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Life@Morningside for December 20, 2015
Anna Best


Life @ Morningside for December 20, 2015

 

WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY

Welcome to worship at Morningside Presbyterian Church.

•  Today, Baron Mullis, Senior Pastor, is our

preacher and Drew Stockstill, Associate

Pastor, and Anna Miles, intern, are our liturgists.

•  Large print hymnals and Bibles as well as hearing

aids are available; ushers will gladly assist.

•  Please complete the information in the Friendship

Pad at the end of the pews and pass the pads

down and back again during the Concerns portion

of worship.

•  Worship bags and books for children are in the

narthex and library. Nursery for infants/toddlers

is in Room 105; 2-3 year olds are in Room 012.

•  Children ages 3-10 are invited to exit to the

narthex after the Peace of Christ where their

teachers will take them to their classrooms.

Threes, Fours & fives are in Room 011; K-1st

grade in worship.

 

SERVICE OF HEALING AND HOPE

The holidays are wonderful. They are warm and

festive. But for those experiencing bereavement,

job loss, the breakup of a loving relationship -

the holidays can be really a tough time. Morningside

will offer our traditional Service of Healing

and Hope tonight, December 20 at

7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. The darkness of the

sanctuary on this longest night of the year provides

a comforting place to receive prayers of

healing and hope and, for those who wish, the

laying on of hands by pastors, elders and deacons.

If you are in need of healing and hope this

holiday season, please come. If you can provide a

warm presence for those whose holidays are

darker than they wish, please come.

 

SAVE THE DATE

Interested in learning how to sing Shape Note

music? Come Saturday, February 6, from 10

a.m. to 12 noon in the Fellowship Hall. Watch

for more information in the new year.

 

Advent at Morningside

Through December 27

9:45 a.m. Faith Development Advent Series

For the classes' Advent service

project, they are leading the congregation

in a clothing drive. The donations will be

given to the ICM clothes closet and Rebecca's

Tent. Please bring adult men’s and

women's clothing items only to the Welcome

Center and put them in the blue and

white wrapped box. Clothes should be

clean and in good condition. A list of requested

clothing items is also in the Welcome

Center.


December 20

7:30 p.m. Service of Healing and Hope


December 24

Christmas Eve Services

4 p.m. Family Friendly Service with

Handbells, Young Liturgists, and a Christmas

story (nursery provided)

8 p.m. Candlelight Service of Lessons and

Carols (doors open 7:15 p.m.; childcare provided)

 

INTOWN COLLABORATIVE MINISTRIES

Through December, Morningside is collecting

food for the ICM food pantry. We have been asked to

put together "food packs" to give to families for their

Christmas dinner side dishes. Each pack should include

stuffing mix, green beans, fried onions, mushroom soup,

cranberry sauce, yams, and corn and should be

dropped off in the collection baskets or barrel in

the Welcome Center. As the feasting season approaches,

we will continue collecting a variety of

non-perishable edibles for ICM with the goal that

no one in our community is hungry for the holidays.

 

GIFTS OF SECURITIES

A number of Morningsiders choose to fulfill their

annual pledge or make special gifts to Morningside

through the gift of stock or other securities.

We are always happy to accept such gifts;

we ask only that you notify MPC Treasurer

Randy Parrish when you initiate a transfer of securities

so that we can make sure you receive

proper credit for your gift. Should you have

questions or wish to make a gift of securities,

email randyparrish@bellsouth.net. We thank

you for your continuing support of the work and

ministry of Morningside.

The women's shelter at Shearith Israel has a new

name - Rebecca's Tent. The shelter has been an

important part of Morningside's Mission Program

in years past. Volunteers arrive at the shelter

(1180 University Drive, 30306) at 6 p.m. to

warm and serve the meal to residents as they arrive

from work. Leftovers are prepared for

lunches the next day and put in the refrigerator,

and the area is cleaned up. We leave by 8 p.m.

after visiting with the residents. Men are welcome!

We have scheduled our volunteer dates -

January 13-17 and February 17-21. Please

sign up to volunteer on the mission bulletin

board. - Phyllis Grimes, Shepherd

 

MPC SMALL GROUP SIGNUP

Morningside is facilitating the formation of small

groups to promote the discipleship of the congregation

through study of God’s word and how it

relates to our lives. The groups will be composed

of up to 12 people, will begin meeting in January

2016, and will generally meet every other week

in the home of one of the group members. The

topical content the group will encounter is largely

determined by the group members with available

support from the MPC discipleship committee.

If this sounds like something you'd be interested

in, please contact Peter Tuuk petertuuk@gmail.com

or Drew Stockstill dstockstill@morningsidepc.org.

 

THEOLOGY ON TAP

Our popular men’s group will meet on Tuesday,

January 5, at 7 p.m. at the home of Alan Bremer

(785 Cumberland Rd., 30306) when the topic,

led by Baron Mullis, will be “Really? You’re going

to put murder and adultery in the same category?” The

group will look at the 6th and 7th commandments

and how they guide us to form community.

