Celebration Happenings 
December 5, 2018
CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Blue Christmas Worship Service: Tuesday, Dec 18 @ 6:30 PM  
Christmas Worship Service: Sunday, Dec 23 @ 9:45 AM
Candlelight Christmas Eve Services: 4 PM & 7 PM
Worship Service: Sunday, Dec 30 @ 9:45 AM
GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
BAKE SALE FUNDRAISER FOR HAITI This Sunday, December 9, the Haiti Team will be having a bake sale in the church foyer. All proceeds will go to support the Haiti Team, which will be traveling to Haiti this coming February 2019 for mission work.
COMMITMENT GIVING CARDS It is not too late to turn in your "Commitment Giving" card. We are encouraging EVERYONE turn them in, whether you are able to give at this time or are just able to pray for our church. This is our way of knowing who is connected to Celebration UMC. THANK YOU!
SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR HAITI: SCHOOL & MEDICAL The Missions Team will continue to collect the following supplies to take with them to Haiti, in February 2019. Items can be brought to the church office or placed in the donation tub in the foyer. MEDICAL: Large Bottles of Tylenol (Acetaminophen), Large Bottles of Ibuprofen, Large Bottles of Children's Gummy Vitamins, Large Bottle of Tums, Large Bottle of Adult Multivitamins. If you would like to donate money to the Haiti Team, please visit the "Go Fund Me" link below.

CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM Join us THIS Sunday, December 9 @ the 10:45 AM service for our annual Children's Christmas Program: Christmas Science. Our Sunday School children will use science to explain truths about faith, the Bible and God. Preschoolers and Kindergartners will also reenact the Christmas pageant.

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM DRESS REHEARSAL We will be having Christmas Program Practice on Saturday, December 8 @ church from 5-7 PM.
CHRISTMAS FOOD BOXES: DELIVERY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED We are still in need of volunteers to help deliver food boxes on December 19 @ 7 PM. To sign up call the church office, or sign up on the sign up sheets in the worship center.
HOLY GROUNDS SERVERS Luinea will be working on coordinating the Holy Grounds serving schedule for January through June of 2019. We are in need of volunteers to help serve at 8 AM and 10 AM during the school year and at 9 AM during the summer. Please contact her (605-321-1915) if you would like to be on the list to help serve.
55 & LIVELY will meet at Tailgators on Sunday, December 16 @ 6 PM. Please contact Luinea for information 605-321-1915.
MEALS ON WHEELS: THIS JANUARY 2019 Celebration UMC has the month of January for Meals On Wheels. Please contact Luinea (605-321-1915) and let her know what week you would be available to volunteer.
LYDIA PROJECT Celebration UMC will be supporting the Lydia Project as a way to provide a special hospitality gift to the guests of the 2020 General Conference. The "gift" will be a royal purple handmade scarf. Please contact Luinea Caldwell or Phyllis Thalhuber if you are interested in learning to knit or crochet to help this project.
UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER POTLUCK
This past Sunday we had our first ever Ugly Christmas sweater potluck after the 10:45 AM worship service. Congratulations to the Ugly Sweater Winners.

0-14: Brennen Hendrickson
15-25 Shane Thompson
26-46 Kirby Mammenga
47-Up Nancy Kiesow
CHARGE CONFERENCE The Charge Conference on Sunday, December 2 was a success. If you were unable to attend, there are extra copies of "The Charge Conference Report" and "The Ministry Development Canvas Report" located at the Welcome Center in the foyer. Thanks to all who helped put these reports together and for all who attended the conference.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SILENT AUCTION WINNERS We would like to congratulate the winners of the Haiti's Silent Auction items. Thank you to all who participated. We raised $1585 for the Haiti Mission Team.
SUNDAY MORNING LIGHTS
Check out the foyer "I SERVE" and the hallways of pictures
showcasing people being the lights.
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By texting celebrationapp to the number 77977
SUNDAY MORNING LIGHTS We will continue our recognition program to go along with our SUNDAY MORNING LIGHTS theme. Your hours will accumulate toward this year. We want everyone to be able to earn their towel and tshirt! For adults and high school students, after serving for 10 hours, you will receive a towel to represent being the hands and feet of Jesus. After serving for 30 hours, you will receive a t-shirt that you can wear proudly, because you have shared God’s love and are one of our Sunday Morning Lights. For confirmation students, serve 7 hours to receive a towel and 15 hours for a t-shirt. For kids, serve 5 hours to receive a towel and 10 hours for a t-shirt. We want EVERYONE to be honored with this program. We are tracking this information through the office, but if we have missed anyone, please contact the office to let us know how you’re serving. This recognition time period will continue throughout the summer of 2019. Please, sign up through our app or the office to be a greeter, work Holy Grounds, be a Sunday school teacher/shepherd, be on the tech team, sing on the praise team or any other way you would like to volunteer. We are ALWAYS looking for people who want to be more connected!! Thank you for sharing your heart and your time with our church family!
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!! Each week we will be highlighting our volunteers from the week before. Thank you for being the SUNDAY MORNING LIGHTS!!!

