Morning Worship - 10:30 AM in the Sanctuary or Charter Chapel
Dr. Brian Lee's message, "The Face of Discernment" is the second in his Advent series titled "The Faces of Christmas." Matthew 2:1-12 is the basis for his message, which highlights the wise discernment of the Magi.
On this Second Sunday of Advent, musical offerings will include a piano prelude, "We Three Kings" by Sarah Niles Simmons, a solo presentation of "Not That Far from Bethlehem" by Tracy Green, a presentation of "A Waiting Prayer" by the combined Youth and Sanctuary Choirs, and a Sanctuary Handbell Choir offertory presentation of "On This Day, Earth Shall Ring."
Children (ages five - Grade 5) will worship with their families in the Sanctuary (Fours will continue their regular schedule). Children's worship guides (older and younger versions) will be provided; please pick them up as you enter the Sanctuary.
Please be reminded that podcasts of previous sermons are available on our website. Click on "Media" to access.
10:30 AM - December 8, 2013
Suzanne Jones, Linda Tucker, Sarah Sinyard, Mitzi Webster, Nancy Mooney, Laura Ellison, Staci Woodard, J.D. Powell, Pam Thompson, Cindy Anderton, Laura Powell, Mike Parker, Leah Gibbs, Larry Woodard, Brian and Amelia Breeze, Nora Webster, Abby Webster
Join us for Crest Kids Christmas Sunday, December 8!
At 5:30 PM, our children’s choirs will lead us in worship as we "Ring in Advent." This special service will include our preschool choirs, Weekday Early Education children, children’s handbells, and A Service of Lessons in Carols presented by the 1st-6th grade choirs. You will not want to miss it!
Immediately following the service, the annual Holiday Batter Bash will take place in the Fellowship Hall. All preschool and school aged children are encouraged to make something sweet or savory that represents the holidays. Each child and one parent are asked to stay with their creation during the event and help serve the congregation (and help our congregation get to know our children better). If you or your child would like to participate, please contact Julie Chester at 822-1360 or email@example.com.
Youth are invited to participate by bringing salty snacks to share.
Discover how individuals and families can experience daily worship using the Advent wreath and the 2013 Family Worship Guide in your home. Help your family incorporate a time of daily spiritual refocusing in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Advent devotional guides (free, one/family) and Advent wreaths/candles (by purchase) are available in the Fellowship Hall (Wednesday evenings) and in the Church Office (Weekdays).
Linda and Butch McIntosh
...to the family of Frances Cryer in her death, November 29, 2013.
Sara Benefield - Spain Rehab.
Jack Cartee - released
Manson Crotty - released
Butch Gentry - released
Louise Kimbrell - St. Martin's in the Pines Rehab.
Bill Neil - The Oaks at Parkwood Rehab.
For 2014, instead of receiving a monthly mailing of envelopes, you will be given a box of envelopes that will cover the entire year. You may pick up your box of envelopes in the connector buildings and the Gallery. (Extra envelopes will be in the pew each Sunday, and we will have additional boxes of envelopes in the Church Office.) If you have any questions about the new envelope system, please contact the Church Office for assistance.
Growth is a sign that life is present. Peter closed his letter to new Christians with these instructions: “Continue to grow in the grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). The Christian life by its very nature calls for continued growth, and our church endeavors to provides ways and opportunities through which individuals can experience that growth.
With that in mind, we have a unique opportunity to be challenged to grow in a crucial area of our commitment to Christ through a special church emphasis called "Seek First The Kingdom." Through this emphasis, each member and regular attender of Shades Crest will be challenged to grow in the grace of giving.
The "Seek First The Kingdom" process is a four Sunday emphasis consisting of special sermons, a Bible Study, testimonies, home prayer gatherings, and a call for each of us to grow in our giving. Please pray for your church leaders as they seek to encourage us to make these affirmations:
• to acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord of all
• to recognize that we are to be responsible managers of all that God has
entrusted to us.
• to support our church’s resolve to fulfill its mission to glorify God through
participating in authentic worship, fulfilling the Great Commission,
seeking spiritual growth, and being a community of faith.
