Blind optimism?

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Welcome and Announcements

Opening Songs:

     “Here in this place“  # 6

     “Jesus stand among us”  # 25

Birthday Offering

Children’s Story – Garry DeFreece


Sharing and Prayer

Scripture - Isaiah 36:1-3,13-20; 37:1-7


     “O God of love, o Power of peace”  # 368

 (Pre-K and younger children can go to the nursery)

Scripture - Isaiah 2:1-4


Sermon “Blind optimism?”

Hymn of Response:  (remain seated)

     “For the healing of the nations”  # 367

Tithes and Offering

Sending Hymn:

     “Go now in peace”  # 429



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.




Even in times of danger, God’s vision is one of collaboration.




Pastor - Dave Nickel

Worship Leader - Dave Nitzsche / Jay Waegli

November’s  Music - Anita/Jeanette/Leah

Nursery - Wade & Lisa Thiessen

Nursery Next Sunday - Dave & Sheri Nitzsche

Next Children's Story  - Marvin Gerritse

November’s  Drivers - Tim & Rachel Balzer

November’s Greeters - Jeremy & Julie Youngs

Snack Next Sunday - Jay and Becky Waegli



Sunday Prayer Time - 9:15 am Room #2

Today - Potluck

Saturday, November 24 - Wedding reception for Jenna and Jason 5-8 pm

Friday, November 30 - Parent Time Out 6-8pm

Sunday, Dec 2  - Choir Practice @ 9am

Dec 6 - Gifts of Love Delivery

Sunday, Dec 9 - Choir Practice @ 9am

Sunday, Dec 16 - Choir Practice @ 9am

Sunday, Dec 16 - Christmas Program @ 6pm


Sunday School

Library  - Adult Class – Uniform Series

Room # 1 - Adult Class – Sacred Pauses

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

Play Practice - Preschool – Grade 6

High School Room - Grades 9-12


Record for November 11

117 - Attendance

$ 2,720 - Offering

$ 100,710 - YTD Budget

$ 94,020 - YTD Offering

- $ 6,690 - YTD Deficit


PARENT TIME OUT - Looking for an evening out or time to spend Christmas shopping? The youth group will be providing baby-sitting services on Friday, November 30, from 6-8 pm at FMC. Donations will be accepted towards the youth fund.


THEME VERSE:  The elders are beginning discerning 2019 theme verse options. We hope to vote on some at the annual meeting in January, and request your suggestions by Dec 4 (our next elder meeting).


GIFTS OF LOVE – We are collecting for City Impact and their Gifts of Love program. They welcome new gifts and cash donations for the Lincoln community in order to "help provide Christmas with dignity for locally under-resourced kids."  Please mark the retail price on the gift to help with the kids and parent’s store “shopping.” You can also donate wrapping paper or bags.  They will pick up the box December 6.


YAMS & STUFFING: Thank you to everyone who brought items! We were able to donate 185 boxes of Stuffing and 118 cans of Yams.


IN MEMORY of David Breckbill, who passed away two years ago tomorrow, we are playing a recording for prelude.  The third movement from Beethoven's String Quartet in F major, op. 135, David chose to have played at his funeral.


CHRISTMAS CHOIR PRACTICE at 9am December 2, 9, 16.  Contact Kathy Boshart with any questions.


ELDER ELECTIONS – We will have an opening for an Elder next year.  Please start thinking of your nominations.  Votes will be cast at the congregational meeting in January.  Please give this prayerful consideration.


THANKS to all who have helped in recent weeks to work outside, paint interior doors, touch up walls and thoroughly clean the kitchen and pantry.  Taking care of the wonderful gift of this building is an important privilege. Anything we can all do to help keep our building beautiful and clean is appreciated.


GREAT NEWS - Our mortgage balance is down to $8,786.  Thank you all for your generous donations to pay down our debt much faster than anticipated.  We have around $2,500 in expected pledges yet for 2018 and additional pledges in 2019 to hopefully payoff the balance in full.  If you have any questions regarding our debt reduction or your pledge, please reach out to the treasurer, Brett Stauffer.


THANK YOU to those who have responded to our giving survey, we have received 22 responses to a goal of 30.  Paper surveys are now available in the fellowship hall and can be placed in the treasurer’s mail box once completed.