Weekly Top Ten – Dec 20

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This Week’s Top Ten!
1. Christmas Eve – THIS SUNDAY!
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.
2. Holiday Meals for The Pantry
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 or if you would like to join the team serving at Trinity on Christmas Eve.
3. December 31st
Sunday, December 31st in Worship
Services: Word & Table Service @ 8am  |  Modern Service @ 9:15am  |  Traditional Service @ 11:00am

Sermon Title: “About Time!”

It is the river that carries us along, or maybe it is the pond in which we swim.  It is the territory beyond the horizon, with possibilities unknown, and it is the landscape behind us, strewn with memories and regrets.  It is our enemy and our friend.  It flows; it flies; it grinds.  It is time.  This Sunday, join us at 8, 9:15, or 11:00, as we look to Ecclesiastes 3 and consider the gift that is time and the moment that is always now.  Mark Westmoreland will preach, and we close our year together with Holy Communion.

December 31st is a Family Worship Sunday, kids and students (K-12th grade) will join us in worship at all services. Nursery is available for kids 4 years and younger.
4. New Sermon Series!
New Sermon Series | Jan 7 – Feb 4
Genesis: Stories From the Family Tree
Services: Word & Table Service @ 8am  |  Modern Service @ 9:15am  |  Traditional Service @ 11:00am
The New Year is the perfect time to look back and ahead, and while this might sound odd, you can actually do both at the same time.  Over the first five Sundays of 2018, we’re going back to the beginning, Genesis, for some “Stories from the Family Tree.”  That would be OUR family, the one we all share (whether we like it or not).  The apple, it turns out, hasn’t fallen far.  By looking at these ancient stories, we might just come to understand ourselves better and discover the wonders God can work through our gifts AND our mess.
5. Student Ministry News
NEXT: Taking the next steps in your faith
Sundays at 11 am | January 7 – March 18
7th-12th graders, are you new to this whole faith thing? Or maybe you have been going to church a while, but you are still wondering what it means to be a Methodist? If so, we would love for you to join us for this new Sunday morning class. Click here to sign up!
Student Ministry Winter Fiesta
Sunday, January 14 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
We’re mashing up the guacamole and turning up the music, because it’s time to celebrate! 6th-12th graders, join your Student Ministry friends for a taco bar dinner, gaga ball tournament, indoor games, and some surprise winter fun! Click here to sign up!
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.
6. Wednesday Night at HMUMC Resumes
Wednesday Night Programming
Resumes January 10th
We are taking a break from programming for the holidays, but we can’t wait to see you on January 10th. Mark your calendars and save all your Wednesday nights in 2018 for fellowship, a home cooked meal and growth groups for all ages.
7. Starting Point
Next Starting Point Class
Sunday, January 14 at 9:15am
New to Hamilton Mill UMC? Or know a friend that would like to join our amazing community of faith? Mark your calendars and spread the word! Our next new member class starts soon. Learn more and sign up at
8. 2018-2019 Preschool Registration
Preschool Registration
for the 2018-19 School Year
Mark your calendars, registration for our award-winning HMUMC Preschool opens soon. Early registration for HMUMC church members is January 24 at 11am and 5pm. Community registration is February 2 at 9am.
9. Stewardship
We Are God’s Hands
Giving to Our Ministries in 2018
Because our God is a loving God, we serve with trust and obedience. We offer our hands, hearts, and minds that more people might come to know life in Jesus Christ. Please prayerfully consider a financial commitment to act as God’s Hands in ministry. The amount you decide is between you and God, but by sharing your decision here, you help the church plan our 2018 budget. Make a Stewardship Pledge
We Are God’s House
Reducing the Debt 2018-2020
In addition to the ministries of Hamilton Mill UMC, we provide a beautiful campus and up-to-date facilities so that God’s work can be done effectively and our community served. Please prayerfully consider joining our three-year Debt Reduction Campaign. Even a small contribution each week will make a tremendous difference over the three years of the campaign. Make a Pledge to Help Reduce Debt
Easy Online Giving!
Setting up an automatic giving schedule is a convenient way for you to give, and it provides much-needed financial consistency for your church. Use the link below to easily create, schedule, and edit recurring donations.
1. Click the link below.
2. Sign in with your preferred email and password.
3. From the header, choose “Giving,” then “My Scheduled Giving.”
4. Select the “Add New Gift” link button on the right.
5. Fill in your information by following the prompts.
This is a great time to make those year end stock donations to ensure proper tax deductions.  Click here to make a gift to the church that will help bless others all year long. If you have any questions about giving, please email Barbie Marrero at finance@hmumc.org.
10. Holiday Office Hours!
  • December 25 – Closed
  • December 26, 27 and 28 – Main Office Closed | Finance Office open from 9am to 12noon for year-end giving.
  • Dec 29 & 30 – Closed
  • Dec 31 – Worship Services at 8am, 9:15am, and 11am
  • January 1 – Church Closed
  • January 2 – Regular Office Hours Resume – 9am to 4pm
You are always welcome to email any of your church staff or pastors. We won’t be answering emails as quickly as usual, but you can expect to hear back from us soon. If you have questions about year-end giving, please email Barbie Marrero at finance@hmumc.org .
Upcoming Events
  • 12/23 – Trinity Soup Kitchen To-go bag prep at 10am in The Rooftop
  • 12/23 – Pantry Christmas Meal Distribution | 9:30am to 11:30am
  • 12/24 – Christmas Eve Services at 11am, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9am and 11pm
  • 12/25-12/29 – HMUMC Church Office Closed
  • 12/26-12/28 – Finance Office Open for year-end giving 9am-12pm
  • 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.
  • 1/1 – Happy New Year!
  • 1/1 – HMUMC Church Office Closed
  • 1/7 – Worship Services at 8am, 9:15am and 11am
  • 1/7 – Student Next Class Begings
  • 1/8 – HMUMC Preschool Resumes
  • 1/9 – Chancel Choir Practice at 7pm
  • 1/10 – Wednesday Night at HMUMC Resumes
  • 1/13 – The Pantry at HMUMC
  • 1/14 – Worship Services at 8am, 9:15am and 11am
  • 1/14 – Starting Point Begins at 9:15am
  • 1/14 – Student Ministry Winter Fiesta
  • 1/15 – United Methodist Men’s Meeting at 7pm
  • 1/16 – Chancel Choir Practice at 7pm
  • 1/18 – Women’s Meeting at 7pm
  • 1/20 – The Pantry at HMUMC
  • 1/21 – Worship Services at 8am, 9:15am and 11am
  • 1/23 – Chancel Choir Practice at 7pm
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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