December 23rd News and Notes

 
 
Christmas Eve
 
Join us via Zoom for worship at 6:30 for Christmas Eve.  You are encouraged to have candles available.  
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Bible in a Year
 
Congratulations to those who have read the Bible in a year and are almost done.  The final discussion meeting will be Monday at 7:00.
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Vacation
 
Chris will be on vacation December 27th and January 3rd.  On December 27th,  the Rev. John Molina-Moore and Rev. Tara Spuhler McCabe will fill the pulpit.  On January 3rd, Rev. Dottie LaPenta will lead our worship service.
 
Communion
 
We will celebrate the sacrament of Communion during worship on January 10th.  Please have elements (bread and cup) common to your table handy!

End of the Year Accounting
 
Please have any reimbursements into the church office by Dec 31.  Similarly, please have any donations you would like to count towards 2020 into the church office by Dec. 31 as well.
Giving

Several people have asked how they can continue to make their tithes and offerings while we are not meeting in person.  There are several ways.  You can mail a check to the church.  You can give online through paypal https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KJTC62AUPNWCE&source=url   You can also set up a payment through your banks online bill pay feature.  Paypal charges the church approximately 3%, so please consider either consider giving through one of the other two ways or adding 3% to your offering to offset the fee.

 

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December 16th News and Notes

Childrens Christmas Program
Join us December 20th as our children present our childrens program during worship.
Video Assignment
I would like a brief video of you talking about your favorite part of the story of Christ’s birth and why!  Is it the wise men, the announcement to Mary, the shepherds, Joseph, or something else?  Please email to ckdeacon@yahoo.com or text to 309-357-0132 by this evening.
Christmas Eve
Join us via Zoom for worship at 6:30 for Christmas Eve.  You are encouraged to have candles available.  There will be candles available at the church during the food drop off on December 16th if you would like to pick some up.
Advent Bible Study
There are two opportunities for Bible Study this Advent.  Pastor Chris will lead a Bible study based on Adam Hamilton’s “Incarnation”, which focuses on the names given to Jesus in the Gospels.  It will begin November 30th and meet Monday evenings at 8:00 PM.  To get handouts in advance, please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com.
Dottie LePenta will be leading a Bible Study on Tuesdays at 9:00 AM.  This study will focus on Mary, the mother of Jesus.  To participate, please email dorlap2451@gmail.com.
Both studies will take place via Zoom.
Christmas Eve
Join us via Zoom for worship at 6:30 for Christmas Eve.  You are encouraged to have candles available.  There are candles available at the church in the CE room.
Vacation
Chris will be on vacation December 27th and January 3rd.  On December 27th,  the Rev. John Molina-Moore and Rev. Tara Spuhler McCabe will fill the pulpit.  On January 3rd, Rev. Dottie LaPenta will lead our worship service.
Giving

Several people have asked how they can continue to make their tithes and offerings while we are not meeting in person.  There are several ways.  You can mail a check to the church.  You can give online through paypal https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KJTC62AUPNWCE&source=url   You can also set up a payment through your banks online bill pay feature.  Paypal charges the church approximately 3%, so please consider either consider giving through one of the other two ways or adding 3% to your offering to offset the fee.

December 9th News and Notes

Christmas Eve
Join us via Zoom for worship at 6:30 for Christmas Eve.  You are encouraged to have candles available.  There will be candles available at the church during the food drop off on December 16th if you would like to pick some up.
Video Assignment
I would like a brief video of you talking about your favorite part of the story of Christ’s birth and why!  Is it the wise men, the announcement to Mary, the shepherds, Joseph, or something else?  Please email to ckdeacon@yahoo.com or text to 309-357-0132 by December 16th.
Advent Bible Study
There are two opportunities for Bible Study this Advent.  Pastor Chris will lead a Bible study based on Adam Hamilton’s “Incarnation”, which focuses on the names given to Jesus in the Gospels.  It will begin November 30th and meet Monday evenings at 8:00 PM.  To get handouts in advance, please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com.
Dottie LePenta will be leading a Bible Study on Tuesdays at 9:00 AM.  This study will focus on Mary, the mother of Jesus.  To participate, please email dorlap2451@gmail.com.
Both studies will take place via Zoom.
Childrens Christmas Program
Join us December 20th as our children present our childrens program during worship.

Congregational Meeting

We will have a congregational meeting following worship via Zoom this Sunday, December 13th for the election of officers for 2021.  Please plan on attending.

Food Pantry

The Mission and Service Committee will be collecting only gift cards this Christmas for the Bowie Food Pantry. They have decided not to collect any additional food or presents due to limited space as a result of restrictions from the pandemic.

Gift cards for CHRISTMAS gift cards should be for stores that sell toys.
The Committe will be at the church on Wednesday December 16th from 10 to 11.
Feel free to include regular food donations on these two dates as well.

Giving

Several people have asked how they can continue to make their tithes and offerings while we are not meeting in person.  There are several ways.  You can mail a check to the church.  You can give online through paypal https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KJTC62AUPNWCE&source=url   You can also set up a payment through your banks online bill pay feature.  Paypal charges the church approximately 3%, so please consider either consider giving through one of the other two ways or adding 3% to your offering to offset the fee.

December 3rd News and Notes

Communion
We will celebrate the Sacrament of Communion this Sunday during worship.  Please plan on having elements of cup and bread that are common to your table available!
Video Assignment
I would like a brief video of you talking about your favorite part of the story of Christ’s birth and why!  Is it the wise men, the announcement to Mary, the shepherds, Joseph, or something else?  Please email to ckdeacon@yahoo.com or text to 309-357-0132 by December 16th.
Advent Bible Study
There are two opportunities for Bible Study this Advent.  Pastor Chris will lead a Bible study based on Adam Hamilton’s “Incarnation”, which focuses on the names given to Jesus in the Gospels.  It will begin November 30th and meet Monday evenings at 8:00 PM.  To get handouts in advance, please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com.
Dottie LePenta will be leading a Bible Study on Tuesdays at 9:00 AM.  This study will focus on Mary, the mother of Jesus.  To participate, please email dorlap2451@gmail.com.
Both studies will take place via Zoom.
Library
The Christian Spiritual Formation Committee is in the process of going through the library to remove materials that are outdated.   If you think you might be interested in providing a new home for any of these materials, please let Sue know and she will make sure you are kept informed on those items that are being removed.
Readers for Christmas Eve service
We are looking for people to be recorded at the church reading passages for the Christmas Eve service.  Please sign up through the following link to read on Thursday, December 10th.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094baea82ba2f94-christmas

Congregational Meeting
We will have a congregational meeting following worship via Zoom on December 13th for the election of officers for 2021.  Please plan on attending.

Food Pantry

The Mission and Service Committee will be collecting only gift cards this Christmas for the Bowie Food Pantry. They have decided not to collect any additional food or presents due to limited space as a result of restrictions from the pandemic.

Gift cards for CHRISTMAS gift cards should be for stores that sell toys.
The Committe will be at the church on Wednesday December 16th from 10 to 11.
Feel free to include regular food donations on these two dates as well.

Giving

Several people have asked how they can continue to make their tithes and offerings while we are not meeting in person.  There are several ways.  You can mail a check to the church.  You can give online through paypal https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KJTC62AUPNWCE&source=url   You can also set up a payment through your banks online bill pay feature.  Paypal charges the church approximately 3%, so please consider either consider giving through one of the other two ways or adding 3% to your offering to offset the fee.