Clothed in thankfulness

Sunday, December 9, 2018


Welcome and Opening Words

Opening Songs:

     “Come thou long expected Jesus”  # 178

     “My soul cries out”  screen


Quarterly Mission Offering - Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Central Committee, and Christian Peacemaker Teams


Hearing the word

Lighting of the Advent Candle

Children’s Story – Doug Fast


     “While shepherds watched their flocks”  # 196

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

Scripture - Colossians 3:12-17

Sermon “Clothed in thankfulness”

Sharing and Prayer


Responding to the word

Hymn of Response:  (remain seated)

     “Lift up your hearts”  # 602

Tithes and Offering

Sending Hymn:

     “Hark the glad song”  # 184



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.



Clothed with thankfulness, we wait to celebrate the birth of Jesus.



Pastor - Dave Nickel

Worship Leader - Chad & Kathy Boshart

Music Leader - Thad & Jennifer Miller

Nursery - Jay & Becky Waegli

Nursery Next Sunday - The Mukuna Family

Next Children's Story  - Doug Fast

December’s  Drivers - Wade & Lisa Thessen

December’s Greeters - Jay & Becky Waegli

Snack Next Sunday -



Sunday Prayer Time - 9:15 am Room #2

Today - Choir Practice @ 9am

Sunday, Dec 16 - Choir Practice @ 9am

Sunday, Dec 16 - Christmas Program @ 5:30pm

Monday, Dec 24 - Deliver items from Giving Tree to People’s City Mission @ Noon

Monday, Dec 24 - Christmas Eve service @ 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 December 2

68 - Attendance



CHRISTMAS PROGRAM - Join us Sunday, Dec 16 at 5:30 p.m. for our Christmas program. It is always a wonderful event, full of music, drama, and unexpected surprises.   It will include our kid’s play and two songs from the choir.  You won’t want to miss it!

KIDS - If you kids are in the Kids Christmas Play, please have them here by 5pm to get into costume.

BRING TREATS - Following the Christmas Program, please bring Christmas cookies, bars and other snacks to share.


CHRISTMAS CHOIR PRACTICE We have one last practice at 9am on December 16.  Our performance will be that evening at 5:30.


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.


THEME VERSE - The elders are beginning discernment for a 2019 theme verse. We will have a congregational vote at the annual meeting in January. Please send your suggestions by Dec 11 (the next elder meeting). Please share your preferences w/ Dallas, Wade, Anita or Pastor Dave.


CITY IMPACT – is running low on gifts.  Can you give online or shop from their Amazon Gifts of Love Wish List?


GIVING TREE - People's City Mission has requested towels and wash cloths for use at their shelter.  Let's creatively decorate the Christmas Tree in the sanctuary by Sunday, Dec 23rd.  Who can fold a washcloth into a teddy bear?


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:  paper surveys are on the table in the fellowship hall, and can be placed in the treasurer's mail box once completed. Or feel free to complete it online: Your surveys will help with our 2019 budget, and will be kept confidential with only the Treasurer accessing these records.