We’re looking forward to celebrating Christmas with those who are in town this weekend! Please come Saturday evening, December 24, for our annual Christmas Eve Service at 6:00pm with refreshments afterwards. No childcare is provided. On Christmas Day morning, you are invited to our short service at 11:00am only for a devotional together. Childcare will not be provided, except for nursery age. Safe travels to those who are traveling! Have a very merry Christmas!

Churchwide caroling in our community was a hit last Sunday evening! Read about what happened >> 

Year-End Giving
As we prepare to close out 2016, please note that December 25 is the final Sunday to put a check in the offering plate to be counted toward 2016 giving. If sending by mail, it must be dated and postmarked by December 31. Make 2017 a more generous, obedient, and consistent year through online giving on The City. Aren’t on The City yet? Contact Brittany (brittany@brbible.org).

Ladies Bible Study – Believing God
Come and join us on January 10 for Believing God by Beth Moore, delving into the character of God. We will follow the Life Group schedule for two 10-week sessions and will have two weeks per lesson so the homework won’t be overwhelming. Childcare if needed is available at no cost to you. See the flyer for details this Sunday and sign up on the City or at the table at the back of the sanctuary. 

Life Groups Resume – Week of January 8
Plan now to join a group to better connect with your church family and to be encouraged and grow! See the flyer on Sunday for current groups and contact info or visit www.brbible.org/lg.

Christmas: God With Us
On December 18, Pastor Jack shared how Isaiah 9:1-16 and Matthew 1:18-23 address the Christmas message at its core: God with us. These passages deal with the insecurity and fear each of us have and the peace we receive through Jesus. This weekend—and every day—let’s celebrate that God graciously gave us a sign of His love and acceptance of us. Jesus is the greatest gift! Listen to “Christmas: God With Us.”

Giving Report
Weekly giving needed for FY2017 budget – $18,496.19
Total giving for offering of 12/18/16 – $72,981.60
YTD giving needed for budget – $221,954.28
Actual YTD giving to budget – $263,781.27
Giving over budget – $41,826.99

THIS WEEK
December 24 & 31, 7:00am – Men’s Breakfast cancelled
December 24, 6:00pm – Christmas Eve Service, no childcare
December 25, 11:00am only – Christmas Day Devotional & Baptism, no childcare except nursery
December 26-31 – Church Office Closed
December 28 – Youth Group cancelled
December 30-January 1 – reBOOT 2017 – Middle School Retreat

NEXT MONTH
January 1 – New Year’s Day (regular schedule)
January 8 – Baptism
Week of January 8 – Winter LIFE group sessions begins
January 10, 9:30am – Winter Women’s Bible Study Begins
January 14, 7:00pm – Retirement Party for Debbie Stevenson
January 27-29 – High School DNow Retreat
January 30, 7:00pm – Women’s Coffee & Conversation

LOOKING AHEAD
February 5, 9:30am – Membership Information Class
February 27, 7:00pm – Women’s Coffee & Conversation
March 24 & 25 – Women’s Conference