November 30, 2017
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Please join your church in praying for the following requests for the life and mission of the church:
 + Please pray for our Mission Partner, North Raleigh Ministries, that the Lord would work through them to show his love to people in need. Pray for their food market, financial benevolence assistance and other ministries.
+ Pray for neighbors, friends and relatives who do not know the Lord, that they would come to know and walk with him.

+ Pray for those who are immigrants in our city, that the Lord would work through his Church to show his love and care for them. "He [the Lord] defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing." Deuteronomy 10:18


Scripture: Psalm 80 | John 10:11-16; 15:5-8 
Message:  Prayers That Get God's Attention - Rev. Patrick Dominguez

Family Advent Wreath Making 
December 3rd at 10am
Create a family advent wreath to enjoy at home! Suggested $10 donation covers costs of candles materials.  Family Advent
Devotion Guide included.


"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}

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 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!

Opportunities to Serve ~ Advent 2017

Pride for Parents Christmas Store
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 3-14.

- dolls {all sizes and ethnicities}
- doll accessories 
- bikes {with helmets}
- sporting goods {footballs, basketballs, baseball gloves}

- riding toys for toddlers
- VTech/Leapster electronic toys
- coats, mittens, hats for ages 2-16
- items for older kids {headphones, games, fun jewelry}
Volunteers are needed to help run the store in December ~  PFP Volunteer Information

Applications for the 2018 Guatemala Mission Trip are due Friday, December 1!  Check the link for application and details:

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 {}.

It's that tasty time of year again!  Bring a goodie: Email Lou White {} with the item you'd like to donate.  All baked goods can be dropped off on the day of the sale.  Buy a goodie: The bake sale will be open after both 8:30 and 11:00 services. Consider grabbing a treat for a friend, neighbor or Christmas gifts! Proceeds will go toward scholarships for the Women's Retreat in February.
The Women's Ministry would like to invite you to coffee and dessert as we fellowship together and celebrate Christmas.  Please feel free to invite a friend; simply indicate the number of guests (including yourself) below.  We will gather in the Fellowship Hall ... please join us!


> 12/03
~ Student Ministry Christmas Party | 6-8pm | Bring a gift to participate in our epic White Elephant Gift Exchange!

Where: Ridgecrest Conference Center

Where: Clendenin, WV

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

Lessons for December 3
> Nursery: Esther is Brave {Esther 2-9}
> Kids Time: Using Our Talents For God {Exodus 25:1-9}

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