December 1, 2016
In This Issue
Quick Links
Welcome to The Pulse!  Please take a minute to check out what's happening in the life of COTA.
 
PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
Please join your church in praying for the following requests for the life and mission of the church:
 
+ Pray for Christians in Iran, a nation that is 98% Muslim and .5% Christian.  Christian persecution, particularly for Muslim converts, has steadily intensified in Iran in recent years, where many Christians suffer from societal ostracism, discrimination, and abuse.

+ Pray for the Women's Tea on December 10, that women who do not know the Lord would attend at the invitation of women from Apostles, and that it would lead to them eventually coming to know Jesus. 

+ Pray for our Mission Partner, Beyond Imagination, which is doing front-lines work to assist people who deal with sexual sin and abuse from their past. Pray for healing to occur and for wisdom and courage for those who lead in this ministry, especially Ron Elmore who directs the ministry.

THIS SUNDAY @ APOSTLES

December 4, 2016 Bulletin
Services:
8:30am & 11:00am
Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-10 | Matthew 3:1-12
Message:   Cookies, Politics and Fair Play  Rev. Patrick Dominguez

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT APOSTLES

We will be decorating the sanctuary with poinsettias for the Advent & Christmas Season. If you would like to give one in honor or in memory of someone, please fill out the form below.   A $15 donation, which supports the flower ministry, is suggested.

 
How Will You Serve?  for Advent and Christmas Eve
The Advent season has just begun! This is one of the busiest times of year for the church and we are looking for some extra volunteers to help both our regular and seasonal programs run well. 

Please take a look at the options listed on the link below and choose a way that you and/or your family can serve this season!

Pride for Parents Christmas Store
null Please bring a new, unwrapped toy or article of clothing for the Pride for Parents Christmas Store.  Pride for Parents is a ministry that provides new items for local low-income families to purchase at  a reduced costs.  There will be a drop off box in the lobby.  Items will be collected December 3-13 .

Volunteers are needed to help run the store on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays in December.  Contact Volunteer Coordinator Spencer Daniel for more information.{ pride4parents@gmail.com}
 





Women's Christmas Tea
December 10, 2016
9:30 am - 11:30 am
 
Ladies are invited to join us for fellowship and to celebrate the birth of our Christ Child.   Please RSVP to Cheryl Andrassy { andrassy.cheryl@gmail.com | 919-781-4370} and sign up for one of the following:
 
juice
tea sandwiches
sausage balls
small cookies (1 dozen)
mini muffins or sweet bread
fruit
set up 
clean up



FINANCIAL UPDATE
With regards to 2016 Giving Records:
Please note that gifts of securities and mutual funds must be transferred to, and received in, the Church's brokerage account by noon on Dec. 31, 2016.

Due to the limited office/ staffing  hours (closed December 26th and 27th) during the week of December 26th, we are requesting that you make every effort to bring any year end gifts for the offering during the service on December 25th or simply mail them.  Payments mailed and postmarked by December 31, 2016 will be reflected on your 2016 Giving Record.  If your bank issues your payment, please allow plenty of time for our receipt by mail.  You can always check your giving records by logging into Apostles Link. Click on your name and select My Profile, then select the Financial tab. For any questions about your giving, please contact Laynette Rustin.

WOMEN'S MINISTRY
Women in the Word ~ Winter 2017 Study

Women in the Word will be studying Fight Back with Joy by Margaret Feinberg.  Joy can be a weapon to fight life's greatest battles. We will learn how to expand our joy threshold by awakening God's fierce love for us, escape fear and regret by applying biblical truths to our crisis, discover freedom for the past and rise above our circumstances and become more winsome, cheerful and thankful.

Questions: Elizabeth Nichols {919-266-1930 | enicholsslp@gmail.com} 

2017 Women's Retreat
February 24-26, 2017
Wrighstville Beach, NC

Kathy Risley Speaker

Christa Wells Worship Leader

THE FEAR FACTOR: HOW FEAR CONFINES OUR FAITH
He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?" ~ Mark 4:40
 
Fear.  Most of us don't sit around thinking about what we are fearful of and why.  But what if our fears actually prevent us from experiencing deep, abiding faith?  Join us for this sacred time away as we discover how to think "outside the box" fear creates and begin to live fully by faith.

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY
Lessons for December 4
>Nursery:  Esther Is Brave {Esther 2-9}
> Kids Time:  We Give to Others {Acts 19}
> Big Time: Isaiah 11

STUDENT MINISTRY

> December 4 ~ NINE1NINE: Christmas Party | Grab your tacky Christmas sweater, a white elephant $5 gift or some random item around your house and don't miss out on the fun!  SNACK SIGN UP
 
> January 8 ~ The Deal & Small Groups Return!



Summer 2017
The Great Escape - June 11-16 | Cleveland, TN (middle school)
High School Mission Trip - July 9-15 | Clendenin, WV
IMPACT Week (local) - July 31-August 4  (middle school) 
 
OUR MISSIONARIES
Missionary Updates
Please click on the links below for updates from the missionaries of Apostles.
Phil & Jess Vana {Mission Aviation Fellowship}
Terri Shell {InterVarsity}  
Brian & Lauren Mann {Greek InterVarsity}
John & Janie Farwell {Athletes in Action} 
Robin Bolash {InterVarsity at Meredith College}

CHURCH STAFF
Patrick Dominguez   - Senior Pastor
Eric Bolash - Associate Pastor
Curt Solomon - Associate Pastor 
Jonathan Noel - Director of Music
Chris Hendricks - Director of Student Ministries
Nikki Greytock - Student Ministry Administrator
Stacey Wiley  - Director of Children's Ministry   
Ashley Crutchfield  - Raleigh Fellows Director
Lee Hilts - Executive Director
Laynette Rustin - Financial Administrator
Laura Witter- Communications and Building Administrator
Marsha Whyte  - Administrative Assistant

Contact Us
333 Church at North Hills Street . Raleigh, NC . 27609
Office: (919) 782-0550 | Pastoral Care Emergencies: (919) 283-2682