The Bumbershoot, December 4th, 2017

December 4, 2017
The Bumbershoot
The purpose of children's ministry at TPC is to give specific thought and attention to the way children grow in their understanding of Christ's Kingdom and what membership in that Kingdom entails.

1. Pre-schoolers, remember your class fellowship time this Saturday morning at the home of Monty and Shawn Lee. (2438 Franklin Ln., Murfreesboro, TN  37130) 

2. Join the Children's Ministry this Saturday for a trip to the Bethlehem Marketplace.  We will meet for lunch at Cook Out on Rutherford then caravan to Southeast Baptist Church to step back in time and see what Bethlehem might have looked like 2000 years ago.

3. This Sunday evening (Dec. 10) is an Advent service specifically designed for children!  Please join us at 6:30 to think about Advent from a child's perspective.

4. A complete listing of Advent activities and services can be found on our website:

"Oh! Let me tell this part!" Have you ever said something like this when listening to someone tell a familiar story?  We all love stories and all the more when the story is part of our family history. In the midst of a story is exactly where Zechariah finds himself in the passage we heard taught yesterday from Luke 1:5-25. As a priest, Zechariah was extremely familiar with the history of God's promise to rescue his people. In fact, part of his job was to make sure all the people knew the story. What he didn't know what just how much his own life was part of that story. When the angel Gabriel relayed to Zechariah the part he would play, he reacted with shock and disbelief. How in the world was God going to turn he and his wife Elizabeth's greatest sadness and shame into one of the most joyous parts of the rescue story? What seemed impossible, was exactly what God had promised. But what Zechariah was finding out was that the promise was not only for God's people as a whole, but for the details of his life as well! Are you aware that God is in the business of weaving every single part of our lives - the good and the bad - into the fantastic story of redemption?! This is what the Apostle Paul meant when he said in Romans 8:28 "we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."
Heavenly Father, thank you for caring about every detail of my life. Help me to trust your promise and plan when things don't turn out like I hoped they would.

1. Please pray for Madelyn & Mikaela Holder's Dad who broke his leg last night and is having surgery today.

2. Continue to pray for Miss Peggy's recovery from shoulder surgery and for Miss Marynelle as she cares for her parents.

3. Pray for your friends who will be taking tests to end their first semester over the next 2 weeks.

4. Pray for God's grace and peace to increase in our lives during this Advent Season.

Children's Questions or prayer requests can be placed in the box on the Children's Table outside the sanctuary.

Advent Season: December 3-24

Be sure to check the website for a complete list of Advent services.  Children are welcome and encouraged to attend all special services.

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Pick up your Advent Family Devotional Book from the table to the left as you exit the sanctuary.  
"And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said to him, 'Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.'" Luke 1:12-13 (ESV)

#33 Q: What befell our first parents when they had sinned? 

A: Instead of being holy & happy, they became sinful & miserable.
#34 Q: Did Adam act for himself alone in the covenant of works?

A: No. He represented all his posterity. 
Upcoming Events: 

December 9: Pre-K Class Fellowship from 10 - 11:30.

December 9: Field trip to Bethlehem Marketplace.  Meet at Cookout on Rutherford at 11:30 for lunch then caravan to Southeast Baptist. 

December 10: Children's Advent Service from 6:30-7pm

December 17: Last CE for the Semester. CE will resume on January 14.

December 17: Memorial Advent Service from 6:30-7pm

December 24: Morning worship at 10am.  Christmas Eve service at 5:30pm
If you have questions about any children's events, please email Neecia Eggar at