Central’s CONNECTIONS CENTRAL SCHWENKFELDER CHURCH, 2111 Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, PA 19446 - 610-584-4480 www.cscfamily.org Love Love God. God. Serve Serve Others. Others. Grow Grow Disciples. Disciples. November 16, 2014 Welcome…we are glad you are here! If you are a visitor with young children, we have childcare available during our worship services. For Infants to 3 years of age we have a NURSERY. Youngsters Pre-K through Second Grade can go to the Beginners room when excused from the Worship Service. Both classrooms are in the main hall of the main floor. For exact locations, please ask an usher who can direct you to the proper classroom. Calendar of Events Church News and Notes Sunday, November 16~ Rev. Dr. Daniel Kamaraj Mission Speaker – Bibles for India The Flowers on the Altar are given to the Glory of God and in Loving Honor and Memory of: Owen and Doris Seibert Congratulations to William Toplis who will celebrate his 90 th birthday on Monday, November 17 . th Congratulations to Ellis Kriebel who will celebrate his 91 th birthday on Wednesday, November 19 . st Congratulations to Tim and Jessica (Anders) Brown whose son, Gavin, was dedicated in the Traditional Service on th Sunday, November 9 . Gavin’s grandparents are Merrill and Phyllis Anders and his great-grandmother is Dorothy Nice of our congregation. TODAY’S GUEST SPEAKER Today we welcome Rev. Dr. Daniel Kamaraj, a pastor from North West India, as our special speaker. Daniel holds a M.A. in Christian Management, a M.Div. and a Doctorate of Divinity and has been in ministry for 23 years. His ministry’s name is Logos Faith Foundation where church planting and discipleship training is a priority. He comes to us as a friend of Dr. Drake Williams. Daniel’s ministry will be the recipient of the “Bibles for India” offering we have been collecting. This special offering will provide over 800 Bibles in the native language to India. Daniel has suffered extensive persecution for his faith in Christ. Daniel is married to his wife, Mercy. Together they have a daughter, Gracelyn, and sons Franklin and Jeremiah. Prayer for Church Life Please pray for God’s blessings upon our ministry to the homeless through Keystone Opportunity Center (Interfaith) this month. Ask God to spur many to get involved in this wonderful ministry through sleepovers, dinners or limo service. Prayer for Missions Please pray for Church Ministries International** as they advance the Gospel by developing churches in Latin America with thoughts of expanding in to Central America. CMI centers their vision on the cities of strategic influence within a nation and asks for prayer as they concentrate on reaching urban professionals that are the leaders in academia, business and public policy. **supported by our Board of Missions 9:00 a.m. 10:10 a.m. 11:15 a.m. 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:45 p.m. Traditional Morning Worship Service Sunday School for all ages Informal Worship Service Meadowood Service Baptismal Service at Hope Fellowship Christmas Musical Rehearsal (SANC) Dorian Choir (SANC/FH) Wired and Crave (AYS/CCC) Small Group – Ephesians (ACR) Monday, November 17 7:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. United Choir Mtg. (CHAP) Reserved, J. Bickel (MERE) Church Council (MERE) United Choir (SANC) Chancel Bells (PRIM) CSC Men’s Basketball League (CCC) Tuesday, November 18 6:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Worship Band Practice (CHAP) North Pennsmen (FH) Board of Christian Ed (ACR) Bethel Bible (BETH) Wednesday, November 19 9:45 a.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:45 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. LAMPS (FH) Junior Choir (JR) Genesis Bells (PRIM) Cub Scout Activity Meeting (BALC/MID) AWANA –Funny Hat Night (CCC) 363 Worship (CHAP) Celebration Brass (FH) Prayer Meeting (PRAY) Brasswind (FH) Chancel Choir (SANC) Thursday, November 20 12:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Happy Days, Reserved (FH) Nominating Committee (ACR) Happy Days Committee (BETH) Friday, November 21 9:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. Happy Days, Reserved (FH) Tea at Meadowood Saturday, November 22 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Work Project (STEEL) Dodgeball Tournament (CCC) – (A flyer with additional information is on the table in the Narthex) NEXUS (AYS) Calendar of Events continued on next