Worship November 15, 2020

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:6-11 NRSV
Sermon: Stay Alert!

Peter warns that the devil is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, so we must stay alert! If we remain strong in our faith, then Christ will restore, support, strengthen, and establish us in His love.
Some of the best advice I have ever received was to stay alert. It is great advice in almost every situation of life we find ourselves in. The more alert or aware we are, the safer we will be. Staying alert helps us in our Christian walk as well. In 1 Peter 5:6-11 Peter warns his readers to stay alert because the devil is like a roaring lion, prowling around seeking someone to devour. Don’t be that someone! Keeping your eyes focused on Jesus will also help you keep an eye on those prowling, evil situations around you. The devil is alive and well and we must stay alert so we can see and avoid his traps. Don’t let this world and its temptations divert your focus away from the Lord and His ways. Be careful out there! Stay alert! And remember, God loves you and so do I.
Pastor Eddie
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,
We hope you have found meaning in Norcross First worship services, the teaching on Sunday and Wednesday classes, small groups, service projects, pastoral care visits, newsletters, ministry moments, music, and the many other personal connections during 2020. While all these ministries are given freely, they have a cost. As your walk with God has been impacted by Norcross First, we ask that you support financially its ministries. For as with our church, it was also with Jesus Christ, whose grace was freely given to us but at great cost to Himself.
Our Sunday School classes have been studying the book Liturgy of the Ordinary. The gist of this book is that our ordinary day is filled with habits. These should include remembering whose you are and laying down the sword first, both of which point to God. We hope you have found this study meaningful in the transformation of your life.    
For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face (1 Thes 3:9-10a).
Please prayerfully consider how you will give financially to Norcross First in 2021.
Join us TODAY for music, prayer, and a message by Rev. Brenda Westmoreland
Churches Asked to be Careful and Vigilant:
Georgia Back in Coronavirus Red Zone
Message from Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the North Georgia Conference Cabinet

Citing an increase in cases, President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force moved Georgia back into the most severe category for spread of the virus for the first time since mid-September. The report warned of asymptomatic spread, particularly in social gatherings, as cool weather pushes people indoors and friends and families plan holiday events.

“Georgia must expand the mitigation efforts statewide as test positivity and cases are increasing,” the White House Coronavirus Task Force report, dated Sunday, said.
The seven-day rolling average of new confirmed cases in Georgia has climbed about 45% since bottoming out Oct. 2, and current hospitalizations have started to climb after weeks of improvement, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of state data shows.
Georgia started this latest surge in confirmed cases at nearly double the level that preceded the summer wave. And health experts have said the cooler months ahead could be bleak in Georgia if residents do not heed warnings to wear masks, practice social distancing, wash hands, get a flu shot and avoid gatherings, particularly in poorly ventilated spaces.
Churches may want to reconsider in-person gathering or, at the very least, ramp up their vigilance and strictly adhere to safety protocols. We will continue to monitor spread of the virus and make further recommendations as needed.

—Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the North Georgia Conference Cabinet
You've got mail!
As Christmas approaches and wishes during the Holy Season are shared, please make sure the church has your correct mailing address!
Log in to Access ACS via the church website - www.norcrossfirst.org - and make address corrections or email any updates to Rae Myles - rae@norcrossfirst.org - so you don't miss out on any upcoming greetings or information!
In fact, now would be a good time to make sure ALL your contact information is current - email, phone, and cell numbers! Let's stay connected!
Every Wednesday in November!
Norcross First UMC parking lot
Drive up or walk up testing available
No pre-registration or appointment required
Email Rae Myles if you can help with this event!

Many thanks to CORE for offering this free COVID-19 testing for our community! 

2021 Bible Studies
We will begin new Group Studies beginning in January 2021. If you are interested in facilitating online group studies, please contact Sandra Hunter at sandra@norcrossfirst.org and let her know what you would like to offer. We will advertise registration in December! What a great way to stay connected and dive deeper into knowing more about God!
The Circle of Love Announcement
Due to Covid restrictions the Circle of Love will not be able to offer the Christmas card post office boxes at church this year. Please make alternate plans now to send your Christmas cards to church members. Mailing addresses for current church members can be requested from the church staff. Please update your contact information with the church if you have a new address or phone number as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
Attitude of Gratitude
Come early to the Outdoor Worship Service this Sunday afternoon,
Nov. 15th, and bring a food item to donate for the upcoming holiday season. 
Our Creation Kids lovingly handmade these turkey boxes, which are ready to gobble up some food donations!  Find us and our turkey boxes under the colorful Creation Kids Preschool entrance, at the side of the church from 2:30-3:00pm! 
All proceeds will go to the Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries (Norcross Co-Op) which serves our local community. 

Their urgent needs are as follows:
 Critical Needs
·     Corn
·     Fruit
·     Soup
·     Mixed Veggies
·     Meal in a can
On-Going Needs
·     Cereal
·     Canned Meat (excluding tuna)
·     Pasta
·     Pasta Sauce
·     Canned Fruit
See What our Creation Kids Learned this Morning!
Ongoing Ministries
Jet Set
Please continue to check in on members of this group as we all seek to stay safe and healthy.
JOY Bible Study
(Just Older Youth)
JOY completed the Advent study and plans to begin a new study January 6, 2021. Specific study for 2021 TBD. 
Contact Bobbye Raye Kennison for information.
Senior Men's Bible Study
Our current course of study is The 7 Churches of the Revelation. This is a Right Now Media study. Contact Tom Waits for the access link to view the videos that are provided with this study. 
Newcomers welcome! We begin at 12:45pm weekly on Thursday. The call in number is (205)825-9243. If there is difficulty tying into the call, simply text CALL ME to the call in number and you should be directly connected to the call.
Stay safe and stay in the WORD.
There is Power in Prayer!
We want to pray for you and your concerns and needs, and invite you to pray as well! If you would like to receive a weekly prayer list, or be included in the prayer email chain, please email prayers@norcrossfirst.org 
These requests can be private, shared only with the Pastor/staff, or public, shared with pray-ers within our congregation.

Believers Praying
At this time the group is not meeting, but continues
to faithfully pray.
Articles and Announcements
Submission of articles and announcements for the weekly newsletter and bulletin must be received by Noon Monday weekly. Email Andie Ashe: communications@norcrossfirst.org

*Other ministry areas have their own individual newsletters, which are accessible through our website, or by signing up with the ministry area.*