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Family Christmas Party 2018

From the Nurture Committee

Sunday, December 2, 5–7 pm

Come and enjoy the season with us! As in past years, we’ll do some community service projects first, followed by games, and food with a Southern flair.

Santa’s Workshop will be open again where kids can shop for Mom and Dad and have their gifts wrapped.

This year, our service projects will be:

  1. Wrapping books for some of the kids in the Reading School district.
  2. Making cookies for the Hope Rescue Mission
  3. Writing Christmas cards for the Hope Rescue Mission and the Shut-Ins

Our meal has a Southern theme, and we’ll provide the main course of fried chicken, ham, and applesauce. What can you bring?:

  • A side dish or dessert (with Southern flair?)
  • Cookies that we can package for the residents at Hope Rescue Mission
  • Extra Christmas cards that we can address for our shut-ins and the men at the Mission

So, set aside these two wonderful hours to join your church family in preparing for our Lord’s birth. This simple evening is filled with laughter and fellowship.

Family Christmas Party 2016

Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family Angel Tree

Angel TreeOur Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family Angel Tree will be up the Sunday after Thanksgiving – November 25. Gifts will be collected up to Sunday, December 16. We plan to assist two-three families, totaling around 10 folks.

The Missions Committee and Salvation Army want to thank our church family for their response to the Angel Tree last year. We helped two families, totaling nine individuals. One family was a widowed mother with three boys, living with her mother. The other was a newly single mother with three girls, one of whom had taken a job to help with bills. Gift requests were daily needs items like winter clothing, boots, simple toys or crafts for children, household items. All items placed on the tree were taken by generous folks who wanted to help make the season a little better for those whose needs are great. In addition, individuals who made donations for gift cards to Giant and Wal-Mart allowed these folk to make some choices of their own.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas ChildThe Power of a Simple Gift

It’s time to fill a shoe box! Since 2002, generous participants at our church have filled some 800 boxes with small gifts for children, many of whom have never before received a gift. Check the Wagner Room for brochures explaining the ministry, suggested gifts, and instructions for preparing the box. Even non-shoppers like myself have found this to be fun and rewarding. Some boxes will be provided in the Wagner Room. Note that a plastic container may be substituted for a shoe box.

How to Pack a Shoebox brochures can be found in bulletins or in the Wagner Room. Take note in the brochure of prohibited items, especially all foodstuffs, toothpaste, liquids, which had been permitted in the past. Also, at samaritanspurse.org, you can read much more about the program, print labels that will allow you to track your box so you know what country it goes to, and even pack a box online for $25.

If you have extra shoeboxes, you can bring them to our Wagner Room for others to use, and plastic containers can also be substituted for a shoe box.

This ministry not only provides smiles and gifts, but reading materials and follow-up (by Samaritan’s Purse ministry founded by Franklin Graham, son of Billy) to introduce children to Jesus Christ, in over 160 countries. Over the years they’ve distributed over 157,000,000 gift boxes. An online feature allows you to trace where your box goes.

Give Your $9 Donation Online to Track the Destination of Your Shoebox Gift! The amazing journey of a shoebox begins with you!

Baptism Bible Study – Fall 2018

From Pastor SunAe Lee-Koo

Baptism is a Christian Initiation Rite that signifies the beginning of one’s journey as a Christian. Our baptism certifies our Christian identity – that we belong to the Universal Church through our local church membership among various denominations. There are people who think comfortably that her/his soul has secured a heavenly place through the Rite of Baptism. However, I am afraid that their misunderstanding may lead them to go astray from the Church, from their Christian faith and from their wishful destination.

Through Bible study on Baptism, I hope to enlighten your understanding of Baptism, and I hope that the Holy Spirit may empower you to live according to your Baptism in the name of the Trinitarian God. Please come and join us for our Wednesday Morning Bible Study starting Wednesday, the 17th of October, 2018. We will meet in Room #101 of the Educational Wing.

Music News – Fall 2018

Bell Choir WorkshopMusic News

Sunday, Oct. 14 | 12:15–3:30
Lunch from 12:30–1:15

Workshop leader — Ron Bellamy, a hand bell artist and clinician from Lancaster who directs five handbell choirs at four churches in Lancaster

Workshop followed by a . . .

SOLO CONCERT BY RON BELLAMY

4:15 in our sanctuary

Invite your friends and neighbors to this exciting concert. Your question will be, “How can he play that many bells at one time?”

Mini-Concerts — Mark Your Calendar

Sunday, Oct. 7 | Mini Concert at 10:45 by soprano Natalie Madeira
Sunday, Nov. 4 | Mini Concert at 10:45 by pianist Yongmee Bashore