December 2013 Newsletter

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December 2013  



Our Evening Circle Bible Study gathers at 6:30 pm and begins at 7:00 pm.
Feel free to bring your dinner and/or a snack to share. 


Sunday,  December 1 -- BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING -- 12:30 PM
Our Board of Directors are:
Arlene Leon, Vice Moderator; Cheryl Evans, Treasurer;
Harold Gress, Secretary; Terry Schildt, Buildings Management;
This is an open meeting. All are welcome to attend.
Sunday, December 1 -- CANDLELIGHT AIDS VIGIL -- 6:00 PM
Join us on the Square of Hagerstown as we remember those we have lost and those that are afflicted with AIDS. Afterwards join us at the church for a brief service, hot beverages and snacks and place a red ribbon remembrance on our AIDS Ribbon Tree.
It is important that all members fill out this form so we may give the National MCC an accurate total of our membership. If you have not received a Congregational Meeting letter and form to return please contact a board member or David Brechbiel to request one.
Sunday, December 15 -- ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING -- 12:30 PM
All members are encouraged to attend this important meeting. We will be voting on Board Member positions, 2014 Budget, and to give our Lay Delegate a vote on the Board of Directors by rewriting our bylaws to change this.
Tuesday, December 24 -- CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE -- 7:00 PM
Wednesday, December 25 -- CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE -- 10:30 AM
Sunday, December 29 -- CHURCH CHAT & CHICKEN -- (Social Hour)
Join us for a meal and a chance to sit down and do some "church chat."  
... MORE TO COME ...
  December Events
6:30 PM - Evening Circle
Bible Study
Sun., December 1st
12:30 PM - Board of Directors Meeting
6:00 PM - Candlelight AIDS Vigil
Sat., December 7th & 21st
Food Pantry
Food & Friends
Sun., December 15th
12:30 PM - Congregational Meeting
Tuesday, December 17th
Worship Planning Team Meeting
Sunday, December 22nd
After Services - Meditation Group
Tuesday, December 24th
7:00 PM - Christmas Eve Service
Wednesday, December 25th
10:30 AM - Christmas Day Service
Sunday, December 29th
Social Hour - Church Chat & Chicken  


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December  Birthdays


Dec. 1 - Kris P-S.
Dec. 15 - Harold G.
Dec. 17 - Susan S.
Dec. 18 - Terry S.
Dec. 19 - Kelli S-P.
Dec. 25 - Jesus 


Please join us in wishing these fine folks 

a Happy Birthday! 

If your or another member's birthday or anniversary does not appear please email and help us update our information.
Candelight AIDS Vigil
Sunday, December 1st is Worlds AIDS Day. We will be meeting on the Square of Hagerstown at 6PM for a Candlelight AIDS Vigil. Afterwards all are invited to the church for hot beverages and cookies and a brief service and all will have the opportunity to place a red ribbon on our Red Ribbon AIDS Tree as a remembrance of someone we lost or are suffering from this disease.
Photo with Santa Event
Thursday, December 5th is our Annual Photo with Santa Event. Anyone that wants to sing Christmas Carols with us should be at Anderson Photo by 4:00pm as the festivities with the tree starts at 4:30pm. If anyone would like to bring cookies to share that would be wonderful! The event should finish by 7:00pm.
2nd Sunday Food Pantry Donation Day

The second Sunday of each month is our Food Pantry Donation Day. Please drop off your non-perishable food donations into the designated box in the Library.


Meditation Group
The Meditation Group meets the fourth Sunday of each month after services. Please see Harold Gress for more information. Previous meditation experience preferred, but not necessary.
Sound Team Help
Help is needed on the Sound Team to help run the sound system each Sunday. Weeks are alternated between members and training is provided. Please see Paul Breakiron for more information.
Movie Fundraiser
Please be sure to pickup or download a Movie Fundraiser Card and use it each time you see a movie at Leitersburg Cinemas. Our Scholarship Fund earns $1.00 for each movie seen with use of the Movie Fundraiser Card. The last three month period raised $56.00.
(Ignore the expiration date ... they do.)

Our Christmas Eve Service will have very special music provided by ... YOU!!! During service a Christmas Cabaret of musical talent, lead by David Kempton will bring joy to your heart this season. Anyone wishing to participate please make sure David Kempton has your music or cd by Friday, December 6th.



Don't forget to sign up to volunteer to help with worship each month. We will no longer "hit you up at the door when you come into worship'' to volunteer each Sunday morning. We have a signup "clipboard" which will be passed each Sunday for those who wish to help out during service (announcements, readings, holders, ushers, etc.). Backups are important also. If positions aren't filled up the worship coordinator for the month will personally ask individuals.




Those interested in membership please see Rev. Dozier. Classes will be scheduled depending on interest. Criteria for Membership -- Any baptized Christian who has completed a membership class may become a Member by participating in the Rite of Membership.



Pick up "The Sunday News" each Sunday before services to keep up to date on weekly events or announcements. Also Financial information is included in the handout.



We are still taking used ink cartridges so we may recycle them at Staples for their Rewards program and continue to pay for our new printer cartridges thru that program.

stewardship check
Be sure to download your "My Time And Talent" Check
This program allows New Light MCC to keep track of our congregation's volunteer service which will greatly help us in the future with applying for grants for our church and ministries. The forms are to be filled out by church members anytime they volunteer in the church or the community. They can be placed in the collection plate each week or they can be turned into the office or any Stewardship member.


Visit our Network MCC Churches on your travels:

Eastern US (DC/DE/MD/VA)

Network Lead: Cathy Alexander ( )


Holy Redeemer MCC * MCC Baltimore * MCC of Northern Virginia * MCC of the Blue  Ridge * MCC Rehoboth * MCC Richmond *
MCC Washington * New Life MCC of Hampton Roads *
New Light MCC * Open Door MCC * Shenandoah Valley MCC


Let them know where you're from and give them your support.



Until next month...

Thank you New Light MCCers for the gifts and talents you bring to our church body so that we might take the message of God's love into our community, our country, and our world!


Religion is a compass, not a harness, let your heart explore.  You have the freedom to break the chains of religion that might have held you captive so you can find the YOU that God intended you to be!




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