Budget: The budget and finance committee plans to present the 2020 budget on Wednesday, December 4th at 7:00pm . Copies of the proposed budget will be available at this time. The congregation will have time to review the budget before a vote is scheduled on Sunday, Dec. 15th during the morning worship service.
Security Equipment: Security 101 is giving away $10,000 in free security cameras to a non-profit who gets the most votes online. Larry Alexander has nominated NCBC. The link is www.security101.com/gift-of-security. Select “I’m a friend of the non-profit”. Select “Security 101-Raleigh” as the participating office. Complete the form and submit. Please go online and vote daily.
Christmas Cantata: The Adult Choir will be presenting their Christmas Cantata on Sunday, December 15th at 600pm. Make plans to join us for an evening of wonderful music as we celebrate the Christmas season. After the Cantata, join us for a reception honoring our choir and church musicians in the Fellowship Hall. This is a special time to express our love and appreciation for their commitment throughout the years. All are invited to attend the reception.
Christmas Eve Service: Our Christmas Eve Service will be held on Dec. 24th at 9:00pm. Come enjoy special music, refreshments and wonderful fellow-ship. The service will end with the lighting of the Christ candle. Children are invited to wear their pajamas to the candlelight service.
International Missions: We have the opportunity to give to International Missions during the month of December. 100% of the money collected for these offerings is used to send and support our missionaries who have answered God’s call to give their lives to spread His Love and Salvation to those who have never heard. Please be in prayer concerning your part in supporting our missionaries and their ministries. You may give to either the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering or Global Missions or both. Keep our missionaries in your prayers. Many of them are serving in dangerous areas. Let’s go the extra mile this year to support these who are actively serving when we cannot be on the mission field ourselves. Offering Envelopes will be in your bulletins during December.
Ellington Youth Night: Ellington Youth Night is held each month (except June and July) at Ellington Studios. This is a great opportunity for youth to have fun on a Friday night and hear a good message. Whether you're attending for the first time, encouraging your youth to go, or getting your youth to bring a friend, this is a wonderful time of fun and fellowship. The next Ellington Youth Night will be held on December 6, 2019 from 7-9pm.
Neill’s Creek After School Tutoring Program: We will have Campbell University student tutors and church members to assist your kids. The schedule each week is Monday-Wednesday 4:30-5:45pm. For more information, contact Ken Edwards.
NCBC Tree of Life: Each leaf can be purchased at a minimum donation of $250.00. The leaf can be engraved in honor/in memory of a person or with a personal message. If you have already purchased a leaf, please give your information to Patsy Edwards 919-235-2850.
Fifth Sunday Offering: 2019 has been a tremendous year of fundraising for our Building Expansion Project. Your generosity and support of God's work have been a blessing which proves that Neill's Creek Baptist is built to last. On Sunday, December 29th we will collect our final 5th Sunday offering of 2019. This is the season for giving and remember God's greatest gift to us. Let's finish strong in our financial faithfulness in 2019. Please prayerfully consider your sacrificial contribution to the Lord's work on or before Sunday, Dec. 29th.
Family Life Center: To contribute money towards the Family Life Center, make a designated gift to the "Family Life Center Fund". If writing a check, please make it to the church and designate Family Life Center Fund in the memo line. If giving cash, write Family Life Center Fund on the envelope.
Buddy Backpack Help: The Buddy Backpack Ministry packs backpacks with food items for hungry children in local elementary schools to take home with them for the weekend. Children are recommended for this food assistance ministry by teachers, guidance counselors, and social workers. In partnership with other local churches, Neill's Creek Baptist takes one Friday morning a month (8:30am) to pack approximately 150 back-packs and distribute to local elementary schools. This vital ministry is in need of additional volunteers from NCBC for the once a month Friday morning packing and distribution of the backpacks. The packing location is Angier Baptist Church's multipurpose building. To volunteer to help, please contact Mrs. Frances Johnson.
Ladles of Love: As cooler weather approaches, we will be collecting coats, blankets, sweaters, scarves, gloves, long-sleeve shirts, and other winter items. Please place your donation items in the bin outside the church office. These will be distributed to those in need of warm clothes.
Small Group Leader Training: Would you be interested in leading a small group or hosting a group in your home? We will be having a training opportunity (date T.B.D.) for small group leaders in hopes of starting a group this fall. Anyone interested in being a leader, hosting a group in their home, or participating in a small group that would meet during the week, please contact Pastor Chris.
December 2019 Events:
December 1: Hanging of the Greens, 6:00pm
December 4 Church Staff Meeting, 5:00pm
2020 Budget Presentation, 7:00pm
December 6: Happy Birthday Jesus Party, 6:30-10:00pm for Grades 3-5
Youth Night at Ellington Studios, 7:00pm
December 8: Diaconate Meeting, 5:00pm
December 9: Mission Study Circle Meeting Christmas Celebration
December 12: Angier Community Living Nativity @ Jack Marley Park, 6pm
December 15: Special Called Church Conference — Vote on 2020 Budget
Adult Choir Christmas Cantata, 6:00pm
December 18: Church-wide Christmas Caroling, 5:30pm
Breakfast for Dinner (served by the Brotherhood), 6:30pm
December 24: Christmas Eve Worship Candlelight Service, 9:00pm
Church Office Closed
December 25: Church Office Closed—Merry Christmas!
December 26: Church Office Closed
Adult Choir Practice will be on Wednesdays at 8pm.
Church Cemetery Update - Memorial Markers for unmarked graves: Over the past two years, our Church Cemetery Committee obtained the services of Mr. Brian Avery to make a study of our cemetery plots in hopes of determining the location of unmarked graves. This research disclosed the location of 295 unmarked graves of adults and children. In an effort to properly mark these graves and honor the deceased, the Cemetery Committee worked with O Quinn, Peebles, Phillips Funeral Home in Lillington to design and purchase markers for these graves. Each marker will be 10 inches wide and will lie flush with the ground. The marker contains the engraving of a cross for an adult and an engraving of a lamb for a child. Sixty of these grave markers have been purchased already. Paul Phillips, owner of the funeral home provided a large engraved monument which has already been placed in the cemetery, in proximity to many of the unmarked graves, explaining the purpose and meaning of the smaller markers. This generous gift and other assistance in the project from Paul Phillips has been greatly appreciated. Anyone who wishes to purchase a grave marker for the remaining 235 unmarked graves may do so at a cost of $13.50 each. A list of donors will be placed in the Easter Sunday bulletin. All gifts should be made to NCBC and designated for "grave markers".