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December 5, 2019 IN THE KNOW from MOUNT TABOR UMC
SINCERE SYMPATHY is expressed to Emma Philpott and family in the Dec. 2 death of her husband and long-time Mount Tabor member Harry Philpott. The celebration of life service will be tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. in the Sanctuary followed by burial in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall following the burial.
ADVENT EVENT FOR EVERYONE will be Saturday, Dec. 7 beginning with the Christmas drama “Chain of Love” at 4 p.m. in the Alspaugh Worship Center followed by dinner, activities and mission projects for all in the Fellowship Hall and Family Life Center. Don’t miss bringing your family and friends to this special holiday event!
THE ORIGINAL CHRISTMAS DRAMA “Chain of Love” will be offered Sunday, Dec. 8 at the 9 a.m. Higher Ground Service following its debut on Saturday, Dec. 7 during the Advent Event. You won’t want to miss it.
CONNECT PLEDGES FOR 2020 are still being accepted. Please prayerfully consider picking up a pledge card in the Sanctuary Narthex or at the Welcome Center desk this Sunday, Dec. 8 OR go online at to make a 2020 pledge focusing on the connection that unites Mount Tabor UMC and beyond in ministry as the body of Christ. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10).
TAG A GIFT—2019 HOLIDAY OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES brochure is available at the donation table in the Trinity Welcome Center. Make sure you pick one up this Sunday, Dec. 8 so you know don’t miss sharing Christ at Christmas. Some of the opportunities listed include:
*MTUMC Weekday Preschool Ministry Dewey’s Bakery Fundraiser items due Dec. 8 (order forms will be in Dec. 2 & 8 worship bulletins and December Tabor Talk)
*Angel Tree Gifts (Angels available this Sunday, Nov. 17) due Dec. 15 (volunteer to serve @
*Crisis Control Ministry Honor Cards (starts Nov. 25) ends Dec. 15
*Bethesda Center for the Homeless bottled water is due Dec. 18
*Crisis Control Ministry & Second Harvest Food Bank Offering due Dec. 24.
DEWEY’S BAKERY SALE FUNDRAISER for Mount Tabor UMC Preschool - Buy all your Dewey’s Bakery items for the Holidays and support the church’s weekday preschool ministry! Everyone loves Dewey’s Moravian Sugar Cake, Cheddar Cheese Straws, and the many types of Moravian Cookies! You can even get a Cake Square Club card! Avoid the long lines in the store by placing your order at the church. Pre-orders will be taken in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, Dec. 8. Pick up of all items will be Sunday, Dec. 15 also in the Fellowship Hall.
THE NEWCOMERS CONNECTION CLASS meets on the second Sundays with the next class on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m., beginning at the Welcome Desk in the Trinity Welcome Center. Meet new people and learn how to get connected in becoming part of Mount Tabor’s mission to “Gather, Grow, Go.” Contact Coordinator of Guest and New Member Services Gray Handwerk (email@example.com).
ARE YOU 70.5 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER? Have you made plans for your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) for 2019? If not, consider taking your distribution as a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) to Mount Tabor UMC as a tax-free donation. You can do this any time during the year, and this can be a win-win tax smart solution for your giving. Just let your financial advisor know of your wishes and give him/her the church’s name and mailing address (3543 Robinhood Road, Winston Salem, NC 27106). Then contact the church’s Financial Administrator Cathy Culver (firstname.lastname@example.org or 336 765 5561 ext. 1027) to let her know of the transaction.
BE THE HANDS AND FEET OF JESUS every Wednesday night, 7-9 p.m. serving food and ministering to approximately 80 homeless individuals at the Bethesda Center. Haven’t volunteered before? That’s okay - it’s easy and the team will show you what to do. Anyone 8th grade and older can volunteer! No time to volunteer? Donations of toilet tissue and individual travel-sized soap/shampoo/toothpaste are needed in the basket on the donation table in the Trinity Welcome Center. You can volunteer online at (it has a NEW LOOK!) or contact Jodi Pratt (email@example.com) for more info.
WEEKLY TABOR TABLE (WEDNESDAY NIGHT FELLOWSHIP DINNER) meets on Dec. 11, 5:15-6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Suggested donations for dinner are $7 for adult (age 12 and older); $4 for child ages 3-11 with children younger than age 3 free. Family cap will be $20 for all living in the same household. Menu is baked ziti (meat or veggie), pasta & sauce, rolls, salad bar, drinks and dessert. Kid’s option is grilled cheese. Make reservations at .
PASTORS’ BIBLE STUDY - The MTUMC pastors lead a Bible Study on Wednesday nights, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Just bring your Bible and enjoy learning and sharing in the discussions.
TEAM UP WITH YOUR FELLOW CHURCH MEMBERS to help with the 12th annual Christmas for the City celebration at Benton Convention Center! Cookie-baking and frosting-making begin in the Mount Tabor church kitchen Friday, Dec. 13, and the celebration itself is on Dec. 19, 4-9 p.m. Mount Tabor UMC volunteers help children decorate the cookies with the pre-made frosting, and other groups offer craft and art activities, musical performances, and dinner. Sign up to volunteer at .
COFFEE WITH THE PASTORS is for anyone who has considered choosing Mount Tabor as their church home. You are invited to attend on Sunday, Dec. 15, 10-10:45 a.m. in the Senior Pastor’s office Room 201. You will hear from each of the pastors and learn about Mount Tabor to see if this might be the church for you to join to "Gather, Grow, and Go" in spreading the love and grace of God to all. To register, contact Coordinator of Guest & New Member Services Gray Handwerk (firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-765-5561 ext. 1005).
