Announcements for Dec. 6

Upcom­ing events for chil­dren & fam­i­lies

Dec. 12:     Par­ents Night Out   4 — 7 p.m.

Dec. 20:     Car­ol­ing at Green­point    3 — 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 24:     Fam­i­ly Christ­mas Eve Ser­vice   5 p.m.

Jan.  31:     Fam­i­ly Sled­ding   2 — 4 p.m.

We need vol­un­teers to become a part of the children’s min­istry. Help month­ly, week­ly or occa­sion­al­ly. Every minute you give mat­ters! Changes are tak­ing place in Dis­cov­ery Zone: new cur­ricu­lum, new faces, and a new infant nurs­ery!

Light a light to sup­port mis­sion work at Red Bird

Would you like to hon­or or remem­ber a loved one this Christ­mas? Help light the church bell gaze­bo with Love Lights. An offer­ing of any amount may be placed in envelopes marked Love Lights that are locat­ed in the sanc­tu­ary pew racks, and placed in the offer­ing plate. Con­tri­bu­tions sup­port the April 2016 church mis­sion team work trip to Red Bird Mis­sion in Ken­tucky.

View lights dis­play from the church bus

The Out­reach and Mis­sions Com­mis­sion is host­ing bus rides through Lights on the Lake on Mon­day evenings, now through Jan. 4, at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy hot choco­late in Fel­low­ship Hall too. The ride is no charge, how­ev­er a dona­tion is accept­ed for the ride or for gas mon­ey. Sign up in Fel­low­ship Hall. Arrive ear­ly, as the bus leaves prompt­ly at 6:30 p.m. If you need to can­cel, noti­fy the church staff at 457‑5180 before 3 p.m. on the day of the ride.

Imag­ine no Malar­ia

In Sep­tem­ber the Dis­cov­ery Zone kids made hands for adop­tion by prayer part­ners. We still have some chil­dren wait­ing for a prayer part­ner. After ser­vice today, stop in the fel­low­ship hall and choose a hand of one of our chil­dren. All we ask is that you com­mit to pray for that child for the rest of the school year. There is pow­er in prayer!

Hazel Street Mis­sion House inte­ri­or demo­li­tion, Dec. 12

Help tear out sheet rock walls and ceil­ings at the Hazel Street Mis­sion House on Sat­ur­day, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon. Call the church at 457‑5180 or e‑mail Pas­tor B at to help. If you can bring tools and work gloves, that will help. The church will pro­vide masks and gog­gles, and snacks.

It is a Won­der­ful Life!

The Christ­mas clas­sic “It’s a Won­der­ful Life,” star­ring Jim­my Stew­art and Don­na Reed, is the focus for our Advent Study:

11 a.m. Wednes­days

11 a.m. & 5 p.m. Sun­days

2 p.m. Mon­days

7 p.m. Tues­days at Vir­ginia Tilden’s home

Ses­sions include video clips from the film and dis­cus­sion focused on Bib­li­cal prin­ci­ples found in the movie. Sign up in Fel­low­ship Hall or call 457‑5180.

Gifts for Baby Jesus

Dur­ing Advent and Christ­mas, the UMW col­lects items for the Teen MOPS par­tic­i­pants who meet in our build­ing. They need dia­pers, baby wipes, gas cards and toi­letries for the young moth­ers and their chil­dren. A bin will be in the foy­er for you to drop off dona­tions.

Pick up a devo­tion­al from the Soci­ety of St. Andrew

How are you doing with your Advent spir­i­tu­al dis­ci­pline? Are you using the dai­ly read­ings, reflec­tions, and prayers in My Soul Mag­ni­fies the Lord? This week, focus on mak­ing Jesus known through your words and actions — in your school, neigh­bor­hood, or com­mu­ni­ty. Look in the faces of those you encounter this week, know­ing that many of our broth­ers and sis­ters face dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances beyond our under­stand­ing. As peo­ple of faith, we can­not solve every prob­lem, but we can always act with com­pas­sion. Please remem­ber to give, as you are able, using the Soci­ety of St. Andrew coin box you received with your Advent devo­tion­al book­let. We will receive those gifts on Epiphany Sun­day, Jan. 3.

Dec. 20 Can­ta­ta is part of 9:30 a.m. wor­ship

Attend a musi­cal cel­e­bra­tion of Christ­mas dur­ing the 9:30 a.m. wor­ship ser­vice on Dec. 20. The Chan­cel Choir, along with the Bell Choir and a string quar­tet, will present Fan­ta­sia on Christ­mas Car­ols, by Eng­lish com­pos­er Ralph Vaugh­an Williams. Reg­u­lar wor­ship ser­vices take place at 8:15 a.m. in the Chapel, and 11 a.m. in the Sanc­tu­ary.

