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PASTOR'S CORNER

I am thankful for the beautiful snow, but I missed gathering in the parking lot with you this last Sunday. Thankfully, the weather looks great for this weekend, and we will be back worshiping the parking lot at 11am. It's hard to believe this is the last Sunday before Christmas! This Sunday we will do a special Lessons and Carols. Join us for a service of some of our favorite Advent and Christmas songs, as we hear the story and the promises of God's salvation as written in scripture.

We will finally be able to celebrate our new members this Sunday, as well! If you are interested in becoming a part of Elm Springs UMC, we would love to have you. Email Pastor Jennie at pastor@elmsprings.church to find out how!

Covid Worship Update: On Monday, Bishop Mueller provided an update on our conference COVID guidance in response to the continued growth in numbers. The conference has also provided a COVID Dashboard for each county in AR to determine whether it is safe to gather in person. You can find that tool here. Under these guidelines, we can continue to meet in the parking lot safely, and will do so for the foreseeable future. In case of inclement weather, we will livestream our service to watch at home. 

I want to say thank you for the ways you continue to engage in our current situation. Your calls, notes, emails, comments, likes and shares help us all feel connected to each other. Keep it up! I also want to remind you that even when we don't physically gather, we can still give our tithes and offerings online, by mail, or even drop by the church office during the week. Use the offering time during our worship services to fill out the online form, or write your check, and continue supporting the work God is doing in and through ESUMC.

Advent/Christmas Eve Schedule:
December 20, 11am: Lessons and Carols
Mark your calendars for worship through scripture and song
December 24, 5pm: Christmas Eve Candelight in the Lot
A night of Carols, Communion, and Candlelight

See you Sunday as we continue our journey through Advent toward the Light!
Pastor Jennie
CHECK OUT WHAT'S COMING UP:
Did you miss this week's Wednesday Word?
Click here to catch up.
**NEW** Click here for ESUMC December Calendar
Help Elm Springs earn a Free YouTube Channel!
We only need 21 more subscribers on YouTube to be eligible for a FREE YouTube channel. This will enable us to use the livestream equipment we are having installed in the Sanctuary.
If you haven't subscribed, click the button below and hit "subscribe."
Click here to subscribe to our Youtube Channel
Use our ESUMC Reverse Advent Calendar to help restock our Soul Food Pantry for the New Year!
Our Soul Food Ministry is asking for donations of gently used children's books. In addition to providing groceries for school families, we will begin providing books for the kids to read as well. Drop books in the green tub or in the donation station outside the Sanctuary. Thank you!
STUDENT MINISTRIES
ELM SPRINGS KIDS
(PRE-K - 5TH)

Hey Elm Springs kids & families! Be sure to join us for worship this Sunday, December 20th for a special service of Lessons & Carols. ESUMC Kids will be leading Away In The Manger.  Continue practicing at home! Contact Mrs. Denise at kids@elmsprings.church or (479) 841-9747 for more information.

ESUMC Student Ministries will premiere a Virtual Christmas Story this Sunday at 12 PM. You can find it on our Facebook or Youtube page.  Be sure to watch, like and share!
 
Have a Merry Christmas!
ELM SPRINGS YOUTH
(6TH-12TH)
Calling all ESUMC Parents of Youth (6th-12th grades)! 
Come meet Brooke Hobbs, our new Youth Coordinator and learn more about the upcoming semester at the Parent Meeting on Sunday, December 20th at 4PM. Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases in our area, this meeting will be on ZOOM and for parents only. For more information, contact Brooke at youth@elmsprings.church.  Register below.
Click here to register for the Parent Meeting!
ADULT DISCIPLESHIP

Prayers for D.C. who is a friend of Craig Carlton 
Prayers for Myrna Carlton who is Craig Carlton's Mom
Prayers for  Rob Williams: he is a brother-in-law of Kim  Carlton
Prayers for Lloyd Phillips, a friend of Tim and Rhonda
Prayers for Jimmy Ray Nelson, Tim's brother
Please pray for the health of all of these.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Millie Hurlbut, granddaughter of Don Hurlbut. Please keep the family in your prayers. 
WAYS TO GIVE:
Online: Click here to give online, secured by Vanco. 
Mail: Elm Springs UMC, P.O. Box 8, Elm Springs, AR 72728.
In Person: On Sundays during worship or during office hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10am-2pm
Automated Clearing House (ACH): Automatic payments from your bank account. To get complete information, please call the church at 479-248-1290 with routing and account numbers. There are no fees incurred by the donor or the church with ACH.


OFFERING 12/14/20
Giving 
General Fund: $2,545
Designated Funds:  $725 (Soul Food)
2021 Commitment Cards received: 14 | Amount Committed for 2021: $109,980
 Have you completed your 2021 Commitment Card? 
Fill it out online here or place it in the offering boxes on Sundays. 
Call 479-248-1290 with any questions.
 
Thank you for your faithful support!
Not ready for in-person worship? Worship with us on Facebook at 11 this week!!


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