December 14, 2017
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Welcome to The Pulse!  Please take a minute to check out what's happening in the life of COTA.
Please join your church in praying for the following requests for the life and mission of the church:
+ Please pray for our pastors and church staff, that the Lord would cover them with his love, care and daily protection.

+ Pray for our search for a new sound technician to assist with rehearsals and  Sunday worship each week.

+ Pray for our mission partner The Encouraging Place as they host the Pride For Parents Christmas store, providing affordable toys for families in need.


Scripture: Psalm 126 | John 3:22-30
Restoration Accomplished, Restoration Anticipated 
~ Jay Traylor


How Will You Serve During Advent?
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!


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.


"Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace."

During Advent, the season in which we mark the waning sunlight and growing winter and look forward to the new light brought to us in Jesus at Christmas, this brief Compline service helps us to slow down, catch our breath, and remember our deep desire for God's restoration and healing.

Wednesday evenings during Advent {12/6 * 12/13 * 12/20}
Full Congregation Participation!

Shepherd head pieces, angel halos, townspeople "props" and various animal ears will be made available in the sanctuary for our congregation members to wear.
We even encourage our youth and adults to join our children as they process to the stage during the pageant!
(Participation is optional, of course!)

Children's Costume Fitting:
Sunday, December 10, 10am 

Children's One Rehearsal:
Saturday, December 16, 10am-12pm

If your child(ren) would like to help lead
in the pageant as a cast member,
PLEASE email Stacey regarding your child's interests.

Do you sew or craft? Would you like to make a few extra pairs of donkey or lamb ears?
If so, PLEASE email Stacey for details:

Wednesday, December 20

Abiding Prayer takes place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 7-8pm, upstairs in the youth room. This is an hour of quiet, individual, contemplative prayer which we do together with background music It's a great time to worship and rest in the Lord. Prayer teams are available to pray one-on-one on the first Wednesdays.
Year-End 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 December 29, 2017 to be included with 2017 giving.  Because the church offices will be closed December 25 -29, we are requesting that you make every effort to bring any year end gifts for the general offering during the services on December 24th, 31st, or simply mail them.  Payments mailed and postmarked by December 31, 2017 will be reflected on your 2017 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 {}.


Muffins 'n More ~ Winter/Spring 2018
Muffins 'n More will resume on Monday, January 8, continuing the study of Romans.  Muffins 'n More meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month in Room 208 from 10 - 11:30am.

Cheryl Andrassy {919-781-4370,
Sue Barclay {919-783-5043,}

Women in the Word ~ Winter/Spring 2018
Beginning January 8, 2018 ~ What Love Is: The Letters of 1, 2, 3 John by Kelly Minter. Believers are challenged to look at contrasting themes such as walking in the light instead of darkness, truth versus lies and deception, loving God more than loving the world, and the meaning of true fellowship and community rather than shallowness.

Contact: Elizabeth Nichols {}

Tuesday at Noon ~ Winter/Spring 2018
Tuesday at Noon will resume on January 9, 2018 meeting in Room 205 on Tuesdays at 12pm. The class will be studying 2 Timothy, with Beth Moore. 

Contact: Liz Rickner { | 252-671-6205}

One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. ~ Psalm 145:4  

Confirmation is open to 8th and 9th grade students. Students will meet for confirmation during the Sunday School hour (10-10:50am) between January 14 and March 4. Bishop Breedlove will confirm students Sunday, March 18. 
Please contact Paul Morales {} or call 919-782-0550 if you have any questions.

> THE DEAL will resume on January 14th
> 10:00 HOUR will resume on January 21st
See you next year!

Where: Ridgecrest Conference Center

Where: Clendenin, WV

SOUL IN THE CITY | JULY 22-27, 2018
Where: Jacksonville, FL

Lessons for December 17
> Nursery:  Baby Jesus {Luke 1:26-33; 2:1-7}
> Kids Time: God Sends an Angel to Visit Mary {Matt 1:18-25}
> *NO* Big Time this Sunday

COTA Missionary Updates
Terri Shell {InterVarsity}  
Brian & Lauren Mann {Greek InterVarsity}
John & Janie Farwell {Athletes in Action} 
Robin Bolash {InterVarsity at Meredith College}
Marion Dewar {Cru @NC State}

Patrick Dominguez   - Senior Pastor
Eric Bolash - Associate Pastor
Jay Traylor - Church Planter in Residence
Jonathan Noel - Director of Worship Arts
Paul Morales - Director of Student Ministry
Emily Gebbie  - Student Ministry Assistant
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
Ann Dotson - Director of Women's Ministry
Doug Brogdon - Volunteer Coordinator

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