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8:00: George and Helen Corley, Terry and Judy Fuller 9:00: Kim Hawkins, Kristen Hawkins, Joshua Hawkins, Drew Coleman, Billy Owens, Craig Summerall, Kevin Felkel, Michael Lambrecht, Will Harman 10:30: Tom Blackburn, Lloyd DuPre, John D'Alpe, James McGee, Jim Watkins, Brian Boan, Jim Stewart, Robbie Rector, James Trent, Ralph Crafton, Ricky Glover, Clifton Rogers

Hugs are tighter, hearts are lighter, smiles are brighter, at Christmas.

No Service No Service Lloyd DuPre

1205 Old Cherokee Road/PO Box 131 Lexington, SC 29071 (803) 359-3495 Editor: Kathy Brannon [email protected] Volume 13 Issue 12 December 2011

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How Many Kings?

12/25 Deborah Price, Al Leitch, Becky Martin

Flowers (Sanctuary/Narthex)--

Mountains Moves

"He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of His ancestor David. And He will reign over Israel forever; His Kingdom will never end!" (Luke 2:32-35) Follow the star to a place unexpected Would you believe after all we've projected A child in a manger? Lowly and small, the weakest of all Unlikeliest hero, wrapped in his mother's shawl ­ Just a child. Is this who we've waited for? How many kings, stepped down from their thrones? How many lords have abandoned their homes? How many greats have become the least for me? And how many gods have poured out their hearts To romance a world that was torn all apart? How many fathers gave up their sons for me?

(Lyrics from "How Many Kings" by Downhere)

Arlene Kalagidis Nick and Kristie Shelly Earl and Judi McLeod Martha and Dick Thompson

Lay Readers--

Takers 12/4 Sid Segars, Wayne Baucom, Baulkie & Martha Bauknight 12/11 Paul Cox, Bree Ethridge 12/18 Donnie Hendrix, Tricia Huff, Tripp Limehouse

Bakers 12/4 Cindy Hurley, Melissa Hutnyak, Nancy Hutto, Sara Jennings 12/11 Susan Jennings, Robin Morris, Louise Plott, Joyce Prince 12/18 Susie Risher, Pixie Roberson, Sherry Sanders, Claudia Smiley 12/25 Nena Thomason, Mary Thompson, Kelli Trent, Lynn Tucker


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Nancy Hutto Jackson Sisson Jim Buchman No Service Music Program Music Program Keith Thomason Caina Rainwater Fran Halloran

Bread of Life Lay Visitors--

Great question! Only One! Throughout Advent and Christmas, we will worship the King who gave up His throne--the Lord Jesus who abandoned His home and became the least for you and me. Our Advent sermons will examine how God's gift of salvation was: Unexpected Unblemished Unparalleled Unconditional Make sure you pick up your Advent wristband that declares, "He's my King!" but also asks "Who's your King?" Pray that God will lead you into conversation with someone who doesn't know God's wonderful love and unparalleled gift! Merry Christmas and see you at the church where Jesus is King!

*Return Service Requested*



Mt. Horeb's Helping Hands December

News of and for our Church Family

It's the End of the World as We Know It (at least for The Burning Bush and our weekly bulletin)

I've warned you, and now it's here. This issue of The Burning Bush (the 13th year, 12th issue) is the last. And that's not all! Starting in January, we will also no longer print a weekly bulletin. Don't panic. Breathe deep. First off, we aren't killing our weekly bulletin in total. We are just changing the way we communicate church information. In summary, we are stopping two things and have developed four outlets that will accomplish the same goal with greater efficiency and with huge savings in time and money. Here's the plan: NO--Big, fold-out bulletin (and inserts) printed and handed out at 4 services each week NO--Newsletter printed and mailed each month YES!--A half-page Sermon Notes with brief event information handed out weekly YES!--An eBulletin (The Burning Bush Blast) emailed out each Thursday with notices to that week's events and links to signup and more details YES!--A few copies of The Burning Bush Blast available at the Welcome Desk for those who don't email YES!--Enhanced, easy-to-use, up-to-date website Advantages to the plan: We can communicate directly and timely with our members and friends This provides ministry/event exposure in a personal environment (your home!) It allows immediate responses, additional information, or sign-up opportunities This will reduce waste (hundreds of bulletins are tossed each week) and labor (staff and equipment) In good faith and stewardship, it will save $30-40,000 annually in printing costs What can you do? We are in the process of updating our church database. Please take a minute to check that your information is correct. Go to our website ( and log in (choose "Resources" and then "Site Login." Enter your username and password. If you don't have a username, click on the "need a login" link. Reminder: Your email address must be in our database for us to give you a username and password. If you have never shared your email with us, please send a message to Maria Ponder ([email protected] and she will be happy to enter it for you. Go to "My Profile" to view your information. Make changes as necessary. Especially ensure that your email address is current, but also make sure we have your address and phone number ­ located under the "Contact Info" tab. If you have questions or trouble logging in, please email Carol Wyndham ([email protected]) or call her at 359-3495 ext. 244. Finally, please pray. This is a huge transition for our church and one that may not perfectly suit everyone. Talk to us. Let us know what's working and what's not. And contribute your ideas!

