Churchwide Thanksgiving is tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 5:30 PM in the gym
DivorceCare "Surviving the Holidays" is Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 5:30 PM in the Bay Room
Hanging of the Greens & The Tasting Party are next Sunday, Nov. 28, 5:00 PM
Father-Son Campfire
Sunday, Nov. 14
Photos by Steve Lowry
Welcome, new member!
June Baker
Joined Sunday, Nov. 14
Our Longing for Authentic Community
by Clay Stauffer
The face-to-face connections we have in the church matter. I hope we never take this for granted. We are living in an age of mistrust, suspicion, and alienation. It has been well documented that in American culture, there is growing mistrust of government, political figures, religious institutions, media outlets, vaccines, university ideologies, and a wide array of other things. The result of this mistrust is a growing sense of loneliness, despair, and isolation, all of which were exacerbated by the pandemic. In his book A Time to Build, Yuval Levin makes the case that the distrust we feel is actually a sign that it’s time to build or rebuild the forces and institutions that unite us, bring us together, and give us common purpose. For Levin, “The crisis is evident not only in our political and cultural interactions but in the personal lives of countless Americans, for whom hopelessness or alienation descends into outright despair.” Many now feel they have nowhere to turn, nowhere to belong, and nobody who loves them. 

Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska echoes this sentiment in his book Them: “At first glance, it might seem that technological breakthroughs promise to mitigate our social capital deficit. It turns out that at the same time any Billy Bob in Boise can broadcast his opinions to thousands of people, we have fewer non-virtual friends than at any point in decades. We’re hyper-connected and we’re disconnected.” Sasse points out that Americans consume almost all of the world’s hydrocodone (99%) and most of its oxycodone (81%). In the United States, roughly 116 people die daily from opioid-related drug overdose. Many Americans are trying to escape the misery and pain of loneliness, and it is literally killing them. 

Loneliness and meaninglessness are the defining spiritual challenges of this century. What’s the solution? It is not social media, which is a shallow substitute for authentic relationships that has become another form of addiction. The answer to loneliness and despair can only be found in authentic community and healthy relationships that happen face to face. The answer is a return to the social connections that once made our communities strong: friendships, family dinners, neighborhood parties, book clubs, church, synagogues, small groups, and coffee shops where people actually share what’s happening in their lives. Many on the right say that our cultural problems are the direct result of the collapse of family and religion. Many on the left point to certain shortcomings of capitalism, economic inequality, poverty, and the growing wealth gap in our society. Both make valid arguments. 

Levin makes the case that rather than tearing down institutions because of their deficiencies, we should work to strengthen them and make them better. For Levin, institutions provide us with the judgment and character to utilize our freedom which is, “a key part of what our institutions are for, starting with the family and spreading outward to the institutions through which we work, learn, govern, and organize ourselves.”  Are institutions perfect? No, and they never have been. Can we work to make them better? Yes. Leadership, vision, reform, and connection matter. Rather than tearing everything down and putting nothing in its place, our focus should be on how to make our communities more effective, more transparent, and more authentic. 

Communities provide opportunities for social capital, which Levin defines as “the skills, habits, networks, and arrangements that make it possible for our society to hold together and for its members to benefit from it.” After all, it’s hard to imagine Christianity without a church, education without a school, civil society without government, public safety without law enforcement, accountability without media, or personal values without family connection. It’s easy to tear down and point out what is wrong. It’s much more rewarding to work and make conditions better.
"Living with Gratitude & Joy" this Sunday, Nov. 21
Clay Stauffer
Psalm 100 & Philippians 4:4-13 
"Philippians: Living with Joy" series

Service times
9:15 AM Informal sanctuary worship & livestream
9:30 AM The Bridge worship in Carpenter Chapel
10:45 AM Traditional sanctuary worship

Breakfast at church 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM this Sunday
This is a great chance to reconnect before church! We have had a great turnout and have ordered extra food.
Plants and Coats and Children
by Jenny Simmons
Every fall I buy a mum and promptly kill it. I could win awards for how fast I kill plants. I mean, what does it need from me that I’m not giving? It has a little bit of sun and I remember to water it at least like once a week, and I expose it to all forms of weather, especially 30 degree nights. Isn’t that a recipe for success? Inevitably, I wake up the morning of the first frost and drive by my all my neighbors’ homes who have been visited by ghosts in the night. Or, they were just loving and mindful enough to know that valuable things must be covered and kept warm during the cold. I drive my kids to school in shame. Why I can’t I remember to be one of those humans that remembers to cover my plants, keep them warm, and shield them from the elements? 
 
This week I had a different thought as I drove by the covered plants. One that surpassed my failure as a plant-mom. The first thought was, “Well, at least I remembered my kids’ jackets.” And then the Holy Spirit spoke back, as clear as day into my heart, “What about the kids who don’t have jackets? Why are they exposed to the elements when even the plants aren’t?” 
 
The thought stopped me in my tracks. All around this city we have plants who have more covering and protection than some children do. When mums and plants have a better coat on in the morning than far too many of the children walking into our schools, we have a problem. And the church has work to do. Our church has work to do. 
 
