November 30, 2018
Hope: First Sunday of Advent Worship December 2 at 11am
Scripture: 
1 Corinthians 1:3-9 NRSV
Sermon: The Hope of Christmas

 Follow the YouTube link to hear the praise songs in next Sunday's Worship. 
Prepare your heart for worship!
It has been said that this is the most wonderful time of the year, and I believe it is in so many different ways. Wonderful traditions with family and friends and within the life of the church helps to make it so wonderful for so many of us. We will be offering many opportunities for you and yours to participate in the activities we will have during the Christmas and Advent season and I hope you will join us as we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. To help remind you please see the information about these activities in each week's bulletin, in our weekly newsletter, and on line on our church web page.

I also want to remind you to remember a few other important things during this time of year. Remember those who have lost loved ones and will be facing the holidays without them for the first time. Remember those who are less fortunate than yourself and help as the Spirit leads you. And finally, remember your church here at Norcross First by praying about and turning in your pledge cards for 2019. Lots to remember, I know, but together we can do wonderful things with and for the Lord and help this truly be the most wonderful time of the year.

One final thing to remember - God loves you and so do I.
-Pastor Eddie

NORCROSS COOPERATIVE MINISTRY MERRY MARKET NEEDS YOU!
Wednesday, December 12 | 5-8pm
We will have the Adopt a Family night where the families that were adopted by people in our community will have a time to come and pick up their bags. Please email  Rae  to sign up. On this night we will need:
  • People to pray with the families
  • Family Hosts
  • Bag Carriers
  • Parking Lot Greeters
Thursday 12/13 -  Saturday 12/15
We will be setting up the Merry Market here at Norcross First the week of December 9th and will receive the actual families on Saturday, December 15th. 
Click here to sign up.  Positions will be filling up quickly so sign up as soon as possible!

DONATIONS NEEDED
While the parents are shopping, we will have an area set up for the children. They will be able to pick out a gift to wrap for their parents and put under the tree.  We need donations of items for both men and women that can be found at either the $5 and Below store or the Dollar Store. We will need approximately 400 gifts. Here are a few suggestions of items:
  • Candles
  • Nail Polish
  • Hand Lotion
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Combs/Brushes
  • Stationery
  • Picture Frames
  • Small tools for dad
  • Pot Holders
...and anything else that you can think of!
We still need donations to insure that there are enough items for the kids to choose from. Donations can be placed in the blue bin marked "Merry Market" by the Coke machine off of the Gathering Area. Please contact  Terri or   Rae  with questions. 
"Jesus is Born!"
Join us in the Chapel
Sunday, December 16 at 6pm
for the "Jesus is Born!" program,
featuring music by the Hispanic Praise Team and choir, drama, dancing, and children singing. Come and support this ministry as we celebrate the reason for the season!
Stewardship Note:
You should have received a letter and pledge card in the mail. If you didn't, see attached, as we financially plan for 2019.

JetSet

Wednesday, December 5 | 11am | Fellowship Hall
Jet Set will have an opportunity to get to know our Minister of Music at Norcross First-Susan Farris. Susan will share one of her gifts by singing  some songs for us. Please invite a friend and bring a covered dish. 
 
Calendar for the remainder of 2018

Sat, December 1

6:00 arrive               6:30 Christmas Play  
Wear dark color pants or dark jeans and a lightweight 
t-shirt, we will put costume on over the t-shirt
Fri, December 7 5:30pm Norcross Christmas Tree Lighting 
Wear Warm Winter Clothes
Sun, December 9
11am Sing in Worship
Wear the same thing as in the play.
Wed. January 9 6:15pm Welcome Back to PACK
Circle of Love

Tuesday December 11 | 10am 
meet in the Fellowship Hall
All woman of the church are welcome to join us as we meet take a tour of Bulloch Hall in Roswell decorated as "The Music of Christmas." $8 Adult & $7 Seniors. Please bring a roll                            of gift wrap to be used at the Merry Market.
Circle of Love Post Office Boxes
Send your Christmas cards to church members for 10 cents each in the Hall of the Apostles. Please address with person's full name and a group in the church they participate in and place your cards in the appropriate alphabetical box by member's last name.  Donations will support missions. Be sure to check your box for mail weekly throughout the Advent season.

