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December Newsletter - The Tie Binder
December Events
Saturday, December 1
Hanging of the Greens, 9:30 AM

Sunday, December 2
First Sunday Advent

Monday, December 3
CWU Christmas Tea @ United Christian Church, Clayton 1:00 PM

Sunday, December 9
All church Christmas Lunch & Party
  after worship
Second Sunday Advent
No Board Meetings

Monday, December 10
CWU Human Rights Celebration

Tuesday, December 11
American Baptist Women’s Ministry Women’s Christmas Party, 6:30 p.m.
See Jerri Wood for tickets

Sunday, December 16
Third Sunday Advent
Poinsettia orders due

Sunday, December 23
Fourth Sunday Advent

Monday, December 24
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
7:00 PM

Tuesday, December 25
Christmas Day
Praise God as We Celebrated on
November 25 Celebration Sunday 

Baby Dedications
Abigail Kelati Araya
  Parents Kelati Mebrahtu & Meseret Wodaj
Samuel Farnham
  Parents Josh & Megan Farnham
June Horn
  Parents Nathan & Mo Horn

 Believer's Baptisms
  Joshua Farnham
  Brian Sinks
  Thomas Smith
  Brian Thompson


Happy Advent! Happy 60th Anniversary!

Yes, that’s right, Dorothy Lane American Baptist Church is 60 years old. What a milestone! What a tribute to God’s leading and direction! What great stuff we will do in the future! 

As you read this, we will have just finished the beginning of our Anniversary year. Starting a little early, you may be thinking...and you are correct. The church year, or the liturgical year, starts with the first Sunday in Advent. So this Sunday just past seemed a wonderful time to start our celebrating. And, we get a bonus month to celebrate if we do it this way, because we can carry it through all of the 2019 calendar year.

What a start! Three baby dedications, four baptisms, and dedicating new paraments for use in the church in memory of Rev. C. Roland Marcus. And of course, a meal after Worship for all to partake in. What wonderful fellowship and friendship we have in our church family, and what a joy to see each other grow in Christ and in faith.

It’s going to be a special advent season, with the theme based on some of our beloved carols and hymn of Christmas. Carols that Lead us to the Christ Child. That’s what we will call it. What wonderful Worship Services we will have, leading us up to our Christmas Eve Service, when we get to celebrate the birth of our Lord, Jesus. I send my very best wishes to each family this newsletter touches, with greetings of the season and hopes for a meaningful and lovely advent and Christmas.

And then beyond advent, in 2019, as we put away decorations and ponder the New Year, we will be thinking “What will we do in our 60th year?” Some ordinary things, some special things, some things God has in mind for us, some things I am thinking about, some things that you will come up with over the year. The specifics are not all yet laid down, but I know it’s going to be a fantastic year to serve God in this place. Serving God...that sounds like a theme doesn’t it? And that sounds like what we do best.

Blessings and Love,
Pastor Karen Johnson
Serving in December

Worship Leader
Amy Thompson
Linda Emmons

Greeters
Josh & Megan Farnham

Nursery
December 2 Linda Emmons
December 9 Lori Frueauf
December 16 Susan Sinks
December 23 Connie Sinks
December 30 Judy Teeters

Refreshments
December 2 Susan Sinks
December 9 Christmas Party
December 16 Jerri Wood & Ernie Keucher
December 23 Amy Thompson &Megan Farnham December 30 Roland, Edmund, Oswald, Tim
Sounds of the Season
Dorothy Lane American Baptist Women’s Ministry
Women’s Christmas Party

December 11, 2018 6:30 pm
Adults $13 Children 6-12 $5

American Baptist Women
Christmas Party – The program is “Sounds of the Season”. Reservations are due by Wednesday, December 5 to Jerri Wood.

Retired Ministers & Missionaries
 Offering 2018
The roots of RMMO originated in the mid-1930s when American Baptist congregations received a Communion Fellowship Offering on the first Sunday of each month to support retired ministers, missionaries and their widowed spouses within their churches. In 1977 American Baptist Churches USA launched the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering to continue this appreciation of God’s service.
We will receive RMMO during December.

Library News
We have many books for you to enjoy during the Christmas holidays. An especially wonderful book written by a local author is The 13th Gift; The True Story of a Christmas Miracle. Joanne Huist Smith tells the true story of how she and her family were given gifts to help them survive the first Christmas after the loss of her husband.
We have Christmas poetry, short stories,” Ideal” magazines, Children books and much more. 
Jan Karon’s Mitford Snowman and Edith’s Gift (which includes her famous cake recipe.
Debbie Macomber – Where Angels Go
Donna Van Liere – Christmas Shoes and Christmas Hope
Richard Paul Evans – Timepiece
Henry Van Dyke – Story of the Other Wise Man
Max Lucado – Christmas Candle
Our DLABC Library is always open so visit, browse, find something you would enjoy!