Committee and Board Annual Reports Are Due: Annual Reports for the 2017 Yearbook are due to the church office by Friday, December 15. All boards and committees are expected to submit a report. If you are uncertain whether you should submit one, please contact the church office. Thank you for your cooperation.
A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols will be held in the sanctuary on Sunday, December 10 during the morning worship service. This service originated in England in 1880. While the music changes from year to year, the scripture passages, prayers, and benediction are exactly like those said at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, England (where the service was first held) and in other churches and cathedrals in many countries of the world. The anthems include familiar hymns as well as Liturgical anthems for the Advent and Christmas seasons by British and American composers. The congregation is asked to be seated not later than 10:25 AM. The greeting and announcements will take place at this time, followed by an extended prelude of Christmas and Advent music for harp, flutes, cello, handbells, and organ. The congregation is asked to invite friends, neighbors, and relatives to this special service.
Our Six for Supper dinner groups have been very successful this fall. We’ve had 24 participants, and in a few weeks we will be reassigning groups for the January-March term. If you have not been a part of this exciting group, or couldn’t participate in the fall, we encourage you to give us a try! We meet once a month (on a 3 month basis) for brunch, lunch, dinner or dessert either in people’s homes or in a restaurant of the host for the month’s choice. Please sign up on the insert or call Ellen Martin at (336)395-8622.
Chat and Chow will celebrate Christmas at the Terrace in Twin Lakes on December 13 at 6:00 pm. Following dinner we will have the privilege of hearing the Hawfields Jammers directed by our own Ted Henson with a Christmas dulcimer concert and to make it extra special Ted has invited Bill Blackwell, a Twin Lakes resident, to join his ensemble playing the hammer dulcimer. Dinner will be buffet with chicken florentine, and pork tenderloin with a cranberry chutney. The cost will be $15.50 plus tax (gratuity
included) and must be in the form of cash or check payable to Twin Lakes. (No credit cards)
People Persons Needed: Your Evangelism Ministry Team is seeking men and women “people persons” who would be willing to act as greeters at the parking lot entrance. Responsibilities would include opening the outside doors as folks enter, helping those who would need a friendly arm for stability from their car to the door, and during rainy weather, provide an umbrella from the car to the portico. We would like to start this welcoming ministry in November. Questions or interest? Please contact Ellen Martin at (336)395-8622 as soon as possible or sign up on the insert.
Our Christmas Luncheon will be held on Sunday, December 10 after worship. The cost is $16 for adults and children ages 5-12 are $7. Please sign up on the insert or call the church office if you plan to attend. We will need a firm count for the caterer prior to the dinner. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Second Hand Santa Sale and Craft Fair is scheduled for Saturday, December 2, 10 am—4 pm in the Community Life Center. There will be a variety of craft vendors, along with sale of Christmas decorations and hot dogs. Money raised will be donated to Christmas Cheer. Check your current decorations and donate any unwanted items.
OUR Farmers’ Market continues its 10th season on Thursdays! Our Market will continue regular hours of 3:00-6:30 pm each Thursday. Make sure to join us! We have welcomed back many of our vendors, along with a couple of new vendors. Fresh and local produce, meats, baked goods, and handmade crafts will all be available on our front lawn! Help us spread the word and invite your family, neighbors and friends!
ONLINE GIVING IS NOW AVAILABLE! Click or scan the QR Code on the top right of our website, eloncommunitychurch.org. Or look for the QR Code in the bulletin, Torch and other various church publications! From here you can use a credit card to fulfill pledge obligations or donate to various other funds.
Music Ministry Endowment Fund: Every week ECC is richly blessed with music as an important aspect of our worship. To augment the budgeted funds for these efforts your Music Committee has newly established a Music Ministry Endowment Fund. Your support of this fund may be to: General Needs, Guest Musicians, Choir Soloists, Music Camp, Hand Bell Maintenance, Organ Maintenance, Piano Maintenance, Other ___________. This Endowment Fund is an excellent channel for your expression of love at a time of memorial giving or to honor someone. It provides for beauty long after flowers will have faded. If your heart sings a melody after worship services may it inspire you to remember this newly created way for gift giving and sharing in the splendor of our music.
Organ and Vocal Recital CDs are on sale! You can purchase CDs from the church office during office hours. Proceeds will benefit Elon Community Church’s music Program.
COME SHARE:2ND AND 4TH WEDNESDAYS OF THE MONTH AT 2:00 PM, AND 3RD TUESDAY OF THE MONTH AT 7:00 PM IN THE LIBRARY. How do we get a chance to share about our losses and the pain of losing special people in our lives? We have had many loved ones pass from our midst and we need a safe place to share the feelings and maybe just stories of what we are experiencing. Pastor Randy will lead this group and you are invited to attend no matter how long it has been or who it is, just let this be a time to… Come Share. No sign-up necessary.
Good Shepherd Kitchen and Good Samaritan Fund
Every Sunday please bring canned foods which will be taken to Allied Churches' Good Shepard Kitchen. Also on the first Sunday of each month, donations may be made to our church's Good Samaritan Fund.