National Heights Baptist Church ~ E-News     December 2017
 
December is an exciting month at NHBC as we prepare to celebrate the Savior through the Christmas season. Highlights of the season include:

*   Our annual Christmas Coffee House and Family Christmas Wednesday, Dec. 13
*   Christmas in Bethlehem for children and their families Sunday, Dec. 17 at 9:45 AM
*   A special musical drama A Christmas Prayer, Sunday, Dec. 17 at 6:00 PM
*   Our annual Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions throughout the month

This December features a unique opportunity. Christmas Eve falls on Sunday this year. We will celebrate God's great gift through a joint worship service Sunday morning at 11:00 AM, including our annual Candlelight Lord's Supper. I hope you will make this special service a part of your family's celebration of this wonderful season.

I can't wait to see what God is going to do through you!
~Vaughn Weatherford
 
December Calendar
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October Income Report 
Budgeted     $431,666.70
Received      $404,330.74 
Year-to-date under budget $27,335.96 
Actual Budgeted Expenses $410,419.64 
Net Balance under $6,088.90
 
Newsletter Deadline
The deadline for articles to be included
in the January Newsletter will be
Monday, December 18.  Email Judy Foley at jfoley@nationalheights.org
 
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Family Christmas
A casual and fun Christmas Celebration
for the entire family Wednesday, December 13
 6:00 Coffeehouse  6:30 Celebration
    On Wednesday, December 13th, our church will have a casual and fun Christmas celebration.  At 6:00, we will be decking the halls with our annual Christmas Coffeehouse.  Lots of goodies and treats along with hot cocoa and coffee.  Then at 6:30, we'll have an informal Christmas celebration with songs from our children & Christmas choir, a skit from our youth and congregational carol singing.   Other programs will not meet that evening so families can celebrate together.  
   Please bring some samplings from your Christmas baking to share with the church family in the coffeehouse.  If you plan on bringing cookies to share, there is a sign-up sheet outside of the Worship Center.  We will be happy to plate your cookies if you wish to bring them in a disposable container.  Thanks for sharing.
A Christmas Prayer - a musical drama
Phillip Galloway has a 20-year-old chip on his shoulder. His mother died from an illness when he was 8 years old. She was a dedicated Christian, but his father had no apparent regard for God at that time. Phillip grew embittered by his mother's death and an emotionally absent father. He remembers his mother's commitment to the Lord, but he also remembers a father who was verbally abusive and constantly let him and his family down in almost every area of their lives. Five years ago, his dad experienced spiritual rebirth. Phillip's heart is cold toward his father and God. How could a loving God allow his mother to be taken away from them? Jenny, Phillip's sister, pleads with him to come home for one weekend during the holidays. She is a member of the choir, and their brother, Nathan, is the narrator for the church musical. Jenny tells Phillip that it would mean a lot to both of them if he could be there. Phillip reluctantly agrees. We follow Phillip on his journey homeward, during which he encounters people who involve him in deeper levels of discussion. It is obvious that the family's prayers are being answered, even before he arrives at the church for the Christmas musical presentation. 
Join us on Sunday, December 17 at 6:00 PM as our NHBC Christmas Choir presents A Christmas Prayer and learn more about Phillip's story.  
Senior Connection Goodie Bags
  Goodie Bags of Christmas treats for our members who can not regularly attend services will be prepared on Sunday, December 10. Please bring candy and baked goods to the kitchen by 9:30 that morning. All types of treats are welcome. Bags will be prepared, labeled with a name and address and placed on a table in the east hallway. Immediately following the 11:00 worship service, volunteers are invited to pick up a bag and deliver it on behalf of the church family.
 
Christmas in Bethlehem
Sunday, December 17, 2017 9:45 am - 10:45 am

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole
empire should be registered... So everyone went to be registered,
each to his own town.  Luke 2 HCSB

 *    Take a journey through the "streets of Bethlehem" as we celebrate the coming of our Savior, Jesus. Children and their Families will be guided through an interactive presentation where they will discover some of the sights and sounds of Bethlehem during the time when Jesus was born.   
*    Families will start with a breakfast at the city well and then go to register for the census. As part of the activities, they will receive denarii (Roman money) to 'pay our taxes' and buy things from the Bethlehem marketplace.  And, the shepherds will tell everyone of the newborn King.
*   Each child will make a craft to take home.
Invite your friends and family to join us for this exciting journey
as we learn about the birth of our Savior, Jesus.

