The schedule for this Sunday, December 22 has a few changes. There is a special Christmas cantata for the first service, so services will be from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. There is a fellowship time from 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. for all members immediately following the service in Merriam Hall. Â If you are in the second service, come early and join us, too!
For children (of all ages), there will be a Birthday Party for Jesus in the Noahâ€™s Ark room (room 210.) Drop your children off promptly at 10:30 a.m. The Christmas Story will be read and then they will have a special cake treat for the party. If your child has food allergies, please bring a substitute. Â Adults will go down stairs and enjoy coffee, treats, & fellowship.
During the 11:00 a.m. service, there will be also be special music and Josh will bring a brief message. The kids will stay in the service with their parents. Of course, young children are welcome in the nursery. We also know that Kindergarteners may have a hard time sitting, so they are welcome in the nursery as well. There are activity bags located in the main entrance for the children to keep busy, if they would like to bring one into the service.
Also, be sure to join us for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Each year at Christmas we conspire together to celebrate the gift of Jesus in a way that brings lasting hope to others. The challenge for all of us is to make some sacrifices during the Christmas season and instead of spending a lot of money on presents to focus on giving presence to others.
Advent Conspiracy is an invitation to dream up creative ways to bless those you love by making something or giving a relational gift that involves time together. Search the web, peruse Pinterest, and do something different this year. The money you save can create space to bless those in need through Advent Conspiracy.
In previous years, God has used us to provide communities with clean drinking water and to put a roof on a Habitat for Humanity house!
This year we are focusing on blessing others through the gift of food! Our Advent Conspiracy offering will be divided to support two efforts:
COMPASS PROGRAM FOR GRAHAM ELEMENTARY STUDENTS
Food is an extremely important factor in helping children grow and flourish. Each week volunteers spend time loving homeless and low-income children from Graham Elementary. This includes helping with homework, teaching life skills, and then gathering around tables to enjoy family style meals. Each week over thirty children and volunteers are fed at Compass. Through Advent Conspiracy, we hope to be able to provide dinners for 2014!
SCHOOL LUNCHES FOR HILL TRIBE CHILDREN IN THAILAND
The House of Blessing (HOB) in Chiang Mai, Thailand provides a hot meal for 50 children each day. The purpose is to provide good nutrition for the disadvantaged ethnic minority children served by the HOB. This project will be managed by missionary Kim Brown and the staff of the HOB. It is anticipated that this project will improve the overall nutrition and general health of each of the children attending the HOB, enabling each child to be more consistent in school attendance and increase their ability to learn.The cost for lunch is just 45 cents a day per student. You can view this project and many other great ones at International Ministriesâ€™s website – http://www.internationalministries.org/projects.
Join us in bringing hope through Advent Conspiracy! Checks made out to Central Baptist Church with Advent Conspiracy in the memo line can be sent to the church or placed in the offering plate on any Sunday.
If you would like to give a gift in honor of a loved one you can printÂ this Advent Conspiracy cardÂ to give to them as a way of telling them about the gift!