Announcements as of Sunday, December 9th, 2018

Star Search presented by The Children’s Church

As indicated previously, the Christmas Musical put on by our children has been moved from today to this Wednesday, December 12th at 6pm in the Fellowship Hall.

 

Sojourner’s December Trip Reminder

Those who are interested in a trip to a spectacular Christmas light display in Anderson, SC by the Anderson Lights of Hope organization must sign-up and pay $15.00 to Beau Swafford by Monday, December 10th.

The money paid will cover an early supper at Golden Corral. The bus will leave the gym parking lot at 2:45pm on Tuesday, December 13th.

 

Wednesday Night Supper Meal and Performance

This week, we will have a delicious meal with Cranberry Chicken and have a wonderful musical presented to us by our Children called Star Search. Be sure to stay after Dinner for this amazing performance!

 

Service of Dark Night presented by Stephen Ministers

Our Stephen Ministers and Dr. Stewart will lead a service of wholeness and healing at 6:15pm in the Sanctuary on Wednesday, December 19th. Special music will be presented by the Women’s Choir of Hart County High School.

For those who are interested in attending, the Women’s Choir Christmas Concert will be on the day before on Tuesday, December 18th at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary.

 

One Worship Service in The Sanctuary

There will be One Worship Service at 10:30am on Sunday, December 23rd in the Sanctuary.

 

Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

On Monday, December 24th, we will have our Candlelight Christmas Eve service in the Sanctuary. Please bring your family and join us as we await the joy that is to come in the birth of the Savior that comes to save us from the wages of Sin that pay it all that we owe.

 

Donations being accepted for Whitworth Women’s Facility Christmas Lunch

HFUMC will be providing a hot meal of turkey, vegetables, desserts, and fellowship with the Women of Whitworth this month.

If you would like to make a donation to defer the cost, please make a check payable to HFUMC and put “Spirit of Christmas” in the “For” line of the check.

Thank you to all who have supported this important ministry!

 

Saint Francis of Assisi Quotes

The following are quotes from St. Francis. May they help you keep focused on the true meaning of the season:

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

For it is in giving that we receive. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith.

It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.

All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.

Lord, make me an Instrument of Thy Peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon…

Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.

If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.

If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.

Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received – only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage.

God requires that we assist the animals when they need our help. Each being (human or creature) has the same right of protection.

Lord, help me to live this day, quietly, easily.
To lean upon Thy great strength, trustfully, restfully.
To wait for the unfolding of Thy will, patiently, serenely.
To meet others, peacefully, joyously.
To face tomorrow, confidently, courageously.

The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today.

What is it that stands higher than words? Action. What is it that stands higher than action? Silence.

What do you have to fear? Nothing.
Whom do you have to fear? No one.
Why? Because whoever has joined forces with God obtains three great privileges: omnipotence without power, intoxication without wine, and life without death.

The only thing ever achieved in life without effort is failure.

Do few things but do them well, simple joys are holy.

Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission – to be of service to them whenever they require it.

Announcements as of Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

Christmas Cantata Sunday, December 2nd at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary

Please join us today for an entertaining and joyful Christmas Musical that is sure to get us all in the true spirit of Christmas. Our Chancel Choir and Orchestra will be presenting:

Christmas is Calling

Finding Peace, Hope, and Joy in the Savior’s Birth

 

Sojourner’s Annual “catered” Christmas Luncheon

The Sojourners will have their annual catered Christmas Luncheon at

11:30am in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, December 7th.

For their December Activity, they will be leaving the gym parking lot at

2:45pm on Thursday, December 13th

to go to the Lights of Hope in Anderson, SC after stopping for an early supper at Golden Corral.

Please sign-up by calling Beau Swafford at the Church Office and leave your name and number.

Please pay $15.00 by Monday, December 10th if you would like to go.

 

Children’s Christmas Musical

Join us during the Contemporary Service for an awesome musical by our kids called

Star Search

at 10:00am on Sunday, December 9th in the Fellowship Hall.

