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Prince of Peace 2019

Celebrate Advent & Christmas Eve at Slash

God and Jesus have many names in the Bible, each one describing their relationship to us as individuals and to all humanity. Those many names help us understand how God and Jesus relate to us and explain how Jesus can be both God and a human.

We will talk about some of those names from Isaiah 9 during the Sundays of Advent. The Prince of Peace worship series will be about four names and titles used for Jesus: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.  Let's discover together how these names relate to prophecies of the Messiah, and also how they set apart Jesus as the Son of God and Savior of the World. 

Join us at Slash as we discover that true peace is found in those who choose to follow Christ. Advent starts December 1st.  Make plans to join us on Tuesday, December 24th at 4:00 pm in the afternoon for our family friendly Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.

En Agape',

Splinters from the Board
Reggie Martin, Moderator
Board Meeting

Congregational Meeting
December 8, 11:00 a.m.

Elder Diaconate Training and Meal
January 12, 5:00 p.m. 

All Church Planning Retreat
and Board Meeting 
January 19,  5:00 p.m. Retreat 
7:00 p.m. Board Meeting

Give Thanks for all these Wonderful 2019 Celebrations!
We have so much to celebrate and we will at Lunch on December 8. 

New Members and Visitors coming to Slash. Welcome to you all.
Connexion Groups brought us closer together last Spring.
A wonderful celebration of our 290th Anniversary.
Fast Track Weekly Bible Study participation is growing.
Our outreach giving will be over 10 % of our ministry plan again this year.
Great Leadership from Reggie, the officers, and our entire 2019 Slash Leadership Community. Be sure and thank Reggie for his 3 years of service as our Moderator.
Church School classes and dedicated teachers. Our attendance is growing.
Roar VBS with over 30 kids and wonderful new directors Kristen Wilton and Katie Pegram.
Youth Sunday, the Mission Trip to Craig Springs, the youth leading us in serving in the community at Moments of Hope Breakfast and Shalom Farms.
Michael Peterman and Michelle Weeks who lead our choirs and Ann Bremner our pianist and organist.
Regeneration our praise band leading worship.
Children Worship & Wonder Volunteers are awesome.
The Summer Watermelon Feed and Ice Cream Social with water fight was very fun.
Fall Festival was great! 
Every single person who made all these things happen. 
A successful "More Than Enough" Stewardship Campaign.
Plus all the things you are thankful for!

Congregational Meeting, December 8th, 10:00 am
The Congregational Meeting will be held following ONE Worship and before our Christmas Lunch to celebrate 2019 and our new ministry plan for 2020. The agenda includes approval of the ministry plan and the new officers , trustees, diaconate, and elders  from t he nominating committee. Thank you to our Nominating Committee members  Leslie West, Rebecca Highfield, Ed Hellermann, Jean Smith and Wendy Benson for their hard work in securing leadership for 2020.

These Leaders said YES to the Nominating Committee!
David Bremner, Moderator
________, Vice-Moderator
Irene Wells, Secretary
Gen Bohannon, Financial Secretary
Steve Harrison, Treasurer
Helen Kersey, Membership Clerk
Torrie Goodman, Historian
Ginnie Caudell, Trustee (Board)
Sandra Loving, Elder (Board)
Nancy Farrell, Elder (Board)
Chad Baugher, (Diaconate Board)
Kerby Dalton, Diaconate (Board)
Brooken Loving, Diaconate (Board)
Wendy Benson, Jr. Diaconate (Board)

Jessica Colbert, Assistant Financial Secretary
Shanna Penley, Assistant Treasurer

Trustee: Christine Harrison (2022) 
Elders: 2022: Nancy Farrell (Board), Rebecca Highfield, Sandra Loving (Board)
2021: Judy Pierce
Diaconate: 2022: Kerby Dalton (Board), Gail Hellermann, Brooken Loving (Board), Joey Oliva, Brandon Pegram, Katie Pegram, Dalton Pierce, Michelle Weeks
Jr. Diaconate: 2020: Chris Benson, Wendy Benson, Kendall Dalton, Elena Highfield, Daniel Peterman, Brenna Peterman, Hailey Pierce, Kai Verrier-Nass, John Weeks, Ruthie Weeks 

All Church Planning Retreat, 
Sunday,  January 19, 5:00 p.m. followed by Board Meeting, 7 p.m.
Everyone at Slash is invited to join us prior to the January Board Meeting for this planning retreat and ministry focus meeting. All new team and committee leaders and Board members are invited to join us as we will also do some planning for the 2020 church calendar.  A snack supper will be provided for those who will also attend the 7:00 p.m. Board Meeting the same night.

