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COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING MEAL: We are in need of COOKED AND DEBONED hams and turkeys, desserts, and volunteers. We had such a great turnout last year, and we are inviting everyone to come. If you are able to help or for more information, please see bulletin insert or contact Carolyn Boyle at (847) 334-6247,carolynbolye@att.net, or Liz Simspon at (931) 510-3853, ejsimps58@msn.com.

CLASSES FOR ALL AGES: We have Sunday School classes for all ages at 9:40 a.m. every Sunday. If you would like to find a class, please see the wonderful volunteers at the welcome desk, and they will be happy to find a class for you and your whole family and even take you there. 

FAITHLINK CLASS FOR 11/20: RENEGOTIATING MIDLIFE—Recent psychological research suggests the commonly accepted “midlife crisis” is a myth. What are the transitional realities of midlife? What challenges and opportunities do these decades present? How do Christians navigate midlife in faithful ways? Join us for Sunday School, 9:40 a.m. in the Parlor.

G.I.F.T. SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS: November 20th the GIFT Sunday School class will be starting a new study series entitled “The Salvation of Dr. Who”. Pastor and author Matt Rawle is on a mission. He sees Christ all around him—in books, movies, TV shows, rock music—and he wants to share what he sees. As Matt says, “God offer the raw ingredients, and ‘culture’ is whatever we cook up.” In The Salvation of Doctor Who, pastor and author Matt Rawle draws on the long-running TV show and cult favorite Doctor Who to chart the intersection of faith and science. Chapters include “Bigger on the Inside,” “God and Time and God’s Time,” The Oldest Question in the Universe,” and “The Sonic Screwdriver is Mightier Than the Sword.” The Salvation of Doctor Who is part of The Pop in Culture Series of Bible studies in which Matt Rawle stirs up a tasty gumbo of insight, humor, and inspiration based on some of your favorite pop culture classics. This will be a video and discussion type class. Our classroom is the piano room outside the gym across from the Parlor. We’d love to bring in extra chairs.  


NOON ADVENT STUDY: Because of Bethlehem—by Max Lucado. Let the sleigh bells ring. Let the carolers sing. The more mistletoe the merrier. The more trees the better. I love Christmas. I love it because somewhere someone will ask the Christmas questions: What’s the big deal about the baby in the manger? Who was he? What does his birth have to do with me? And I love the answers I’ve found. Like this one: God knows what its like to be a human. When we talk to him about deadlines or long lines or tough times, he understands. He’s been there. He’s been here. Because of Bethlehem, we have a friend in heaven. And this one: Christmas begins what Easter celebrates. The child in the cradle became the King on the cross. Because of Bethlehem, we have a Savior in heaven. These are the heart-shaping promises of Christmas. Long after the holiday guests have left and the carolers have gone home and the lights have come down, these promises endure. Let’s turn on the lamp, curl up in a comfortable spot, and look into the odd, wonderful story of Bethlehem. May you find in it what I have found: a lifetime of hope. —Max Lucado. Our noon Advent study begins on Wednesday, November 30th at 12:00 p.m. in the Parlor. All interested persons please contact Pastor Sommer Worley at sommer@crossvillefumc.com to sign up or contact Rhonda in the church office at (931) 484-3537. We are looking forward to sharing the hope in Jesus with you this Christmas season! Books are $10.