Bulletin Notices for December 2, 2018

SEEKING WILLING INDIVIDUALS…who would like to serve the Lord with gladness in the following areas:

  1. Stewardship Board – please see John Burdick
  2. In-home Saints Care Ministry – please see Cheryl Lowman
  3. Hospitality Meals Ministry – please see Leslie Denton (You could serve once or twice a year if that fits your schedule). Meals are arranged for St. Paul’s church family members when needed after surgeries or in other difficult times.
  4. If there is another area not mentioned above, where you would like to serve, please see John Burdick or Cheryl Lowman.

FESTIVAL CHOIR:  All singers are welcome to join in this choir that will sing for Christmas Eve worship services. Please contact Ruth Yeadon to indicate your interest in singing and to get information about rehearsals. Rehearsals are December 5th, 12th, & 19th, at 7:45pm after Wednesday Advent Worship services and/or after the 10:45 Worship on Sundays.

DAUGHTERS OF FAITH (Young Ladies Mentor Group) will meet Saturday, December 15th from 1:00pm – 2:30pm for cookie making. The cookies will be distributed during caroling to our in-home Saints the following day.  For more information contact Judy Byrne at jbyrnsie@yahoo.com 

NEXT MEETING of the Sewing Circle is Saturday, December 15th, at 9:00am.  For more information see Tami Weeks.   

LADIES AID would like to thank all the saints who donated time and goods to the Christmas Fair.  It was a great success!  We enjoyed the company of new volunteers, supporting the Hands of Grace tag sale, and on Wreath Making Sunday we enjoyed fellowship and made 23 wreaths for the Fair!

THANK YOU for your donations to the Mite Boxes.  St. Paul’s sent a total of $125.58 to the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League!   

CHRISTMAS FLOWERS:  If you would like to donate towards the purchase of flowers to grace God’s altar at Christmas please see Cynthia Boyle, Sally Wabrek, or Janice Becker.  You may also leave a note with your dedication on the secretary’s desk no later than Sunday, December 16th.  Checks are to be made out to “St. Paul’s Altar Guild.”  We are grateful for your support.  Thank you, Cynthia Boyle     

“The Joy of Christmas – Lessons and Carols”… All are invited to hear the children of our church family share the news of Jesus’ birth at the Children’s Christmas Program on Sunday, December 9th at 9:30 am.  There will be no Christian Education Hour on that day.   

Christmas Cards for the Church Family…All are invited to share Christmas greetings with your St. Paul’s church family. One of the bulletin boards in the hallway above the Lower Fellowship Room is dedicated for cards, photos, or letters. Check out the greetings from others, and feel free to add yours to the board!  

Christmas Caroling…Please join your fellow church family members in the Lower Fellowship Room on Sunday, December 16th, immediately following the 10:45 am service. We’ll gather for a short Christmas lunch before heading out in two groups to visit, sing, pray, and share the news of our Savior’s birth with our St. Paul’s in-home saints. All ages are welcome as we make a joyful noise in celebration of the Good News.    

Holiday Schedule at St. Paul’s 2018:

 Please mark your calendars! Note the worship time changes…

  • Wednesdays, December 5th, 12th, 19th @ 7pm: Advent Services
  • Sunday, December 9th, 9:30am – Children’s Christmas Program
  • Sunday, December 16th, 12:00 pm – Christmas Caroling
  • Sunday, December 23rd, 9:00 am – ONE worship service
  • Monday, December 24th, 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm – Christmas Eve worship
  • Tuesday, December 25th, 9:00 am – Christmas Day worship
  • Sunday, December 30th, 9:00 am – ONE worship service

Regular weekly schedule resumes the week of January 6th, 2019.

The Giving Tree…Over the years here at St. Paul’s, we’ve had the joy of designating our sanctuary Christmas Tree to be a Giving Tree for church family members to contribute towards the needs of others. This year, the Board of Missions is asking for donations that will support the work of the Orphan Grain Train Branch as they help with disaster relief efforts in Florida, North Carolina, and Texas. The needed items are: Diapers (sizes Newborn, 1, 4, 5); Diaper rash ointment; New Blankets; Towels & washcloths; Coloring books & Crayons. If you prefer to make a financial donation that will be used by OGT to purchase supplies and cover transportation costs to send out supplies, you may give a check payable to “OGT New England Branch” (please do not address the check to St. Paul’s). Please bring your items, or your monetary donation in an envelope, and place them under/in the Giving Tree. We will be collecting items and monetary donations until Epiphany, January 6th. Any questions?  Please contact Denise Yoreo or Pastor Manor.   

Advent Devotion Booklets…are available on the table in the narthex.

HANDS OF GRACE OUTDOORS will meet Friday, Dec. 7th, @6pm.

HANDS OF GRACE is in need of juice, any flavor.  Thank you.

Advent 2018: The Stories of Advent  

All are welcome to gather for our Advent worship services at 7:00 pm on Wednesday nights in December. This time of Advent, I invite you to hear the life stories of Zechariah and Elizabeth and Mary. We’ll reflect on how we listen to the Lord, how God’s grace exceeds our expectations, and how we are strengthened in faith to believe that nothing is impossible with God. Come, as we prepare for the coming of the Lord – in the manger, in his Word, and in his glorious return one day.

December 5th“Advent Silence” – Luke 1:5-25, 57-64

December 12th“Advent Expectation” – Luke 1:18-25

December 19th“Advent Faith” – Luke 1:26-38

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