December 1, 2017


Worship December 3 at 11am
First Sunday of Advent
Scripture: Romans 5:1-5
 NRSV
Sermon: Keep Hope Alive

A Warm Welcome to our New Members!

Gabriel Forbus
 

Maria Rivera
 

Armando & Carla Correa-Hernandez
Carlos & Armando
 
 Be sure to welcome them into our church family!

Norcross Christmas Tree Lighting
 
On Friday, December 1 our Chancel Choir, along with our Chorister and Carol children's choirs, will be singing at Thrasher Park in downtown Norcross for the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. There will be great festive music and perhaps even a visit from a man in a red suit! Bring your family and get excited for the season!  This free event begins at 5:30pm and runs until 8.

Last Chance!
 
Help decorate our worship spaces during Advent by ordering a Christmas poinsettia in honor of or in memory of a loved one and to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. All dedications will appear in the Christmas Eve bulletin.
Orders may be placed now through 
Sunday, December 3, 2017
 
(Poinsettias may be picked up
after the 5PM Christmas Eve service.)
 
Cost of each poinsettia is $18 - Larger size plants!
Please place orders and payment in the collection box found at the Welcome Desk.
 
Please make checks payable to UMM and note Poinsettias in the memo portion of the check.

 
We now have access to our new church pictorial directory through a FREE mobile app.
If you are interested, click here!
 
Email Rae Myles at rmyles@nfumc.org for the access code.


The Circle of Love post office will be open in the Hall of the Apostles to send your Christmas cards to church members through New Year's Day for 10 cents each. Please deposit your cash only donations in the blue mail box and deposit your cards with person's name and small group affiliation in the appropriate lettered box. Money collected will be used to support missions projects.


Volunteers Needed
We need "volunteer elves" here at the church on December 14 from 5-8pm to help with the gift distributions. Please contact Rae Myles for details and to volunteer.









  • Join us for weekly prayer Sundays, 8:45AM in the Library. We will pray for the worship services and Growth Groups.
  • Prayer email notifies church members of sympathy and urgent/immediate prayer requests from people within our church. Email requests/concerns to: prayers@nfumc.org
  • Weekly Prayer Group meets Tuesdays at 7PM in the Sanctuary Prayer Room
Stephen Ministry
Sometimes we just need someone to listen. Stephen Ministers are lay members of the congregation who have received over 50 hours of training in how to listen empathetically, non-judgmentally, and
most important, lovingly with the heart of Christ. We all go through so many changes and situations in our lifetime: retirement, involuntary job loss, death of a family member, diagnosis of a serious illness, depression. And often during those times we don't need or want someone telling us what to do, but to
hear us as we talk about how these situations have affected us, wounded us, changed us, or even provided new opportunities. If you feel that you could use a friend to care and to listen, to encourage, and pray with you and for you (at your request), please know that we are available for you. For more information, contact  Rev. Brenda Westmoreland -  bwestmoreland2583@att.net  or Murlene Dubay at  770-449-1478 .
Music & Arts


Jane Martin | 770-448-4142, ext. 143 | jmartin@nfumc.org
 
 

Gloria Musical Presentation

 Join us for this combined worship hour.
 

Senior Adults
JOY (Just Older Youth) Bible study
There will be no Bible Study in December. JOY resumes Wednesday, January 10, 2018. Study to be determined.
JetSet
" Jet Set Club where Godly people and heavenly food abound! "
Jet Set is a senior adult fellowship group meeting at 11:00am the third Wednesday of each month for programs and a covered dish luncheon. Guests are always welcome!   
 
Next Jet Set Meeting
Wednesday, December 6 |  11am | Fellowship Hall
Join us for our Christmas Celebration and Luncheon, where the Gerry-at-tricks will sing Christmas Classics. Please bring a side dish (turkey and ham  provided) and an unwrapped Christmas toy for the Norcross Co-Op.


