The Glance - December 08
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WE STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR JAZZ NATIVITY
WILL YOU VOLUNTEER? Opening night for Jazz Nativity was a blast! We have some additional volunteer needs for Saturday and Sunday. Specifically we need parking attendants for both shows Saturday, greeters before 7 pm show Saturday, cashier and concession 4 pm show Sat., concessions 7 pm show Saturday and 2 pm show Sunday. We need LOTS of help for concessions for 5 pm show Sunday.
If you can help, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
🍽 THE DINNER TABLE
MENU | 12/11
Entrees & Sides: Chicken Parmigiana, Vegan Eggplant Lasagna, Plain Pasta / Tomato Sauce, Broccoli, Assorted Dinner Rolls
Salad Bar: Variety of Fresh Fruit/ Veggies
Soup: Chef’s Choice; Dessert: Variety.
👍 RESULTS FROM DECEMBER 1 BUSINESS MEETING
We wanted to update you on the results of the business meeting this morning. First of all, thank you to all who participated by attending the meeting and by voting. Your involvement is essential to life at Gayton, and we're very thankful for you! We're pleased to share with you that, through your ballots, all nominations were approved!
👍 SPECIAL THANKS FROM THE MISSIONS COUNCIL AND SCOTT CAVE
From the Missions Council
We want to thank you for your generous response to providing supplies for the Panama VBS mission trip!
From Scott Cave
I want to express my sincere appreciation to the members of Gayton Baptist Church for the recognition given to me Sunday in the the form of an appreciation plaque and Boar's Head Inn gift card presented by Pastor Mike and Scott Johnson during our business meeting…
📊 FINANCIAL HEALTH UPDATE
(Budget = Anticipated Giving; Actual = Actual Giving Received)
YTD (1Q): Budget $243k; Actual $250,521
NOV: Budget $91k; Actual $74,668
DEC: Budget $153k; Actual $9,679 (after 1 Sunday)
VIEW ALL CHRISTMAS EVENTS IN THE CARD BELOW
ADJUSTED GATHERING SCHEDULE | DEC 8
Sunday, Dec. 8, we will have both Celebration and Nexus services at the same time at 9:30am. This is a change for Nexus from the normal 10:45 time. It’s Jazz Nativity weekend and we wanted to give our Jazz Nativity setup team ample time to set the gym before showtime. Set yourself a reminder and we’ll see you at 9:30 on Dec. 8!
*There will be no programming or classes at 10:45
TOY COLLECTION FOR THE NOC | DUE BY DEC 10
We are collecting toys to benefit the Highland Park Christmas Store for the Northside Outreach Center (NOC). Each year, we partner with the NOC for this beautiful way to lift up our neighbor. Toys should be NEW and valued at $40 or less. Receipts or price should be attached if possible. Drop off in the Missions Center by Dec. 10. Pick up a suggested toy list in the Missions Center or DOWNLOAD THE LIST HERE.
VOLUNTEER WITH THE NOC CHRISTMAS STORE
It's time to start organizing for our annual Community Christmas Store and this year we are excited to host it in the community room of our new facility. The Community Christmas Store is an important outreach were provide new deeply discounted toys, gifts and refreshments in a store like setting to the residents in Highland Park. We are looking for volunteers to help with pricing, setup, shopper assistants, sign up tables, check out and other areas. If you would like to help us, you can go here to get more information and to sign up.
🌟EXPECT | DEC 08: PASTOR MIKE & VICTORIA FITZGERALD
OUR CHRISTMAS MESSAGE SERIES CONTINUES THIS WEEK!
Christmas. We look forward to it and expect it every year. It's for everyone. All generations. But there's more to expect than just Christmas time itself. Over the next few weeks as we move toward Christmas, Pastor Mike and the Teaching Team will lead us in discovering what we can expect from Jesus.
DEC 01: HOPEFUL (Celebration & Nexus: Pastor Mike)
DEC 08: FAITHFUL (Celebration: Pastor Mike | Nexus: Victoria Fitzgerald) *
DEC 15: JOYFUL (Celebration: Pastor Mike | Nexus: Aaron Lee) *
DEC 22: PEACEFUL (Celebration & Nexus: Pastor Mike)*
DEC 24: LOVE (Christmas Eve: Pastor Mike)*
DEC 29: LOOK BACK (Fellowship/One Service: Pastor Mike)*
*SPECIAL FEATURES & SCHEDULES...
