Weekly Announcements

WELCOME TO WEST LEBANON CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, U.C.C.
Sunday, December 3, 2017

Welcome to worship with this faith community this first Sunday of Advent. Traditionally, Advent includes the four Sundays of active watchfulness, waiting and preparation for the coming of Christ. May you experience a sense of renewal, refreshment, reinvigoration, even regeneration! This is the second year that we begin Advent with this special service of worship  celebration to begin our time of preparation for Christ’s coming.

In the early part of the service (for our Hymns of Praise) we will have a request time by anyone in the congregation for an enlivening segment of singing Advent and Christmas Hymns from the Pilgrim Hymnal. So please be ready with your request and page number for Donna. Please note:  Anyone is invited to write down request hymns for the coming weeks at the rear of the sanctuary. 

During today’s worship we will be featuring our time of  Hanging of the Greens which will include a series of readings, decorating and festive singing in the decorated sanctuary. 

Signups for Advent/Christmas!! Thank you, again this year, to everyone (who in record time) filled up the signup sheets for today’s readings and decoratings as well as each Sunday in Advent’s Candle lighting and prayer at the opening of worship!! Soon, the signup for our Christmas Eve readings for the service of Lessons and Carols will be made available. 

Thank you’s all around! A mighty thanksgiving for the many elves and all others who provided for, volunteered at and participated in our festive and successful Christmas Bazaar yesterday. And thanks to everyone who, over the past two weeks, has served in various capacities this Advent season – including the outside work, greening and decorating of the sanctuary and church. 

Big thank you for all who helped with Monday wreath decorating and wreath hanging at the church. The following men hung the five wreaths in the sanctuary and the three wreaths on the church: Phil Gomez, Tom Kahl, Dick Poirier, Bruce Underwood, Richard Gage, Peter Bickford, Peter Simpson.  Helping to decorate the seventy-five wreaths were: Donna Stender, Barbie Hazelett and grandson, Tanner, Linda Kahl, Lorinda Poirier, Roberta Underwood, Judy Alger, Linda Oidtmann, Muffy Faucher, Norma Hazelton and Nancy Simpson.

Many thanks to all who helped to make a the bazaar a huge success. Whether you made something, bought something or worked this past week or yesterday you had a hand it keeping the tradition going. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! 

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30PM, we will be holding a Blue Christmas/Longest Night service here for all comers.  This service is particularly for those who have or are experiencing various kinds of loss or grief during the holiday season.  This promises to be a meaningful time of reflection and consolation for all comers.

It’s a wonderful time of the year…to consider taking the next step of your faith journey by considering joining in membership here at WLCC. If you are interested or would like to know more, please see Jeff or Nancy Simpson about a possible new members class.

Food Bin items continually needed. All types of food items and paper products including toilet paper, diapers, etc. (Items which we use daily.)

Announcements and Upcoming
     Coffee Hour ~ Women’s Fellowship
     Flowers ~ Roberta Underwood
    Deacon of the Month ~ Tom & Linda Kahl
    Trustee of the Month ~ Tracy Bickford

DECEMBER 3 –  10, 2017 CALENDAR
Sunday, 12/3 – 5PM: “Meet, Greet and Eat” reception at the parsonage.
Tuesday, 12/5, 6 pm — Jubilant Bells
Tuesday, 12/5, 7pm – Christian Ed
Wednesday, 12/6, 6:00PM: OMG meeting, Pembroke
Wednesday, 12/6, 6:30PM: Book and Bible Study.
Thursday, 12/7, 9:00AM – Clergy Group
Saturday, 12/9, 7:30AM – Men’s breakfast at Crossroads
Sunday, 12/10, Pageant Rehearsal after Worship 

Men’s Group Meeting, Saturday, 12/9  – No cooking as our 7:30 am breakfast meeting will be at the Crossroads Café in WRJ.  Discussion topic will be on drugs which, from coffee to prescription medicine to opioids, is something that has some type of effect on everyone.  All men are invited, no special handshake needed.  See Rev Jeff or Tom Kahl if you have any questions.                                                                                                                                .

Please hold in prayer ~ Prayers for Noreen Langone, Jenny, Bob, and their premature baby girls, Judy Hart, Kathryn Wheeler, Jan Colt, Marion Chapman, Betty Farnsworth, Gussie Swift, Mike Frappier, and those undergoing treatment in our church family.  People in all war-ravaged places and refugee contexts, all those still recovering and not to be neglected in the aftermath of hurricanes and disaster situations. Prayers for our country and its leaders, and for peacemaking efforts in all matters. Solidarity in our prayers and cares for victims of violence in all its forms; that we might be agents of hope, healing, and change. 

HOW TO BE IN TOUCH ~
Rev. Jeff Scott, 719-588-4333 (cell); 719-588-4333 (Parsonage)
            Jeff Scott <hildsctt@netscape.net>
The Church Administrator, Norma Hazelton, is in the Office 9-1 M-F.
Church Contact Numbers: Phone ~ 603.298.8096 Fax ~ 603.298.5499
Office@WestLebCongo.comcastbiz.net