Please make plans to join us this weekend as we celebrate the birth of our awesome Savior! Our Eve of Eve and Christmas Eve services are identical and will include a Christmas choir, drum line, carols and a relevant Biblical message. If you are able, please bring cookies or a snack to share after either service. Invite a friend to join us at The Sanctuary as we experience the hope of Christmas at 8 p.m. Saturday or 10 a.m. Sunday!

If you are planning to make an end-of-year gift to The Sanctuary, our last service of the year is Dec. 31. Gifts also can be made through our web site or The Sanctuary app. If you prefer to mail a check, it must be postmarked by Dec. 31 to be included in 2017 for tax purposes. Our offices will be close from Dec. 25 to Jan. 2 to give our staff time to celebrate Christmas with their families.

Come get details on the direction The Sanctuary is headed in 2018. Sanctuary leaders will give an update on the 2-year Together initiative and continue to share the vision for the new year at this Family Chat at 6 p.m. Jan. 28.

Men of The Sanctuary meet every other Saturday from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. in the Community Room for breakfast, Bible study, discussion and accountability. The New Year schedule will begin on Jan. 13.

We were never meant to take this journey of faith alone or in secret. God has entrusted us with the great and mighty gift of the gospel, something too precious and life-giving to keep to ourselves. Join other women of The Sanctuary for this six-week Beth Moore study. Participants will be encouraged to guard what God has entrusted to you, further His kingdom by sharing Christ with others, and pour into future generations just as Paul once mentored Timothy. The study is 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 31. Sign up at the Info Table.

How does your work life intersect with your faith? The Bible makes no division between the sacred and secular parts of our lives. Discover how you can worship God through your worklife during this six-week elective, “Work as Worship,” which will meet at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, beginning Jan. 21. The study will incorporate powerful biblical teaching, real-life documentary stories, engaging video illustrations, and group discussions. Sign up at the Info Table if you would like to attend.

Do you have questions about life and faith that you would like to discuss in a safe space? Would you like to have a better understanding of how to help people explore their faith? Would you like to find a place where you can bring friends and neighbors to explore their questions? If that’s you, you are invited to Alpha, starting at The Sanctuary in January. Alpha is a series of interactive sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith, with groups running around the globe. The group will run for 10 weeks on Tuesday evenings, starting Jan. 23.

Women of The Sanctuary are invited to a baby shower honoring Pastor John and Tiffany Jou! Please join us at 3 p.m. Jan. 7 in the Community Room. Get more details and RSVP here: http://cometothesanctuary.org/shower

The church staff and elders are in the process of updating our safety procedures. We are putting together a list of attenders who are trained as a nurse, doctor, EMT, fire fighter, or police and are willing to be known as someone we could ask for help in the case of a medical emergency during our Sunday services. If you are not trained medically, but are interested in being a part of a Safety Team, we want to include you too! Contact steph@cometothesanctuary.org if you fit either description.

Our junior high and high school ministries meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays for student-led worship, large group teaching, small group discussion and tons of FUN! Feel free to arrive at 6:30 for hangout time.

Mark your calendars for the annual Student Life Lock In from 6:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. Dec. 30-31. Invite your friends for this action-packed, fun-filled night of games, food and worship! Please bring a snack or drink to share; look for the online sign-up from Carl in your inbox.

Our college and young adult group meets in the Green Room Sunday afternoons at 12:30 p.m. (with the exception of the last Sunday of the month). Lunch is provided! New people are always welcome. Contact Rebecca at 815.980.0127 with questions.

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