Weekly Top Ten – Nov 22

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This Week’s Top Ten!
1. Happy Thanksgiving!
As we pause and reflect on all the things we’re thankful for this Thanksgiving, we want you to know that you are on the top of our list! 
From the Pastors and Staff at Hamilton Mill UMC:
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! We hope you enjoy eating great food and making incredible memories with friends and family. It is a joy and a privilege to be your brothers and sisters in Christ and to serve along side of you in ministry. Together, may our service to the Lord “overflow in many thanksgivings to God” (2 Corinthians 9:12)!
2. This Sunday in Worship
This Sunday, November 26 in Worship
Services: Word & Table Service @ 8am  |  Modern Service @ 9:15am  |  Traditional Service @ 11:00am
We are officially in the midst of holiday season, and we are entering into the busyness and beauty of Christmas. It seems that without a doubt, travel will occur during the holiday season which means packing our bags or dealing with our guests’ baggage. We’ll take this Sunday to explore the baggage we bring along with us as we travel throughout life. With Colossians 3 as our guide, together we will explore what it means to “be thankful” people and what we might find when we take a look at the luggage we carry right now.
3. Parent Event NEXT WEDNESDAY!
Parent Event: What’s Happening in Schools?

Wednesday, November 29 from 6:30pm to 7:45pm


High school and middle school parents, find out the latest scoop on what’s happening in your child’s school at our next parent event. We’re bringing in Linda Boyd, Twin Rivers Middle School principal, and Maryanne Crimes, a former principal at Central Gwinnett High School, to talk about hot topics. Our two experts will cover culture in the schools, healthy friendships, homework motivation, the balance between student independence and parent oversight, and other words of wisdom for parents.
Click here to sign up!
4. Let’s Celebrate Together!
Christmas Is Coming: An Advent Celebration”
Sunday, December 3 at 4:30 pm in the Worship Center
Let’s celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with all our friends, family and neighbors! The Kids CrosSing Children’s Choirs will start the celebration off with the presentation of “Christmas Spirit,” a children’s Christmas musical about the true meaning of Christmas.  Then get ready to sing and dance along to a few holiday favorites with the Rooftop Kidz, our 5th-grade praise team. But the celebration won’t stop there.  Next, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy some delicious refreshments, joyful conversation with friends old and new, and some fun activities for one and all, including a few fun surprises you won’t want to miss.
Event Surprise Spoiler Alert! If you haven’t gotten your family Christmas photo, no worries, you can get one at our photo booth!
Mark your calendars and get ready to celebrate that Advent is here and Christmas is coming!
5. Christmas Cantata
Christmas Cantata
Sunday, December 17 at 9:15am & 11:00am
Join us for this year’s Christmas cantata, “Night of the Father’s Love” by Pepper Choplin, and experience the mystery, beauty and awe inspiring wonder of the Christmas story told in a new and  fresh way through beautiful choral and orchestral music, as well as the spoken word, all within the context of worship.  And should you want to join us for Holy Communion that morning, our Word & Table service will be shared in the Rooftop at 8:00am.
6. Christmas Eve
Remember when you were little, and Christmas was so big? It still is, you know. Right here, right now, Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love are yours in Jesus, who is God With Us.
God’s gift awaits you. Rejoice!
Christmas Eve
Sunday, December 24
Join us at one of our Christmas Eve services, each unique, and all filled with Christmas joy, hope, love and a beautiful candle lighting.
11am – Communion & Children’s Nativity Service
3pm – Family Christmas Experience
5pm – Modern Christmas Service
7pm & 9pm – Traditional Christmas Service
11pm – Christmas Eve Communion Service
*Childcare available for children 4yrs old and younger at 11am, 5pm and 7pm.
7. Holiday Giving
Salvation Army Angel Tree
Gifts Due Sunday, Dec. 3.
If you signed up to help the Salvation Army Angel Tree program provide gifts for children and economically disadvantaged senior adults, please return your unwrapped gifts to the church by Dec 3.
Holiday Dinners for The Pantry
Your donation of $35.00 will purchase a complete meal with all of the trimmings for one of our Pantry families. Click here to make a donation or place a check in the offering plate with “Pantry Dinners” in the memo on Sunday morning.
Help Prepare To Go Bags for the Trinity Soup Kitchen 
Saturday, Decemer 23 – 10am to 11am.
Join us as we will gather in “The Rooftop” to make to go bags for the Trinity Soup Kitchen to distribute on Christmas Eve. Food preparation is open to all ages. No need to sign up, just show up and get ready to have fun serving.Please email tgoodbar@bellsouth.net if you have any questions about this serving opportunity.
Toy Drive for Operation Toy Soldier & The Prison Ministry 
November 26 – December 17.
During the holiday season, we will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for Operation Toy Soldier and our HMUMC Prison Ministry. The toys we collect will be given to the children of soldiers in the Atlanta area and to the children of parents in the Philips Transitional Prison. Donation bins will be located in the Narthex from November 26 – December 17. Thank you for your support.
9. Retreat Registration Open
2018 Confirmation Retreat – Registration Open!
Retreat Dates :  February 23 – February 25
Early Bird Registration Deadline: December 31, 2017
We’re going to CAMP GLISSON for the NGUMC Spring Confirmation Retreat! All 6th graders enrolled in our confirmation program are invited to attend. The cost for the retreat includes all meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday, lodging, t-shirt, and trip costs. Learn more and sign up at www.hmumc.org/students.
9. Thank you!
Thank you for your donations!
Thanks to your support and the help of our community, we were able to give 430 families the opportunity to share a Thanksgiving meal with their loved ones. Over 1,700 individuals served! We are also thankful for the over 70 volunteers who showed up last Saturday and worked until the last turkey was given.Thank you again for your support, and we hope we can count on you for our Pantry Christmas Meals too. www.hmumc.org/holidaygiving