Reaching Up

December Serving Schedule
 Elders Meeting: December 3; 7:00 p.m.
Elder of the Month: David Bremner
Communion Prep: Gant/Miller

Date Genesis Elder/Greeter Elders Diaconate Acolytes
1 Ed Hellermann Ted Jones Olivia Gant * John Weeks
  Dalton Pierce (G) Don Richardson Elana Gant Avery Pierce
      Jean Smith  
      Carlton Shelton  
8 ONE Worship 10 am
Patsy Fowler Keith Davis * Emmett Pierce
Ted Jones Barbara Davis Austyn Wilton
      Brenna Peterman (J)  
      Ruthie Weeks (J)  
15 David Bremner
Madelyn Logan Jessica Colbert * Grace Rafferty
   Cathy Tillman (G) Gen Bohannon Anna Oliva Owen Highfield
      Irene Wells  
      Deborah Sadler  
Harold Manahan Don Richardson Carlton Shelton * Ella Baugher
  Brooken Loving (G) Ted Jones Jared Pierce Adam Pike
      Chad Baugher  
      Hailey Pierce (J)  
29 David Bremner Patsy Fowler Keith Dalton * Cassidy Penley
  Lloyd West (G) Madelyn Logan Pat Penley Ben Peterman
      Norma Miller  
      Kendall Dalton (J)  

** Please note if you serve on 12/22 you are scheduled to serve on Christmas Eve at 4 p.m .        
 (G) Greeter; (J) Junior Diaconate
*If you are unable to serve please find a replacement or contact  Becky Baugher  


Advent Devotionals

Advent devotionals are on the back table in the sanctuary. Please take one home to share with your family during the Advent season.
Slash Christmas Card Post Office

You may use the free Slash Postal Service to pass along Christmas greetings to fellow members and regular visitors to our church. A mailbox will be placed in the back of the sanctuary where you can leave your Christmas Cards. Please bring your cards on December 8th and 15th. The cards will be sorted by Jean Smith, Ralph & Barbara Stanley and Irene Wells. Cards will be available for pick up during worship services.

We encourage you to make a gift to the Christmas Offering to benefit the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Virginia with th e money you save on postage this Christmas.

Flower Ministry

sanctuary flowers
The 2020 flower chart will be posted in the sanctuary in mid-December.  If you would like to purchas e flowers  in me mory of or in honor of a loved one please sign up on the flower chart, fill in an order form and return it to the office. You may email or call the office (798-4520) to order sanctuary flowers.  The sanctuary flower price is $27.00 with checks made payable to Slash Christian Church. Orders do not have to be prepaid. 


Poinsettias! We will be decorating the sanctuary with Poinsettias at Christmastime.  

Poinsettias may be taken home on Christmas Eve!

Thanksgiving Special Offering will be received on November 17 & 24. Thank you for your generosity.

2019 Christmas Offering

The Christmas Special Offering 
will be received on December 8 & 15
Our finest gifts support the work of regional ministries this Christmas. 
The Christian Church in Virginia regional ministry works to:

Connect congregations to each other
Foster faith development
Gather Disciples in camps, conferences, and assemblies
Nurture the development of a new generation of pastors
Assist churches in calling new ministers
Interpret the global mission of the Church
Represent the Church in ecumenical gatherings
Counsel and pray with those who are troubled of spirit
Lead the Church to address racism
Inspire leaders to experiment and create
Witness to the power of God to make things new
The Christmas Special Day offering supports all of these and many other ministries.
Please give generously to this year's Christmas Offering.

Virginia Christmas Offering 2019
Virginia Christmas Offering 2019

Christmas Family:
None of us knows what tomorrow will bring. What position will you find yourself? "Stuff" happens, and we do not always have control of that. As in many years past, Slash Christian Church is sponsoring a family in need for Christmas. We will be helping a family of 2 young children - 6 and 3, with a third on the way. Hard times have now placed this family in
a homeless situation but with your help, maybe we can make a difference for this young family. A list of items will be available to you. The young ages of these children will make purchasing items of toys and clothes so much fun this year. Let's help to clothe these young children. Let's help to buy a few toys. You may wish to combine efforts with more than one person to split the purchase of an item. Let's bring a few smiles and share your gifts with others. Let us be part of sharing the love that God has asked us to share. Let's once again make Christmas a little merrier!

Gloves and Hats for the Christmas Mother!
 Again, you have helped to keep little hands warm. On behalf of the Christmas Mother, thank you to everyone who donated gloves to help those less fortunate!

