December 17th Weekly Connection

Good afternoon,  Hoping to keep this brief – I am sure you have plenty to do at this busy time of year!

As is our tradition, we will have poinsettias in our sanctuary for Christmas services. They will be delivered tomorrow.  The cost of each plant is $12.00.  I know the time is short but you still have time to purchase one or two 🙂 in memory or honor of a loved one.  Please email me or give the office a call with the details so that we can include your name in the list of donors for Sunday’s bulletin.  I will be doing that insert first thing in the morning, so please be in touch asap if you would like to be included. In looking over the poinsettia orders that have been returned, there are many slips missing from people who typically order a plant – so don’t assume that someone else in your family took care of this!   You can mail or drop off a check for payment at your convenience. THANK YOU!

The board near the Welcome Center is the place to post your Christmas or New Year’s greeting to your United family.  Please be sure and stop to read the cards and look at the family photos as well!

We are looking forward to celebrating Christmas on Sunday morning at 10:00!  There are several highlights to our service that you don’t want to miss.  Wonderful music from our choir, special music from three of our most-gifted people,  uplifting message from Pastor Kevin, Advent reading…the list goes on and on.  Please be here and begin this Christmas remembering the “Reason for the Season.”  Following worship, Meg has planned a special brief family rally in the Kids Connection classroom focused on Christmas.  Parents, please take note!

Coffee time follows in the fellowship hall.  Thank you to everyone who is helping out with this time each week.  We appreciate all the volunteers who provide treats, beverages and help with clean-up and set-up.

Christmas goodies are welcome! Take a look at the sign-ups near the kitchen and see where you can help out.

Monday evening at 7:27 is the Young Life meeting for all high school age kids.  I think this is the last meeting for a few months, but check in with Meg if you have questions.

CHRISTMAS EVE services will be held on Thursday evening at 5:00 and again at 10:00.  The 5:00 service will be in the Welcome Center and will be a time for all families to come together for stories, carol singing, warm beverages and cookies.  ALL ages welcome!   We will begin our traditional candlelight service at 10:00 in the sanctuary.  Inspiring music, our guest harpist, a seasonal message from Pastor Kevin and the lighting of candles are all part of this evening.  Everyone is welcome to attend either or both …and bring along a friend!

There have been some conversations about having a Men’s Breakfast in January-perhaps the 16th.  If there are any men that are interested in helping out with this, please speak to Pastor Kevin.

Thank you to everyone who is faithfully supplying the needs for our Blessing Bags AND also for the Christmas gifts for local families.  Thank you for your generosity!

Serving this Sunday:
Ushers:  Bev Alty and Marie Olibrice
Greeter:  ?
Kids:  Meg, Scott & Angela Chadwick

I think that is all I have for you today – looking forward to seeing you on Sunday morning at 10:00.  If I forgot something…you’ll be hearing from me again 🙂
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