Among us

date: 
Sunday, December 19, 2021

Gathering

Call to worship/prayer

Opening Songs:

     “O Come, All Ye Faithful”  # 241

     “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”  # 247

Lighting of the Advent Candle

Offering

Announcements

 

Hearing the word

Children’s Story – Stan Harder

Scripture  - John 1:1-18

Sermon “Among us”

 

Responding to the word

Hymn of Response: “To Us a Child of Hope is Born”  # 259

Sharing and prayer

Theme Verse:  Joshua 1:9

Sending Hymn: “Go Tell it on the Mountain”  # 252

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.

 

Verse for 2021

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9           NIV

Ne t’ai-je pas donné cet ordre: Fortifie-toi et prends courage? Ne t’effraie point et ne t’épouvante point, car l’Éternel, ton Dieu, est avec toi dans tout ce que tu entreprendras.

Josué 1.9              LS1910

 

Servers

Pastor  - Dave Nickel

Worship Leader -Jeanette Harder

Music Leader -Wanda Stauffer

Next Children’s Story -Advent – Stan Harder

December Greeter         

December Driver -Anita Breckbill

 

Calendar

Thursdays -Foodnet

Friday, Dec 24 -Christmas Eve Service @ 6:30

Tuesday, Jan 4 -Retiree Small Group @ Noon @ Church

Wednesday, Jan 5 -Small Group - Tongue-tied @ FMC @ 7pm

 

Record for December 12

81 in attendance, including 14 on Zoom

 

Theme

God finds the most effective way to express God’s self to us: moving into the neighborhood.

 

Offerings

4th Quarter Mission Offering: Central Plains Mennonite Conference www.centralplainsmc.org

Monthly fact: Leadership: Central Plains Mennonite Conference calls and equips pastors and congregational leaders with missional vision and leadership skills for the church.  Fellowship: Central Plains Mennonite congregations develop loving relationships with one another, as well as with Christians across the church and around the world, to discern a common way of life as a contrast society. 

Birthday/Anniversary Offering: Lulu’s on N - www.lulusonn.com

Monthly fact: “We are providing case management assistance on an as-needed basis. If you are looking to get in touch with someone at LuLu's on N regarding case management services, please contact us. Of course, you are also welcome to stop by during normal business hours.”  

 

Announcements

Next week we will read John 1:19-34 and finish our diaper tree.

 

MASKS - Please wear a mask in our building.  For folks who are more comfortable with the Zoom option. Please talk to Chad or Pastor Dave with questions or concerns.  And thanks, all, for your patience as we try to be accommodating and caring:-)

 

CHRISTMAS EVE - In planning the Christmas Eve service, it would be helpful to know how many folks plan to be present in-person and on Zoom. Please contact me if you plan to attend (I will probably poll folks in worship as well:-). I particularly want to know if there will be a piano player and French readers present. It will be a short service; we will have 4-5 readings and sing 5 or so Christmas songs, but very Christmas-y.   – Pastor Dave

 

YOUTH GROUP - All middle & high school youth are invited to go ice skating at the John Breslow Ice Hockey Center on January 2 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Contact Kathy or Kevin Haake for more information.

 

MISSION OFFERING NOMINATION - Four times a year we take a special offering for missions. The recipients are nominated and voted on by the congregation. The  following outreaches are covered: 1) Mennonite Church USA (including  Mennonite Mission Network) and Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). 2) Central Plain Mennonite Conference (CPMC), of which we are a member, has a line item in our budget.

Pray and consider where else we can be generous and offer suggestions by writing them on the slip in the bulletin the next 2 weeks, or contacting the Outreach Comm. (Tammy R, Kristopher N, Wanda S). We will all have an opportunity to vote at the Annual Meeting in January.

 

OFFERING NOMINATION - We welcome Birthday and Anniversary offering nominations.

 

THEME VERSE NOMINATION - The Elders invite 2021 theme verse nominations by Jan 1. Please send them to Sheri or Pastor Dave.

 

ELDER NOMINATION - Gifts discernment committee is inviting Elder nominations by Jan 1. Please send/tell names to Becky W.

 

TEACHERS - We are in need of Sunday School teachers for February, March, April, and May of 2022. Please consider donating a month of your time to teach the wonderful group of lower and upper elementary kids. To volunteer or get more information about teaching, please contact Sara Weber.    

 

SIGN UP TO HELP OUT - Nurture commission is looking for greeters and drivers. Please sign up on the bulletin board just inside the door to the fellowship hall.