Weekly Bulletin - Niles First Christian Church

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
(Disciples of Christ)
Niles, OH 44446
www.firstchristianniles.org
Rev. Cynthia Klingemier, Minister
10:45 a.m.
Terry Soroka, Music Director
WORSHIP SERVICE
December 21, 2014
WE BEGIN OUR TIME TOGETHER
NEWS IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH
(Please sign and pass the attendance pad across in your row, recognizing and greeting members and guests. Include children/family elsewhere in
the building.)
WE MEET OUR LORD TOGETHER AND OFFER OUR PRAISE
* CENTERING (Responsively)
One:
We come to celebrate a God of love.
Many: We come to celebrate that God is Love.
One:
We come to celebrate love to be revealed.
Many: In the gift of Christ Jesus we know God’s love.
One:
Let us glorify and praise God! Amen.
* SONGS
‘IMMORTAL, INVISIBLE, GOD ONLY WISE’
‘INTO MY HEART’
‘JOY TO THE WORLD’
LIGHTING OF ADVENT CANDLES
WE PRAY TOGETHER
OPENING PRAYER (Unison)
O God, what a glorious morning! We are so glad to have an opportunity to prepare ourselves for your presence with
us here. Fill us and move us and recreate in us a new understanding of the Great Gift you give to us. This we ask. Amen.
MORNING PRAYER
CHILDREN’S CHOIR
(Children ages 0-4 are dismissed after the prayer to the Preschool Room and Grades Kindergarten – 4 to go to Junior Worship. Please gather at
the back of the sanctuary.)
WE HEAR GOD’S WORD
MEDITATION MOMENT
SCRIPTURE
Luke 1: 37-38
CHORAL SELECTION
‘Festival of Carols’
WE SHARE THE LORD’S SUPPER AND OFFER OUR GIFTS
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PRAYERS FOR THE BREAD AND CUP AND FOR OUR OFFERINGS
Elders Serving: Dennis Carpenter and Beverly McCloskey
COMING TO THE TABLE
(Please come forward from the center aisle and dip the bread into the cup. Those unable to come forward please stay seated and a deacon will
bring the bread and cup to you.)
OFFERING OUR GIFTS
(Offering trays are available at the side aisles as you return to your seats.)
LORD’S PRAYER (using “forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.”)
WE DEPART TO SERVE
LITANY OF BLESSING
Leader: And now may you be filled with the wonder of Mary, the obedience of Joseph, the joy of the angels, the eagerness of
the shepherds, the determination of the magi, and the peace of the Christ child coming anew.
People: We go to serve the Lord, rejoicing in hope! Amen.
CLOSING SONG
* Please stand if able
‘Glory to God’
Glory to God, glory to God,
alleluia, alleluia!
TODAY’S CHILDREN’S CHOIR is under the direction of Music Director Terry Soroka with help from Shelly Pressell and Amanda
Crago.
We will receive our CHRISTMAS SPECIAL OFFERING again today for our Regional Church ministries. Special Offering
envelopes are available in the pew racks. Place envelope in the offering plates or mail it to the church office. Thank you.
CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE 7 p.m. Please join us to celebrate the coming of the Christ child.
CHRISTMAS CARDS for the inmates of the Trumbull County Jail due TODAY. This is a difficult time of year to be separated from
family and friends and the cards are very much appreciated. Unsealed cards may be placed in the basket on narthex table. Cards will
be distributed by our Jail Ministry team tomorrow evening.
ANNA CIRCLE is selling pine swags in the narthex again today.
DECEMBER BIRTHDAY GROUP PROJECT –The group is collecting paper goods (paper towels, toilet paper, etc.) and cleaning
supplies to be distributed through Niles Community Services. Donations may be placed in the container in the main hallway by the parlor.
Change and monetary donations are being collected TODAY for a special offering that will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Will you
help out?
RESCUE MISSION dinner served by FCC volunteers Dec. 23, 5 to 7 p.m., 962 Martin Luther King Blvd., Youngstown. When
providing desserts for these dinners, please have items to the church by 2 p.m. and use the buzzer and door closest to the library
parking lot. Dates are set for 2015 Rescue Mission dinners. Anyone wishing to volunteer to serve these dinners is asked to see
Becky Carpenter in the library following worship today.
MERRY CHRISTMAS! Church offices will be closed Dec. 25 and Dec. 26.
CHURCH OFFICE HOURS for December 29, December 30 and December 31 will be 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The church offices will
be closed on Jan. 1 and Jan. 2.
NO BIBLE STUDY Dec. 23 and Dec. 30. Join us January 6, 1:00-2:30 p.m., parlor
ATTENTION DEPARTMENT/COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS – Please check your mailboxes for the 2014 Annual Report Forms.
Annual Reports are due in to the church office by January 4th! It’s preferable and more efficient that the information be emailed to
the church office at [email protected]
If you requested 2015 OFFERING ENVELOPES, please pick them up in the narthex today if you haven’t already done so. Your
offering number has been stamped on the envelopes, but please write your name on them also. Thank you.
ANYONE WISHING to have pledges and/or contributions credited to their 2014 giving statement must have it to the church office no
later than Sun., Dec. 28, 2014.
BUDGET NEEDS EACH WEEK ARE:
BUDGET RECEIPTS LAST WEEK WERE:
Sun.
Mon.
Tues.
Wed.
Thurs.
Fri.
Sun.
9:00 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
6:45 p.m.
5:00-7:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
9:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
7 p.m.-9 a.m. Monday
*CALENDAR *
Children’s Choir Rehearsal
Church School
Worship – with Children’s Choir and Adult Choir singing
Jail Ministry – Trumbull County Jail
NO Bible Study
Rescue Mission dinner served
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Merry Christmas! (church offices closed)
Church Offices Closed
Church School
Worship Service
Chi Rho and CYF Overnighter – fellowship hall
$3,182.21
$2,178.50