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The Sounds of Fair View

Vol. 46 No. 12 December 2016

The final details are being put on our December worship gatherings. I hope that you will invite at least one person to worship with the Fair View family this month. The sermons will take a look at “The Christmas Experience” with topics such as experiencing God’s faithfulness, favor, peace, plan and purpose, joy, and God’s love. On Christmas Eve, our emphasis is “The Light of Christmas.” We will have one service at 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. This is a candle light communion service with a short message and music. Invite someone to come with you. On Christmas day, Fair View will have one service at 10:00 a.m. This service will feature music from both our choir and praise band. The theme for Christmas day is “When you know who Jesus is, it’s hard to stay quiet about him”. January 1, 2017 is on a Sunday. Fair View will have one service at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. At this service, we will install our 2017 officers and recognize those stepping down. This is communion Sunday. What a great way to begin the new year- in God’s house and receiving communion! Still staying with “The Christmas Experience” series, our theme will be “Christmas shows us God’s Love for everyone.” This month we welcome Matt Stratford to our church staff as our Rise Worship Leader. For those of you that came to the “Hanging of The Greens” service, you were blessed to hear Matt play and sing. I heard from many of you how much you loved hearing Matt minister through his music. We are truly blessed to have Matt join our church staff. Put January 21 on your calendars! On that day, we will meet at Langtree plantation for a goal setting/planning/ visioning time together. If you are in a position of leadership here or on the church staff, your presence is expected. If you are a church member, or just attend Fair View, your presence is welcomed. If you have any questions please, see Billy. Now a word from our sponsor: Luke 2:1-16 (NIV) 2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. (continued on next page)

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And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 9

Merry Christmas! Billy

WELCOME TO MATT, REBECCA, AND MICHAEL STRATFORD Matt is our new RISE Worship Leader and a professional musician. He has already made a great first impression by singing at Hanging of the Greens. Be sure to give them a warm Fair View welcome.

OUTREACH In November, we finished collecting for Operation Christmas Child, and we chose angels from the Angel Tree to help provide a joyful Christmas for children in our community. In December, we are providing a meal for HealthReach and collecting toys as part of the Christmas Pageant. There is a bin in the Knox Vestibule for used cell phones. They will be collected by the Mooresville Senior Center and sold. The proceeds will support the mission of the Center. Please continue to support our Bookbag Ministry. It is hard to imagine that there are children in our neighborhoods who do not have enough to eat, but it is a fact. Check the bulletin board in the Administration Wing for suggestions. Thank you to all who volunteer and participate in these worthy causes! You are touching lives!!!

Youth Happenings It has been another busy month for Fair View's Youth Group! After teaming up with the United Methodist Men for our Brisket and Football lunch, we have had a few Sundays of normal youth meetings to get us back on track with our curriculum for both Sunday School and our meetings. We are starting an Advent study in Sunday School that will conclude on Dec 18th since both Christmas Day and News Years Day are on Sundays and are combined services. The Youth Group will not meet on either of the holiday Sundays, so everyone can be with their families. On December 10th, we will have our Youth Christmas Party from 5:00-9:00 p.m. We are asking that all parents come inside before dropping their youth off to make sure that all of their 2017 paperwork is in order, so we can hit next year running! The Christmas Party will include a dinner, probably at Cici's Pizza, and lots of fun and games. You definitely do NOT want to miss it! We will be ringing the bell again this year for the Salvation Army on Fridays, December 2nd and 9th at the Mooresville Walmart. It is a great chance for our youth to experience the Christmas season in a charitable role. If you are interested in joining us, feel free to contact Mack King, or just show up at either Walmart entrance between 6-8pm. On December 20th at 7:45 p.m., there is a REQUIRED meeting for everyone attending our Xtreme Winter Conference on December 27-29. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall and discuss any and all details that everyone needs to know before we head out for Gatlinburg. Speaking of Gatlinburg, I have been in close contact with the Xtreme Conferences Office during this week's wildfires and have been told that the event is still a go and that if anything does change, I will be notified immediately. The wildfires have been devastating for the area, and I'm sure there will be an opportunity for us all to bring supplies and/or donations to the conference when we head up. I will be in touch with details as they present themselves. I'd like to add that many of our members have children and grandchildren that are in the 11-18 age range. If you or they would EVER like to join us for any meeting, trip, event or activity, please feel free to reach out to me, or just show up! We are a group not only of Fair View church but of our community, and we have several Youth Group attendees that don't attend our church regularly. Our hope is that Fair View's Youth Group is a safe Christian place for any and all kids in our area to congregate and socialize. Plus, we just enjoy meeting new people, and we'd like to continue growing as we move into 2017. God Bless and Merry Christmas! Mack King, IV

