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Sugar Creek Church of Christ

FAMILY RESOURCES & INFORMATION OUR CHURCH VISION “To raise the next generation of Christian leaders who will honor God in our theology, culture, and practice of the gospel." HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS ! This year, Christmas Day falls on Wednesday. We are planning a special mid-day Bible study and fellowship meal for the congregation! Please plan to come out for praise and fellowship on Dec. 25th at 11:00 am Also, Dec. 31st is our Vision Night; please plan to join us at 10:00 pm as we bring in the New Year with prayer!

Queen City Workers for SwCC Is Back!!! Supporting Christian Education We are planning a 2014 National Dinner Day in support of Southwestern Christian College. The dinner is scheduled for Saturday, March 15, 2014. Presently, we are looking for volunteers to work with us to make this event a very memorable one. If you are interested in volunteering your time in support of Christian education, please sign the form located on the table in the foyer. More details will follow. Thanks in advance for your support. YOUTH CELEBRATION There will be a celebration for youth in the annex on Saturday, December 21st from 5:00-8:00pm. Please come out and celebrate with us!. All youth and their parents are invited!

THE WASH CYCLE (a film) Written and produced by Beverly Elkins Tuesday, Dec. 24th at 5:30 pm Time Warner: channel 21

DECEMBER

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Amaris Williams 1st David Williams 4th Katrina Campbell 4th Mario Clark 6th Shanta Williams 7th Lorrie Lockwood 8th Salik Johnson 11th Jason Chislom 12th Reggie Hester 12th JoJeanna Collins 13th Carolyn Pendergrass 15th Javari Morris 19th Renee Howard 19th Manasseh Jones 21st Bobby Robinson 25th Shandy Manigault 25th Kendra Johnson 26th Michael Smith 27th Lovenia Bowden 28th Toi-Destini Morgan 31st Adena Rice 31st HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Lawrence & Pat Jones (25) Dec. 10th Ulysses & Yvonne Green (30) Dec. 17th Darryl & Jayne Thompson (28) Dec. 20th Michael & Roslyn Nail Dec. 22nd Sam & Renee Howard Dec. 31st

3932 Sofley Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28206 www.SugarCreekCoC.org 704.598.5331

SERVE AND GROW IN 2014:

NEW MEMBERS

WELCOME

Thomas & Keyetta Lockhart 11/03/13 Placed Membership KeAja Lockhart 11/03/13 “ “ KeAry Lockhart 11/03/13 “ “ Ty Lockhart 11/03/13 “ “ TJ Lockhart 11/03/13 “ “ Leonard Lockhart 11/03/13 “ “ Carolyn McDaniels 11/03/13 “ “ Marcus Mack 11/10/13 Baptism Jeremiah Lowery 11/10/13 Baptism Janice Richardson 11/17/13 Baptism Carla Bulter-Sams 11/24/13 Placed Membership Yvette (Buttermilk) McKinney 11/27/13 Baptism

What Must I Do To Be Saved? God's Plan of Salvation

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You must hear the gospel. Romans 10:17 You must believe the gospel. John 8:24 You must repent of your sins. Luke 13:3-5 You must confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Matthew 10:32 5. You must be baptized for the remission of your sins. Mark 16:16

Equipping for God’s Service

EVANGELIST Leslie B. James MINISTER EMERITUS David T. Chislom OFFICE MANAGER Susie A. Johnson MINISTRIES & SERVICES ACADEMIC LIFE 1st Contact Orientation Disciple Maker’s Academy DMA Teaching Team Fisherman’s Pier Leadership Development Mission Support Bible School CONGREGATIONAL LIFE College Life Community Engagement Divorce Care Feast & Fellowship Marriage Ministry Men’s Ministry New Moms Senior’s Ministry Small Groups Visitation & Bereavement Women’s Ministry Widow’s Ministry Yokefellows Young Men’s Mentoring Youth Ministry WORSHIP & GUEST SERVICES Nursery Children’s Worship Greeters & Ushers Medical Professionals

TRUE FRIENDSHIP A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)

This Proverb reminds me of the quote, "I went out to find a friend, but could not find one there. I went out to be a friend, and friends were everywhere." Although some natural loners are happy without them, most of us depend greatly on the company of true friends. Oftentimes, our desire for a friendship is strongest when we experience life transitions such as relocation, a job change, a divorce, a marriage, or becoming a parent. Maybe you've just recognized that many of your friendships have gradually faded (or worse, become toxic). No matter what the situation is, we value friendship because it brings support, joy and the occasionally strife. The Jews understood friendship. In fact, in the Old Testament, you find three words for friend; and, although they have almost interchangeable meanings at some points, there's a clear distinction. The first Hebrew word for friend is the word "rayah." It means an associate, somebody you keep company with. Sociologists and psychologists tell us that you can probably have about 200 of these people in your life. Then there's another Hebrew word, the word " alooth," and this means to be gentle with, to be familiar with; and this takes friendship a step further. This would be a call close friends, people you talk with, perhaps about real significant issues. You might have about 25 of these kinds of friends at any given point in your life. You can miss them for a year or two, and when you see them again, you pick up the conversation right where it left off. But then there's the word "ahave." It means intimate, close companion; and in Proverbs 18:24 it uses the word ahave when it says, "There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother." This is an intimate friend; and maybe in your lifetime you'd have two or three of those really intimate friends at any given point in your life. There's another element in this kind of intimate friendship, and that is in John 15:13 where the Lord said, "Greater love hath no man than this, than that a man lay down his life for his friends." The truest of the true friend, the ahave, is one with whom there is an intimacy based on love that sticks closer than a brother. It is a relationship where there would be truth spoken in love and where one would even die for the other. Do you have many friends like that? If you are a Christian, the answer is a resounding, “Yes.” By that definition, the greatest friend that ever lived is Jesus Christ. He is more intimate with us than any relationship, closer than a brother, and never does He leave us. If you're weary and exhausted, at the end of your rope, this compassionate friend says, “Come to Me and take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” That's the truest friend there could be.


