A Ceremony of Carols: Come celebrate Advent/Christmas with us on December 8 during Sunday morning worship. This year will be a bit different in that we will be presenting a Cantata rather than Lessons & Carols. The Chancel Choir will be singing Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols with guest harpist Bonnie Bach. Our Children’s Choir will be joining with us on the Britten. In addition, the Chancel Ringers will be ringing during the service. Finally, we are so excited to welcome a team of Elon dance majors who will be performing original choreography during the Britten. Complete with congregational hymns, this will be a wonderful celebration of the season that you will not want to miss. Please invite friends and family to come along and celebrate with us.

FAMILY CAROLING DECEMBER 15 FOLLOWING MEET & GREET: We have several people who can’t make it to church because of health or aging concerns. Last year we had carolers of all ages visit and share in some familiar carols! It is only a success if we all help! Sign up on the insert if you plan to stay and do just a little to share the Advent/Christmas joy!

2019 CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PRESENTATION: Join our Children’s Music Ministry on Sunday, December 15 during worship as they share their rendition of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Worship will be held in the Community Life Center and will feature music by our children and youth. Lindsay Hopkins, our Elon University bell and chimes director, has re-written and is directing the production that takes a different look at this funny, but touching story. This will be Lindsay’s last time with us as she is graduating. Make sure you attend this meaningful worship service.

Secondhand Santa and Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, December 7, 10 am—4:00 pm in the Community Life Center. In addition to all the great vendors and used Christmas items, Elon’s own Born Again Jewelry will be selling their one of a kind pieces! Look for them there for special gifts of jewelry. Bring your cash and checkbooks!

Christmas Eve Communion and Candlelight Service: A special prelude from the youth and children of the church will start at 6:45 pm. This service will offer a special “Worship Ways” time for any child to be with Pastor Sharon during the sermon time, with special activities for them to tell the story of Christmas. The children will rejoin their families in time to share in the beautiful candlelight experience with their families. Our guest pianist will be Rhett Huffman. Please let others know about this special service!

CHRISTMAS CHEER TREE: The Christmas Cheer tree went up on November 24. We are sponsoring six families this year so we need your help! There will be tags on the tree and each tag will have a gift listed on the back. All you need to do is purchase the gift, wrap it, and return it under the tree with the tag taped to the front. The Mission Board will ensure all the gifts get to their families before Christmas. Gifts need to be under the tree by Sunday, December 15. Christmas Cheer is also collecting non-perishable items to give to families that are not selected to be sponsored. Please consider helping someone out this Christmas!

Committee and Board Annual Reports Are Due: Annual Reports for the 2019 Yearbook are due to the church office by Friday, December 13. 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.

HONOR CARDS ARE BACK: Honor Cards are a great way to help Allied Churches! The cost is $5 per card and you can purchase them in the Church Office. Our goal is to sell 100 cards. Come buy what you need for the holidays or buy for special gifts for those who care about others!

Cookie Day: December 15 will be our annual Cookie Day at Meet and Greet. Bring your favorite Christmas cookies to share following our Children’s Program. The homebound will also be brought cookies after the service.

Resolve to Recycle Through ECC: We collect foam products for recycling! Bring in foam cups, plates, takeout containers, egg cartons, meat trays, and foam used to package electronics (no packing peanuts). The foam must bear the #6 symbol and be clean and dry. Put it in the box located in the big storage room just inside the CLC to the left. The foam will be transported to DART in Randleman for recycling. Let’s keep that foam out of the landfill! We collect CFLs and all types of batteries for recycling! Put them under the mailboxes in the downstairs hallway of the old building (across from the library). We collect electronics for recycling! Bring your
computers and peripherals, TVs, stereo equipment, electronic games and toys, phones, digital cameras, cables, small household appliances, etc. These go in or by the closet on the left just as you come into the downstairs hallway of the old building from the parking lot between the church and Pandora's Pies. Bring nothing heavier than 20 pounds, please. We’ll take them to the Guilford County Prison Farm to be recycled.

Secondhand Santa and Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, December 7, 10 am—4:00 pm in the Community Life Center. In addition to all the great vendors and used Christmas items, Elon’s own Born Again Jewelry will be selling their one of a kind pieces! Look for them there for special gifts of jewelry. Bring your cash and checkbooks!

Our Annual Christmas Luncheon will be held in the Community Life Center after worship on Sunday, December 8. The meal will be catered by Western Steakhouse and the menus looks delicious! Cost for adults is $15 and children 6-12 is $7. Tickets are on sale now. Get them after worship or in the church office.

Chat and Chow will meet next at Da Vinci’s table on Friday, December 13 at 5:30 pm. Please sign up on the insert if you plan to attend. If you make a reservation and find you cannot attend, please let the church office know.

​​​Prayer Shawl Ministry: Are you a knitter or crocheter? There has been a renewed interest in starting up ECC’s Prayer Shawl Ministry again. These shawls are such a comfort to our members and friends who are going through a difficult time in their life. If you would like to be a part of this ministry or are interested in learning more, please join us for an informational meeting on Thursday, December 5 at 7:00 pm at the church. Please call Ellen Martin at 336-395-8622 if you are interested, but cannot make it to the meeting. 

Join The Walking Group at ECC:  If you would be interested in walking, please come join us at 9 am on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Some days we may move outside! Questions? See Sharon!

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!

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.

Salvation Army Food Pantry 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, which is used to help people in the congregation and surrounding community who have fallen on hard times.

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