Holy Grounds: Luinea for being in charge of Holy Grounds! TimDonovan, Sharon Deutsch, Larry Klamm, Scott/Lori Woodward, Max/Jackson Faber for serving.
Greeter: Matt/Lanette/Lily/Madison/Brennen/Faith Hendrickson, Eric/Tanya Robinson
Tech Team: Jason Erickson, Connor Ilchuk, Noah Bakke
Band: Kirby Mammenga, Nancy Kiesow, Danielle Karber, Connor Erickson, Keith Maine, Marlee Nicholson
Communion Prep: Larry/Vicki Klamm
Communion Servers: Heather Bratland, Jeff/Chris/Justin Niessink, Skip Jensen, Greg/Sheri Carmon, Mark/Carrie Ernster, Scott/Lori Woodward
Finance Team Counters: Jason Erickson, Greg Carmon
Office Help: Gloria Howard, Tanya VanOort, Pat Dysthe
Youth Group: Kirby Mammenga
Sunday School Program: Doris Brekhus, Diann Terpstra, Erika Dysthe, Suzann/Colton Kluever, Danica Uherka-Abels, Camdyn Ernster, Delaney Kiesow, Ashley Linn, Randy Gunnink, Kim Hunt, Ally Foss
Confirmation: Ben Reyelts, Debbie Willard, Laurie Dysthe, Matt Kiesow, Jennifer Erickson, Kirby Mammenga
High School Youth Group: Jason Erickson
High School Bible Study: Lila VanHorn, Curt VanOort
Kids Kingdom: Colton Kluever, Zeke Gunnink, Sawyer Linn, Alanna Ilchuk, Bella Jelsme
Christmas Program Decorating: Zeke Gunnink, Tanya Reyelts
Adult Education: Ruth Howard

Thank you to Marrel Bush for washing the church windows!

Thank you Tim Donovan, for ALWAYS being an AMAZING Environmentalist Engineer!
It truly takes all of our LIGHTS  to make Sunday morning happen! Thank you with ALL our hearts!!!
ADULT MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES
MEN'S GROUP
WEDNESDAY @ 6:30 PM @ Pastor Joel's House

MOM'S GROUP
WEDNESDAY @ 6:30 PM

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
SUNDAY @ 9:45 AM

TUESDAY NIGHT MEN'S BASKETBALL
Tuesday from 7:30 - 9 PM at church. If you are interested in playing, please contact Pastor Joel or just show up!
WEEKLY SERMON
Click on link above.
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Weekly Budget Needed: $6,731
Giving Received (ACH, App, Weekly Offering) from 11/26 through 12/2: $3994
CHURCH FAMILY PRAYERS AND JOYS
Dear Celebration Church, Thank you so much to all who helped donate clothing and winter supplies for our students at Fred Assam Elementary. You have blessed our families with your generosity. Thank you for shining the light and love of Jesus to our families. (Special Thanks to Amanda for coordinating and delivering your donations!)
~Sincerely, Kimberly Shemon, School Counselor

Please pray for my co-worker's brother, Scott Gutzler, he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. ~ Janelle Podzimek

Please pray for Derek/Stacy Thompson and family. Stacy's father, Dan Lootens, just found out he has acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Thank you.

Thank you for your gift to Healing Hope Ministries and thank you for letting us share our story and testimony with the congregation in September. Praying that you all have a safe and blessed Christmas! ~Denny & Karri Allen

Please keep the Schmacker family in your prayers. Their baby boy is due any day. Baby has a heart condition and will have open heart surgery 3-7 days after birth. Please pray for a safe delivery, safe travel for the family to Ann Arbor, MI, and a successful surgery.
~ Kari Beckendorf
Celebration United Methodist Church | 500 Pasque Flower Trail
Brandon, SD 57005 605-582-7995
www.celebrationbrandon.org | celebration@alliancecom.net

Sunday Worship Services 8:45 AM & 10:45 AM

Celebration Staff: 
Lead Pastor: Joel Higgins
Director of Connectional Ministries/Finance Officer: Jeanne Jensen 
Director of Children, Youth & Family Ministries: Stacy Walters
Youth Director: Marlee Nicholson
Administrative Assistant: Kari Beckendorf
Environmental Engineer: Tim Donovan