additional people for dinner, please let Daphne know by calling the church office, 912-232-0191. Deadline to RSVP for dinner is tomorrow, Monday, December 12. Messenger Brigade The Messenger Brigade will meet this Thursday, December 15 at 10:00 a.m. in Oliver Hall Room 205. Extra hands are always needed to fold, seal and label the newsletters in preparation for mailing. Church-Wide Goodie Exchange The church-wide goodie exchange will take place this Saturday, December 17, at 10:00 a.m., in the Fellowship Hall. Bring six portions of your favorite Christmas goodie and go home with six portions of goodies prepared by others. If you wish to participate, please sign up with the church office. Questions? Call Carolyn Hale Cubbedge. Donations of Toys and Grocery Gift Cards Needed by December 19 Please bring dolls, stuffed animals, and board games (new or gently used; unwrapped) to boxes by doors for hospitalized children on Christmas. Grocery gift cards are also welcome. Stewardship Update Continued thanks go out to all who have turned in their “Blessed to Be a Blessing” estimate of giving cards. If you have not yet filled out a card, we encourage you to prayerfully consider your estimate of giving and return a card as soon as possible. Cards are located at all church entrances. A Year-End Reminder All 2016 contributions to the church must be received or postmarked by December 31, 2016 in order to comply with IRS regulations regarding charitable deductions.
Assisting in Worship Today - 8:45 Service: Partners in Prayer: Adam Kobek Docent: Rob Wolz Offering Steward: Jeff Miller Children’s Church: Anna Hayes Ushers: Ed Poenicke, Robert Cook Greeters: Lori Miller, Lois Wooten 11:00 Service: Partners in Prayer: Linda Sapp Docent: Judy Gelaude Acolytes: Alex Mason, Taylor Mason Greeters: Kim & Mehmet Ergul, Vicki & Don Teague Offering Steward: Timothy Mooney Ushers: Mickey Rountree, Ted Moore, Bruce O’Bannon, Jim Pannell, Jon Pannell, Jason Pedigo, Bart Rhodes, Randal Robinson, Jacob Sigmon Nursery: TBD Children’s Worship 3’s & PreK: Ashley Gallegos, JJ Haire Children’s Worship K-4th: TBD
Monica Harper Dekle, Director of Music and Organist The Chancel Choirs and Youth Choirs will go caroling on Sunday, December 18 after church. Richard will provide a light lunch, and then we will head out in car pools. We will return to church at 3:00 p.m. Anyone wishing to join us is welcome! Please let Monica know by Tuesday, December 13 if you would like to go. Carolyn Hale Cubbedge, Senior Adults and Pastoral Care Pastor “A Christmas Tradition” Merry Makers, Wesley's senior adult fellowship group, will attend a showing of the Christmas Tradition at Savannah Theatre on Thursday, December 15, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $31 and are available from Carolyn Hale Cubbedge on a first come first serve basis. The group will gather at Wesley at 7:15 p.m. that evening and will car pool to the theatre. Questions? Call Carolyn Cubbedge.
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Services Christmas Eve Communion Services 10:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Worship Service Children’s Service Carols by Candlelight Worship Service
Christmas Day Service
9:30 a.m. Breakfast in Fellowship Hall 11:00 a.m. Worship Service
James P. Owens, Director of Youth and College Ministries Youth Christmas Party Tonight! Attention all 6th-12th graders, you are invited to our annual Christmas Party! It will be at Wesley Monumental tonight at 5:00 p.m. in the 4th floor youth room! Get ready for the “ugly Christmas sweater” competition and white elephant gift exchange! Students, please bring a dessert or side to share. Ski Retreat, February 9-12 Our annual Ski Retreat to Snowshoe, WV will be February 9-12! We will be leaving on a Thursday morning (the 9th) and returning Sunday evening (the 12th). Cost will be approximately $350 which includes two days of skiing, meals, rentals and travel. I will need a $50 deposit ASAP.
