First United Methodist Church
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Bulletin - Dec 09

December 9, 2018

 

 

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                   “People Look East”                             No. 202

 

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

(Children of all ages are dismissed to practice the Christmas play)

                                                                                                                                                                                              

*Lighting the Candle of Purity   Read Responsively

Leader: We light this candle as a symbol of the purity of heart only God can bring.

People: For he shall purify his people like gold and silver, until they shine forth his righteousness. Come, Lord Jesus, come!

 

*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         “Born to Set Us Free”         Adult Choir

 

Joys and Concerns/Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer

                                 (May fill out prayer cards at this time)

 

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

 

Scripture Reading                      Matthew 1:18-25        (N.T. p. 1)                                                 

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

People: Thanks be to God.

 

God’s Word for Us

 

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 or bible or personal hearing device.

 

 

DECEMBER MISSIONS

A “Warm-Up” Tree will hold our gifts of socks, gloves, mittens and hats (ages from babies-adults). These will be given, with love, to persons in need through Community Action and The Salvation Army. Think Love & Warmth!

 

“Christmas Cards For Heroes”-Our church family will sign Christmas cards to our own Greg Lemons and 9 of his military buddies. This will be done on Friday, December 7th, after the Christmas Concert, at the cookie fellowship.

          "Greg Lemons, a member of First Church, is part of our Missions this month.  We will be sending him and nine other Air Force officers Christmas greetings.  Greg is 1st Lieutenant Intelligence Officer in the US Air Force.  Stationed at Creech Air Force base in Nevada, he will be stationed in Korea in the summer of 2019.  Son of Bill and Laurie Lemons, he is also brother to Noelle.  Our prayers will always be with him."

 

2019 OFFERING ENVELOPES

Your 2019 offering envelopes are available in the vestibule. If there is not a box for you, please see Melissa Flanders to have one made up for you.

 

JANUARY NEWSLETTER DEADLINE--TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11TH

 

DECEMBER SIFT LUNCHEON

The luncheon will be held on Thursday, December 20th at noon in the Covenant Center. The program will be healing gardens by Patty Bruno, Patty Goldman, Master Gardeners. The Menu will be announced. Everyone attending is asked to bring cookies to share for dessert. Reservations due by Monday, December 17th.

 

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PLAY

Children of all ages are invited to join us for the annual children’s Christmas play. Practice will be during Children’s Church time. Speaking and non-speaking parts available. See you all there!

 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY ADVENT SUPPERS

The Ford City Ministerium is planning to hold their Community Advent Suppers again this December 10 & 17th at 6:00 PM at the Ford Memorial United Methodist Church in Ford City. There will be a covered dish meal followed by a brief devotional message. All are welcome to attend. Call 724-763-1540.

 

OPPORTUNITIES AT OTHER CHARGE CHURCHES

MANORVILLE UMC

Wednesday, December 12th—Casual Church at Manorville UMC-- 6:00 PM.  Enjoy some hearty homemade soups and holiday desserts. Play some holiday games, then enjoy the beautiful vocals of Bob Croyle and Layla. If you’re not in the Christmas spirit by then, this should do it.

          We will be taking a break from Casual Church in January and February due to unpredictable weather. We hope to be back in March with new and exciting evenings.

Watch Night at Manorville-On New Year’s Eve, December 31st, we are sponsoring a Watch Night meal and movie beginning with pizza and salad supper at 6:00 PM. Then…fresh popped popcorn for watching a “family” friendly movie. And maybe some ice cream thrown in there for good measure! Please register if you plan to attend by calling the church office at 724-763-1254 or 724-525-5115 (Lu). All are invited from the Charge. Let’s party the “OLD” year out with good food & good fellowship in a Christian setting. Everyone can be home before the “New Year” revilers are out on the roads.

 

FORD MEMORIAL UMC

Thursdays-Soup & Sandwich dinner 4:00-6:00 PM Free-will accept donations.

Food Bank and Care & Share Shop- 2nd & last Thursday 10:00-1:30 PM.

 

UNION AVENUE UMC

United Methodist Women, 1st Monday of the month except for months with a holiday falling on Monday and during the summer. The meetings are held at the Kittanning Cottages Community Room at 4:00 PM. 

 

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE

Manorville UMC and St. John's Lutheran Church of Ford City are sharing a Christmas Open House on Dec. 9th from 2-5pm at each of their churches. Manorville will have a nativity display downstairs. St. John's will have a Chrismon display. Light refreshments will be available at each church. Come out and share the excitement as we await the coming of our Lord.

 

 

FIRST CHURCH WEEKLY CALENDAR              

 

TODAY, December 9th

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

2:00 PM Camp 43-CC

IHN-CC

 

MONDAY, December 10th

7:00 PM Rainbow Road Board

IHN-CC

 

TUESDAY, December 11th

8:30 AM 3R’s

6:00 PM Women’s Fellowship

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-Church

IHN-CC

January Newsletter Deadline

 

WEDNESDAY, December 12th

3:45 PM ARC Manor

6:00 PM Adult Choir

IHN-CC

 

THURSDAY, December 13th

 7:00 PM Heavenly Daughters

IHN-CC

 

FRIDAY, December 14th

 IHN-CC

 

 SATURDAY, December 15th

3:00 PM Rodger Fink-CC

6:30 PM We Surrender-Church

IHN-CC

 

SUNDAY, December 16th

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

IHN-CC

 

 

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:                                       Oxford/Mark Ferguson

Worship Sound System:                     Gabe Smith

Acolyte:                                              Hallie Hoffman

Welcome Center:                                Melissa Flanders

Scripture Reader:                                Sarah Heckert 

Bell Ringer:                                        Madelyn Smith