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December Birthdays

4
Victoria Santiago
7
Lena Paulter
10
Ellen Parker
13
Brandon Clark
13
Herman Moeller
15
Dean McFarland
15
Viola Oswandel
15
Leigh Parker
19
Pat Everett
22
Sandi Bardwell
22
Jim Hamm
24
Dick Jones
29
Frank Campese
29
Cindy Shoaf



WOWs (Widows of Wrightsboro)
 
Greetings WOWs!

"WOWS"....Widows of Wrightsboro, has been meeting the first Thursday of every month, for lunch, for several years.

If you are a widow and enjoy trying different restaurants, please consider joining us.

For more information contact Pat Everett  910-686-2637
 
We will be gathering for lunch on December 8th.   Join us at 11:30am at Boathouse Restaurant, 6328 Oleander Drive,  Wimington, NC 28403.

Lost and Foun
 
Lost and Found items are placed in the large basket in the Welcome Center.  If you have misplaced anything, please check the basket to see if it is there.
December 

11
Mike & Christi Tate
15
Jerry & Alma Allard
18
Jim & Lucy Lee


DVD 
Ministry

 

Each week, John Fuller records our 10:50am Worship Service.  If you missed worship or would like to share the service  with a friend or family member, copies are  available.  A sign- up sheet is i n the lobby; put your name and date of the service, and we will get a copy to you. A donation of $5.00 is appreciated to cover the cost of supplies. 
Facebook
 
Like us on Facebook

Yes, Wrightsboro United Methodist Church has a Facebook page! Some of you have already liked our page and we thank you. If you have not already done so, please take time to go and "like" our page.  Also, you can really help us get the word out about what we are doing here at Wrightsboro UMC by not only liking the posts but also by sharing the posts. This will increase the number of people exponentially who see our posts. Another way you can help is when a question is posted, answer the question. This will help open up the communication. Lastly, if you have some time on your hands and would like to help keep our social media current, please contact the church office. 
Prayer Chain 
Have a prayer concern?  
Who do you contact? 

Email the church office and we will email it out to the Prayer Chain.  Note that the Prayer Chain is a different list from those receiving this Newsletter.  If you would like to be on the Prayer Chain email list, contact the church office. Just remember that you are committing to pray for the members of our church and their family and friends.  
 
 
In Case of Emergency
 
The d efibrillator is now located in the cabinet marked AED on the wall in the hallway beside the sanctuary.
 
Also, we have consolidated all our first aid supplies - first aid kit, blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, glucose meter,  glucose tablets and Propel or something similar for sudden blood sugar drops.  All these items are now located in the cabinet in the Welcome Center, behind the door with the "First Aid" sign.
 

  
T he 2018 A ltar Flowers chart is posted in the hallway across from the restrooms. Please sign u p if you would like to provide flowers in the Sanctuary on a Sunday during 2018.
 
Available Dates:
Dec. 23, 30
Jan. 6, 13, 20

The 2019 Flower Chart has been posted on the Bulletin Board in the hallway to the left of the Lobby.  I would encourage you to sign up early; that way those special dates you want will most likely be available. If you have never offered to place flowers in the Sanctuary, I would like to encourage you to do so in memory or in honor to mark that special someone or date.
 
We also have a Bud Flower Ministry. After your flowers have graced our Services consider donating them to this Minisrty. Bud Vases are created and then delivered to a local Nursing Home and are also available to be taken when visiting someone in the Hospital. If you would like to donate just let Pat Everett or Donna Fisk know. We thank you for your helping this Minisrty.

The cost of flowers is $49.00. You can mark your check or envelope "flowers" and place it in the offering plate or drop it by the church office.  If you have any questions or special requests, please contact the church office.

Joyce Meyer's 
Love Life Women's Conference
 
Joyce Meyer will be presenting a conference in Charleston, SC, Friday & Saturday, October 25 & 26, 2019.  Some of the women in the church are thinking about attending, and it would be great if we could assemble a group to attend the conference together.  Cost for the conference is $99.00 to $114.00 per person, depending on seating level.  For further information go to
https://joycemeyer.org/conferences/lovelife#east  
 
If you are interested in attending the conference, contact Eva Czepiel at  lefty1210@atmc.net .   If enough people are interested, we will look into other details and costs, such as transportation and lodging. 
 
