November 29, 2018
Last Sunday Recap
Church is more than a Sunday worship service. Over the next few months we want to remember what happened on Sundays and reflect on the songs, prayers, and special moments as well as the sermon with our Sunday Recap.
Sunday Recap:
Last Sunday featured some hearty singing (it must have been the hearty meals we ate on Thursday!) as we celebrated Christ the King Sunday. This Sunday closes out the liturgical year and is the last Sunday before we say “happy new year!” with the beginning of the new Christian year in Advent.... read more
Pastor's Note:
Near the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, he returned to Nazareth. He was the hometown boy, son of a carpenter, whose unexpected teaching ministry was thriving. And on the Sabbath went to the synagogue. With the community gathered on floor mats and benches, they sang and read scripture. The room was saturated with the word of God and the anticipation of young teacher’s sermon... read more
Advent and Christmas Services
As we enter the season of Advent, let's be mindful of those around us that need to hear the message of the Gospel. Be in prayer about who you can invite to these upcoming services, and then take a bold step and invite someone to attend with you!
Lessons and Carols
This Sunday, December 2
9:30 & 11a Worship Services

Regular LTA programming
[Infant-pre K] at 9:30a
Children [K-5] dismissed at the greeting

Students remain in the service (no Bradford worship this week)
Evensong
Wednesdays,
December 5 and 12
6:45-7:15p

A 30-minute mid-week evening worship service.
Christmas Eve
Monday, December 24th

5p - Family Nativity Drama

7p - Candlelight Communion Service
Deacons' Fund Offering
At both Christmas Eve services the offering taken will support TCC's Deacon's Fund, used to help people in our community experiencing financial hardships throughout the year.
Opportunity for Families: Advent Wreath Lighting
Sunday, December 2nd, is the beginning of Advent. We light candles of the Advent wreath to signify the growing expectation and hope of the coming of Christ, the light of the world. If you or your family would like to be Advent candle lighters in one service, please contact adam@tccwayland.org.
Announcements
Nominating Committee

The Board has appointed the following members to serve on the Nominating Committee: Marty Bodley (Moderator), Tom Petter (Senior Pastor), Emose Piou (Board), Dan Koerwer, Chris Armstrong, David Yoon and Lauren Jackson.  We are grateful for the four members of the congregation who have accepted our invitation to serve on the committee.

The Nominating Committee is responsible for nominating members of the congregation to fill all open, elected positions at the Annual Meeting. This year, there are openings for all officer positions (Moderator, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and Clerk), which are one-year terms. The Board has 1 vacancy, the Deacons have 4 vacancies, Finance has 3 vacancies, and the Missions chair is open, all of which are 3 year terms.

These are important roles as TCC moves forward and we encourage members not only to consider serving but also participating in the nomination process.  Please prayerfully consider any recommendations you may have and submit them directly to a Nominating Committee member.
 
Please contact any Board member to suggest potential Nominating Committee nominees. We are eager to hear from you!

Together in Christ,

The TCC Board

Marty Bodley (Moderator), Tom Petter, (Senior Pastor), Peter Armstrong, Paul Church, Nickaela Fiore-Keyes, Emose Piou, Amy Scott and Dan Williams
Reminder about TCC Parking  
     
As you know, parking at TCC on Sunday mornings is always a challenge! With winter approaching, we want to remind people that if they are physically able, please park in the Town Hall Building Lot. You may drop off people or paraphernalia before you proceed there. This will leave parking spots for visitors, the handicapped, our older population as well as those with young infants and toddlers. This is a practical way for us to show hospitality. 

Besides designated handicapped parking spots, we have 5 spaces on the south side of the building for visitors as well as 4 newly designated spots for families with small children. Please respect these spots.

Do not park along the sides of the driveway, as these areas are fire lanes and must be kept clear.
Faith Promise Cards Due

This Sunday is the deadline for returning Faith Promise Cards. To aid us in developing our 2019 budget, please submit your card by this deadline. You may also email your Faith Promise directly to Aimee, our Contributions Clerk.

Thank you for Returning Your Faith Promise Card! To date, we have received 77 cards, indicating planned contributions of $896,452 to TCC next year. If you have not yet returned a card, you may do so through the church office or the offering plate.

Additional Faith Promise Cards are available in your pew rack and Stewardship Packets may be found at the Connection Hub.

You may also email your Faith Promise to the church at contributions@tccwayland.org.
Angel Tree - Gift Deadline is This Sunday, December 2nd.
 
All the “Angels” have now been taken from the Angel Tree. Thank you!

