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News for the Week of December 10, 2017
Pastor's Perspective

Anyone get to clean out their refrigerators this past week? Did you pardon any turkeys in your life? I hope you continue this tradition next year, and remember to prepare your hearts for Thanks-forgiving every year. And speaking of traditions, did you participate in “Schwarzer Freitag” the day after Thanksgiving (that's what they call it in Germany)? Like Black Friday in the secular world, we have lots of traditions or customs that we follow in the Christian church during this time of year. There are many traditions that most young people don’t really understand, and even some of us older folks have probably forgotten their original meanings. Over the next four weeks we will be exploring these customs during our Advent sermon series called, “The Gospel Symbols of Christmas.”

ADVENT SERIES: 

The Gospel Symbols of Christmas

12/10/17 Worship Theme: Let It Snow! Remembering Our Baptism

SACRED STORY: Mark 8:1-8
 
FOCUS VERSE: I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.
 
SPIRITUAL QUESTIONS: The coming of Christ foretold the advent of a new spiritual consciousness. This Good News melts the frozen thoughts of our conditioned life experiences with the warming light of awareness. How might we envision “snow” as a symbol of our baptism, and what might we do to renew our understanding of communion with each other?
 
Social Singles Saturdays is TOMORROW!

These monthly singles events are for men and women at HTCC. Next gathering is tomorrow, Saturday, December 9 at 4 pm for  ICE! at Gaylord Resort featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas. Advanced Fast Pass tickets recommended and can be purchased HERE. Meet at the church at 3:15 pm if you want to carpool over. Contact Walter Stinson (615-473-5496) or Jenny Tygard (615-337-1113) for details. Don't delay!!!
 


CHURCH CHRISTMAS PARTY! 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.
SNOWMAN FUNDRAISER HUGE Sucess!
HTCC's partnership with the charitable non-profit organizations For Kids by Kids and Therapeutic Interventions, Inc sold over 100 snowmen raising almost $1500 to purchase Christmas gifts for children in foster care. There is still time to participate. Stop by their table over the next two Sundays and pick up a snowman for a minimum donation of $10 (they welcome more if you are able). Each child represented by these snowman will receive Christmas gifts in your name; the snowman is yours to keep, to remember and pray for the child all year long! Pick up brochure for details.
AMAZON ANGEL TREE
We have Angels on the Christmas tree for two different groups this Christmas; two families in need and our RITI women. Choose an Angel and fill one in with your name and info, and bring the other Angel back with your gift by Friday, December 15. Purchase your gifts through our “Amazon Smiles” account and Amazon will return 0.5% of your purchase back to Holy Trinity! In the beginning of December, you visit www.smile.amazon.com and then search for Holy Trinity UCC Nashville.
CHOIR REHEARSAL

Weekly on Monday nights between 6:30-8 pm at the church. Join us as we plan our Advent and Christmas music throughout December. We need your talent to celebrate the “most wonderful time of the year!” Contact music ministry leader, Jay Pickern, for more info at htccmusic@gmail.com.
Thanks so very much to all of our Room in the Inn volunteers over the past 6 weeks. We've had such an outpouring of support from our church and we are thankful for your commitment to this ministry. Please say a special thanks to these folks the next time you see them!
 
Terry Smith, Sandra Sikes, Paul Hines, Deborah Redmon, Jennifer Duncan, Pam Eastman, Alan Edwards, Patrick Martin, Lorne Quarles, Mark Webber, Brittany Thurston, Donna and Kelly Gardner, David Allen (and mother and sister!), Patrick O'Neil, Debbie and Harold Leaman, LaWayne Childrey, Phil Thomas, Wayne Smith, Leo Chandler, Patricia Lockett, Rick Wells, Michael Tuzzio, Greg Hubble, Angel Hunter, Jeaneen Yenter, Kelli West, Leslie Ogwynn, David and Dwayne Southers-Pomeroy, Brice Thomas and most likely many more that aren't listed here.

Please let us know if you are not on this list so we can properly thank you!

 
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!
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 is Saturday, December 9 at 5 pm for dinner followed by ICE! at Gaylord Resort featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas. Contact Walter Stinson (615-473-5496) or Jenny Tygard (615-337-1113) for details.
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 hit 1000 fans last week, 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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