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Veritas Church Christmas Eve Service

Remember to join us at 5:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve for a time of worship, scripture, and the finest in holiday fashion.

Chili & Chocolate!

Remember that tomorrow we're having chili and chocolate after church! Bring a dish (or two) to share!

When you come tomorrow, much of the lower back lots are going to be roped off for festivities, so be sure to park up at the Emory Genetics Lab. (Two doors up the hill, going towards Clairmont.)

Veritas Family!

DeKalb County will be sending an inspector to Unit 2 (the second half of the children's area) tomorrow to inspect the electrical system. This is the final step we have before restoring power and finishing our renovations for that area. Please be in prayer that the inspection goes well and that there are no more hiccups. 

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Current church status: David using the Slagle. 

Veritas Family!

We are incredibly close to having the renovations complete in the children's buildings, and I am beyond thankful for all of the hard work people have put in over the past few weeks. With a little bit of elbow grease, we'll be ready to have children in all of Suite 1 (i.e., the left half of the building) this Sunday. 

Here's an update on what's already been happening this week: 

(1) Work has continued on the concrete floors in the back classroom and in the opening between Suites 1 & 2. The issue we ran into is that some original concrete repair work done during the first part of renovations was, unfortunately, very uneven, and carpet simply wouldn't stick. We've had several people trading off attacking the concrete with sledge hammers and chisels, and we're almost ready to re-lay the carpet. 

(2) The sundry electrical issues have all been addressed by our electrician, and, with a little luck, +Scott Camp shouldn't electrocute himself again. 

Here's a list of things left to do:

(1) All of the trim (doors, baseboards, etc.) have been installed in Suites 1 & 2 and need to be caulked, sanded, and painted. This can be done any time. (Suite 2 is lower priority than Suite 1, but if somebody gets in a good groove and wants to just caulk and/or sand it all, that's fine.) But Zack, isn't this a repeat of what you said last week? Yes. Unfortunately, some of the trim work done two weeks ago needed to be repaired this past weekend. Additionally, all of the trim work was completed in Suite 2 this past weekend.

(2) The cabinets/drawers in Suite 1 need to be painted. This can be done any time, however, we need to be very careful with the desktop that +Brandon Wason made. If anybody wants to get in to paint that stuff before this weekend, please let me know that specifically, so we can talk about this issue.

(3) Light switch and outlet covers need to be installed where missing. This can be done at any time.

(4) The carpet needs to be completed. There is a tiny bit in Suite 1, and a sizable chunk in Suite 2. We have people who have volunteered for this. You're welcome to join us and help things go faster, but we're probably good to go on this project. 

(4) The bathroom in Suite 2 needs to be painted, and flooring needs to be installed. This can be done at any time, but this is lower priority, since it is Suite 2. 

(5) The closet door in Suite 2 needs to be painted. Because this is Suite 2, this is lower priority. 

(6) Everything needs to be cleaned up. 

This may seem like a lot, but compared to where we were two weeks ago it's actually not that bad. If we can get this concrete flooring issue squared away we might have all of Suite 1 open this weekend. The hang up with Suite 2 is power, which is why it is lower priority. Long story short: We need to finish all the renovations there before GA Power will turn the power back on. That is not likely to happen by this weekend, but if we can get the renovations completed by this weekend, then we can get then out next week to turn on the power. 

I will be working again this Saturday, along with anybody else who is willing to join in. The last two weeks we've started at 6:00 a.m., so you're welcome to join us any time after that. This past weekend, most people began showing up between *;00 - 9:00 a.m. We're not looking to go late into the evening, so the more help we have early on the better. 

If anybody has any questions, please feel free to give me a call. 

Veritas People!

We're finally nearing the end of road for the new children's rooms, but there's still plenty of work to be done. 

We'll be there working again this Saturday starting at 8:00 a.m. and going until (hopefully) there is no more work left to be done. Items still left on the agenda include:

>Replacing one of the doors in Suite 2. 
>Caulking trim (baseboards and door frames).
>Sanding trim.
>Painting trim. 
>Painting cabinets/drawers.
>Installing door hardware.
>Misc. small woodworking projects.
>Painting a few spots on the walls which were damaged last weekend and/or this week. 
>Painting the bathroom in Suite 2.
>Installing outlet, light switch, etc., covers.
>Finishing the carpet installation.
>Lots and lots and lots of general cleanup. 
>Moving the kids stuff into the rooms.

The list may look exhaustive, but most of these items are fairly small and can be knocked out in relatively short time. We are lightyears ahead of where we were a week ago.

We can use all the help anybody is willing to offer. Again, I'll be there as early or as late as people want to volunteer. If you have any questions, feel free to post them here or feel free to give me a call any time today, tomorrow, or Saturday. 

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Operation Christmas Child

Veritasians! This Sunday is the last day to bring in your shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. If you've never done this before, I would highly recommend you give it a try this year. Each year, wondering around the store trying to figure out the best gifts and how to maximize the space in our boxes is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. Even if you just pack one single box, it can still make a world of difference to a child on the other side of the globe. 

If you're unfamiliar with how it all works or what you should pack, check out their website and feel free to ask any questions or me or anybody else at the church!

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Ethan Oliver Stepp. Born at 2:36 a.m. on October 23, 2015. 7 lbs 10 oz. and 20 in. Mom and baby are doing great. 

Veritas Peoples:

A close friend of a close friend, (a close friend of the McClure family, in Athens, whom many of you know), just gave birth prematurely to a set of twins at DeKalb Medical Center. The twins are going to have to be in the NICU for at least six weeks. The mother is looking for a place anywhere in the area where she can stay some nights so that she can be closer to the hospital. If anybody is at all interested in helping out, please let me know ASAP and I'll get you in contact with the mom. 

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Doc Watson (March 3, 1923 – May 29, 2012)

When I was 5 years old, my dad took me to to Atlanta to see my very first concert: Doc Watson. Afterword, I couldn't stop listening to his version of "Tennessee Stud" on an old vinyl copy of Will the Circle Be Unbroken.

In the world of traditional American music, nothing beats Doc and Merle.

Doc & Merle Watson
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