Regarding Individuals in the Hospital or Sick at Home
It would be greatly appreciated if you know of individuals or family members in the hospital or sick at home, to kindly inform the pastor, Rev. Harpster.
-Women’s Group - Every Wednesday at 10:00 A.M.
-Dedication of Christmas Fund Veterans of the Cross Offering – December 23
-Christmas Eve Service – Monday, December 24, 7:30 P.M.
Offerings and other cash receipts for the week ending November 25 were $550.00. The costs for each week are $1,188.00. (derived by dividing the annual budget by 52 weeks).
Season of Advent
The Advent Season, in preparation for the birth of our savior, begins this Sunday. George and Linda Thomson will lead us in the lighting of the first Advent Candle – Hope.
Jean Eggleston and Linda Alexander 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.
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.
Springfield Community Chorus Holiday Concerts
The Springfield Community Chorus under the direction of Ken Olssen will present its Holiday Concerts at First Baptist Church, Chester, Vermont on Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m.and at First Congregational Church UCC, Springfield, Vermont on December 2 at 3:00 p.m.
Handel’s Messiah – Grace Church
On Sunday, December 2, 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 Alastair Stout, Minister of Music at Grace Church.
The Messiah soloists are:
Allison Devery-Steinmetz 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 P.M. performance.
TIS THE SEASON
The tree in Fellowship Hall welcomes the holidays and is decorated with bows and bowties this year!
While most of us have just enjoyed the bounty of Thanksgiving and anticipate the joys of Christmas, many families in our community continue to struggle. Thus, on the back of every bowtie is the name of a child, his or her size and items on a wish list. Only suggestions; any item big or small is appreciated and needed, particularly warm clothing.
The United Church has always been most generous. If you select a child, please place the unwrapped items in a bag with the bowtie attached under the tree by December 8th or the 15th at the latest. Presents can then be delivered with Holiday Food Baskets from Black River Good Neighbors on December 20th.
If you are able to be a driver and help out with the deliveries on December 20th, please talk to Lee Potter, Bob Kottkamp or call Jane Pixley at 226-7622.
Black River Good Neighbors appreciates your spirit of generosity and wishes everyone a joyful Holiday Season with family and friends.
2018 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.
For 117 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.
The offering will be dedicated on Sunday, December 23. An offering envelope is enclosed in the bulletin.