TABOR TROUPERS for all active senior adults will meet Monday, Dec. 16 for a free Christmas lunch of baked spaghetti, tossed salad, congealed salad, garlic bread, desserts and beverages. Entertainment will be provided by Captain Jim, who is an inspirational illusionist. Please register in your Sunday School class or on the church reception office door.
FREE INVITATION CARDS TO MTUMC CHRISTMAS EVE services are available in the Trinity Welcome Center and Sanctuary Narthex. Pick up a white envelope (or two!) in the special baskets. Each envelope contains five invitations and suggestions of how to hand them out--such as to neighbors, restaurant wait staff, store clerks, co-workers, service professionals or people at drive-thru windows. Help spread the Good News and share the joy of Christmas at Mount Tabor United Methodist Church. The services will be:
*2 p.m. Family Christmas Eve Service & Nativity in the Alspaugh Worship Center
*4 p.m. Candlelight, Lessons, Carols and Communion in the Sanctuary
*6 p.m. Love Feast and Candle Lighting Service in the Alspaugh Worship Center
*8 p.m. Candlelight and Communion Service in the Sanctuary
The Christmas Eve offering will benefit Crisis Control Ministry and Second Harvest Food Bank unless otherwise designated.
CARPOOLING TO MTUMC is strongly encouraged especially for the next few Sundays and Christmas Eve services. Parking is limited and more visitors are expected to attend Mount Tabor the rest of the month. You are urged to leave home a few minutes earlier, bring all your family members in one car and park a little farther away from the buildings so visiting families can find spaces when they arrive. Thank you for your cooperation on providing radical hospitality at MTUMC!
smALL STARS CHRISTMAS CAMP for first through fourth grade children will be held Wednesday, Jan. 1-Friday, Jan. 3, 9 a.m.-noon each day in the Family Life Center. Covering fundamental skills in basketball, this free event requires children attending to wear sports attire and bring a water bottle. Register at bit.ly/SmallStarsChristmasCamp or call Director of Children’s Ministries Marcey Davis (336-765-5561 ext. 1007) by Dec. 20.
2019 DONATIONS DEADLINE AT MTUMC--Please remember the IRS requires all 2019 donations of cash, checks or online transactions must be received by the church finance office by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 or postmarked by Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. You can also make 2019 IRA contributions but these must be received by the dates above. For stock gifts, shares must be in the Mount Tabor UMC brokerage account by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Please allow sufficient lead time for transactions to take place by the deadline.
2020 OFFERING ENVELOPES IN LATE DECEMBER--For those who wish to continue to use offering envelopes, or who requested them on the pledge card, the 2020 envelopes will be available in the church Fellowship Hall in late December. For those who elected to stop using envelopes and either use the website or online banking, please note your assigned identification number (found on your giving statement) in the memo line of your checks or online. If you have any questions, contact the church Financial Administrator Cathy Culver (336-765-5561, ext. 1027).
ALL MEN ARE INVITED to the United Methodist Men’s Breakfast this Sunday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. There will be hot food, warm fellowship and a guest speaker.
MOUNT TABOR NIGHT AT SAMARITAN is seeking volunteers age 18 and older for the second Thursday of each month (next night is Jan. 9). Volunteers meet at Samaritan, serve dinner to the residents, clean-up, spend time with the guests, then staff the reception desk overnight (in shifts) and finish by serving breakfast and cleaning up. Contact Rick Harkey (336-407-5706) or sign up online at
ALL 8th GRADERS are invited to register for Confirmation 2020 as soon as possible online at to learn more details. Classes will be on Sundays, Jan. 12-May 3 at 4 p.m.
SAVE THE DATE: MTUMC Women’s Retreat will be Sept. 25-27, 2020 at Lake Junaluska, N.C. If you have questions, please contact Minister of Spiritual Growth Dianne Lawhorn (email@example.com).
IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER IN THE AREA, changes in churchwide worship and activities will be communicated on WXII Channel 12, www.wxii12.com, the Mount Tabor United Methodist Church Facebook page and at the church website www.mttaborumc.org. If you have questions about groups, please contact your group leader.
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WHEN MAKING A STOCK DONATION TO THE CHURCH, please call Financial Administrator Cathy Culver (336-765-5561 ext. 1027) to give her information about the transaction. When the church receives notification about stock donations, the brokerage companies do not release donors names, therefore the donation cannot be posted to the donor’s giving records.
GIVING TO MOUNT TABOR UMC: The Mount Tabor UMC Giving Kiosk located in the Trinity Welcome Center accepts your donations and payments there by following the simple instructions posted.
With your smart phone, text the amount you would like to give to Mount Tabor UMC’s designated number 336-777-7571. If you are a first time, text-giving donor you will be prompted to visit a secure URL. Once you click the registration link, you will enter your credit or debit card information. At this point your donation will process. You will see a confirmation text showing your donation and registration were successful.
Also “I GIVE ONLINE” cards are now available in the pew pockets in the Sanctuary and in a rack at the Welcome Center. You may use these cards to assist in making your monetary donation to the church online then place the card in the offering plate or basket during the worship services.
As always you may still make donations online at the church website (www.mttaborumc.org) or with checks or cash in the offering plate, church office or mail.
NOTIFY THE CHURCH OFFICE with new addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses and/or a life event that has changed the size of your family, by going go online at or contacting Senior Church Administrator Libby Craven (firstname.lastname@example.org).