Women invit­ed to Dec. 14 Olive­branch 

All women are invit­ed to attend the Dec. 14 meet­ing of the Olive­branch Wom­en’s Group. Appe­tiz­ers are served at 5:30 p.m., din­ner at 6 p.m. A pro­gram begins at 7 p.m. Cost for the light catered din­ner is $5. The pro­gram is a tra­di­tion­al Nativ­i­ty can­dle­light ser­vice led by Pat Cuper­nall. Call Pat at 457‑6730 by Dec. 11 to make a reser­va­tion.


Senior Min­istries the­ater trip — Dec. 14

Our next event is the Dec. 14 Mer­ry Go Round Play­house pro­duc­tion of For­ev­er Plaid. Note that there are no refunds. If you are unable to attend, please check the fly­er on our table in Fel­low­ship Hall for names of peo­ple who would like to go, and arrange for them to take your place.

Sup­port fos­ter chil­dren through Project Christi­na

“Project Christi­na” sup­ports the Ononda­ga Coun­ty Social Ser­vices Fos­ter Care Agency by pro­vid­ing stuffed toys and reusable shop­ping bags to chil­dren who must be removed from their homes. Con­sid­er pur­chas­ing a $5 stuffed ani­mal from the Kohl’s Cares for Kids pro­gram. Social Ser­vices also needs dia­pers, paci­fiers & bot­tles. Dona­tions may be left in the Project Christi­na box in Fel­low­ship Hall. There is a thank you let­ter from Social Ser­vices that can be used for tax pur­pos­es. The next drop off to Social Ser­vices will be made .Dem­ber 17th.  Thank you in advance for bless­ing these pre­cious chil­dren.

Want to receive church news by e‑mail?

The church newslet­ter, now pub­lished five times a year, can be e‑mailed to you as a pdf doc­u­ment, approx­i­mate­ly a week ear­li­er than the print­ed copy is avail­able. If you would like to receive church news this way, please send your e‑mail address to  or call the church office at 457‑5180. This saves on print­ing and mail­ing costs, and gets news to you more quick­ly.

Every­one wel­come at Cou­ples & Sin­gles Club, Dec. 13

Steve and Don­na Auy­er will host a Christ­mas Open House on Sun­day, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. RSVP by Dec. 11 at 451‑7359 if you would like to join us. All adults are invit­ed.

Christ­mas Eve Wor­ship

12:15 p.m. Lunchtime ser­vice with Holy Com­mu­nion

5   p.m. Wor­ship with Chil­dren’s Christ­mas Pageant

7   p.m. Can­dle­light Wor­ship

9   p.m. Can­dle­light Wor­ship

11 p.m. Can­dle­light Wor­ship with Holy Com­mu­nion

Ush­ers need­ed

We need ush­ers for the 7, 9, and 11 p.m. can­dle­light ser­vices on Christ­mas Eve. Please sign up on the sheets locat­ed on the bul­letin board in Fel­low­ship Hall. Your par­tic­i­pa­tion is most appre­ci­at­ed. For infor­ma­tion, call the church at 457‑5180.

Join a mis­sion trip in 2016

Join the April 23–30, 2016 ser­vice trip to Red Bird Mis­sion in Ken­tucky. Cost per per­son is approx­i­mate­ly $550. This includes trans­porta­tion, meals, lodg­ing, and mate­ri­als. A $100 per per­son deposit is need­ed by Dec. 15. Con­tact Mike Nort­man ( for infor­ma­tion.

State of the church

We owe $19,000 to shared min­istries, $15,000 to Trustees for mort­gage and debt reduc­tion.

$8,307 need­ed week­ly.

$3,787.00 received 11/29

$4,780.00 Thanks­giv­ing offer­ing to date

            $  737.00  Advent offer­ing to date

Wor­ship at 7 p.m. on Wednes­days in Decem­ber

Take a break for mid­week wor­ship on Wednes­day evenings Dec. 9, 16, and 23. In con­trast with the Christ­mas music play­ing in shop­ping cen­ters, Bill Young will play Advent hymns on the organ. In con­trast with the con­sumer grat­i­fi­ca­tion lan­guage of our cul­ture, the Ser­vice of Word and Table IV will be used for the com­mu­nion litur­gy. To par­tic­i­pate as a greeter, can­dle-lighter, or read­er, please con­tact the church office at 457‑5180.

Order Christ­mas poin­set­tias by Dec. 11

Would you like to hon­or loved ones by pur­chas­ing poin­set­tias to dec­o­rate our altar for Christ­mas? Please return this form, with pay­ment, to the church office by Dec. 11. Thank you for help­ing to pro­vide a beau­ti­ful altar this Christ­mas.

Please order ________ poin­set­tias at $8 each. Total enclosed $ _________

(   ) In Mem­o­ry of: _____________________________________________________________

(   ) In Hon­or of: _______________________________________________________________

Giv­en by: _____________________________________________________________________