First United Methodist Church
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Bulletin-Dec 15

December 15, 2019









PASTOR: Deb Kociban


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




Opening Prayer


Ringing of the Call to Worship Bell


Welcome and Announcements


*Opening Hymn                “I Love to Tell the Story”                       No. 156


Lighting of the Third Advent Candle             Read Together

We light this candle as a symbol of Christ our Joy. May the joyful promise of your presence, O God, make us rejoice in our hope of salvation.


O come, o come, Emmanuel


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

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


*Call to Worship Canticle of Mary     Read Responsively

Leader: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

People: my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, who has looked with favor on me, a lowly servant.

Leader: From this day all generations shall call me blessed;

People: the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is the name of the Lord, whose mercy is on those who fear God from generation to generation.

Leader: The arm of the Lord is strong, and has scattered the proud in their conceit.

People: God has cast down the mighty from their thrones and lifted up the lowly.

Leader: God has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich empty away.

People: God has come to the aid of Israel, the chosen servant, remembering the promise of mercy, the promise made to our forebears, to Abraham and his children forever.


 *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                   “Come to Set Us Free”                Adult Choir


Joys and Concerns/Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer

                                 (May fill out prayer cards at this time)


*Hymn                            “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”                No. 211         


Scripture Reading                        John 1:1, 14-18            (N.T. p. 91)

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)



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           “Love Came Down at Christmas”                No. 242


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


*Please stand in spirit or in body

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



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




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.





1. Bake Cookies

2. Buy gifts

3. Decorate the house


               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

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


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



            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          (Lifetime subscription $200)     

     Puzzles                        Butcher block paper                 Seeds

     Card stock                   Gardening supplies                  Sticker books

     Clay pots            - 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 !!




TODAY, December 15th

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

12:00 PM Nick Sarachine-CC

MONDAY, December 16th

6:30 PM Finance


TUESDAY, December 17th

8:30 AM 3R’s

6:00 PM Women’s Fellowship

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC


WEDNESDAY, December 18th

3:45 PM ARC Manor

6:00 PM Adult Choir


THURSDAY, December 19th

12:00 PM SIFT Luncheon-CC

7:00 PM Heavenly Daughters


FRIDAY, December 20th


SATURDAY, December 21st

1:30 PM Melissa Flanders-CC

5:000 PM Longest Night Service

6:30 PM We Surrender-CC


SUNDAY,  December 22nd

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship


THE FLOWERS on the organ are presented to the glory of God in memory of family members, given by Ralph Scaife Family

THE ROSEBUD is presented to the glory of God in celebration of the birth of McKenna Mae Wolfe. McKenna was born on November 29, 2019 to Melanie and Patrick Wolfe. She was 6lbs 7oz and 20 inches long. She is the sister to Gavin Ryan Wolfe and the granddaughter of Carol & Dan Wolfe


KNOWN HOSPITALIZED          Amanda Leech            UPMC East


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

Usher Team:                                               Epworth/Melissa Flanders 

Worship Sound System:                       Tim King

Acolyte:                                                Ryan Bish

Welcome Center:                                  Karen Scaife

Scripture Reader:                                  Joseph Mauger

Bell Ringer:                                          Carlee Beers