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Happening this Sunday
9:00 am - Praise Team Rehearsal
9:30 am - Sunday Small Group
10:00 am - Brunch
10:25 am - Announcements
10:30 am - Worship Celebration (feat. The Appalachian Strings)
5:30 pm - Youth gathering
Pastor Jeff will be out of town from Mon. Dec. 2 - Thu. Dec. 5. If you have personal needs requiring a consultation and/or a visit, please contact Pastor Darren.
The angel tree is up. This is a tree that has ornaments on it for needs of local families for Christmas. Pick up an ornament or two, purchase the gift, attach the ornament to it, and place it under the tree. Thanks for your love for this important project. The deadline is December 17. Thank You.
TOYS FOR TOTS
You will notice a box in the lobby to collect toys for needy children. Toys for Tots is a ministry of the U.S. Marine Corps. The basic mission is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas. The primary goal is, through the gift of a new toy, to help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope. Thanks to our own David Langill, a Marine veteran, for spearheading this effort to enable us to participate in this worthwhile endeavor.
HELP OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS
Do you want to easily help our local schools? Did you know that Lowes Foods' Cart-to-Class program will donate a portion of your purchases to the school(s) of your choice just by linking your Fresh Rewards Card? Typically the schools receive checks every quarter from this program ranging from $700-900, to use where most needed. The Interfaith Alliance, a group of concerned churches for community action in Lewisville and Clemmons, is encouraging congregations to use this program as an easy way to support the schools. All you have to do is fill out a form at Lowes or go on-line to link your Fresh Rewards Card to up to three area schools of your choice!
Please remember that if you are the last one to leave the church for any event or occasion, you are responsible to ensure that all lights are off (including the restrooms), all doors are locked, and the alarm engaged. Thanks.
Sermon this Sunday
Pastor Jeff will bring a short devotional this Sunday: "Can You See the Glory of Jesus?" just before we celebrate Holy Communion.
Theme: This Sunday as we celebrate Holy Communion we reflect on: Can You See the Glory of Jesus? Have you ever thought about what happened because Christ came to the world? Christ drew a rainbow of hope around the shoulders of people and gave them something to live for. If Christ had not come, this world would indeed be a hopeless world. Is He your Savior? Have you invited Him into your heart? Or, is your inn full? If you have everything, except Christ, you still have nothing; but if you have little else besides Christ, you have everything.
Something to Ponder ~ from Pastor Jeff
“Through the darkness and through the fog, put your hand up by faith. You’ll sense the touch of God.” (Billy Graham)
“In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed.” (Exodus 15:13)
Newsletter Article – December 2019
The Christ Child
“For a child has been born for us, a son is given to us; authority rest upon his shoulders; And he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually and there
shall be endless peace. He will establish and uphold it with justice and righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7)
How much we need the gift of the Christ Child, the “Prince of Peace”! Certainly, we all observe the lack of peace in our culture and world – even in our churches. Indeed, I readily see “unpeace” in myself. I violate peace not only in hasty words or angry attitudes, but also in failing to be the reconciler Jesus calls his followers to be.
So much of our culture’s unpeace arises because of greed, our proliferating needs and wants. How easily, especially at Christmastime, we and our children concentrate on all the “stuff” we want.
No matter how many presents we accumulate, there is always something else to be had – better toys, newer models, fancier clothes, faster computers and smarter phones. As time goes by, toys break, the excitement wanes, and we discover the truth of the Preacher’s words: “All is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 1:2).
If we prepare for the true gift of Christmas, we discern the source of our yearnings in our profound thirst for God. That awareness frees us from our need to accumulate and grooms us to participate in our Prince’s reign, which he continues to establish and uphold “with justice and with righteousness” (Isaiah 9:7).
How much we need the Christ Child! We cannot free ourselves from the lack of peace in the world because there is violence and injustices, some even subtle, against those near and far.
That consciousness prevents any romanticizing of Christ’s birth. He came into, and himself experienced, exactly such darkness, poverty, oppression, and confusion. And to all of us “people walking in darkness” he has brought “a great light” (Isaiah 9:2).
Moreover, because “the light [of his salvation] has dawned” upon us, we are transformed by his Spirit’s power into a new people who join in his work of peacemaking and justice building – always knowing that “the zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this” (Isaiah 9:7), and not our own efforts. The Lord, the covenant of God, will accomplish the reconciling of the cosmos and embrace us in Christ’s reign to embody his purposes!
He is the “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6) who defeated the powers of darkness that threaten, hinder, usurp, and destroy the world’s peace. Now, in this in-between time before God’s reign comes to total fruition, “His authority shall grow continually,” and consequently “there shall be endless peace” (Isaiah 9:7).
