Weekly Announcements

Sunday, December 16, 2018 

Welcome everyone to the 3rd Sunday of Advent where we take time during the solemn days of Advent to claim the “joy, joy, joy that is down in our hearts,” in Christ and offer it up to God. May you be buoyed up in the process, wherever you may find yourself on your faith journey this morning!

Thanks to those who attended and participated in a meaning-filled Blue Christmas service this last Wednesday, here.

We give thanks for our children, their Sunday School teachers and helpers and everyone else in presenting the Christmas message they will be offering today as a vital part of our worship!  Again, a hearty thank you to all involved for their time and commitment in preparation here today and throughout the year!

Title: “A scripture based Christmas pageant”
“List of characters:
Narrator: Linda
Mary: Bethany
Joseph: Ben
Donkey: Dave
Cow: Braedon
Sheep: Justus
Dove: Paul
Shepherds: Tom and Ken
Gabriel: Eleanor
Angel: Luna
King: Luke

With a huge special thank you to Elizabeth to have given us this pageant as well as her musical support and gift.
Thank you to Aaron and the choir for their musical gift.
And a special thank you to our stage manager Jordan and his helpers Donna and Megan.”
Thank you very much.  — Christine

Signups for Advent/Christmas!! Today help us complete filling in slots for readings during our Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols in the rear of the sanctuary and during coffee hour. Please join in this special service of readings, lightings, music and candlelight, proclamation of Christ’s birth – a week from Monday at 7:00 pm.

Your Advent hymn requests:  For our Hymns of Praise at the beginning of worship, we would like to provide time for anyone who is ready with an Advent/Christmas request from the Pilgrim or New Century Hymnal.  So please be ready with your request and page number for Aaron.

On Sundays December 16th and 23rd we will have the UCC “Christmas Fund” special offering. This offering goes to retired UCC and lay people to help supplement their pensions and medical expenses.  The envelopes are enclosed with the bulletin.

We have received an updated address for:

Colleen & Gary Wells
3396 Maple Terrace
Port Charles, FL  33952

Liturgist ~ Tom Zuttermeister
Coffee Hour ~ Diaconate
Flowers ~ Justine McLaughlin
Trustee of the Month ~ Peter Bickford
Deacons ~ Nancy and Peter Simpson

Upcoming schedule
Sunday, December 16, Praise Choir practice 8:30am and 10am Worship.
Sunday, December 16, Children’s Program during worship. Cabinet meets following worship.
Tuesday, December 18, Bells Practice, 6:00-7:00 pm.
Thursday, December 20, 3:00-5:30pm, LISTEN Community Dinner.
Next Sunday, December 23, Advent 4, worship at 10:00 am. 

Many of you know that Earle Woodward will be away visiting his daughter and family in Wisconsin over the holidays. We thought he would appreciate a ‘Christmas’ card shower from home. His address is Earle Woodward, 5906 North Bay Ridge Avenue, Whitefish Bay, WI  53217.

Upcoming Calendar Items
Next Monday evening, December 24th at 7:00 pm, please join in our Christmas Eve candlelight service of lessons and carols and candlelight. And bring a friend!

Sunday, Jan 6: Epiphany Party at the Parsonage. Everyone is invited to meet at the parsonage for caroling in the neighborhood from 3:00-4:00PM followed by a bread and soup and King Cake inside followed by bonfire (ok, a small one) with s’mores for all from 4:00-5:00PM. Thanks to the good folks of the Growth Committee for providing the refreshments.

Many questions have been raised about what is the prayer line and prayer list and the difference.  The prayer list is a list of people and situations that have been raised in church or by request that as a church family we will include in our prayers. The prayer line is a community of people who are willing to pray for people and situations in their personal prayer life. When a prayer request comes in to the office, an email goes out to those on the prayer line.  Anyone can join the prayer line by sending an email of interest to the church secretary.  To be included on the prayer list or to go out to the prayer line permission must be given by the individual or family/friend requesting the prayers.

Please hold in prayer ~ Prayers for the Family of Grace Morse, Melissa Billings, Tawna Callahan, Judy Hart, Jan Colt, Marion Chapman, Betty Farnsworth, Gussie Swift, Mike Frappier, and those undergoing treatment in our church family. People in all war-ravaged places, compassionate treatment for those in immigrant, refugee, asylum seeking, and family separation contexts; all those still recovering in the aftermath of hurricanes and disaster situations particularly the California wild fires; prayers for our country and its leaders and for peacemaking efforts in all matters around the world (including the people and children of Yemen); Solidarity in our prayers and cares for victims of violence in all its forms; that we might be agents of hope, healing, and change.

Rev. Jeff Scott, 719-588-4333 (cell); 719-588-4333 (Parsonage)
Jeff Scott <hildsctt@netscape.net>
Church Contact Numbers: Phone ~ 603.298.8096 Fax ~ 603.298.5499