In light of the Thanksgiving holiday, we will take a break from in-person worship this coming Sunday, November 29. We will, however, continue with worship online at 10:00 a.m. on Facebook. We hope that you will join us for the First Sunday of Advent at www.facebook.com/MonticelloUMCStatesville. We look forward to ushering in this season of waiting, as we anticipate, once again, the celebration of Christmas.
SPIRITUAL GIVING: As we enter into the final weeks of the year, we ask you to give generously and to fulfill your commitment for 2020. It has been an unusual year, and we are grateful for your ongoing faithfulness. You may give by sending a check to 308 Island Ford Road, Statesville, NC 28625 or by very easily set up a recurring gift online or give a one-time gift at www.monticelloumc.org/online-giving. If you have questions about either of these online options, please call Kallie at 704-924-8322.
COMMITMENT TO GIVING—2021: Monticello Finance Ministry has prepared an invitation to giving for 2021. After Thanksgiving, you will receive information by mail, and we ask, first, that you and/or your household prayerfully consider how you will incorporate giving into your life of discipleship for 2021 and, second, that you return your commitment card by Sunday, December 20. A commitment card is a simple plan for how we may give in the year to come. You determine with your commitment what will work best (e.g., how often—monthly, weekly, etc. and how much). We take a first step now and make our commitment. And yes, there is always a chance that our circumstances could change, but the commitment now is a starting point and will encourage accountability personally and with our church. Be on the lookout for the mailing, and let us know if for some reason you do not receive one. Thank you.
“UGLY SWEATER” CHURCH FAMILY PHOTOS: We invite you to don your Christmas apparel, snuggle into an “ugly” Christmas sweater, or put on your favorite festive fashion. (“Ugly” might mean different things to each of us—festive, colorful, Christmassy, silly, funny, or tacky.) Then, take a photo and capture the moment with your spouse or your family or your pet or all of the above and send it to Kallie in the church office at email@example.com. We will display photos on one of the boards in the church lobby, will show photos during worship, and will share the on the Monticello UMC Facebook page. Whether you choose silly or tacky or a more conventional approach, we hope that you will join the fun and share of a glimpse of Christmas joy from households throughout our church family.
NOVEMBER MISSION OF THE MONTH: If you are planning to return an Operation Christmas Child shoebox, you may bring it by the church office. If you would still like to fill a shoebox, you may pick up a box and return it next week. These shoeboxes bring joy to children throughout the world. Learn more about filling shoeboxes at www.monticelloumc.org/shoebox-fact-sheet.
SERVE WITH OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: Join Monticello UMC on Tuesday, December 8 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Operation Christmas Child processing center in Charlotte. They have carefully implemented protocol and safety procedures. Call the church office to sign up. Contact Christy Stone with questions.
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR MASKS: We have a limited supply of “Love Your Neighbor” masks. If you would like one, let Kallie know, pick one up at the church office.
CARE AND VISITATION MINISTRY—MEAL DELIVERY: Our next meal delivery is scheduled for next Thursday, December 3. Call the church office for more information about serving with Nancy Harris.
SUNDAY COUNTING: We have two people so far who are willing to serve on Sundays following worship as an offering counter. We need 3 more people—approximately 20-minute commitment. The schedule will be determined based on number of committed individuals. If you are willing or have questions, please contact Kallie in the church office. 704-924-8322
SMALL GROUP ONLINE GATHERINGS: There are no small group Zoom gatherings this week because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
PRAYER CHAIN (TEXT OR PHONE): Join in praying as needs arise. Cindy Surrett leads a prayer group through texting. Teresa Saunders leads through phone calls. Call Kallie in the church office, if you want to be a part of this prayer ministry either through texting or by phone. Submit prayers online or call Kallie or me. http://www.monticelloumc.org/share-a-prayer-now. Join in prayer now in the following ways: **Pray for Stewart Deal who has many health problems—he is a friend of Bill and Jo Ann Sharpe **Pray for Bill and Jo Ann Sharpe—they have asked for uplifting prayers from their church family **Pray for Mavis Calabrese who is recovering from COVID and moved to a rehab facility—friend of Nancy Harris. **Pray for Aris McCreary, who is battling cancer—she is a friend of Jo Ring **Pray for many people who continue to face sickness and stress because of COVID19, for the rising cases, and for our nation in the death of more than 240,000 people—for health care workers—and for researchers working with the forthcoming vaccines.
As we seek to make and nurture disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, let’s continue to share ministry and remain connected in love.
I give thanks for our church and for each of you. Happy Thanksgiving!