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December 12, 2017 Weekly Update of Church News and Events
December 17, 2017 Second Sunday in Advent 9:15 a.m. Worship Adult Sunday School follows
December 13: Girl Scouts, 5:30 p.m.
December 14: Choir Practice
December 16: AA, 8:00 p.m.
December 19: Ad Council, 7:00 p.m. Girl Scouts, 7:00 p.m.
December 20: Girl Scouts, 5:30 p.m.
December 21: Choir Practice, 7:00 p.m.
December 23: AA, 8:00 p.m.
December 24: Choir Cantata at 9:15 a.m. Adult Sunday School follows Worship Service of Carols and Candle Lighting at 7:00 p.m.
December 25: Merry Christmas to All!!
December 26: Trustee Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (tentative)
December 28: Choir Practice, 7:00 p.m.
December 30: AA, 8:00 p.m.
December 31: After Church Fellowship
January 1, 2018: Have a Safe and Joyous New Year! Make 2018 another year of commitment to Worship, Discipleship, Mission and Service, and sharing the Good News!
If the Weather Outside is Frightful!!
In case of inclement weather, we have several ways to notify you of a delay or closure. During the school week, we follow the decision of the Bangor Area School District. If the district is closed or has an early dismissal, the church will not have activities. For Saturdays, Sundays, school holidays, etc., we will do the following: If you wish to be on the telephone tree, please review your information on the list in the narthex. You will then receive a phone call advising you of the closure and will commit to calling the next person on the list. Our closure will be uploaded to wfmz.com and will appear on WFMZ-TV. We will send an e-mail to all on our list. Our Website home page (ebumc.org) will be updated to announce the closure. We will put a post on our FaceBook page. The answering machine at the church will be changed for those calling the church office. Advent Mission Projects
Please support our Advent Mission Projects. We are collecting non-perishable food items for the Portland-Upper Mount Bethel Pantry (PUMP), and the “Tree of Warmth,” is for socks, gloves, scarves, etc., which will be taken to Slater Family Network.
This Week – The Third Sunday of Advent
Last week we shared in the story of John the Baptist as recorded in the Gospel of Mark. This week we again will consider John the Baptist as presented in the Gospel of John. In this Gospel, the Baptist faces an interrogation by the temple priests and Levites in an ancient version of the old game show, “What’s My Line?” Megan Hower, Jarrett Bowlby, and Brooke Bowlby will lead us as we light the third candle on our Advent wreath, the choir will invite us to open our hearts to the coming Messiah through the anthem, “Let the Christ Child In,,” and we will joyfully gather in praise and prayer as we baptize Jarrett Bowlby and Brooke Bowlby.
Monday Bible Study – Advent Prophetic Texts
On Monday, December 18, we will wrap up our short series on the Prophetic Texts of Advent by looking at Isaiah 61:1 – 11. Please consider joining us at 7:00 p.m. as we ponder this powerful text, look at its connection to Advent, and consider how it applies to our lives. Monday Night Bible Study will be on hiatus until February 19, when we will be looking at the Passion of Jesus Christ as told in the Lenten texts.
Christmas Eve at EBUMCC
Christmas Eve will be a double-header of blessing this year. At 9:15 a.m. worship, our Choir will minister to us through the Christmas Cantata, “Let There Be Christmas,” by Joseph Martin. This joyous celebration of hope and peace includes jubilant songs of praise to reflective carols of peace. Please join us for this gift from the choir – and invite a friend or neighbor to come with you. At 7:00 p.m. we will have a traditional service of Carols and Candlelighting. This family-oriented service will send you away with a deepened sense of wonders of God’s love in Jesus Christ.
The kind-of-famous Ackermanville UMC Annual Cookie Walk will take place on Saturday, December 16 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. You can buy a large box ($12.00) or a small box ($6.00) and disposable food handling gloves. You then go table to table, filling your box with some mighty-fine homemade Christmas Cookies! Try to get there early, since the early bird gets the best cookies!!
The Ministerium is also planning on Caroling on Sunday, December 17 at the Wind Gap K-Mart. It will take place in the vestibule, so weather will not be an issue. Our first carol will be sung promptly at 1:00 p.m.
Also on the 17th, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church will host the annual “Blue Christmas” Service. Open to all, this service is especially provided for those who have lost loved ones, have relatives deployed overseas, have lost employment, who are lonely, or for those who find this holiday season lacking joy. The service begins at 3:00 p.m. No collection will be taken.