Our mission: to be a sign of Christ’s love for the world.
GATHER!
Here are the ways we worship together.

How wonderful to worship together in our sanctuary! 
Let us be mindful to the needs of those around us.

Out of love & safety for our youngest & most vulnerable, and due to the rise in Covid-19 cases,
ALL worshipers are to wear masks while in the sanctuary.

As Matthew 7:12 says, "Treat others as you would want to be treated."
Thank you for living in Christian love with one another!

Worship Schedule
10am in the Sanctuary or on Facebook Live.

This week’s scripture lesson is:
Titus 2: 11-14
Luke 2: 1-7

Missed Church on Sunday? Want to hear the sermon again? Check out any sermons you missed here!
The Journey: Don't Stop Believing
Join us for worship this Sunday as we continue learning about the journey to the manger and those who traveled this path in the Advent Sermon Series, Don't Stop Believing: The Journey
Christmas Eve at Dilworth UMC
4:30pm
Family Service - Jesus was not born on a silent night...and this won’t be either! Come enjoy a Christmas story, an impromptu live nativity, and your favorite Christmas hymns. Children and families of all ages are welcome!

7:00pm
Traditional Candlelight and Communion Service - Welcome the spirit of Christmas with this beautiful candlelight service full of the awe and wonder of the coming Christ.
Music at Dilworth
We will continue to have our weekly Chancel Choir rehearsals on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary. All are welcome! If you have any questions or would like additional information please contact our Director of Music, Zach Thompson at: zach.thompson@dilworthchurch.org
If you are interested in playing an instrument or singing with the Loft Band please contact our Director of Music, Zach Thompson at: zach.thompson@dilworthchurch.org
Announcements!
Take a moment to read through the important messages about the life of DUMC

Church Office Hours
In observance of the Christmas holidays, the church office will be closed on Friday, December 24th (BUT we will of course have Christmas Eve worship!) and Monday, December 27th.
A baby girl is born!
We would like to announce the birth of Olivia Brown! Congratulations to parents Lindsay and Whalen Brown and big sister Madison! What a joy it is to welcome this precious little girl into the world.
Dogs of Dilworth Calendars - ON SALE NOW
Our limited stock of Calendars is going fast! Come get yours! $20 a piece. 
Email Sallie Anna with any questions (salllieanna.broome@dilworthchurch.org)
GO!
Join us as we serve, retreat, and adventure together as the hands & feet of Jesus!







Children's Advent Art Show 
 
All are invited to see the artwork that our children
have created in Sunday school during the Advent
season. 

Dec. 19th
After the worship service in the
605 Room

*Hot chocolate will be served!
Heart & Sole - Christmas Hike
Join up with the Ladies of the Heart & Sole Hiking group to drive together to McAdenville also known as “Christmas Town USA” to hike around the lights. Meet at 6:30pm on Tuesday, December 21 to catch the bus. Sign Up here for this hike and more! 






"The Lights of Christmastown"
The late Thomas Kinkade added to McAdenville’s legacy of “firsts” when he selected McAdenville as his first and only town in North Carolina to be captured in his glowing brush strokes.
Armenia Mission Trip
Dilworth UMC has been invited to join a team from Myers Park UMC traveling to Armenia on a mission trip this July. Tentative dates are July 9-21. This mission opportunity will be an opportunity to expand our partnership with Project Agape and visit some of Christianity’s most ancient sites. Don’t let cost be a deterring factor, scholarships are available. Remaining spots are extremely limited, please reach out to Pastor Cade (cade.barefoot@dilworthchurch.org) to express interest and ask questions about this trip.
GIVE!
Love your neighbor through gifts of time, talents, and financial gifts.
GIVING TO HELP TORNADO VICTIMS through our church is one of the best ways to ensure that 100% of the money actually goes to relief efforts on the ground. Because our apportionment dollars in regular general church giving goes to help pay salaries and expenses for UMCOR staff (United Methodist Committee on Relief), special offerings such as this one are 100% given to help local relief. UMCOR is already in place and will be in KY and TN as long as necessary to help the communities devastated by the tornadoes. If you write a check to the church for this, please make a note on it "Tornado relief". Likewise, if you donate online for it through the church site, under OTHER please note "Tornado Relief". May we be Christ's love for those in need.
Refugee support
Calling all realtors, landlords, and property managers. Dilworth UMC, along with other houses of faith across Charlotte, is working to settle recent refugees, particularly from Afghanistan and Haiti, into more permanent housing. Any congregation members with connections to individuals or businesses that would be willing to work with refugee families who might not have background checks, social security, employment, etc. are invited to reach out to Pastor Cade (cade.barefoot@dilworthchurch.org) to offer assistance in finding housing for these vulnerable individuals.
Dear Dilworth Family,
As we all consider the numerous blessings in our lives and move into the season of Advent, may we remember the special blessing of our church staff. This committed and passionate team works to help guide and sustain us in our faith journey. I hope that you will consider expressing your appreciation with a contribution to our annual Dilworth Christmas Love Offering for staff.

Please make your donation by December 20th and earmark it as “Staff Love Offering.” You may contribute on the DUMC website, drop your gift by the church office, or place it in the offering plate. On behalf of Staff Parish, thank you for your consideration of this worthy request. 

On behalf of Staff Parish, thank you for your consideration of this worthy request. 
To read the letter in full, click here.
End of Year Giving
If you are looking for end of year giving please consider Dilworth Church, even if you have given throughout the year. When we choose to financially give through the church we share witness of Jesus Christ to the world. In gratitude for our abundance we say thank you to the One who made all things possible. If you wish for your generosity to be noted for this calendar tax year, please have it to the office no later than December 31st. May you have a blessed and joyous Christmas and New Year.

Visit our website to make your contributions online. You can also drop off your contributions at the church and use other means of giving.


Or use the QR Code for quick access!
GROW!
Check out these ways to grow closer to God & one another!
Congrats to the Long Family and their "Castaway" tree!
They worked hard to create a thoughtful and fun tree. The scripture they tied in comes from Romans 11:1 "Has God cast away his people? Certainly not!"

They have chosen to donate their $500 to the Benjamin House ministry, which is the organization Ms. Ashton now works for.

The tree competition will be back next year - we hope you will consider joining in next year!
Room in the Inn
Sign up to help Dilworth this winter as we partner with Roof Above to host folks experiencing homelessness through Room in the Inn. Volunteers are needed to help our church show hospitality to those in our community who need it the most. To be a part of this ministry opportunity, search for a weekend (or two!) that you are available and sign up for the role listed that you would like to help in. Please reach out to Pastor Cade with any questions about this outreach opportunity.
Calendar for the week of 12/12- 12/18
This Week at Dilworth 
Sunday, 12/19
10:00am –Worship via Facebook Live and in the Sanctuary
11:00am - Children’s Advent Art show (605 Room)
11:00am - Open Door Sunday School
5:30pm - Youth Christmas Party 
 6:00pm- Handbell Choir Practice

Monday, 12/20
7:00pm - Youth Boys Basketball Practice (Avondale Presbyterian)
 
Tuesday, 12/21
 
Wednesday, 12/22
7:00pm - Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary)

Thursday, 12/23
 
Friday, 12/24: Christmas Eve
 4:30pm - Family Service
7:00pm - Traditional Candlelight Service
 
Saturday, 12/25
 Merry Christmas!
Art by Thomas Kinkade, "Christmas Chapel"
605 East Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: (704) 333-4173