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  • The HeartBeat Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church

    High Point, North CarolinaVolume 21 No. 11 December 2013

    Celebrating CHRISTMAS

    Christmas Eve Worship

    3 pm – Family Service in the Dining Hall with interac- tive worship for all ages. 5 pm – Love Feast in the Sanctuary, featuring the Chancel Choir and Orchestra. 8 pm – Worship Service in the Fellowship Hall with contemporary music and Holy Communion. 11 pm – Candlelight Service in the Sanctuary with Holy Communion.

    December 6 – Tree Lighting on Front Circle; 6:30 pm December 8 – 2nd Sunday of Advent Blessing of the Greens; All Services Chancel Choir sings “Christmas Oratorio” by Camille Saint-Saens with harp, organ and orchestra ; 11 am Hanging of the Greens; 4:30 - 6:30 pm December 15 – 3rd Sunday of Advent White Christmas; All Services Children’s Nativity; 8:45 am & 11 am Church Wide Caroling and Poinsettia delivery party; 2 - 5 pm December 22 – 4th Sunday of Advent; All Services December 24 – Christmas Eve Worship December 29 -- One Service; 11 am, No Sunday School

  • 2 Christmas Giving Opportunities... Pick Up Your Angel Tree Ornament And Help Make Christmas Special For Others Visit one of the trees in the Narthex, Fellowship Hall Lobby and Adult Area (outside the Media Center) and pick up an angel. Each angel represents a child identified by our partners at Henderson Settlement and the High Point Jail Ministry. Please return gifts by December 8.

    White Christmas Gifts for Open Door Ministries On Sunday, December 15, bring a gift wrapped in white paper to worship and place it along the altar rail (Sanctuary and Chapel) or front table (Fellow- ship Hall). These gifts will be given to clients at Open Door Ministries. Suggested gifts are men’s coats, winter hats, gloves, socks, underwear or children’s toys. Please write what is inside your gift on the bot- tom of the package.

    The GTTOW alternative gifts market starts Wednes- day, December 4. Shop on Sunday mornings and Wednesdays and support a great cause while honor- ing a loved one. Many of the popular gifts are back in addition to several new options. To date, we’ve raised over $150,000 to support mission projects at Wesley Memorial, in High Point and beyond.

    Sundays, December 8, 15, 22 Fellowship Hall: 8:30 - 9:00 & 9:30 - 10:00 am Media Center: 9:15 - 9:45 am Narthex: 10:45 - 11:00 am & Noon - 12:15 pm

    Wednesdays, December 4, 11, 18 Administration Building Lobby: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

    A project of Wesley Memorial’s Mission and Community Impact Team

    Christmas Offering for Mercy Preschool in Nakuru, Kenya This year’s Christmas offering will enable our 2014 Student Ministries Kenya Mission Team to complete work on the Mercy Preschool buildings. More information will be sent by mail.

    Homeless Memorial Dinner Wesley Memorial has contributed $1,000 to under- write the cost of the Homeless Memorial Dinner, on Thursday, December 19. This year’s event will be at St. Mary’s Community Life Center. Due to the move, we will not need greeters or bell ringers this year. However, we will have space for folks who want to help with serving meals. To sign up, contact Russ Pierce.

    Contact: Rev. Russ Pierce Executive Pastor 812-4800 rpierce@wesleymemorial.org

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    Bible Study

    Contact: Debbie Foust Director of Children & Family Ministry 812-4804 dfoust@wesleymemorial.org

    Children & Family Ministry...

    Kids in Mission Kids Kare Gift Bags for children at the Salvation Army in High Point Children’s Sunday School classes 2 year olds through 5th grade will be collect- ing items and preparing gift bags for children in our community who do not have basic needs and something special for Christmas. Each Wesley Memorial child will be invited to bring one item for the bags in his or her Sunday school class- room. Collection dates are November 24–December 15. Complete details and signup sheets are in the children’s Sunday School classrooms.

