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am not great at waiting – I’m just not. Bad thing about that is that in today’s world waiting is a reality that none of us can escape. Just last night I waited in line for two hours at Sam’s to get a good deal on a mobile phone for Brenda and me. I really wanted to get the phones but the wait was on my nerves.

THE BINDER The Monthly Newsletter of Edgefield Baptist Church

DECEMBER 2013

Steve Saunders, senior pastor Johnathan Woodside, worship pastor Daniel Davis, student pastor Misti Frazier, children’s ministry Linda Gawel, nursery worker Peggy Hawkins, church secretary Letha Culver, church cook Rodney Jenkins, custodian 700 Russell Street Nashville, TN 37206 615.255.0468 ebcsbc@bellsouth.net www.edgefieldbaptist.org

Church Office Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 am-2:30 pm

Weekly Schedule: — Sunday — Worship ................................................10 am Coffee & Fellowship............................11 am Bible Study ......................................11:15 am

— Wednesday — Fellowship Supper...........................5:15 pm Children & Student Groups ................6 pm Prayer Meeting & Bible Study .......6:15 pm (Pre-school care is provided for all regular weekly activities)

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“Bless be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love...”

This Month’s Thought

I can say though that almost in every instance Pastor Steve of waiting the end result is worth the wait. ebcpastorsteve@bellsouth.net Slogging through traffic to get home always ends with me seeing my precious family for the night. Waiting for a table at a crowded restaurant more often than not results in a yummy meal. Waiting in line for the phones last night meant that we got $300 phones for 96¢.

One of the glorious truths about Christmas is that the waiting resulted in a glorious result. For centuries the prophets had told of the coming of the Messiah. In Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem the waiting was validated in the birth of a Savior. People waited for God to send His Son and He did. The waiting was over. We know when Christmas is each year because of the date on the calendar. To this day I still await Christmas morning because it is a reminder of that time when God answered our need by sending His Son.

These days, I take delight in our children’s anticipation for Christmas morning because I think it tells the story of the Christian life. We know that God acted to send His Son years ago and that is why we celebrate Christmas. Now and with the same spirit we await God to send His Son again, the glorious return of Jesus as promised in Scripture.

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” - Luke 2:10-11

Merry Christmas from our family to you!

Pastor Steve, Brenda, Steve, Katie, & Sam Saunders

Merry Christmas!


Prayer Needs... Church Family:

Henrietta Davidson Mary Fox Ann Gallaher Barry Gray Juanita Gray Georgia Hobbs Mildred Preston (Trevecca Health & Rehab) Edna Casto-Qualls (Bethany Health & Rehab) Grady Qualls Helen Stevens Juanita Tomlinson (McKendree Healthcare) Billie Wheat (Cumberland Manor) Dixie Wooten

Family & Friends:

Kenneth Casto (Edna Casto-Qualls son) Rosella Jackson (Gary Jackson’s mother) Fred Maddux (Erin Brake’s father) Brenda Ramsey (Christy Wilson’s mother) Loretta Sanford (Lisa Jennette’s mother) Patricia Wix (Peggy Carter’s step-mother) Hazel Wright (Sue Woodside’s mother)

Ministries at Edgefield:

MOPS Mother’s Day Out Refugee Hope Rejoice Ministries Sacrament Church Sight Ministry

Community & Beyond:

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering East Nashville Churches East Nashville Cooperative Ministry Nashville Rescue Mission Military Personnel serving around the world Missionaries serving around the world

Please keep the church office posted with any updates or for additions. Thank you!

November Digest... Church Attendance:

Bible Study & Small Group Weekly Average ..............................51

Church Stewardship: Tithes & Offerings..........................$8,415.00 Received Year-To-Date ................$93,210.99 Year-To-Date Requirement........$113,505.00 Difference (+/-) ..........................- $20,294.01 Centennial Campaign: Monthly Gifts ....................................$725.00 Given To Date ...............................$19,992.81 Funds On Hand..............................$2,622.31

The Binder is published monthly throughout the year. Copies are available to be picked-up at the church, by mail, or by email. To subscribe to the e-mail list, please send an e-mail to ebcsbc@bellsouth.net.

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Week of Prayer for International Missions & the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering December 1-8, 2013 Offering Goal: $175,000,000 Church Offering Goal: $1,000

The 2013 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® is named after Lottie Moon, who was a missionary to China. Lottie Moon was a woman passionate about reaching people for Jesus' name. She served 39 years in China, and while some rejected her, through baked cookies she reached out to and was accepted by many. Lottie Moon did not just live in China, China became her home. She took on the dress and appearance of the Chinese, and was able to identify with the people because of this. She wrote letters home to Southern Baptists urging them to become more involved in missions. Her letters began the pattern of giving to international missions, and with the first offering, three new missionaries left for China. Her life was one dedicated to the furtherance of the Gospel, and through it, many people came to know Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Today the offering is still used to further the Gospel by funding international missionaries.