page…….. Sunday, November 23~ Rev. Dr. David McKinley Prayer Shawl Ministry Recognition 9:00 a.m. 10:10 a.m. 11:15 a.m. 4:00 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:45 p.m. Traditional Morning Worship Service Sunday School for all ages Informal Worship Service Christmas Musical Rehearsal (SANC) Dorian Choir (SANC/FH) Wired and Crave (AYS/CCC) Small Group – Ephesians (ACR) YOUTH NEWS AWANA – CRAZY HAT NIGHT! Pick out a crazy hat to wear to Awana this week! We will meet at our regular time on Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Central Community Center. Awana is open th to all Kindergarten – 5 Graders. BAPTISM BY IMMERSION WIRED & CRAVE Today we will be baptizing four individuals from our church, by immersion, at the Hope Fellowship Church at 3:00 p.m. Hope Fellowship is located just one mile north of Central, near the Towamencin Schwenkfelder Cemetery. The address is 1900 S. Valley Forge Road. All are invited to attend. There are regular Wired and Crave meetings tonight from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Anders Youth Suite and Community Center. See you there! Romans 6:4: “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” ATTENTION ALL SCHWENKFELDER WOMEN Members and non-members attending LAMPS, WCF, Bible Study, Sunday School, etc. We are heading to Ocean City, New Jersey for the 2015 th Women's Retreat - Friday, March 13 through Sunday, th March 15 and are very excited to announce that we will be attending a Beth Moore Living Proof Live conference in Atlantic City as part of our Retreat!!! Many more details will follow, however, right now there are tickets to purchase before they are sold out! Normally, when we take sign-ups, we ask for a $25 deposit to secure your spot. This year we need to purchase the tickets well in advance of our February sign-ups. We already purchased a block of 20 and it is sold out. Now we need to purchase another block before they are sold out. Tickets are $69 and that will be considered your deposit for the Retreat. IMPORTANT: If you are planning on attending the 2015 Retreat, checks need to be received BEFORE this Friday, st November 21 . This is the day that we will be ordering the next block of tickets. Please make your check payable to “Central Schwenkfelder Church” with “Beth Moore Ticket” in the Memo line. Please bring your payment to the church office or drop in Joanne Lepping-Irvine’s church mailbox. Do not let money be an issue. If you are certain that you will be attending the Retreat, we will purchase a ticket for you and work something out, but we need to know!!! Also, the entire cost of the Retreat will be no more than $130.00. This includes the Beth Moore ticket that will be pre-purchased, two overnight stays, dinner Friday night, all three meals Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. The Remaining balance will be due in February. Stay tuned for more exciting details! ============================= MANNA ON MAIN STREET Let's impact our community by filling the pantry shelves of Manna on Main Street in Lansdale. All non-perishable foods are welcomed, especially canned fruits, soups and canned tuna. They are also happy to receive cereals and pastas. Donations can be put in the “Harvest Box” in Fellowship Hall. WOMEN’S CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP The WCF Nominating Committee’s slate of officers is as follows: Barbara Bucher, President; Amelia Stetler, VicePresident; Wendy Kaminsky, Recording Secretary; Marilyn Seipt, Corresponding Secretary; Carol Fryling, Treasurer. These current officers have agreed to run for office for another 2-year term. The slate is now OPEN to all women in the congregation to make other nominations. Anyone making a nomination must first get the permission of the nominee before submitting your name and that of the nominee. PLACE NOMINATIONS in an ENVELOPE in Beverly O’Brien’s church mailbox. TODAY is the deadline for nominations. Nominating Committee: Wendy Kaminsky, Bev O’Brien, Doris Plager, Pat Zambella GEDÄCHTNISTAG DAY OF REMEMBRANCE The official resolution to recognize the Schwenkfelder Day of Remembrance by the Senate of Pennsylvania that th commemorates the 280 Anniversary of “Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving Day” is in the glass case in the main hallway. Take a moment to check it out! This day commemorates the arrival in Philadelphia, on September 24, 1734, of some 180 Schwenkfelder immigrants fleeing persecution in their native homelands of Silesia, Germany. Upon arrival, they paused to give thanks to God for their safe arrival to a land where they would find freedom to practice their faith. Every year since that time, the Schwenkfelders gather to remember their faith and reflect upon their struggles and opportunities. 