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Current Series: Courageous Christmas
Sunday marked the beginning of the Advent season. Advent, or adventous, is a Latin word: It means “the coming” or “the arrival”. Advent is a season of waiting - where we remember how long God's people waited for God's perfect "Gift' to arrive - Jesus! Relevant Magazine has a great article on slowing down and practicing Advent this Christmas season (click title to read) - 7 Advent Practices That Will Make Your December Better 

This month we are talking about a few things: The Advent, and as we talk about the advent, we are discussing some of the principles from the Advent Conspiracy group, whose main goal is to save Christmas from ourselves. Trying to reclaim Christmas from today's culture, and ultimately to save the season from ourselves. Most importantly, we are talking about keeping the main thing, the main thing, this year: Jesus, Emmanuel.
Sweet Hour of Praise
Join the Bowen Christian Church Praise Band in an hour of praise and worship Sunday, December 15th, at 6 PM. Many of your favorite songs of the season will be enjoyed. Bring your singing voice!
Following the service there will be food and other goodies!
Come to the Teen Christmas party on December 15th (This Sunday) from 7-8 pm! Wear an ugly sweater and bring a funny or ridiculous wrapped present ($5 limit) to swap! There will be food and awesomeness aplenty. We'll play games, eat, and have much fun!
 
Christmas Time is Here!
The month of December is a busy one at Bowen Christian Church!

Here are some dates to mark down:

Sweet Hour of Praise: December 15th @ 6 PM
Christmas Brunch:     December  22 @ 9:30 AM
Christmas Program:   December 22 @ 10:30 AM
Christmas Eve:           December  24th @ 5 PM
BCC was able to send out 39 shoeboxes so that kids could have a Christmas and hear the love of Jesus! Way to go!
Children's Christmas Program
There will be a Children’s Christmas Prorgam during service on December 22nd. There will be a practice on Sunday the 16th during the service.
Questions? Find Patty Thompson or Heather Song.
Elder and Deacon Nominations
Nominations for elders and deacons are now being considered. If you have a name you would like to nominate for elder or deacon please submit them in writing by December 15th to SoeBeck or one of our current elders: Aaron Thompson, John Eilers, Steve Peterson, Paul Henry, Tim Kerr, and Rick Ramsey.
Birthdays/
Anniversaries
Birthdays        
 2 - Margaret Rowland
 4 - Mike McClelland
 7 - Patty Thompson
18 - Joe Benjamin
22 - Jan Benjamin
22 - SoeBeck Song
28 - Linda Drummond

Anniversaries
11 - Mike & Kati McClelland
12 - Rick & Cindy Ramsey
21 - Rod & Mixie Tippey
Contact us!
If you have any prayer requests, bulletin information, or other comments or requests, please contact SoeBeck at
217-617-1079 or soebeck@bowenchristianchurch.org
Jr./Sr. High Ski Trip
Friday, January 3rd, the teens will be heading to SnowStar for a day of skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. Teens will be leaving the church at 7:45 am and should return around 6:30 pm! Cost is $40 (covers transportation, tickets, and equipment rental) plus money for 2 meals. 
Scholarships are available!
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