Newsletter - Chips Off The Rock - December 2017
Christmas at Rock Run
The theme for the Christmas Season will be focused on Christmas Traditions in the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the nations of Cuba, Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Our Youth will be helping us prepare emergency cleanup buckets to be sent to places affected by the recent hurricanes.
We will also collect offerings that will go to these places through Church World Service, Heifer International, and the Church of the Brethren.
Sunday, December 10
Meet at the church at 5:00 p.m. to go caroling to church members.
Sunday, December 17, 6:00 p.m.
Bring hats and mittens to put under the Christmas tree for children. These will be given to the Salvation Army.
Christmas Eve Service
Sunday, December 24, 7:00 p.m.
Worship with us on Christmas Eve with carols, communion and candle lighting.
Ten women met and completed 1 relief and 2 baby comforters plus 1 lap robe. After another delicious lunch, a business meeting was held. The bazaar was a success! $3,450 in receipts from the bazaar were donated to 10 different organizations. The group sent a few sympathy cards and a Thinking of You card, and discussed the need for a changing table in the Men’s restroom.
Camp Mack News
Junior and Senior High Youth: Register now for the New Year’s Eve Party at Camp Mack! Fee increases after Dec. 5. The party is from 2:00 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2017 until 12:30 p.m. on New Year’s Day, Jan.1, 2018. The theme is “Beyond Belief.” Check out details and register at www.campmack.org.
Camp Mack Alternative Gift Options: Consider a life-changing gift–a gift of summer camp or a Good as Gold certificate for the program of the recipient’s choice. Call camp to order a certificate. Also, give a monetary gift in honor or memory of a loved one.
Camp Mack Festival 2017 Report: After all income and expenses have been accounted for the 2017 CMF raised over $14,000.00 for camp. Many thanks to all who helped make the festival a success. Please join us again next year!
Minutes for Mission
November 12, 2017 – Norm Waggy presented Minutes for Mission during the worship service and gave the congregation an update on several mission efforts and opportunities through our church and the Church of the Brethren denomination.
Camp Mack Volunteer Days are coming up this week, November 13-15. Opportunities for all skill levels and ages are available. You can come for a few hours or for a few days. Lodging and meals are provided for volunteers.
As Christmas is approaching, please keep in mind Heifer International as a source of unique and special gifts in honor of your loved ones.
There are several articles in the November issue of The Messenger about Children’s Disaster Relief Service. Check them out or talk to Norm to learn more about this important program and how you can be involved.
Also, remember that opportunities abound through the Church of the Brethren’s Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) program. See Norm or Pastor Tim for more information on specific opportunities that are available right now or in the future.
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