- December 8 - Simultaneous Services: This is the Sunday of Jazz Nativity and we will have a special schedule. Both Celebration & Nexus will take place simultaneously at 9:30am.
- December 15 - Nexus Anniversary: In Nexus, we will celebrate the 1 year anniversary of the launch of Nexus.
- December 22 - Christmas Cantata: Our Voices of Gayton choir and orchestra will bring a beautiful Christmas Cantata at 9:30am in Celebration service.
- December 24 - Christmas Eve Schedule: We will have 3 unique Christmas Eve services - 3pm Family Service (in the Worship Center), 4:15pm Nexus Christmas (in the Gym), 5:30pm Candlelight Service (in the Worship Center)
- December 29 - Special Schedule: We will start with a time of fellowship at 9:30, followed by 1 worship service at 10:45.
BUSINESS MEETING | DEC 01 at 10:30am & 11:45am
At 10:30 in the Worship Center, and 11:45 in the gym, we will have a business meeting for members to vote on new leadership positions. This vote includes new Deacons, council positions, and Jeff Lindquist (Executive & Worship Arts Pastor candidate). If you’re not a member, feel free to stick around and check out how a church business meeting works!
About Jeff Lindquist...
Jeff joined us for worship last Sunday. If you missed it, you can watch the replay of Celebration here. The scope of duties for this position have been updated to include Worship Arts for Celebration, the choir and the praise band, as well as support of Victoria’s lead of Nexus. In addition, Jeff would assume some of the duties and responsibilities that Pastor Mike has been handling in an effort to give Pastor Mike the additional ministerial support that’s needed. There is a renewed commitment on the part of everyone for unity of worship at Gayton that this position is envisioned to foster.
SPECIAL GENEROSITY: YEAR-END-GIVING & STAFF GIFT
Dear Gayton Families,
It’s hard to believe that 2019 is almost over. What an amazing year! We have had a lot of new beginnings here at Gayton and we are anticipating great things in 2020. Matthew 9:37-38 reads, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” The harvest is truly plentiful and in need of workers in our area. So many need to hear the Good News of Jesus and have a community where they can worship and serve together. Please pray that God will bless us in these areas as we begin the New Year.
I would like to thank you for your continued support financially of Gayton Baptist Church and its ministries. Because of your contributions, our congregation has been able to support the needs of our body and the work of Jesus Christ locally, regionally, and around the world.
Once again, thank you for your generous commitment to the work of Jesus Christ through this church. We ask that you prayerfully consider what your year-end gift to Gayton Church should be. To ensure that your gift is tax-deductible for 2019, you may give in one of the following ways:
-Give through Online Giving. All gifts initiated online by 11:59PM on December 31, 2019 will be credited toward your 2019 giving.
-Mail a check to the church office at 13501 North Gayton Road, Henrico, VA 23233. All gifts with a December 31, 2019 postmark will be credited toward your 2019 giving.
-Stock gifts - contact the Financial Administrator email@example.com for more information.
Pastor Mike Bayly
Dear Friends and Members of Gayton,
The season to celebrate the birth of our Savior is upon us. As we remember God’s ultimate gift to us, we remember those we love with gifts also.
God has provided for and worked throughout our church family in many amazing ways during this past year. This year we continued to grow in spirit as a church family. Our ministry programs continue to serve the needs of our community. Our lay leaders have really stepped up and out this year to further our outreach of in, up and out. We are also truly blessed to have a professional team of talented men and women who provide leadership, administration, operations and set positive examples through music, word and deed at Gayton.
Traditionally, the Gayton family has shown its appreciation for our employed staff through a Christmas monetary gift, rather than including it as a salary bonus or an item included in the church budget. This affords friends and members the opportunity to contribute as they are led. The Deacons and the members of the Servant Leadership Council will be reminding small groups, classes and attendees of this opportunity to show our appreciation.
Our full and part-time staff include: Pastor Mike, Clint Beasley, David Giles, Diane Belden, Kim Lee, Victoria Fitzgerald, Michelle Sindelar, Patricia Hutcherson, Hillary Billingsley, Janet Richardson, Claudine Eaddy, Greg Eaddy, Paige Teague, Kristie Taylor, Annette McMahan and Kevin Knitter.