A Record of Our Faithfulness Attendance: (12/4/16) 8:45 A.M. Worship 131 11:00 A.M. Worship 335 Total Worship 466 9:45 A.M. Sunday School Nursery (8:45 & 11:00)
Finances: (12/5/16) Budget Year to Date needed up to this 49th week ....... $1,543,552.05 (total 2016 budget is $1,638,055.24) Budget Pledges/Revenues Received-to-Date for 2016 . $1,452,243.59 Total Construction Cost/Phase IV and Second Floor .... $4,378,947.53 Total of all funds received both projects........................ $3,129,238.10 CHURCH STAFF Rev. Ben Martin………………………………Senior Pastor Rev. Stephen J. Tisinger……..……..…………..Missions Rev. Carolyn Hale Cubbedge………….Senior Adults and Pastoral Care Rev. Nelle Bordeaux……………...Outreach and New Members James P. Owens…….Director of Youth and College Ministries Julie L. Tisinger………………Director of Children and Family Ministries Monica Harper Dekle……………....Director of Music and Organist Charli Weeks……………………………...Director of Early Childhood Ministries
Steve Drinkwater……………….Church Administrator Tom Anderson………………………..Financial Manager Daphne Burrows…………………………..Administrative Assistant, Reception Jennifer Brookins……….Administrative Assistant to Pastoral Staff, Media Communications Richard Glendinning………….Director of Hospitality Nathaniel Legree………………………………….Custodian Micah Sprünger…………………………..Wesley Gardens Property Manager Kenneth Hayes….………………………..Wesley Gardens Groundskeeper/Maintenance
Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church December 11, 2016 The Sermon Extended: Monday
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Nehemiah 8:10 Psalm 30:1-5 John 15:7-11
What is the most joyous news I’ve ever received? What brought Mary her joy? What brings me joy? How does joy strengthen me? How are sorrow and joy tied together? What is the joy of Jesus and how do I get it?
Praying Together for One Another Please join the members of Wesley in praying for these families this week. Suzanne Sparks
Sean and Missy Squires Caroline Brad Spinks & Alyson Beasley-Spinks Olivia Frances and Josh Squyres Harry and Christi Spirides Joshua Hannah, Josh, Jake Don and Ann Marie Stack Carl and Joann Spofford Corey, Caleb, Carrie, Shannon Spofford & Christian West Anna Kate, Angelina Carl Shoemaker & Christina West Donna Stafford Mark Spradley Grayson and Tamar Stalvey Ken Spriggs Katie Staples Micah and Abbie Sprünger McCaul and Tommy Stedem Elliana and Eden Lowell and Willette Steely Rachel Spurlock Caroline Stevens
This Week at Wesley Sunday, December 11 8:45 A.M. Worship Service, SNC 9:30 A.M. Coffee & Donuts, FH 9:45 A.M. Sunday School 9:45 A.M. New Member Class, OH Rm 407 11:00 A.M. Lessons & Carols 4:30 P.M. The Shiniest Star & Dinner, SNC & FH 5:00 P.M. Youth Christmas Party, EB 4th Flr 6:00 P.M. Alpha Class Christmas Event, The Plantation Club
