This is an exciting time for our church family and I have some news to share with you. The elders have been talking to a candidate about a 10-15 hour/week position with our worship team. The position is primarily about helping with music and tech needs behind the scenes. We are happy to announce that we have officially asked Chris Whitehurst to fill the position and he has accepted! Chris’s full time job is the Camden County High School band director, and as such he comes with a wealth of experience and know-how. He is an expert musician and his greatest strength is teaching others to be musicians and technicians. He loves the Lord and therefore has a heart to use his gifts in the local church. He has spent the last several years in a similar position at Open Door Community Church in Edenton.
He and his wife Mandy, and their two boys—Gavin and Alex, have sensed God’s calling to join our staff team and our community. We are thrilled to have someone of his caliber on board. Please join us in welcoming their family beginning in January 2015.
One of the decisions the elders made this year was to have no corporate, church-wide services on December 28th, the Sunday after Christmas. We realize just how crazy that sounds, but want you to know there is a method to our madness. Here are a few reasons for the decision:
First, we do have services that week—they are just not on Sunday. We will have two services as usual, but they will be on Christmas Eve, instead of Sunday. We hope this encourages our entire church family and friends to attend one of our special services as a way of celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our way of celebrating the greatest gift of all is our “Giving It All Away Offering.” See *this post* for more information about it.
A second reason is to allow for parents to lead the spiritual aspects of Christmas this year in their homes. On our Facebook Page (link the words to FB page), we have been promoting the “20 Days of Worship” leading up to that Sunday. These are practical ways to worship God during the holiday season. The message is that we are the church wherever we go, not just when we meet together on a Sunday morning. It is our earnest hope families will celebrate Christmas together this year in creative and memorable ways. You might have a family worship service that Sunday, or even get together with others from your community group. You may find a service opportunity in town and model with your children the deeper meaning of Christmas. You may want to invite a neighbor over for coffee and spiritual conversation.
A third reason is our volunteers. It takes well over 100 people each Sunday to make our services happen. These are dedicated people, like you, who labor in love each Sunday in areas like Kidz Community, worship and tech teams, and first impression teams. We are going to be stretching them, and our church staff, pretty thin Christmas week with our full Christmas Eve services. We want to give them a small token of our appreciation by taking one Sunday out of the year to rest, renew and worship our Lord with their families. Christmas is not about being busy.
While I know this is a new idea, and may not be everyone’s first choice, I pray that you will embrace the God-led spirit behind it. I hope you will fully participate in the services held here at NCC, while maximizing the worship of our Lord in other contexts as well.
We are thrilled to announce that this year’s Giving It All Away Offering goal is set at $8,000!
The main recipient of the funds received will be the Albemarle Teen Challenge. Teen Challenge provides Christian discipleship training and pastoral care in a residential setting. The local residential program is a place where hurting women can come and pursue healing for various life controlling problems such as substance abuse for a 12-15 month period. Currently there are 15 women living in the Elizabeth City home. Our offering will be spent in a few different ways: $3,000 is needed to help convert their heating to natural gas, which will save them money over the long run. They also need money for curriculum (Bible study tools, books, etc.) which are needed for the next year. Further, some of the money will be used to begin a community garden as part of the recovery process.
The remainder of the money will be used in an internal fund for New Community Church families in crises or who have urgent needs in the year 2015.
It will all be given away. Please prayerfully consider how much God would like you to give during one of our Christmas Eve Services. Thank you!
Its time for a Revolution Christmas. Our Christmas Xtravaganza will be Next Sunday Night from 6pm-8pm. Students grades 6-12, come on out for a night of fun and celebration, but don’t forget your $5 (wrapped) gift for our White Elephant Gift Exchange!
We are in need of food, drinks, and other items for this Xtravaganza!! You can signup at the Information Center or tonight at Student Revolution to bring something.