Membership class this Sunday. If you are interested in becoming a member of BRBC or just want to learn more about us, our introduction class is happening this Sunday, 9:30am in room 104. 

Be sure to read below about Christmas plans and our services on December 24 and 31—and learn about our Christmas outreach!

Ladies Christmas Tea & Cookie Exchange – December 9
Come enjoy traditional British tea and scones on December 9, 3:00-5:00pm, and take home a variety of delicious cookies for your family! Bring 3 dozen of your best Christmas cookies, with recipe included for display. Learn more and RSVP on the City (ladies 16 and over please) or at the table at the back of the sanctuary on Sunday.

2018 Women’s Retreat – Earlybird deadline December 31
See the bulletin flyer or visit the table at the back of the sanctuary on Sunday to register for a very special retreat and receive an earlybird discount! Save by signing up by December 31 (prices go up January 1). The registration fee includes great teaching by Kim Hyland, 5 gourmet meals, and 2 restful night’s sleep at the beautiful White Sulphur Springs retreat center. See the City for costs, what’s included, and complete info. Remember that a retreat gift certificate makes a wonderful Christmas gift!

Churchwide Caroling in Our Community – December 17
Head out into our community with us on Sunday, December 17 for our third annual Christmas outreach. This is a fun fellowship time together, while also a practical reminder that God is at work during the Christmas season reaching those who don’t know him! Meet at 5:30pm sharp in the sanctuary, and we’ll be finished by 7:30pm. See more details on the City.

Christmas Plans
On Sunday, December 24, we will have our Christmas Eve service at 11:00am only. Please bring your family, friends, and neighbors to celebrate the birth of our Savior together through song and Scripture. No childcare is provided and no other Sunday activities (9:30 service, Sunday School) will occur. On December 31, we will return to our regular Sunday schedule.

Praying Together
BRBC and the Awana families collected 200 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child last month! Praise God and let’s continue to pray for His work in the lives of the children who will receive these gifts. Let’s also be praying that the hearts of those in our community find peace, freedom, and joy in Jesus this Christmas season.

The Calling We Extend
Preparing us for the unique opportunity we have during the Christmas season, Pastor Jack preached from Romans 1:16-17 and I Corinthians 1:18-2:5 so we would be equipped, encouraged, and have the right perspective when it comes to sharing Jesus with others. Listen to “The Calling We Extend.

Giving report “They gave themselves first to the Lord and then to [His work] …” 2 Cor 8:5
Weekly giving needed for FY2018 budget – $18,813.71
Total giving for offering of 11/26/17 – $9,241.06
YTD giving needed for budget – $169,323.39
Actual YTD giving to budget – $144,103.25
Giving under budget – $25,220.14

This Week
December 3, 9:30am – Membership Introduction Class (Rm 104)
December 5, 6:30am – Congregational Prayer w/ the Elders
December 9, 3:00pm – Ladies Christmas Tea & Cookie Exchange
December 9 – Deadline for Mobile Hope backpack drop-off

Next Month
December 17, 5:30-7:30pm – Churchwide Caroling in Our Community
December 20 – Youth Group Christmas Party
December 24, 11:00am only – Christmas Eve Service (no evening service)
December 25-29 – Church office closed
December 27 & January 3 – No Middle or High School Youth Group
December 31 – Regular Sunday Schedule
December 31 – Women’s Retreat Registration earlybird deadline

Looking Ahead
January 5-7 – Middle School Retreat
Week January 7 – Winter Life Group session begins
January 9 – Ladies Bible study begins
January 11, 9:30am-11:30am – Mom’s COFFEE
January 26-28 – High School DNow Retreat