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November 22, 2022 IN THE KNOW from MOUNT TABOR UMC

On behalf of the Mount Tabor UMC staff, I want to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving! May your day be full of food, fellowship, and Jesus Christ. "THANKS be to God for his indescribable gift!" (2 Corinthians 9:15)
Pastor Lonnie

PLEASE NOTE on the church calendar at that the church offices are closed Wednesday, Nov. 23 through Friday, Nov. 25.


WORSHIP AT MTUMC for Sunday, Nov. 27 will Advent sermon series "Do Not Be Afraid" with the sermon "Do Not Fear God's Timing" following scripture from Luke 1:5-25 (NIV). Service times are:
*Higher Ground contemporary, 9 a.m. service in the Alspaugh Worship Center with Senior Pastor Rev. Lonnie Pittman preaching.
*Ignite contemporary, 11 a.m. in the Alspaugh Worship Center with Certified Lay Minister Alicia Bowman sharing the message.
*Traditional, 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary with Senior Pastor Rev. Lonnie Pittman preaching.
Both 11 a.m. services are also available live via the Mount Tabor United Methodist Church Facebook page and online.
Nursery care and a Mother's Room are available for in-person services. The Sunday worship bulletin may be found at online.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES to be observed at MTUMC are:
*Saturday, Dec. 24, 2 p.m. Family Christmas Eve Service & Nativity (Alspaugh Worship Center)
*Saturday, Dec. 24, 4 p.m. Candlelight Lessons, Carols & Communion (Sanctuary)
*Saturday, Dec. 24, 6 p.m. Carols & Candle Lighting (Alspaugh Worship Center)
*Saturday, Dec. 24, 8 p.m. Candlelight Communion Service (Sanctuary)
*Sunday, Dec. 25, 10 a.m. Christmas Morning (Sanctuary)


WEDNESDAY WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY will not meet on Wednesday, Nov. 23 but will begin studying "Gifts of the Wise Men" on Wednesdays, Nov. 30-Dec. 14 at 9:30 a.m. in person in the Fellowship Hall and also via Zoom. This study will look at the journey of the Wise Men, what can be learned from them, the gifts they brought to Jesus, and the gifts each person can bring to Jesus. Contact Kim Harvey ( for questions or to receive the Zoom link. There is nothing to purchase, just bring a Bible.

GRIEFSHARE, a support group for adults who have lost a loved one, meets weekly on Wednesdays through Dec. 14 (skipping Nov. 23) 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Room 101 (Foundation Classroom). Signs direct you to the room. Register at or contact Facilitator Beverly Burton (336-978-9362 or

WEDNESDAY TABOR TABLE (FELLOWSHIP DINNER) will be not be served on Nov. 23 or 30. The dinner is set to resume Wednesday, Dec. 7.

has paused meeting on Wednesday nights. Stay tuned for the class to resume after the first of the year.

ADVENT DAILY DEVOTIONALS are still available this Sunday, Nov. 27 at the Trinity Welcome Center desk and in the Narthex. The "Advent: Something New" booklet is written by Mount Tabor's Spiritual Growth Team members and is also available on the church website at online.

ADVENT KITS FOR FAMILIES are still available this Sunday, Nov. 27 in the Trinity Welcome Center and Children's Building lobby. Be sure to pick-up one for your family. For more info, contact Children's Ministries Director Marcey Davis (

MOMS FELLOWSHIP meets the first Thursday of each month (Dec. 1), 9:15-10:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall as a time for mothers of young children to gather for coffee, prayer, a short devotion with discussion, and fellowship. Childcare will now be provided with pre-registration at A donation of $5 per child is appreciated and can be paid on the day of the meeting or when registering. Contact Sandy Hauser ( with questions.

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP meets Thursday, Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m. in classroom 306, in-person and via Zoom. As a support group rather than a therapy group, focus the first hour is for friends of people with mental health challenges followed by the second hour focus for people with mental health challenges. Meetings continue to be held every other Thursday, 6-8 p.m. in the same location following the same format. If you have questions or want to be added to the email list, call Lloyd Eichorn (336-409-8912).

TABORTWEENS are invited to dinner and a hayride through the Tanglewood Lights on Friday, Dec. 2, 5-9 p.m. by registering at For more info, contact Children's Ministries Director Marcey Davis (

ALL FAMILIES ARE INVITED TO BREAKFAST IN BETHLEHEM on Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. in the Family Life Center. Register now at online.

NEWCOMERS CONNECTION CLASS meets Sunday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m. at the Trinity Welcome Center desk. Meet new people and learn how to get connected in becoming part of Mount Tabor's mission to "Gather, Grow, Go" with Spiritual Growth and Community Engagement Coordinator, Gray Handwerk (

THE CHANCEL CHOIR will present Vivaldi's Gloria with a nine-piece chamber orchestra on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. You won't want to miss this classic choral masterpiece that the choir has spent many hours of work mastering for the Advent season.

COFFEE WITH PASTOR LONNIE is for everyone who has considered choosing Mount Tabor as their church home. You are invited to attend Sunday, Dec. 18, 10-10:45 a.m. in Pastor Lonnie's Office (Room 201) where he will share about the church to help you discern if MTUMC might be the church for you to join to "Gather, Grow, Go" in spreading the love and grace of God to all. All are welcome! Contact Spiritual Growth and Community Engagement Coordinator Gray Handwerk (

TABOR TROUPERS for active senior adults meets Monday, Dec. 19, 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall for "Believe in the Magic and Joy of Christmas" and a $6 per person lunch of chicken pie, broccoli casserole, slaw and cranberry sauce. Mike Hendrix will provide music while John & Karen Kearns provide magic. Register in Sunday School or the Trinity Welcome Center.