Your participation and support of this process can have a profound effect on your giving and will be instrumental in helping proclaim Christ to a lost world. I look forward to sharing the journey with you.
Calendar of Events
January 5 Seek First The Kingdom - Its Call
January 12 Seek First The Kingdom - Its Power
Special Sunday School Lesson
Home Prayer Gathering (option 1)
January 14 Home Prayer Gathering (option 2)
January 19 Seek First The Kingdom - Its Hindrances
Home Prayer Gathering (option 3)
January 21 Home Prayer Gathering (option 4)
January 26 Seek First The Kingdom - Its Secret
This week we are observing the Week of Prayer for International Missions; the Prayer Guide was enclosed in the December 1 Worship Guide. Pray for International Missions and join us Wednesday evening as our speaker, Judge Eddie Vines explains how Shades Crest is directly involved in foreign missions in Moldova. As you consider your missional opportunities this Christmas, please remember the Shades Crest Christmas Offering for World Missions; our goal this year is $20,000.
On Thursday, December 5, 10:00 AM, we continue to observe the Week of Prayer by meeting at the WMU Headquarters Building for a special service of prayer and worship, with music led by Clella Lee. If you need transportation, please call the Church Office at 822-1360.
For your $20 contribution (designated for either the "Found Faithful" or Benevolence fund) we will print your loved one's name on a beautiful poinsettia card to be displayed on the Sanctuary Christmas tree. We will include names of the contributors and honorees in the December 22 Worship Guide insert.
If you wish to honor or commemorate a loved one in this way, please contact Lynda Ellison in the Church Office by December 15.
Reminder for December 8:
Please bring Christmas gifts for children as assigned by The Ministry Center at Green Springs on Sunday morning, December 8, and place them in the Church Office. For information, contact Sandy Flynn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 422-3427.
The following opportunities are listed for your convenience:
Alabama Baptist Children's Homes FUNdraiser
On Thursday, December 5, the California Pizza Kitchen at the Galleria will donate 20% of sales to the Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes, if the patrons give them a copy of the California Pizza Kitchen flyer. If any individuals or church groups would like to have a time of fun and fellowship while also supporting one of our missional partners, please go out for pizza and raise some money for the children’s homes.
Green Springs Christmas Party and Fellowship: December 14, 2:00-4:00 PM
Your help is needed to carry gifts to grandparents’ cars and to provide refreshments, crafts, Christmas program and fellowship at The Ministry Center at Green Springs. This will be a wonderful opportunity to Share the Joy of Christmas with families in need! Contact Sandy Flynn, email@example.com or 823-3044.
Holiday Meals for Green Springs
Your gift of $45 will buy ingredients needed for holiday meals for 4 families. About 240 families will receive these meals. Contact Ray Flynn, firstname.lastname@example.org or 823-3044.
The Annual Shades Crest Christmas Offering for World Missions
This offering also gives you choices: You may give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (Southern Baptist Convention Missions Offering), the CBF Offering for Global Missions (Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Missions Offering), and the World Hunger Offering (Baptist World Aid).
Shades Crest LLL Christmas Banquet - Thursday, December 19 at 12:00 noon
This Christmas Banquet will be one of the most memorable yet with a very special presentation by a mystery group of performers. The performance with be both festive and fun. Your participation will also be encouraged as we join together in Christmas caroling and holiday activities. You do not want to miss this, so please mark your calendars now for December 19 at 12:00 noon.
Lunch will be provided by your wonderful kitchen staff, and your church staff will be on hand to help serve your lunch. The cost to you is just $5.00 per person. Invite your friends, and plan for a wonderful event as we bring in the season together.
Saturday Jan 11, 8:00 PM, at the Alabama Theater
If anyone is interested in going to see this production as a group, please contact the Church Office by December 15.
Price for this event: Groups 10-19 $42 (Tier 2)
The Great Divorce will play as a limited engagement, 1 day only! One of its great blessings is how it opens up questions of faith that are often difficult to bring up in ordinary conversation. THE GREAT DIVORCE is a wonderful place to awaken Christian ideas in a safe, neutral environment. We would love for you to experience the unique way in which Fellowship for the Performing Arts carries out its ministry.
