FROM SUNDAY, December 10
Mark your calendars for a cookie exchange on Sunday, December 17. Bring your favorite type(s) of homemade cookies/candy to the church on December 17. Leave your container on one of the food carts located inside the church doors. During the service our elves will display all the cookie/candy offerings on tables in the main floor hallway. After church, go downstairs, pick up your container and make your own selection. New this year: up to 1/2 dozen of the cookies/candy you bring will be set aside to make Blessing Bags for our shut-ins. Everyone, please consider picking up a bag in the main foyer downstairs, and take it to one of our COTC family who needs your love, fellowship, and some great treats. Be “Christ’s Ambassador” to them this holiday season. If you have any questions, speak to Roberta Kennedy or Bob Griffin.
Advent Candle Lighting: Families, couples or individuals are invited to participate in the advent candle lighting during our Sunday worship services on December 17 and 24. Please indicate your willingness by calling the church office at 835-5901.
The 2018 Flower Calendar is posted in the Library. You may sign up for a Sunday you would like to provide flowers ($30) in memory of a loved one or in honor of a special person or occasion. Prior to your Sunday, you will be contacted regarding the type/color of flowers you want and the wording for the bulletin. You may take the flowers after the service.
Adult Sunday School: “Call Him Emmanuel” During the four weeks of Advent, Pastor Drew will lead us on an exploration of Matthew’s story of the birth of Jesus. Beginning with the begats and ending in Nazareth, come learn about and explore a story you thought you knew well. Hope you can join us!
Angel Tree Prison Ministry: Once again we will be supporting the Angel Tree Ministry. We purchase gifts for the moms and dads who are incarcerated so that they stay connected to their children. On the Angel Tree are two tags per child–one for a toy and one for an item of clothing/shoes. You may choose a name from the tree located in the upstairs lobby. Please put your name on the sign out sheet by the name of the child for which you are buying so that we may keep track of the children’s gifts. Attach your “angel” to the gift you have purchased and wrapped and return it to the tree by Sunday, December 17. If you would be willing to help with the sorting or delivery of the gifts, please call Mary Oas at 397-3449.
We continue to need people to provide cookies for the Sunday morning fellowship time.
Please let the church office know when you or a family member are going to be admitted to the hospital. We don’t always know unless you or a family member tells us.
The West Millcreek Food Pantry is in need of non-perishable food items. Toilet tissue, bar soap, canned spaghetti, tuna, macaroni & cheese, peanut butter, cereal, soup, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce are needed in December, but any non-perishable items you find on sale will be appreciated! Items can be left in the shopping cart next to the Information Center on the first floor of the education building. Thank you for your donations!