may be of service to you, please contact the church office at 802-228-4211or Rev. Harpster at
802-875-8895. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to sign the
guestbook located at the entrance to the church.
-Women’s Group - Every Wednesday at 10:00 A.M.
-Reception of New Members – December 18
-Dedication of Veterans of the Cross Offering – December 18
-Christmas Eve Service – Saturday, December 24, 7:30 P.M.
-No service on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25.
Offerings and other cash receipts for the week of November 27 were $580.00. The costs
for each week are $1,438.46 (derived by dividing the annual budget by 52 weeks).
Season of Advent
The Advent Season, in preparation for the birth of our savior, continues this Sunday.
Laura Lienhard and Brenda Dansingburg will lead us in the lighting of the second
Advent Candle – Peace.
Brenda Dansingburg and Jean Eggleston will do the Altar Guild duties for the
month of December.
A time of fellowship following the service of worship is held in the social hall.
Coffee, juice and refreshments will be served.
Ushers for the month of December
This is a reminder for those of you who have signed up and a notice of those
Sundays that are open. Thank you for your service.
December 4 Laura & Brenda
December 11 *Open
December 18 Anne & Andy
December 24 Allison & Jesse
Christmas Season is approaching. If you would like to make a donation for the
Christmas flowers in memory or in honor of loved ones, please contact Anne Oakes.
The Christmas tree in the Fellowship Hall now has some candy striped tree
shaped cards on it. On the back of each red and white card is the holiday wish list
of a needy area child.
People are welcome to take a card, do a little shopping and bring the gifts,
unwrapped, in a bag with the tree card attached by Sunday December 18th or sooner if possible.
The gifts will be distributed with Holiday Food Baskets by Black River Good Neighbors
on the 22nd. An area family will have a merrier Christmas while appreciating your generosity.
Handel’s Messiah – Grace Church
On Sunday, December 4, Grace Church will present the annual performances
of Handel’s Messiah.
The Rutland Area Chorus, soloists and orchestra will perform the concerts at 3:30 P.M.
and 7 P.M. under the direction of Dr. Sherrill Blodget,
Director of Choral Activities at Castleton University.
The Messiah soloists are:
Allison Devery of Montpelier, soprano;
Amy Frostman of South Burlington, alto;
Cameron Steinmetz of Montpelier, tenor;
and Zebulun McLellan of Tinmouth, bass.
Handel’s Messiah, one of the great Baroque choral masterpieces, depicts the prophecy and birth of Jesus Christ as told by Isaiah, the prophet and the writers of the Gospels.
A free will offering will be received and a reception will follow the 7:00 P.M. performance.
SPRINGFIELD COMMUNITY CHORUS CHRISTMAS CONCERTS
Saturday, December 3rd at 7:30 P.M.
First Baptist Church
162 Main Street
Sunday, December 4th at 3:00 P.M.
First Congregational Church
77 Main Street
SOUPFEST 2017 - January 8, 2017
In the Social Room immediately following our Church Service
This is the event you have been waiting for.
We have decided to move Soupfest to the Church so that we do not have to limit the number of people invited. As in the past, we will supply salad and bread.
Come One, Come All
Please bring a soup to enter into the contest for Soup of the Year. You are all the judges. The contest and prizes will be the same. Please let Lisha know what you are bringing as this is SoupFest and hopefully we will get lots of soups. Lisha and Fred
THE CAVENDISH COMMUNITY THEATRE presents IT’S ABOUT BELIEVING
A Holiday Program for Everyone....Songs, Readings, Skits and other surprises.
Donations received will be given to the Gethsemane Church.
Sunday, December 11th at 4:00 P.M.
Gethsemane Church (next to Crows Bakery)
Depot Street, Proctorsville
Come and see some of the people from your church perform….George, Linda, Lisha, Fred, Bob, Sandra and other friends and neighbors.
2016 Christmas Fund for Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund
In this holy and joyous time of year, our thoughts turn to the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, the light of the world. The theme for the 2016 Christmas Fund Offering is
God’s Love Colors Everything
For 115 years, the Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund has been a way in which we, as members of the United Church of Christ and the predecessor denominations, reflect the love of Jesus Christ in the lives of the many women and men
who have so faithfully and selflessly served, and who now find themselves facing unforeseen financial crises.
See the bulletin for more information on the Christmas Fund and Emergency Fund. The offering will be dedicated on Sunday, December 18.