2nd ANNUAL MEN’S RETREAT: Jan. 15 – 16, 2015 The Men of Central and Board of Christian Education are excited to announce our second annual Men’s Retreat. It th th will take place from January 15 – 16 , 2015. We will be traveling to Spruce Lake retreat center in the Poconos (about 30 minutes north of Stroudsburg). This retreat is an annual event organized by Spruce Lake, bringing together 200+ men from a number of churches. The event will start with a steak dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and will end around 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Our time may be relatively short, but we believe that it will still be an impactful and uplifting event. Our teacher will be local pastor Greg Lafferty. Greg previously pastored at Saddleback Church in California, where Rick Warren is the senior pastor. There will also be time for worship, recreation (tomahawk throwing?), and personal renewal. Worship will be led by Mitch McVicker, who regularly toured with Rich Mullins. The cost will be $109, which should cover all costs at the retreat (food, lodging, speaker, etc.). A deposit of $25 is due at the time of registration. Good News: We have 50% off discount coupons for the first 25 “first timers” who register! To ensure your spot, please register by Sunday, November th 30 . There is a sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall. You can also register directly with Peter Colvin (267-664-5923, [email protected]). Please make checks payable to Central Schwenkfelder Church, with “Men’s Retreat” written on the memo line. Checks can be placed in Peter’s mailbox. Please note that this retreat is also open to non-members (same price). This is a PERFECT opportunity to connect your family or friends with our church! Please contact Peter for more information. You can also go online to: http://www.sprucelake.org/events/calendar/mens-retreat/ We are praying that you will attend this retreat, which is sure to help you grow in your relationship with Jesus. USHERS NEEDED! Please consider offering your time this December to help usher during one or more of the Traditional Worship Services on Sundays and/or one of the United Choir Concerts on th December 7 . Sign-up sheets are on the small table in the Narthex across from the entrance to the Sanctuary. Thank you! Please be reminded that meetings will not be scheduled in the Plaid Pad, Blue Lounge or Middlers Room during the month of November due to our Interfaith guests’ stay this month! CHRISTMAS MEMORIALS Forms to submit a Poinsettia Christmas Memorial in honor of a loved one can be found on the bulletin tables, as well as in the November newsletter and in the Narthex office. Completed forms with payment can be placed in the designated box in the Narthex office or mailed to the Church Office at your convenience. The deadline for submissions to be included in the Christmas Eve bulletin is Monday, th December 8 . CHRISTMAS CHURCH DECORATING HELP NEEDED! The decorating of our church Sanctuary for the Christmas th holiday season is scheduled for Saturday, December 6 beginning at 8:00 a.m. It is a big task and as the saying goes “many hands make light work” and we’re in desperate need of some extra HANDS! In addition to the decorating with garland, candle tapers and bows, there is also some heavy lifting (of the large wreaths) and tasks requiring the climbing of ladders …so if you’re willing, able and available and can th help on the 6 , please contact Linda Moritz at [email protected] or 215-836-9386. Or you can sign up on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex. HOLIDAY SHOPPING FOR A CAUSE Want to get a head start on your Christmas Shopping? Looking for a unique gift? Want to treat yourself? Men, do you need a special something for the woman in your life? We have the answer! Come to a “Holiday Shopping for a Cause” event, sponsored by the Women’s Christian Fellowship of Central Schwenkfelder Church. The event is being held at the Central Community Center on Friday, th December 5 , from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, th December 6 , from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be