SAVE THE DATE – MARCH 22 – UMM Fish Fry

United Methodist Men’s
Fresh-Caught Fried Fish Dinner

A Community-wide Fundraiser
Supporting UMM Missions

Saturday, March 22, 2014
5 pm – 8 pm
7.00 per plate

Social Circle United Methodist Church
261 South Cherokee Rd
770-464-3854

Tickets and information available from
UMM members SocialCircleUMC [at] live.com
Church Office 770-464-3854
Also sold at the door on March 22

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Chili Winter Blast “Chili Supper”

Join us for our annual
United Methodist Women
Fundraiser for Local Missions
A community-wide event
for the whole family!

Chili Winter Blast “Chili Supper”
Friday, February 7, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Social Circle United Methodist Church
261 S. Cherokee, Social Circle, Georgia 30025

$6 per person and $4 per child under 10
includes drink, cornbread, crackers, sour cream, cheese and dessert!

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Next Sunday, Jan 19: INSTALLATION OF 2014 OFFICERS AND MINISTRY SERVANTS

Leader: Will all church officers, liturgists, and volunteers in ministries (FISH, the youth, children, choir, All God’s Children, etc.) please stand as you are able. You have been called by God and chosen by your church for a special role in the life and leadership of this fellowship of faith. Thank you for accepting it and challenge you to offer your best to the Lord, your church and our ministries. May God bless you as you serve, and bless us as together we seek to lead the lost to Christ and to grow stronger in faithful discipleship. Do you reaffirm your basic faith commitment to Jesus Christ?

Officers and Other Servants: We do.

Liturgist: Will you so live that all who seek to discover or to strengthen their faith will find in our open hearts and arms the love and acceptance of Jesus Christ?

Officers and Other Servants: We will.

Leader: Will you devote yourself to the causes of the kingdom of God among us and beyond the four walls of this church?

Officers and Other Servants: We will.

Liturgist: Will you do all in your power to be responsible to the tasks for which you have been chosen?

Officers and Other Servants: We will.

Leader: Let us pray: Gracious God, bless your servants and the ministries of this church. Grant them your passion for the community and love for the lost and the needy. Guide them to use their spiritual gifts as they serve your church, to be open to change, and to seek the excellence which honors you and inspires all of us. Keep before them the example of our Lord, who did not think first of himself, but gave himself for us all. Reward their faithfulness with the knowledge that through them your purposes are accomplished; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Liturgist: Let us all stand as we are able. Will you do all you can to assist and encourage our officers in the responsibilities to which they have been called, giving them your cooperation, support and prayers?

Congregation: We will.

Leader: You may be seated.

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CONGRATULATIONS!

Three in our church family have been recognized for the outstanding contributions each made in their positions.

Andrew Dykes has been named:
FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR
BY THE MONROE
FIRE DEPARTMENT.

David Jordan has been named:
SCOUTMASTER OF THE YEAR
FOR THE SWEETWATER DISTRICT.

Mark Harrison, son of Joan and Wayne McMillan, has been named:
FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR
BY THE SOCIAL CIRCLE
FIRE DEPARTMENT.

What do these three have in common? They are living their lives in service to others as God intended.

Ephesians 2:10 ESV
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works…

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Christmas Card to the Circle

Throughout the generations we have expressed the awesome wonder of Christmas in carols couched in our own perceptions and wording. May the carols you hear and sing this season, and those quoted in this card, so touch your soul that your heart will prepare him room, and heaven, nature, and all who receive this greeting, may together sing his praises, and rejoice in this and every Christmas.
John and Kathy Huggins, Social Circle United Methodist Church
Christmas Card to the Circle.pdf

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Sunday, December 1, First Sunday in Advent

What is Advent?
Advent is a season of the church year during which we prepare our hearts for Christ’s coming. Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year for Christians. [Liturgical -- from liturgy, which means the forms and functions of public worship.] The dates of Advent vary each year, but it always contains the four Sundays before Christmas Day.

What is an Advent wreath?
Wreaths used during the observation of Advent. Advent wreaths are of two basic types. The first is a circle, generally of evergreens, which is hung in the sanctuary of the church as part of the special decorations for the Advent season. Wreaths of evergreen and other materials are increasingly used during Advent to decorate the exterior doors of churches and people’s homes.

What do candles in the Advent wreath mean?
The Advent wreath, four candles on a wreath of evergreen, is shaped in a perfect circle to symbolize the eternity of God. In some churches, four purple candles, one for each week in Advent, are used with one larger white candle in the middle as the Christ candle. Other churches prefer three purple or blue candles with one candle being rose or pink, to represent joy.

What are Chrismons?
Ornaments made from Christian symbols (or Chrismons, a contraction for ‘Christ monograms’) were first developed by Frances Spencer and the women of the Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, VA. Many churches display a Chrismon tree during the Advent and Christmas season decorated with handmade ornaments.

What is the “Hanging of the Greens”?
Many churches hold a service of preparation for Christ’s coming, which includes hanging greenery traditionally associated with everlasting life. Greens such as cedar for royalty, fir and pine boughs for everlasting life, holly symbolizing Jesus’ death and ivy representing the resurrection are used.

What is a Christ candle?
The large white candle used on Christmas Eve or on Christmas Day or both. The Christ candle is often the candle located in the center of an Advent wreath.

What do altar cloth colors mean?
The Christian year contains two cycles: the Christmas Cycle
(Advent-Christmas-Epiphany) and the Easter Cycle (Lent-Easter-Pentecost). Within each cycle are a preparatory season symbolized by the color purple and a festival season symbolized by the color white. After each cycle there is an ordinary time of growth symbolized the color green. Thus there is a sequence of seasons using purple, white, and green in that order twice each year.

Source: www.umc.org

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Adult Bible Study November 20 & Our Thanksgiving Gratitude Chain

Adult Bible Study November 20
The Bible Study on November 20 will be entitled: “Worshiping God in the Psalms.” Scriptures will include: Ps. 5:11, 7:17, 8:1, 9:10, 22:22, 33:21, 44:8, 52:9, 63:4, 66:4, 80:18, 83:16, 86:9 and 11, 89:15-16, 96:2, 105:3, 106:47, and 119:55. Bring a covered dish or a dessert, and your Bible, and bring a little extra because we’ve had a lot of children and youth recently!

Our Thanksgiving Gratitude Chain
Last Sunday, we passed out fall colored paper strips during worship and Sunday School. We’d like you to write on one side of the paper strips one or more people or things for which you are grateful. Be sure to include our nation, the church and the blessings you have received in your life personally. You can add to your list on each Wednesday and Sunday up to November 24, so add a name, a ministry or another blessing to a slip of paper and “slip” it into a basket or an offering plate at church. Help us make a chain reflecting the “attitude of gratitude” portion of the Revision, Renewal and Response emphasis!.

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