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Decdmber 23-30

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December 23-30

 

Sunday, December 23 [4th Sunday of Advent]

9:00 a.m. Discipleship

10:00 a.m. Worship

6:00 p.m. Advent Bible Study Psalm 80:1-7

 

Monday, December 24 Christmas Eve

6:00 p.m. Candlelight Service

 

Tuesday, December 25 Christmas Day

10:00 a.m. Worship

 

Sunday, December 30

9:00 a.m. Discipleship

10:00 a.m. Worship

 

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December Birthdays & Anniversaries

For Details, please see the email sent out by pastor Tim on Friday, December 21st.

 

Budget Needs November 2018

Needed for Budget $101,321

Received $86,140.41

Difference -$15,180.59

 

Our Daily Bread

The December, January, February issue of “Our Daily Bread” is now available for free in the foyer. This handy guide to the Bible allows the reader to pause each day and think upon the things of God. It is a simple devotional that will bring you blessings. 

 

Weekly Scripture Meditation:

We are inviting the Church as a whole to participate in reading and meditating on the lectionary texts for the upcoming Sunday. The texts for Sunday, December 30 are as follows: Psalm 148; 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26; Colossians 3:12-17; and Luke 2:41-52. The verse in bold will be the sermon text for that Sunday.

 

The Season of Advent

Advent is a season of waiting, longing, promise, and preparation. The year, the season begins with the words of hope from the prophet Jeremiah to a people who feel helpless. “A righteous branch will spring up!” he proclaims. Advent reminds us that even as we remember all that God has done for us, we still long for a time when the brokenness of our world will be transformed into the fullness of God’s reign.

 

Advent Bible Study

During the Season of Advent, the pastor will lead a Bible study of the response texts found in the Lectionary. The study will begin at 6:00 p.m. each Sunday evening and will last for one hour. A printed copy of the text will be supplied, but it is suggested that each participant bring a Bible. If you don’t have one the Church will supply one for you. Here are the remaining dates and topics:

December 23: Psalm 80:1-7

The goal of this study is to allow us to meditate and think upon the texts that the Church has held sacred for this Advent/Christmas Season.

 

Christmas Worship Schedule

Monday, December 24 Christmas Eve

6:00 p.m. A night of singing, scripture and the lighting of candles. 

 

Tuesday, December 25 Christmas Day

10:00 a.m. This is a light-hearted and warm service.

 

Reflection

“Father God,

Why is it that I think I must get somewhere, assume some position, be gathered together, or separated apart in the quiet of my study to pray?

Why is it that I feel that I have to go somewhere or do some particular act to find you, reach you, and talk with you?

Your presence is here

In the city - on the busy bus, in the factory, in the cockpit of the airplane; in the hospital – in the patients’ rooms, in the intensive care unit, in the waiting room; in the home – at dinner, in the bedroom, in the family room, at my workbench; in the car – in the parking lot, at the stoplight.

Lord, reveal your presence to me everywhere, and help me become aware of your presence each moment of the day.

May your presence fill the non-answers, empty glances, and lonely times of my life. Amen.”

From A Thirty-Day Experiment in Prayer by Robert Wood

 

Martin Luther King, Birthday Celebration [1.21.2019]

Join in the celebration by coming to the breakfast on January 21, 2019 at the Grand River Center. The breakfast begins at 7:00 a.m. and the celebration begins at 7:30 a.m. Our speaker will be Vincent Bacote, Ph.D. He is a theology professor at Wheaton College, Ethics Center Director, ordained minister, speaker, author and bass player. His talk is “An Antidote for America’s Agitation. $25 for adults, $10 for youth 12 and under. Register by January 14, 2019 at www.dbqschools.org/facesandvoices.