Christmas Eve Service
We will celebrate God's great gift through a joint 
worship service Sunday morning at 11:00 AM, 
including our annual Candlelight Lord's Supper.
 This will be the only scheduled event for the day.  
Make this special service a part of your
family's Christmas celebration.
From the Deacons...
 Dear Church Family,
    As we begin the celebration of Christmas, we at National Heights are once again reminded that we are extremely blessed to have a dedicated and caring church staff who serve us faithfully throughout the year.
    As is our tradition, we will be showing our appreciation to our staff by presenting them with a Christmas love offering. To participate, please place your contribution in a regular offering envelope marked "Staff Gifts" and place it in the offering plate or mail it to the church. We would appreciate receiving your offering by noon on Sunday, December 17.  Thank you, and may God bless you and your family this holiday season and through the coming year.                                                                                                     Scott Foley, Chairman of Deacons

December 13 - No Activities or Practices so that our families can attend our Christmas Coffeehouse and Family Christmas Program starting 6:00.
December 24 - The only service will be at 11:00.  No Bible Study classes will meet.
December 25 & 26 - The church office will be closed.
December 27 - No activities, practices or services.
January 1 - The church office will be closed.
Praying every Tuesday @ 2:00 for the ministries of National Heights
 
Weekly Prayer Focus 
12/5 - Outreach
12/12 - Children's Ministry
12/19 - Prime Timers
12/26 - Bible Study Life Groups
1/2 - Deacons 
   
Sympathy... 
...to Marti Blattert and family in the death of her sister,  
Bonnie Doshier on
October 27.
 


International Missions    
Season of Prayer 
NHBC Goal - $19,000 
Mark your envelope "Lottie Moon" or use the special envelope provided for you in the pew pockets.
 
December
Door Greeters 
Ralph & Harriet Arnold
Harvey & Shirley Umstead
Darleen Lasley
Lloyd & Diana Cunningham


  
 Welcome...
...to Keely and Jordan Franklin.  
Keely and Jordan are the daughters of Jacob and Sara Franklin. They joined our church family by baptism on November 19.  Their father  
had the honor of baptizing  
his daughters. 
Keely is a member of the Flight 56 Sunday School class and Jordan is member of the 3rd/4th Grade class.  Proud grandparents are Ralph and Harriet Arnold. Welcome to NHBC family. 
  

Christmas Gift Bags for Fremont Students
   On Tuesday morning, December 12, Women on Mission will gather in the fellowship hall at 9:30 in the morning. The program for the morning will be an outreach activity:  the assembling of the Christmas gift bags for the nearly 400 students at Fremont Elementary School. Any adult who wants to help is welcome to come and participate in this project.  
   Each of the attractive, inviting clear gift bags will include a stuffed animal, a card game like Hearts, Fish, or Old Maid, a new pair of socks, and an activity book with pencil included. The puzzle book has a variety of puzzles along with some pages for coloring.  
   At the end of the morning on December 12, a light snack will be served by hostesses  Marti Blattert and Becky Mabus.  A brief devotional will be led by Doris Whitcher.  Come and enjoy our time together as we serve in our community, helping to share the Spirit of Christmas.
Items needed for Christmas Baskets 
   During the month of December our church family will be collecting canned food items and paper products to share with about 23 families in our church and community. This is over 100 people. Please bring the items listed below to the church and place in the tubs at the entryways. Also, we food basket always have to purchase perishable items like meat, milk, bread, eggs, oleo and fresh fruit.  So funds are always needed for this purpose. If you prefer to give funds directly, you may mark your envelop, "Food Baskets."  All your help will be very much appreciated.  
Items needed: canned meat, macaroni & cheese, toilet paper, canned vegetables, other pasta, liquid hand soap, canned fruit, crackers, liquid dish soap, peanut butter, jelly, and paper towels.
Volunteers Needed Monday Morning, December 18 
Both Men and Women are needed to volunteer to assemble the Christmas Baskets in fellowship hall on Monday, December 18, at 9:00 a.m.  Usually 2 hours is the time needed, depending on the number of volunteers.  Come, help with the work, and enjoy the fun of this valuable outreach activity. If you can't stay for the whole time, give us an hour or so. The selected families who receive the baskets will pick up their "baskets" later that day. This activity is a real blessing to both the givers and the receivers. One never knows what a difference in a life just one touch can make.  Be one of those to "touch" another during these special days of Christmas. 