UMW Cookie Walk

It's time to get your cookies! The Cookie Walk will be held on Sunday, December 4, after each church service. This is a great time to purchase cookies for your family or as gifts for others. Each box will include a baker's dozen of homemade cookies. This is the primary fundraiser for the Mt. Horeb UMW with proceeds going to support Mt. Horeb local and state missions.

Small Groups Update!

Looking for a small group or a short-term class for next semester? Check us out online ( starting January 1 for a listing of our open groups as well as our short-term classes. If you are new to Mt. Horeb, we strongly encourage you to attend Starting Point on Wednesday nights starting January 18 ­ you may also register for this online. Starting Point is a six-week class to help you get connected at Mt Horeb; both in service and in groups. You will learn more about growing in your faith as well as some basic differences between United Methodists and other denominations. We will also offer a Sunday Starting Point "Boot Camp," which is a 3week version of our Wednesday Starting Point, starting in March. We look forward to getting you connected here at "The Mountain."

39 and Holding

Yum, Yum!!! We had such fantastic food at the November meeting. We definitely have great cooks in our group. If you missed it, don't fret. We are eating together again on December 20 at 12:00 noon in the Fellowship Hall. The church will provide ham and everyone is asked to bring a dish to pass. As a special treat, the senior choir, Saints Alive, will be singing. You don't want to miss this! If you wish, you can bring a $5 gift for a child at Epworth. Please wrap it and mark boy or girl on it. We hope to see you at the Christmas festivities. We always have a great time November Treasurer's Report and everyone is welcome. 2011 Operating Budget ................................ $2,596,010.00 No RSVP is needed. If Received to date ............................................ 2,407,699.07 you have any questions, call Barbara Satkowski at Budget to date................................................ 2,346,381.00 Missions Budget................................................ 320,000.00 520-7975.

A Look at Our Faithfulness

Ramp Building Ministry Missions budget to date .................................... 289,230.95

Our Ramp Building Ministry at Mt. Horeb has build dates set for December and January. Please "step out" and help us build much-needed and muchappreciated ramps for families in Lexington. Dates are Saturday, December 10 and January 7.

Missions received to date.................................. 261,075.66 2011 Building/Promised Land Budget ............... 424,478.00 Building Fund received to date.......................... 363,819.35 Building Fund budget to date ............................ 383,661.00 Building Fund debt ............................................ 859,963.62 Promised Land debt ....................................... 1,469,446.30 Faith Moves Mountains II (debt reduction) YTD ...... 64,685.98

November Attendance

Sunday School Worship


807 1,427


893 1,516

Advent at Mt. Horeb

Advent Sermon Series December 3 & 4 Unblemished December 10 & 11 Sing Gloria! December 17 & 18 Unconditional December 24 Unparalleled December 25 Unfinished Rev. Jeff Kersey Jack Warren Rev. Jeff Kersey Rev. Jeff Kersey Dr. Brian Rainwater

December Events Calendar

Regular Schedule


8:00 9:00 9:00 10:00 10:05 10:30 10:30 2:00 4:00 AM AM AM AM AM AM AM PM PM Early Worship Service Praise & Worship Service Sunday School High School Sunday School Congregation-wide Fellowship Late Worship Service Sunday School Hand Bells Rehearsal Mid-High Priority Rehearsal

