Happy Tuesday church family! Here’s what you need to know for this week...
CELEBRATING | CHURCH FAMILY GATHERING
A little over a week ago—on Sunday, November 19—we hosted our most recent church family gathering. After enjoying a great time of fellowship together (at perhaps the best potluck meal we've ever had—good job everyone!) we heard updates about various existing ministry areas, and talked about property possibilities for our future. We talked about new ministries (coming soon), and we shared about upcoming mission trip opportunities, and of how God's leading us into growth in relational evangelism as well. There's a lot for us to celebrate in all of this, including much thankfulness for the part that so many of you played in serving God and one another in and through the ministries of Sound City Bible Church in this past year. Join us this week in prayer for all these evidences of God's grace to us.
THIS WEEK AT SOUND CITY BIBLE CHURCH
THIS SUNDAY’S SERMON | ADVENT WITH FRIENDS — WEEK 1 | HOPE
This Sunday, we'll be kicking off our Advent with Friends sermon series, and studying the traditional Advent themes of: hope, peace, love, and joy. This Sunday—In week 1 of 4—Pastor Bubba Jennings, from Resurrection Church in Tacoma, will be joining us and teaching from God's Word on the topic of hope, out of the Book of 1 Peter. Come join us this Sunday, and in the mean time, read more about our Advent with Friends series, by clicking on the image above.
DECEMBER 1–7 | CALL TO FASTING | PICK YOUR DAY
During the first week of every month this year, we've invited you to join us for one day of fasting, and December is no different. And as we've said eleven other times this year, it doesn’t matter at all which day of the week you fast, only that you pick one—whichever one works best for you. Because the Bible teaches fasting as a good and helpful spiritual discipline, we do well when we work to understand it and practice it more and more. Let's end the year strong by fasting together one more time Sound City. Pick your day, December 1–7 and join us!
COMING SOON | MARK YOUR CALENDARS
DECEMBER 13 | STUDENT MINISTRY CHRISTMAS PARTY
Sound City Students in grades 6–12, come join us Wednesday, December 13th, from 6:45pm–8:30pm at the church offices as we celebrate Jesus’ birthday together at our Student Ministry Christmas Party! Invite a friend and bring along a pack or two of white socks with you for our annual "sock snowball" fight. After having an amazing "snowball" fight, we'll take time to pray over those in need in our communities who will be receiving these socks. Finally, we're also looking for volunteers to help provide food for the Student Christmas party.
STUDENT MINISTRY | HOLIDAY SCHEDULE UPDATES
During the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, our schedule always looks a little different. Here's the important dates to remember for Student Ministry between now and the end of the year.
- December 13 | Student Ministry Christmas Party (Church Offices, 6:45pm–8:30pm)
- December 20 | No Student Ministry (Christmas Break)
- December 27 | No Student Ministry (Christmas Break)
- January 3, 2018 | First Student Gathering of 2018 (Church Offices, 6:45pm–8:30pm)
CHRISTMAS EVE DAY SERVICES | 8:00AM, 9:45AM, and 11:30AM
As we enter into the holiday season, and our thoughts turn toward Christmas and the birth of Jesus, we wanted to give you some save the date info to help you along in your holiday calendaring. This year is a little different for us, since Christmas Eve itself falls on a Sunday. So instead of the evening services that we usually do on Christmas Eve evening, this year we'll be hosting three morning services on Christmas Eve day, at: 8:00am, 9:45am, and 11:30am. Kids Ministry will be available in all three services for kiddos age four and under only, with the older kids joining in the main services with their parents. Mark your calendars now for Christmas Eve morning, and join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord together.
DECEMBER 24 | CHILD DEDICATIONS
Several times each year we have the joy of partnering with parents, and our whole church family, in praying for and in dedicating the new babies and younger children of our church to God. To register your child and be part of this special time during any of our three Sunday services on Christmas Eve Day complete the registration form now.
In keeping with the launch of our four-week Advent with Friends sermon series, this week for our feature we're highlighting a blog post from our friends at the Gospel Coalition that has curated a set of additional Advent resources to help us get the most out of this season.
CONNECT TO SERVING OPPORTUNITIES
One practical way for you to get connected at Sound City is to prayerfully consider signing up to serve God and his people on a regular basis. Serving is one of the very best ways to build new friendships, get involved, and use your God-given gifts and talents to glorify God and serve his people. For more information about available opportunities, and to sign up with a service team or two, use the link below.