It is time to mail off all of our old Sunday School materials.  We mail them to Edwin L. Hodges Ministries in Alabama.  They in turn ship them to third world countries and use them for teaching and training of pastors and lay people.  They have asked for any Christian materials, books, DVD's, CD's, as long as they are in good condition.  They especially need bibles.  Please bring all materials to the Loving Building (room with the piano) by 12/1/19.  If you have any questions, please contact Betty Sue.     

Slash Youth News
Youth 2019
Everyone 6th grade through 12th grade is invited to join us for youth group. Our student leaders are planning a wonderful year of mission, study, and fun. We hope you will join us.  Our Sunday night meetings at the church will be all about building character from the Christian perspective

We enjoyed serving breakfast and working at Shalom Farms for our Outreach this fall. We had a great time and raised money for Mission Trip at the Fall Festival. Our December Christmas party with the $10 gift card exchange is coming up soon.

Group Week of Hope
to Charleston, SC
July 5-10, 2020

It is not too late to sign up. Eight youth have committed to our trip. If your plans change just let us know and you can join us.

Fund Raising events coming up this year for our trip include:
  • Wrapping Paper Event. The youth will wrap Christmas gifts for you on December 15th.  
  • Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction
  • Church Yard Sale -Please save any old items and we will sell them.
  • Proceeds for all events will go to youth missions.

Sun., Nov. 24
5-6:30 pm
Youth Group at church
Sun., Dec. 8
5:6:30 pm
Youth Group at church
Sun., Dec. 15
Noon Gift Wrapping Fundraiser
Sun., Dec. 22
5-8 pm Christmas Party at the West's Home

2020 Dates
June 26-28
Craig Springs Homecoming Weekend (NEW!)
June 29-July 3
Nature Camp
July 5-10
Special Camp
July 12-17
Triple 1
July 20-25
July 26-31
Triple 2
August 2-7
New Covenant
August 7-9
Family Retreat


Children in grades K-5 are invited to join us for bells and singing at 9:45 a.m. every Sunday in the sanctuary.

According to IRS regulations, any monetary gifts/donations given to the church 
for credit in the 2019 tax year must be given in church by 12/31/19 or postmarked 
by 12/31/19.  Thank you for your generous support of Slash Christian Church.

Current Needs: 
Adult Clothing: 
Women's new underwear and bras - all sizes
Men's new white t-shirts and underwear - all sizes (especially boxers)
Men's gently used tennis shoes,  Men's jeans
Children's Clothing:
Girl's sport bras/bralettes (all sizes),  Girl's winter clothes (sizes 10 and larger)
Boy's underwear (sizes 5 - 8), Boy's winter clothes (sizes 10 and larger)
Boy's socks (for shoe sizes 4 and larger), 
Diapers, Pull-ups, and Baby wipes (all sizes)
Canned fruit, Shelf stable milk
Canned meat and fish (spam, tuna, chicken, etc.), Canned pork and beans
Canned baked beans, Canned vegetables,  Pasta sauce, pasta,  boxed rice, potatoes
Toilet paper,  Feminine products
Toothpaste and toothbrushes, Soap, Shampoo

Thank you for your continued support!
ACES will be closed on Friday, November 29th.

Church Family:  John Haines, Lauren Markley, Becky Baugher, Betty Pierce, Dianne Jones
Homebound: Doris Talley,  Buck Hale, H.T. Loving
For Healing:
Wayne and Darla Seaver (friends of Patsy Fowler), Dave Lamanna (friend of Steve and Christine Harrison), Gracie Dykema (granddaughter of Barbara Dykema), Eric Dean (6th grade cousin of Tori Goodman),  Brenna Canning (granddaughter of Frank Burkett),  Allen Loving (son of Sandra and Brooken Loving),  Rhonda Dole (friend of Ed and Gail Hellermann),  Austin and Katelin Myers (friends of Shanna Penley), Jim Slater (brother-in-law of Ed and Becky Baugher),  The Spence family, the Scott Family, the Fortune family (relatives of Gail Hellermann), Pam and Craig Brown (friends of Gail Hellermann),  Anna Henderson (friend of Hailey Pierce), Nick Harrison (father of Steve Harrison), Christopher Keenan (father of Kelly Benson)
Shirley Bunce (mother of Gail Hellermann), Louise Hodges Hill (friend of Michelle Weeks), Allen Loving (son of Sandra and Brooken Loving), Bob Henderson, John Cox (mentor of Buddy Fowler), Shelby Slaughter (friend of Elana Gant), Charlie League (friend of Patsy Fowler), Military personnel, first responders and families,  Unspoken prayer concerns

Love and sympathy are extended to  Paula Pierce and family upon the death of her grandmother, Pauline Reynolds

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