November 22, 2021
We thank God for you, church family! May you feel His love and presence this week as we reflect on His faithfulness and goodness in our lives. Continue to reflect on these quotes from yesterday's sermon on Gratitude:

“We are not grateful because we are happy. We are happy because we are grateful.” - Brother David Stendl-Rast

“What I claim as a right, these people received as a gift; what is obvious to my sophisticated ways was to them a joyful surprise; what I take for granted, they celebrated with thanksgiving, what goes unnoticed became for them a new occasion to say thanks. And slowly I learn that everything that is, is freely given by God in love. All of life is grace – because all is given to us.” - Henri Nouwen

“Rejoice in the Lord always, do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer with thanksgiving present yourself to God…and the peace of God which passes all understanding will keep your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.” – Apostle Paul

The church office will close for the week at noon on Wednesday.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Looking Ahead to Advent

Christmas Movies with a Message Sermon Series
Sundays, November 28-December 26

Hanging of the Greens
Wednesday, December 1, 6:00pm, Sanctuary

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 4, 8:00am, Activities Center 

Children’s Christmas Program
Wednesday, December 8, 6:00pm, Activities Center

The Longest Night
Sunday, December 12, 5:00pm, Sanctuary
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& Nursery, Elementary, and Youth Christmas Parties
Sunday, December 12, 5:00pm

Night of Hope
Wednesday, December 15, 6:00pm

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
Thursday, December 23, 6:00pm (Traditional);
Friday December 24, 4:00pm (Contemporary),
6:00pm (Traditional)

New Sermon Series Beginning this Week!
Join the Choir!
The adult choir practices each Thursday at 6:00pm in the Sanctuary. All are invited to join this group of worshipers as we prepare to lead in joyful praise! If you'd like more information, email katie@perdidobay.church.
Angel Tree
Help reach hundreds of children in our community by participating in the Angel Tree Outreach led by our community missionary, Vivian Johns. Pick up a card on Sunday morning to commit to shopping for a child in our community who may not otherwise receive Christmas gifts this year. Thank you for being the heart of the community as we seek to spread the love of Jesus Christ. Email vivian@perdidobay.church for more information.
Embracing Hope Award
Thank you for 25 years of faithful support for "Embrace Florida Kids" formerly known as the United Methodist Children's Home. It was a joy to have Ramsey Lawrence, Development Director with us during both services yesterday. Hearing of the work that Embrace Florida Kids is doing was truly inspirational. At our Christmas Eve Services this year we will receive a "White Christmas" offering to continue our support for this vital and effective ministry.
Ways to Serve
Hoping to get involved? A frequently updated page on our website features specific opportunities to fulfill volunteer needs as they arise. Have some extra time on your hands? Visit our website at www.perdidobay.church/serve to find ways to help out! Contact the church to find out more about how to get involved in the ministries listed.
Grumpy Old Men Group: Come and Join!
Resuming December 2: Come and be a part of the Grumpy Old Men - a service oriented group that meets each Thursday at 8:00am for fellowship and planning projects. We would love to have you join us- young or old, man or woman!
Volunteers Needed at the Redemption Store
The Redemption Store is in need of willing hearts and helping hands to fill shifts throughout the week! If you are interested, contact april@perdidobay.church. Find out more about the Redemption Store by clicking here.

Donations are accepted Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00am-Noon. Thank you!
Barnabas Ministry
If you or someone you know is in need of a meal during a difficult time such as following surgery, hospitalization, a death in the family, and other difficulties, please contact the church office to be connected with our Barnabas Ministry.
Transformance Fitness
Transformance is a strength training class for children and adults that takes place each Monday and Thursday in the Activities Center at various times throughout the day. See more by visiting our website. Contact Mike Pindel - mike.pindel@gmail.com to sign-up!

This week, classes will take place at normal times on Monday. On Friday, there will be one class at 9:00am, as we are closed for Thanksgiving.
Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 4, 8:00-10:00am
Join us for Breakfast with Santa in the Activities Center (breakfast served from 8:00-9:30). Children will enjoy crafts, games, and a special visit from Santa. Tickets are $5 per person for all children and adults (children under one are free). Adult(s) must accompany all children. 

