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Congregational Meeting – We will have a congregational meeting after worship on Sunday, December 4th, to approve our 2017 budget as well as our slate of officers.

November/December Newsletter 2016 We appreciate all articles and news for the bulletin and newsletter. Please turn in your information by the deadline for publication. Bulletin: Wednesdays by 11:00AM Our next newsletter will be mailed on January 26, 2017 Deadline for information is January 22, 2017 Thank you for your consideration. Worship Services: 10:45 a.m. Morning Worship Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Pastor Jim Bane Classes for Children & Adults Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-12:00pm Church phone: 330.733.3533 Web:

In Sympathy … We offer our sympathy to the family of Katie Schmitz. Katie went to the arms of her Lord on Friday, November 11th. Funeral services were officiated by Pastor Bane on Thursday, November 17th. Katie was active in the Circle of Light, she was a member of the Loyal Comrades Class, was the church treasurer for many years, worked and participated at Middlebury luncheon and other church dinners. She was a deacon and served her church faithfully till she had to retire due to health issues. Katie was baptized here in 1939 in the old church that was held in the basement. Heaven has gained a devoted Saint. Happy Birthday Jesus Party will be on Saturday, December 3 from 11:00am-12:30pm. Children of all ages are invited. Come and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. You are invited to attend a Special Holiday Concert featuring the Betty Jane Singers and special guests on Saturday, December 3rd at 7:00pm. The Vesper Bells will also perform with this talented group of ladies. Invite your friends and family. Refreshments will follow.

Advent has Started. Our theme is “Down to Earth.” Do you want to light one of our Advent candles in worship? Please contact the church office.

From The Youth We need people or groups to provide a lunch for the youth group for the 2nd Sunday of the month. A signup sheet is out on the hospitality wall. Thank you to the Friendship Class for providing a meal.

Food Pantry … Thank you for your donations for the Thanksgiving Food Baskets. We are already planning for Christmas. Please continue your donations as we reach out and help those in need. The Acme Receipts…Please collect your receipts, bring them in and place in the collection box in the Gathering Area. We are collecting till December 31st. You’re Invited … Our Little Polar Bear Is Turning 1! Eva's 1st Birthday Party! Can't wait to share my birthday cake & ice cream with you 23 December 2016 from 630-8p at New Horizons C.C. Please RSVP with Mommy (Amelia) by 16 December. Call or Text, I like to keep Mommy very busy. Love, Eva

Special Dates December 4: Second Sunday in Advent December 11: Third Sunday of Advent December 18: Fourth Sunday of Advent December 21: First day of winter December 24: Christmas Eve December 25: Christmas day December 31: New Year’s Eve

Look for the Betty Jane Christmas Giving Tree in the Gathering Area. We will be reaching out to the children in our community to provide a Christmas where without our help, they would not have one. The children’s names will be posted on the tree as we receive them. Let’s support a child and give them a Christmas they will not have without your help. Thank you for your support, Mission Committee. Deadline for gifts is December 31st.

The Serve Committee will be starting something new, a campaign for the Back to School Carnival this January. Instead of trying to gather all the materials needed in just a few weeks we are asking for an item each month. In January we are collecting rulers. If you have any questions, please call Terri Allen.

Welcome New Members. On Sunday November 27th, we were delighted to have a beautiful family come forward to place their membership with us. They are transferring their membership from Medina First Christian Church and are excited to see where God is leading them here at New Horizons. The Miguel family was attracted to New Horizons because of Pastor Bane and the Bendel family. We hope that you will take the time to meet Ali, a devoted mother of four. Ali is currently a student at Lexington Theological Seminary, working with our youth at Camp Christian, and is a

counselor for CYF and Chi Rho. She loves to read and enjoys the fresh air as she runs. Ali is married to Adrian who works for Charles Schwab. In his spare time, he likes to golf and enjoys doing family activities. Their children are Addison, age 16 and is in the 11th grade at Medina High School. He enjoys video games and is active with a couple youth groups and loves Camp Christian. Gabriel is a freshman at Medina High School. He loves music, drums and band. Zackery is in the 4th grade at Blake Elementary. He loves to read and play and build with Legos. Leslie is 11 years old and is in the 6th grade at Root Middle School. She loves to play the piano and the flute. In her down time, she enjoys reading of any kind. We are blessed to have them join our Christian family.