If possible, please include a gift receipt with your gift in case an item needs to be exchanged. Also, please attach the Angel Tree tag to your wrapped gifts and return them to TCC by December 2cd. 


Gifts can be left on the tables set up in the stairwell area off the lobby. .
        
If you would like more information on this program or could help with gift delivery, please contact Jim Santamaria 508-358-7821  or  hermits@comcast.net
Children's Actors Needed!
Children, Pre K-5th grade, are invited to play a role in our 5 pm Family Christmas Eve Drama. Signup at the Children’s Ministry desk on any Sunday between now and December 2nd! (PK kids may participate but will need a parent with them.)

Rehearsal times are as follows:
Sunday 12/16 from 11 am-12:30 pm
Sunday 12/23 from 2-3:30 pm

Please signup at the children’s ministry checkin desk or email Gail to sign up by Sunday December 2nd!
Children's Artwork Needed!
Nativity, Leilan B.
Help us tell the Christmas story with your child’s artwork! We use the Jesus Storybook Bible (JSB) during the Christmas drama and need the following scenes illustrated:
of the following scenes:

Luke 1:26 – Luke 2:7
The Birth of Jesus

Luke 2:8-20
The Shepherds and the Angels

Matthew 2
The Story of the Wise Men

This can be a great project for your kids to have a hands-on experience of the Christmas Story. It is also a great opportunity to read the Bible together as your child thinks about how to illustrate it. We need LOTS of artwork of many different images, so pick one and make it your own!

Directions:
Submit full color drawings on letter sized paper.
Write your child’s name and grade NEATLY ON THE BACK.
Turn artwork into the CM desk by Sunday, December 16th.
Ring the Bell this December! Salvation Army Outreach Opportunity.

We have an opportunity to serve the larger community of those in need by helping to man the red kettles and ring the bell for the Salvation Army. There are hourly time slots available to participate in this ministry at local markets in Cochituate and Wayland. This is a terrific introduction to Christian service for families during this Christmas season. It’s easy and fun for kids to do with a parent! If you are willing to volunteer for one hour of bell ringing during daytime business hours, please contact Preston Keith (508-358-4318 or npkeith@icloud.com ) or Paul Church (617-947-1903 or piman71@gmail.com).
Want to serve this Holiday Season?

TCC has partnered with The Bridge House, in Framingham, a faith-based recovery home for men with substance abuse problems.  We have the opportunity to provide a meal for 50 men on a day of your choosing Tuesday- Friday. More information about their ministry can be found on their website. http://thebridgehouse.org/wp/

Gather a group or your family and prepare a meal during this holiday season.  It would be a wonderful expression of love during this holiday season. You can use your kitchen or schedule to use TCC’s kitchen. We can help you with menu ideas.

Please call the office and speak with Jen or Nancy to schedule a date and for more information.
Upcoming Events
Men's Basketball This Week!

A devoted group of men have been playing basketball in the gym at TCC almost every Thursday night since last winter. Each week about 5-10 men come and take advantage of the amazing facility that we are blessed with at TCC. We play "pick-up" which just means that we form new teams each week depending on who can play that week. Adults and young adults are welcome - just show up. This includes both church members and friends and neighbors who do not call TCC home. We play hard but we "take it easy" and always consider it a good night if there are no injuries. If you or someone you know is interested, please reach out to Sam Jackson; < jsamjackson8@gmail.com > Start time is at 7:45 pm every Thursday. 
Christian Women’s Connection December Luncheon

The Sudbury Christian Women’s Connection Christmas Celebration Luncheon will be next Tuesday, December 4 th , from 11:30am -1:30pm at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury. All area women and men are invited this month! The Music Feature will be the Weston COA Ukuleles Group, led by Mr. Daniel Metraux, playing and joining in traditional holiday songs. Mae Ogsbury will speak on how “Life isn’t neatly tied up with a bow, but... it is still a Gift!”. Optional canned good donations will be received for area pantries. Lots of fun! Please call Margie at 508-545-0228 or Candy at 978-505-5305 to reserve space at the luncheon. Christian Women's Connection is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries, an international and interdenominational organization. Luncheons held monthly (except Jan and Feb), and two area home Bible Studies using Stonecroft's excellent materials are easy to invite others. 
Children's Ministry
Gail Hughson, Director
Coats for Kids – Donations Due December 30th

Live the Adventure (LTA) is participating in the Anton Cleaner's annual Coats for Kids drive. In these hard economic times, there are thousands of individuals who are without a warm winter coat. Coats, for children and adults, in good-condition can be donated at the drop-off box near the Children's Ministry desk until  December 30th.

