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Volume 40, Issue 51

A Beacon and A Bridge Join Us!

December 17, 2012

HOPE FOR THE SEASON - Wednesday, December 19

6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

4th SUNDAY of ADVENT WORSHIP- December 23

9:30 and 11:00 - Special Music by The Woodmont Trio


5:00 (Young Children) - 7:00 & 11:00 pm (Candlelight Communion)

Sunday, December 16
Mission Statement
Growing Disciples of Christ by Seeking God, Sharing Love and Serving Others

Special Remembrances and Prayers.

Core Values:
Welcoming Outstanding Worship Outreach Different Traditions Mission & Ministry On the Move Nurturing Transforming

Dedication of Tallulah Margaret Quinn

Parents: Robbie and Tallu Quinn

Spectacular performance by the Woodmont Chancel Choir with Orchestra

The Many Moods of Christmas

More photos on pages 8 and 9

Nightmare in Newtown

by Rev. Clay Stauffer, Senior Minister My heart aches. My Christmas spirit has been rocked. I have not been able to stop thinking about what took place Friday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT and the families that will now spend Christmas without their six or seven year old. These twenty first graders started their day just like any other. They woke up. They had breakfast. They hugged and kissed their parents good bye, and they went to school to continue laying the foundation for their future. They had absolutely no idea what would unfold just an hour later in the familiar place where they go every day to learn, to grow, and to feel safe. As the President said, these were children who had their entire lives ahead of them: birthdays, graduations, weddings, children of their own. No doubt, these children were excited about Christmas and had probably already written their letters to Santa. Newtown now joins the ranks of towns in America (Blacksburg, Columbine, Aurora, Killeen) defined by heinous shootings that claimed the lives of many innocent people. But this one has brought it to new heights. At a Christmas gathering this past weekend, I was told about a lawyer here in Nashville who slowly walked out of his office on Friday when the Newtown news broke, dip in his mouth, and frustratingly said, Just watch. Theyre going to try to turn this into a gun control conversation. You are correct! This is a gun control conversation. This is a mental illness conversation. This is a family values conversation. This is a conversation about a culture that has learned to glorify violence and that has failed to teach our youth and children what it means to live in peace. And guess what, we have all played a role in getting to this point. Either actively or passively, we have allowed our culture to evolve into one where violence and firearms are viewed as the means to finding security. The statistics of those who lose their lives every year in our nation as the result of gun violence is alarming and absurd. Something has to change and soon! I challenge the President to lead the charge. I challenge Congress to take this problem seriously and to act. I challenge those who are firm believers in the Second Amendment to at least acknowledge that there is absolutely no reason for any private citizen to own an AK 47 or any other automatic weapon that can fire multiple bullets with the pull of the trigger. Those are not needed for hunting and those are not needed for selfdefense. Parents should think twice before they allow their children to sit in front of an X Box or Play Station all day and play games like HALO, Thrill Kill, and Splatter House where the single goal is to blow others to smithereens. There are toys other than guns that we can and should give little boys. (By the way, all of the shooters in these situations are male.). All these things have played a role in creating our culture of violence where problems are solved with guns and with the use of force. Newtown is a reminder of how desperately we need the Prince of Peace in our culture this Christmas, yet I continue to wonder, Are we willing to make room for him? Jill Jackson Miller wrote the words to the Global Anthem for Peace back in 1955: Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be. With God as our father, brothers all are we. Let me walk with my brother, in perfect harmony. Jesus said, Those who live by the sword will die by the sword. In the Sermon on the Mount, he said, Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Are we listening and paying attention? I hope and pray that we are.

Dont Forget the Church

The month of December is a time when we are asked to support many charitable organizations in our community. It is easy to become exhausted by all the asks and the overwhelming need that is out there. I often feel that way myself. This is a simple reminder please dont forget the church. We simply dont know what might happen with tax rates and with charitable deductions next year. A lot of that is up in the air with the fiscal cliff debates. This is probably as good a time as any to think about supporting the church. Your gifts make everything we do here at Woodmont possible worship, programs, staff, outreach, facilities, etc. All of us play a role in moving the church forward with our time, talent, and treasure. Dont forget the church this Christmas season.

