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CHRISTMAS EVE AND NEW YEARS EVE SERVICES · PDF fileCHRISTMAS EVE AND NEW YEARS EVE SERVICES Christmas Eve Candlelight services will be at 7:00pm and 8:30pm (note time change from

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  • Look Whats Inside!Family Ministry Calendar .................. p5International Day ....................... pgs2&8Library News ...................................... p7MOPS and MOPSNext ....................... p9Poinsettia Order Form....................... p6Session Notes .................................... p7Student Calendar ............................... p7Dec 1 ...... First Sunday in Advent ..... p1 Dec 2 ...... Yankee Swap ................... p10Dec 3 ...... Knitters and Crocheters ... p7Dec 17 .... Giving Tree ........................ p3Jan 28 ..... Blanket Sunday ................. p1Jan 23 ..... ECO Gathering .................. p2Feb 2 ...... Annual Meeting ................. p2

    CHRISTMAS EVE AND NEW YEARS EVE SERVICESChristmas Eve Candlelight services will be at 7:00pm and 8:30pm (note time change from previous years). Repeating a wonderful plan from last year, the 7:00pm service will be filled with glorious music. Joining our choir will be a professional instrumen-tal ensemble and Kevin Short, an internationally-known Baritone soloist singing solos from Messiah. The 8:30pm service will also have beautiful music, just not as much. We encourage families with young children to come to the 11:00am December 24th Worship Service. Sunday, December 1st ~~~~ FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT

    Sunday, December 24th ~~~ CHRISTMAS EVE (in the morning) No Sunday School 10:30am in Welcome Center: coffee, juice, doughnuts 11:00am One morning Worship Service and Carol Sing

    Monday, December 24th ~~~ CHRISTMAS EVE (in the evening) 7:00pm Music Worship Service and Candlelight Service; nursery provided 8:30pm Worship and Candlelight Service Sunday, December 31st ~~~ NEW YEARS EVE DAY No Sunday School 11:00am ONE Worship Service

    December 2017 / January 2018

    The next issue of Neelsville News will be our February edition as the staff and all those who help produce this newsletter can take time to be with friends and family through the Christ-mas season. Submissions should be sent by Monday, January 15th to [email protected]

    ADVENT/CHRISTMAS 2017Advent Sundays this year are December 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th. During Advent, we prepare our hearts and minds for the celebration of Christs birth with readings that remind us that Jesus, Gods only Son, was the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us. Gods gracious plan for our salvation through the Incar-nation, life, suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus gives us Hope, Peace, Joy and Love

    in this world and Eternal Life forever with Him. Gloria in excelsis Deo! Since the 4th Sunday of Advent is Christmas Eve Day with services in the evening, we are planning only ONE morning service on Decem-ber 24th at 11:00am. At 10:30 there

    will be light breakfast re-freshments in the Welcome Center. We hope you and you will come join us in the

    awesome celebration of Christs birth.

    BLANKET SUNDAYIn January 2017 our congre-gation donated $2,295 for the Church World Service Blanket Program enough money to purchase 229 blankets! Through the Blanket Sunday collection, CWS distributes thousands of blankets around the world to help families recover from disasters and displacement. It only costs $10 to supply one blanket, which will make a difference in the life of one of Gods children in need. Neelsvilles 2018 Blanket Sunday collection will be held on January 28th, 2018!

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    Senior PastorRev. Dr. Peter Della Santina

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    Sherrie Cardea, Melissa Blount, Marilyn Splete

    FINANCIAL SNAPSHOTFINANCIAL UPDATE - OCTOBER 2017 General Operating Fund: Operating Fund Income to date through Oc-tober was $523,023. Operating Expense to date through October was $877,249. As previously mentioned, the elevated expenses this year are due to long, overdue maintenance repairs and building security projects that were recently implemented (parking lots/sidewalks, painting, new doors and lights, HVAC). Building Fund: Building Fund Income received to date through October was $21,253 while Mortgage payments to date through October were $27,731. The Operating Fund is covering the deficit.The Budget Committee thanks you for your generous and faithful giving.

