Redeemer Weekly – 12/13/2015

HAPPY ADVENT SEASON: Today is the second Sunday. We’ll have coffee, donuts, Munchkins and fellowship waiting for you, beginning at 10 a.m. at Arlington United Methodist Church, 716 S. Glebe Road. The service begins at 10:30 — 19 days to Christmas!  

ADVENT KICKOFF, Today, Children’s Ministry will kick off its Advent Unit, with some awesome ugly Christmas sweaters! The 3rd-5th class will be downstairs for the entire service.

TODAY: Our rescheduled newcomer lunch immediately follows the service. This is for first-time visitors, regular attenders, guests — anyone who’d like to meet the elders and other Redeemer members. Please head to our welcome table for details.

ALSO TODAY: Matt Horlacher writes, “This Sunday should be nice, the temps are in the upper 60s.  And we are in the heart of football season, so… let’s have another Redeemer football game! Guys, come out and join us, and bring friends if you’d like too!  Send me an email or text if you plan to come, or if you need anymore details: matt_horlacher@yahoo.com or 701-721-4781

DEC. 24: We are excited to have our first Redeemer Christmas Eve Service on Friday, December 24 at 6 pm. This hour service ha a theme of “Hope has Come”. For those who are local or have family coming into family, we hope you can join us and invite others with you.

SERVANT SHOUTOUT, by Jackie Black:  Once a month, children’s ministry has a unit kickoff to introduce the kids to the unit theme and songs. These Sundays are some of my favorite as all ages are engaged through song, skits, activities, and of course, coloring :)

A key to our successful kickoffs is the high energy and musical talents our youth unit kickoff band bring. These youths sacrifice their time of Sunday worship to teach and engage the CM kiddos in music and song. They patiently and enthusiastically teach the children songs. When your children are able to sing and dance around the house, that is because they saw the band do it first.  We are grateful for the example of serving they set for the younger children. Thank you, Unit Kickoff Band!  

–Seeing a servant? Shout out! I know serving in happening; help me see who is doing it and please let me know at jackie@redeemerarlington.com.

FROM DALE BROWN and the other elders: We will take a few minutes in each Sunday service over the next three weeks to share highlights of ministries included in the new Strategic Opportunity Fund, launched in conjunction with the 2016 budget. We are asking Redeemer members to consider making a one-time gift in December, above your regular giving, to support these opportunities to extend our mission with projects such as: …

… Supporting the work of other church planters internationally and in the U.S. … Saving for our next church planting opportunity … Supporting OneU’s hiring of two new campus missionaries to start work at a campus in D.C. … Donating to Young Life South Arlington’s campership fund so teenagers can hear the Gospel at Young Life Camp. … Partnering financially with the Assistant Pregnancy Center. As giving exceeds our operating budget during the year, we will allocate those excess funds to these projects.

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