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PASTOR'S CORNER
Elm Springs friends and family,
I hope you'll join us this Sunday at 11am in the parking lot! We will be celebrating week 3 of Advent and hearing the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke. Luke's nativity is 2 full chapters and 132 verses long! We won't read all 132 verses in worship on Sunday, but I encourage you to prepare for worship by reading through Luke's version from start to finish. If we experience inclement weather, we will move to livestream only. Check Facebook or our website on Sunday morning for an announcement about any changes.

We will also be welcoming many new members into our church family! If you've been thinking about joining Elm Springs UMC and want to be a part of what God is doing here, please send Pastor Jennie an email and let her know (pastor@elmsprings.church). If you're already a member at Elm Springs, come and welcome some new (and familiar) faces into our church family.

After many conversations with our Leadership Board, we have decided to remain worshiping at 11am in the Parking Lot through the month of December. I know it's disappointing not to be able to worship in our Sanctuary during the Advent season, but I am thankful to be able to gather safely together and celebrate the hope and anticipation of the coming King!

Advent/Christmas Eve Schedule:
December 13, 11am: Four Christmases - Luke's Christmas Story 
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

Through all this, let stay focused on our Hope this season!

Blessings,
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 22 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 link below and hit "subscribe."

 

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Check out this easy way to support ESUMC! Mary Palmer will be selling gift cards on Sunday mornings between services. You can also order via email for pickup by clicking on our catalog and following the instructions provided there.
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)
  • Kids will be singing a special song on Dec 20th during our parking lot worship. I will send you the details this week. Please practice at home if you can.
  • Don't forget to put your advent lap books together and send me a picture (These are in your Take Home Sunday School Box.)
  • I am excited to announce that our very first Virtual Christmas Story will be on Facebook December 20th!

Denise Crutchfield
479-841-9747
Children's Coordinator
Kids@elmsprings.church 

ELM SPRINGS YOUTH
(6TH-12TH)
Calling all ESUMC Parents and Youth (6th-12th grades)! 
Come meet your new Youth Coordinator, Brooke, and learn more about the upcoming semester at the Winter Kickoff Meeting on Sunday, December 20th at 12 PM. Join us after Parking Lot Worship or on zoom. Click below to register!
Click here to register!
ADULT DISCIPLESHIP

Prayers for Julie Lewis and her cousin, Christina Bowman
Prayers for Pastor Jennie's cousin, David

Prayers for Brooke Hobb's grandmother, Vera

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 AND ATTENDANCE:11/29/20
Giving 
General Fund: $9,886
Designated Funds:  $1,645 ($555 for Soul Food and $19,980 for ATAP)
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.
Attendance 
Combined Parking Lot Service 110
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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