In Our Prayers….. Terrell Jackson, (brother of Allison Rhodes), Shelly Clay (daughter of Allison and Billy Clay), Billy Benton (uncle of Ben Martin), Rita Gietzen (sister of Joyce Cole), M’Liss Williams, JJ Haire, Family of Michael Curry, Madison Schandolph, Ann Lott, Peggy Wilkinson (sister of Walton Carroll), Gertrude Messer (aunt of Linda Butler), Denise LeMay, Mark LeMay, Anna Ross Monday, December 12 Kinard, Grant Brumlow, Lucille 9:00 A.M. Eli’s Place Lloyd, The Kelley Family, Toni Olds, 5:00 P.M. Nativity Pageant Rehearsal, SNC Lois Wooten, Jean Callahan, Leigh Koski (sister of Gail Brannen), Tuesday, December 13 Christa Schafersman (grandmother 7:00 A.M. Men’s Bible Study, Holland Hse 7:30 A.M. Men’s Island Bible Study, A&T’s Café of Christina Varnedoe), Ellen 9:00 A.M. Eli’s Place Harper Williams, Alex Gatewood 9:00 A.M. Young Mothers’ Bible Study, FH (niece of John and Maureen 11:00 A.M. Staff Mtg, OH Rm 205 Culbreath), Ryan Sailors, Della 5:30 P.M. Finance Comm. Mtg, OH Rm 310 Randolph (mother of Debra Ellis), Alice Robertson (daughter of Pam Wednesday, December 14 Robertson), Clyde Singletary, The 9:00 A.M. Eli’s Place & Drop In Care Dowis Family, Kim Toplitz (sister of 11:00 A.M. Ben’s Bible Study, OH Rm 310 Sharlene Monahan), Jeff Snead 4:45 P.M. Call to Prayer, EB Rm 303 (brother of Sharlene Monahan), 5:15 P.M. Supper, FH 6:15 P.M. Nativity Pageant, SNC Jean Burleson and Jo Pool 7:15 P.M. Chancel Choir, EB 4th Flr (grandmothers of John Culbreath), Jenny Lynn Bradley, Lois McCosh Thursday, December 15 (mother of Bebe Cole), Richard 9:00 A.M. Eli’s Place Bartels, Betty Butler, Peg Ahlman, 10:00 A.M. Messenger Brigade, 12:00 P.M. Bible Study w/Nelle, Ruth’s Chris Danny Wendt, Mel Hubbard, Paul Painter, George Wilson, Jr. (grand5:30 P.M. Special Called Administrative father of Maureen Culbreath), Board Meeting, EB Rm 303 6:00 P.M. UMM Dinner Mtg, FH Hayes Dixon (grandson of Stan and 8:00 P.M. Merry Makers “A Christmas Sandi Dixon), Debby Costello (aunt Tradition” Sav’h Theatre of Aly Call), Beverly McGowen (daughter of Sandra and Art Friday, December 16 McGowen), Barbara Bordeaux, 9:00 A.M. Eli’s Place Nancy Beckwith (mother of Kevin Saturday, December 17 Beckwith), Robert Call (grandfather 10:00 A.M. Church-Wide Goodie Exchange, of Richard Call), Karin Cramer (aunt FH of Jason Yost), Virginia Montero, Ed 12:00 P.M. Fellowship Class Christmas Event Wagner, Sr., Richard Glendinning, Albert Lee Cox (son of Margo CL = Children’s Library in FH OH = Oliver Hall Shoemaker) EB = Education Building SNC = Sanctuary FH = Fellowship Hall WG = Wesley Gardens Retreat Center
Pastor on Call This Week Ben Martin ................912-547-1835 Wednesday Night Supper 12/14/16 Hosts: Desdie Eberman, Cindy Lupton Program: Nativity Pageant Menu: Fried Chicken, Green Beans, Mac & Cheese Children: Chicken Nuggets
At Home/Extended Care Jack Adams, Bella Grace Bartels, Olin and Grace Bockes, Anne Chase, Andy Ernst, Hal Griner, Becky Heckard, Barbara Harkins, Anne Mooney, Michael Mamalakis, Jane Shirah, Linda McKibben, Harry McMahon, Jack Miller (father of Jeff Miller), Lillian O’Donovan, The Smock Family, Dylan VanOrmer Military Serving Abroad/Stateside Michael Grabowski, Dan Barton, Daniel Ealy, Justin Koenig, Joshua Laws, Rob Harless, Charles Smock, Chris Watson, Whit Watts In Sympathy…. The Rubin Family on the death of Mindy’s mother, Sara Scott