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by Thom Schuyler, Youth Director miracles, future, purity, resilience, hope and endurance. For them we want a fulfilled life free of anger, fear and violence. For them we want some things and a few some ones they love. For them we want to prolong this departure from innocence. At this time of year we celebrate a baby. His parents were just like you and me: young, uncertain, broke, bewildered and wildly in love with this child. And Im certain they sang to that baby in an ancient language we do not understand. But Ill bet it sounded something like this: I love you a bushel and a peck, a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck, a hug around the neck and a barrel and a heap, a barrel and a heap and Im talking in my sleep about you (Frank Loesser). That little baby never forget those words Merry Christmas xo from the Schuyler Clan

I became an uncle at the age of nine and by the time I left for college I had two nephews and five nieces. Several older cousins also added new faces and names to the Schuyler clan during those same years. I grew up with lots of babies and had the privilege of watching so many family members adore them, make them laugh, feed them, comfort them and love them into the circle. Now Sarah and I have taken on the role of grandparents. Although we have resisted the cultural urge to buy an Ask Me About My Grandchildren license plate, we are pretty crazy about Lulah Quinn. We think she is very nice. Babies are innocent. You can see it in their eyes, hear it in their voices and sense it in their demeanor. They like to smile and laugh. They appreciate soothing voices, warm bodies, short walks and long naps. They have no idea what television is, or The Internet, iPhones, email, racism, politics or war. Babies bring tears to adult eyes. They are not sad tears - they are joyful tears. In these sweet ones we see

Listen! Its Christmas!

by Mary Clare Pyron, Parish Nurse might mean recognizing your blessings and cherishing today, because tomorrow is unpredictable. For many, Christmas is a time filled with love, For those of us who are struggling this season, we may happiness, excitement, and anticipation. But for others, need to recognize that we need to talk to someone. Maybe the holidays are a time of year that is supposed to be we should contact a friend, a Stephen's minister, or our wonderful yet it feels dark, sad, and lonely. church staff. We may feel alone, but we must try to remember that we are not alone. We are not alone in how Christmas can be a time of year where you tend to miss we feel, we are not alone in our situation, and we are not the people who are not with us, even more than normal. It alone because we have the love of a King who came down can be a time where decadence and excess seem to be to earth to feel our pain, to know our suffering, and to give everywhere except in our pockets. It can be the time of us hope for the future. year where you try to cover you feelings with a smile, because we are supposed to be happy even though that No matter what you may be feeling this holiday season, might not be how we feel. come join us Wednesday night at 6:30 for our Hope for the Season service. It will be a time a time of stillness and So what does this mean for each of us? If we are the reflection. ones filled with excitement, it might mean sitting down with a friend who is going through a rough time and just ~Mary Clare listening. It might mean helping with The Nashville Food Project, and giving back to those who are less fortunate. It

Wednesday Night


5-Star Dinners will resume on January 9, 2013 (See Page 5 for more info) Sunday School - December 23
9:30 a.m.

Disciples Class (105) "The Spiritual Blessings of Christmas" Led by Roy Stauffer Challenge Class (200) Christmas Brunch Young Adult Class (Boardroom) Praying with Chutzpah Led by Rob Quinn Spiritual Journeys Class for Women (Bay) Led by Anne Alexander Stauffer 11:00 a.m. Second Hour of the Spiritual Journeys Class (Bay) (Open to Men Also) Led by Anne Alexander Stauffer

Advent Series at The Bridge: This Sunday

Live Drama Performance by Beth Easter & Company

Remember to Pickup Your Poinsettias from the Sanctuary or Gathering Hall this week!

Reflections Class (200) "Three Christmas Gifts from God" Led by Roy Stauffer Points of View (105) "The Question of God" - Led by Ralph Parsons and Doug King College & University Aged Young Adults (107) Led by Allen McDonald New Class During Christmas Break

Holiday Schedule
Office/Building Hours
Monday, Dec 24 8:30 a.m. Noon Tuesday, Dec 25 Closed Monday, Dec 31 8:30 a.m. Noon Tuesday, Jan 1 Closed 4

There will be

printed the week of December 24.

Emotional Freedom & Wholeness
Life is hard. Life can be very hard, but do we make it more difficult than it should be? In a new Sunday School Class beginning January 13th we will explore gripping emotions that can sabotage our emotional, physical and spiritual health. You are invited to attend this six week class if you want to learn how to better cope with stress, grief, loneliness, or letting go of fears, anxieties, anger and envy so that God can heal your hurts. This opportunity for education, spiritual growth, and group discussion will be led by Kathy Patten and sponsored by the Stephen Ministry. It will meet in the Board Room at 11:00 Sunday morning beginning January 13th. Together lets make 2013 a year of greater peace and wholeness emotionally and spiritually.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASSES Financial Peace University

Begins Sunday, January 6 4:00 to 5:30 pm
FPU is a 9-week program which teaches budgeting, finances, insurance, mortgages, etc. If you have previously taken this class, you may take it again because you are a lifetime member!! Sign-up here: http:// org/16185/class/221437/atid/l_mi If you have any questions, contact Cindy Gardner or Audrey Russell at: "Cindy Gardner" "Audrey Russell"
Begin January 16, 2013**

#1 Welcome back Donovan!

