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December 9, 2018

Music Group Meeting/Sanctuary                                               8:45 AM

Prayer Meeting/Pastor’s Office                                                 9:10 AM

Christian Education Classes                                                     9:30 AM
Youth and Children’s classes meet in the basement classrooms. For adults, The Wired Word meets in the Library Wing while Because of Bethlehem, an Advent Bible Study, meets in the basement.

Worship Service                                                                       10:30 AM
Lighting the Candle of Faith
Singing: Music Group & Congregation
Scripture: Isaiah 9:6-7 by Roger Knapp
Scripture: Luke 2:8-15 by Bryan Amstutz
Children’s Story  by Debbie Knapp
Singing: Bless’d Be the God of Israel –Blue Book # 174
Message: ‘An Original Christmas Song by The Angels’ –Luke 2:14
Singing: It Came Upon a Midnight Clear –Blue Book # 195
Pastoral Prayer
Offering: Emma & Jared Redding Mission Fund/Offertory-Jennifer Ball
Blessing & Sending: LORD, Prepare Me –Piano/Power Point

Offerings on December 16 will support the Church General Fund.

Children’s Christmas Eve Rehearsal is today with a lunch for the cast right after the worship service and practicing until about 1:30.  If you have questions about details, contact Kari Jones.

Today: Noon Lunch for Program Cast/Rehearsal for Christmas Eve
Today: 2:00 Community Christmas Concert/Iowa Theatre
Wednesday: 5:30 Meal/6:00-7:15 Pioneer Club
Wednesday: 7:30 Church Council Meeting
Thursday: 8:30 AM Davis County Ministerial Association
Dec 16: 4:00 Community Christmas Caroling
Dec 24: 6:00 PM Christmas Eve Program/Candle lighting
Jan 6: Communion in Worship Service
Jan 13: Emma & Jared Redding Commissioning/Noon Potluck Meal
Jan 19: 1:30 Annual Membership Business Meeting
Jan 26-27: Meetings with Brian Hershberger of the CMC Conference

Brenda Henderson passed away on November 23 at her home and in the care of Alan and Family.  Her obituary is posted on the church bulletin board.  Memorial contributions in her memory may be sent to the Buffalo River Foundation, P.O. Box 55, Ponca, AR  72670.

The Annual Sign-Up Season is here! The Bulletin Board has sign-up sheets for 2019 Greeters, Readers, Funeral Committee, Kitchen Committee, Children’s Story and more.  Your time and service is appreciated!

Farm Commodity Giving is the subject of an Everence seminar on Monday, December 10 at 10:00 AM and again at 6:30 PM at the Kalona Public Library.  The presentation will explain how gifts of commodities can provide support for church and charities and also reduce taxes.  Lyle Miller will be the presenter.  Call Joyce at 877-656-4242 to reserve a seat.

A ‘Building Use Calendar’ is becoming more helpful as there are activities beyond regular church programs. Piano lessons, family gatherings and blood drives are examples of extra activities.  Writing in your event makes a reservation—remembering funerals and other church activities have priority.

Can Christians Drink Alcohol—What 1,000 Churchgoers Think, MCC Meat Canning Under Pressure are features on The Pastor’s Plank of the Church Bulletin Board.

Poinsettias placed about the church building include those in memory of Donald & Lydia Jean Payne, Dwayne David Payne, Donnel Berryman and the Veatch Family.  Thank-you to each family.

Birthdays & Anniversaries December 10 thru December 16:
Justin Miller-Dec 10; Julianna Ball-Dec 14;

Messages of Advent, Christmas & Epiphany
December 16: Mary’s Song-Luke 1:46-56
December 23: Simeon’s Song-Luke 2:25-35
December 30: Looking Back & Looking Ahead-Deacons
January 6: Wait! Christmas Has 12 Days?

Adult Sunday School Offerings:
December 2-23: Because of Bethlehem by Max Lucado
Dec 30-Jan 27: Be Anxious for Nothing, passages from Philippians
Feb 3-March 10: Life of Jesus from the Deeper Connections Series
>Wired Word and other selections will continue through these dates.
>Coming this Spring: Is Genesis History? Documentary & DVD Study

Our Daily Bread devotional guides for December-January-February may be found in the foyer hallway and on The Welcome Table.

Advent means “coming” or “arrival” and celebrates the birth of Jesus the Christ in His First Advent and anticipates the return of Christ the King in His Second Advent. Advent also symbolizes our spiritual journey as we affirm that Christ has come, is alive today, and that He will come again.

The  Candles and Colors of Advent: Historically, the primary sanctuary color of Advent is Purple, the color of penitence and fasting as well as the color of royalty to welcome the Advent of the King.  In the four weeks of Advent the third Sunday came to be a time of rejoicing that the fasting was almost over. So, in many churches, the third Sunday remains the Sunday of Joy marked by pink or rose. -Adapted from The Season of Advent: Anticipation & Hope by Dennis Bratcher at


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