12-19-14 E-News

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December 19, 2014

Sermon: ?A Little Child Shall Lead Them?????Dr. J. Ben Sloan

Scripture Lesson:? Isaiah 11:1-10; 1 Timothy 2:15

Ben?s Bin?. ????? There was no room at the inn in Bethlehem for Jesus. Maybe that is one reason Jesus seemed to have a special heart for children to have a place. He said, ?Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them.??? He said, ?He who welcomes one of these little ones welcomes me.? At LMPC we see the practical side of welcoming children. There is a huge need for child care in our area, and not many facilities.?? We need safe and up-to-code facilities for the safety of our children.

This Sunday, 12/21 at 11:30, we will be dedicating our new 1450 square foot $3.3 million Children?s Ministry Building. This is a recognition that the construction is coming to an end. We still do not have a CO (Certificate of Occupancy), so we will be unable to go inside. Yet, the construction trailer is gone, the trees and landscaping is up, the parking and drive is done (adding about 128 new spaces).?? This is a joyous time. It means there is room in the inn at LMPC for children. It is a very visible sign to the community and world that we care about the least of these, and welcome them. Come join in the celebration under the covered walkway Sunday.

ADVENT DEVOTIONALS

There are Advent devotionals written by our three pastors: Ben, Richard, and Tracie. It is entitled, ?Getting into the Spirit of Christmas.? These are free and may be found in the church office, narthex, and in the fellowship hall lobby.

PLEDGES- The most common use of the word ?pledge? in the Bible means ?engaged.? So Mary was ?pledged? to be married. When we pledge ourselves to the Lord, we are engaging ourselves to Him. A pledge is not just giving money to the budget, it is reaffirming our love for God. It is a vow made in love. Please join us in giving ourselves to the work of the Lord here at LMPC.?? To date we have 176 people pledging $666,100. This is below where we need to be to make our budget. Please consider pledging today if you haven?t done so already.

Rehearsal for Family Christmas Eve service will be Tuesday, December 23 at 10 am. The children?s choir will also be singing during this service. Jane would like to have some parents willing to help coordinate the skit. The church has accumulated costumes over the years, but if any boys have plain bathrobes please bring them for shepherd costumes.

Christmas Eve we will have three services: a 5:00 service for families and children. This service will feature an acted Nativity scene by the children, and children?s singing. There will be a 7:00 pm. candlelight worship service featuring our full adult choir. There will be a candle-light communion service at 11:00.

Peru Trip ? Just a reminder that our trip to Peru is scheduled for June 26 ? July 4th, 2015. Anyone who would like to go or may be thinking about it can sign up for information in the Fellowship Hall. We would also appreciate your support during fundraisers and the annual ?March is for Missions? events. We would like to have a larger group this upcoming trip to show our support and friendship for our Peruvian partners who so much want to see us. If you can?t go, maybe you could financially support someone who would like to go. It?s an experience that you will always remember. For more information you can contact Ray Peterson at (803) 960-7900.

WE CARE ? ??Hunger needs still exist. Here’s the most needed items for December: SALMON, TUNA, CANNED CHICKEN, PINTO BEANS, BLACK-EYED PEAS, BAKED BEANS, CHUNKY SOUP, SPAGHETTI SAUCE, PANCAKE MIX/SYRUP, PEANUT BUTTER. ?We can now say that we have exceeded our goal for the year by about 10%.!

LMPC YOUTH AT A GLANCE? LMPC Youth Group will resume Sunday, January 4th! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

ATTENTION COLLEGE STUDENTS! We are having a College Student reunion din?n?er for past LMPC youth! ?TODAY, ?Friday, December 19th at 6:00PM at the home of the Layne’s (108 Lazy Cove Lane, Chapin). We sure hope to see all our college students there! Spread the word! Also, ask Megan about Montreat College Conference if you have not already heard and are interested

Our Annual Longest Night Service, a special service?for healing and wholeness, ?will be held on Sunday, December 21 at 6:00.? This will be a prayer service of hope?for our world, our nation, our community, our families, and ourselves.

We will begin a new 10-week session of Weight Watchers on January 8, 2015. Weight Watchers meets on Thursday nights at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall. The cost is $98 for the 10-week session. If you would like to reserve your spot, please bring your check for $98 made out to Weight Watchers to Sherri Lindler before January 1, 2015.

In January we are hoping to begin a new Parenting Sunday School Class oriented toward parents with young children. The meeting will be in Ben Sloan?s office. Ben and Kay Sloan will help lead it.

