TCC Email Newsletter
December 7, 2017
Advent 2017
Announcements
Pastor Tom's Note
During this Season of Advent where hurriedness and anxiety seem to take us so far away from the ideals of the season of Peace and Joy, we choose to rejoice in the Lord with singing: Joy to the world, the Lord has come! He alone will bring peace to our anxious hearts. The Prince of Peace Himself with fill us with a peace that He alone can give us.


Sermons and Services

Last Sunday
Advent Lessons and Carols Service
"Truth of the Incarnation:
Ancient Promise Fulfilled"
From Isaiah Chapters 11, 40, & 61,
and a special reading from the Jesus Storybook Bible!

This Sunday
The Promise of the God King

Join us!
Evensong
A midweek worship service
Advent 2017
This Advent, we are launching a new mid-week worship service called Evensong as a community practice for spiritual growth.

Praise • Prayer • Scripture • Message

Wednesday Nights
6:45-7:15p
December 6th, 13th, 20th

Read More (a lot more!)
Check out the Evensong Promo Video!
Update on 2018 Pledges
"I will not give burnt offerings to the Lord my God that cost me nothing"
– 2 Samuel 24:24

We are so thankful for the generosity of God's people! So far we have received 93 pledge cards for $936,364 . We are trusting the Lord to meet our goal for the 2018 budget of $1.33m. This year, our hope is to increase the number of members and attendants who make pledges. Would you prayerfully consider making a faith commitment for the first time?

David, when he purchased the future site of the Temple in Jerusalem, knew intuitively that offerings involved a certain amount of sacrifice. We also know an acceptable offering to the Lord doesn't have a minimum (nor maximum) amount. We are believing the Lord for great things in and through TCC for 2018. May He manifest His presence in our midst, the Metrowest area and throughout the world!
 
In His Grace,
Tom 
Deacon's Fund Offering
Every year at our Christmas Eve services, we take a special offering that supports our Deacon's fund. This fund, managed prayerfully and faithfully by our Deacons, provides financial assistance to those in need in our community.

In the next 2 weeks, you'll be receiving a letter from the Deacons with more information. Please consider giving generously to this fund on Christmas Eve and help us bless our community!
December at TCC: an invitation to connect, grow, and serve.

Everyone knows December is a busy time of year. From holiday office parties to children's concerts and plays it seems like sometimes church is yet another thing on our everexpanding to-do ...

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A Note on Kilburn's Barn:

Some have asked about our yearly tradition of Kilburn's Barn and the Living Nativity. We have decided as a staff team not to run the program this year. It was a difficult decision, and we know many will miss this wonderful family event, but we hope that our Evensong services, Lessons and Carols service, and Christmas Eve services will keep our hearts pointed on Jesus this season.

If you would like to see Kilburn's Barn and the Living Nativity return next year, please consider volunteering to organize the event! This community outreach has been hugely successful in past years, and with some new creative energy it could return as a wonderful TCC tradition! Reach out to us if you are interested in helping for next year.
Sundays and Winter Weather
It's almost our favorite time of year...Winter! When snowstorms happen leading into Sunday morning, we will update the church by 7p on Saturday Night via the following channels:

Website: tccwayland.org

Church Voicemail: 508-358-7717

News: WBZ Radio and CBSboston.com

On Sunday mornings, we may potentially cancel the 9:30 service (along with all LTA and Student Ministry Programming) and just have the 11a service. In this case, there would not be any Student Ministry or Children's Programming at the 11a service.

As always, please use your own discretion before traveling in any questionable weather. If you are scheduled to serve on a Sunday morning but are unable to safely travel to church, please contact your ministry leader.
Children's Ministry
Gail Hughson , Director
Cheryl Alexander , Assistant
Children's Artwork Needed for Christmas Eve!

Artwork needed for Christmas Eve! Help us tell the Christmas story with your child's artwork! We use the Jesus Storybook Bible (JSB) during the Christmas drama and need the following scenes illustrated: of the following scenes: Luke 1:26 - Luke...

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Christmas Actors Needed!
Children pre K-5 are invited to play a role in our 5p Family Christmas Eve Drama. Signup at the Children’s Ministry desk this Sunday!

(PK kids may participate, but will need a parent with them.)
Children's Ministry Christmas Party!

All Children’s Ministry volunteers (and spouses) are invited to CM Christmas Party Dec. 8, 7p at the home of Mark and Alynda Foreman. Please RSVP to Gail Hughson at  gail.hughson@gmail.com
Mom and Me
Mom and Me is on break for the holiday season and will resume Monday, Jan 8, 2018.
LTA Serves (w/ Coats for Kids!)