Senior Leadership team

 
The extended trip for the Jet Set in 2018 will be to The Ark Encounter and Creation Museum in the Cincinnati area on October 1 - 5, 2018. The price is $510.00 double occupancy, $689.00 single occupancy which includes Motorcoach transportation, 4 nights lodging, 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners, admission to the  Ark, Creation Museum, Newport Aquarium, Cincinnati Zoo, Botanical Gardens, and  tips for driver and any tour guide, does not include tips for any meals. If interested in taking this trip, please e-mail wildakwarren@aol.com.  


Check the Website for 2017 meetings and trips!
 www.norcrossfirst.org/senior_adult 
  • Men's group | Thursdays at 11:45am weekly | Berkeley Hills Country Club
  • Contact Tom Waits for information: waitsengrg@charter.net
Articles and Announcements
Submission of articles and announcements for the weekly newsletter and bulletin must
be received by Noon Monday weekly.
Email Andie Ashe: communications@nfumc.org
 

Student Ministry

Confirmation 2018
We will offer Confirmation classes beginning January 21, 2018.  If you have not participated in Confirmation these classes are for you!  Offered to students and parents 7 - 12 Grade.  There are 9 classes and then those who have completed the classes and meet with Reverend Eddie Bradford will be confirmed on Confirmation Sunday, April 29.  Please contact Sandra Hunter if you are interested in participating in Confirmation 2018. Deadline to register for Confirmation is Sunday, 
December 3.
Children & Student Ministry
Ministry for 5th and 6th Grade students.
Terri Hoye 
770-448-4142, ext. 105

Children's Ministry
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Children's Ministry
Rev. Terri Hoye
770-448-4142, ext. 105 | thoye@nfumc.org


Children's Christmas Events
December 1 : Children's Choirs Singing at         the Norcross Christmas Tree Lighting
December 3: Keepsake Christmas by               RSVP only
December 6: "A Christmas to Believe In"           Children's Musical Program
December 17: Children's Choirs perform in       Gloria! Musical Program
December 24: Happy Birthday Jesus                 Celebration at 9:30am
 
VBS for 2018 is scheduled for the evenings of Sunday, June 3rd - Thursday, June 7th.
Please mark your calendars now to be part of this Outreach Ministry to Children!


Creation Kids Sunday Morning Schedule

9:15AM-12:15PM     Nursery | Birth - Toddlers | B126, B127 -
                                Ladybug and Fish Rooms
9:30AM                   Preschool Worship | 3 and 4 year olds | B132 -
                               Duck Room
                      Elementary Growth Groups

Note: In December k-4th will combine in room 232/234
                      K/1st Grade       
                      2nd Grade          
                      3rd/4th Grade     

11:00AM                   Preschool Growth Groups | Ages 3's and 4's 
                               B130 - Frog Room
                               Children Kindergarten - Sixth Grade attend worship with                                    their family
 
Every child Birth - Tweens will have the opportunity throughout the morning to learn about God!

Every child attending a children's program must be checked into KidCheck! Click Here to Register!

Creation Kids Weekday Preschool
Beth Newton | 678-533-1321 



We offer a loving, Christian environment for your child or grandchild to grow and learn things such as academics, music, phonics, art, independent skills, age-appropriate academics, Chapel, Wiggles movement class and much more. Forms available at information kiosk by the Preschool Office or online. Call or stop by for more information.
www.norcrossfirst.org/preschool
Missions

HeartReach Evangelism
Shelley Carr, Chair
Friends of Refugees Christmas Each year one of our Local Mission Partners, Friends of Refugees of Clarkston, provides a shop where parents can go and buy a Christmas gift for their child at a price that they can afford.
 
This year we are collecting the following items:
  • [ ] Sports Equipment (Soccer Balls, Small Soccer Goals, Basketballs, Kickballs)
  • [ ] Educational Items (Books (board, picture, ready-to-read, chapter) & Flash Cards & Puzzles)
  • [ ] Toys (Trucks, Dolls (non-white), Balls, Legos (non-themed))
  • [ ] Art Supplies (Sidewalk Chalk, Coloring Books/Crayons, Art Kits)
  • [ ] Games (Young Children's Games, Board Games, Card Games)
  • [ ] Winter Wear (Children's Coats, Jackets, Hats & Gloves) in sizes toddler thru 16
The items can be dropped off at the Wood Christmas Tree in the Gathering area between now and Sunday, December 3rd.
 
