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)

Gospel Lesson, St. Luke 1:39-55
Sermon: Rev. Dr. Mike Smith

Contemporary Music:
Go Tell It On The Mountain
God With Us

Traditional Music
Anthem (8:40)   “Christmas Lullaby”, Guitar: Pat Johnson
         (10:55)   “Carol of Remembrance”

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
Be sure to stop by and see the mangers our congregation has brought to share Sunday morning. Thank you to everyone who brought your manger scene.

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
CHRISTMAS @ SUMC
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
Sympathy
To the family of Mary Kelley who died Tuesday, December 18. A service was held at Dillard’s Funeral Home in Pickens, Sat., Dec. 22.

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

Extended Care: 
Barbara Coleman (The Springs), Ron Colombe (Assisted living in Ohio), Phyllis Fitzmorris (The Crossings), 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


Address for Ron Colombe
8130 Miller Farm Lane
Dayton, Ohio 45458
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.  

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. For more info contact: Clayton Easter, claytoneaster@yahoo.com (288-4665) or Katherine Riley, riley_katherine@ymail.com (228-5893). 
Sunday   8:10   First Sight Prayer Group   Prayer Room
    8:40   Traditional Worship   Sanctuary
    9:55   Sunday School   
   9:55   Children’s Birthday Party for Jesus   
    10:55   Blended Worship   Sanctuary
   6   Sunday Ringers   Handbell Room

Monday   12 N   Trad. Christmas Eve & Communion   Sanctuary
   6 PM   Cont. Christmas Eve & Children   Sanctuary
   11PM   Trad. Christmas Eve & Communion   Sanctuary

Tues-Friday      Church Office Closed
CHURCH NAME TAGS
Name Tags are now available in the hallway near the Church office. If you did not sign up or your tag is wrong, please send name to sumctags@yahoo.com.

END OF THE YEAR GIVING
As we approach the close of 2018, we remind you:
You may give at any of our worship services through the end of the year, or drop your financial gift by the office. Online giving: Make sure it is posted no later than Thursday, December 28, to be counted as a 2018 gift. If giving stocks or funds managed by broker, ask for a transfer to be completed by December 31. Gifts received on January 1, 2019, will be reflected on your 2019 statement. Thanks for your support of our church and our outreach!
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.