LTA will be partnering with Coats for Kids. The coat drive will run until January 7th. All donations will be given to Anton’s Cleaners where they will be professionally cleaned for free and distributed to local families in need. There is a drop-off box in the Lobby.

-Winter coats needed for adults and children
-All sizes needed (Especially XL and Pre-K sizes)
-Please only gently used & good quality



LTA Serves (w/ Salvation Army!)

LTA is partnering with Salvation Army
(Waltham) by collecting donations to purchase $10 gift cards for people in need. This will enable them to buy their own Christmas turkey or ham. The collection will go until Sunday, December 10th.
Student Ministries
New Student Ministires logo
Kyle Smethurst, Pastor
HS/ MS Boys Lock-In
5P tomorrow night, December 8th, through 9A, Saturday, December 9th...W e hope you can join us! 
Adult Ministries and Bible Studies

Men’s Evening Bible Study
Pastor Tom teaches this class on the “Life of David”, Wednesday evenings at TCC from 7:30-8:30p. All are welcome to attend.  Register on line now for this free class.

Knit Together (K-Tog)
Mondays at 10a-12p & 7p-9p in the parlor.
 People of all ages and experience levels invited to this informal knitting group.

Little Hats, Big Hearts

K-tog at TCC is participating again in the knitting & crocheting of hats. If you would like to create a hat or 3, some red, acrylic yarn is provided. It is located in a basket in the Parlor. There is a basket where you may place the finished hats, by January 10, 2018.

Volunteers from around the country are joining the American Heart Association, in connection with The Children's Heart Foundation, to celebrate American Heart Month by knitting and crocheting red hats for babies born in February at participating hospitals. "Little Hats, Big Hearts", honors babies, moms, and heart healthy lives in a very special way. Supporters are knitting and crocheting red hats to be given out to thousands of babies during American Heart Month in order to empower moms to live heart healthy lives and to help their children do the same.

Together, we are working to raise awareness, provide resources and inspire moms to take their family’s heart health to heart while also raising awareness about Congenital Heart Defects.

http://bit.ly/2wSj6MZ

Questions: Susan Foster 508-358-5852
Saturday Morning Saints -
Men’s Bible Study

Light breakfast and Bible Study from 8a-9:30a. All men are welcome to join us! For more information, contact:
Ed Brown at 508-655-9116; beverlybrown2@mac.com or

Jim Santamaria at 508-358-7821; hermits@comcast.net .
Wednesday Morning Bible Study - Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30a

This class is taught by Rev. Allan Baldwin. Join us as we explore John’s Gospel and its focus on knowing, serving, and enjoying Jesus Christ.

The Wednesday Bible Study Podcasts have moved! 

Here is the link to the recordings:
http://tccspecial.podbean.com/ . You can also find the link to the recordings on our website; on the bottom of the TCC Sermons page is a "Special Event Recordings" link. Click there to listen!
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Mom to Mom Resumes January 12, 2017
Women's Bible Study Resumes January 4, 2017
Missions and Outreach
Angel Tree Gift Delivery
Jim Santamaria is having some minor surgery on December 19 and won’t be available to deliver Angel Tree gifts for a while. He’d love to have them all delivered before then, but he needs your help! Gifts are packed up and ready to be picked up at the church. Delivery addresses are attached to each bundle.
Questions? Contact Jim at 774-232-2758
The TCC Food Pantry, “Loaves & Fishes” offers assistance to those of TCC and the surrounding community who need help with providing for themselves and their family . If you are in need, or if you know of someone who is in need, please feel free to visit the church office for assistance from the food pantry. The food pantry is open on Sunday mornings and during regular church office hours. 
Donations to the TCC “Loaves & Fishes” Food Pantry are gratefully accepted. There is a collection bin on a table near the lobby stairwell. We only accept donations of non-perishable food and personal items. WE RESPECTFULLY ASK YOU NOT TO DONATE ANY OPEN OR EXPIRED ITEMS – WE JUST HAVE TO THROW THEM AWAY!

TOP ITEMS NEEDED:
   
Band Aids
Cheerios
Men’s Deodorant 
Mac ‘n Cheese
Pickles

Any questions regarding donations? Contact Diane or David Newcomb at diane.newcomb@comcast.net or david.newcomb@comcast.net
“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Luke 12:48