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.
-No Executive Board Meeting in December
-Reception of New Members – December 18
-Dedication of Veterans of the Cross Offering – December 18
-Lenten Bible Study – Wednesdays from March 1 to April 5
at 2:00 P.M. in the Ladies Parlor.
-Christmas Eve Service – Saturday, December 24, 7:30 P.M.
-No service on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25.
-New Year’s Day Sacrament of Holy Communion – January 1
Offerings and other cash receipts for the week of December 11 were $4,595.00.
The costs for each week are $1,438.46 (derived by dividing the annual budget by 52 weeks).
Reception of New Members
We welcome Gary and Marjorie Macintyre into full membership by Letter of Transfer
from The Congregational Church of New Canaan, New Canaan, Connecticut.
Our organist for this morning is Connie Wilcox. We thank her very much for being with us.
Season of Advent
The Advent Season, in preparation for the birth of our savior, continues this Sunday.
Gary and Marjorie Macintyre will lead us in the lighting of the fourth Advent Candle – Joy.
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 18 Anne & Andy
December 24 Allison & Jesse
Brenda Dansingburg and Jean Eggleston will do the Altar Guild duties
for the month of December.
All are welcome to go Caroling on Thursday, December 22 at 6:00 P.M.
We will meet at the Gill Home at 6:00 P.M. Music books will be provided.
Most of the singing is done inside. You do not have to be a fantastic singer to join
in on the fun! Our voices will be just fine as they will be a Joyful noise.
So, come along and join us.
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.
Lenten Bible Study
For the 2017 Lenten season, plans are to focus on Christianity’s most famous prayer,
the Lord’s Prayer.
We will be using John Dominic Crossan, The Greatest Prayer:
Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord’s Prayer. New York: HarperCollins, 2011.
It is a prayer that we say together each and every Sunday in our worship together.
Moreover, it is a prayer that most of us know by heart and one we carry with us wherever we go.
Nevertheless, familiarity can have its negatives, the main one assuming we know the spiritual depths our Lord is affirming in this model for prayer.
Cost for the book is $11.00. See Bill Kneebone for a copy. The six sessions in the Ladies Parlor will run from Wednesday, March 1 – Wednesday, April 5 at 2:00 P.M.
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.
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.Come One, Come All....Lisha and Fred
2016 Christmas Fund for Veterans of the Crossand 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 further for more information on the Christmas Fund and Emergency Fund.
The offering will be dedicated on Sunday, December 18.
An offering envelope for your convenience is in your bulletin.
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