November & December HIGHLAWN BAPTIST CHURCH NEWSLETTER. Highlawn Baptist Church 2304 Jefferson Ave. St. Albans, WV 25177

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1 Highlawn Baptist Church 2304 Jefferson Ave. St. Albans, WV HIGHLAWN BAPTIST CHURCH NEWSLETTER November & December Pastor: Dr. David Carrico Youth Director: Leah Bowes Accompanist: Mrs. Julie Simon Secretary: Mrs. Lisa Ferrell Custodian: Mr. Brian Ferrell 2304 Jefferson Ave., St. Albans, WV

2 JUST A THOUGHT - READY OR NOT November and December are here! We think of the Holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas as special family gathering days. We plan our special meals and gifts. We should also think of the Holidays as Holy Days. Making sure we have time for the Good Lord. Thanking Him for His many blessings to us, He spoils us! Our church is preparing itself to celebrate these Holy Days. Thanksgiving and Christmas programs and events take a lot of energy. That energy includes prayer, planning and thinking how best to proclaim the goodness of the Lord and the rightness He shows us. Like most church events they happen and are energized by the Holy Spirit. Ready or not here comes the Holidays, let us invite the Holy Spirit to guide and direct our celebrations, In the busyness of days may we give God all the glory. Blessings on You, David Carrico. Morning Worship for November Sunday, November 5th Message: Fellowship of Brokenness 1 Corinthians 11:28-34 Sunday, November 12th Message: Defining Moments Proverbs 4:20-27 Sunday, November 19 Thanksgiving Sunday Message: Stone of Remembrance Joshua 4:2-7 Sunday, November 26th Message: Forsaken Roots Matthew 22:37-39 The STARZ Puppet Team is seeking fun-loving, hard working, dedicated people to join our team and share God s love with others. Age doesn't matter, 5 to 105!! If interested, please contact the church office. Practice for the puppet team is every Sunday evening at 6PM. We are getting ready for our Christmas Program! Dearest Highlawn Baptist Church, My husband, Rev. Paul Romine will retire from the ministry February 1, 2018 at 1st Presbyterian Church of Saint Albans. We have made a prayerful decision to move and relocate to Lawrence Kansas to be near our family and three grandchildren. At this time, I am committed as choir leader here at Highlawn through April 1st, 2018 and possibly through the month of May. It has been an honor to serve here with all of you at Highlawn Baptist Church. It saddens me to leave my Highlawn Family and I will miss you very much. I am thankful to have been a part of such a great church. Blessings Julie Simon Morning Worship for December Sunday, December 3rd Sunday, December 17th ~Hanging of the Greens~ 3rd Day of Advent Advent Begins Message: Get Ready Message: The Journey Begins Matthew 3:1-3 Isaiah 7:14 Sunday, December 10th 2nd Day of Advent Message: Hope of the Ages Romans 15:12-13 Sunday, December 24th 4th Day of Advent-Christmas Eve Message: The True Story Luke 2:7-11 December 31st New Years Eve Sunday Message: Tunnel Vision of the Heart Mark 3:1-6 Sunday, November 5th

3 Church Thanksgiving Covered Dish Dinner ~Sunday November 12,2017~ Following morning worship The church will provide Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes & bread The following dishes will be needed so pick your favorite and share with us Green Beans Scalloped Potatoes Sweet Potatoes Broccoli Casserole Mac & Cheese Assorted Desserts...these and any other favorite dishes you may wish to bring and share! You are welcome to join us as we will be decorating the church for the upcoming Christmas season on Wednesday November 6:30 PM Annual Church Business Meeting Sunday, December 17th Immediately following morning worship. Once again, its that time of year to start thinking about giving and celebrating the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. With our shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, we can send the story of Jesus all over the world. Last year we had 250 boxes from HBC sent on that great journey. Lets try for 300 this year!! With God, all things are possible. I know that God will bless this goal because He loves to see His people work together for the Glory of His kingdom. You will be able to drop off your shoeboxes in the gym on the following collection dates. Volunteers are also needed to work the collection times. If you have any questions, or need information how to pack your shoe box, please contact the church office. Collection dates and times are as follows: Monday November 13th Tuesday November 14th Wednesday November 15th Thursday November 16th Friday November 17th Saturday November 18th Sunday November 19th 10am-2am 10am-4pm 12pm-5pm 11am-4pm 10am-4pm 10am-6pm 1pm-4pm We will have poinsettia's for sale again this year. They will be displayed in the sanctuary November 29th. If you are interested in ordering, in memory of or in honor of a loved one, please call the church office or watch for the order form in the bulletin. The cost of each poinsettia will be $10.00