One of the lessons we’ll be learning in LTA this month is “Work together to help someone in need.” This is a wonderful opportunity for children to realize there are others in need and that they could share what they have to help!
Girls Gathering, Wednesdays, 5:30-6:45p

All fourth and fifth grade girls are invited to join us at Girls Gathering, Wednesdays, 5:30-6:45 pm . This year we’ll use the book, A Girl After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George. We’ll discover what God says about growing in love for family and friends, growing in wisdom in order to make good choices, growing in grace when facing situations that are hard, and growing in joy when drawing closer to Jesus. We’ll pray for and encourage one another to become girls after God’s own heart. 
 
Register Here or complete a registration form at CM desk.

 
Guys Gathering, Wednesdays, 5:30-6:45p

Attention all 4 and 5th grade boys! Come and join the fun with Kyle Smethurst, Pastor of Students and Outreach, each Wednesday from 5:30 – 6:45 pm.  Register online now.   
For more information, contact Kyle at kylesmethurst@gmail.com .


What We’ll Learn in LTA This Week

Pre-K:
This month we are celebrating a very special birthday! We will celebrate Jesus’ birthday because He is God’s Son. God’s Son deserves a celebration as big as Christmas and birthday bash as big as what we are going to give him this month! He is that special!

Week 1 : The Angel and Mary, Luke 1:26-33, 38, 46
Story Focus: The angel told Mary she would have a special baby.

K-5:
God’s compassion for the people He created led to the greatest act of love the world has ever seen. God sent His only Son to make us right with Him. We reflect that compassion when we care about others and show them how much God loves them.
 
Week 1: God Loves the World, John 3:16.
Bottom Line: God did something about our greatest need.
Student Ministries
MS and HS Christmas Parties

Our Christmas Parties are just few weeks away! For each of them you need to bring a $5 wrapped gift for the Yankee Swap competition. Some of you might be wondering, what's a "progressive dinner"? It's when we enjoy the 3 courses of a Christmas dinner at 3 different houses...all in one night! Don't miss this crazy night of games and food...and more food.

*Drop-off & Pick-up at Bradford Hall for both parties!
Adult Ministries and Bible Studies
Wednesday Bible Study:
Christ in the Psalms
Join Allan Baldwin's class for a mid-week spiritual banquet (we don’t live by bread alone!).

Wednesday Mornings
9:30 - 10:30a
Room 205
Bible Lecture given by Rev. Baldwin.

Come, reflect, enjoy!
Saturday Morning Saints - Men's Breakfast and Bible Study

Light breakfast and Bible Study from 7:30 am-9:00 am. All men are welcome to join us! For more information, contact: Ed Brown at 508-655-9116; beverlybrown2@mac.com or Jim Santamaria at 508-358-7821; hermits@comcast.net.
Knit-Together (K-Tog) 

All ages knitting group, Mondays at 10 am & 7 pm in the parlor.

Questions? Call Susan Foster at 508-358-5852.
Women's Bible Study - Now on Winter Recess

Women’s Bible Study (WBS) will be studying 1st and 2nd Corinthians this year. We’re going to see how if we don’t understand the cross and what came after it - our lives won’t reflect it. Come study with us how to live a life of love in a broken world through His truth! Thursdays 9:15-11:00 am at TCC, Wayland. September 13 - April 2018. Registration and questions? Contact Amy at TCCWBS@gmail.com or the TCC office at 508-358-7717.
Mom to Mom - Now on Winter Recess

Friday mornings, 9:20 am - 11:15 am

"Mom to Mom makes me a better mom as it 'gives me support' along the way..."

Mom to Mom meets weekly to address issues and needs of women and family, guided by Biblical principles. We offer encouragement, compassion, and support to moms with children of all ages living at home. For over sixteen years, hundreds of Moms from the community at-large have come together and learned that they "are not alone" in the delight and struggles of raising a family. Any mom, independent of religious affiliation, is invited to join us.

Mom to Mom also offers a wonderful Christian Children's Ministry Program for infants through kindergartners. There are crafts, music, games and Bible stories for toddlers on up. A loving and responsible children's team offers your kids the best!

Please note that moms and children must be pre-registered. Placement in the children's program is offered on a first come, first served basis.

The program registration fee is $55/year and scholarships are available.

The children’s program fee is $75/year and scholarships are available.

