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Bulletin-Dec 29

December 29, 2019









PASTOR: Deb Kociban


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




Opening Prayer

O almighty God, by the birth of your holy child Jesus you gave us a great light to dawn on our darkness. Grant that in his light we may see light. Bestow upon us that most excellent Christmas gift of love to all people, so that the likeness of your Son may be formed in us, and that we may have the ever brightening hope of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.


Ringing of the Call to Worship Bell


Welcome and Announcements


*Opening Hymn                     “Away in a Manger”                            No. 217


Children’s Sermon    


*Greeting           Read Responsively

Leader: Christ is born; give him glory!

People: Christ has come down from heaven; receive him! Christ is now on earth; exalt him!

Leader: O you earth, sing to the Lord!

People: O you nations, praise him in joy, for he has been glorified!


*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.


Joys and Concerns/Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer

                                 (May fill out prayer cards at this time)


*Hymn                     “O Come, All Ye Faithful”                                   No. 234     


Scripture Reading                        Luke 2:8-20            (N.T. p. 58)

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

People: Thanks be to God.


The Message                        “Good News”



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                     “Hark the Herald Angels Sing           No. 240


*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.

We welcome Pastor Brenda to the pulpit today.




               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



            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 29th

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship


MONDAY, December 30th

Church Offices Closed


TUESDAY, December 31st

Church Offices Closed

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC


WEDNESDAY, January 1st

Happy New Year

3:45 PM ARC Manor

Church Offices Closed


THURSDAY, January 2nd

Church Offices Closed

7:00 PM Heavenly Daughters


FRIDAY, January 3rd

Church Offices Closed


SATURDAY, January 4th

 6:30 PM We Surrender-CC


SUNDAY,  January 5th

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Communion


THE FLOWERS on the organ are presented to the Glory of God in memory of Leroy Meckley who passed away December 25, 2003. He was the loving father of Melissa Flanders


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

Usher Team:                                               Oxford/Mark Ferguson 

Worship Sound System:                       Dave Yanoschick

Acolyte:                                                Hallie Hoffman

Welcome Center:                                  Mary Jo Lipski

Scripture Reader:                                  Brad Hellein

Bell Ringer:                                          Caden King


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