The New Parents Night Out! For Bed Babies thru 6th graders!
Cost is $15 per child or $35 per family. Dinner included!
You must sign up and pay by December 4th.
Find the registration form in the Church Office or on the website HERE
All preschoolers are invited to join us for the Preschool Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 18 during the regular choir and missions time (5:55-7:15). Children will rotate between Crafts, Caroling, Happy Birthday Jesus Room, and Bethlehem Room. Choir and Mission Friends leaders will assist with their age groups during their regularly scheduled service time. These activities will be well-staffed so that parents can attend Wednesday Evening Bible Study.
Wednesday, December 18, 6:00 – 7:15, FLC
All children Grades 1-6 are invited to go on an adventure to PERU and learn about missionaries who serve there.
Students will be helping with "All Wrapped Up" Parents' Night Out this coming Saturday, December 7, from 4:30 - 8:00 PM and will then go to a movie. Bring $ (Sign Up) for a movie and snack. Details will be available on Saturday.
This coming Sunday, December 8, 9:00 AM, we will have a Sunday School Breakfast for our students in 7th-12th grade. We appreciate all of our youth teachers who are taking time not only to provide breakfast, but who also teach our students throughout the year. Jon Michael Lee and Raeanne Pugh from Renovation Ministries will be leading us in worship during Sunday School. We will meet in Room 223. Friends are invited, and family members who are not in a Sunday School class are welcome to join us.
Our youth will go Christmas Caroling next Wednesday, December 11 at the Park at Willington (apartments in Bluff Park) during Crosstraining. We will then go to Denis and Patti Tanner's home for an Open House. Youth can be picked up at the Tanners' (800 Crest Cove, Hoover) at 7:30 PM, or we will return to the FLC at 8:00 PM.
Operation Christmas Child Processing Center Trip - December 14
All 7th and 8th grade Acteens are invited to take a day-trip to Atlanta to work in the Operation Christmas Child Processing Center on Saturday, December 14. Students will have the opportunity to help inspect boxes, pack boxes for shipping, pray over boxes, and learn more about the whole Christmas shoebox process. Students must be 13 years old by December 14. SPACE IS LIMITED so please sign up by emailing Suzanne Reece at email@example.com. A volunteer information sheet and a signed permission form will be needed for every child. These will be available once students sign up. For more information about serving in the Operation Christmas Child Processing Centers visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/volunteer-with-occ/.
Menu for all December 4, 2013:
hamburger or hot dog, chips, salad, dessert
On Sunday you may view the upcoming Wednesday menu on the electronic message boards (connector buildings and the Gallery outside the Fellowshp Hall). To make additions or changes to the supper reservation list, call Lynda Ellison at 822-1360 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Tuesday.
Dec. 4 6:00 PM
Week of Prayer Emphasis, F. Hall
Dec. 5 10:00 AM
Week of Prayer Service at WMU Building
Dec. 7 5:00 PM
All Wrapped Up - Parents' Night Out, F. Hall, PS Hall, FLC, Gr. 2 Classroom
Dec. 8 9:15 AM
Youth Christmas Breakfast, Fellowship Hall
Dec. 8 3:00 PM
Birmingham Girls Choir Concert, Sanctuary
Dec. 8 5:30 PM
Crest Kids Christmas
Dec. 12 7:00 PM
SOTA Recital, Music Hall and Sanctuary
Dec. 15 10:30 AM
Sanctuary Choir presents “The Majesty and Glory of Christmas,” Sanctuary
Dec. 18 5:55 PM
Gr. 1-6 International Children's Party and Preschool Christmas Party
Dec. 19 12:00 Noon
LLL Christmas Luncheon
Dec. 19 6:00 PM
Service of Remembrance, Sanctuary
Dec. 22 6,7,8 PM
Live Nativity, Courtyard
Dec. 24 5:00 PM
Christmas Eve Worship Service, Sanctuary
December 6-7 Mark Johnson 531-8698
Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
Adult SS Teacher Prep. Mtg.
Financial statistics for November 25 -December 1 are currently unavailable.
December 1 Attendance:
Sunday School - 407
Worship Service - 504