 

Sr. Singles Christmas Dinner

At 4:45pm in the Fellowship Hall on December 9th, we will host a dinner for all singles over 55 years old in your honor.

Following Dinner, we will go to the Celtic Christmas Concert in the Sanctuary at 6pm.

Carroll Brown and our Irish friends will entertain us with Irish Christmas songs and stories.

Please RSVP for the Dinner with Beau by Monday, December 3rd.

 

HCHS Choral Christmas Concert

On Tuesday, December 18th at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary, the

Women’s Choral of Hart County High School will put on a special Christmas Music Concert.

 

Service of Dark Night

At 6:15pm in the Sanctuary on Wednesday, December 19th, we will have a service of wholeness and healing led by the Stephen Ministers and Dr. Stewart with special music by the Women’s Chorale of HCHS.

 

Announcements as of November 26th, 2018

Entering a Season of Celebration for The Lord and His Blessings

This past week gave us all time to reflect and be thankful for everything we have including our family and friends. More importantly, we give thanks to God for all the blessings we have received and being there with us through times of difficulty and success.

Now, we focus on the true meaning of Christmas. It’s not in the presents, Santa, or nicely decorated trees. It comes from a shout to the whole world after many years of silence from God that a savior has come to provide a way to a relationship with Him through believing in His Son. This relationship comes at no cost to us and does not require rituals or sacrifices for it is through the sacrifice of His Son that our sins are forgiven. We only need to place God first in our lives and believe in the plan that he has not just for our salvation but for a life that is pleasing to him.

 

Wednesday Night Supper and Beginning Our Advent Study

This Wednesday, November 28th at 5:15pm, we will have a wonderful meal prepared by our HFUMC family including Roast Beef.

Afterward, at 6:00pm, Dr. Allen Stewart will begin our Advent Study based on

The Living Nativity – Preparing for Christmas with St. Francis by Larry Peacock.

We will start with Let’s Meet St. Francis of Assisi as our first topic.

2-3 copies of this book are available for purchase from the Church Office for $12.00 each. This book incorporates narrative, reflection, and prayer into daily meditations.

 

2018 Commitment Cards

Those who have not yet turned in their commitment cards can do so by placing them in the Offering Plate, mailing them, or bringing them by the Church Office.

Extra commitment cards are available in the Overflow Area, the Gathering Area, and the Church Office.

 

Christmas Supplies for Women of Whitworth

Molly Boyd is collecting supplies for the Women of Whitworth this Christmas. The following items are needed. Please make sure to follow the list instructions carefully as they must adhere to the security requirements of the facility.

Items may be brought to the back of the Sanctuary, a box in the Gathering Area, or the Church Office.

The deadline to bring items is this Friday, November 30th.

  • Shampoo – 10 oz. thru 16 oz. (plastic bottles – no pumps)
  • Conditioner – 10 oz. thru 16 oz. (plastic – no pump)
  • Soap – bath size bar – deodorant or moisturizing (no liquids)
  • Lotion – 10 oz. thru 16 oz. (plastic containers)
  • Toothpaste – 6 oz. thru 8 oz. – plastic tube (no pumps)
  • Toothbrush – No battery operated – individually wrapped
  • Deodorant – 2.6 oz. thru 3 oz. Suave / Secret – plastic container only (no roll-on, glass or liquid)
  • Socks – plain – white only
  • Combs – Standard – No Pointed End (Rat Tail)
  • Hairbands – (pony tail bands) Black only;
  • Honey Buns – must be individually wrapped
  • Individual Bags of Chips
  • Peppermint – hard candy (individually wrapped)
  • Black BIC* Ink Pens (no click pens)
  • Notebooks – No wire bound

 

Sojourners Trip to Lights of Hope in Anderson, SC

Join the Sojourners for an early dinner at Golden Corral followed by a visit to the Lights of Hope in Anderson.

Cost is $15 per person. Reservations can be made by contacting Beau Swafford at the Church Office by December 10th.