    Operating Income Received $523,023

    Total Operating Expenses $877,249

    Building Funds Received $21,253

    Total Building Fund Expenses $27,731





    UPCOMING ECO NATIONAL GATHERINGNeelsville Family: I would love your prayers as I travel to Houston to repre-sent our church at the ECO Presbyte-rian National Gathering, January 23rd-25th. The theme is Renovate, based on the verse in Nehemiah 2:18. At this conference, church leaders will explore renewing, revitalizing, and renovating our approach as churches to the peo-ple in our church, our leadership, and our community. I am so thankful for the opportunity to meet more people in the ECO community, and I look forward to coming back to Neelsville with a lot of great ideas to share.

    INTERNATIONAL DAYSunday, November 12th was a truly amazing day at Neelsville! Our interna-tional membership filled the church spaces with cultural artifacts and wore clothing reflecting their heritage. Tables in the Fellowship Hall were laden with a variety of interesting and tasty foods. There were smiles on peoples faces and joy in their voices. And it will soon be available on videotape. This event took many hands to do the work needed for success. God truly blessed us with an amazing International Day Team/Committee. I en-joyed working and getting to know everyone better. We truly bonded doing Gods work. Our gratitude, respect and thanks go to the following individuals who worked tirelessly to make this day happen. They are Dr. Sam Amoako-Atta, Evelyn Asante Amoako-Atta, Theo R., Dorothy Rudasingwa, Tamyra Porter, Deborah Boateng, Stella Antwi, Margaret Kemngang, Margaret Sakyiama, Lynda Osei-Boateng and Jane Benjamin. Special thanks also go to Marilyn Splete, Kathie Hulley, Jaime Swope, Paul Kim, Andy Herman, Tricia Brad-ford and Judy Allison. And thanks to Pastor Pete, the Fellowship Commit-tee, and the Elders for their support. Thank you to all of you (and there are many) who on that day brought a dish to share, joined in cleaning up, and took on other tasks too numerous to mention. A special thank you goes to the congregation of the Brazilian Church! This event would not have been as successful, fun or meaningful without you and your efforts. The decorations representing the European continent spaces as well as the South American spaces were amazing. Thank you for bringing the authentic dishes of Brazil, helping with clean up and participating in the closing ceremonies. You truly made this an Interna-tional Day! If anyone has been forgotten, please accept our apologies. Thanks again to all of you! God Bless You!



    SAVE THE DATE!Neelsvilles Annual Meeting Saturday, February 2, 2018

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    ARTISTIC COORDINATOR NEEDED FOR CHURCH DECORATIONSWorship Committee is searching for a creative person to be in charge of designing the plans for beautifying the church for special occasions. Everyone has ap-preciated the inspiring church decorations during the special seasons of Advent/Christmas and Easter each year. Over the years many people have contributed their talents to glorifying God by adding beauty to our worship and community spaces. We have a good number of decorations for both seasons carefully stored around the church. This task is a responsibility of Worship Committee and some funding can be made available as requested. The Deacons have done an excellent job of putting out Christmas decora-tions for the past few years and would continue to help mobilize the assistance needed. Please contact Michele Kelly at [email protected] or leave a message in the church office if you have an interest in this or would like to know more. We already have a volunteer eager to plan a Hanging of the Greens event for Christmas season 2018!

    WHY JESUS, NOT SALVATION, IS GODS GREATEST GIFT TO USAndrew Wilson/Posted August 22, 2016 Christianity Today magazine Jesus is the greatest gift there is. That is a staple of Christian theology, not to mention Christmas cards. Yet as soon as we hear this statement, we are apt to collapse it into a statement about some other gift, like salvation. Being given Jesus, in our minds, quickly morphs into being given forgiveness, or rescue, or eternal life. Jesus himself, the gift who perfectly embodies Gods generosity and goodness, gets bumped to the third page. The Gospels dont do that. From his Incarnation to his Ascension, Jesus Christ puts the liberality and largesse of God on display. It is not just at the Cross, or even in the Resurrection, that Jesus represents the grace, the gift-giving-ness, of God to us. In every miracle, every parablesimply by being in the world at allJesus is proclaiming, God is good, he loves giving, and Im here, am

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