If you are unable to attend, please consider purchasing tickets and we will share with families who would appreciate them. Tickets are available November 14.  Please contact Jeanne Lemley, Nursery Director, for additional information: jeanne@perdidobay.church.
Quilters on the Key
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 9:30am-12:30pm

You're invited to join this group for a time of fellowship and quilting in the Activities Center. Quilts and other items are crafted and given to persons facing difficult situations as a gesture of comfort and thoughtfulness. Use your talents to spread the love of God as part of this important group of service and fellowship.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 2:00-4:00pm

The Prayer Shawl Ministry exists to knit and crochet blankets and other items of comfort and encouragement. These items are given to newborn babies, those facing health issues, and more. Come and be a part of this group of fellowship and giving- all are welcome! It's a wonderful time of getting to know others while also making a difference for those who need to feel God's care.
Recharge Christian Fellowship
Sundays, 10:10-10:50am

A time of adult Christian fellowship between worship services. Looking for community? Need an opportunity to reflect, serve, and fellowship with friends in Christ? Have children in Sunday School and just need a Recharge? Then this new group is for you! Join us each Sunday in the Activities Center Conference Room! 
Senior Adult Christmas Luncheon
Contact Dudley Tye for more information or to sign up! Email dudley@perdidobay.church. Can't wait to see our seniors on December 13 for the Senior Adult Christmas Luncheon!
Need a listening ear?
If you are confined to home and find yourself in need of a friendly listening ear, please give us a call. We want you to know that we are here for you, to listen or to help if you have a need. We want to stay in touch with you, please feel free to call us at the church number 850-492-2135 and ask to be connected with the visitation team. 
Podcast and Reading Plan: Matthew
Join us as we explore together the Gospel according to Matthew: the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior. Find the reading plan linked below or on our app.
Men’s Bible Study

Mondays, 6:00am, Semester Concluding November 22
All men are invited to this early morning study in the Activities Center each Monday. There’s no better way to start your week! 
Young Women’s Bible Study

Tuesdays, 9:00am, Semester Concluding November 30
You're invited! This semester we are studying the book “Free of Me” by Sharon Miller. A nursery is provided. Join us each week for a time of friendship and spiritual development. We would love to meet you!
Women's Bible Study

Mondays, 9:00am, Semester Concluding December 19
We hope to see you in the Activities Center for the study “Discerning God’s Voice: How to Recognize When God is Speaking.” For more information, email jeanne@perdidobay.church. 
Intercessory Prayer Group Meeting

Tuesdays at 8:30am
You are invited to join our intercessors in the Activities Center at their weekly prayer meeting. If you have a prayer need that you would like to add to the prayer list, email it to prayer@perdidobay.church. 
Nursery, Elementary, & Youth Information
Nursery

A nursery is available for all church services and many activities. Wee Worship takes place Sunday mornings during Worship Services. Preschool Sunday school is at 10:00am. Contact jeanne@perdidobay.church for more information!
Elementary

We hope to be able to see all Kindergarten through 5th grade students on Sundays at 9:00am or 11:00am for Children's Worship and at 10:00am for Sunday School. Contact debi@perdidobay.church to be placed on the email list!
We hope you'll come and support our children as they have been working hard to prepare for the "Good Newsical" Children's Christmas Program! Wednesday, December 8 at 6:00pm. Dinner will be served at 5:00pm.
Youth
Sundays:
  • Sunday School weekly at 10:10am in the Education Building.
  • Sunday Gym Night 4:00-6:00pm (a time of fun, games, and food in the gym). Gym night will resume on December 5 (following our Annual After Thanksgiving Football Game- see below for more).

Wednesday Evenings
  • Wednesday Evening Activities: 5:00pm is Dinner and Hangout time. December 1, 8, and 15 we will attend Hanging of the Greens, Children's Christmas Musical, and Night of Hope together at 6:00pm.
AFTER THANKSGIVING FOOTBALL GAME
Sunday, Nov 28th from 3-5pm // Hellen Caro Elementary field

We are going to bring back our annual youth after-Thanksgiving football game for youth gym night on Nov 28th! This is a friendly (NO TACKLE) game where youth will battle it out while wearing their team color jerseys. Jerseys will be provided at the field when youth arrive. We will also have a devotion time and dinner will be provided - sorry, we won't have turkey! Parents, please plan to DROP OFF and PICK UP your youth at Hellen Caro Elementary School field that day.
2022 Stewardship Commitment
Pledge Cards are available digitally on our Church App or link below. Thank you for your commitment to Christ's kingdom and the mission and ministry of Perdido Bay United Methodist Church.