The Book Nook
 
just inside the Welcome Center.....has many Christmas Stories.

Stop by and check out the many wonderful Christian Fictional Books available. It's the honor system, so no signing out of a book. Take as long as you want to read your selection and then just return to the shelves.

 Happy reading!!
 
 
 
Thoughts from Pastor David...  
 
Greetings, friends,

For many of us, the seasons of Advent and Christmas are filled with a variety of traditions.  Most of those traditions revolve around our families, but we also have them in the church.  This year we will enjoy many of those traditions, some old and some relatively new, such as the Christmas Extravaganza on the 8th, the Children & Youth Christmas Program on the 9th, the choir's Christmas Cantata on the 16th, and two Christmas Eve services on the 24th.  As important as traditions are, I think it is always good to be looking for something new to add to the list.
 
This year, I would like to introduce the Ornament Exchange.  I can't take credit for this one - a church I served some time ago had done it for many years - but here's how it works.  Those who wish to participate, whether as a family or an individual, purchase a simple Christmas tree ornament and wrap it up as a gift, being sure to include a card inside with their name on it.  When they come into church, they place their gift on the prayer rail.  At some time during the service, those who are participating are invited to come up and take one of the gifts, being sure not to get the one they brought.  Those who are participating are promising to pray for the person or family whose gift they got throughout the coming year.  It's not supposed to be a secret.  I suggest going to the person or persons and tell them you got their ornament, and that you will be praying for them.  That way, when they have a special need, they can let you know so you can pray for them about that particular need.
 
I also suggest that the ornament is kept out after Christmas and placed in a conspicuous place in your home.  That accomplishes two things: First, you are reminded to pray for the person or family whenever you see the ornament.  And second, guests in your home will see the ornament and may ask why you still have it out when Christmas has long gone.  This gives you an opening to share about the importance of prayer and praying for one another.
 
We're going to do this on December 16.  We will have one service that Sunday, so all the church family will be together to participate.  I hope you will plan to participate - you will be blessed!

Grace & peace,
Pastor David
CLASSIC CLUB
 
The CLASSIC CLUB will have its Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 11:30am in the Fellowship Hall. We will have lunch, exchange $5.00 gifts in a game of Dirty Santa, and sing Christmas Carols. Plan on coming out for a good time of fellowship at the church.
WRIGHTSBORO UNITED METHODIST MEN

Greetings from the WUMM ,
 
The Wrightsboro United Methodist Men continue to meet on the second Sunday of every month in the Fellowship Hall for breakfast. And, as usual, women are also welcomed. We eat at 7:30am, have a short devotional, and then conduct the business portion. We are finished in time for those who want to attend our 8:30am service.

At our last meeting on Nov. 11th, 2018, nominations were received and voted on for the upcoming year. We are proud to announce that Darren Poe will be our President, Todd Parker our Vice-President, and Charles Lawhon will continue as our Secretary/Treasurer. Congratulations to all of them and I am sure that the WUMM will continue to thrive. I will continue as a part of the group and look forward to helping in any way I can! The WUMM will once again support a child on our Angel Tree.  This will be discussed more at our December 9th breakfast meeting.
I have truly enjoyed leading the WUMM for the last 4 years and have been blessed immensely! Moving forward, I would like to encourage any and ALL who can join and contribute to this wonderful group.  God is so good and the WUMM really enjoy giving back! What better way to give back to the Church and, most of all, to GOD!! Won't you join us soon?!
God is good all the time!! Keep Looking Up!!
Brad Shoaf-President WUMM


* Also, a reminder to the men of our annual men's dues will be upcoming again in January - see me or Suzanne.*
                                                                   
CHILDREN/YOUTH CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
 
Heavenly Harold 
Heavenly Harold will be presented on Sunday, December 9 at 5:00pm. Refreshments will be served following the program.  Come out and be blessed! 
Practice on Wednesday, December 5th at 6:30pm in Sanctuary.
 
