WEEKLY EMAIL FROM FIRST REFORMED UCC
DECEMBER 31, 2021
CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS WILL BE TAKEN DOWN AFTER WORHSIP SUNDAY, JANUARY 2, 2022. PLEASE STAY AFTER THE SERVICE IF YOU’D LIKE TO HELP THE DECORATING COMMITTEE WITH THIS.
LOOKING TOWARD SUNDAY: A MESSAGE FROM REV. HORTON
What a beautiful Christmas Eve service! The music, the scriptures, the beauty of the candlelight. Seeing all of us gathered around the sanctuary holding the light was incredibly powerful. Did you feel it too? I left the service with my heart full of hope and tremendous peace in my spirit. The Birth of Christ reminds us again that “Light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it. “
This Sunday is Celebration of Epiphany. Rev. Evan will proclaim the word, and also preside over Holy Communion. I will be absent. My family is going to Buffalo, NY to see the Buffalo Bills play football. My husband,, Dan, was raised in that area, and has rooted for the Bills for decades. I was scheduled to go, as well but am sticking close to home to assist with my Dad while he finishes up his time in skilled nursing rehab.
As you come to the sanctuary, please continue to mask and distance.
Celebrations and Gratitude to:
- John Maze and Ben Hale for coordinating the Christmas Day meal, and thank all of you who shared your home-cooked food to feed our neighbors. Approximately 95 meals were served.
- Patti Lovell for coordinating, gathering, and organizing the goody bags to give along with the meal.
- Congratulations to Sarah Potts, one of Lexington Police Department’s newest officers! She was sworn in Wednesday, December 29. Sarah, we thank you for your willingness to serve and protect. We will pray for you and your family.
Grateful to serve with you, Elizabeth
SERMON TITLE FOR JANUARY 2, 2022:
“Living into a New Year”
In the Pulpit: Rev. Evan Sieges
Scripture:Matthew 2: 1-12
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SUNDAYS at 6:00PM: Youth Group (Fellowship Hall)
WEDNESDAYS at 6:30PM: Youth Study (Youth Room)
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WEDNESDAYS at 6:30PM: Children’s Fun & Activities (Fellowship Hall)
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BIBLE STUDY THROUGH JANUARY 30, 2022
“Love Never Ends: Being the Body of Christ”
Ordinary time is the season that follows Epiphany, although most of the time we call it the “Season of Epiphany.” The Epistle readings in Year C of the Lectionary Cycle are the letters to the Corinthians. The best-known passages are from I Corinthians 13 known as the “Love Chapter.”
This Bible Study is based on the Epistles readings as a way of seeing the Light of Christ through the lens of love. “Love Never Ends” is both a description and a promise. You are invited to journey with others, guided by the Corinthian Epistles to let the light shine around you, in you, and then from you as we seek to continue to become disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
We who have seen the Light of Christ now desire to reflect it in our community and in our world by letting others see Christ through our loving presence.
Our Sunday morning Bible study begins at 9:30AM in the educational building or via ZOOM. The themes and scripture readings for the month of January are as follows:
Sunday, January 9th
The Baptism of Jesus
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Sunday, January 16th
“Varieties of Gifts”
I Corinthians 12:1-11
Sunday, January 23rd
“You Are the Body”
I Corinthians 12:12-31a
Sunday, January 30th
The Greatest of These”
I Corinthians 13:1-13
Please consider signing up to serve as an usher on Sunday mornings. Open slots are available on most Sundays. You may use the Sign-Up Genius link below to pick a Sunday to volunteer. Feel free to sign up for more than one Sunday of service! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050f44abae28a7fe3-usher
HELP US UPDATE OUT BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY CALENDAR
Have you noticed that your name has not been showing up on our birthday or anniversary calendars in the newsletter, bulletins or weekly emails? If so, it’s because we don’t have it in our church records. Help us start the New Year off right by updating our records. If you would like your name included in these calendars, please contact the office by email (email@example.com) or phone (336-248-2617), and we’ll be sure to add this information to our records.
IT’S GIRL SCOUT COOKIE TIME
Troop #2160 will pick up their cookies on January 15! Watch your weekly emails for times for the Drive-Thru Cookie Booth at the church. You will also be able to place orders directly with Jianna or Kivi Miller.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE:
LITURGIST: Dave Fulton
DIGITAL MEDIA TECHS: Kivi & Jia Miller
SOUND TECH: James Gray
ACOLYTE: Emma Hartle
BIBLE STEWARD: Jacob Hartle
USHERS: John Gray, Lisa Nelson, John Smith, Michell Winters, Eddie Yates
PLEASE PRAY FOR…
Jeremy Lovell, Alisa Johnson
AT HOME AND IN CARE FACILITIES:
Peggy Bates, Sherry Bonner, Lee & Ellen Bouchard, Ruth Essick, Pattie Everhart, Vogen Everhart, Lib & Jimbo Hinkle, Jeff Hutchens, Marguerite Leonard, Deanna Michael, John Potts & Janette Neal, Lib Sink, Carolyn Spivey, Adena Wall
Nicole Holste (Alane Holste’s sister-in-love), Family of Will Swaim (friend of Alane Holste), Ed Leonard (Sylvia Walser’s brother), Miller Abernathy (Sylvia Walser’s son-in-law), The family of 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)
5th…Jianna Miller…Smithie Parrish
6th…Gennie Lou Byerly
CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES IN OUR CHURCH
Sunday, January 2: Epiphany and Holy Communion
Adult Bible Study: “The Light of Home”
John 1:1-9, 10-18 (Facilitator: Rev. June Grubb)
You may join the meeting using the following link;
Meeting ID: 890 2652 8333 Passcode: Bible One tap mobile: +13017158592, 89026528333# US
Worship Service: In-Person and Livestreamed Online (YOUTUBE)
IN THE PULPIT: Rev. Evan Sieges
Take down Christmas decorations…anyone who would like to help is welcome!
Tuesday, January 4:
2CFAR Crucial Conversations of Faith and Race via Zoom
Meeting ID: 873 4191 8684 Passcode: FaithOne tap mobile: +187341918684# US (New York)
Wednesday, January 5:
Children’s Fun and Games
Thursday, January 6:
Clothes Closet Workday
Saturday, January 8:
Take-out Lunch Ministry (Kitchen)
Sunday, January 9: First Sunday after Epiphany
Adult Bible Study: “Well Pleased”
The Baptism of Jesus (Luke 3:15-17, 21-22)
Worship Service: In-Person and Livestreamed Online (YOUTUBE)