Services are on Sundays at 9:30 am unless otherwise noted.
Sunday, December 3rd
First Sunday of Advent: Food First Sunday; Family Sunday; Sacrament of Holy Communion
Reverend Walter Pitman will deliver the Communion Message Can You Please Wait based on 1st Corinthians 1:3-9.
Wednesday, December 6th
Service of Remembrance 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary.
Under the leadership of the Reverend Cyndie Holden and the Board of Deacons, we will remember those whom we have lost this past year and beyond and lift up the hope that is our in our love of Jesus Christ. Every year this is a most moving service.
Sunday, December 10th
Second Sunday of Advent
Reverend Pitman lead worship and share with us the sermon Headed Home based on Isaiah 40:1-11 and Mark 1:1-8.
Sunday, December 17th
Third Sunday of Advent
Service of Lessons and Carols. During the 9:30 service, we will hear the Christmas Story through the reading of scripture and the singing and listening to carols. Don’t miss this great celebration service. There will be no Sunday School this day as the Creation Nation will be singing and the children of our Church family are invited to worship with their families as we hear the Christmas story. In the afternoon from 2: 00 pm to 4: 00 pm: our Annual Christmas Caroling to some members of the Church family. We meet at the Church at 2:00 p.m., we travel to at least five homes to sing carols and then return to the Church Social Hall for refreshments. This is open to all members and friends of the Church. For further information, see the Confirmation news elsewhere in this newsletter.
Sunday, December 24th
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Reverend Walter Pitman will lead worship at 9:30. He will deliver the sermon A Joyful Burden based on Luke 1:26-38 and 2nd Samuel 7:1-11, 16.
Sunday, December 24th Christmas Eve
Two Services: 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm
5:00 pm: This service will be for the child in all of us, featuring a Living Crèche, a Special Christmas Story, the singing of Christmas Carols, and perhaps a surprise or two. We will conclude the service with the singing of Silent Night, Holy Night and Joy to the World. A wonder-filled service for the whole family as we tell the Christmas Story.
8:00 pm: This service is a Candlelight Service of Holy Communion where the Board of Deacons will serve communion in the pews. The service will feature special music and the sermon What In The World Was God Thinking? based on Isaiah 9:2-7 and Luke 2:1-20. The service will conclude with the singing of Silent Night, Holy Night and Joy to the World in candlelight.
Sunday, December 31st
First Sunday after Christmas
Reverend Walter Pitman will lead worship and share the message Ready to Receive based on Luke 2: 22-40.
Sunday School takes place during the 9:30 am service and is for any child in preschool through 7th grade. Children attend the beginning of worship in the Sanctuary with their families and then are dismissed to their classrooms after a brief music ministry following the Children’s Moment.
Classes are grouped as preschool, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades; 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades; and 6th and 7th grades. A Presenter (a volunteer who teaches the lesson) and a Shepherd (a volunteer who brings the children from the Sanctuary to their classroom and assists the Presenter) is assigned to each group.
A Sunday School Superintendent (who is a member of the Board of Christian Education) is available each week Sunday School is taught. All volunteers working with our youth have a signed Safe Sanctuary Agreement.
+ Infants and Toddlers
For our littlest members, we have a nursery where infants and toddlers can spend the service together under the guidance of our Nursery Coordinator. You can drop your child off at the nursery (located next to the church offices) before services begin.
+ Preschool - 5th Grade
For grades preschool through 5th our Sunday School program uses the Spark Workshop Rotation Sunday School curriculum. This curriculum includes the following workshop options: Art, Bible Skills and Games, Computer Lab, Cooking, Creative Drama, Music, Science, and Video. Lessons are customized to fit our needs and designed to provide a six-year Bible knowledge plan along with lessons steeped in possessing wholesome morals and values, service and community. Take-home family sheets are given to children each Sunday so that parents are provided with information about the unit being taught as well as ways to carry over the lessons during the week.
+ 6th and 7th Grade
Grades 6/7 classes use the Feasting on the Word curriculum. This curriculum begins with a solid scriptural and theological base and utilizes a common Bible passage for all learners, making it easy for families to learn and live out their faith together. Our goal is to prepare students for Confirmation, as well as prepare them to become active members of our Church.
+ Communion Sunday
Christian Ed also now offers the Creation Nation Choir program on Communion Sunday (the first Sunday of each month). Our Sunday School children have a large group lesson (preschool-grade 7) where the children have the opportunity to enjoy each other’s fellowship during an all-ages activity mostly focused around Creation Nation Choir. The children attend Creation Nation after the Children’s Moment, singing for the lesson and returning to the Sanctuary to join their families for communion.
+ Adult Choir
Director: Corinne Brewer
Rehearsal: Thursday from 7 - 8 pm
Sing: 1st, 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month
+ Small Vocal Ensembles
Our Church has three small vocal ensembles that meet and sing for various services and performances throughout the year – Women in Song, Mixed Company and The Power of Three.
+ Bell Choir
Director: Bonnie Havery
Rehersal: Wednesday evening
Rings: 3rd Sunday of the month
+ Creation Nation Choir
We have an amazing new Sunday School youth music initiative called Creation Nation. The children are lead in song each Sunday morning using fun music to augment the weekly lessons. The children have started sharing their gift of songs with the Church and plan on singing at least twice more in the spring.
Leaders: Pam Gerlach and Nicole Unterborn
Meets: Every Sunday during Sunday School