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The weekly newsletter of Nashville First Church of the Nazarene.

Milestones and Landmarks -Pastor Ulmet's Blog - Ministry News - Coming Up
Friday, December 9, 2016 
THIS SUNDAY IS THE THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT!


Our focus for Advent this year is on the possibilities of hope and during these weeks we will look at Change, Joy, Patience and Holiness. 

CHANGE OF SCHEDULE FOR THIS SUNDAY!

9:00am - Sunday School/Small Groups for all ages

10:00am - Sanctuary
Our Celebration Worship service this week will be a presentation by children from all the worshiping groups:  WRAPPING ALL THE WAY.

We want to invite everyone to the Branch service following the musical!  Pastor Matt Taylor will be preaching as we celebrate the third Sunday of Advent and continue to explore the "Possibilities of Hope" that this season brings.  We hope you join us! 
11:15 - Sanctuary



African Worship - 11:00am - Fellowship Hall
Haitian Worship  - 11:00am - Heritage Chapel

Emmaus Fellowship:  5:30pm - Fellowship Hall - To volunteer to serve, contact Pastor Jimmy Blackman or Corey Garcia


SUNDAY NIGHTS @ NASHVILLE1ST:  This Sunday night we welcome the Burchfield Family!  The Burchfield Family Christmas Concert featuring Dove nominated duo, Jon and Benji Burchfield!



Please be with us for these upcoming Christmas services and events - these are just the highlights!


December 18:
9:00am - "He Shall Be Called" - Christmas Worship Musical Presented by the Celebration Choir, Orchestra, Drama & Tech Teams
5:30pm - NFCN Family Christmas Night - Remember the true 'reason for the season' with the story of St. Nick, family photos with Santa and refreshments. 

December 24:
5:00pm NFCN Campus Christmas Eve Service
11:00pm Bethel Campus Christmas Eve Service

December 25: 
10:00am Combined  Christmas Service (No Sunday School)


January 1:
9:00 and 11:15 Services with a "Mingle In the Middle" breakfast fellowship in between.  (No Sunday School)






In the hurry of the season, we still had a great group of people come out on Sunday night, November 20 to decorate the church for Christmas!  We say thank you Janet Killingsworth for the Advent Candle ring flowers.  And a special thank you to Eugenia Forman and Joyce Welch for providing us with new bright red bows in the sanctuary - Joyce made each one!  Thank you to all the volunteers who helped hang yards of garland, string lights and to assemble and decorate trees.

INVITATION FOR WOMEN
Women who live in the Donelson-Hermitage-Mt.Juliet area are invited to weekly coffee at the Panera on Old Hickory Blvd.in Hermitage (near Outback and Kroger)--on Thursday mornings at 8:30 A.M. Simply order your favorite breakfast or snack and join the group for lively conversation and fellowship. Everyone is welcomed!

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The team returns tonight from the trip to Kenya.  May God bless the work they did there and the people of the church.  Keep them in your prayers as they are traveling today. 

Widows and Widowers' Luncheon
Pastors Ulmet, Galloway and Blackman along with Jack and Rhonda Galloway invite all widows and widowers to the third annual Luncheon Wednesday, December 21 at Buca di Beppo Itaalian Restaurant in Cool Springs.  To help us with our planning, please RSVP to Adrianne Brewer by Sunday, December 11.  Don't miss the fun of this special event!

 




THE BRANCH CHRISTMAS PARTY IS TOMORROW NIGHT, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 AT 6:00PM ON THE THIRD FLOOR AT NFCN.  FRIENDS, FUN, FOOD AND MORE! JUST BE THERE!


FINAL PRE-SEASON CLINIC & REGISTRATION/PAYMENT DEADLINE THIS SATURDAY 
 
We will be joined by players and coaches from the Vanderbilt Men's Basketball Team! They will be assisting with the clinic and will have a word for all of the kids in attendance! Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to be instructed by the best collegiate players in Nashville!

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT DEADLINE IS THIS SATURDAY!

**WE STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS AND  COACHES FOR THIS SEASON**
see message below from Chris Hines
2017 Schedule
 Dec 9: Teams Announced
 Dec 10: Registration and Payment Deadline
 Dec 10: Clinic @ Nashville First Church of the Nazarene
        Ages 4-6     10:00am - 11:00am
        Ages 7-14    11:00am - 12:00pm
  Dec 12: First week of practices
  Dec 19 - Jan 1: OFF (No Practices or Games)
  Jan 2: Second Week of Practices / Uniforms Distributed
  Jan 7: First Game
  Feb 25: Last Game
Register for league here: http://nfcn.org/community/basketball
 

YOUTH BASKETBALL 2017 SEASON! - a message from Chris Hines
We are excited about this year's league as it will be our biggest league we have had to date! We will have the opportunity to directly and indirectly participate in the lives of over 600 children and their families. 
 