Prime Timers  - December 21
   Prime TimersPrime Timers will be meeting December 21 in the fellowship hall.  This will be our Christmas season celebration.   Our program will be a Carol Sing-Along led by Joshua Roberts.  After our program we will have our Christmas luncheon.   We will have ham provided.  You are asked to bring a dish of your own choosing to share.   I would like all of you to share if you can.     -Carl Rose
Care & Share Care and Share - Holiday Gathering
Care and Share Ministry to widows of the church community will gather for their informal luncheon on Thursday, December 7 at 11:15 a.m. This meeting combines the November and December meetings due to the holiday seasons.  Gather with the group at Golden Corral North in the meeting room. If you have questions, direct them to Mildred Burns or Phyllis Sanford. 
Congratulations...
...to Carla Kirchner.  Carla recently won the Concrete Wolf Press 2016 Chapbook Award for her book of poetry - "The Physics of Love" - published by Concrete Wolf Press.  Kirchner's work is a chapbook of poems that draws from physics principles to explore motherhood and loss.  Proud you are a part of our NHBC family!

Stretching with Scripture
There will be no Stretching with Scripture on the two holidays that fall on Mondays.  Monday, December 25th, and January 1st. If you would like to attend one of the other classes that are not held at NHBC, please see LaShena Wheat.

Pickleball @ NHBC!
We will be playing in the gym on Tuesday Nights - 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm.  Come join us, no equipment needed, we have plenty! Kids thru senior adults can play.  Any questions just ask Karen Fielding or Becky Chittenden. 
Hope to see you there.
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Thanks to each of you who helped provide, prepare, assemble, and share help in any way with the Thanksgiving Baskets distributed during November.  It is a genuine blessing to be a part of NHBC. Thanks to each of you for your generosity and compassionate hearts. May you be especially blessed during this Christmas Season.  
~Judy Divine, Basket Coordinator

Dear Church Family,
   Rejoice and be thankful for all the Lord has accomplished through you!   142 individuals have participated with the spirit of love and caring to provide 38 children in our neighborhood, their caregiver, and 20 incarcerated parents to reconnect as a family this Christmas.
   Thank you for the special roll you played in reconnecting families and sharing the love of Christ in a tangible way.  We could not do Angel Tree Ministries without each of you.
    Volunteers have served as faithful prayer warriors, provided funds for age appropriate bibles, contacted care givers, purchased gifts, wrapped gifts, baked cookies, and sent cards to the incarcerated parent.  God will use your efforts to give hope and joy to prisoners and their families.
   All of you went beyond the norm.  Eternity will be different for others and for you.  One person's generosity can change another person's life for eternity.  To God be the Glory.  
                                                               ~Much Love and Thanks,  Becky Bennett Angel Tree Coordinator

To my dear church family at National Heights:
   I want to thank everyone for the prayers, cards, and heartfelt words of encouragement that Pam and I have benefitted from since my diagnosis with Stage 4 lymphoma.  They all mean so much to us.  I know they have been used by the Holy Spirit to strengthen and encourage both of us, and I am sure the many prayers are the reason my chemo treatments have been going so well.  Worship at National Heights is the highlight of my week.  I hope you, like I, really think about the words of the songs Joshua chooses.  The messages of the songs are so relevant to all that is going on in each of our lives, and fit very appropriately with the God-inspired sermon that Vaughn delivers. 
~Thank you, and God bless each of you, Robb Chandler

 Dear NHBC family,
   Thank you for all of the love and support you have given us so far on such a heartbreaking journey.  We know you share with us a faith and hope that gives us smiles through tears - Andrew is with Jesus and we will see him again.
   Special thanks to Pastor Vaughn and Raymond Hooper who stayed with us through the beginning and beyond.  We are so blessed to be part of such an amazing church family.  Please continue praying.  ~Tommy, Terri, and Dani

To:  Dr. Weatherford and the members of NHBC,
   Thank you to the College and Career Class, Adult 3 class and the many friends who were so faithful in sending their thoughts, prayers, cards, and love to our mom, Wilda Jones, over these past few years.  You don't know how much it meant to her and our families.  The Anthurium plant arrangement that was sent for her service was just beautiful and greatly appreciated. 
~Sincerely, Marilyn Wilson and Marcus Jones

Thank you for your gift of new clothing and Pull-Ups on September 29, 2017.  Your generosity keeps kiddos safe and provides for all their needs while their families work with our Family Advocates to resolve their crisis and grow stronger.  It's because of you that lives are changed and families are strengthened in our community.  Thank you, again, for your generous gift and for making a difference!  ~Holly Beadle, Executive Director, Isabel's House

NHBC,
Thank you so much for the amazing service and coordination of our recent shoe sizing and delivery days!  I have seen so many happy students wearing their new shoes proudly. I especially enjoy the little ones who can't even tie them but still won't wear anything else.  We appreciate you!  Fremont Elementary, James Grandon

Wishing you a Christmas filled with
rejoicing in God our Savior
from your National Heights Staff