Sunday, December 25th

Hey Parents!
I sure hope everyone is having a beautiful Christmas season! The email for this week is just a simple reminder to hold your loved ones tight and enjoy the memories you are making! Please pause and remember the reason we are celebrating! Without God's most precious gift of His son, Jesus Christ, we would have nothing!

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Merry Christmas from my heart to yours! Thank you for an amazing year!


Attached HERE is a letter from one of our Leaders/Parents. Instead of sending this to Carrie, let's send them straight to the source! EMAIL YOUR INFORMATION TO This sweet group of prayer warriors is waiting to stand in the gap for you!

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CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE: Join us with your family on our Lakeland Campus this Christmas Eve as we enjoy a night of celebrating the birth of our Savior! Worship will begin at 11pm and will include candle lighting, a reading of the Christmas Story, and a baptism celebration. This is a night for us all to come together and rest in the peace of this beautiful season!

CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES: Join us on Christmas Day as we continue to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ! We will have one service at both locations in Lakeland and Auburndale at 10:30am. This will be a day of celebrating Jesus through worship and baptism, as well as honoring the true day to day heroes in our community, our single parents. Note: Our church will hold ONE Christmas Day Service at 10:30am in the Worship Center. There will be no programming for adults, children or students following this service.

JANUARY 1: All services will be back to normal today! including Students!

HUB KICKOFF: January 11th! We will resume our Wed night schedule on the 11th with a huge New Year Kick Off!

PARENT CONNECT MEETING: January 15th at 11:00 in the Life Training Center. Please come grab a coffee and a donut and join us for this very important Parent Meeting! We will be discussing all of the amazing things coming up in Student Ministry. We will go over important dates, information regarding fundraising, mission trips, etc. The new 2017 waivers will be available as well as notaries to help get these on file for your student! Everyone will need to renew this for their student and they will be good for all events through the entire year. PLEASE BRING YOUR STUDENTS INSURANCE CARD WITH YOU TO THE MEETING! We will make copies to attach to your waiver.

GIRLS VALENTINE DINNER: February 12th. Be sure to mark this on your calendars! We will be celebrating our girls with dinner and a ton of fun.

ONE POINT PARENT MEETING: February 12th immediately following the service. If your student is participating in One point weekend with us, you will need to be at this meeting! We will have important information available for you, medication protocol, notaries for last minute waivers and emergency numbers.

SAVE THE DATE!: One Point Weekend will be February 17-19, 2017! Details to come! If you are willing to volunteer with us this weekend OR to open your home to host a group of students and their leaders(s), please contact me! Not quite sure about a houseful of students? Please pray about this decision! It is such a blessing and I know you will be happy you did! Call me with any questions or if you'd like to talk to someone who has hosted before! I'll connect you!