Weekly Bulletin 12/24/2017

Sunday, December 24, 2017
As Mary and Elizabeth found strength in togetherness, may we nourish one another in love. Welcome to worship as Advent borders on Christmas.

9:30 am ~ Morning Worship Service
Worship Leader: Rev. Jacob Porter

Welcome & Call to Worship
Praise Songs ~
We Three Kings of Orient Are
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Silent Night
God’s Greeting and Our Shared Greetings
Noisy Offering ~ Love INC Sponsor-a-Family
Morning Prayer
Offering Prayer ~
Tithes & Offerings ~ HCRC Ministries & Building Fund
Offertory ~ Noel
God’s Word ~ Isaiah 35 (pg. 1111)
Message ~ Longing For… Home
Service of Communion
Song ~ O Come To The Altar
Song of Response ~ The First Noel
God’s Blessing
Sending Song ~ Good Christian Men Rejoice
Sending Praise

December 24 and 31 – no evening service

OUR CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Morning Service ~ This morning we will have the celebration of Holy Communion. As we look forward to the celebration of Jesus’ birth we will gather at the table to know that this baby came to take away our sins. All those who believe this truth are invited to partake of Holy Communion.

Evening Worship Service will not be held December 24 and 31. The evening services for January will be held at Hamilton Reformed Church.

Christmas Day Service will be held on December 25 at 9:30 am. As we have been longing for the Emmanuel, come and celebrate this birth. The Christmas offering will be for World Renew.

Youth Group ~ Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 3 at 6:30 pm. We will begin a new lesson study on Genesis starting with Creation.

OUR CHURCH CALENDAR

Today: December 24 ~ Fourth Sunday of Advent
Celebration of Holy Communion
9:30 am ~ Morning Worship Service – Rev. Jacob Porter
Offerings ~ HCRC Ministries & Building Fund
Faith Promise Mission Support
Noisy Offering – Love INC Sponsor-a-Family
Fellowship Time follows worship service

Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day
9:30 am ~ Christmas Day Worship Service
Offering ~ World Renew

Wednesday, December 27
7 am ~ Prayer Time in the sanctuary
8:30 am ~ Sr. Breakfast at Hawk’s Nest Restaurant

Sunday, December 31
9:10 am ~ Pre-Service Prayer Time – Pastor’s office
9:30 am ~ Morning Worship Service ~ Rev. Jacob Porter
Offerings ~ HCRC Ministries & Building Fund
Noisy Offering – Love INC Sponsor-a-Family

Advance Notices
Wednesday, January 3 ~ 6:30 pm – Youth Group

Requested & Expanded Announcements
December 24, 2017

Thank You Sunday School children for standing in the gap on behalf of the people who live in poverty worldwide through your gift to World Renew’s Gift Catalog. Your donation of a herd of animals and two wheelchairs is helping someone in need improve their way of life. Your gift is not only helping one individual, it is helping their family, their neighbors, and their community fight oppression and injustice today – and establish a sturdy foundation on which they can build a future bright with hope. Through your support, prayers and involvement, World Renew can intervene in some of the poorest places on earth, bringing practical help in development, justice and disaster response programs that create positive permanent change. We do this because God graciously invites us into His redemption plan for the world through Jesus Christ. Thank God that He gives this work to us and others! Thank you for being a vital part of this work to fill the poverty gap with your donation to World Renew.

Thank You ~ What a blessing it has been to partner with you during our Sponsor-a-Family program this year. With your help, 152 adults and 233 children were blessed. We, at Love In The Name of Christ, offer you our heartfelt thanks for your generous support and look forward to working with you again next year. God bless you!

Thank you Church family for giving of your “pocket change” to help the Sunday School children help the above ministries. Starting in January we will be collecting your “pocket change” for Love INC. We want to help a ministry right here in our community of Hamilton.

Newsletter ~ Articles for the January newsletter are due today and may be placed in the newsletter box in the narthex.

Sr. Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, December 27 at 8:30 am at the Hawk’s Nest Restaurant. Anyone is welcome to come to this breakfast time. Many laughs are shared with church friends.

Chili Cook-Off and Bread Bake-Off will be taking place on Wednesday, January 10 in the church fellowship hall. If you have a favorite chili and bread to enter for this fun night, sign-up at the Welcome Table. Everyone will be judging the entries starting at 5:30 pm.

GEMS Girls Club is a program designed to help bring girls into a living, dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ and to express their love for God and others. Starting in January our church will be starting a GEMS Club for girls (ages 4 – 5th grade). We will be meeting on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings of each month at 6:30 pm.

Post High Bible Study ~ Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical solutions. God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Him. Beginning Sunday evenings in January all Post High (ages 18-28) are invited to a Bible study where we will explore the book, Crazy Love, by Francis Chan. Let’s fall in love with God – it will change everything.

Today Devotionals for January and February are available in your church mailbox. For the month of January the devotions take a look at the Old and New Testament. In February the focus is on the book of Luke and how Jesus travels from village to village to teach and heal.

Mary’s Miracle ~ Kid’s Corner presents this dramatic presentation of the miracle of Jesus as seen through the eyes of Mary to go www.kidscorner.net to listen to this story and for Bible puzzles.

Dominican Republic Church Construction ~ Join together with the local church in Los Alcarrizos, Dominican Republic to construct a new church building. Their current building is too small, in very poor shape and has little ventilation. Church members have been gathering materials together and are really hoping for a team to come and help them this year. For more information on this mission opportunity go to resonateglobalmission.org or contact Bill Thorburg at [email protected] Deadline for application is January 5, 2018.