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November 15, 2021: E-Newsletter

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A Note from David and Debbie Baker

Debbie and I are humbled and filled with gratitude for the plethora of cards, well wishes and prayers we receive from Carrollton Church! I told Debbie I have witnessed miracles that come from God through the prayers of the Carrollton Church people. Thank you for keeping Debbie and me on the prayer chain. I read the cards to Debbie and remember you and the times we shared in worship or meetings or office drop ins. I thank your Pastor Kimberly for her ministry to Debbie and me. She prayed me through one night when I felt my soul was in a dark place. I am forever thankful for Kimberly in our lives and for the pastoral oversight and spiritual depth that she shares with you all. Our love crosses the miles between us.  David and Debbie Baker

Yellow Brick Kidz

At the Yellow Brick Church kids attend the first part of worship (9:00 AM) as a family, then go to their Bible time on the first floor.  Please sign them in and out of their classrooms. Family seating available along with kids' worship bags. Additional Bible time is available during the adult Sunday School time (10-11:00 AM)

Bridge Kidz

Children begin worship with their families (10:30AM) then go to Bridge Kidz. This is for preschool thru 5th grade. Worship bags are available as well as family seating. Don't forget the Advent study for all ages from November 28 - December 19 from 9:30-10:15 AM.  Kids will have lesson time, object lesson and craft.

Advent Festival

Inviting all families to the Advent Festival on Friday, December 3 from 6 - 8 pm at the Yellow Brick Church for a night filled with JOY. Enjoy a meal together, participate in a pageant, games and mission opportunity. Your kids are not going to want to miss this joy-filled family celebration. Please RSVP on the sign-up sheets or call the church office to help us plan the meal count.

Mission News

We received a nice note from Ken and Kathy Keyes thanking us for all of our prayers and gifts, and a special thank you for the extra gift we gave the towards their overseas trip. Ken helps with translating the Bible into different languages.   He was able to visit almost all of the people he hoped to see and had some pretty deep interactions with several.  One of the translators from a remote village came to see Ken and they had several uninterrupted and well focused work sessions. 

We, also, received a thank you from Larry and Angie Overholt for our support of their ministry and various projects around Choluteca, Honduras.  Technology has enabled them to work from the US.  Angie works with the Home Health Care teams and the nursing high school.  She, also, works with the sponsorship program of which we have sponsored one nursing student for two years.  They have a 4-H team which is mentoring and encouraging children to stay in school, even during distance learning.
The newsletter from the Urban Mission brought exciting news!  On October 26th, they received word that their organization would assume ownership of Martha Manor, a beautiful 22-bed facility, just down the street from their church.  It’s turn-key and will be used to help women heal, recover, and thrive in a safe and welcoming environment.  The Urban Mission is always looking for volunteers if any of you would like to help. Our zoom time with Devin and Tia Tharp of Bright Side Youth Ranch was inspiring!  This year between March and the first week in November they were able to hold 331 one on one sessions with youth and their mentors.  Each young person comes once a week for eight weeks. These are young people with various kinds and layers of problems in their lives.   Bright Side now has eight horses and twelve mentors with more adults wanting to mentor.  This is a huge blessing because more youth can be reached.  A Christian curriculum is used and mentors are screened before being accepted into their program.  Since some youth need more than eight weeks of counseling, they will be starting a new curriculum with those who need to return to the ranch.  Another horse will join the herd this fall, also.  They asked us to pray about a grant they have applied for that they will use for marketing.  Devin and Tia thanked our church for the support we give them monthly and for the extra money we have been able to donate.

Justified Youth Group
Justified Youth Group is currently working through a series called, “Enough”, which focuses on contentment and joy in Christ. If you know of youth looking for fellowship and fun with others, invite them to join us on Wednesday nights from 6-7:30pm at the Yellow Brick Church!

Office Closed for Thanksgiving
The church office will be closed beginning at noon on November 24 and will reopen at 9:00am on Monday, November 29.  

Community Christmas
 If you took a tag for Community Christmas, please remember to return gifts UNWRAPPED with tags visible on the outside by noon on Monday, November 29 to the Yellow Brick Church. 

Hanging of the Greens
Hanging of Greens Celebration at Carrollton First UMC will be Sunday, November 28. Holiday decorating at YBC and The Bridge: Bring or make an ornament for our church’s Christmas tree. We want you/your family represented! Please use the tags provided to label your ornament. Please bring in and hang on the tree starting Sunday, November 28. Ornaments will need to be taken home on Sunday, January 9.

