Here are the latest opportunities
to strengthen your faith
and connect with the
Simpsonville UMC community
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Traditional Worship Services
8:40 & 10:55 am, Sanctuary
(There are NO worship services
in the Christian Life Center at this time)

Scripture Lesson - Zephaniah 3:14-20 
Sermon: Rev. Mike Smith

Music - Gospel Choir
“How Excellent is Thy Name, Jesus”
“Glorify Thy Name”
SUMC Gospel Choir; Pianist: Mr. Jevon James

Music - Traditional
Anthem (8:40)   “Only A Baby Came”
              (10:55)   “Sing Gloria, Sing Noel!”, Choir with WOW Musical Kids'
Hymns
"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
"Do You Hear What I Hear?"
“Savior of the Nations, Come”

Music - Contemporary
“Hark the Herald Angels Sing” 
“Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Children’s Sunday School teachers and nursery workers for Sunday School and Worship are needed. If you are interested, contact Lera Jackson (for Sunday School), ljackson@simpsonvilleumc.org and Crystal Jolley (for nursery), crystaljolley2004@yahoo.com


MANGER SCENE DISPLAY, SUNDAY, DEC. 23
Do you have a favorite manger scene that you and your family have displayed for Christmas? We would like for you to share your manger scene with the congregation. The children have a Birthday Party for Jesus during Sunday School on December 23, and these displays help reinforce the true meaning of Christmas for them. A table will be set up in the sanctuary breezeway to place your manger. A notecard will be provided to put your family name beside the manger. Mangers may be picked up after the 11:00 service.

CHRISTMAS @ SUMC
Sun., Dec. 16, 5:00 PM
   Caroling @ the Church of God Children’s Home

Mon., December 24— Christmas Eve Programs
   12 N   Traditional - Carols and Communion
   6 PM   Contemporary - Children & Family Candles and Communion
   11 PM   Traditional - Carols, Candles and Communion
Hospital
Bob Owens, Greenville Memorial
James Moore, St. Francis Downtown

SUMC Members:
Tabitha Arnold, Steve & Thelma Blair, Ron Colombe, Orileen Dutt, Marci Dutt, Tempie Fulmer, Lynn Gunnells, Kathleen Hunt, Jennifer Johnson, Marti Johnson, Bill Orr, Edward Pennebaker, Ann Stuck, Doug Stuck  

Extended Care: 
Barbara Coleman (The Springs), Phyllis Fitzmorris (The Crossings), Mary Kelley (Brushy Creek Rehab & Healthcare), Elsie Landers (Carlyle Rehab, Ft. Inn), Hollis Leeke (NHC, Mauldin, Room #119), Loyce Mauk (Haywood Estates), Ellen Miesse (Rolling Green), James Moore (Brushy Creek Rehab & Healthcare), Laura Onsrud (Covenant Place, Sumter, SC), Mary Polo (Rolling Green), Doris Rogers (The Gardens at Eastside—hospice care), Trudy Shockley (Fairview Place), Colleen Strother (Lake Emory Acute Care, Inman, SC), Flo Todd (Fairview Place), Ann France (Cary, NC).

SUMC Friends & Family 
Rev. Beam & Angie
Dot Brashier (NHC, Mauldin, Shirley Stone’s mother)
Parker & Hope Carter (Crystal Jolley’s parents)
Dorothy Emery (Friend of Ginger & Bill Beckman)
Paul Estep (Tag Stiles’ brother)
Emerson Grant (Kim Brown’s son-in-law)
Dot Hipps (Don Hipps’ mother)
Beth Jones-Mason (Arnold Jones’ niece)
Durand & Sue Miller (Gretchen Litaker’s parents)
Earlene Nesbit (Friend of Ann McDonald)
Ryan & Tonya Penland (Kathy Penland’s son & daughter-in-law)
Rev. Richelle Sampl, Cashiers UMC
Pat Triplett (Michelle Cockcroft’s mother)
Bobby Wade (Friend of Ann McDonald)

Homebound: Lyda Bobo (at the home of her daughter, Pam Garrett, 316 S Main Street, Simpsonville, SC 29681), Bill & Sarah Greer, Arnold Jones, Brenda Kirkland, George Lunn (home hospice), Kathy Penland, Anna Rayle, Helen Richardson

Sanctuary Flowers
Flowers are placed in the sanctuary today to the glory of God and in loving memory of Wayne Gause for his birthday, December 17th, by his wife, Barbara Gause and children.

BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR JESUS, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23
Children, birth—5th grade will have a birthday party for Jesus during Sunday School. The party will be in classrooms E-29 & 31. Please bring something for a baby (diapers, wipes, bibs, etc.)  These gifts will be given to charity. For more info, contact Lera Jackson, 967-3071 or lera@orangejack.com
BIBLE STUDY, TUESDAYS @ 10 (ROOM O-17)
The next Tuesday Morning Bible study begins January 8. The study is A New Playlist: Hearing Jesus in a Noisy World by Jacob Armstrong. Many of us go through our days with ear buds in place, listening to our favorite songs or podcasts to the exclusion of everything going on around us. What if we did the same thing when living our lives, choosing to listen to Jesus’ playlist and tuning out the anxiety, disruptions, and schedule overloads of the world? You’ll discover how to cut through the distractions of life to hear God more clearly. You’ll learn saying “no” to the demands of the world is often the best “yes.” The cost of the book for this six-week study is $10. Email Pastor Michelle mcockcroft@simpsonvilleumc.org or sign up online for Michelle to order your book. The book is also available to purchase on Kindle ($10) and Nook ($10.50).

GriefShare SUPPORT GROUP, JANUARY 7-APRIL 8
SUMC will be offering a grief support program beginning January 7. This program features biblical, Christ-centered teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The DVD seminar features nationally respected grief experts and real life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion.  Your bereavement experience may be recent or not so recent. You will find encouragement, comfort and help in grieving the death of a loved one. This is an opportunity to be around people who understand what you are feeling. You will learn how to recognize the symptoms of being stuck in grief and that you do not need to live in bondage to certain emotions. You will learn valuable information about facing your new normal in life and renewing your hope for the future.  Cost is $15.00 for participant workbook. You must register prior to December 21 to be included in this class. For more info contact: Clayton Easter, claytoneaster@yahoo.com (288-4665) or Katherine Riley, riley_katherine@ymail.com (228-5893). 


WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE moving to SUNDAY nights!
In an effort to act on some of the excellent ideas from last summer's Home Meetings, we are moving Wednesday Night Live to Sunday nights in January to make our ministries more accessible. 
The new Sunday Night Live will begin Sunday, January 13th. 
This exciting opportunity will allow more children, youth, and adults to attend, to have dinner together, and then go to their own faith formation areas. For adults, there will only be ONE class for the first 4 weeks: Evangelism 101, taught by the Rev. Dr. Dick Lincoln, the former pastor of the largest Baptist church in SC. Pastor Mike encourages everyone--especially committee members and other church officers--to attend.  
Sunday
   8:10   First Sight Prayer Group   Prayer Room
    8:40   Traditional Worship   Sanctuary
    9:55   Sunday School   
    10:55   Blended Worship   Sanctuary
   3   Girl Scout #2562   C-60
   4:45   Caroling to Church of God Children’s Home   
   5:30   College Progressive Dinner   
   6   Sunday Ringers   Handbell Room

Monday
 10   Church Ministry Team   Choir Room
   10   Bowed Head & Bent Knee Prayer   Prayer Room
   7   Trustees   Choir Room

Tuesday   6   Tuesday Bells   Handbell Room
   6:30   BSA #158   Fellowship Hall

Wednesday
   6   Preschool Christmas Program   Sanctuary
   6:30   Scouts #159   Fellowship Hall
 
Thursday   
4   Prayer Group   Prayer Room
   6   Preschool Christmas Program   Sanctuary
   7   Cub Scout Pack Meeting   Fellowship Hall
Our Mission Statement.... "Simpsonville United Methodist Church is a congregation who welcomes persons to faith in Jesus Christ, equips us for a faith that works in daily life, and sends us into the world to make a difference in Jesus' name.