DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS
Mon. – Isaiah 7:10-17 Wed. – Isaiah 40:1-11, 28-31 Fri. – Isaiah 9:1-7
Tues. – Matthew 1:18-25 Thur. – Ezekiel 34:11-16 Sat. – Philippians 4:4-9
Today: December 18, 2016
9:45 a.m. More Than Just Music Room 124
5:00 p.m. Shelter Meal
6:30 p.m. UMYF (Middle & High School) narthex
Fair Trade Sale in Fellowship Hall after each service.
This Week: December 19 – 24, 2016
Mon 7:00 p.m. Gloria Ringers Room 124
Tue 9:45 a.m. Bible Study & 11:00 Angel Gang Room 126
7:00 p.m. More Books Christians Should Read
Wed 9:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast at Rip’s in Bowie
7:00 p.m. Blue Christmas Worship Service Sanctuary
7:30 p.m. Bible Study for Health Room 123
Thur 9:15 a.m. Christian Believer Room 126
7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir & 8:30 p.m. SpiritMove Room 124
Fri CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED
Sat 6:30 p.m. Family Christmas Service Sanctuary
8:00 p.m. Prelude provided by the Gloria Ringers Sanctuary
8:30 p.m. Candlelight Service with Communion Sanctuary
11:00 p.m. Candlelight Service with Communion Sanctuary
Mark Your Calendar
Sun, Dec 25 10:00 a.m. One Worship Service Sanctuary
Mon, Dec 26 CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED
Sat, Dec 31 7:00 p.m. Watch Night Service Sanctuary
Sun, Jan 1 10:00 a.m. One Worship Service Sanctuary
Mon, Jan 2 CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED
CHILDREN AND YOUTH
YOUTH GROUP (6:30 – 8:15 p.m., meet in narthex) – After a full night of caroling last week, the Christmas Party has been moved to TODAY! Bring a small gift wrapped for the White Elephant Gift Exchange, come and be tested on your knowledge of the Christmas story and have lots of dessert and Christmas treats.
THANK YOU to all the Sunday School teachers, parents and church volunteers that made Parent’s Night Out and the Children’s Christmas Program a success! We had around 15 children participate in both events. Neither would have been possible without the many hands and words of support.
LAST CHANCE to shop Fair Trade before Christmas! Many beautifully handcrafted items from SERRV are still available (Christmas décor, jewelry, scarves and much more, including some new selections.) You can purchase coffee, tea chocolate, etc. individually or in gift boxes assembled for you, or you can mix and match to create your own gift box. Cash, check or credit card accepted. NOTE: If you ordered from the SERRV catalog, be sure to pick it up today. All profits go to St. Matthew’s mission projects and your purchases improve the lives of marginalized farmers and artisans around the world. Thanks for your support!
MORE THAN JUST MUSIC –TODAY – 9:45 a.m. in the Choir Room (room 124). We will listen and discuss the Corelli “Christmas Concerto” (Concerto Grosso in g minor, no. 8). No previous experience or knowledge of music is required. See you there!
CHOIRMASTER’S OPEN HOUSE – TODAY – 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Isaac and Jeff, with the permission of the three greyhounds, invite you to their home, for a bit of food and fellowship. Come celebrate the Christmas season, Isaac’s birthday and anything else you’d like to be festive about! All are welcome!
GIVING ENVELOPES for 2017 will be available for pickup in the Parlor TODAY and then available in the church office until December 31. If you do not currently have envelopes and would like to receive a box, please stop by the table.
A FINANCIAL REMINDER: As you make your year-end contributions, please remember that checks must be received at the church by December 29, 2016. If received after that date, they will be credited in 2017 (regardless of the date on them).
THE CHURCH OFFICE will be open for limited periods of time the week of December 26 – January 2. Please call ahead to make sure that someone will be in the office. The church office will be closed on the following dates: December 23, December 26, and January 2. Normal Office Hours will resume on Tuesday, January 3 beginning at 9:00 a.m.
2016 HOLIDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
7:00 p.m. – Blue Christmas Worship Service in Sanctuary
Saturday, December 24, 2016 – Christmas Eve
6:30 p.m. – Family Service which will include children presenting characters of the nativity as the story is told and carols are sung.
8:00 p.m. – Prelude provided by the Gloria Ringers.
8:30 p.m. – Traditional Candlelight service with Communion.
11:00 p.m. – Simpler more intimate service, including Communion, carols, special music and lots of candlelight.
Sunday, December 25, 2016 – Christmas Day
10:00 a.m. – One service – No Sunday School Classes
Saturday, December 31, 2016 – New Year’s Eve
Watch Night Service – The Sanctuary will be open from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. with music, scripture, hymns and prayers folded into a simple, reflective service. Holy Communion will be offered at the altar approximately every 15 minutes. Feel free to drop in for 15 minutes or stay for the whole hour.
Sunday, January 1, 2017 – New Year’s Day
10:00 a.m. – One Service – No Sunday School Classes