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SERMON TITLE FOR DECEMBER 19, 2021:
“Closer to Home: SEEKING SANCTUARY”
Scripture: Luke 1: 46-56
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ATTENTION CURRENT COLLEGE STUDENTS!
It is time to apply for the Hinkle, Sink, Swing Scholarship. Applications are available in the church office or can be emailed by contacting email@example.com. Applications should be completed and back in the office by DECEMBER 31, 2021.
LOOKING TOWARD SUNDAY: A MESSAGE FROM REV. HORTONDear First Reformed family,
Praise God for the sermons preached without words.
I was reminded again that the God of new beginnings always brings life in the midst of the direst situations.
Yes, the Good News was proclaimed in the joyous and spirit-led songs that filled our ears and hearts.
Had I been present, I would have certainly still preached a sermon…that is what I am wired to do. However, this service needed no sermon from me. The sermon was preached by the hands of the musicians.
As I watched the service, I quickly learned that perhaps this was indeed the “right” Sunday for me to miss.
Monday morning, I was able to watch the service via YouTube. What a glorious time of praise! The organ and piano duets of Christmas music filled my soul. Listening to Chris Kiser and Laura Klaus play so joyfully was incredibly healing. Mike Price and the Center Street quartet were phenomenal on the saxophones. They brought a new sound of life to the sanctuary!
As I drove to Winston that morning, I thought, “Of all the Sundays for me to miss! This was definitely the wrong one…. so much beautiful music and so many talented musicians.”
I surely missed worshipping with you this past Sunday! I want to extend a special thank you to Ellen Peterson and Rev. Evan Sieges for their willingness to pinch hit during my unexpected absence! Sunday morning, I realized I needed to take my dad to the hospital. Currently, he is still there. Thank you for all the well wishes and prayers for him over the week.
Grateful for this beloved community
GRATITUDE FOR GIVING
If you have not yet made a pledge for 2022, please consider doing so before the end of December. Remember,
A Pledge card is NOT a binding contract; it is an estimate in good faith.
Only the Financial Secretary has access to the pledge cards. Your privacy is maintained.
Ways to Pledge:
- Place your pledge card in the offering plate in worship.
- Drop off your card at the church office (MWF from 8-Noon)
- Email your pledge to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail your card to the church at 104 East Center Street, Lexington, NC 27292
WAYS TO SERVE OTHERS THIS ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS
- DEADLINE DECEMBER 19: Donate gloves, scarves, toboggans, and socks to worship on Sundays or during the Advent Prayer Walk (December 16, 17, 18) for the Christmas Day Treat Bags for Saturday Lunch recipients
- Contribute money toward the Christmas Day Treat Bags for the Saturday Lunch recipients
- DEADLINE DECEMBER 19: Bring a Christmas Card to church for our members who are sick, homebound, or in Care Facilities (names can be found in the Prayer List in the bulletin)
- Volunteer to deliver fruit baskets and Christmas cards to our members at home. Pick up cards and baskets either after church December 19 or after the Youth Christmas Program that evening
- Bring a side dish or dessert for the Christmas Day Lunch Ministry.
(Drop off times: Friday, December 24 between 3-5:00PM or December 25 9-10:00AM)
- Give Alternative Gifts for Christmas OR place an angel on our Angel Tree to support our church benevolences
- December 19: Donate to The Christmas Fund (formerly The Veterans of the Cross and The Emergency Fund)
- Volunteer to serve or cook for Saturday Lunch Ministry
- Sort clothes or fill orders in Clothes Ministry
Contact the church office if you have questions. More details may be found
in the December 2021 Newsletter.
BIBLE STUDY THROUGH JANUARY 2, 2022
The gospel of Luke will provide the text for the adult education Sunday morning Bible study on the theme “Come Home for Christmas.” The new study begins with advent and continues through Epiphany.
“The Blessing of Home”…Luke 1:3 9-45
Facilitator: June Grubb
NO SUNDAY SCHOOL TODAY
“The Light of Home”…John 1:1-9, 10-18
Facilitator: Eulene Shepherd
DECEMBER CALENDAR OF ACTIVITES IN OUR CHURCH
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19: FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Help deliver fruit baskets and Christmas cards to members at home.
You may pick up items from the Fellowship Hall following worship or after the Christmas Program this evening. Fruit baskets have name/address labels on them. Don’t forget the bags with cards, too!
PLEASE CHECK THE LIST BESIDE THE BASKETS FOR NAMES THAT DON’T HAVE VOLUNTEERS TO DELIVER.
Bible Study: In-Person & via Zoom
“The Blessing of Home” (Luke 1:3 9-45) Facilitator: June Grubb
Worship Service In-Person and Livestreamed Online (YOUTUBE)
Children’s Church (Theater Room) Asst. Cathy Browder
Youth and Children’s Christmas Program: “Christmas Collision” (Fellowship Hall)
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22:
NO CHOIR THIS EVENING
Youth & Children’s Christmas Party (Fellowship Hall)
Pizza will be served and bring a gift ($10 limit, please) to exchange
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23:
Clothes Closet Workday
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24: HOLIDAY…CHURCH OFFICE IS CLOSED
Drop off food items in the kitchen for the Saturday Take-out Lunch
SPECIAL MUSIC PRIOR TO CANDLELIGHT SERVICE
CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 25: MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Drop off food items in the kitchen for the Saturday Take-out Lunch
CHRISTMAS DAY TAKE OUT LUNCH AND TREAT BAGS (Kitchen)
All Volunteers Are Welcome!
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26: DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS WORSHIP, FELLOWSHIP & FUN!
WORSHIP SERVICE (FELLOWSHIP HALL)
GIFT EXCHANGE…BRING A $10 GIFT
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE:
LITURGIST: Joe Browder
DIGITAL MEDIA TECHNICIAN: Jeremy Peterson
SOUND TECH: Dave Fulton
CHILDREN’S CHURCH: Cathy Browder
ACOLYTE: Lucas Peterson
BIBLE STEWARD: Ethan Lovell
USHERS: Ann Hoffman, Doris Sink, Rich Johnson
PLEASE PRAY FOR…
Jeremy Lovell (recovering from surgery), Alisa Johnson (recovering from surgery
AT HOME OR IN CARE FACILITIES:
J.W. Bates, Peggy Bates, Sherry Bonner, Lee & Ellen Bouchard, Ruth Essick, Pattie Everhart, Vogen Everhart, Gerri Hill, Lib & Jimbo Hinkle, Merle Hodges, Jeff Hutchens, Myrtle Latimer, Marguerite Leonard, Deanna Michael, John Potts & Janette Neal, Lib Sink, Carolyn Spivey, Adena Wall, Carolyn Yocum
OUR FRIENDS:*Ed Leonard (Sylvia Walser’s brother), *Miller Abernathy (Sylvia Walser’s son-in-law), *Ronald Yates (Eddie Yates’ father), Matt Hartle (Casey Hartle’s brother), *Evelyn York (friend of Alane Holste), The family of Ruth “P-nut” Kennedy (friend of Alane Holste), Marc Frye (son of the late Doris Frye, Ashley Thomason (Ron & Heidi Hutcheson’s daughter-in-law)
19th…Lee & Mary Jo Jessup