Assuming and knowing

date: 
Sunday, December 10, 2017

Gathering

Opening words and prayer

Opening songs:

     “Rise up shepherd and follow”  screen

     “Go tell it on the mountain”

Announcements

Good News in Outreach – Youth Group and City Impact

 

Hearing the word

Lighting the advent candle

Children’s Story – Doug Fast

Hymn: 

     “While Shepherds Watched”  HWB # 196

Special Music:  “Underneath Starry Skies”  Christmas Choir

 (Pre-K and younger children are dismissed to the nursery)

Scripture:  Ezekiel 37:1-14

Message:  “Assuming and knowing”

 

Responding to the word

Hymn:

     “Comfort comfort o my people”  HWB # 176

Sharing and Prayer

Tithes and Offering 

Sending Song: 

     “Hark the glad sound”  HWB # 184

Benediction

 

Assisted listening devices and large print hymnals are available at the audio-visual desk.

The cry room has a speaker so you can continue to listen to the service if you need to step out of the sanctuary.

 

Theme

Ezekiel asks how our “definitive readings” show we “know God is LORD.”

 

Verse for 2017

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  Romans 12:12

 

Servers

Pastor - Dave Nickel

Worship Leader - Laura Nickel

Music Leaders - Jen & ThadMiller

Nursery - Glen & Tammy Reidel

Nursery Next Sunday - Brett & Mary Stauffer

Next Children's Story  - Doug Fast

December’s Drivers - Wade & Lisa Thiessen

December’s Greeters - Jennifer & Thad Miller

Snack Next Sunday - Tracy & Holly Rocole

               

Calendar

Sunday Prayer Time - 9:15 am Room #2

Sunday, Dec 10 - FMC Christmas Program @ 6pm

Wednesday, Dec 13 - “Menotenna” at Haake’s @ 7pm

Sunday, Dec 24 - Worship at 9:30 followed by Potluck Brunch

Sunday, Dec 24 - Christmas eve service at 11:30p

Feb 9-10 - FMC retreat in Aurora, NE

               

Sunday School

Library - Adult Group – Uniform Series

Room # 1 - Adult Group – The Holy Spirit - An Introduction

Room # 6 - Adult Group – Uniform Series – Take 2

Nursery - Preschool

Room # 8 - Grades K-2

Room # 7 - Grades 3-8

Room # 4 - Grades 9-12

               

Record for December 3

63 - Attendance

$ 2,211 - Offering

$ 145 - Youth Babysitting Night

 $ 105,154 - YTD Budget

$ 100,412 - YTD Offering

- $ 4,742 - YTD Deficit

 

Announcements

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM - Join us Sunday, Dec 10 at 6:00 p.m. for the FMC Christmas program. It is always a wonderful event, full of music, drama, and unexpected surprises. You won’t want to miss it!

KIDS - If your kids are in the Christmas Play, please have them here tonight by 5:30 pm to get into costume.

BRING TREATS - Following the Program, please bring Christmas cookies, bars and other snacks to share.  This "snack feast" will be our December "potluck."

 

SOCK TREE - Socks are among the most needed items at homeless shelters, yet are the least donated item.  Help us decorate the Christmas tree with socks and gloves. The items will be donated to People City Mission.  So stock up on socks, and have your donations on the tree by Christmas Eve.

 

SUNDAY, Dec 24 – We have several special things going on Sunday, Christmas Eve.  We will not have our regular Sunday School classes, but instead have our Morning Service at 9:30 am, followed by a Potluck Brunch.  Sunday Evening, we will have a “midnight” service at 11:30 pm.

 

 

ELDER ELECTIONS – We will have an opening for a Female Elder next year.  Please submit your nominations on the included ballot to the Gifts Discernment Members (Nancy Peters, Barb Schlegel, or Brett Stauffer) by December 24, 2017.  Votes will be cast at the congregational meeting on January 17, 2018.  Please give this prayerful consideration.

 

BUILDING FUND - Pledges totaling $26,200 has been committed so far to our goal of $30,000 over the next 3 years.  We have already collected $8000 of the total pledges to reduce our principle balance immediately. Please continue to pray and consider how you can help or who you can reach out to in regards to our debt reduction commitments.  We have a goal of $10,000 a year in new commitments above and beyond our regular giving in order to eliminate our mortgage balance by the end of 2019.  Additional copies of the debt reduction letter and commitment cards are located in the top right mailbox.  Pledge cards can be dropped in the offering plate or the treasurer's mailbox.

 

CONFERENCE PRAYER REQUEST -    Pray for your sister churches in the Twin Cities: Emmanuel, Faith, St. Paul Hmong, Third Way, and The Mennonite Worker.