Announcements for December 17

On Christmas Eve there will be one service in the morning at 9:30. Please join us for our Christmas Eve services. 5 p.m. Family Service, 7 and 9 Candlelight with choirs and special music, and Candlelight Communion service at 11 p.m.

Harp con­cert  tomor­row Decem­ber 18 at 7:15 p.m. 

The Decem­ber 18 Olive­branch pro­gram, Har­mo­ny of Harps, begins at 7:15 p.m. in the church sanc­tu­ary. The con­cert fea­tures 12 harpists per­form­ing hol­i­day music. Every­one is invit­ed to attend the free pro­gram; a free-will offer­ing will be tak­en for the musi­cians.

2018 Offer­ing Envelopes avail­able 

Please pick up your 2018 offer­ing envelopes in Fel­low­ship Hall today. If you didn’t find them last week, please check again. They are arranged in alpha­bet­i­cal order by last name. If you leave by the front door, please remem­ber to pick up your envelopes. Some of you will have new enve­lope num­bers so we can reduce the num­ber of box­es we order.

Win­ter Delta Son­ic BOGO Coupons 

Just in time for Christ­mas giv­ing and win­ter dri­ving, the Dinner/Fundraising Com­mit­tee is sell­ing $5 coupons off Delta Son­ic
ser­vices. “Buy one, get one FREE” good for 2 months.

Dri­ve Thru His­to­ry — Wednes­days at 6:30 p.m.

Join our video series as Dave Stotts shares the sto­ry of Jesus at more than 50 ancient sites as record­ed in the Gospels. Come any week or every week. Dessert pro­vid­ed.

101 Enve­lope Chal­lenge for children’s min­istry

Please take an enve­lope on the board out­side the office, give the amount list­ed on the enve­lope, and drop it through the office win­dow. Help us change lives through fam­i­ly min­istry pro­grams!

Help feed school chil­dren in need

Olive­branch has a new project to feed chil­dren: join with St. Paul’s Luther­an church in the “Bless­ings in a Back­pack” pro­gram, to sup­ply impov­er­ished inner-city chil­dren with food for the week­end, when they often go with­out. Each month spe­cif­ic food items will be col­lect­ed. Look for the infor­ma­tion and a food col­lec­tion con­tain­er next to the pur­ple food pantry bar­rel in the hall­way.


Build­ing Heat­ing Sched­ules Chang­ing

The HVAC bill for the church build­ing for a year is $25,000. Our goal is to reduce this by $3000. The Trustees are low­er­ing day­time heat set­tings in many areas by 2 degrees to 70. Please come to church pre­pared with a sweater/jacket for meet­ings and ser­vices.

Gifts for Baby Jesus-col­lect­ed through Decem­ber 24

The UMW is col­lect­ing items for the Teen MOPS group who meet in our build­ing. A list of items need­ed is post­ed on the box in the foy­er. Dona­tions are accept­ed through the hol­i­day sea­son and will con­clude on Christ­mas Eve. We are also ask­ing for toi­letries for all ages.

Christ­mas Shop­ping — church shirts avail­able

Stop in Fel­low­ship Hall today and pur­chase a long sleeve, blue, den­im shirt embroi­dered with our church logo. Avail­able in
var­i­ous sizes for $20. Pro­ceeds go to Unit­ed Methodist Men mis­sion projects.

Knit or cro­chet with Prayer­ful Threads

Mem­bers of the Prayer­ful Threads group cre­ate hand­made scarves, hats and mit­tens for peo­ple in need, as well as baby blan­kets and sweaters for chil­dren that are bap­tized in our church. Join them when they meet on the first and third Sun­days of each month at 2 p.m., or work on your own at home and coor­di­nate with group facil­i­ta­tor Paula Lam­ber­son. Call the church at 315–457-5180 for infor­ma­tion.