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Bulletin for November 12, 2017

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Amos 3; Isaiah 1; Jeremiah 29

From Amos 3. “Hear this word, people of Israel, the word the Lord has spoken against you—against the whole family I brought up out of Egypt: … Take your seats now on the hills around Samaria, and witness the chaos and oppression in Israel. My people have forgotten how to do right,” says the Lord. “Their fortresses are filled with wealth taken by theft and violence. Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! … You who trample the needy and do away with the poor of the land, …buying the poor with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals. Therefore you will be among the first to go into exile; your feasting and lounging will end.”

From Isaiah 1. “When you come to worship me, who asked you to parade through my courts with all your ceremony? Stop bringing me your meaningless gifts; the incense of your offerings disgusts me! I want no more of your pious meetings. They are a burden to me. I cannot stand them! When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will not look. Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen, for your hands are covered with blood.”

From Jeremiah 29. “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon, 5 ‘Build houses and live in them; and plant gardens and eat their produce. 6 Take wives and become the fathers of sons and daughters, and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; and multiply there and do not decrease. 7 Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.’”

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Leader: The Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God.

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      Family Hockey Night (11/19 @ 5pm)

      Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 19, at 5pm as our Hurricanes play host to the NY Islanders. This is a family event. Everyone is welcome! Nearly 50 people are already signed up! Tickets are $20/ea. If you’d like to come but need help financially, let us know! Email Curtis for more information.

      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! [learn more]

      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 [email protected]. [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 (12/16)

      On Saturday, December 16th 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. The movie will begin at 5 pm! [learn more]

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