The Monday (7 pm) and Thursday (10:00 am at the Milam?s) Disciple Classes will be studying the book ?Christian Believer? which will be a bit different from other Disciple Classes? in that we will be studying the Bible topically along with some of the respected scholars of today. We will start this study the second week in January. All are invited to take part.

We will be beginning a new study on Sunday at 4:00 pm in the conference room called ?Souper Thoughts? with Dr. Richard Burnett. The class will focus on faith issues and will be led by our Interim Associate who is also a Theologian in Residence for us. Afterwards there will be soup. A nursery can be provided, but please let us know by signing up for one.

The 2015 LMPC Altar Flower Sing up book is located in the Fellowship Hall Narthex.???????????????????????????????? Flowers are still $45 per vase and payment is due at the time of signup.

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Prayer Requests

*Nora Brabham; *Mandy McCathern: *Drew McCathern; Jeff Hein; *Van Brown; Karen Guyton; *Brian Adams Father; *Landry Higginbotham; Alison Jaskinski; *Jim Algar; *Barbara Bauknight; Laura Mars; *Walt Rucker;?? Peiman Yaraei, son in law of *John and *Lyn Richards; Austin Guy; *Joel Winchip; Gary Kessler; *Buster Rhame; Mazie Atkinson; Irma New; *Gene Crocker; Amy Miles; Brooks Askins; Collette Knight; *Steve Holleman; Henry Gibson; *Lynn Bigler; *Jim Pepper?s mother; Betsy Dix, daughter of *Lois Cathcart; Ricky Floyd, brother of *Nancy Shealy; Jay Johns; Ronnie Collins; *Ruth Palassis? sister; Jeremy Halsy; *Nancy Whiteside; *Ruth Palassis; *Joe David; *Roxanne Edwards; *Betsy Cothran; *Jon Buhrow; Elizabeth Wilson; *Alyssa Mott; *Daniel White; friends and family members serving in the military; A Child Shall Lead Them Project; (*members)

Calendar

December 21? Dedication of Children Min Bldg

??????????????????????? Longest Night Service at 6 pm?

December 24? Christmas Eve Services 5, 7, 11

December 25? Merry Christmas!!

Church Office Closed

December 26? Church Office Closed

January 4?????? Souper Thoughts starts 4 PM ?????????????????????? Ordination and Installation

January 11???? Baptism Renewal Service

January 17???? Officer Retreat?

Who Is Serving December 21

Ushers???????????????????? ?? Worship Attendant?????????????????? Greeters?????????????????? ? Nursery Attendants

Alan Grimsley ??????????? (A) Clay Aull?????????????? ?????? ??? Gina Breland?? ??????????? 10 am Mary Jim Howe

Mike Murrell???? ????????? (C) Carson Aull ????????? ??????????? John Burriss???? ???????? ???????????Ann McCrary?????????????????????? Jim Dunbar?????? ????????????????????????????????????????????? ??????????? ??????????????????????????????????? ????????? Tyler Sims

Bob Branch???????????????? Children?s Church???????????????????? Sound System?????????? Liturgist

Charles Casebeer???????? Clark & Kelly Rogers ?????????? Ben Breland ??? ??????????? Alan Peace

Todd Woodward???????? Tyler Sims

John Burriss

Sun Up Ushers: Rick Pascal and Yank Brice

Who Is Serving December 28

Ushers???????????????????? ?? Worship Attendant?????????????????? Greeters?????????????????? ? Nursery Attendants

Bill Elmore????????????????? (A) Noah Cuttino??????? ?????? ???? Gerald Rye????? ??????????? 10 am Lindsay Furse

Bob Johnson?????? ???????? (C) Tyler Teal? ?????? ??????????????? Cynthia Rye???? ???????? ????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Buddy Harmon

Joel Winchip??????????????? Children?s Church???????????????????? Sound System ????????? Liturgist

Don Amis??????????????????? Jane Jermac????? ?????????? ??????????? Charles Craft ??????????? Thurston Chavis

Karl Skoog

Ken Sullivan

Sun Up Ushers: Keith Sims and Lamar Comalander

Elder on Call the week of:

December 21?? Alan Peace????????????????? 331.2430

December 28?? Thurston Chavis????????? 345.2304

Deacon on Call the week of:??

December 21?? Mandy McCathern????? 513.2166

December 28?? Bunny Runge????????????? 206.4089

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