It’s the start of a new year and an opportunity get your vision checked and corrected by God so you can see more clearly and live more faithfully in 2020.
January 5 Seeing Yourself Clearly
January 12 Seeing the Situation Clearly
January 19 Seeing the World Clearly
January 26 Seeing God Clearly
Special Congregational Events
*Town Hall to review final Building Team proposal
1:30-3:00 in the Sanctuary
*Church Conference to approve 2020 Building Plans
2:00 in the Sanctuary
(All Full Members may vote)
For the past 23 years, Urban Ministry in Charlotte has partnered with colleges and congregations of many faiths to provide shelter and food for homeless people during the winter months, December 1 – March 31. Each site offers a warm, safe place to sleep, serves three meals (dinner, breakfast and bag lunch) and then returns guests the following morning to uptown Charlotte. The program offers us a unique way to become directly involved with individuals who are homeless. The basic goal is to keep homeless people from freezing on cold winter nights. A greater goal is to provide a more personal relationship to homeless people, at least for a night.
Quote from a homeless neighbor:
“For moments each night, if I am fortunate, I sleep not as homeless in the street, but with warmth and friendship, thanks to Room In The Inn. Somewhere during the evenings of friendly faces, piping hot showers, videos and jokes, laughs and sharing a smoke break, I was transformed from homeless to someone with a misfortune. I no longer view the world from ground level, where each may look down on me. I view the world from ground zero, where each may view my launch. I thank you, all who volunteer for this program. You have given me fortitude, I am sure that I am not alone in this.”
Justice Ministries – A Rescue Mission in the Fight Against Human Trafficking
This year the Missions Team has proposed that all offerings collected will go to fight human trafficking through a local non-profit, in the middle of the fight, team of courageous Christians willing to take a stand against one of the most horrifying forms of modern day slavery. Jesus calls us to shine a light in the darkness and by supporting the folks at Justice Ministries we can add to that light and be a apart of some wonderful work being done in our own community. Their mission statement is “Justice Ministries is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to combating sex trafficking and sexual exploitation of women, with a focus on rescue and housing. Our goal is to locate victims of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, help them get out of their situation and into a safe place, facilitate an environment conducive to healing, and assist them in their transition to independence.” They rescue trapped victims, find protected housing for them and their families, and seek and provide care for recovery. Please prayerfully consider supporting Justice Ministries, Christmas eve through your Christma offering. You can learn more at www.justiceministries.org.
Christmas Eve is a special time for the People of God as we hear again the joyful news of the birth of our Savior and celebrate the faithfulness of God. Harrisburg UMC offer three services of worship on Christmas Eve, each designed to allow you and yours to hear the story and remember the promise.
5:00 pm Worship around the Manger
A service for families with preschool aged children, this 30 minute services invites us into the story of Christmas in word and song that any age will enjoy. We share the Lord’s Supper together and lift the glowing light of God’s love to the world.
7:00 pm A Service of Candlelight and Communion
This traditional service of worship invites the whole family to hear and celebrate the Christmas Good News. We celebrate communion and sing with the Heavenly Hosts!
Nursery care is provided for those under 3.
11:00 pm Quite Candlelight Communion
All the hubbub is stilled, children are tucked in bed, and the silence of this night descends. This quiet service invites you to ponder the mystery of this holy night as we hear the story and break bread together.