Sermon: David Bridges
“A Song of Subversion”
Luke 1.39-55

THE FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR TODAY are presented with great joy as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. And may the true meaing of Christmas fill our lives with love for all those around us. – Fleta

OUR HEARTFELT SYMPATHY goes to Wes & Margaret Baker on the passing of Margaret’s father Robert Dye, who passed away Thursday, December 10th.

CONGRATULATIONS to Eric & Sara Hopkins on the birth of their daughter, Elenore Jane Hopkins, on Sunday, December 13th. Our congratulations and best wishes also go to the proud grandparents, David & Joyce Byrne

CONGRATULATIONS to Jason & Laura Porterfield on the birth of their son, Jono Francis Porterfield, on Tuesday, December 15th. Our congratulations and best wishes also go to the proud grandparents, David & Joyce Byrne and George & Dee Porterfield. Jono is welcomed home by big sister Mika and big brother Luke.

CHURCH COOKBOOKS AVAILABLE! This collection of recipes from our amazing cooks would be a great Christmas gift for someone you love, or for yourself! Not only that, 100% of the proceeds go to missions. The cost is $15 – stop by the church office if you’d like to pick up one or more copies.

OUR DECEMBER MINUTE FOR MISSIONS highlights all our mission fields – here and there. Please continue to pray for our mission fields and missionaries across the globe and here at home. Our thanks to our church family for your steadfast support of missions. The Missions Team covets your prayers as we prayerfully try to discern God’s vision for missions at Friendswood Friends Church. Give – Pray – Serve. Will you join us in “Fanning the Flame”?

THE FLOWER CHART for 2016 has been posted in the foyer. You are invited to sign up for a date to provide the altar flowers in honor of a loved one or a special occasion in your family. Just sign your name by the date you have chosen – you’ll get a reminder card in the mail shortly before your chosen date.

DURING THIS ADVENT SEASON, we invite you to remember the 4 tenets of the Advent Conspiracy that we as a church have focused on for the past several years: Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More and Love All. As you consider ways that you can give to bless others, you are encouraged to look at the EFM Christmas catalog that is available on the kiosk. Instead of spending hours at the mall shopping for a gift that may never be used, why not honor a loved one with a gift that will truly make a difference in someone’s life? See the brochure for more information on how to donate, or go to friendsmission.com. Another option for giving is Kids Hope USA, the organization that we are partnering with to reach out to at risk children in our local schools. Donations can be sent to KHUSA at 100 S Pine Street Suite 280 Zeeland, MI 49464, or donate online at www.kidshopeusa.org.

LADIES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND a new Sunday school class that begins on Sunday, January 10th at 9:30 a.m. in the Bride’s Room. True Woman 101, written by Mary A. Kassian and Nancy Lee Demoss is an eight week course with foundational teaching and insight from God’s word that will be led by Teresa Wentz. Books will be provided. If you would like to participate please call or e-mail Teresa before December 28th to reserve your free copy.

LADIES, stop by the kiosk to pick up a brochure for our 2016 Women’s Retreat – Bread of Life. We will be heading to T Bar M Resort in New Braunfels, January 29th – 31st. Our speaker this year will be Cindy Dawson and we welcome Katie Newton as our worship leader. The cost for quadruple occupancy is $170 (there are also a limited number of single occupancy rooms) if your registration form and $100 deposit are received in the church office by Friday, January 15th. After that date, the price increases to $195. For any questions, please contact Beth Stanfield.

ATTENTION YOUTH: reGeneration is a meaningful gathering of Friends students in Mid-America Friends Churches for the purposes of deepening our relationship to Christ and sending out a new generation of disciple-makers, while also making connections between Friends Church youth from different churches and adult supporters from across our yearly meeting. This is an important gathering for our Mid-America youth, and we are excited to go December 28th – 31st! Any students ages 13-19 are welcome, as well as adults who are interested to come participate and serve as “coaches” for students at this gathering. The cost is $252 per person plus $50 in food money for the trip up and back. You can register now at www.efcmaym.org/regeneration, and if you have any questions please contact David Jaimes at jaimes@friendswoodfriends.org.

CALLING ALL JR & SR HIGH STUDENTS! We are forming a singing group that will learn worship music and then present it on Sunday mornings several times a year. Does this sound like something that you would like to join? The first meeting will take place on Sunday, January 10th at 7 p.m. in the Friends Center. Please contact Jamie Royle for more information.

Holiday Schedule

THE CHURCH OFFICE will close at noon on December 23rd and remain closed through December 25th for the Christmas holiday.

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICES: Join us on Thursday, December 24th at 6:00 p.m. or at 10:00 p.m. for one of our candlelight worship services. Nursery care will be provided at the 6:00 p.m. service only.

ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27th there will be no Sunday School classes and ONE WORSHIP SERVICE only, at 10:00 a.m.

NEW YEAR’S EVE PRAYER & COMMUNION: Begin the New Year with prayer! The Worship Center will be open between 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 31st. You may come and go any time in between. Communion will be available at the altar for those who desire. No childcare is provided.