December Daily Events

Sat. 3 Sun. 4 Cookie Walk Cookie Collection, 10:00 AM Communion, all services UMW Cookie Walk, following all services Coffee with the Pastor, 9:00 AM Middle School Christmas Party, 2:00 PM Special Needs Respite Program, 9:30 AM Child/Youth Protection Training (CYPT), 7:45 PM Communion, 8:00 AM Service Adult Supper Club, 6:00 PM Sarah Circle, 7:00 PM Sing Gloria! 6:00 PM Sing Gloria! 9:00 & 10:30 AM Senior High Christmas Dance, 5:30 PM Special Needs Respite Program, 9:30 AM Faith Circle, 11:00 AM Agape Circle, 7:00 PM Joy Jam Dinner, 5:45 PM Joy Jam Program, 7:00 PM Med Mission, 10:00 AM Special Needs Respite Program, 5:00 PM Date Night, 5:30 PM Happy Birthday Jesus Party, 5:45 PM Happy Birthday Jesus Parties, 9:00 & 10:30 AM Carols, Pizza, Cider, 4:00 PM Ministry Council, 7:00 PM Special Needs Respite Program, 9:30 AM 39 and Holding Christmas Dinner, 12:00 noon Friendship Circle, 6:30 PM Christmas Eve Services, 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM, 10:00 PM Christmas Day Single Service, 10:30 (no Sunday School) Steven Ministry Meeting, 7:00 PM

Advent Calendar ~ See additional program details in other newsletter articles. Sunday, December 4 Annual Cookie Walk; Family Life Center; Cookies on sale after each service Middle School Christmas Party, 2-4:00 PM Saturday, December 10 Sing Gloria! A Message of Hope, 6:00 PM Sunday, December 11 Sing Gloria! A Message of Hope, 9:00 & 10:30 AM (no 8:00 AM service) High School Christmas Party, 5:30-9:30 PM Wednesday, December 14 Joy Jam Family Christmas Event, Dinner 5:45-7 PM, Program 7-8:00 PM Saturday, December 17 Happy Birthday Jesus Party, 5:45 PM Sunday, December 18 Happy Birthday Jesus Party, 9:00 & 10:30 AM Carols, Cider, & Cocoa with Pizza, 4-7:00 PM Saturday, December 24 Christmas Eve Services at Mt. Horeb 1:00 PM ~ A service of Carols, Scripture, and Communion 4:00 PM ~ A Family Service for Young Families 6:00 & 10:00 PM ~ Traditional Candlelight Service with Choir and Brass Sunday, December 25 Christmas Day Service, 10:30 Family Service Only (no 8:00 or 9:00 AM service and no Sunday School)

Tue. 6 Wed. 7 Sun. 6 Thu. 8 Sat. 10 Sun. 11


Day of Prayer & Fasting 9:00 AM Exercise Class 9:00 AM Mother's Morning Out 9:00 AM Stitchers 7:00 PM Chancel Choir Rehearsal


1:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM Saints Alive Senior Choir Divorce Care Men's Open Gym Mother's Morning Out Helping Hands Crafters Director's Meeting Praise Team Rehearsal Mt. Horeb Orchestra Rehearsal Weekly Bulletin Deadline Tue. 13


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Fri. 16 Sat. 17 Sun. 18


Children's Ministry Joy Jam ~ Set aside the evening of Wednesday, December 14, and plan to join us at Mt.

Horeb for a Joy Jam dinner, family crafts, and a Christmas program. This is a great event to invite friends and neighbors to attend! Date Night is December 16! ~ Parents, want to go on a date? We will have Date Night on December 16 from 5:30 to 9:30 PM. Childcare costs $10 per child with a family maximum of $25. Please send a packed dinner along with any drinks or snacks that your child may need. Please register online by 12/14 on the church website or contact Patricia Flake (233-3057 or [email protected]) with questions. Cancellations made prior to noon the day before will have monies carried over to the next "Date Night."