YOUTH EVENTS

The youth participated in an amazing weekend of worship at Pilgrimage in November.  It was truly an amazing time of listening to youth give testimonies, music, laughter, building   relationships and also hearing some amazing speakers!    We had eight youth attend this year and they have already started making plans for next year!   

Our next big event will be the Christmas play on December 9th.   

We meet every Wednesday at 6:30pm and Sunday mornings at 9:45am.
These eight amazing teens and two couragous adults represented Wrightsboro UMC at Pilgramage 2018.
 
 
United Methodist Women

Meeting Information: 

Our December meeting has been canceled. We will resume on Tuesday, 
January 8 at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.   All women in the church 
are invited to join us.
During our November meeting we assembled 74 School Kits for 
children affected by Hurricane Florence.

UMW Reading Program
The book list for the 2019 UMW Reading Program is available at https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/readingprogram $100.00 has been allocated to purchase titles of our collection. Please look at the 2019 list of titles and bring your recommendations to the January meeting or email them to Eva Czepiel. We will be voting on books at our January meeting.

Books for Wrightsboro Elementary School Summer Reading 2019: We are collecting age appropriate books for Wrightsboro Elementary School. Books can be brought to the church and placed in the basket provided..
 
Questions about UMW items in the newsletter or about WUMW 
can be sent to Eva Czepiel at Lefty1210@atmc.net
MISSIONS AND OUTREACH

ANGEL TREE
 
Our angel tree will be up in the narthex with opportunities for helping children in our community who are struggling this year.  We will have six angels from the Methodist Home for Children as well as a family from our Hand in Hand ministry.  Plan to take a name, or two, and bring Christmas joy to a child who might not have any without you.  Remember that Christmas is all about a child born in a manger; what better way to honor Him than to help these children?  Take a moment to enjoy the beautiful decorations made by our Crafty Friday ladies.
 
HURRICANE FLORENCE
 
Much remains to be done in the wake of this monster storm.  Our church has been instrumental in helping people affected by taking down trees, tarping houses with holes in them, tearing down condemned structures, and furnishing food.  But the work has just begun; there will be many months of rebuilding and volunteers are needed.  Please consider joining a work team on Saturday mornings to help someone go back home.  The blessing will be theirs and yours.

THANKSGIVING BASKETS

Wrightsboro Church was blessed to be able to furnish 16 Thanksgiving baskets for struggling families in our community.  Each basket was filled with all the necessities for a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.  Thanks to the volunteers who came out to help assemble.

CRAFTY FRIDAY

The Crafty Friday ministry made new Chrismons for the Chrismon tree.  The beaded shell symbolizes the baptism of Jesus.  It has three beads added to the edge that represent the trinity.  We also made a white rose laying on a gold star.  The rose symbolizes purity and it also represents Mary, the mother of Jesus.  There is a new chrismon tree topper.  The inspiration to make it came from the trinity in the beautiful stained glass window.

As you view the church decorations, you will see new ornaments and tree topper on the pretty angel tree.  We finished with decorations for the fellowship hall tree.  It has a snowman theme for the children to enjoy.

Nearby is Wrightsboro Elementary school filled with children excited about the holiday season, and educators keeping them excited to learn.  We are thankful for the 84 school staff members.  Later this month, we will deliver a handmade gift for each staff member.

We would love to have you join us at Crafty Friday. Contact Gail Nunn,    gpnwilm@ec.rr.com, for more information.

Merry Christmas from the Crafty Friday ministry!

Operation Enduring Love
 
On behalf of Operation Enduring Love, I want to thank each and every one of you for blessing our soldiers over on the front lines in Iraq. They had such an awesome Christmas in July with the huge boxes of goodies we sent them!  Thank you for always coming through with showing our love and gratitude for the ultimate sacrifices they make each and every day.  
 
To show them that they are remembered, appreciated and loved at Christmas, Operation Enduring Love will be sending iTune gift cards to these same 20 soldiers.  In addition, the Crafty Friday Ministry has knitted very warm toboggans that will be shipped to them.  We hope you will join us in wishing them a Merry Christmas by sending them a personalized Christmas card. Missions & Outreach will be providing the cards - you just need to add a personal note of love, gratitude and good wishes.  I would like to stress that these personal cards will be the most treasured gift that we could send them! 
 
