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Bulletin for November 26, 2017

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John 18:1-12

1 When he had finished praying, Jesus crossed the Kidron Valley with his disciples and entered a grove of olive trees. 2 Judas, the betrayer, knew this place, because Jesus had often gone there with his disciples. 3 The leading priests and Pharisees had given Judas a contingent of Roman soldiers and Temple guards to accompany him. Now with blazing torches, lanterns, and weapons, they arrived at the olive grove.

4 Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to him, so he stepped forward to meet them. “Who are you looking for?” he asked.

5 “Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied.

“I am he,” Jesus said. (Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.) 6 As Jesus said “I am he,” they all drew back and fell to the ground! 7 Once more he asked them, “Who are you looking for?”

And again they replied, “Jesus the Nazarene.”

8 “I told you that I am he,” Jesus said. “And since I am the one you want, let these others go.” 9 He did this to fulfill his own statement: “I did not lose a single one of those you have given me.” 10 Then Simon Peter drew a sword and slashed off the right ear of Malchus, the high priest’s slave. 11 But Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath. Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me?” [From Luke’s gospel] “No more of this.” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him. 12 So the soldiers, their commanding officer, and the Temple guards arrested Jesus and tied him up.

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Movie with RRM!! (Thanksgiving weekend)

On Sunday, November 26th, we’re going to take our RRM friends on a “date” to the movies (Justice League), complete with popcorn and soda… And we would love for you to join us! We will be going to the 2pm showing at Wells Fargo IMAX Theatre at Marbles. Try to arrive by 1:30 pm. Tickets (for Ekklesia people) are $9 each and include popcorn and drink. But, of course, let us know if you need help covering it! Please SIGN UP so we know how many tickets to reserve!

Annual Women’s Ornament Exchange Party (12/1)

Join us on Friday, December 1st for our annual Women’s Ornament Exchange Party. The rules are simple: (1) bring an ornament in an opaque bag for the exchange, (2) bring a dish and/or drink to share, (3) have fun! This is basically an excuse for the women of Ekklesia together together, eat, and laugh (without kids getting in the way!) 🙂 It is always a ton of fun. This year, Holly Stephens will be hosting, and weather permitting we will even have a fire out back. If you have any questions, email Holly at hwstephens@gmail.com. [learn more]

5th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party (12/9)

It’s almost here! Our 5th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party! Shane and Tomra Bazer (3809 Sparrow Pond Lane, Raleigh, NC 27606 • 5-10pm) are hosting this year’s ugliness. It will be a kid-friendly event, and so, no babysitter required! Bring your little ones dressed in their ugliest Christmas attire! This night will be potluck-style, so please bring a dish to share!

Annual Polar Express Christmas Celebration (12/10)

(NEW DATE) On Sunday afternoon, December 10th we will be bringing the community together for our annual Polar Express Christmas Celebration at Athens Drive High School. This is free and open to everyone in the public. Invite friends! The more the merrier. We will be playing the Polar Express in the auditorium, and there will be special appearances by the ADHS drumline, theater department, chorus, art department and more. And at the end of the evening, stay around to get pictures with Santa! Doors open at 4 pm with food and fun for everyone. Doors open at 4pm. The movie will begin at 5 pm! [learn more]

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