News and Events

Ash Wednesday

Join us February 14th at 7:00 p.m.

we will have our Ash Wednesday service and begin the season of Lent

Souper Bowl Feb. 4th

Join Us Sunday February 4th

Following Worship we will have our Souper Bowl Sunday Contest

Feel free to bring a pot or crock pot to share, and an appetite.

Cliff Thompson Preaching December 31st, 2017

Join us Sunday December 31st, as Elder Cliff Thompson delivers the Sermon.

Cliff Curently serves as the Chairman of Elders, he will deliver his message while Pastor Tracy enjoys some much deserved time off.

 

 

Pastor’s Class

Pastor Tracy will be starting a Pastor’s
class after the first of the year for the
youth. This is for youth who have been
baptized but have not done Pastor’s
class and for youth who are considering
baptism. They will be meeting every
other Sunday beginning 1/14/18:
1/14/18, 1/28/18, 2/11/18, 2/25/18,
3/11/18 and 3/25/18. They will meet at
9:30 am during the Sunday school hour
before church. Elder Martin Schaefer
will co-teach the class with Pastor
Tracy. If you have not already talked to
her about your youth participating in
the class, please do so ASAP. As Easter
approaches, she will have more details
about baptisms for those who choose
to be baptized after the class.

Please pray over the coming months
for the following who will be
participating in Pastor’s class: Cameron
Fowler, Aiden McMonigle, Owen Lyons,
Nick Otis, Angel Dearth, Travis
Hendricks and Riley McMonigle. These
youth, Martin and Pastor Tracy need
your prayers through these classes. It
is an important time for the youth to
learn and prepare for a new chapter in
their faith story.

Outreach News

We would like to send out a huge thank you to all who contributed
to our Outreach projects this year. The food, gifts for children,
monetary donations, help with shopping and gift wrapping allowed
us to help many individuals and families. We received special gifts
for our Hat and Mitten Tree and would like to say thank you to
Joann Grimes for the beautiful handmade hats. Families will be
picking up their food boxes and gifts this Thursday and what a
blessing it is to be able to add some joy to their lives. Thank you
for making this possible!

We became aware of the plea for assistance for the Middletown
family of nine children who recently lost their mother. Outreach
responded with a $200 contribution into the account established
for the family.

Another way to give of ourselves is to volunteer to help with
SHALOM. We are still in need of help with meals, the time slot
from 7 to 10 pm and overnight. If you would like to share your gift
of time with individuals who are very appreciative of all that we
offer, this is a great opportunity. We have a sign-up sheet in the
narthex or you may contact Linda Poynter or Sharon Amburgey if
you have questions. We can partner you with someone who has
experience in this service.

The dates we serve are January 1, 3 and 5. The dates of our
second week include January 29, 31 and February 2, 2018. Thank
you for being a blessing!!!

Central Academy Week of Giving

On Wednesday December 20th, we had students from our neighbor Central Academy come to join us in preparing for Christmas eve services, they helped assemble luminaries, and prepare candles for candlelight service among many other things.

 

This is part of Central Academy’s 12th Week of Giving where the School sends students to organizations in town, to teach them the importance of volunteering in your community.

 

Christmas Card Shower

Membership is hosting a
Christmas card shower for our special
needs friends. Boxes are in the narthex.
Please place a Christmas card in a box
for each individual.

Outreach News

This holiday season we adopted 10 families, including 19
children, to provide for on Thanksgiving and Christmas. We had a
good response from our congregation on helping us. With
monetary donations and a gift card from Meijers, we were able to
purchase 10 turkeys and all of our perishable items. Families
picked up their food boxes on November 20th
.

On December 3rd, we will hand out food requests plus gift
requests for all of the children for Christmas. We will also dust off
our “Hat and Mitten Tree” which John Newby designed for us
many Christmases ago.
On November 8th, Dave and Linda Lombard, Linda Poynter
and Sharon Amburgey attended the city-wide SHALOM meeting. It
was uplifting to see so many churches represented in a unified
effort to help the homeless population in our community. We will
again partner with Christ United Methodist Church during our host
weeks. Our first week begins on Sunday, December 31st. Our
second week begins on January 28th. Representatives from both
churches met on November 13th to finalize our hosting
responsibilities. We will be asking for many volunteers to sign up
in December to help us in this very meaningful program.
In the mist of preparing to provide for our adopted
families, we were again blessed by a huge donation of clothes
from SanMar Corporation. We filled three trucks with wearing
apparel and with the help of Sally Williamson, SHALOM
representative from Christ United Methodist Church, we worked
for two days to sort items that could be used immediately by the
homeless. We will store part of the shipment for a later
distribution.

CWF News

CWF Executive Board met on Oct. 15th after church and set
some dates for the following activities: Blanket Sunday will be Jan.
28, 2018 and the dedication of Blessing Boxes will be on Mothers’
Day – May 13th. We have set a tentative date for a Craft Show and
Luncheon to be held on March 17th of next year. On December 3rd
,
we will have a meeting of the Executive Board and any others who
may be interested in planning our Spring Craft Show and
Luncheon. We will meet in the Memorial Room after church that
day. On Nov. 25th, CWF will host a funeral meal for the family of
Pauline Ginter. Thanks go out to all who are able to help with the
luncheon or to bring in food items. We also thank Matt Thomas
for his help with the food preparation.
Sarah Circle has decided to move our meeting date to the
first Thursday evening of the month. Our first meeting on this
schedule will be on January 4th at 7:00 pm at the church.

Sermon Series: Season of Promise

Date                        Scripture                       Promise

Nov 26                Daniel 3: 1 – 30         The Promise of God’s Presence

Dec 3                Ezekiel 37: 1 – 14                The Promise of New Life

Dec 10             Isaiah 55: 1 – 13            The Promise of Abundant Life

Dec 17            Psalm 130                           The Promise of Redemption

Dec 24 am                                                                     Lessons and Carols

Dec 24 pm              Luke 2: 1 –20        The Fulfillment of God’s Promise