ALL TABORKIDS ARE INVITED to register to participate in the Family Christmas Eve Service and Live Nativity on Dec. 24 at 2 p.m. Visit online for more info and to register. Questions may be directed to Children's Ministries Associate Director Colleen Carr (


YOUR DONATIONS TO MOUNT TABOR UMC continue to help people within the community and throughout the world especially as the pandemic continues. All donations and gifts are accepted by these methods:
*online at and designate your choice of fund when prompted;
*smart phone text donation amount to 336-777-7571 and designate your choice of fund when prompted (First time, text-giving donors will be prompted to visit a secure URL to enter credit/debit card info or bank account routing info then follow directions on your screen);
*USPS mail to MTUMC, 3543 Robinhood Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106 and designate your choice of fund(s) on check;
*Place your check made to MTUMC and designated with your choice of fund(s) in the offering plate or basket as it is passed during worship services or in the small black, lock-box on the left side of the church offices entrance.

HAVE YOU MADE A 2023 PLEDGE TO SUPPORT GOD'S WORK through the ministries of Mount Tabor UMC? It's not too late! Pledges can be made at online or you can pick up a pledge card in the Narthex or Trinity Welcome Center to be placed in the offering plate on Sundays or mailed back to the church office.

DEWEY'S BAKERY SALE FUNDRAISER by the Mount Tabor UMC Weekday Preschool allows you to buy all your Dewey's Bakery items for the holidays while supporting the preschool ministry. Avoid the long lines in the store by placing your order at online, Nov. 21-Dec. 6 and pay for the items. Pick up will begin Thursday, Dec. 15 from the Preschool Office in the Children's Building.

CRISIS CONTROL HOLIDAY HONOR CARDS will be available for purchase for a $5 donation each at the church on Sundays, Nov. 27, Dec. 11 and 18 following the 9 a.m. service and after 10 a.m. Sunday School in the Trinity Welcome Center and during office hours in the workroom. Make checks payable to "Crisis Control Ministry" or order at online. If you have questions, contact Denise Peterson (336-922-1717 or

MTUMC QUARTERLY CHURCH COUNCIL will meet (NEW DATE) Wednesday, Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

VOLUNTEERS AND SHOPPERS ARE NEEDED to help with the Angel Tree gift organization to benefit the under-resourced children served by five agencies in Winston-Salem. Go to online for ways to volunteer. Angels may be selected in the Trinity Welcome Center or at online. All gifts are due back to the church by Sunday, Dec. 11 at noon.

has need of seamstresses and fabric for child-size shepherd costumes. Preferred fabric is in earth tones of browns and greens with small or simple patterns and suitable for light weight costumes. If you can sew a simple tunic and are willing to help or willing to donate fabric, contact Children's Ministries Director Marcey Davis (

CHRISTMAS FOR THE CITY on Saturday, Dec. 17, 1-6 p.m. at the Benton Convention Center will once again feature a Cookie Decorating station provided by MTUMC volunteers. If you can help serve the community at the cookie station on Dec. 17 or help before the event to bake hundreds of cookies and prepare icing at the church, sign up at online or contact Spiritual Growth and Community Engagement Coordinator Gray Handwerk (

THE 11 A.M. TRADITIONAL SERVICE is looking for a few more volunteers to occasionally help run the online streaming graphics for the Sunday morning service. Anyone with basic computer familiarity can do this job and training is available. The online live streams are an important part of the Mount Tabor ministries, as they allow those who cannot attend worship in person to participate. Contact Traditional Worship Arts Director Charli Mills ( for more information.

THE FOLLOWING DONATION DEADLINES will help make sure your year-end Mount Tabor UMC charitable giving is credited to your account for 2022:
*CASH or CHECKS must be delivered one of the following three ways:
1. to the church office no later than 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 30, 2022.
2. to the small, black lock-box (outside, left side of Offices Entrance) no later than 11:59 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022.
3. by USPS mail, post-mark cancelled no later than Dec. 31, 2022.
*ELECTRONIC GIVING must be completed online no later than 11:59 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022.
*2022 IRA CONTRIBUTIONS must be completed online no later than 11:59 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022.
must have shares deposited in the Mount Tabor UMC brokerage account and you must send an email to no later than 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022.
Please note the MTUMC office will be open Dec. 27-30, 2022 each day, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. only with limited staff.
Contributions received at the church after these deadlines and/or made on Sunday, January 1, 2023, will be credited to 2023 giving regardless of date written on the donation. (ONLY exception is a donation mailed in a sealed envelope cancelled with the USPS postmark of December 31, 2022 or earlier.) Please allow sufficient lead time for your transactions to process by the deadlines.

ALL FUND-RAISING PROJECTS at MTUMC must have Finance Committee approval at least one month before the planned event. Contact Church Business Administrator Charissa Loftin ( for more details.

UPDATE YOUR CHURCH RECORD with new addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and/or a life event that changes your family sizeat or contact Senior Church Administrator Libby Craven (336-765-5561 ext. 1000 or



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