First United Methodist Church
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
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Bulletin - Dec 23

December 23, 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              “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”           No. 218

 

Children’s Christmas Play

                                                                                                                                                                                                        

*Lighting the Candle of Love   Read Responsively

Leader: We light this candle as a symbol of God’s love for us and our love for one another.

People: For the Lord rejoices over us with gladness, and renews us in his love. He exults over us with singing and turns our shame to praise. 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.

 

 Joys and Concerns/Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer

                                 (May fill out prayer cards at this time)

 

*Hymn                    O Little Town of Bethlehem”                            No. 230

 

Scripture Reading                      Luke 2:1-7        (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

 

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                “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”                   No. 211

 

*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.

 

CHRISTMAS EVE USHERS

If you would like to usher at the 7:00 PM Christmas Eve service, please see Donna Lazan.

 

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  The Salvation Army. Think Love & Warmth!

 

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.

 

ALTAR FLOWER DATES AVAILABLE FOR 2019

The following dates are still open for altar flowers for 2019. If you would like one or more, please indicate on your connect card or see Audrey Green. I will call you the week before to remind you. The flowers are $25.00 a week.

          January 6, 13                 March 10, 17, 24           April 28

          May 12, 19, 26              June 30                          July 14

          August 11, 18                September 22                 November 3, 10, 24

          December 1

 

 

ATTENTION ALL WRITERS

It is time once again to begin to think about our next Lenten Devotional! We need 40 plus devotions for our 11th edition of this inspirational daily guide for Lent, 2019. Let God lead you as you say “YES” to contributing to this worth-while ministry. All devotions need to be received in the church office no later than February 11th. You can mail, hand deliver or email your devotional. Any questions, contact Sarah Heckert 724-543-1083 or joeheckert@yahoo.com. God Bless

 

 

OPPORTUNITIES AT OTHER CHARGE CHURCHES

MANORVILLE UMC

          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 UMC

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. 

 

 

The church offices will be closed from Monday, December 24th through Tuesday, January 1st. Please call the parsonage if you need pastoral care.

 

Remember to leave your poinsettias till after the Christmas Eve service. Thank you

 

 

 

 

FIRST CHURCH WEEKLY CALENDAR              

TODAY, December 23rd

Children’s Christmas Play

9:30 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

 

MONDAY, December 24th

6:00 PM Ford Memorial Christmas

               Eve Service

7:00 PM Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

 

TUESDAY, December 25th

Merry Christmas

7:00 PM New Found Freedom-CC

 

WEDNESDAY, December 26th

3:45 PM ARC Manor

 

 SATURDAY, December 29th

6:30 PM We Surrender-CC

 

SUNDAY, December 30th

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:                                       Albright/Dan Wolfe

Worship Sound System:                     John Wolfe

Acolyte:                                              Emily Corbin

Welcome Center:                                Beverly Patton

Scripture Reader:                                Larry McKelvey 

Bell Ringer:                                        Dane Dimond