Susan Batson is asking us as a church to join her and the mission committee to collect new or extra, out-grown coats in our homes for the children that Edgehill Community Center serves (sizes 3t all the way through adult sizes for older teens). Their hope was to use funds to buy the students a laptop for after school tutoring, but the director said the need for coats was urgent and she’d rather keep them warm. Can’t we do both as a church? I hope so. We will be collecting coats in the youth room the next two Sundays and hope you will take the time or use your resources to help us shower these children with warmth. Because if our plants can be kept warm, our children can be kept warm too.  
Youth events
Youth Fall Retreat highlight video
Nov. 5-7. 2021
Shop with a Purpose

The dove is the featured ornament in the 2021 Heart for Africa ornament collection. The dove is the symbol of peace, devotion, navigation, the Holy Spirit, grace and HOPE. All things our world needs now. A limited supply of these ornaments is available this year. Many of the classic ornaments are also available.

To purchase these ornaments please contact Mary Welsh Owen at mwowen1123@gmail.com or you can reach her at 615-598-0770, Each ornament sells for $15. They will be available as long as the supply lasts or until Dec. 15th. Thank you for your help in supporting Heart for Africa's 300 plus children and the artisans who support their families by making these ornaments at Heart for Africa's Project Canaan in Eswatini, Africa.
All angels have been claimed from our Angel Tree

All Angel Tree gifts should be taken to the Gathering Hall no later than Nov. 28. Specific gift delivery instructions can be found here on the signup page. Our ministry leaders welcome volunteers to help load the gifts at church on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 9:00 AM and also at Fannie Battle around 10:30 AM that morning. Volunteers should contact either Ann Wiles (annwiles@gmail.com) or Tracy Crawford (crawfordbt@icloud.com) for more.
Thank you, Woodmont!

Thank you so much for the outpouring of love and care we received after the passing of our mother and grandmother. We were humbled by the blessings shared from our Woodmont family. The cards, calls, visits, flowers, and food have meant so much and brought us all much comfort. You truly are Christ's hands in the world.

With much gratitude,

Christy, Wendell, Andrew, Landon & Winston Brown
Open date for memorial flowers

We have a new open date for memorial flowers: February 27, 2022. Contact Jan Anderson jan@woodmontcc.org if interested!
Church Directory updates
 
Gayle Cherry
2101 Westerley Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24501
 
Janice and Allen Murphey
610 Wyndham Way
Pooler, GA 31322
 
Ashley and Kendall Hill
4765 Beacon Hill Rd
Eagan, MN 55122-2274
Watch latest sermon "Pressing On!"
Church calendar
Click here for a full listing of all events on Woodmont's campus

Sunday, Nov. 21
Breakfast at church 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Boy Scout Christmas wreath pickup day
9:15 AM Disciples Class, Room 105
9:15 AM Challenge Class, Room 200
10:45 AM Pathways Class, Boardroom
10:45 AM Points of View Class, Room 105
10:45 AM Reflections Class, Room 200
4:00 PM Jubilation Rehearsal, Choir Room
5:00 PM Youth Group, Youth Wing
7:00 PM Youth Basketball, Drowota Hall

Monday, Nov. 22
11:30 AM Visitation Group, The Bay Room
3:00 PM "Geezers," Boardroom
6:00 PM Leadership Woodmont, Carpenter Chapel

Tuesday, Nov. 23
9:00 AM Women's Prayer Group, Boardroom
12:00 GEMS, Room 105
6:30 PM Alateen (ages 12-19), South Hall
6:30 PM Parents AL-ANON Group, Room 105
8:00 PM AA Meeting, South Hall

Wednesday, Nov. 24
6:15 AM Men's Small Group, Room 107
7:00 AM Younger Men's Bible Study, Boardroom
8:00 AM "Original" Men's Bible Study, Room 105
12:00 PM Stuart Gordon Class, Room 100
6:15 PM Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

Thursday, Nov. 25, & Friday, Nov. 26
Happy Thanksgiving! Church office & building closed

Saturday, Nov. 27
10:00 AM Al-Anon, Drowota Hall
Prayers for our church family

CONGRATULATIONS TO:
  • Proud grandparents, Ellen and Rob Cochran, on the birth of their granddaughter, Mila Grace Cochran on November 9, 2021. Parents are Kelley and Taylor Cochran. Proud great-grandmother is Lynne Thompson. 
  • Jenna and Davis Wedgworth on the birth of their daughter, Anna Katherine Wedgworth (Anna Kate), on November 12, 2021. Big sister is Blakely.


SYMPATHY TO:
  • Kempton & Patty Bea Presley on the sudden loss of Kempton’s brother, James Presley.


CONTINUING CONCERNS:

FAMILY/FRIENDS OF MEMBERS - CONCERNS:
  • Amy Shaffer's father, Jim Yarbrough, in Guntersville, AL 
Our elders invite you to join them in prayer

  1. Thank you, God, for Your mercy. Thank you for loving us even though we deserve judgment.
  2. Pray for mercy in our relationships with one another. Help us to see each other as You see us and treat each other with kindness.
  3. Pray for our leaders. Help them to treat each other with humility and compassion.
Giving
 Oct. 24: $43,385
Oct. 31: $75,146
Nov. 7: $92,981
Nov. 14: $79,703
Woodmont Christian Church
3601 Hillsboro Pike | Nashville, TN | 37215 | www.woodmontchristian.org 
Growing disciples of Christ by seeking God, sharing love, and serving others.