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    This Week at Mt Olive, December 6

    This Sunday, December 6, John the Baptist proclaims “Prepare the way of the Lord.” December 6 is also the commemoration of St. Nicholas. Little is known about Nicholas, except that he was a bishop in present-day Turkey. According to legend, he was famous for his giving to the poor, and so has become a symbol of anonymous gift-giving. Are you ready for some anonymous gift-giving? Who might you share a gift with today? Will it be a gift of want or a gift of need? Will it be a gift that costs money to buy or time to make? Will it be a gift from the heart? God gives us the gift of need, time, and heart every day (!); and invites us to share those same gifts with someone else. I pray your Advent preparations and gift-giving plans are going well! In Jesus’ name, Pas+or Dave (John 3:16)

    5:30pm Mt. Olive Wednesday night dinner
    ***6:30pm Advent worship with Holden Evening Prayer (Note: time change from 7:00 to 6:30 pm)

    Sunday, December 6 The Second Sunday in Advent
    8:30am Worship
    9:45am Sunday school
    10:45am Worship
    12:00 Worship & Music Committee
    3:00pm Social Ministry Committee

    4:00-7:30m Youth Christmas Caroling and Party for all 6th – 12th graders. We will need parents to help with transportation from the church to Trinity Village and then back again.  After caroling, we will come back to the church for dinner and our Christmas party.  Each youth is asked to bring a gift for a gift exchange.  Please place your gift (limit the gift to under $5) in a new pair of cute, decorative socks (total gift with socks should cost no more than $10.)  The socks act as the gift wrapping.  We will then do a gift exchange and play a few games if there is time.  It will be a really fun time so please join us!!  RSVP to Heather (needed for transportation) by Sunday morning.

    Saturday, December 5 Pregnancy Care Center Christmas Party
    12-3pm. Mt. Olive’s Heritage Hall.

    Laughter is the Best Medicine!
    Tuesday, December 8, 5:30-7:00 pm
    Heritage Hall, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church
    Presenter:  Martha McDowell, Central Regional Director, NC Baptist Aging Ministry
    Laughing is good for us!  Research shows that laughter provides significant physical, mental and emotional benefit, particularly during stressful times.

    To register for this FREE program, please contact us:  fhall@ACAPcommunity.org or toll-free, 1-877-599-ACAP (1-877-599-2227)

    Thursday, December 10 – Heritage Hall
    11:00 – 12:00 Noon
    Drop-in Reception for sponsors and supporters of Mt. Olive Cares 5K Festival

    Sunday, December 13
    8:30am Worship
    9:30am Sunday school
    10:45am Worship with Children’s Christmas Pageant
    12:00 Fundraiser Spaghetti lunch for Homeless Christmas
    3:00pm  Packing Micah’s Cupboard boxes
    6:00pm  Council Meeting