many items to purchase including jewelry, cards, scarves, purses, bookmarks, toys & clothing in all price ranges. Purchases can be taken home that day. All of the proceeds will go to Women At Risk, International, which is an organization that rescues women and children from human traffickers here and around the world, providing them with safe shelter. They are trained to work with dignity, while being presented with the hope of Christ. All the items at the fundraiser are made by these women and support the work of Women At Risk, International (WAR). If you would like to support WAR but are unable to attend the event, cash or check donation will be accepted at the display table in rd th Fellowship Hall on November 23 or 30 . ANGEL TREE Angel Tree is here! Once again, our congregation has the opportunity to provide gifts to children on behalf of their incarcerated parent and to show them God’s love in a very real way. Angel tags will be available before and after both worship services in November. This year we will be purchasing gifts (2 each) for 68 Angel Tree children. We will also be getting gifts for needy children in the area of our missionary church in Philadelphia and for residents of New Life Youth and Family Services. More specific directions will be with each child’s tag when you pick it (or them) up in Fellowship Hall. The Mere Christianity Class UNITED SCHWENKFELDER CHOIR CONCERTS Mark your calendars th Sunday, December 7 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The United Schwenkfelder Choir, an 80-voice choir with members from over 30 area churches, will be presenting its th 86 annual Christmas Concert at Central Schwenkfelder Church featuring selections of both sacred & seasonal anthems. The choir is an ecumenical, non-denominational group accompanied by beautiful piano & organ music as well as occasional instrumentalists. We pray that those attending will be blessed & inspired as we enter the Christmas season. CHRISTMAS MUSIC AT CENTRAL Christmas Musical Members of the Junior, Dorian, Chancel, and Handbell Choirs will present the musical, “Why the Chimes Rang” on th Sunday, December 7 at 10:15 a.m. (during the Sunday School hour) in the Sanctuary. Do not miss the opportunity to witness this intergenerational presentation of the story of the old church chimes that have been silent for many years until the perfect gift brings them back to life. This musical will surely prepare your heart for the Christmas season. Lessons and Carols st On Sunday, December 21 during the Traditional service (9:00 a.m.), the Junior, Dorian, and Chancel Choirs with instrumental ensemble will present a service of Lessons and Carols. Christmas Cantata st On Sunday, December 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary, Central’s Worship Team will present “Love Was Born,” a Cantata of scripture and song portraying the birth of our Savior. Special Christmas Music at Central Thursday, Dec. 4 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 10:15 a.m. ADVENT WREATH LIGHTING th November 30 is the first Sunday of Advent. Please consider helping with the Advent Wreath lighting with your family or a small group of people on any of the four Sundays of Advent, as well as Christmas Eve. If interested in participating at the Traditional Service please contact Sally House ([email protected] or 610-476-4146). For the Informal Worship Service please contact Wayne Wurtz ([email protected] or 215-715-6864). Spend time alone with God. th “Why the Chimes Rang” Dock Community th “Why the Chimes Rang” Sanctuary th United Choir Concerts Sanctuary Sunday, Dec. 7 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21 9:00 a.m. st Lessons and Carols Sanctuary Sunday, Dec. 21 7:00 p.m. st “Love Was Born” Sanctuary PICCALILLI STILL AVAILABLE There are still a few pints of piccalilli available. Starting next rd Sunday, November 23 , a member of the Country Market Committee will be in Fellowship Hall to sell the pints after both services and Sunday School, until they are sold out. Cost is $5.00. Announcements and Connections information can be emailed to [email protected] Please note that information is due Wednesdays by 10:00 a.m. CD’s of the 9:00 a.m. worship service are available for a $1 donation and can be ordered through the church office. Sermons are also posted on the church’s website under “Central to Life”.
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