The gifts will be presented to our staff on Sunday December 22 in both the Celebration and Nexus services.
How to make a gift:
-Gifts by check should be made payable to Gayton and please write in the notation section “staff gift.”
-Gifts may be made on line through e-giving by selecting the “staff gift” icon.
-Gifts may be made in person by giving them to a Deacon, member of the SLC or dropped off at the church office.
We pray that God continues to bless you during this Christmas season and throughout the new year.
Charlene Hollins (Chair of the Deacons)
Scott Johnson (Chair of the SLC)
NEXUS' 1ST BIRTHDAY | DEC 15 @ 10:45am
Can you believe that Nexus launched almost 1 year ago? What’s even more amazing is how God has moved within that time. It’s time to celebrate all that God has done and the life change happening even now. We’ll do that on Sunday, December 15 at 10:45am. We’re excited to party with you!
LOTTIE MOON POST OFFICE
The Lottie Moon Post Office is available beginning today upstairs. You’re encouraged to drop off your Christmas cards for each other in the mailbox, then give what you would have spent on postage to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO). Learn more about the LMCO and how it mobilizes missionaries through the International Mission Board (imb) here...
PART-TIME FACILITIES MANAGER
The Facilities Task Group is seeking a part-time Facilities Manager. Read the scope of work here and submit your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
DURING OUR TIME OF GENEROSITY…
Sunday morning during our time together, we will have a time of generosity in both Celebration & Nexus services. Your generosity helps fund the work that God has called us all to within our church and within our community. If you are ready to help fund this work, it’s easy to make a one-time gift or setup a recurring gift...
MIDWEEK KIDS SCHEDULE
WEDNESDAYS @ 6:15pm | ELEMENTARY MUSICAL REHEARSAL - Room 126
WEDNESDAYS @ 6:15pm | PRESCHOOLER MOPPETS - Room 128
OPPORTUNITY TO HOLD BABIES. ON CHRISTMAS EVE. YEP. | DEC 15 @ 10:45am
We are looking for a volunteer to serve in the nursery during the 5:30 Christmas Eve service. The volunteer should be 18 or older. Yes - you will get to hold babies. Yes - that is awesome. No - you can’t bring a manger. Or a donkey. Contact Hillary at: GAYTON.CHURCH/HILLARY
SUNDAYS @ 6-8pm | Oxygen (MS) & Engage (HS)
WEDNESDAYS @ 7:30pm | Deep Desserts (HS)
WEDNESDAYS @ 6:30pm | A-la-Carte (MS)
DEEP DESSERTS for HIGH SCHOOLERS
Deep Desserts return on September 11 for High School students. We will meet at the Espigh's house for the month of September! We will begin a dialogue around the book of "Love Does". Start time is 7:30 and the address is We usually wrap up at 8:30! Desserts will be provided! Can't wait to see you there!
SUNDAY CLASSES & PROGRAMS
I am delighted to say, that many of our students serve on Sunday mornings in Kid's ministry, on the media team and other areas of the church on Sunday morning! We encourage our students to be a part of The Church. Sunday mornings look different from the typical "Youth Group". We want our students to know that The Church works, because members of the body make it work. By presenting opportunities for them to serve, they gain an insight into how they're an integral part of The Church now! And they begin to understand that THEY Are The Church! Prayerfully, this sense of service carries over into their adult lives--back at Gayton! We also offer Sunday Morning Bible Study for students at 9:30 and 10:45. 9:30 meet in the Community Room. 10:45 meet in the Conference Room.
Oxygen, is the name of our Sunday night Middle School Youth Group. Engage, is the name of our Sunday night High School Youth Group. We meet on Sunday nights from 6:00-8:00pm at Gayton Church in the gym. Students enjoy an evening meal together, worship, small group time with an adult leader, and we finish our time together with a fun activity in the gym! This is definitely a highlight of my week and many students would agree!
Sunday nights is where other Christian leaders can sow into the lives of our children in a meaningful, consistent way. The leaders gather personal information at the beginning of the year such as, birthdays, recital dates, sports schedules, etc so that they can attend at least one event throughout the year. We want our students to know that discipleship can happen anywhere at any time