We will have a selection of Christmas cards located in the Welcome Center. You can pick up as many as you want, add your message, and drop them off in the clear file holder on the wall beside the door to Suzanne's office.  The deadline for these cards to be mailed along with the iTune gift cards is December 12th, so try to get them back before then. But if you cannot make this deadline, please give them to me afterwards and I will be happy to mail them out.
 
Thank you for your awesome support and love for our troops!  May you have a very blessed Christmas!
 
Pam Spencer
Operation Enduring Love 

 
Volunteer Opportunities in our Church
 
Are you looking for a place to volunteer in 2019?  Consider these opportunities:

1.  Being a scripture reader at either the 8:30 or 11:50 worship service
     Contact Pat Everett  910-686-2637

2. Ushering at 8:30 or 11:50 worship service
     8:30 contact  Joe Steagall  910-675-8822
    11:50 contact Brian Kivett  910-742-6111

3.  Greeter at 8:30 or 11:50 worship service
     8:30   contact Debbie Steagall  910-675-8822 
     11:50 contact Laura Jones   910-520-8495

4.  Our Coffee Corner needs some extra hands!  If you are enjoying 
     the brew... consider helping to keep it perking every Sunday.  
     Contact Pat Everett  910-686-2637

5.  Help create ideas and construct one of the Bulletin Boards.
     Contact Pat Everett  910-686-2637

6.  Help deliver Bud Vases to people who are home bound, in the hospital 
     and in the nursing homes.  Contact Donna Fisk 910-602-0133 or 
     Pat Everett  910-686-2637

7.  Our Food Pantry is in need of a volunteer on Wednesday morning from 9:00am -      11:00am.  Contact Tom Carver  910-264-8012

8.  Our Food Pantry needs someone to pick up food from Food Lion in Porters Neck       once a week.  Contact Tom Carver  910-264-8012

These are just a few of the opportunities to serve. We look forward to hearing from many of you.  Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



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GIVING MADE EASY

Do you find yourself wanting to praise the Lord by giving back to Him a portion of the many blessings He has so generously showered upon you?  Have you been sitting in the pew when the collection plate is being passed and you realize you have little or no cash and you don't carry a checkbook?  Have you been out of town or sick on Sunday and not sure how to handle your weekly tithe in those instances?  We have all been there. 

The church office will provide you a self-addressed envelope upon request, if you wish to mail a check.  But why not utilize the online giving option?  Online giving is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  It can be accessed by going to the church website,  www.wrightsboroumc.org, and choosing the red Give button in the upper right corner, or by clicking the link, "click here to give online", in the weekly announcement email. Simply pick the amount of your tithe or offering and where you wish the funds to be applied, check out and you are done.  You can even elect to set it up as a recurring payment to ensure the funds are sent each week without any extra work on your part. 

What an easy way to ensure the missions of WUMC are able to continue and grow.  I am proud that we offer multiple options for our congregation, and I encourage you to at least check it out to see if it would be a good fit for you. 

Jim Timmons
Finance Committee Chair 

FINANCE COMMITTEE UPDATE

November 29, 2018

Finance Committee Update:

Greetings Church Family - Thank you for allowing us to serve the church in this way each month. We consider it a privilege to be charged with such responsibility, and we make every effort to be good stewards. At all times, financial information is available in the church office or by request.

For the month of October 2018:

Total funds taken in:                                          $ 29,472.88

Of note, this figure includes the following amounts collected:

                Food Pantry                                     $ 220.00
                Youth Ministry                                $ 175.00
                Family Night                                    $ 737.00
 

Total funds spent paying bills:                            $ 33,541.14

Deficit for end of month, October 2018           ($ 4,068.26)

Due to existing funds in our bank account, we had the money to cover the deficit this month.

Our current mortgage payout is $ 697,889.42.

Apportionments have been paid on schedule. The new amount for 2019 will be slightly less than this year's amount.

For those who prefer, please remember you can always make your tithes and offerings online through the church website.

As always, thank you for your faithful tithes, your donations, your gifts, and your prayers. Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Jim Timmons
Finance Chair

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Wrightsboro United Methodist Church
3300 N Kerr Ave
Wilmington, North Carolina 28405
910-762-2583