10. No Wednesday Night Programming Today!
Upcoming Events
  • 11/22 & 11/23 – HMUMC Church Office Closed
  • 11/22 – NO Wednesday Night at HMUMC Programming in honor of Thanksgiving
  • 11/23 – Happy Thanksgiving!
  • 11/25 – The Pantry at HMUMC
  • 11/26 – Sunday Morning Worship Services at 8am, 9:15am, 11am
  • 11/28 – Chancel Choir Practice at 7pm
  • 11/29 – Wednesday Night at HMUMC
  • 12/1 – Women’s Christmas Dinner
  • 12/2 – The Pantry at HMUMC
  • 12/3 – Sunday Morning Worship Services at 8am, 9:15am, 11am
  • 12/3 – Christmas Is Coming: An Advent Celebration at 4:30pm
  • 12/3 – Salvation Arm Angel Tree Gifts Due
  • 12/5 – Chancel Choir Practice at 7pm
  • 12/6 – Wednesday Night at HMUMC
  • 12/9 – The Pantry at HMUMC
  • 12/10 – Sunday Morning Worship Services 1t 8am, 9:15am, 11am
  • 12/12 – Chancel Choir Practice at 7pm
  • 12/13-1/3 – Wednesday Night at HMUMC Programing Break. We will resume January 10, 2018
  • 12/16 – The Pantry at HMUMC
  • 12/17 – Word and Table Service in The Rooftop at 8am
  • 12/17 – Christmas Cantata at 9:15am and 11am
  • 12/18 – Men’s Meeting Christmas Dinner at 7pm
  • 12/19 – Chancel Choir Practice at 7pm
  • 12/21 – Good News Monthly Kitchen Prep
  • 12/23 – Trinity Soup Kitchen To-go bag prep
  • 12/23 – Pantry Christmas Meal Distribution
  • 12/24 – Christmas Eve Services at 11am, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9am and 11pm
  • 12/25-12/29 – HMUMC Church Office Closed
  • 12/30 – The Pantry at HMUMC
  • 12/31 – Worship Services at 8am, 9:15am and 11am |
    Family Worship Sunday! We invite our kids and students (K-12th grade) to join us in worship at all three services. Nursery is available for children 4 years old and younger.
Author: Jenn Harris

“I am dedicated to helping our church communicate the love of Jesus Christ, and passionate about helping people connect with others and our amazing God.”

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