For the week of December 17, 2017

Helping You Keep Christ in Your
Christmas Celebration!

This Sunday at New Salem
Preparing for Christmas...through Worship!
     Are you prepared to celebrate the coming of the King?  Join New Salem this Sunday morning at 10:45 AM as we celebrate Jesus with songs like "Joy to the World”, “O Holy Night”, and “How Great Our Joy!”. Pastor Alan will bring a holiday-themed message on “Preparing for Christmas”. Bring a friend!
This Sunday Night:
"Where's Baby Jesus?!?!?"
          Find out as New Salem's Children's Choir presents a special holiday musical on Sunday evening, December 17, at 6 PM. Following the musical, join us in the Unity Building for a time of Christmas fellowship and a visit from a special friend! (Parents: plan on slipping a little something with your child's name on it under the tree for our special guest to hand out--contact the church office with questions)

        It's the time of year when we collect the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions! 100-percent of this special offering goes to support our missionaries serving in countries around the world. Please pray about how the Lord would have you give. You can make a gift using the designated envelopes in the sanctuary, or by writing “Lottie Moon” on the memo line of your check. You can also give online at Give a gift to Jesus this Christmas by sending his story around the world!

Click here to donate to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (select "Lottie Moon" from the fund menu)
Speaking of...
the Lottie Moon Christmas Post Office
is Now Open!

Look for the display near the church nursery. Here's how it works:

1) Instead of mailing Christmas cards to your New Salem family, place them in the alphabetized slots in the Lottie Moon Post Office.

2) Take the money you saved on postage and give it to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering! For your convenience, envelopes and a collection box are placed near the display.

        New Year's Eve also falls on a Sunday this year. On December 31, we will follow our normal morning schedule with Sunday School at 9:30 AM, and worship at 10:45 AM. As part of our worship on New Year's Eve we will share the Lord's Supper. There will be no evening activities on our campus on New Year's Eve. Perhaps your Sunday School group would like to get together for its own New Year's fellowship?

Moving Forward in 2018!
        At the December business meeting, New Salem Baptist Church voted to create a transition team tasked with developing a plan to implement Strategic Initiative #4, which our membership approved as part of our Strategic Plan last August.  Strategic Initiative #4 calls on New Salem to "Reinvent our ministry structure to be more flexible and responsive to the needs of our mission by transitioning from committee-led ministry to team-led ministry."
        Between January 7-28, you will have the opportunity to nominate fellow New Salem members to serve on this five-member team. Look for the nomination forms and the submission box in the main lobby beginning Sunday, January 7. The top five nominees will be submitted for approval at New Salem's February business meeting.
        The target for the transition team's recommendations is the April or May business meeting (with the option of giving them more time if necessary). Specifically, the transition team will look at:
  • Which committees should be transitioned to the team concept, and which should continue to operate under the present system.
  • How the new teams will work: their make-up, responsibilities, procedures and accountability structure.
  • What changes would need to be made to New Salem's by-laws to accommodate this new system.
        Why are we doing this?  As our Strategic Planning Team concluded, our present committee system is too rigid, too unresponsive to change, and requires a lot of personnel to maintain.  By transitioning key ministries away from committees towards smaller leadership teams, we hope to cut down on the number of people the Nominating Committee would need to recruit each year (and focus on people who have a passion for particular ministries), make it easier for leadership teams to adapt to changing conditions during the year, as well as making it easier to plug in new people to serve in areas of interest and giftedness.
        Of the give strategic initiatives recommended by our Strategic Planning Team, this transition has the possibility of being one of the most consequential for our church, as well as one of the most complicated. Therefore, we are committed to making sure we do it right. Please pray for those who will be nominated, and for the work they will be engaging in.
Get connected!
Click here for a directory of New Salem's Sunday School groups!
Click here to submit your prayer request!
Please pray for:
  • This Sunday's services
  • The Children's Choir program on Sunday evening
  • Our pastor and staff
  • Spiritual renewal in our lives, our church, and our nation
  • For the Lord to add new people to our choir and praise team
  • Our worship leader search committee
  • That the Lord would draw people around us to faith in Jesus, baptism, and discipleship
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