Former Woodmont staff member and newly engaged Belmont University professor Dr. Donovan Mcabee will be returning in January to lead a five-week Wednesday night class on Faith & Pop Culture. With invited students and colleagues from Belmont, Donovan will lead a study of Faith & Pop Music, Faith & the Movies, Faith & Fashion, & more. The class will meet at 6:35- 7:30 on Wednesday nights in the Board Room.

#2 Bible Study
The New Testament Letter to the Hebrews. Led by Dr. Roy Stauffer. 6:35-7:30 in Room 105.

#3 Divorce Care (BEGINS JAN. 9)

Led by Anne Alexander Stauffer, 6:30-8:00 in the Bay Room. This new session is offered for those whose lives have been affected by divorce. It will deal with such issues as Whats happening to me? and The Road to Finding Help and Healing.

#4 Worship & the Arts

This two week class will be offered by Andra Moran and the Bridge on January 23rd and 30th in the Jubilation Room.

**5-STAR DINNERS will resume on Wednesday, January 9 with a Special Dinner and Program. All regular Wednesday Night classes begin on January 16 (Exception: Divorce Care resumes Jan 9). If you have any questions, please call the church office - 297-8563.

Another Walk Thru Bethlehem has come and gone. It was a blessing and beautiful gift to everyone. We would like to thank you all for your support and help. Walk Thru Bethlehem would not be possible without a supportive church. Thank you for helping us make this possible. We would also like to thank the following: The Mulch Co. Seth Norman & the Drug Court Sonic (Hal Tevebaugh & John Collins) Little Critters and Mobile Barnyard Golden Coral (George & Polly Keith) Murphy Produce The Cutting Edge (Frank Gearheart) Boy Scouts Troup # 92 Congregation Yeshuat Yisreal Woodmont Christian Choir Woodmont CWF Circle Groups Woodmont Christian Church Staff Walk Thru Bethlehem Volunteers Snack & Meal Providers Pizza Perfect Nick Forlidas The Hartles Charley Hankla Cooper Landscaping Littles Fish Market

Also, we would like to give a special thank you to all the shopkeepers and volunteers. We hope Walk Thru Bethlehem has helped prepare you for a wonderful Christmas season. Blessings to all, The WTB Leaders

Apply online for the Woodmont Christian Preschool 2013/2014 School Year! (Lottery Deadline is January, 31, 2013) WCPS is a part-time preschool, serving children 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., following a typical 9-month school calendar. Children must be 6 months old by August 15, 2013 to be eligible to enroll. Application must be submitted before January 31, 2013 for WCC church-member priority. Find the application on the WCPS website: ("Admissions" tab "2013/2014 Application" on the drop down menu). Visit the WCPS website for additional enrollment information, the Parent Handbook and 2013/14 school year calendar. Please call 615-297-9962 to sign up for a tour!

.whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many. -- Mark 10:43b-45

The Nominating Committee, which is elected for a one year term, has the responsibility of selecting church members to be considered and elected by the congregation for leadership positions. This year we will elect: a Treasurer of Congregation, three Board Members-at-Large, five Elders and twenty-five Deacons. The members of the 2012 Nominating Committee are: Trudy Carpenter - - #269-8946 Nicole Clayton - - #352-7853 Marcus Crider - - #292-5868 Claire Drowota - - #297-2814 Jeremiah Pyron - - #484-7603 Jane Clay Meadors - - #665-2507 Robert Ramsey, Chair - - #383-5728 Mart Sesler - - #480-9085 Richmond Williams - - #331-1061