For additional information, feel free to contact Elizabeth Markey at momtomomtcc@gmail.com .
Here at TCC, we are passionate about cultivating authentic community. Throughout the week, LIFE groups meet and rely on Bible study, discussion, practical yet compassionate care to encourage, befriend and help each other grow in relationship with Christ. We have groups in Wayland, Weston, Sudbury, Natick and Hudson who would love to have you join them!
SPREAD THE WORD... 
 
If you are in need, or if you know someone who is in need, such as single parents, those on a fixed income, unemployed or others who could use a helping hand, please feel free to visit the church office for assistance from our loaves & fishes food pantry. Our food pantry is open on sundays and regular church hours.

The TCC Food Pantry, “Loaves & Fishes” offers assistance to those of TCC and the surrounding community who need help with providing for themselves and their family
Donations to the TCC “Loaves & Fishes” Food Pantry are gratefully accepted. There is a collection bin on a table near the lobby stairwell. We only accept donations of non-perishable food and personal items. 

We respectfully ask you not to donate any open or expired items – we just have to throw them away!

TOP ITEMS NEEDED:
Dental Floss
Women's Deodorant
Hot Chocolate Packets
Dish Detergent
Dishwasher Detergent
If you have any questions regarding donations, contact Diane or David Newcomb at diane.newcomb@comcast.net or david.newcomb@comcast.net

 “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”  Luke 12:48
Volunteer Opportunities
TCC runs on volunteers! Please visit tccwayland.org/get-involved for more information.  

Children’s Ministry - childrensministry@tccwayland.org  
Greeting Team - adam@tccwayland.org
Usher Team - office@tccwayland.org
Coffee Hour Hospitality - jspinale@hotmail.com
Offering Counters - contributions@tccwayland.org
Music Team - adam@tccwayland.org
Tech Team - adam@tccwayland.org
Scripture Readers - adam@tccwayland.org
Children 's Ministry - Gail Hughson childrensministry@tccwayland.org

We are seeking additional Children Ministry Partners (volunteers). God can use you to make a difference in the life of a child. Don’t miss an exciting opportunity to help kids discover God and grow their relationship with Jesus. Help is needed in the following areas:

Live the Adventure Sunday 9:30 - 10:30A 
· Infant care - once a month
·    PK & Elementary small group assistants - once a month
·    Infant - Grade 5 - Substitute small group leaders or assistants
·    One-on-One assistants - once or twice per month 

Encore Sunday 11:00A – 12 P
·    Infant - Grade 5 assistant once a month or more

LTA Prep – help prep small group materials for small groups (can be done midweek).

Greeting Ministry

Greeters stand in the lobby and at the doors to help people into the building safely. Arrive at 9 am and help us foster a welcoming community.

Usher Ministry

Ushers are absolutely critical in helping newcomers form their first impression of TCC. You help set the tone for the worship experience to come. You are representatives of God’s kingdom.You’re not just opening doors, providing information, handing out bulletins or collecting the offering, you are making people feel welcome!

Sunday Hospitality / Coffee Hour

If you enjoy having a cup of coffee while chatting with others during the 10:30 am Fellowship time, please sign-up (alone or with your Small Group) to host a coffee hour! You don’t even have to provide snacks – just make, set up and then clean up the coffee and tea!  (Easy instructions provided – click here to see what is involved!) Participation gives you and your group an opportunity to serve the Lord and is greatly appreciated by your fellow members.

Counters

Are you accurate and reliable? Volunteers count the weekly offering (mostly checks for deposit) each Sunday, and we are in need of new helpers. Offering counters work in pairs. 
Local Outreach
We partner with local Christian organizations to help us achieve the greatest impact in serving our community. We also believe that serving the poor is an essential part of the Christian faith. If you are not yet involved in one of these ministries, sign up yourself and/or your LIFE group today!

For more information, please contact Jen Calverley or Nancy Griffin at 508-358-7717 or email frontdesk@tccwayland.org.
The Bridge House

The Bridge House, located in Framingham, is a faith-based recovery home for men with substance abuse problems. Their program provides individualized treatment including counseling to support the spiritual, physical, social and intellectual health of each person in recovery. TCC would like to provide a meal for 50 to Bridge House every month.
Pearl Street Cafe

Pearl Street Cafe provides dinner for 50-100 people every weeknight. TCC will provide 12 volunteers to serve dinner there every 1st and 5th Monday of the month from 4:30-7 pm. It's a great way to serve others in our community and no cooking experience is required. We simply wait on tables and serve food prepared by the Pearl St. Cafe staff . There is no age restriction on the volunteers. We hope you will join us and serve!