New Christmas Discipleship gathering at The Bridge for all ages!
We will be starting an Advent study from November 28 - December 19. The study begins before our worship service at the Bridge, from 9:30 am - 10:15am. Everyone gathers together for Scripture and prayer then we will break into two groups: kids (preschool - 5th grade) and teens/adults.  Babies and toddlers are welcome to assimilate with us. This is sure to be an incredible time of fellowship and the perfect way to prepare your family to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

We will look at the Incredible Christmas account from four views: 

  1. Nov. 28 - Incredible Trust - the Angel visits Mary
  2. Dec. 5 -Incredible Invisibility -Shepherd from a small town
  3. Dec. 12- Incredible Power - Attention of the strong and powerful - the Magi and King Herod
  4. Dec. 19- Incredible Grade - the gift of eternal life thru Jesus Christ our Lord

Advent Festival
Would you like to celebrate Advent in a new way this year? We will be holding an "Advent Festival" on December 3rd from 6-8:00pm. This event is perfect for all ages; it will be fun for everyone! The theme is "JOY", which stands for Jesus, Others, and YOU. We will enjoy a Christmas pageant, have a meal together, play fun games, and there will be an opportunity to help others throughout this Advent season. Please join us and see what all of this JOY is about! 

Please sign up using the sheets available at both locations to help us with meal planning. We can't wait to see you!

Advent Sermon Series: Classic Christmas Carols!
Pastor Kimberly has a meaningful and fun Advent sermon series planned for us this year: Christmas Carols! Each week throughout Advent, the sermon topic will focus on a classic Christmas carol. Warm up your vocal cords and join us for this fun series! We can't wait to sing these beloved carols and prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of Jesus. 

November 28: "Come Thou Long Expected Jesus"
December 5: "What Child is This"
December 12: "Hark the Herald Angels Sing"
December 19: "God Rest You Merry Gentlemen"
December 26: "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"

Poinsettia Orders/In Honor or In Memory Gift
You are invited to order poinsettias for decorating at our Christmas Eve Services in honor or in memory of loved ones.  Poinsettias are $9 each. Orders are due by Sunday, December 5th.

If you do not plan to take the poinsettia home, you might consider a monetary gift to our church’s Random Acts of Kindness (RAOK) instead. Your name and those of your loved ones will be listed on the insert at Christmas. 

Our Christmas Card Boxes for ‘sending’ holiday greetings to friends and family at the church will not be used this year. If you need addresses to mail your cards, please contact the office. As you prepare your cards, please remember our special friends who are either home bound or residing in a skilled nursing/health care facility.

Holiday Challenge: Be an encourager this holiday season! Do you notice someone missing from service or know of someone who could use a pick-me-up greeting? Between now and Christmas, we challenge you to send at least 5 cards to someone who may not be on your regular card list. Be a blessing simply by reaching out!

Trip to Nutcracker Village
Trip to Nutcracker Village in Steubenville, OH will be Sunday, December 5. If you would like to carpool, we will leave the Yellow Brick Church to head to Steubenville at 2:00pm. We will arrive there around 3:00pm to see the nutcrackers and enjoy the festivities. After we finish up at Nutcracker Village, (around 4:30-5:00pm), we will have dinner together at a local restaurant. (The restaurant will be announced soon). The cost will be your meal if you choose to have dinner with us. This is an event that requires walking on pavement.

If you prefer to drive yourself to Steubenville we will meet outside the Fort Steuben Visitor Center. Directions and Parking options will be provided for those who sign up the week of the event.

Please sign up using the forms available at either location or call the office by Monday, November 29 at 3:00pm. This will be a fun evening together!

Christmas Services
Sunday, December 19 - Join us for a Candlelight Service on the Square 6:00pm
Friday, December 24 - 5:00 pm at The Bridge
7:00 pm at Yellow Brick Church

Community Prayer
The 2nd Wednesday of each month there is a time of community prayer from 6-7:30pm at various churches throughout the county. This time of prayer is targeted at revival and needs of our county and Village of Carrollton.

Location for December will be held at Carrollton First UMC – Yellow Brick Church.

A Message from Bishop Tracy S. Malone
Please consider watching this video message from Bishop Tracy S. Malone. 

Watch the Video Here

End-of-Year Giving
Please have your end-of-year giving to the office or submitted online (via tithely) by Monday, December 27, 2021 – thank you!

Church Cookbook For Sale!
Are you in a recipe rut? Looking for new holiday recipes? In search of a thoughtful present? Carrollton First UMC has the perfect solution – our church cookbook! The hard copy spiral-bound cookbook is available for $18. To purchase, please contact the church office at 330-627-7671 and make checks payable to Carrollton First UMC with “cookbook” in the memo line.

There is also a Kindle version available to purchase here:

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253 South Lisbon Street, Carrollton, OH 44615

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