The Committee encourages input from any congregational member for suggestions for these important offices. Please submit name(s) and reason(s) for suggestion to any member of the Nominating Committee. Please consider members you know who may fit these responsibilities and then contact any Committee member with your recommendations. The committee will begin meeting soon. Please make suggestions by January 31, 2013. The terms of the new Treasurer, Board Members at Large, Elders and Deacons will begin on July 1, 2013. Following are the highlights of responsibilities for Elder and Deacon: Elder Responsibilities (3 Year Term) Serve at the Communion Table once each month. If unable to serve during assigned time, find a replacement and notify the church of office, as soon as possible of replacement. Serve Communion to those who are hospitalized, as assigned. Visit individuals on our Special Cares list at Christmas and other times as needed. Attend Elders meetings on a regular basis. (Currently those meetings are held periodically on Sunday evenings) Pray for those listed on the Concerns list (as printed in the Spire and Sunday bulletin each week) and for the congregation as a whole. Prayerfully consider issues or items brought before the Elders. May be asked to serve as a member of the Official Board. (Only two Elders will serve on the Board as Elder representatives.) Deacon Responsibilities (3 Year Term) Sign up to serve Communion in worship twice a month. Find a replacement if you are unable to serve during your assigned time. Prepare Communion once a quarter for all worship services. Attend meetings and training sessions called by the Chair of the Deacons. Operate video camera periodically Maybe asked to serve at other special events or services

More information on responsibilities and terms for all offices can be found at (About Us-By-Laws)

Christmas Concert December 15

(photos courtesy of Alan Nelson)

Sunday Morning December 16

(photos courtesy of Jim Thomas)

Sunday Morning December 16

(all photos courtesy of Alan Nelson)

Other Recent Events

Chancel Choir Party at The Whites

Alice Arnemann performs for CWF Circles

Spiritual Journeys Class at the Stauffers (Roy/Anne)

Disciples SS Class Party at the Stauffers (Roy/Anne)

Join us for a FREE afternoon of childcare this Saturday, December 22, from 3:008:00 p.m. (RSVP required)
This is Woodmont's Christmas present to YOU as hard working parents. Drop your kids off at the church and enjoy some time for last-minute Christmas shopping AND a date night out on the town! Children will have a fun night with Christmas games, crafts, and activities, plus a pizza dinner! Reservations are due online no later than This Thursday, December 20, at 5:00 p.m.



Wednesday, December 19, 2012 6:30 p.m. - "Hope for the Season" Special Service in the Sanctuary Saturday, December 22, 2012 3:00-8:00 p.m. Fabulously Free Saturday Sunday, December 23, 2012 9:30 a.m. - Children's Moment 9:45 a.m. - Sunday School 11:00 a.m. - Children's Church 5:45 p.m. - The Bridge Service

Happy Birthday To:

12/22 Ellie Soares 12/22 Caroline Wills

RSVP online now at

(to ensure safe/legal childcare ratios, no late or "at the door" registrations will be accepted)

Sunday School Lessons & Volunteers

December 23, 2012

Stars (2 Yrs) Advent Jane Clay Meadors LeAnn Stokes Pandas (3 Yrs) Advent Sarah Drury Becky Griffith Frogs (4 Yrs) Christmas - Meeting the Christ Child Kim Sheridan Joy and Gloria Jackson Monkeys (5 Yrs/K) Christmas - Meeting the Christ Child Denise Sesler Betty White Christ Quest The Annunciation Children's Church Kaitlyn Asher Christy Brown Donuts Still Needed

Family Christmas Eve Service December 24 at 5:00pm

Dont miss the beloved Woodmont tradition of the Napkin Nativity! Join us at 5pm in the sanctuary as your child gets to play a part in telling the story of Jesus birth! (no prep or rehearsal required)

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Bulletin Board
Opportunities at Woodmont
Wednesday, December 19 6:15 a.m. Men's Small Group (107) 7:00 a.m. Men's Bible Study (105) Younger Men's Bible Study (BR) 6:30 p.m. Special Service "Hope for the Season" (SANC) Thursday, December 20 9:00 a.m. Library Workday 7:00 p.m. Restore on Thursday Classes (Chi Rho, Jubilation) Saturday, December 22 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Fabulously Free Saturday (DH/KC) Sunday, December 23 Fourth Sunday of Advent 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. Worship 4:45 p.m. Woodmont Knitters (GH) 5:45 p.m. The Bridge Service (DH) Monday, December 24 Church Office/Building Closes at Noon 5:00, 7:00, 11:00 pm Christmas Eve Services Tuesday, December 25 Church Office/Building Closed Merry Christmas!

Elders Prayer Corner

The Elders Request that the congregation join them in prayer for: AdventHope, Peace, Joy and Love The families of children and adults who lost their lives in Connecticut. Thankful for all the music enjoyed during this season of the year. For those people in Nashville, in the United States, and in the world who suffer from hunger, shelter, and lack the essentials for life. For those people who struggle during the holiday. May this holiday bring comfort and hope. For our shut-in members who cannot join us in church.


