December 2018 | Click to view

December 2018 | Click to view

Insight is our monthly newsletter that is filled with articles from our staff and members as well as information about upcoming events. Click the image to view a PDF of November’s issue of Insight.

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This Week

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| TODAY | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Sanctuary Gathering Area and NewSong Entrances | This Christmas, give the gift of hope. Give to Christ United's Mission Fund in honor or memory of a loved one and receive a special card to share with the recipient. Stop by the Missions tables after any service for more information.
BEHOLD, A SAVIOR CHRISTMAS CONCERT | TODAY during 10:40 a.m. Sanctuary service | FRI., DEC. 14 | 7:00 p.m. | Sanctuary | Join us as our Sanctuary Choir, Youth Singers and orchestra skillfully weave music and dramatic first-hand accounts of the birth of Jesus using carols and original songs.
JOY: A CHRISTMAS WORSHIP AND COMMUNION EXPERIENCE FOR ALL ABILITIES | TODAY | 3:30 p.m. | Sanctuary | Join us for an inclusive worship experience with a Christmas celebration after.
CRAZY, BUSY, PEACEFUL HOLY NIGHT CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS CONCERT TODAY | 6:00 p.m. | Sanctuary | Enjoy the Preschool Choir's opening songs and then follow along as the Children’s Choir shares the  journey of a family who gets caught up with the craziness of preparing for Christmas. This musical is certain to bring excitement for all this Christmas!


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EMBARK | Next Session begins SUN., JAN. 13 | 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Room C-221 | This experience is designed to lead us to Love God, Love People, and Change the World. Visit for more information.
25TH ANNUAL WOMEN'S CONFERENCE: FIND JOY IN THE JOURNEY | SAT., FEB. 9 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Christ Center Gym | Join us for a time of faith and fellowship with guest speaker Cherie Nettles and worship leader Sarah Johnson. Registration is now open at the church and online. Register now for early bird pricing of $30 through Dec. 30.
GRACE FOR GRANDMOTHERS BEGINS SUN., FEB. 3 | Losing contact with a grandchild can happen for a number of reasons. This new group will give you the opportunity to interact with grandparents and offer support, encouragement and Bible Study. Contact Sonya Carson at 251. 706.3365 or 


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YOUTH WINTER RETREAT 2019 | FRI., JAN. 18  SUN., JAN. 20  | 6th – 12th Grade | Camp Baldwin | Join us for our biggest event of the year! Don't miss this amazing weekend. Space is limited so sign up now and download the information packet at Cost: $140 per person.

christ café

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 CHRIST CAFÉ HOLIDAY HOURS | Weekday Lunches: TUES.and THURS. only, now through JAN. 7  | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | To view the menus, visit
CHRISTMAS HAM AND TURKEY | NOW – SUN., DEC. 16 |Take the stress out of your Christmas dinner and allow Chef Jonavin to cook your turkey or ham! The Christ Café is taking orders for 10 – 14 lb., 24 hour brined and roasted turkeys and 8 – 10 lb. hams. Cost is $35 per turkey and $45 per ham. Pick up your order on SUN.,, DEC. 23 or MON., DEC. 24 between        8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Christ Café. Orders can be placed in person at the Christ Café, or at         

music ministry

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| Registration Open | Give your child the opportunity to grow and flourish in their love of music. For more information and to register, contact Emily Friend at or 251.706.3336.


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CHRIST UNITED NIGHT AT THE USA JAGUAR MEN'S BASKETBALL GAME SAT., JAN. 5 | 3:00 p.m. | University of South Alabama's Mitchell Center | Bring the whole family and enjoy an afternoon with the University of South Alabama Jaguar Men's basketball team. C-Sports players and coaches will be recognized and Christ United's Living Sound will sing the National Anthem. Tickets are $5 each and on sale now at the Recreation Desk.
SIT & GET FIT CLASS | Every MON., WED., AND FRI. beginning JAN. 7 | 9:30 a.m. | This 30 minute total body workout class will increase your endurance, stamina, balance and flexibility while sitting. Contact Dyann Munoz at or the Recreation Desk at 251.706.3326.

waiting for christmas

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BEHOLD, A SAVIOR CHRISTMAS CONCERT | During 10:40 a.m. Sanctuary service | FRI., DEC. 14 | 7:00 p.m. | Sanctuary | Join us as our Sanctuary Choir, Youth Singers and orchestra skillfully weave music and dramatic first-hand accounts of the birth of Jesus using carols and original songs.
50+ CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION | WED., DEC. 12 | Hospitality Room  4:45 p.m. | Enjoy dinner and an evening of musical entertainment. Music and hot Wassil begins at 4:45 p.m. and dinner will be served at 5:15 p.m. For reservations, contact Kim Pratt at 251.706.3331 by Wed., Dec. 5 at 12:00 p.m. Cost: $10 per person and seating is limited.
BEAUTY FROM ASHES: A BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE SUN., DEC. 16 | 6:00 p.m. | Sanctuary | Are you missing your loved one or hurting this Christmas? We will remember those who have passed, pray for those far away, and seek God’s healing.
CHRISTMAS EVE FAMILY COMMUNION SERVICES | MON., DEC. 24 | 3:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. Sanctuary | A child-friendly service with puppets and an interactive telling of the Christmas story.
CHRISTMAS EVE TRADITIONAL COMMUNION SERVICES | MON., DEC. 24 | 6:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m. | Sanctuary | Join us for music, scripture readings, a Christmas message, Holy Communion, and candlelight carols as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
CHRISTMAS EVE MODERN COMMUNION SERVICE | MON., DEC. 24 | 7:30 p.m. | Christ Center Gym | Come experience, an incredible band, live strings and a meaningful teaching  that you don’t want to miss.

Other Events

CHRIST UNITED OFFICES CLOSED | Church offices will be closed  MON., DEC. 24 – WED., DEC. 26 as well as MON., DEC. 31 – TUES., JAN. 1.   

 | Contributions for 2018 must be received in the offering Sun., Dec. 30 or through Pushpay by Mon., Dec. 31, delivered to the Christ United office by Thur., Dec. 27, or postmarked by Mon., Dec. 31. Qualified Charitable Distributions from IRA RMDs must be submitted and processed by Mon., Dec. 31. Contributions received after these dates will be credited to 2019.


November 2018MONTHYTD
Monthly FORWARD Budgeted$329,635$3,901,729
Monthly FORWARD/7YP Given$304,061$3,598,819
Monthly Mission Fund Budgeted$3,600$18,000
Monthly Mission Fund Given$840$20,156
December 2, 2018
Weekly Attendance: 1,836