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CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE

The Christmas Eve service will be at 7 pm Monday, December 24th. Please invite your friends and family to join us. There will not be child care on Christmas Eve.

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MOVIE NIGHT

Join us for, Movie Night, TOMORROW Friday, December 14th, 6:30 pm in the MultiPurpose Room. Dress in your most comfy PJ’s, ready for hot chocolate, cider, cookie decorating, and the movie the Polar Express. This is a FREE event, so invite your friends to join the fun.


This Sunday 12/16:


Joy to the World?


During Advent, especially, we love to sing, “Joy to the World!” But what is joy and how can we experience it? A famous theologian once said, “Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.” Join us this Sunday as we explore the joy of receiving the gift of Jesus Christ, God with us.

Rev. David Pierson


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PASTORAL HOUSING

The Crawford’s are looking for temporary housing, possibly from one of our snow bird families, to use for a few months at the beginning of the year. They will need a home that will sleep 5 with animals. If you are willing or know of an option they might be able to use please contact the church office.


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GIFT JAR SALES

This will be the last Sunday, December 9th, to stop by the Great Commission Women table after the morning worship service. Get a jump start on your Christmas shopping. This will be a great opportunity to purchase Christmas gift jars for those special friends in your life. Proceeds from the sale will go to support the GCW National Project.


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PRAY FOR OUR PASTOR

Scripture: Colossians 3:12-17

Prayer: Pray for your church to grow in love toward one another.

Pray for Pastor Will’s family. As God prepares them all for this transition, that they’ll be covered in love and prayer.


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CHRISTMAS LOVE OFFERING

A message from the Governing Board:

We are now accepting Christmas Love Offerings for the Ministry staff. Please note that the IRS regulations do not permit offerings to the church to be specified for individuals. Therefore, please just indicate “Love Offering” on your check. The Elder Board will distribute received Love Offerings appropriately. The deadline to give to the love offering is Friday, December 21st.

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YEAR END GIVING

Each holiday season, The Island Church anticipates and relies on a seasonal increase in contributions. With only a little over a month left in our financial year, end of the year giving is appreciated. For your convenience you can visit us online at www.islandchurchofwhidbey.org and locate the Online Giving tab on the home page. Thank you for your generosity and support!


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PREGNANCY CARE CLINIC

The Pregnancy Care Clinic is looking for volunteers. All training is provided. No experience required. Must be a committed Christian. Days needing help: Wednesdays or Thursdays for a ½ a day or a full day per week. Call 360-221-2909 or email your interest at csdsw@islandspcc.org.


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SEWING WITH A PURPOSE

Join us Mondays from 9:00-11:30am in the multi-purpose room as we make pillow-case dresses for children at the Bongolo Hospital in Gabon, Africa.  Questions?  Contact Carole Wagner 360-321-1106.


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MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL SUNDAY SCHOOL

Starts at 9:15am in the Youth Center – Studying the Book of James. 

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YOUTH GROUP TIMES

5th/6th Grade - Wednesday 5:00-6:30pm **NEW GROUP**

7th/8thGrade - Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm

9th-12th Grade - Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm

Dinner included each night


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LIFEGROUPS ARE STARTING

 

Attached is the list of LifeGroups offered at The Island Church, just click the word list at the bottom and it will bring up the LifeGroups.  Now is the time to try different ones out to see what’s a good fit for you. Contact the group leader if you have any questions.


List


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LOOKING FOR A WAY TO SERVE?

The greeter’s ministry is looking for happy people of ALL ages able to make our church feel like home. You’d get to be on a great team, serving once a month on Sunday mornings.


Contact Cassie Nichols clnichol@whidbey.com with your availability.


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OPPORTUNITY TO VOLUNTEER

The Island Church Soup Kitchen needs volunteers to wash pots and pans on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 9am-1pm.

Please reply to this email if you are interested.


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KID’S CHECK SYSTEM

Attn: Parents who have kids in our Children’s Church program! 

In an effort to keep our children safe, we have invested in a Kid’s Check System. Please register your child this Sunday if you haven’t already for this new check-in system for children’s church. Children’s Church starts at the beginning of the service now so check your child in downstairs before the service. 


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LIFE GROUPS

Life Groups meet throughout the week all over the South End. Life Groups are intended to be more than just an evening with friends, they are designed to foster transformational environments where people can journey and do life together wherever life happens. We encourage you to find a group that is the right fit. Whether you are new to our church or have been here for a while, we encourage you to visit one or as many groups as you would like. Once you are settled in a group, dig in and rejoice in doing life with one another, all the while making a big deal out of Christ. 

 

Contact Pastor Luis if you would like more info about getting involved in a Life Group - luis@islandchurchofwhidbey.org

 

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” Psalm 133:1 (NIV)


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COMPASSIONATE CARING COMMUNITIES

An organized system has been put into place to help meet the needs of our congregation and community. If you or someone you know has a general need, please contact Kathy Kansky. ~ kkansky@whidbey.com 360-341-2278 ~


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EMAIL PRAYER CHAIN


Did you know that we have an email prayer chain? If you have a request that you would like to share,


Please contact Char Henderson @ storfarm@whidbey.com or Debbie Peplinski @ peps@whidbey.com.


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THE ISLAND CHURCH PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION

Registration is continually open for Monday-Wednesday-Friday preschool for 3-5 year olds. 

For more information preschool brochures are available at the Welcome Center or call the church office 221-6980 or Lori Tribou, Preschool Director, 360-221-6989.


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FOOD BANK DONATIONS BENEVOLENCE FUND

Please remember to bring non-perishable food items to place in the food boxes outside the sanctuary doors. The food is then collected and taken to the local food bank. 

Also, if you would like to donate to the benevolence fund to help others in our church please mark on your offering envelope or check “benevolence fund”.


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FACEBOOK MEMBER UPDATE: 

Our church's Facebook members are from around the world. The Island Church's Global Mission is to become a virtual church to isolated or persecuted Christians and to help others discover and follow Jesus.




Countries:

3,545 Cambodia

1,445- United States of America

560- Iraq

160- Libya

96- Liberia

77- Philippines

80- Vietnam

35- Argentina

37- India

81-Laos

25- Ethiopia

24- Indonesia

17- Malaysia

15- Bangladesh

21- Sierra Leone

15- Mexico

14- Laos

10- Albania

31- Thailand

12- Guinea

10- Algeria

28- Australia

22- South Korea

11- Canada

9- Nigeria

5- Sri Lanka

9- Saudi Arabia

5- Pakistan

3- Taiwan

9- United Kingdom

4- Japan

3- Iran

4- Italy

15- Benin

3- Honduras

4- Brazil

3- South Africa

3- Lebanon

9- Germany

2- Congo

2- Israel

2- Uganda

5- China

2- Trinidad

2- Puerto Rico

1- Jordan

1- Ireland

1- Nepal

1- Hong Kong

1- Dominican Republic

1- New Zealand

1- Barbados

1- Fiji

1- Papua New Guinea

1- Greece


Also visit our facebook page and photo albums where we archived famous paintings and statues of Jesus, a HD virtual tour inside the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's masterpiece, and beautiful Christian Stained Glass artwork at (https://www.facebook.com/TheIslandChurchofWhidbey).


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ENJOY THE CONVENIENCE OF ONLINE GIVING!

The Island Church of Whidbey offers online giving, which is convenient for you and provides much-needed donation consistency for our congregation. 

Click on 'Online Giving' tab below! Thank you!



 

"What happens when we live God's way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard- things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely". (Galatians 5:22-23 The Message)