IN THE HOSPITAL: Merillat Flowers, St. Thomas(outpatient) Vicky Galyon, mother of LA Galyon, Knoxville, TN Bryan King, close friend of the Stauffer Family, Vanderbilt John Thomas Rogers, friend of Steve & Deb LaForge, Vanderbilt Burn ICU NEW CONCERN: Mark Ethridge, cousin of Mary Kiger CONTINUING CONCERNS: Emily Duncan Mistye Meador Monte Good Janet Howell Joe Bandy Joyce White Mike Fuller Bob Bruce Peggy Johnson Amy Alexander Red Warnock Jeannette Miller Penny Stelling Carole Baker Koonce Beth & Daniel Ellis, niece and nephew-in-law of Betty Brent June Stewart, mother of Margie Quin Gary Jones, father of Pam Groom, Louisville, KY Jane Drury, sister of Mark Drury Martha Riddle Schwartz, Alive Hospice SYMPATHY TO: Angela Lynn-Miccioli and Selena Guilfoy and families on the death of their father, Garry Lynn, on Monday, December 17. Services will be at Woodmont at 2:00 pm on Friday, December 21 with visitation one hour prior. Donnie & Seth Norman on the loss of Donnies son, Foster Creighton. Services were held Thursday, December 13. Jamie Huling and family on the death of his mother, Linda Huling, on Monday, December 10. A memorial service was held in Peru, IL. CONGRATULATIONS TO: Cristin Wallace & Jay Lewis who were married at Woodmont on Wednesday, December 12. MILITARY PRAYER LIST: Graham Heilig, brother of Kirsten Lowe Cody Bender, husband of Ashley Wilson Bender; son-in-law of Steve & Judy Wilson Clay Perry, son of Tim & Diane Perry Dan King & wife, Ashley King, brother and sister-in-law of Stephen Daniel King THOSE SERVING ABROAD: Jesse Garrison, Peace Corp in Armenia WELCOME HOME! Katie Pickens, served in Haiti for the past year.


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BY OUR PRESENCE AND OUR Date Sunday School Total Atd. November 25 259 713 December 2 291 792 December 9 WTB 964 December 16 272 841 GIFTS
Operating $ 61,409 $ 48,946 $ 52,644 $ 50,050

December 23, 2012
Communion Prep: Service Coordinator: Video Camera: Willie Bandy 9:30 - Robert Howell 11:00 - Nick Small 9:30 - Nicole Clayton 11:00 - TBA 5:45 p.m. Scott Holley Liz Holley


December 23, 2012

WORSHIP SERVICES: December 23, 2012 Fourth Sunday of Advent

9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Rev. Clay Stauffer, Preaching Sermon: "Learning to Love Again At Christmas" Scripture: Luke 1:26-38; I John 4:7-12

9:30 a.m. Tom Dovan Jack Derryberry 5:45 p.m. - The Bridge Unwrap the Gift Advent Series Marcella Derryberry Rev. Trey Flowers, Preaching Billy Crawford Sermon: "Last Minute Christmas Shopping" Paul Hardin Scripture: Matthew 2:9-12 Terri McConnell Laura Dovan Weekly Prayer Partner Roger Best Central Christian Church, Memphis, TN

11:00 a.m. Kasey Clymer Mark Clymer Stuart Lackey Katie Johnson Pam Hardin George Keith Jean Ramsey Paula Forcht

9:30 a.m. Hal Tevebaugh and Alan Sowell 11:00 a.m. Bill Heyne and John Gibson 5:45 p.m. TBA


Rev. Clay Stauffer, Senior Minister Farrell Mason, Minister of Family Life & Pastoral Care Dr. C. Roy Stauffer, Minister of Church Life Rev. Justin Gung, Minister of Families & Young Adults Rev. Trey Flowers, Minister of Children & "The Bridge" Thom Schuyler, Youth Director Carla "CJ" Schooler, Minister of Jr. High Youth Tallu Quinn, TNFP Director & Outreach Min. Michael Graham, Director of Music Ministry Sarah Huffman, Accompanist Stasia Spivy, Receptionist Andra Moran & Stephen Daniel King, Directors of Music & the Arts for "The Bridge" Mary Clare Pyron, Parish Nurse Linda Whitson, Staff Administrator Beverly Honeycutt, Housekeeping Shirley Taylor, Housekeeping Ginny Tharp, Director of Preschool Kim Adair, Administrative Assistant Steven Austin, Housekeeping Sam Marsh, Property Manager - Housekeeping Supv.