First United Methodist Church
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

Bulletin-Dec 08

December 8, 2019

 

 

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

301 N JEFFERSON ST

KITTANNING PA  16201

724-548-4312

E-MAIL: fumchurch@windstream.net

WEBSITE: www.firstchurchkittanning.com

PASTOR: Deb Kociban

 ACCOMPANIST: Emily King

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Thursday 8:00-4:00 PM

 

Prelude     

 

Opening Prayer

 

Ringing of the Call to Worship Bell

 

Welcome and Announcements

 

*Opening Hymn                “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”           No. 384

 

Lighting of the Second Advent Candle             Read Together

We light this candle as a symbol of Christ the Way. May the Word sent from through the prophets lead us to the way of salvation.

 

Children’s Sermon      (All Children through elementary are invited)

(Children 2 years and up are dismissed to practice Christmas Play)

 

*Call to Worship Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi  Read Together

          Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me show love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.

          Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

                                                                                                                                                                

 *Gloria Patri                                                                                      No. 70

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.

 

Morning Anthem                   “Will We Know Him?”                Adult Choir

 

Joys and Concerns/Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer

                                 (May fill out prayer cards at this time)

 

*Hymn                            “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed”                    No. 203           

 Scripture Reading                        Galatians 5:13-15            (N.T. p. 190)

Leader: This is the Word of God, for the people of God,

People: Thanks be to God.

 

God’s Word for Us (During the weeks of Advent, Pastor Deb is using James Moore’s book, Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam, as a source of inspiration)

 

 Offering/Offertory/*Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise Him all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly hosts; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

*Closing Hymn           “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”     No. 196

 

*Altar rail is open for prayer during the closing hymn.

*Benediction

*Please stand in spirit or in body

Ask an usher for a large print hymnal, Bible or personal hearing device.

 

 DECEMBER SIFT LUNCHEON

December SIFT Luncheon will be held on Thursday, December 19th at noon in the Covenant Center. The menu will be Ham, scallop potatoes, green beans, rolls & butter. Everyone attending is asked to bring cookies to share for dessert. The program will be by Mission Ambassadors for the UMC, Lynn Sibley & Sandy McKee will share their travels in the US and abroad. Reservations due by Monday, December 16th

 

The November Financial report is available in the office for anyone interested.

 

ATTENTION ALL CHILDREN AND YOUTH,

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN…

CHRISTMAS PLAY - (ages 2 and up)  We'll start practicing December 1st during Children's church and share the play with the congregation during worship December 22.  This is always a fun time of year!  We hope you can join us!  There are both speaking and non-speaking parts so there is something for everyone.

BELLS - We are also planning to play the bells during the Christmas Eve service (7:30 pm).   We'll practice those during Children's church too over the next couple weeks.    

ACOLYTES - (Grades 4 and up).  We need 2 Acolytes for Christmas Eve so please let Sue know if you will be in church that evening and want to help.

 

JANUARY NEWSLETTER DEADLINE WILL BE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8TH

 

 

 

 

THINGS TO DO IN DECEMBER

1. Bake Cookies

2. Buy gifts

3. Decorate the house

4. START TO WRITE DEVOTION FOR LENTEN DEVOTIONAL!!???

               That’s right, T’is the season to think about First Church’s Lenten Devotional which will be mailed out in time for Ash Wednesday. We need you to contribute! This ministry of our church is in its 12th year and is a meaningful addition to preparation for Easter. While you are preparing for the holidays, listen for God’s leading for an inspiration for the devotional.   And if you are so led, write more than one! Devotions are due in the church office no later than January 26, 2020. Get those creative juices flowing. Hope to see your contribution in the next Lenten Devotional!        The NOW Team

 

2020 OFFERING ENVELOPES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE FRONT DOORS if there is not a box for you, see Melissa Flanders

 

DECEMBER MISSIONS

            As Christmas nears and our hearts soften, we will lovingly give to the Progressive Workshop of Armstrong County.  Throughout their history, PWAC has partnered with members of our community to meet the needs of their trainees and clients.  Our church family will contribute needed items for their Adult Achievement Center.  The clients who attend this center are ages 18-30 and not yet ready for the workforce. They attend the AAC to continue their education and learn soft skill sets.  Below is a list from their wish list:  

     Adult coloring books            Dycem Pads                   Pillowcases

     Bed sheets                   Education.com (Lifetime subscription $200)     

     Puzzles                        Butcher block paper                 Seeds

     Card stock                   Gardening supplies                  Sticker books

     Clay pots                     Lakeshorelearning.com - gift cards                   

     Tracing books      Crazy art markers         Lovesac - medium & Large

     Composition books      Crockpots         Melissa & Doug coloring books

     Weighted lap pads        DVD player          Noise cancelling headphones

     Tools (new or gently used): (socket sets, screwdrivers, hammers, wrenches and toolboxes)

     DVDs (musicals, Disney, superheroes, animal-animated or animal-centered)

          If you are interested in making a financial donation to PWAC, make your check out to FUMC (First United Methodist Church).  We will combine these financial donations and write one check to the Progressive Workshop of Armstrong County.

Christmas Love and  Blessings from your Missions Committee !!

 

OPPORTUNITIES AT OTHER CHARGE CHURCHES

FORD MEMORIAL UMC

First and Third Thursday-Soup & Sandwich dinner 4:00-6:00 PM Free-will accept donations

Fridays-2nd and 4th-Food Bank and Care & Share Shop 10:00-1:30 PM

 MANORVILLE UMC

CASUAL CHURCH-Wednesday, December 11th at 6:00 PM

Program by Chertiks. Free homemade soups, bread, crackers, desserts and drinks.

   FIRST CHURCH WEEKLY CALENDAR

TODAY, December 8th

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

2:00 PM Camp 43-CC

 

MONDAY, December 9th

  

TUESDAY, December 10th

8:30 AM 3R’s

6:00 PM Women’s Fellowship

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC

 

WEDNESDAY, December 11th

3:45 PM ARC Manor

6:00 PM Adult Choir

 

THURSDAY, December 12th

12:00-4:00 PM Seniors for Safe Drivers-CC

7:00 PM Heavenly Daughters

 

FRIDAY, December 13th

5:00-10:00 PM TAG-CC

 

SATURDAY, December 14th

3:00 PM Rodger Fink-CC

6:30 PM We Surrender-Church

 

SUNDAY,  December 15th

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

 

THE FLOWERS on the altar are presented to the glory of God in loving memory of my brother “Sonny” (Harold W. LaForce, Jr) given by his sister Beverly LaForce Patton

 

THANK YOU to the following individuals for assisting with today’s service:

Usher Team:                                               Asbury/Mary Jo Lipski 

Worship Sound System:                       Gabe Smith

Acolyte:                                                Joey Kachur

Welcome Center:                                  Melissa Flanders

Scripture Reader:                                  Dan Wolfe

Bell Ringer:                                          Nash Wolfe

Children’s Church:                     Abby Yankasky, Mert Hellein, Merissa Smith

 

                                                      

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