This week’s announcements

SNOW DAY? The church office may be closed if an excessive amount of snow or ice is received which affects winter weather/road conditions. Such closures will be posted on our Facebook page,

ESTIMATE OF GIVING CARDS were received recently during worship. If you were unable to be here, cards may still be placed in the offering plate or the church office. Additional Estimate of Giving Cards are available on the Welcome tables.

ADVENT DEVOTIONAL This year’s member-written Advent Devotional is available in the Welcome areas. The devotional theme is Joy to the World. Devotions are also being emailed. If you would like to receive the devotions each morning in your inbox, please sign up on our website under the News tab.

ADVENT STUDY In John Wesley’s famous sermon, “The Almost Christian,” he encouraged people to follow Christ wholeheartedly. In Almost Christmas: A Wesleyan Advent Experience, author and pastor Magrey deVega leads a group of authors in exploring how we can make the same commitment to Christ during Advent, and connect our Wesleyan heritage with the traditional Advent themes of Love, Hope, Joy, and Peace. Three sessions are offered each week: Sundays at 10:15 am in the Red Sea Room, Mondays at 1:30 pm in the Little Theater at Oak Crest, and Mondays at 7 pm in the Heritage Room.

SING CHRISTMAS The final performance of the Celebration Chorale’s Christmas Cantata, Sing Christmas, is today at 2 pm in the church sanctuary.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE Submissions to the monthly The Messenger newsletter are due to the church office by Tuesday, December 10. Please note the earlier date due to the church office being closed for the holidays.

SERMON SHAPERS in-depth Bible study with preliminary ideas for the upcoming sermon. Led by the pastor. Wednesday, December 11, 10 am at Oak Crest (3rd floor Game Room). We’ll look at Luke 1:26-45.

UMM BREAKFAST All men are invited for the monthly UMM Breakfast. We next meet Saturday, December 14, at 8 am at the Lincoln Inn Restaurant. You may purchase your own breakfast off the menu or not, as you choose.

AFTERNOON BOOK GROUP meets the third Tuesday each month at 1 pm in the Heritage Room. December 17—Old Heart by Peter Ferry.

UMW GENERAL MEETING Join us Thursday, December 19, at 1 pm in the dining room for the program “Jane Adeny Memorial School for Girls.” Jen Conley will discuss her daughter’s mission work at the school. Following refreshments Jen will lead us in our December UMW meeting tradition of singing Christmas carols and hymns.

HOPE HAVEN MEAL The UMW invites other church  members to cook an ‘extra’ dish of your family’s favorite holiday food and share with the families and individuals at Hope Haven, DeKalb County’s homeless shelter. Please bring your clearly marked (for Hope Haven) and fully cooked items to the church kitchen on December 22. Or if you prefer, you may deliver your dish to Hope Haven before 5 pm on December 24. Contact Barb Coward or 815-758-8307 with questions.

SUNDAY SCHOOL RED BIRD MISSION COLLECTION Throughout the school year Christian Education is collecting items for Red Bird Mission. December’s collection item is Copy Paper. Place new, unopened items in the appropriate box in the sanctuary or church office. A full list of items being collected can be found on our Children Education page.