    Hanging of the Greens–Sunday, December 8, 4:30 pm Activities & 6 pm Dinner. Activities for toddlers through 5th grade will begin at 4:30 in their Sunday School classrooms. Infant care will be avail- able in the Crib Room. Children will have fun deco- rating their tree in the Din- ing Hall, enjoying special Christmas treats, as well as making the next pieces in their Nativity set they start- ed last year. If you were not here last year, we can help you with the pieces you missed. They will also visit with Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus as they stop along the way to Bethlehem. Parents and children can enjoy dinner together at 6 pm in the Dining Hall. If you did not make a reserva- tion, you’re welcome to bring your dinner and join us in the “Carol Sing” and light the decorated Chil- dren’s Tree! Volunteers are needed to help with the activities in the class- room as well as in the kitchen. Contact Debbie Foust at dfoust@wesleymemorial.org is you can help. Children’s Live Nativity–Sunday, December 15 At the 8:45 worship service, all children can partici- pate in the Nativity. As children arrive for this ser- vice, they will be given the opportunity to select a simple costume: angel, shepherd, sheep, donkey, or wise ones. During the retelling of the birth of Jesus, they will be invited to come forward and be a part of the story. This is a wonderful way to include our long time members, as well as those who may be visiting as we experience this beautiful story once again.

    Keeping with tradition at the 11:00 Worship service... This very special service will include children ages 4 years through 5th grade as Scripture readers, costumed Nativity characters, choral singers and musicians. The dra- matization of the birth of Jesus by our preschool and elementary children is one of our most beloved Wesley Memorial traditions! We still have spots avail- able for children ages 4 years through 5th grade to participate in the Children’s Nativity service. Please contact Melissa Coley at mcoley@wesleymemorial. org to sign up for a role for your child. Practice will be Saturday, December 14 at 10 am in the Sanctuary. Children will be assigned roles as follows:

    Ages 4 & 5 Boys & Girls Sheep Grades 1 & 2 Girls Angels Grades 1 & 2 Boys Shepherds, Donkey, Cow Grades 3, 4 & 5 Girls Shepherds, Angels, Magi Grades 3, 4 & 5 Boys Shepherds, Magi Grades 4 & 5 Boys & Girls Readers Grade 5 Girls Mary, Gabriel Grade 5 Boys Joseph

    Christmas Eve Family Service-3 pm in the Dining Hall. Come join us for this meaningful, unique, fam- ily friendly Worship service. We will share through stories, activities and song the mystery of Christmas in a memorable way that includes the children in the experience. During this service we will move through the four weeks of Advent as we anticipate the birth of the Christ. Last year we had wonderful responses from adults and children alike to this unique worship experience. This service is for everyone who enjoys sharing the experience of the Christmas Story with children.

  • 4 Music...

    Contact: Adam Vernon Director of Student Ministries 812-4812 avernon@wesleymemorial.org

    Youth News...

    Jail Ministry Party The Student Ministries will again host the annual Christmas Party for families with incarcerated mem- bers. The party will be held in the youth area on Saturday, December 14 from 3 pm to 5 pm. We need student volunteers to attend and help with games and activities. We are also looking for donations of food to serve during this party. If you are able to help, please contact Adam.

    Caroling and Poinsettia Delivery–December 15 On Sunday, December 15, the youth group is con- tinuing its annual commitment to deliver Poinsettias to members of the congregation.

    This year we will be joined by members of the choir and other church members. We will meet in the Front Circle at 2 pm to divide up to make sure every shut-in receives a gift. We hope every family will join us for this activity. Student pick-up will be at 4 pm.

    Student Ministries Christmas Party–December 15 All students are invited to attend the Christmas Par- ty on December 15 from 5-7 pm that is graciously hosted by Jack & Ginger Somers. Each Student is asked to bring a $10 unisex gift for the gift exchange (no gift certificates or gift cards). Also please bring a food item to share:

    • 6th Grade – Desserts • 7th Grade – Salty Snacks • 8th Grade – Drinks: (2) 2 liters (no Cheerwine!!!) • High School Kerygmas: Appetizers for 12

    Address: 4206 Lupton Court – Call for directions: (336) 870-9883

    Parent & Student Worship -January 12 Families with 5–12 grade students are invited to join us on Sunday, January 12 at 6 pm in the Sanctuary. Our time of worship will be lead by Second Hand City and Adam Vernon will offer a message. Follow- ing our time of worship we will meet to learn about the 2014 plans in Student Ministries.

    Carillon Choir Worship Leading Opportunities for December December 15; 11 am-Meet in Sanctuary at 9:15 am. December 24; 3 pm-Lead the singing in the Dining Hall with Jared and Kathy in the Christmas Eve Family Service. December 8, 15 & 22; 4-4:45 pm-Rehearse our Christmas music in the Choir Room.

    This is a busy time of y

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