Announcements for 12/15/19

A SIMPLE SUPPER sign-up sheet can be found on the glass display case.  Dinner will be held Wednesday, December 18 starting at 5:30 PM followed by worship at 6:30 PM.

OUR ADVENT GIVING TREES are located in the chapel and narthex.  This year we are supporting several Niagara Falls agencies, including Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission, Heart, Love, & Soul, Summit Life Outreach Center, and the Magdalene Project.  If you would like to participate, please take as many tags from the trees as you would like, purchase the item(s) requested, and return it unwrapped to the tree tables.  We will continue to accept donations until January 5.  Thank you for your generosity toward our neighbors in need.

GIFT CARDS:  The agencies that we are supporting with our Advent Giving Tree are always appreciative of Target or Walmart gift cards which they can use to purchase various needed items.  For those who might prefer this option, please note we have placed a box for gift card donations under each tree.  The boxes will be checked frequently and gift cards will be stored in a secure location.   

HATS & MITTENS:  In addition to the items listed on our Giving Tree tags, hats, gloves, and mittens are always needed and welcomed as we head into the cold winter months ahead.  Many children and homeless adults from our inner city areas lack these items to help keep them warm.

DECEMBER SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated for Samaritan Counseling, a local Christian counseling agency working with all ages and all types of needs.  Your donations will help Samaritan provide free or reduced fee counseling to those who cannot afford to pay the full fee.  If you have questions about Samaritan, please feel free to speak with Pastor Brese who worked for many years as a counselor with them, or Trish Andrews who frequently refers clients to Samaritan through her work as a nurse practitioner.  Both would be glad to tell you more about their experiences with Samaritan and the great work they do.  If you wish to support Samaritan, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of December.  (If you have signed up for the new e-giving option, you can donate to special missions online.)

NEXT SUNDAY our Sunday School will present this year’s Christmas pageant at our 10:30 AM service, with a coffee hour to follow.  Please join us as our students look back at what happened on that first Christmas, as Mary, Joseph, the angels, shepherds, and wisemen all said “yes” to God’s plan.

Our only full Christmas pageant rehearsal FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS is scheduled for Saturday, December 21, at 10 AM with a pizza lunch at noon for students, staff, and choir members.  Please make every effort to arrive on time.  (Choir members–please arrive by 10:30 AM that morning.) 

Mark your calendars for our upcoming CHRISTMAS SERVICES:

  • Tuesday, December 24th – 5:00 PM – Lessons & Carols Service
    • Tuesday, December 24th – 11:00 PM – Candlelight Service
    • Wednesday, December 25th – 10:30 AM – Christmas Day Service

FYI – 2020 CHURCH ENVELOPES can be picked up in the Fellowship Hall after service on Sunday, December 22nd

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