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Announcements 12-01-17

posted Jul 26, 2012, 9:13 AM by Germaine Galjour   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 6:21 AM ]

          

            Welcome to worship with us! We often think that faith is purely a private matter. Yet, in this time of preparation for the birth of our Savior, perhaps we should remember that just as Jesus came for the entire world, so we — as the church — have a corporate responsibility to proclaim his birth to this world. As we decorate our homes, we should also make sure that we stand with the “Great Cloud of Witnesses” who point to the manger. As we check our lists to “get everything done,” let us also make sure that our church keeps our Lord first in all we do. We are glad you are here today and invite you to become a part of this household of faith. Please see the minister or one of the elders if you have any questions about our congregation.

            If you are visiting with us today, please fill out a visitor card and place it in the offering plate.

            Tonight’s the night! The youth will present our Christmas play, entitled “Bethlehem P.D.” this evening. We will begin with a dinner at 5pm and the play will begin around 6. The main dishes and drinks will be provided, but everyone is asked to bring their favorite Christmas dessert to share. Come on out for a new perspective on the Christmas story!

             Circle this date! The choir will present our annual cantata during worship next Sunday, December 17. They have been practicing for months on this beautiful piece which will set a worshipful tone for this Advent season.

             The youth will go caroling on Dec. 17. We will meet at 3pm and have pizza for dinner. If you know a shut-in who would appreciate caroling please give Bill their address.

             Circle your calendar! We will have our annual Christmas Eve service on December 24 at 8pm. Everyone is asked to bring a bell so we can ring in the birth of our savior. Invite a friend to share the joy of Jesus’ birth

               Advent is a time of reflection and anticipation. After being approached by an angel foretelling Jesus’ birth, after the long ride to Bethlehem, and after seeing the adoration of
the shepherds, “Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” In the same way, Advent is also a time for us to stop and consider how the Lord has worked in our lives. And we can only recognize His hand and His grace if we pause. Take time this Advent to deepen your faith; we have many opportunities to exper
ience the joy of the birth of our Savior. If we allow our “busyness” to keep us from the wonder of Jesus’ birth, then we miss the baby sent to us.

             Poinsettias for Christmas! We are now taking orders for poinsettias to be placed in the church for Advent and Christmas. Each poinsettia will cost $25.00. If you would like to donate a poinsettia please sign up outside the church office TODAY. All those who donate poinsettias will be recognized in the bulletin on Dec. 24th. Please make out your check to First Presbyterian Church and put “flower fund” in the lower left corner. Please call Sandi Carter or Angie Holtzclaw for more information.

            The ceramic nativity pieces being set up by the children during our Advent candle lighting and reading were made by Jeannie Cornett. Thank you!

            Remember The River ministry in Johnson City by dropping your travel-sized shampoo and soap in the collection basket outside the office.

             Make sure you have a 2-Cents-A-Meal jar! Every time you sit down to eat, drop two cents into the jar and make a difference. Our youth are sponsoring this program to show how the Lord can turn just a little into big blessings.

  There are those who may not have enough money for heat this winter. We have established an emergency fuel fund for those members of our church family who may be squeezed by fuel costs. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please note “fuel fund” at the lower left of your check.

            We will try to have worship and Sunday School each Sunday during winter. In general, when conditions are snowy we will have Sunday School and worship. When conditions are icy we will cancel worship and Sunday School. Please check our web page or listen to WTOE (AM 1470) at 9am for our schedule. Since conditions vary widely around Mitchell County we urge everyone to keep safety as our first priority.

Travis and Regina Moore are the head ushers for December

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There is no attendant present to care for children during worship and other events. The nursery will be available for use by parents should a child become restless during worship. We have “busy bags” hanging in the narthex for children to take into the sanctuary. We encourage families with young children to begin using these bags.

   We ask that a parent accompany his/her child should the need arise to leave the sanctuary during worship. Safety concerns and insurance regulations require that children not be unattended on church property.

 

You can recycle the bulletins by placing them

in the “Recycle Basket” in the narthex as you leave worship.

 

 

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