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News for the Week of December 17, 2017

Pastor's Perspective

A nice married couple, we’ll call Dwayne and David (wink wink) were sitting down to their usual morning cup of coffee, listening to the weather report coming over the radio. "There will be 2 to 4 inches of snow today, and a snow emergency has been declared," the weather report said. "You must park your cars on the odd numbered side of the streets." Dwayne says "Jeez, okay," and gets up from his warm coffee, bundles up and moves the car. The next day they're sitting down with their morning cups of coffee and the weather forecast declares "There will be 4 to 6 inches of snow today, and a snow emergency has been declared. Now you must park your cars on the even numbered side of the streets. Again, Dwayne says "Jeez, okay," and gets up from his coffee. Two days later, again they're sitting down with their cups of coffee and the weather forecast says, "There will be 6 to 9 inches of snow today, and a snow emergency has been declared. You must park your cars on the -" Just then the power goes out and Dwayne doesn't get the rest of the instructions. He turns to David and says "Jeez, what am I going to do now?" READ MORE



CHURCH CHRISTMAS PARTY TONIGHT! HTCC is hosting our annual Christmas Party and Dirty Santa Gift Exchange with our Room in the Inn guests.

When: 7 PM on Friday, December 15 in the church sanctuary
Food: Finger-Food, Hors D’oeuvres, Dessert Potluck – Please bring a holiday favorite to share!
Entertainment: Peter Bugel will provide an evening of musical entertainment featuring several music students performing various holiday favorites.
Dirty Santa: Please bring a small, fun gift to participate in this annual highlight of the evening.
Contact: Richard Revis (aracariguy@gmail.com) or Debbie Willis (willis1736@gmail.com) to help plan or for more details.
ADVENT SERIES: 

The Gospel Symbols of Christmas
 
12/17/17 Worship Theme: Twinkle Bulbs and Candle Lighting
 
SACRED STORYJohn 1:6-8, 19-28

FOCUS VERSE: He (John the Baptist) came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.

SPIRITUAL QUESTIONS: Light is a central theme in the narratives surrounding the birth of Jesus. The symbolism of light and darkness is ancient, prototypical and cross - cultural. It has many rich meanings. Light is seen as the antidote to darkness, and is thus an image of salvation. How does this antidote inform our own Advent journeys? What role does light play in our celebration of the Christ-mass?
 

Many thanks to Tim Causey for his amazing holiday decorations in the sanctuary for the Advent and Christmas seasons. He and Richard's company, ReCreations, has been so generous to us with their expertise in design and decor. We love you guys! You are a blessing!

Please
visit their shop for some great deals on holiday decorations and home accessories all year long!
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

Because of the high number of folks in our church who travel home for the holidays (including staff and worship team), we won’t be hosting a nighttime Christmas Eve service. But be sure to join us on Sunday morning. We'll be celebrating then! 

Here are recommendations for other great services planned at our partner churches:
  • Brookmeade Congregational Church Candlelight Service at 5 pm, 700 Bresslyn Road, 37205 – http://brookmeadeucc.org
  • Howard Congregational Church Christmas Eve at 5 pm, 2802 Buchanan Street, 37208 - http://howarducc.org
  • Glendale Baptist Church Lovefeast in the Moravian Tradition at 5 pm, 1021 Glendale Lane, 37204 – www.glendalebaptist.org
  • Hillwood Presbyterian Church Carol and Candlelight Service at 5 pm, 6220 Hickory Valley Road, 37205 - www.hillwoodpc.org
SMALL GROUP MINISTRIES
Contact these small group leaders for more information about ways to connect to our church family throughout the week!
  • Priestly Lake (Wed at 6:30pm): Debbie and Harold Leaman 615.498.1081
  • Antioch (Wed at 7pm): Terry Smith 615.332.7676
  • Gallatin (Wed at 6pm): JoBeth and Kristy Petty 615.268.9792
  • Nashville West (Thu at 7 pm): Shelley Smith  wkusmith@gmail.com or 615.489.3806
  • Social Singles Saturdays: Monthly singles events are for men and women at HTCC. Next gathering will be a Game Night on January 20 at the church. Contact Walter Stinson (615-473-5496) or Jenny Tygard (615-337-1113) for more details.
Saturday Singles Fun on December 9 at ICE! featuring a Charlie Brown Christmas and Opryland Resort's Holiday Halls!
Next gathering will be a Game Night on January 20 at the church. Contact Walter Stinson (615-473-5496) or Jenny Tygard (615-337-1113) for more details.
CHOIR REHEARSAL
The choir is taking a break through the remainder of December, but will start up again on January 6 for weekly Monday rehearsals between 6:30-8 pm at the church. Join us as we plan our Easter music (which comes this year on April 1st) Contact Jay Pickern for more info at htccmusic@gmail.com.
UPPER ROOM DAILY DEVOTIONAL:
Start the New Year off right and set-aside time for daily prayer and meditation on God's Word via the UPPER ROOM daily devotional. The Jan-Feb issue of the UPPER ROOM is now available without cost in the foyer of the church!  By setting aside time alone with God each day with the UPPER ROOM daily devotional guide, we can in prayer and meditation on God's Word have a better life in 2018 and help others have a better life!
 
We appreciate all of our ROOM IN THE INN volunteers who have committed to leading this vital ministry of our church. HTCC provides housing in our church every Friday evening between Nov and Mar. We need 10-12 volunteers each week to meet this important ministry obligation.
 
We still need these items for RITI: Clothes all sizes - jeans, underwear, warm pajamas, socks, sweaters, winter coats, sweatshirts and sweat pants, hats, gloves, scarves, walking shoes, tennis shoes, boots, flip flops, bags/small luggage,10 sets of new twin sheets (one flat, fitted, pillow case). Food - canned meats chicken, tuna, Vienna sausages, canned meals, chili, spaghetti O’s, peanut butter, mac and cheese, hearty soups, Progresso, pasta. spaghetti sauce. Things to avoid - spring/summer clothes, shorts, tank tops. Bring these items in all winter long!

Please contact the church office if you can be part of this vital RITI ministry team. You will be blessed!
Our church directory is now live and ready to view...but we are missing lots of photos! Click the following link top submit a photo if you are already signed up. You can also access it on your mobile device! Instant Church Directory - the program we use to build our church directory - has a free app for download on your Apple, Android or Kindle Fire devices. 

You will be asked to enter your email address as it's listed in our directory. Once you enter your email address follow the directions on screen to complete the login process. After you login, the directory will be downloaded to your device. Anytime updates are made, they will update on your device too. In the app you will be able to search for families and members and call, email and text right from the app. 

If you have not yet opted into our secure, password protected online church directory, please click to fill out this Google Form and your information will automatically be sent to us. Your email address will be your login username, and we will send password credentials to access your family profile to update and personalize the info you want to share. Email info@htccnashville.com if you cannot access the form.
 
MINISTRY SURVEY

We believe that all people are ministers, but the church can't do ministry without YOU! Fill out the ministry survey below or email info@htccnashville.com if you cannot access it.  A ministry leader will be in touch to connect you.
FACEBOOK
 
We are now over 1000 fans! HURRAY! But still need to increase our likes...so get on your phones and invite your friends to visit our FB page this week! Contact Bob Colon if you would like to help with social media marketing and outreach (techguytn1975@gmail.com).
PRAYER
Do you have a prayer request or need to speak with someone on the prayer team? For emergencies call or text Pastor Brice at 937 626 5134 or email the church office to get on our prayer list.
Did we miss any announcements? Please send event notices or things we should pass on to the congregation at htccmedia@gmail.com.

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