RSVP to the church office office@morningsidepc.org.

 

THE MUSIC OF CHRISTMAS

Come early Christmas Eve and enjoy the sounds

of Christmas through instrumental music. From

7:30 to 8 p.m. MPC instrumentalists will play

Christmas selections. We thank the Handbell

Choir (Jeff Peters, director), Mac Frampton

(piano), and Elisabeth Copeland (cello) for their

participation.

 

Faith Development at Morningside

ADULT

Next Sunday, December 27, we will conclude our series called “Illuminating Advent: Bringing Christ’s Hope, Peace, Joy and Love Into Our Lives.” This class meets in Room 201 at 9:45 a.m.


CHILDREN

This Sunday, the preschool class will review all the stories they've learned about Jesus' Birth. We will take a break from elementary Sunday School from December 20-January 3. Children are encouraged to remain in worship. And on Sunday, December 27, all children are invited to wear their pajamas to church!

Children's worship bags are now available in the narthex for any child to use while participating in worship. These bags are filled with purposeful activities for children to help keep their hands busy and their ears open while they worship with us. Children can also borrow books from the library. Enjoy our worship bags, but please return them when you're done!

 

THIS WEEK AT MORNINGSIDE

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20
ICM Food Collection

9:30 a.m. Coffee and Conversation

9:45 a.m. Faith Development Class

11 a.m. Worship

12 noon Fellowship

7:30 p.m. Healing and Hope Service

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 21
ICM Food Collection

MPP Christmas Break

6 p.m. Session Dinner and Meeting

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22
ICM Food Collection

MPP Christmas Break

6:30 p.m. Weight Watchers

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23
ICM Food Collection

MPP Christmas Break

7 p.m. Chancel Choir


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24
ICM Food Collection

MPP Christmas Break

4 p.m. Children’s and Families’ Christmas Eve Service

7:30 p.m. The Music of Christmas

8 p.m. Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25
ICM Food Collection

MPP Christmas Break

Church Office Closed


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26
ICM Food Collection

9 a.m. Women’s AA Meeting


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27
ICM Food Collection

9:30 a.m. Coffee and Conversation

9:45 a.m. Faith Development Class

11 a.m. Worship

12 noon Fellowship

 

Giving Update— 12/13/15

NEEDED WEEKLY—$16,881

RECEIVED—$26,259

NEEDED YEAR TO DATE—$844,049

RECEIVED YEAR TO DATE—$744,573


Attendance Update

WORSHIP COUNT —285

 

Children are always welcome in the Sanctuary during worship. Should you find that your child grows restless, there is child care available. Infants/toddlers are cared for in the Nursery in Room 105, two year olds in Room 012.

ELDER ON CALL: Duncan Spears 678-612-5746

DEACON ON CALL: Robin Hackney 404-329-1574

USHERS: Kathy and Alan Bremer, Peter and Carolyn Cobb

GREETERS: Betsy Holland, Sanda and Bill Means, Curt Barrett

COUNTERS: Jeff Peters, Kim Nuckols

COFFEE AND CONVERSATION HOST: Cindy Humphries

INFANT/TODDLER VOLUNTEERS: Caitlin Fox, Kim and Anna Nuckols

TWOS/THREES VOLUNTEER: David Johnston

4s & 5s VOLUNTEERS: Sue Ballay, Ibby Bailey

FELLOWSHIP: Deacons

 

Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7


Keep in your prayers...

Connie Crowley (Hugh Bell’s sister-in-law)

Hamilton family (friends of the Nuckols)

Ann Herndon (Will’s mother)

Penny Hill (Executive Presbyter)

Finley Holaway

Irwin Family

Braxton Jarratt

Friends and relatives of Linda Johnson: Kaitlin Andry, Melanie Donnelly, Ellen Hardeman, Ron and Ann Reggio, Peggy Johnson Smith, Warren Johnson, Sr.

Timothy Johnson (Hugh Bell’s friend)

Vicky Langford (James Beasley’s mother)

Rhett Laurens (Sarah and Richard Brownlee’s neighbor)

Annette Lowery (David Lowery’s mother)

Bobbie McCrackin

Jan McMahan

Marilyn Neforas (Hugh Bell’s friend)

Linda and Mike Robinson (Bill Smith’s family)

Bus and Carmen Ryan (Tyler Ryan’s parents)

Pat Senak (Ericson Harris’ friend)

Greg and Mary Ann Smith and family (friends of the Bach family)

Kent Smith (Hugh Bell’s friend)

Dick Stack (Jane Stack’s husband)

Mike and Amelia Tyler (Lynsley Tyler’s brother and niece)

John Vytal (Katye Watts’ father)

Lincoln Weis (Sienna Weis’s dad)

Please submit prayer requests using the prayer cards in the pew racks.

Last Published: December 19, 2015 2:28 PM