Circle of Peace

Tuesday December 11 | 11am 
The Circle will meet at Clarice Kucera's home for brunch.
Contact Murlene Dubay at 
770-449-1478 with questions.
 

Join us as we kick off the  Christmas Season!
Saturday, December 1 st
6:30 - 8:30pm
Main Sanctuary
 Featuring Tom Toombs Children's Entertainer, 
a photo booth, and refreshments!

Join us Saturday, December 1 at 6:30pm as our Chorister Choir and Melody Makers present their Christmas Children's Musical!

Sunday, December 16 | 11am | Sanctuary
It is time to get excited for our Musical Christmas worship service. Mark your calendars now, and join us for a great 
Christmas celebration!
Connect Student Ministry

Sunday, December 16 |  12:15 - 2pm 
The Outlet
Bring a gift (no more than $5) to exchange.
We will have lots of food.  If parents want to contribute food items  for the party....BRING IT!!
TOY DRIVE FOR ATLANTA'S REFUGEES

Over the next few weeks, you're warmly invited to participate in our annual toy drive for Friends of Refugees, nestled in Clarkston.

Please stop by the Gathering Area to select a wish list "ornament" or two, and then drop off your unwrapped gifts at the wooden Christmas tree. Collection dates are Nov 25 and Dec 2. 

Thank you so much for sharing your love and Christmas cheer with newly-arrived refugee children and their families! 

For more info, please contact Donna Blanton 
 or (678) 480-7709.
Join us  for the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree and enjoy music from Norcross First United Methodist Choirs. This is a great family event in our community with  Disney Princesses, the Grinch, hot  chocolate, s'mores, and carols!
 
Support Young Life and Wyldlife (a student outreach program in our local  middle and high schools) by buying Honey Baked Hams and Turkeys this  Holiday Season! HBH will give 20% of your purchase back to Young Life. Please contact Shelley Carr for details.

Reminder!
Faithfully Fit and Wesley Class Meeting Wednesday Night classes are ongoing- no need to register for Faithfully Fit. Just come on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Wesley Class Meeting is an ongoing closed group.  Please sign up for Disciple 1 or Financial Peace University, each beginning in January. See insert in Sunday's bulletin or contact Sandra Hunter

Disciple I
Study begins January 9 | $45
The study gives the Old and New Testaments equal time,
emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God.  DISCIPLE draws upon the work of scholars, the personal Bible  reading and study of the  participant, and dynamic group  discussion to aid 
understanding of the Bible. 

Financial Peace
Study Begins January 9 |  $129
Financial Peace  University is a proven program that will show you how to master budgeting, save for
emergencies, pay off debt, plan and invest for the future, and live and give like no one else.
Transform how you handle money with courses taught by Dave Ramsey and his team of 
financial experts.  
Senior Men's Bible Study
Thursdays at 11:45am weekly  
Berkeley Hills Country Club
Contact  Tom Waits for information
Our current study is the Book of Luke.  All men are welcome to join.

There is Power in Prayer! We want to pray for you and your concerns and needs, and invite you to pray as well! If you would like to receive a weekly prayer list, or be included in the prayer email chain, please email prayers@norcrossfirst.org 
Friendly Reminder!
If you want to change your NFUMC email preferences,  please email communications@norcrossfirst.org.  "Unsubscribe" will remove you from all NFUMC news mailings.
*Other ministry areas have their own individual newsletters, which are accessible through our website, or by 
signing up with the ministry area.*

Articles and Announcements
Submission of articles and announcements for the weekly newsletter and bulletin must be received by Noon Monday weekly. 
Email Andie Ashe: communications@norcrossfirst.org