We will also be hosting a Christmas Party at FOR in Clarkston for the children as their parents are shopping on Saturday, December 9th from 8:30 am-12:30 pm.
 
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact  Donna Blanton 

National Missions
Larry Stone - National Missions Chair
International Missions
Gary Grahn - International Missions Chair
MISSIONARIES ARE COMING! HOST HOMES ARE NEEDED! 

Plans for GIC 2018 are well underway. Missionaries from across the street and around the world have been invited to join us January 26-28, 2018 for a weekend of sharing and encouragement. 

Many of our missionaries will travel a long way to be with us during GIC.  If you are able to host a missionary, or would like more information about what is involved, please click here to contact Colleen Heer, Host Home coordinator. 
Nicaragua Team Now Forming 
for Spring Break 2018!

Click here to see how YOU can join us during Spring Break 2018 as we travel to Nicaragua to serve and fellowship with our long-time friends in Ruben Dario!
Midweek Connection


Wednesday Night Dinners
Make reservations weekly by Noon Monday by email, voicemail or online reservation. 

THIS IS THE LAST MIDWEEK DINNER FOR 2017!

Menu for 12/6:
 Spaghetti Night with Garlic Sticks, Salad and Dessert

Serving begins at 5:30pm in the FLC.
EVERYONE must make reservations for dinner.
Standing reservations will be accepted with the expectation that if you do not cancel by Noon on the Monday prior you will be responsible for payment. Email  melissa@nfumc.org, or leave a message at x 152 OR click here to register for dinner.



Upcoming Winter Studies
Wonderstruck by Margaret Feinberg (Women's Study) 
 led by Debbie Adams- 7 week study.  
Do you ever feel like you're going through the motions of faith? Sometimes we do and say the right things, but our hearts are far from God. We lose our sense of holy awe. In Wonderstruck, Margaret Feinberg invites you to toss back the covers, climb out of bed, and drink in the fullness of life God intended.
 
You Are What You Love by James K. A. Smith 
 led by Mickey Stanfield- 7 week study.
Who and what we worship fundamentally shape our hearts. We may not realize, however, the ways our hearts are taught to love rival gods instead of the One for whom we were made. And while we desire to shape culture, we are not often aware of how culture shapes us. In You Are What You Love, popular speaker and
award-winning author James K. A. Smith helps us recognize the formative power of culture and the
transformative possibilities of Christian practices.  This is a book study and the book can be purchased through Amazon.com.
 
The Wesley Class Meeting 
 led by John Hammer- On Going
.
A Wesleyan small group will knock your spiritual socks off. It grows faith through sharing what God is doing in our lives. In the group, we watch over one another in love. Somewhat surprisingly, people find this small group experience enjoyable and meaningful. Why would you not want to try it? Sign up today.
 
I  Am The Vine/History of the Sanctuary Kneeling Pads 
led by Chery Baird.
The Sanctuary is a visual Bible for each person to read in worship.  Using the statement that Jesus made in the gospel of John 15:1 "I am the vine, you are the branches" we will explore the secrets of the vine and the stories of Jesus in our Sanctuary and see what God has in store for you.
Young Adults
 

Young Adult Meeting

Sunday January 7, 2018 | 12:15pm | Room 133/135

Young Adult Study | Monday Nights  
7:15-9:30pm  |  
Room A202
The current study is The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (no "homework" reading required!). Come join and learn more about who we are with Christ in our lives and how to live out our faith!

Recreation

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Sign up for Upward Basketball and Cheerleading for this winter!!
Click Here for more info!
Deadline to Register is Saturday, December 16!!
Counseling Available  
Cameron Butler-Wooten
LAPC, LAMFT

Counseling is available by appointment at Norcross First. Service is provided by a professional counselor who will help individuals, couples and families process the challenges of life in a safe, warm environment. Contact Cameron for an appointment: 678-485-1331 or cameronbutlercounseling@gmail.com