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Bulletin-Dec 22

December 22, 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                “In the Bleak Midwinter”                     No. 221

 

Lighting of the Fourth Advent Candle             Read Together

We light this candle as a symbol of the Prince of Peace. May the visitation of your Holy Spirit, O God, make us ready for the coming of Jesus, our hope and joy.

O come, O come, Emmanuel

 

Children’s Christmas Play    

 

*Call to Worship      Psalm 77:1-2, 11-15     Read Responsively

Leader: I cry aloud to God, aloud that God may hear me.

People: In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord, in the night my hand is stretched out continually; my soul refuses to be comforted.

Leader: I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord; I will remember your wonders of old.

People: I will meditate on all your work, and muse on your mighty deeds.

Leader: Your way, O God, is holy.

People: What god is great like our God?

Leader: You are the God who works wonders, you manifested your might among the peoples,

People: You redeemed with your arm our people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.                                                                                                                                                    

 *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      “Bright Shining Star”            Adult & Children’s Choirs

 

 

Joys and Concerns/Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer

                                 (May fill out prayer cards at this time)

 

*Hymn                     “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”                No. 216      

 

Scripture Reading                        Luke 2:15-20            (N.T. p. 58)

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                     “What Child Is This?”                      No. 219

 

*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.

 

ATTENTION ALL CHILDREN AND YOUTH,

BELLS - We are planning to play the bells during the Christmas Eve service (7:30 pm).   We'll practice those after the play today.

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.

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 !!

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

FIRST CHURCH WEEKLY CALENDAR

TODAY, December 22nd

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

 

MONDAY, December 23rd

  

TUESDAY, December 24th

Church Offices Closed

5:30 PM Ford Memorial Christmas Eve Service

7:30 PM First Church Christmas Eve Candlelight service

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC

 

WEDNESDAY, December 25th

3:45 PM ARC Manor

                                       

THURSDAY, December 26th

Church Offices Closed

 

FRIDAY, December 27th

Church Offices Closed

 

SATURDAY, December 28th

Church Offices Closed

6:30 PM We Surrender-CC

 

SUNDAY,  December 29th

Pastor Brenda will lead worship

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

 

THE FLOWERS (See Insert)

 

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

Usher Team:                                               Epworth/Melissa Flanders 

Worship Sound System:                       John Yankasky

Acolyte:                                                Isaac Zielinski

Welcome Center:                                  Beverly Patton

Scripture Reader:                                  Larry McKelvey

Bell Ringer:                                          Chelsea Beers

 

The church offices will be closed from Tuesday, December 24th till Monday, January 6th. Please call the parsonage if you need pastoral care.

 

Please remember to leave your poinsettias till after the Christmas Eve Service. Thank you