- Why Have a Christmas Eve Service in Cat Hollow Park?
Or a parking lot, or anywhere besides a church for that matter? This Christmas Eve, we will be hosting four of our 10 Christmas Eve services off campus. We will be joining in the legacy of John Wesley when he preached the Gospel to crowds of people in the open air – in fields, town squares, and even in cemeteries. He preached wherever people came together to hear the good news of Jesus Christ.
In many contexts, religious expression is taboo, and even offensive in our culture today. But Christmas Eve is still seen as a sacred moment for many people who aren’t involved with church at all. So we are making the most of this opportunity by getting the Christmas message out into the spaces where the people are who would not set foot inside a church building.
Please pray for these efforts – pray that people’s hearts will be touched and that they will turn back to God. Pray for our lay speakers and staff members who will be preaching off campus, and pray for those who will help lead the singing of Christmas Carols off campus as well. Contact Adam Ribbeck or Dr. Dale Schultz if you would like to help out with these off campus Christmas Eve Services.
- Angel Tree Mission Outreach
This year, our Missions/Outreach Team has once again decided to “adopt” 115 children who live in residential Family Care at Texas Baptist Children’s Home. These
children, from single mother households, live on the Children’s Home Round Rock campus while their mothers are working to transition into a successful independent future.
Our goal is to provide each child with a special Christmas gift that they have requested. The “angel tree” will be in both the Family Life Center and the Chapel Narthex, where you can select an angel tag and purchase a Christmas gift (or gifts). Thank you for your support!
- “Living From ‘Grateful’”
Dr. Dale Schultz
Scripture: Psalm 100
Sunday November 24, 2013
- “What Am I Giving To God?
Dr. Dale Schultz
Scripture: John 14:12-14
Sunday November 17, 2013
- Daily Bible Readings – Week of November 24, 2013
- Share the Joy of Giving
“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and will be repaid in full.” (Proverbs 19:17)
When shopping with your children this holiday season, ask them to take some of their money along to donate to the charities whose representatives are ringing bells outside stores. As you make a donation, allow your children to put their own money in the kettle and experience the joy of giving to others.
- Addresses Needed For Our Military
Each week, we acknowledge and pray for military personnel on our Sunday Guide Prayer List. The St. Philip’s Prayer Team would like to send these folks a Christmas card. Please provide the mailing address of anyone that you have placed on the military portion of the Prayer List to the church office at 512-244-2175, or email at email@example.com
- Christmas Fun Fest
Sunday, December 15, 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm, FLC
Join us on Sunday afternoon, December 15, for the St. Philip’s Christmas Fun Fest! There will be activities and fun for all ages. Beginning on November 24, a sign-up will be offered in the Chapel and Family Life Center for food and other items. Mark your calendars and make plans to join us!
- Breakfast with Santa
- An Advent Bible Study
Led by Dr. Dale Schultz Participants will need a Bible, and a copy of Christmas Is Not Your Birthday, by Mike Slaughter (Available in print and ebook through your favorite bookseller.) Interested in an on-line study? Please, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every year, we say we’re going to cut back, simplify, and have a family Christmas that focuses on the real reason for the season – Jesus. This Christmas, experience the peace of knowing that God is truly with us, the joy of giving sacrificially, and the love of a Savior who gave everything he had for us. Pastor Mike Slaughter inspires readers to approach Christmas differently, and be transformed in the process.
- Youth Pie Sale Benefits Mission Trips
On Sundays, December 1st, 8th,and 15th,
Pulse Student Ministries will sell a variety of dessert pies to raise money for their summer mission trips. The pies, available in five different varieties, are priced from $10-$12 each, and will be available for pickup on Saturday, December
21, and Sunday, December 22, just in time for the Christmas holidays! Please help our youth out by buying your holiday pies right here at church!
- Order Your Poinsettias Now!
Now thru November 26, $10.00 each
Christmas poinsettias are being offered to honor or remember loved ones through Tuesday, November 26. Honorees will be listed in the Sunday Guide the Sunday before Christmas. Poinsettia pick up is after the last service on December 24. Order forms are located in the Chapel and FLC.
- Be Up to the Minute on What’s at New St. Philip’s
St. Philip’s is now able to give you updates via text message based on what you’re interested in being involved in. So to get those updates texted to your phone, you just need to text one of the following keywords to St. Philip’s texting number
• For daily Bible readings sent to your phone text BIBLE
• For information on our Chapel services text CHAPEL
• For information on our Family Life Center service text 930SERVICE
• For information on how St. Philip’s is getting involved in the community text OUTREACH
• For information on Wednesday night activities, text SSPACE
- Christmas Fun Fest
Sunday, December 15, 3:00 pm, Family Life Center
Join us for the Christmas Fun Fest on Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 pm in the Family Life Center. It’s going to be a time loaded with fun activities that parents and their children can participate in side-by-side. Some activities will really help us get into the spirit of the season of Christmas, while others will just be good fun. We look forward to seeing you there!
- Thanksgiving Meals Missions Outreach
At St. Philips, Thanksgiving is a time to help people in our community who would struggle to provide a Thanksgiving meal for their family without assistance. For many years, St. Philips has worked with the Round Rock Area Serving Center to help families in our community with their Thanksgiving meal expenses. Thank you for giving! We will feed at least 75 families a Thanksgiving Feast in 2013 – more families than last year.
Special thanks to Graybar Electric for partnering with us in gifting. Members of St. Philip’s will go into the community November 14 – 24th to distribute gift cards. Please join us in praying for them today and in the coming days so that the people they visit will feel the love of Christ through St. Philip’s caring.
- December Youth Schedule
Below is the December schedule for Pulse Student Ministries for your convenience. Make plans to enjoy these wonderful events!
Nov. 27 – NO Sacred Space
Dec 1 – Youth Sunday School (YSS), 11am-12pm
Dec. 1 – Sunday Night Youth (SNY), 5:30-7:30pm
Dec. 4 – Sacred Space – Youth only, 5:45-7pm
Dec. 6-8 – High School Retreat, Rosebud, TX
Dec. 8 – YSS, 11am-12pm
Dec. 8 – SNY, 5:30-7:30pm
Dec. 11 – Sacred Space – Youth only, 5:45-7pm
Dec. 15 – YSS, 11am-12pm
Dec. 15 – Christmas Fun Fest, 3pm-5:30pm
Dec. 15 – NO SNY
Dec. 18 – Sacred Space – Youth only, 5:45-7pm
Dec. 22 – YSS, 11am-12pm
Dec. 22 – SNY – Progressive Dinner, 5:30-7:30pm
Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Services (Pick one to attend. Jeff will be a part of the 7pm FLC service.)
Dec. 29 – YSS, 11am-12pm
Dec. 29 – NO SNY
If you have any questions about any of these events please contact Jeff or Dana at the church office.