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.