6:45 AM Men's Prayer Breakfast 9:00 AM Mother's Morning Out

Tue. 20


5:45 PM Evening Worship Service Sat. 24 Sun. 25 Tue. 27

"Run for God" Program Begins January 16

Bible Study and 5K Running Program for Beginners If your New Year's resolutions for 2012 include wanting to improve your fitness physically, emotionally, and spiritually or to spend more time with the family, then you may be interested in the program "Run for God." The Leisure and Adult Education ministries at Mt. Horeb are offering a 12-week program that combines a weekly Bible study with group training sessions to prepare you to run a 5K (3.1 mile) road race. The program runs January 16 through April 7. The one-hour Bible study will meet in the youth room at Mt. Horeb on Monday nights from 6:30-7:30 PM, with two weekly group training sessions available to help get you in good physical and spiritual shape. The program is targeted for beginners-- absolutely no experience is required. Adults and students 6th grade and above are invited to participate. Students must participate with a parent. There will be a $20 fee for one study book per family and a $20 fee for each person to register for the Resurrection Run 5K race scheduled for Saturday, April 7. "Run for God" t-shirts will be available as an option. Orders for shirts will be taken at the time of registration. The deadline to register is Sunday, January 8. Register online at; just click on Ministries, then Adult Ministries, and at the bottom of the page "Click Here" for available small groups. For more information, contact Cassie Rainwater at [email protected] or 356-6464 (h). Please also visit to find out more about the program.

Youth Ministry

Youth Family Retreat, Jan. 12-14, 2012 ~ Have you ever wished your family could spend more time together? Does it seem everyone is too busy to eat dinner together or even play a board game? If you answered "yes" to either question, then this trip is for you. Take the weekend to stay in beautiful cabins in Gatlinburg, TN, and ski, walk downtown, or go hiking. Play games and eat together as a huge family! Cindy and Phil Miller will be our guest speakers talking about the importance of fun, tradition, and values in a family. This retreat is open to parents/guardians and their children, 5th - 12th grade. The price per person is $85 (for early registration before Dec. 25th) and includes 2-night stay, 4 meals, t-shirts and programming. Register online at Middle School Christmas Party, December 4, 2012, 2:00-4:00 PM Ice Skating at the PLEX in Irmo ~ Its our third annual Tacky Sweater party! This year we are going to the Plex in Irmo to ice skate. Students should meet at the Plex at 2 PM on Sunday, Dec. 4. Parents are welcome to stay if they would like. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Andy at [email protected] All 7th and 8th graders are invited--bring your friends! The Plex is located at 1019 Broad Stone Road in Irmo. Please bring $12 for ice skating plus a wrapped White Elephant gift valued at $5 or less. And don't forget to wear your tacky Christmas sweater! High School Christmas Dinner & Dance, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2012, 5:30-9:30 PM All High School Youth are invited to our third annual Christmas Dinner & Dance to be held at the Lexington Municipal Building (across the street from Grouchos in downtown Lexington). Bring a date or come with friends (high school age only) for a delicious dinner, a top-rated DJ, lots of dancing, and additional Christmas festivities! We've got more space and a bigger dance floor than last year, so invite your friends. Dress is semi-formal. This event will sell out, so register now! There are no actual "tickets," as we will have a registration list at the door of those who have paid. You must pay when you register ­ we will not be "holding" spots to be paid for later. If you prefer paying by check or cash directly to the church, please make your check payable to Mt. Horeb UMC and drop it off at the church to the attention of Gayle Stephenson. Regular Registration $17, Nov. 27-Dec. 3 Late Registration $20, Dec. 4-Dec. 8

Music and Fine Arts Ministry

Sing Gloria! A Message of Hope Saturday, December 10, 2011, 6:00 PM Sunday, December 11, 2011, 9:00 & 10:30 AM This year promises that the Christmas season will come alive as the Music & Fine Arts Ministry of Mt. Horeb presents Sing Gloria! A Message of Hope drawn from the musical by David Hamilton and adapted by Jack Warren. The Musical reflects the joyous and intimate moments of Christmas and will magnify your celebration of the coming of Emmanuel. The program features Mt. Horeb's 65-voice Chancel Choir, the Mt. Horeb Orchestra (MHO), drama, dynamic soloists, and the Mt. Horeb children and youth choirs.

Here We Grow Again

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(1) Don & Tracy Singleton, (2) Wes & Natalie Gunter, (3) Karen Winter, (4) Capt. Kevin Adams, and (5) Rick & Pat Browder.





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