Worship December 1
at 11am  

Scripture: Mark 1:1-8 NRSV
Sermon: Who is the Christ of Christmas?

Prepare your heart for Sunday's Worship! Hear the praise songs linked below:
Welcome our Newest Member!
Alfonso Moreno Rebagliati joined by profession of faith on 11/24/19! 
Community-Wide
Thanksgiving Meal
TOMORROW
November 30 | 5-7pm | FLC
Come join us as we celebrate Thanksgiving together in our Family Life Center! Our Hispanic Ministry will provide the meat, all you need to bring is a side dish to share! 
Norcross Tree Lighting
Friday, December 6 in Downtown Norcross | 5:30pm
Our Norcross First Choirs will be performing at this community event! Chancel Choir, Children's Choirs and Handbells will all play beginning at 5:45pm!
Christmas Music Sunday
Sunday, December 15 | 11am
Norcross First UMC Sanctuary
  This is our big, Christmas Musical event!
Our service will feature choirs, special instruments, and handbells!
Operation Christmas
Child Update
On Monday, Nov. 25th, we were able to donate  37 Operation Christmas Child boxes!  THANK YOU to all who generously gave and contributed to this mission which will bring  at least  37 smiles to children worldwide. It is such a joy to be a part of such a thriving and mission-minded congregation, and to give the eager and helpful hands of our Creation Kids the opportunity to complete such good works! Thank you!

Our Creation Kids' Turkey Box Food Drive is officially  extended until December 15th!  Feel free to keep on feeding those cute turkeys yummy items as we help to stock the Norcross Co-Op for the Christmas season! Please contact Rachel W. with any questions or concerns.

Circle of Love Christmas
Card Exchange
  Send your Christmas cards to church members at the Circle of Love Christmas card exchange for 10 cents each! Open December 1–January 1 in the Hall of the Apostles. Address with member's name and a group they participate in the church and deposit in the appropriate alphabetical box according to their last name. Deposit cash donations in the blue mailbox. Donations will be used for missions.
Help decorate our worship spaces during Advent by ordering a Christmas poinsettia in honor of or in memory of a loved one and to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. All dedications will appear in the Christmas Eve bulletin.
 
Orders may be placed now through
Sunday, December 1, 2019

Find an order form in the bulletin or at the Welcome Desk.
Contact Robin for details.
Ways to turn in your Estimate of Giving information for 2020:
If desired, you may contact  Nancy Garrison , either by mailing in the Estimate of Giving card (available below) confidentially to Nancy’s attention at the church, or by sending her an email with this same information regarding your planned giving.
The IRS requires all cash or check contributions be received in 2019 to be tax deductible for the calendar year of 2019. 
Please ensure contributions are received in the Church Office by Noon, Tuesday, December 31 or postmarked by the USPS no later than midnight, December 31, 2019.
 
Due to limited staff and office hours, please drop off your contribution before Noon, Friday, Monday, or Tuesday, December 27, 30 or 31 or mail to ensure timely receipt. 
Gifts of stock must be delivered in the same manner or transferred to our brokerage account by close of business on December 31, 2019.
Are you a new member, attend regularly or visiting us for the first time? Are you interested in learning about opportunities to connect at Norcross First? Then please join us as we assemble goody baskets to share with the Norcross Police and Fire Department and fellowship with members who serve in areas such as choir, mission teams, or the children’s ministry. We will meet on Thursday, December 5 th  from 6-7:30 in the church library and finish the evening by delivering the baskets. We are so excited to meet and get to know you and tell you about this church we love so much. Let us know you're coming - RSVP to Cathy Hellming by December 2nd.  
Circle of Peace
Tuesday, December 10 at 11am
The Circle will meet for their annual Christmas Brunch at the home of Clarice Kucera. Contact Murlene Dubay for details – 770-449-1478.

Hispanic Christmas Program
Sunday, December 22 | 6pm | Chapel
Everyone is invited!
Ongoing Ministries
Christmas Celebration
Wednesday, December 4 | 11am | Fellowship Hall
Come join us for our meeting and program. Our guest performance will be provided by Jim Grant playing Christmas carols and presenting the history of these Christmas Carols.
Please invite a friend. Bring side dishes and desserts for our Christmas potluck. Jet Set will provide the Turkey and Ham.
JetSet
JOY Bible Study
( J ust O lder Y outh)
JOY has concluded their study for the calendar year. Watch for details of a new class being offered in January, 2020!
Contact  Bobbye Raye Kennison  for more information.
Senior Men's Bible Study
Thursdays weekly | 11:45am 
Berkeley Hills Country Club
The Thursday Men's group study is the Old Testament Book of Job.
 Contact  Tom Waits  for more information.
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 

Believers Praying
Believers Praying is an ongoing, open and interactive, group that meets weekly on Tuesdays at 7pm until approx. 8:15pm in an informal setting. It normally meets in the Prayer Room off of the Sanctuary. All adults are welcome to attend regularly or as available. Prayer, including corporate Prayer, is vital to be a thriving church!
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.*