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In Our Prayers

Prayer Focus: Let us pray that we might live lives shaped by our expectant waiting for the coming of Jesus at the end of all things. Let us pray that we make that waiting for the ultimate coming real by welcoming the presence of Jesus more into our lives every day.  

  • Linda Vass’s mother has suffered a fall and fractured her hip. She had surgery on Wednesday.
  • Wayne Propst had knee surgery on Monday and is now recovering at home. Prayers for a speedy recovery would be greatly appreciated.
  • Jerry Davis is scheduled to be released from The Center on Grande to go home on Sunday morning.
  • Continue to pray for the preacher search and the members of the search team.

Finishing Well

Prayerfully consider helping the Glenwood family raise a total of $80,000 above our normal contribution between now and December 31, 2019. Contribute today at and select the “Finishing Well Campaign” as your Gift Designation.

Holiday Schedule

We will have combined Sunday morning adult classes on December 8 and 15 at 9 a.m. in the Worship Center. No Sunday morning classes on December 22 and 29; instead, invite a friend and join us at 9 a.m. for a time of festive treats and fellowship. No Wednesday evening activities on December 25 or January 1. The church office will be closed December 23 through January 1. Enjoy the holiday!

RISE Student Ministry

Six FlagsHoliday in the Park: Saturday, December 28, Arlington, TX—Open to students in 6th–12th grades and parents; cost is $39. For details, visit
Parent Guide: Want to follow up at home with what your students are learning in class? Check out our Parent Guide. It has three weeks of ideas that will let you engage your student in a variety of ways. In this series we are learning about what it means to have real friends. Check out the Parent Guide or ask Steven for more details.

Karing Kitchen

Our next opportunity to serve will be next Monday, December 9 at the Benevolence Center. We need help with setting up tables beginning at 4:30 p.m. and serving/cleaning beginning at 5:45 p.m. We welcome all who would like to reach out to the Tyler community in such a needed ministry to join us. For details, contact Pat Gerth at (903) 312-8441.

Family Christmas Celebration

Guess Who’s Coming to Your Table! Join us next Wednesday, December 11, at 6 p.m., in the Family Life Center.Main dish meat and desserts will be provided. Special entertainment will top off our holiday celebration! Please sign up as either a Table Host (decorate a table and bring a side dish) or Guest (just come and bring a side dish). Table Hosts, be creative! Fancy or casual, the choice is yours! Flatware will be available at the church. Set up times are Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. For details, contact Virginia Chambers.

Pure Gold White Elephant Party

You are invited to attend the Pure Gold White Elephant Party, Thursday, December 12, at 6 p.m. in the Gathering Place. Bring holiday treats or fingers foods, and a white elephant gift.

Gift Cards for the Downtown Gathering

We are collecting Christmas gift cards for the people of the Downtown Gathering.  Our goal is to give every person who comes to The Gathering a $10 Walmart card. You may either donate money to purchase the cards or buy them yourself.  Drop your gift off at the office or give it to Dana or Greg Grubb.

An Evening of Remembrance

Join us Wednesday, December 18, 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel as we remember those among our family who have died this year. During the service we will read those names aloud. If a member of your family died in 2019 and you would like their name to be included in that reading, please contact the church office. In addition, we invite everyone to add an ornament to the Tree of Remembrance in memory of a loved one who has died. The tree will be on display during the service of remembrance. Plan to join us as we remember those who have gone before us and celebrate our upcoming reunion with them during the second advent of Jesus.

Volunteers Needed

PATH is in need of volunteers to help in their pantry as stockers, shoppers, or carryout helpers. Come for one shift a week, Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. or 1 p.m.–6 p.m. For details, contact Mark Richardson.

Family Ski Retreat

We are making plans for our Family Ski Trip, March 7–11, 2020, in Colorado. We have a great trip planned for the whole family regardless of ability. Options are available for non-skiers ($220), child skiers ($430), new child skiers ($499), adult skiers ($495) and new adult skiers ($540). Lodging, lift tickets, rental, and meals included. $100 deposit per person due January 12. Sign up at

Family Mission Trip

Come with us to Honduras, June 21–28, 2020, as we work alongside Predisan to serve God and His people there. For details, contact Steven Smith.