Feast and forgiveness

date: 
Sunday, December 17, 2017

Gathering

Opening words and prayer

Opening songs:

     “Angels We Have Heard on High”  HWB # 197

     “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly”  HWB # 206

Announcements

December Birthday/Anniversary Offering

 

Hearing the word

Lighting of the Advent Candle

Children’s Story – Doug Fast        Luke 2:1-5

Hymn: 

     “O Little Town of Bethlehem”  HWB # 191

Special Music:  Women's Choir

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

Scripture  Isaiah 55:1-56:1

Message:  “Feast and forgiveness”

 

Responding to the word

Hymn of Response:

     “Oh, How Joyfully”  HWB # 209

Sharing and Prayer

Tithes and Offering 

Sending Song: 

     “Joy to the World”  HWB # 318

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

As we feast this Christmas season, may our celebrations embody God’s abundant pardon with those at our tables as well as those nearby and far away.

 

Servers

Pastor - Dave Nickel

Worship Leader - Wade Thiessen

Music Leader - Anita Breckbill & Jeanette Harder

Nursery - Brett & Mary Stauffer

Nursery Next Sunday - Wade & Lisa Thiessen

Next Children's Story  - Doug Fast

December’s Drivers - Wade & Lisa Thiessen

December’s Greeters - Jennifer & Thad Miller

Snack Next Sunday - Dallas & Barb Schlegel

 

Calendar

Sunday Prayer Time - 9:15 am Room #2

Wednesday, Dec 20 - "Mennotenna" at Haake's @ 7 pm

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

Sunday, Dec 24 - Christmas eve service @ 11:30 pm

Jan 17 - Annual Meeting

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 10

87 - Attendance 10:45 am service

92 - Attendance Christmas Program

 

Verse for 2017

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

 

Announcements

 

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.

 

SPECIAL MUSIC – Calling out to all musical folks.  Do you something that you would like to sing or play?  Do you have a music recital coming up?  We would love for you to play or sing as a Prelude or Offertory.  Please contact one of the music leaders: Jolene Boshart, Anita Breckbill, Jeanette Harder, Jen Miller, Wanda Stauffer, or Julie Youngs.

 

CONGRATULATIONS – Nancy Peters recently received recognition for her 25 Years of Service to Lincoln Public Schools.  That’s a lot of students!

 

ELDER ELECTIONS – We will have an opening for a Female Elder next year.  Please submit your nominations on the included ballot to Nancy Peters, Barb Schlegel, or Brett Stauffer by Christmas Eve.  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 $8,000 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: Shalom in Eau Claire, Wisconsin; First and Bethel in Mountain Lake, Minnesota; and Rochester (MN) Mennonite Church.