Encounter

date: 
Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve Morning Service 9:30 am

Gathering

Opening words and prayer

Opening songs:

     “O come all ye faithful”  HWB # 212

      “The virgin Mary had a baby boy”  HWB # 202

Announcements

 

Hearing the word

Lighting of the Advent Candle

Children’s Story – Doug Fast

Hymn: 

      “Away in a manger”  HWB # 194

Special music: The first noel - Sheri, Kelsey, & Emily Nitzsche

Scripture:  John 1:1-18

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

Message:  “Encounter”

 

Responding to the word

Hymn of Response:

      “What child is this”  HWB # 215

Sharing and Prayer

Tithes and Offering 

Sending Hymn: 

      “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

We come to worship to celebrate and encounter the Word made flesh.

 

Verse for 2017

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

 

Servers

Pastor - Dave Nickel

Worship Leader - Dallas Schlegel

Music Leaders - Wanda Stauffer

Nursery - Wade & Lisa Thiessen

Nursery Next Sunday - Jay & Becky Waegli

Next Children's Story  - Doug Fast

December’s Drivers - Wade & Lisa Thiessen

December’s Greeters - Jennifer & Thad Miller

Snack Next Sunday - All the Stauffer’s

 

Calendar

Sunday Prayer Time - 9:15 am Room #2

Today - Worship at 9:30 followed by Potluck Brunch

Today - Christmas eve service @ 11:30 pm

Wednesday, Jan 3 - Mennotenna at 7 p.m. @ Miller's

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 17

73 - Attendance

$ 731 - Birthday Offering for Grace Children’s Home

$ 3,372 - Offering 12-10

$ 2,177 - Offering 12-17

$ 109,446 - Year-To-Date Budget

$ 105,961 - Year-To-Date

- $ 3,485 - Year-To-Date

 

Announcements

 

CHRISTMAS EVE – Please join us after the service today for a Potluck Brunch.  Tonight, we will have a “midnight” service at 11:30 pm.  It will be a short service (30ish minutes) of carols, the Christmas story, and some other scriptures.

 

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.

 

SPECIAL MUSIC – Calling out to all musical folks.  Do you have 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 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 $31,200 has been committed so far to our goal of $30,000 over the next 3 years.  We have already collected $16,000 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 in the River City Cluster: Casa de Oracion in Davenport, IA; Templo Alabanza in Moline, IL; El Balsamo in Muscatine, IA; Torre Fuerte in Iowa City and Centro Cristiano in Washington, IA.