Good Shepherd Kitchen and Good Samaritan Fund

Every Sunday please bring canned foods which will be taken to the Salvation Army Food Pantry. Also on the first Sunday of each month, donations may be made to our church's Good Samaritan Fund.

Announcements

CHRISTMAS CHEER Families for 2018: The Missions and Outreach Board has selected six families from the Christmas Cheer office to help provide a Christmas for these families they would not otherwise have. All the families have heart-wrenching stories. Three are single moms struggling to make ends meet with children who have serious health issues. One, a single mother with no support, cares for five children. Her oldest, age 21, functions as an 18 months-old, has CP and is blind. Two of her other children have Spina Bifida and one is wheelchair bound, the other uses a walker and has braces for his legs. Another family of 10 are seasonal farm workers and six of their eight children have speech issues and require special assistance. In all six families their expenses far exceed their income. In the past you have been more than generous and compassionate, so we’re counting on you again. NOTE: Please take a tag from either our tree in the Narthex or the one in the atrium. The tag needs to be attached to your gift and returned to the tree. If you prefer to make a monetary donation, make your check to the Church and write Christmas Cheer on the memo line. On behalf of these families, thank you very much! (Remember, Jesus said, “if you have done it unto the least of one of these. You have done it unto me.”) After all, it’s His birthday we’re celebrating.

Honor Cards Are Now Available: As a fund raiser for Allied Churches Homeless Shelter, honor cards will be available again this year for $5.00 each. They are available in Monica's office during office hours. Please consider using one of these for that person on your Christmas list who already has everything! 100% of the proceeds of this sale will benefit Allied Churches of Alamance County at their most dire time of year.

Chat and Chow will hold their Annual Christmas Dinner on Friday, December 14 at Da Vinci’s Table in Burlington at 6:00 pm. Please note the time change. Sign ups on the insert if you plan to attend.

Committee and Board Annual Reports Are Due: Annual Reports for the 2018 Yearbook are due to the church office by Friday,
December 14. 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.

Poinsettia Fund 2018: The Deacons invite you to take part in providing poinsettias for the sanctuary and small gifts for the homebound members during the Christmas season. A total of 32 poinsettias will be collected. Gifts to this fund will be to the glory of God’s Christmas gift and in memorial or honor of friends and family members, as has been the tradition in the past years. Names of honorees will be printed in the worship bulletins on December 9, 16, 23 and 24. If donors would like a poinsettia to take home, please indicate this on the order form. The plants may be removed following the Christmas Eve Worship. Please send this form and your contribution of $10.00 per poinsettia to the church office by Monday, December 3. 

Christmas Cookie Day! On Sunday, December 16, we will have our annual Christmas Cookie Meet and Greet, following the Children’s Christmas Program in the Community Life Center. Everyone is invited to bring a plate of their favorite Christmas cookies to share. Please sign up on the insert if you plan to bring cookies. Your participation is appreciated!

Christmas Caroling to ECC Members: You are invited to go Christmas caroling to some special members and friends of Elon Community Church on Sunday, December 16, at 1:00 pm. This follows the special children’s worship service and the cookie exchange. We’ll meet at 1:00 pm in the Community Life Center, do some practice singing, divide up and get in cars to spread Christmas cheer!

Annual Christmas Luncheon: The Annual Christmas Luncheon is scheduled for after worship on Sunday, December 9 in the Community Life Center. Ted’s Catering will be serving the meal. Tickets will be sold and must be purchased beforehand to participate in the dinner. Tickets are available in the church office during the month of November, or after worship on Sundays, November 25 and December 2. The cost is $15 for adults, $7 for children (ages 6-12), and kids 5 and under eat free! See Linda Brown with any questions.

Have you Noticed? The walls in the Community Life Center were recently painted and they look spectacular. To keep the room looking fresh, please remember that tape, command strips, or any type of adhesive is not allowed on the painted sheetrock walls. Also, gum and glitter are not permitted in the CLC. Thank you for your cooperation!

Plastic Bag Donations: Jessica Frank, who is in one of the Girl Scout troops at the church, is working toward her Gold Award. Her plan is to make blankets for the homeless community in our area out of plastic bags. Jessica needs the church's help in collecting bags as it takes between 500-700 bags to create one blanket. There will be a box stationed outside of Monica's office to leave your bags. These are bags like from the grocery store, Walmart, etc. Please help Jessica out with the wonderful project to help others in our community while re-purposing those bags!

ONLINE GIVING IS 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.​