We can't be effective in this ministry without coaches and volunteers! If you are interested in participating in any capacity, please email me (Chris Hines) and let me know!
 
We are looking for Scorekeepers and Coaches! The ministry you provide to these families is invaluable to us.   Here are a few details about what each role will be responsible for this year!
 Scorekeepers:
1 person will run scoreboard software, a second person will keep score sheets. 2-3 games each Saturday. 
 Coaches:
Will schedule and hold a 1 hour practice 1 night/week on a weeknight of your choice.
Coordinate and communicate with parents about any important dates/times for games and practices.
Coach for game(s) on Saturday. 
 
Practices will run the week of 12/12-12/16, then break for the holidays. Practice and games will start first thing in January and run through the end of February. 
 
Thanks again for the ministry you have provided to this program in the past and hopefully continue to provide moving forward into the new season!
It is not too late to sign up and play.  Click HERE for more information and to register your child (ages 4 to 14). 

The Marathon Sunday School Class is sponsoring a Blood Drive on Sunday, December 18 from 9am-2pm

Nashville First Church of the Nazarene and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.  Watch a video about this by clicking HERE.
Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!
Drive Details:
Site: Nashville First Church of the Nazarene
Address: 510 Woodland Street, Nashville, TN, 37206
Room Name: The Press
Date: Sun Dec 18, 2016;  Time: 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Coordinator Name: Lauren Orser
Click here to make an appointment
The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.
Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!
KING'S MEN
Just a reminder that there will be no King's Men meeting this month.  But they will return in January!

RESPONDING TO HURRICANE MATTHEW IN HAITI
On October 4th, Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 storm with winds of 145 mph, produced flooding, extensive damage, and destroyed the southern coast of Haiti. Per several Haitian sources, over 900 people were killed, an estimated 28,000 homes were destroyed. More than 130,000 children are out of school. We have an urgent need to assist!
Presently, we are working with other organizations to send needed emergency supplies to provide critical assistance to Hurricane Matthew Survivors in the South of Haiti where most of the disaster occurred.  CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF NEEDED ITEMS  Checks and monetary donations can be sent to: 510 Foundation- Memo Line: RBI-Haiti Relief. Address: 510 Woodland Street, Nashville TN 37206.
Here's a link to the Missionary Profile for Pastor Bruce and Peggy Oldham from the official site of the International Church of the Nazarene. Click the link below to see it!

Bruce and Peggy Oldham



Please contact Pastor Corey Garcia for information about volunteering with this year's Room In the Inn ministry.  Thanks to all who have signed up so far - we still have the following dates available:  January 5, March 9 and March 23.

KROGER REWARDS RE-ENROLLMENT

Due to your willingness to enroll in the Kroger Community Cares program, Kroger donated $8,122.71 benefiting our Youth Group over the last year! In order to have a chance at that again, we need you to re-enroll on their website. Click HERE to go to Kroger rewards then click enroll and search for Organization # “35793”.

COFFEE ORDERS FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
If your Sunday School class would like to start getting coffee from the Woodland Cafe Click HERE for an order form.  Drop off at cafe Sunday mornings for pick up before Sunday School.  Contact Pastor Matthew Dunlap for any questions.

WORSHIP MEDIA MINISTRIES NEEDS YOU!
We are currently in search of volunteers to assist with lighting and slide presentation during our worship services.  If you have an interest in learning more about this opportunity, we would love to talk with you!  Please contact Pastor Andrea Garcia or Susan Badley.

INTERESTED IN BROADCAST MINISTRIES?
Did you know that each of our live-streamed services are viewed an average of 200 times?  We hear countless stories from folks on how the option to view our services has touched their lives.  If you have an affinity to technology and would be willing to serve in a rotation with our Broadcast Ministries, we would love to have you!  Please contact Buz Harrison with any questions or stop by the Broadcast room to say "hi" to the team!


"THE REAL LIFE" - Nashville First Nazarene's televised service on Cable Channel 19 in Davidson County (Public Access television - NECAT), times are:

Monday - 12:00pm

Tuesday - 7:30am and 6:30pm
Wednesday - 7:00pm
Friday - 10:30am
Saturday - 10:00am
Sunday - 4:30pm


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November 27- December 9 - TKO/Kenya Partnership trip
December 10 - Branch Christmas Party
December 11 - Third Sunday of Advent:  SCHEDULE CHANGE - Sunday School at 9:00am; 10:00am Elementary Children's Presentation of Wrapping All the Way; 5:30pm - Burchfield Brothers
December 16 - Parents' Night Out
December 18 - Fourth Sunday of Advent; 5:30pm - NFCN Family Christmas Night
December 24 - Christmas Eve Services:  5:00pm at NFCN;11:00pm at Bethel Campus
December 25 -  One Service at 10:00am - Merry Christmas!
January 1 - 9:00am Celebration Worship; Mingle in the Middle; 11:15am The Branch; No evening worship

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