For the world, Christmas has become a commercialized frenzy of crazed shoppers who trample each other underfoot while trying to get a good deal. They have forgotten what Christmas is about. For the Christian, Christmas is a time of celebration of the birth of the Lord in our world who came to bring peace and salvation. Isaiah 9 is a prophecy that is fulfilled in Jesus. His birth is our redemption, our blessing, our cleansing, and our hope.
May peace abound in your home this Christmas and into the new year knowing that the Christ Child has come!
Love and Blessings this Christmas,
Cancer Support Group
Cancer has caused ripples of pain throughout our community. For some, it can be a long, hard journey. And while it is not something we can fix, we can share the burden together and offer a space for prayer, dialogue, and emotional and spiritual healing. If you or someone you know needs a place to share their story or listen to the stories of others, invite them to join us every 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. The next meeting is on December 18.
Put these important dates on your calendar and "give the gift of life":
January 11 - Harmony Grove UMC
March 14 - Sunrise UMC
May 9 - Lewisville UMC
July 11 - Unity Moravian Church
September 12 - Shiloh Lutheran Church
November 14 - Trinity Community Church
Ministerial Contact Information
Pastor Jeff asks everyone to feel free to call him if you have a need or desire a visit. You may contact him by email or by phone: (336) 416-5869.
Our other leaders are contactable below:
Rev. Darren, Pastor Jayne Radionov and Tim Bralley
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The Youth are having a great time of learning, service, fellowship, and just plain ole' fun! We meet each Sunday from 5:30-7:00 pm. All Jr./Sr. High youth are invited to attend. Don't forget - your friends are always welcome!
Thanks to all of you who donated items to help us with our mission project to make care bags for the homeless and residents of SECU House.
Sunrise Youth Elf Help!
We are here to help you decorate for Christmas and take down from Christmas 2019. A team of 2-3 elves can be at your house to help you decorate for Christmas or take decorations down after Christmas. Donations will be accepted. All proceeds will go to Youth General Fund. Please contact Justi Cernak at email@example.com or text 336-608-7875 to schedule your personal elves.
Please show your support for our youth by providing a meal at one of their gatherings. Please contact Justi Cernak for available dates and sign up.
YOUTH BAND!! The 21 Disciples praise band practices on Sundays after youth meetings. We lead the praise for Genesis Kardia on Monday nights at 6:30 pm. Contact Rev. Darren
Plan to join us each week for music, fellowship and learning, plus our prayer time. You will be lifted up with the smiles and fun. If you are interested in attending or volunteering, we would love to have you. We like to have volunteers! Please come check us out. Pastor Jayne Radionov
The fellowship of GK is gearing up for their annual Christmas celebration on Monday, December 16 at 6:00 pm. There will be a soup dinner on that night. Anyone interested in providing a crock pot of your choice of soup, let Jayne know. Come and be blessed like you've never been before with the joy of Christmas!
Current Regular Groups
> Sunday Small Group - Sundays @ 9:30 am - Email Linda Hammett
> Genesis Kardia - Mondays @ 6:30 pm - Email Jayne Koeslin-Radionov-re-starts in the Fall
> Supper Club - Friday or Saturday Evening once a month - Email Kathi Vaughn
> Youth Group - Sundays @ 5:30 pm for grades 6-12 - Email Sunrise Youth
> Clemmons Food Pantry & Lewisville Community Assistance Program (LCAP). We support these local outreach organizations. Please consider bringing to church non-perishable food and other staples of your choice to support their efforts. There is a drop-off place in the lobby.
The Clemmons Food Pantry can always use your grocery bags! They can be given to Karen King or please feel free to take them directly to the Food Pantry and place them in the “food donation” bin on the outside of the pantry building (last building on the left on Old Glory Road).
> Toys for Tots
> Lowes Foods Cart-to-Class program
> Angel Tree
> Sunday Brunch - Volunteer for SUNRISE BRUNCH (WE HAVE A LOT OF SPOTS STILL OPEN, PLEASE HELP!)
Click on the link above or contact Paige Reeder
Visit our MAKE SUNRISE HAPPEN page under SERVE and sign up on the Honey Do List.
Make Sunrise Happen
Every time we gather for worship there are numerous servants selflessly giving their time and energy just to MAKE SUNRISE HAPPEN. Be a part of the work of the church. VOLUNTEER! Trust that God will reward you more than what you will put in. Below are ways in which you can serve:
Worship Production Team
Visit our MAKE SUNRISE HAPPEN page under SERVE and see the many ways we need servant leaders.
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