The Week of Prayer for International Missions is coming up, beginning on Sunday, December 1st, and we begin receiving the offering on Sunday, December 8th. Prayer guides, and offering envelopes, will be available at the church.

The Lottie Moon Christmas Post Office will open on Sunday, December 1st, and remain open thru Sunday, December 22nd. Christmas cards can be mailed to active church members, and attenders, for just 20¢ per card. All proceeds will go towards the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. December 2013

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Christmas Season Activities at EBC

Sympathy...

...is extended to Mark Wilson, and family, on the recent passing of his mother, Diane Johnson, following a lengthy battle with cancer.

...is extended to the family and friends of former member, and also former executive director of the Tennessee WMU, Katherine Bryan on her recent passing.

Welcome New Member... William Odom (by letter) 909A Russell Street Nashville, TN 37206

December Dates To Note...

Monthly Church Business Session - Wednesday, Dec. 4th, 6:15 pm

Mother’s Day Out Fellowship Hall Reserved - Saturday, Dec. 14th

December Small Groups...

The Nativity Story: A Study for the Season of Advent is taking place on Wednesday evenings, during our prayer meeting time, and also on Sunday mornings, in the Middle Adult Class, for those that would like to join in. Come join us for this interesting study as we mark the Season of Advent here at Edgefield.

Pro:31 & WAGOH Ladies...The Women’s 3rd Annual Christmas Event will be held on Saturday, December 7th. We will be going to Puffy Muffin in Franklin for lunch. Please meet at the church, at 10:30 am, and we will car pool there. We will also be doing our annual $10 or less ornament swap! The ladies will also be doing some shopping in and around Franklin after lunch, so plan to be gone for awhile if you can! Please see Lacey Woodside for more details!

The Greening of the Church...Coming Sunday evening, December 8th, at 6 pm. See page 4 for more information. The NBA Christmas Toy Store is coming up, December 9th-12th, at Shelby Avenue Baptist Church. Volunteers will be needed and we encourage you to please consider giving anywhere from a couple of hours, to a couple of days. Contact the church office if you would like more info on how you can be involved.

Edgefield Kids Christmas Party...Coming up Wednesday evening, December 18th, at 6 pm. We hope everyone will plan to join us!

R&R...Rest & Reflect Days will be observed, this year, throughout the Christmas holidays. There will be very limited activity at the church throughout the holidays, and we encourage everyone to use these days of R&R to enjoy the Christmas holidays, spend time with your family and friends, rest, reflect, and recharge for the new year. Please note the following:

• There will be no Wednesday evening activities on December 25th or January 1st.

• The church office will be closed Monday, December 22ndWednesday, January 1st.

• Winter Worship at Edgefield, as we return to the Fellowship Hall, will begin on Sunday, January 5th.

• The January issue of The Binder will not publish until early January.

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December 2013

Sunday School - Every Sunday morning following Worship

WAGOH - Tuesday, December 3rd, 6:30 pm MOPS - Friday, December 6th, 10 am

MOE Breakfast - Saturday, December 7th, 7 am (Nov.-Dec.)

WAGOH - Tuesday, December 17th, 6:30 pm

WAGOH - Tuesday, November 19th, 6:30 pm

Get involved in an EBC Small Group!

News & Notes...

Sunday School Literature recycling reminder as we move into a new quarter...don’t toss your old Sunday School book in the trash...bring it and place it in the green recycle box that is located in the Records Room. This literature is being collected to be given to needy churches.

Offering Envelopes for 2014 will be available to be picked-up, this month, at the church. Boxes will be available in the Records Room.

Updated Directories, featuring phone, address and e-mail for active church members, attenders, and homebound members are now available for your convenience. You may pick-up a copy in the Records Room, or request a copy via e-mail at ebcsbc@bellsouth.net.

Titan Game Days are coming up this month, on Sunday, December 15th and 29th, which means you could possibly run into detours or traffic delays, so plan your route to church accordingly.

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The Greening of the Church

Centuries old carols signal the beginning of the Christmas season. Traditional decorations - wreathes, holly, evergreens, poinsettias, candles add to the festive mood in our homes and in our churches.

They also tell a story. The Greening of the Church is a celebration - people singing, talking, worshipping, helping telling THE story, of all stories, that has endured for more than 2000 years.

Come join us for The Greening of the Church, in the historic sanctuary of EdgeďŹ eld Baptist Church, Sunday, December 8th, at 6:00 pm.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

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- Luke 2:11-14

December 2013

THE BINDER


The Binder...Dec. 2013  

The December edition of The Binder...the monthly newsletter of Edgefield Baptist Church, Nashville, TN.

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