Just and awkward

Sunday, December 23, 2018


Welcome and Opening Words

Opening Songs: “O Come, all Ye Faithful”             #212

              “The Virgin Mary”           #202


hearing the word

Lighting of the Advent Candle

Children’s Story – Doug Fast

Hymn:  “O little town of Bethlehem”       #191

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

Scripture             Matthew 1:18-25

Sermon  “Just and awkward”


responding to the word

Hymn of Response:  (remain seated)

              “What Child is this?”      #215

Announcements, Sharing and Prayer

Tithes and Offering

Sending Hymn: “Joy to the World”          #318



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.



We use so much energy to avoid awkwardness but, as was the case with Joseph, it’s in those awkward conversations and times that we realize God is with us.




Pastor   Dave Nickel

Worship Leader Wade Thiessen

Music Leader     Jolene / Wanda

Nursery Steve & Angela Nitzsche

Nursery Next Sunday     Brett & Mary Stauffer

Next Children's Story      Doug Fast

December’s  Drivers       Wade & Lisa Thessen

December’s Greeters     Jay & Becky Waegli

Snack Next Sunday         Tim & Rachel Balzer



Sunday Prayer Time       9:15 am Room #2

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

              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

              Preschool – Grade 6

High School Room          Grades 9-12



Record for December 16

87          Attendance

101        Christmas Program Attendance

$ 3,325 Offering

$ 111,900           YTD Budget

$ 106,033           YTD Offering

- $ 5,867             YTD Deficit




CHRISTMAS PROGRAM – Thank you to everyone who participated in the Christmas Program and for bringing cookies and snacks!


ELDER NOMINATIONS – We will have an opening for an Elder next year.  Please start thinking of your nominations, and share with Julie, Brett and/or Barb.  Votes will be cast at the congregational meeting in January.  Please give this prayerful consideration.


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?


NEXT WEEK Marc Schlegel Preheim will be preaching, and we will read Luke 2:212-35 (Pastor Dave will be out of town from 12/25-1/3)


CHRISTMAS EVE - Please come to the Christmas eve service: it will be a short service of readings and carols.