Happy Birthday! 1: Judy Ball/Mike Nagy 2: Gwen Fenninger/Ronnie Honeycutt 4: Madison Connolly 6. BJ Testerman 7. Michael Pringnitz/David Ron/Jeff Wozny 8: Holly Vilagos 9: Cory Johnson 10: Larry Caldwell 11: Sheila Gibson 13: Noah Alley/Kristy Richardson 14: Bill Hicks 15: Chance Choate 16: Jeremy Seibers 18: Duane Carter/Blake Golden/Bradley Ryon 19: Stacy Nelson 20: Harry Brotherton/Megan Werner 24: Holly Glaze/Ann Goode/Ken Lambert/BJ Smith 26: Benny Goins/Terry Honeycutt 27: Penny Price 29: Janice Gantt/Mallory Pharr 31: Gigi Branciforte/Betty Brawley Makayla McMinn

Happy Anniversary! 3: 4: 6: 13: 21: 22: 31: 31:

John & Terry Schaefer Stephen and Kathy Burdette Richard and Bess Darr Glenn and Glenda Piper Larry and Ann Brown De Ray and Fay Cole Clayton and Cheryl Rogers Carl and Elaine Willeford

DECEMBER USHERS Kenny Coone/Sheila Gibson BJ Testerman/James Wright Joe Savovic Michael Burgess if you cannot serve.

The next meeting of the Fair View UMC United Methodist Men will be on Sunday, December 11 in the Fellowship Hall. Cooking and setup begin at 7:00 a.m. The men will enjoy breakfast at 8:00 followed by their monthly meeting. All men, old and young, are welcome to join us. The United Methodist Men is a church-wide, intergenerational ministry with a mission to help men grow in their faith through Bible study, fellowship, and hands-on service projects.

Willing Workers December 1st at 10:00 a.m. Place: Narthex Program: Christmas Legends by Dr. Susan Harrison Devotion: Merlin Davis After program and business, we will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 11:30 for lunch.

REFIT JOIN US TUESDAYS 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall!

Everyone Welcome Cost: $5 or food donation for the Book Bag Ministry

Book Club The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stoval December 12 - 6:00 p.m. Dutch Treat Dinner Davidson Brick House RSVP to Sara McMinn before 12/5

IN APPRECIATION Thank you for the outpouring of love and support when I lost my brother in November. The cards, hugs, and kind words were both encouraging and humbling. You are a wonderfullyloving church family. I am blessed to be among you. Susan

Movers and Shakers Gingerbread Houses at Grove Park Inn Thursday, December 15th 9am until 4pm $40 covers entrance, parking and lunch. Scholarships available. Shopping opportunities available.

Children’s Chronicles November 2016 Children’s Ministry Sundays Programming Cherub Choir Practice Ages 3-1st Grade 10:15 in room 300 Sunday School Fun following Practice 

Cherubs will now be meeting every Sunday and will be performing at the beginning of Children’s Christmas Pageant, Dec. 14th. 

Christmas Pageant Rehearsals Elementary-Age Students 11:00 Room 204 B

Children’s Christmas Pageant December 14th: 6:45 pm Bring a Toy to donate to local children. Come and enjoy. Our children have been working very hard. Kids, don’t forget dress rehearsal is Saturday, Dec. 10th at 9:00 a.m.

Calling All Children Ages preschool through 1st Grade On Sunday, December 11th we will be doing a special project during Children’s Church Time. Please wear your coats as we will be outside for a little bit. Shhh: It’s a special secret.

Christmas Eve Service Saturday, December 24th 5:30 p.m. Communion and Candlelight Christmas Day Service Sunday, December 25th 10:00 am Nursery will be open for parents. Our staff will be off to enjoy their families.

Katherine Allan Director of Children’s Ministries (704) 664-2880

The Blessings of Stephen Ministry Stephen Ministry multiplies blessings throughout the church and community. Congregations receive a practical and powerful way to respond to Christ’s commandment: “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12 RSV). Pastors have a team of gifted, trained, and committed lay caregivers ready to minister to hurting people. Lay people nurture and use their gifts in meaningful ministry, growing spiritually as they serve others. People who are hurting have a compassionate companion—a caring Christian friend who provides emotional and spiritual support . Lonely? Sad? Discouraged? Going through a tough time--emotionally or spiritually? Struggling with a crisis in life? Or simply feeling down? Consider letting a Stephen Minister help. A Stephen Minister is a member of our congregation who is trained to listen, care, encourage, pray, and walk alongside you during difficult times. It's confidential, free, and very helpful. To learn more, talk with a Stephen Leader or a pastor. “Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

Galatians 6:2

Financial Peace University Coming to Fair View in February 2017 Ever wonder what God says about money? Plan on joining us to find out more about how to relate to money - plan, budget, save, and give. Class cost is approximately $100 per household (about $15 a week between now and February). See Sara McMinn, or watch the bulletin for more details.


The Second Sunday of Advent

December 4

6:00 p.m. Let There be Christmas, a Cantata

December 11

The Third Sunday of Advent

December 14

6:45 p.m. Children’s Christmas Pageant

December 18

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 24

5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Service, “The Light of Christmas,” with Communion

December 25

Christmas, one service at 10:00 a.m.

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Return Service Requested P.O. Box 27 Mt. Mourne NC 28123 Tel. (704) 664-2880

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