A VERY MERRY XKL
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2
Rockingham Christian Church will kick off the Christmas season on Saturday, December 2, with A Very Merry XKL family celebration. We invite EVERYONE to join in as we kick off the Christmas season with a fun evening of songs, skits, cookies, a Christmas photo booth and more. The evening will be hosted by the dynamic duo of Mr. Chris and Miss Amy D. We are excited to feature some new, young cast members to the Clubhouse gang and new dancers to the dance team. We will sing and dance to some of our favorite Christmas carols sung in fun, new ways. The evening will be topped off with cookie decorating, hot cocoa and a Christmas photo booth. If you ask nicely, Miss Amy D. might even pose for a few photos with you! We hope you will join us and bring a friend to ring in the Christmas season!
We’ll be hosting four Christmas Celebrations during Christmas week.
Here are the times:
Thursday, December 22 at 7:00 PM
Friday, December 23 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 24 at 5:00 & 7:00 PM
Invite family and friends to join you for a warm and worshipful candlelight celebration of Jesus’ birth. This Sunday, we’ll give you some attractive invitation cards. Pass them along to family and friends along with an enthusiastic personal encouragement to come!
On Christmas Day, we’ll offer one 10:00 AM gathering. This will be a simple devotional service including some carols, Communion, and a brief message. Lots of opportunities all season long to honor the Christ Child together!
We will also be providing a package of videos and readings on rccsalem.com/christmas and our mobile app for everyone to worship on their own or with their families for Christmas Day (available after December 20).
Wonder: a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful or inexplicable.
If you grew up in a setting where Christmas was a big deal, do you remember the sense of awe and mystery you felt as a child during this season? Isn’t it funny how when we become sophisticated adults, we tend to lose that?
Let’s think and feel deeply together about some of the wonders of Christmas — and of the Christian message in general — realities that are both beautiful and inexplicable. After all, a God who’s small enough for our total understanding wouldn’t be big enough for our needs!
You’re invited to join us for this 4-part worship series beginning November 27. And be sure to invite your ONE to come along!
There are many exciting opportunities around RCC for outreach this holiday season, so we wanted to celebrate what has already been done and inform you of a few upcoming events.
CELEBRATING WHAT HAS BEEN DONE…
Operation Christmas Child
Together, RCC packed 97 boxes that will help needy children around the world! Follow up with this effort at operationchristmaschild.com.
RCC students and families partnered with others to provide Thanksgiving meals well over 120 families in the Lawrence area!
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE…
RCC Work Day
To prepare for our guests this holiday season, we are having a work day on December 6 to clean up, spruce up, and paint up the ministry center. Sign up at the Info Center.
Gifts for Family Promise of Greater Rockingham County
Provide money or a $10 gift card to help the parents from FPGRC have something to provide for their children on Christmas. You can turn this in during the offering. Just mark that it is for FPGRC Christmas gifts.
Serve with FPGRC
RCC is hosting several homeless families from FPGRC during the week of December 28 through January 4. If you would like to serve in any capacity, talk to Maria Hallee, Kristin Mashoke, or Gail Martin. Look for the Christmas tree in the foyer for more info.
Invite, Invite, Invite!
The Christmas season is a perfect opportunity to invite your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, etc. to join you for a worship gathering, a “Christmas in This Place” presentation, or any other Christmas celebration around RCC.
Ahhh, Christmas… A time to hear all those classic Bible stories about Mary and Joseph, Bethlehem, shepherds on the hillside, and Magi visiting from the East. These stories always warm our hearts. But this year at RCC, we’re approaching the Christmas Story a little differently. We’re not ignoring the manger and the shepherds, but we want to zoom the camera out and get more of a “wide-angle” perspective. We’re doing this by consulting not three but four wise men – namely Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the four Gospel writers of the Scriptures. It’s fascinating that each one writes extensively about Jesus’ coming, but each one does so in a completely unique way! Collectively, they create a beautiful montage of information and inspiration, and without any one of them the picture is incomplete. Join us on these Sundays, as we spend “Christmas With the 4 Wise Men:”
November 30 – Matthew’s Gospel: Jesus as Sovereign
December 7 – Mark’s Gospel: Jesus as Servant
December 14 – Luke’s Gospel: Jesus as Savior
December 21 — John’s Gospel: Jesus as Solution
In the RCC Foyer is an Angel Tree. If you’d like to express Christian love to a child in need at this Christmas season, here’s what to do:
(1) Take an angel from the tree.
(2) Buy the indicated item(s) and wrap them.
(3) Place the angel on the package or gift bag.
(4) Place the item(s) under the tree by this Monday, December 16.
God bless you for your generosity! And thanks to our Care Ministry servants for organizing this effort!
You are INVITED to Rockingham Christian Church’s Christmas Family Worship Experience:
Sunday, December 8 is a special day. All three of our morning worship gatherings (9:00, 10:15, 11:30) will feature our actors, singers, and dancers from Xtreme Kidz: Live! It’s going to be a great Sunday with a lot of energy and a ton of fun! Come to learn about the virtue of the month, Compassion: caring enough to do something about someone else’s need.
Hope to see you there!!!
More info at http://www.rccsalem.com/citp.
Christians are supposed to be different. Get used to it!
This idea of Christianity being a boring, safe, tradition-bound religion just has to go away. The Founder of our Faith never intended for it to be that way. The “Jesus Movement” is just that — a movement, consisting of individuals who live irresistibly compelling lives. The church was designed to be a relentless, revolutionary force. That doesn’t mean that we march in the streets singing protest songs or that we start new political parties. But it does mean that we should stand out and be recognizably different from the culture around us, that we’re chosen to be a divinely-distinct people (I Peter 2:9) with a divinely-distinct purpose. The New Testament Books of Luke and Acts identify many specific ways in which this is true. Join us as we discover and apply some of those ways during these opening months of 2013!
This year, we’ll offer six worship celebrations on Christmas Eve and the day before! Here they are:
Sunday, December 23 – 9:00 pm, 10:15 pm, 11:30 am, 6:00 pm
Monday, December 24 – 4:00 and 6:00 pm
The full Kidz Rock ministry will be available, as usual, for the three Sunday morning gatherings. The Infant and Pre-School rooms will be available during the other three gatherings. Invitation cards for both of these events will be available this Sunday. I encourage you to take lots of them and share them with family and friends!