Exposing the Word

Sugar Creek Church Empowering the Church of ChristExalting the Christ Order of Worship

Morning Worship Service 11:00 am

ACADEMIC LIFE

LADIES’ AND MEN’S BIBLE STUDY TODAY AT 4:30

AREA EVENTS

Time to make plans for the: 70TH ANNUAL Divorce Care Support- Tues., 6:30pm-8:00pm -New CHURCHES OF CHRIST NATIONAL Converts classroom LECTURESHIP. Apr il 12th -17th in Atlanta, Georgia. Check online for registration Power Hour Reader’s Challenge! This week: or on the table for additional information. Rev3 / Rev 10-11 & Hos 12-14 /Micah 1-4 Sugar Creek bus will travel to Atlanta on the 16th and return on the 18th. Please see Bro. CONGREGATIONAL LIFE Lawrence Jones if you are interested; limited Prayer and Testimony will be held next Wednesday evening, 12/18, with Bro. Mike Price leading this fellowship ser- seating remains! vice. We will have special prayers for Bro. Donn Perkins. Please come out! Married Ministry will have it’s Dec. holiday activity on Sat., Dec. 28th at the Pinckney home. The event will begin at 5:00pm - Ladies are asked to wear RED and men are asked to wear your best SOCKS! They will be judged!

Senior’s Saints’ Bash!

An evening of dining, entertainment, fun and fellowship! Friday, Dec. 20th at Mimi’s Café’ and a tour of the McAdenville’s lights. 3:30-7:30 pm Sign-up in the lobby.

WE NEED YOUR INPUT!

Arabia Deablo has a senior exit project she is working on. She is asking members of the congregation to stay for 10 minutes after morning worship to assist her by answering a few questions. All participants will receive a token of her appreciation. Please come down front!

Nursery

WORSHIP & GUEST SERVICES

Children’s Worship

Denise S. & Alethis M. 12/15 Brenda M. & Liz L. Open as Needed 12/18 Debrah Leslie Danielle C. & Susana B. 12/22 Ronny R. & Jazmine

12/25 Mid-day Bible Study - 11:00 am only Nursery open as needed

Speaker: Bro. Leslie James Scriptures: Proverbs 18:24 Topic: True Friendship

Song Leader ………………… Bro. Trey Thrower Scripture Reading ………………Bro. Thomas Lockhart Prayer…………………………

Bro. David Washington

Sermon…………………………..Bro. Leslie James Responses……………………… Bro. Robert Dailey Communion & Collection.……. Bro. Karl McKinney Closing Prayer………………… Bro John Pinckney Evening Worship Service 5:30

Stateline Church of Christ has moved to the following address: 366 Crompton St., Charlotte, NC 28273

Song Leader……………………. Bro. Karl McKinney Scripture ……………………….. Bro. Ty Lockhart Acts 21:15-25 Prayer…………………………… Bro . Ulysses Green Sermon………………………… Bro. Leslie James

PRAYER REQUESTS

Responses ………………………. Bro. Leslie James

Tonia Johnson (Sis. Tracey), Tonya Rogers & family, Richard LeMaster & wife), Debra BlakeAndrews, James Chambers (Jene’ & Lisa), Bernadette Bobo & family, Delores Matthews, Jacoreia Porter & family, Debbie Johnson (Irene and Rosa), Donn Perkins, Latroy Pate, Vernon Coleman, Jay & Brittney Martin (unborn baby), Maurice Williams & family, Alethia Morris (son , James III) , Angela Allen, KJ Allen, Tatum Coleman( friend Shelby), Monae’ Harvey, Javari Morris (Dad), Bro. Roman & son, Johnson family, Fathima & Jeremiah, Cheatham family, James family, Chislom family

Communion & Collection...…… Bro. Garry Lockwood Closing Prayer…………………. . Bro. Javari Morris

Sunday Services Bible School….……………………………

9:45 am

Sunday Morning Worship……...................... 11:00 am

Sick & Shut -In

Welcome visitors and friends to Sugar Creek Church of Christ. You are our honored guests. We encourage everyone to follow along & participate in our worship to God, and we invite you to ask any questions you may have.

Dorothy Odom Britthaven Nursing Home Warren Hallman Charlotte Health Center Thomas Johnson 704-726-2591

Mike Price Home

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Wednesday Night’s lesson

Sunday Evening Worship……………………. 6:00 pm

Ulysses Green

3rd Sunday…….Bible Study 4:30pm/Worship 5:30 pm

Next Sunday’s Lesson Matthews 9:35-37

Wednesday Bible Study Morning Bible Study…………….…………...9:00am Evening Bible Study………………………….7:00 pm


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