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 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
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
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.


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   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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