Present possibilities, frontier of faith Brazilian theologian Rubem Alves called hope “the suspicion … that the frontiers of the possible are not determined by the limits of the present.” Who among us doesn’t sometimes imagine our future based solely on present-day obstacles? Even biblical heroes did so. Abraham and Sarah laughed at God’s promise of a child, seeing only their present circumstance of old age. Only in hindsight could Joseph see how God turned slavery in Egypt into great good. At first another Joseph, learning his fiancée was pregnant, believed his world was limited to two possibilities: shame Mary publicly or divorce her quietly. But his heart was open to God’s message: “What is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. (Her) son … will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:20-21, NIV). How exceedingly far this future must have seemed from the limits of Joseph’s present. Christmas is a reminder that God calls us all into frontiers of the future we never could have dreamed!

From Missions … At this time of year, I am always amazed and in wonder of your giving hearts. We reached out this past Thanksgiving to 35 families. We provided meals to those who were in need. We did more than we expected, but not more than God expected. But this would not been possible unless we had donations from caring individuals who were able to help others. I was given coffee from one of the groups that use the church to go to Haven of Rest to provide a hot beverage to 600 people who came for a hot meal at Thanksgiving. We are in the middle of providing food and gifts to the children in our community for Christmas. The giving tree stands tall in the gathering Area with names of children who would not have a Christmas without help. I was given a story to read that touched my heart and I wanted to share it with you …. A Holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, 'Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.' The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the holy man's mouth water. The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful. But because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said, 'You have seen Hell... They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man's mouth water.

The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking. The holy man said, 'I don't understand. 'It is simple,' said the Lord. 'It requires but one skill. You see, they have learned to feed each other. The greedy think only of themselves.' When Jesus died on the cross, he was thinking of you.

Santa is Coming!

Are we ready to lift a burden from a mother’s heart? Can you bring in canned good that can provide a holiday dinner? Will you adopt a child for Christmas? This is the most giving church that I know and I am looking forward to reaching out and giving a helping hand to those in need. God bless you all and may your Christmas and the days to come be overflowing with blessings. Rose Aungst, Mission Chairman

Needed Food items: Boxed Mashed Potatoes Gravy Pumpkin Pie Mix Evaporated Milk Cake Mixes w/ Canned frostings Canned Fruit Stuffing All items are appreciated

Our Music Department will provide a Spiritual

Christmas concert during worship on December 18th at 10:45am. Don’t miss out!

Mr. and Mrs. Santa will arrive on Saturday, December the 10th. From 3-5pm Children of all ages are invited. Don’t forget to bring our camera for a photo opt. There will be a free gift for every child. This is sponsored by our Girl Scouts.

From your Staff Pastor Jim Bane Rose Aungst Steve Stimler Sam Kitzler Tammy Keen


Are we breaking new ground or in a rut? One of the challenges for local church clergy and worship leaders during the Advent season is how to balance tradition with innovation. If the services in December are exactly the same year after year, then even the most tradition bound member is bound to feel like things seem at least a little bit stale. Yet, if each weekly service is different and unpredictable, then many people will feel as if something is not quite right – as if something is missing. My own approach is to try to find that sweet spot which both continues some of the best of tradition as well as makes sure that the message we share about God coming down into our world is Good News that is fresh and still worth hearing. Here are some of the things that you are bound to experience in worship this month at New Horizons: In the Sundays leading up to Christmas, we’ll be exploring different aspects of our theme: “A Down to Earth Christmas.” While I have some ideas for them, my sermons are not all written out, and I expect God to bring me some new experiences that will make their way into my messages. In fact, I am counting on it. So my sermons are not completed or prepackaged. In terms of music, I am surprised every week at what Sam Kitzler and our music folks bring us. I never know what to expect from what songs will be performed to what instruments will be played. Some weeks we include songs that I am sure no other church in the United States has as part of worship. And we will have an entire worship service of music on December 18. I am really looking forward to that. Cindy Bagocius is presenting a children’s sermon series for Advent that began on November 27 with children in costume who met at the sanctuary entrance rather than at the chancel. Don’t you love what she does? She is bound to teach all of us many things this month, isn’t she?

Spoiler Alert: If you attend the 5pm or 11pm Christmas Eve services, you will hear the familiar Biblical passages, sing some of your favorite Christmas hymns, share in the communion meal, and end the service circling the sanctuary with your fellow worshippers as you hold a candle (or glow stick) and sing “Silent Night.” Though some of us have been at similar services many times, there is always a chance for us to hear the incredible Christmas message anew. On Christmas Day, we will have worship at 10:45am, but no Sunday School. I am not advising people to come in their pajamas, but the service will be informal and feature a lot of singing. We will begin the New Year with a special treat. Ali Miguel, who joined New Horizons with her entire family on November 27, will be bringing us the message that day. Ali will be serving as a Ministerial Intern in the coming months, and it will be her way of introducing herself to the whole church. So if you like new things in worship, you will get them in December. Those who like tradition will also have things they like as well. We will have a wonderful month together, won’t we? Jim

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