4 Christmas Food Baskets Beginning November 5th through December 19th, you will have the opportunity to respond to your many blessings by bringing an offering to the storehouse each Sunday, if you are able. Suggested for gifts are as follows: November 5th Soup & Sugar November 12th Pasta & Sauce November 19th Green Beans & Corn November 26th Peanut Butter, Jelly December 3rd Flour & Cereal December 10th Pinto Beans and Jiffy Corn Bread Mix December 17th Mac and Cheese Christmas baskets will be assembled and given out on Wednesday, December 20th beginning at 8am until 1pm. If you would like to help, please contact the church office. Bring your friends and family and enjoy the sounds of Christmas! Join us... Monday, December 4th at 7:00 pm for a Christmas Concert with our friend Betty Reynolds and the Homeland Choir. Christmas Celebration Tree Once again this Christmas season, we want to take time to reflect on God s blessings in our lives as well as honor those that have brought special meaning to us over the years. Our Christmas Celebration Tree will be set up in the foyer beginning Wednesday, November 29th. Please bring a meaningful ornament that you feel celebrates, remembers, or honors someone in your life. We will have small tags in a basket by the tree for you to write out your celebration story, attach the tag to your special ornament and hang it on the tree. Our tree will be up throughout the Christmas season. Maybe you became a parent or grandparent this year, your child graduated, you got a great new job, maybe with God s help, you overcame an illness, or you wish to honor someone you love, or remember a loved one that is now in heaven. Lets celebrate special memories that have touched our lives over the years with our church family and display them on our beautiful Christmas Celebration Tree. WV Baptist Women s Day of Prayer Monday November 1:00 PM 1st Baptist Church Saint Albans

5 November & December The STARZ Puppet Team will be presenting their annual Christmas Puppet Show Oh What A Glorious Night Sunday December 10th 6:00 PM Please join us and bring your friends & family! Reception will follow in the fellowship hall. Junior High Convention Crab Orchard November 17th-19th Cookies and Caroling in the Neighborhood December 6pm Join us Sunday, December 3rd... Beginning at 10:30a.m. for a special service of Communion, morning worship, and Hanging of the Greens As we honor the 1st advent Sunday. Church Meeting & Dinner Our annual budget meeting and dinner will be held Wednesday, December 6:00 PM Please make plans to attend this very important meeting. Nominations For Officers and Ministry Team Leaders will be accepted through Sunday, November 5th. Nominations may be placed in the box outside the sanctuary. Please find a copy of the Nomination form at the information desk outside the sanctuary and complete it with your vote and place it in the box. Youth Group New Years Eve Party December 31st (Time TBD) Please note, there will be no youth group on Wednesday, November 22nd and Sunday, December 24th

6 Highlawn Baptist Church 2017 S u n M o n T u e Wed T h u F r i S a t 5 12 Church Thanksgiving Dinner :00 Finance Team Meeting Veteran s Day No evening ministries tonight 23 Thanksgiving Day Church office closed 24 Church office closed :30 Decorating the church for Christmas 30

7 Highlawn Baptist Church 2017 S u n M o n T u e Wed T h u F r i S a t Hanging of the Greens 4:30 Leadership Team Meeting 4 7:00 Betty Reynolds Christmas Concert Presentation of the Budget Christmas Show 17 Annual Business Meeting following morning worship :00 Church Dinner & 2018 Budget Meeting 20 8:00 Assembling Christmas Baskets 8:00 Finance Team Meeting Church Office Closed :00 Candle Light Christmas Eve Service 25 Church Office Closed No evening ministries Youth New Years Eve Party

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