Time Change This Sunday
Don't forget that this Sunday, Nov. 2, is the end of Daylight Savings Time. That means you'll need to set your clocks back an hour on Saturday night. It also means you get an extra hour on Sunday, so you can be well-rested and ready for worship with the Shelby Crossings family. You'll be inspired by uplifting songs of praise and hear practical truth from God's word for real life, as pastor Ken Letson continues his series from 1 John, entitled "Keeping It Real."
Two Morning Worship Services
We now have two options for worship on Sundays: at 9:00 and 10:30, and the services are identical in content, with both having activities for children. In addition to our worship, at 9:00 we also have adult, college and youth Life Groups, children's Bible lessons and preschool Angel Choir. During the 10:30 service, we have adult Life Groups, and Pathway for children. A nursery is provided for both services.
Sunday Morning Life Groups
There's no better way to get plugged in to the body life of our church than our Life Groups on Sunday morning. We began a new cycle of groups for the fall last week, with groups meeting at both 9:00 and 10:30. All of our groups are studying together through the New Testament epistle of 1 John during the fall, in conjunction with Pastor Ken's message series. You can choose a group by the time slot or leader, or you can just find out which group your friends are in and join them there. For more information about our Life Groups, contact small groups pastor Jim Beckner.
On the October Calendar
Nov. 3 - 7, Freedom Week
Our Ecclesia college ministry is hosting a week of fundraising and awareness of modern-day slavery and sex trafficking the week of Nov. 3-7, on the campus of the University of Montevallo. Over the past few years, Ecclesia has raised nearly $10,000 through Freedom Week to help fund ministries dedicated to rescuing victims of human trafficking, both locally and around the world.
One of the events during the week will be "Freedom Fest," on Tuesday, Nov. 4. There will be carnival style games, live music, face painting, food, and ways to get involved and donate to this cause. The event is not only for the students of Montevallo but for the community as well. For more details about Freedom Week, contact college pastor Brett Roney.
Nov. 9, Chili Cookoff
Our Student Ministry will be hosting our second annual church wide Chili Cook-Off and lunch on Sunday, Nov. 9, following our 10:30 morning worship service. Everyone is invited to join us for the lunch and time of fellowship. The cost will be $5 per person, with a family cap of $20, and proceeds will go toward our youth Winter Retreat, coming up in December.
Anyone can enter a pot of chili in the contest. Contestants can enter for free, and eat free. The chili will be judged by members of the Calera Fire Department, and the winner will receive a prize. See the sign-up sheet at the Welcome Table in the worship center on Sunday to sign up your chili for the contest, or contact youth pastor Dean Shirley for more information.
Nov. 16, Operation Christmas Child
Our church will be collecting filled shoe boxes for needy children around the world, through Sunday, Nov. 16. This international ministry of Samaritan's Purse takes the simple gift of a box filled with toys, candy and other items and turns it into an opportunity to reach children worldwide with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Be sure to see the display in the back of the Worship Center this Sunday, where you can also pick up your empty boxes to fill. For more information about this ministry, Sandi Cotton.
Nov. 20, Ladies' Cookies, Coffee & Crafts Night
Ladies, mark your calendars for this next Women's Crossing event, coming up Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7:00, in Building C. It promises to be a fun night of fellowship, and Dawn Bone will be helping us create a Christmas craft. The cost will be $10.00 per person, which will include craft supplies and coffee. Plan to bring along some cookies to share; the coffee will be provided.
Pre-registration is required, since we'll have to purchase the craft supplies beforehand; but please do not sign up if you aren't planning to come. You can sign up at the Welcome Table this Sunday, or even on your response card from your worship guide, or by contacting Nan Letson. For more details, talk to Dawn Bone.