Sunday Worship at 10:30 a.m.
- Mike and M.R. Litman on the birth of a son, Palmer Rowe, born December 10.
- Ken & Betti Volkers on the birth of a granddaughter, Caleah Pearl Cox, born December 11 to Wesley and Charla Volkers Cox in Ashville, C.
Sympathy of the Congregation is extended:
- to the family of Flossie Kourey on her death December 14.
- Mindy Stoecklin on the death of her mother, Bonnie Heflin, December 15.
Next Week’s Sermon is “Rumors of Glory: Home by Another Way”, by Bill McCoy.
Wee People Report: Mary and Joseph are very close to Bethlehem now. The shepherds and sheep seem to have joined the congregation. Look for the appearance of the star. It was not only the Jews who were looking for a great king, promised by God. The wise men are on a journey to find the Christ child, the one who would rule the world in justice and peace. They pause to rest in the main church hallway as they follow the star.
The Christmas Joy Offering is received Today: Promises Made, Promises Kept. Supporting past, present, and future leaders How is my gift used? A gift to the Christmas Joy Offering helps provide financial assistance to current and former church workers and their families and also enables deserving students to attend Presbyterian-related racial ethnic colleges and schools. Consider how you will give to this PC(USA) special offering.
Announcing An All New FIRSTPRESBY.COM: Our church website is a brand new interactive site. In addition to events, calendars, sermons, you are now able to log-in to a member site. Here you can contact other members in your classes or small groups, update your information, view the calendar, and you can set-up on-line giving to the church. Check it out today?
Hope Village: Today after worship is your last chance to shop in Hope Village. Please visit and finish up your last minute gift shopping. You will find items from many countries in the Village and the artisans receive a fair and just wage for their work.
Tableau Rehearsal is this afternoon from 2-4 p.m. in the sanctuary for all participants. The Christmas Tableau is December 24, Christmas Eve, at 5 p.m. All participants need to arrive at 4 p.m. and meet in the chapel on Christmas Eve.
Alternative Gifts: What is an alternative gift? Alternative giving is a form of gift giving in which the giver makes a donation to a charitable organization on the gift recipient’s behalf, rather than giving them an item. Alternative gifts offer hope, new life, and inspires change for people facing desperate situations. This year we have six alternative gift card opportunities: Bibles for Christians in Congo, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (US Flood Relief), Hubbard Hospice House, International Justice, Read Aloud West Virginia, West Virginia Ministry of Advocacy and Workcamps (WVMAW). Unique, hand-crafted alternative gift cards will be available in the main church hallway after worship today.
Food Pantry Needs: Cereal and Peanut Butter
Reminder: If you have placed flowers in the sanctuary in honor or memory of loved ones during 2014, please be sure to make your payment payable to First Presbyterian church and deliver or mail to the church office by December 31, 2015.
Urgent Needs Offering: December 24: During the Christmas Eve worship, you will have the opportunity to give to “Urgent Needs.” This offering goes directly to the Emergency Assistance Program.. The Urgent Needs Offering is received just twice a year. Please give generously.
Do You Have Family in the Military? We would like to honor our active duty members on our “In the Military” Bulletin Board. Please drop off or send a picture of your loved one to the office this month, especially if they will be home for the holidays and you are able to take a current photo.
December Year-end Giving: If you have a balance on your 2015 pledge, please try to make your gift before the end of December. Refer to your December newsletter for IRS rules on when we receipt gifts for tax purposes. Gifts of securities are receipted when they are received in the church brokerage account, not when they are transferred out of your account, and we won’t receive the proceeds for at least 3 business days after the sale of the shares. Thank you for your support.
Are you a Kroger Plus Card Shopper? Kroger will make a contribution to First Presby each time you use your card when you designate the church as your choice of charities. To enroll your card go to www.kroger.com/communityrewards and select First Presby as your church. If you need help in registering your card, call or stop by the church office with your Kroger card and we will be happy to register it for you!
Christmas and New Year Holiday Schedule:
- December 24 Church office and buildings close at 12:00 p.m.
- December 24 Christmas Tableau Worship at 5:00 p.m.
- December 24 Candlelight Worship at 11:00 p.m.
- December 25 Church offices and buildings are closed.
- December 27 Sunday Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m. (No Sunday School.)
- December 28 – January 1, 2015 Church office and buildings are closed.
WEDNESDAY CHURCH DINNERS RESUME JANUARY