Announcements for Sunday, November 18, 2018
Prayer of Preparation
ALMIGHTY GOD, most merciful Father, who openest Thy hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing; we give Thee most humble and hearty thanks that Thou hast crowned the fields with Thy blessing, and hast permitted us once more to gather in the fruits of the earth. We beseech Thee to bless and protect the living seed of Thy Word sown in our hearts, that in the plenteous fruits of righteousness we may always present to Thee an acceptable thank-offering; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen. from EVANGELICAL BOOK OF WORSHIP, 1916
WELCOME TO OUR WORSHIP SERVICE—Is this your first time at Salem? If so, welcome. We’re so glad to have you with us. If you’d like for us to get to know you better you can use a connection card located in the seat pocket in front of you and drop it in the offering plate later in the service. Also, be sure to stop at the narthex on your way out for a gift from us. Thank you for coming!
TODAY’S SPECIAL BULLETINS are given by Fred and Becky Malotte in honor of their family.
THE FLOWERS ON THE ORGAN are given by The Women’s Guild in celebration of
the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Mike and Linda Thomas which was on Friday, November 23d.
SECURITY UPDATE — After considering many security options, the Council has installed 4 security cameras. They give views to the north and south of the front of the church, and cover the parking lot. The Sanctuary doors will be locked shortly after the ringing of the bell. Ushers will be watching for late comers and open the door when they are ready to enter. If the door is not opened, please knock gently for admittance.
CHRISTMAS PLAY REHEARSAL will be held every Sunday morning at 9:00am through December 2nd.
THE SENIOR YOUTH will meet tonight, November 18th from 6:30pm-8:00pm.
ECHO ARTICLES ARE DUE on Monday, November 19th.
REMINDER: THERE WILL BE NO SENIOR CENTER, CHOIR REHEARSAL, OR PRAYER GROUP on Wednesday, November 21st due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
THE CHURCH OFFICE will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd for the Thanksgiving holiday. Please turn in all announcements by Tuesday, November 20th since bulletins will be printed on Wednesday morning.
THE JUNIOR YOUTH will meet Sunday, November 25th following the 10:00am service in the downstairs adult classroom. The meeting will include pizza, a movie, and making crafts for the shut-ins. Please join us!!
WANT TO GET IN THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT? Join us Saturday, December 1st at 9:00am to go Christmas caroling to our shut-ins. Everyone is invited to join us. A bus and a light lunch along with a lot of fun will be provided!
ANNUAL BUDGET MEETING – Salem’s annual budget meeting is planned for Sunday, December 2nd following the 10:00am service. There will be no 8:00am service or 11:30am service that Sunday to encourage member attendance at the meeting. Should there be a reason Church services are not possible on the 2nd or there is not a quorum, the budget meeting will be on December 16th. Copies of the budget will be this Sunday in the Narthex.
WOMEN’S GUILD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM — The Women’s Guild invite all women of the church to our Annual Christmas Program and luncheon on Tuesday, December 4th at 10:30am. We have invited the women of 10 neighboring churches to be our guest. Please come and bring a vegetable or salad and a dessert. The Guild is furnishing the meat, potatoes, and drinks. We look forward to seeing you! If you plan to attend, please sign your name on the list located in the Fellowship Hall lobby, so we know how many to prepare for.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD—Thank you to everyone who brought in shoeboxes for this wonderful mission!
BOXES FOR OUR SERVICEMEN – The Women’s Guild will again be sending boxes to our servicemen for Christmas. We will also be delivering cookies to our shut-ins on Saturday, December 1st. We are in need of cookies and ask them to be brought to the kitchen on or before Thursday, November 29th. Please mark the containers for “shut-ins” or “servicemen”. Thank you!
JUST A REMINDER that the next quarter’s Our Daily Bread is available to be picked up in the Narthex.
BLESSING FAMILIES THIS CHRISTMAS! This Christmas season the Evangelism Committee will be sponsoring our community families. The committee will be collecting donations from the congregation with special envelopes (located in the pews) on Sunday, November 18th through Sunday, December 2nd. You can also mark your donation as “Christmas Family Adoption” if a special envelope is not available, but please use a special envelope if possible. All donations will be used to purchase gifts to bless these families at Christmas. We appreciate your consideration as we use this opportunity for community outreach and sharing in the blessings God has provided to us.
THE PASTORAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE will be holding our annual meeting with Pastor David on Thursday, December 6th. The purpose of this Committee is to act as a liaison between our Pastor and our Congregation, enabling each to provide feedback, encouragement, and ideas to one another. We invite and encourage members of our church to provide any thoughts you might have regarding Pastor David, that you would like the Committee to share with him. This can include things you are especially grateful for, or things you would like to see change or improve. Any and all ideas are welcome, and can be shared by name or anonymously. If you have something to share, please contact a Committee member by Sunday, December 2nd. Members include: Jerry Washburne, firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-431-0309; Margi Scott, email@example.com or 812-457-2958; and Sharon Fesmire, firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-476-3171.
WE HAVE BEGUN CHRISTMAS PLAY REHEARSAL!! Please e-mail Karen Reimann Owens at email@example.com or call her at 812-661-9584 if your child would like to be in the play this year. Also let her know if your children have a preference of the roles they would like to play (or speaking/non-speaking role). She is working on compiling a list of contact information for the parents of those children in the play, so please email her your Child’s Name, Age, Parent’s Name, & a Phone Number.
ONLINE GIVING — Just a note to let the congregation know that we are getting a really good response to the online giving. We have had many members set up recurring contributions and others that have used it for one-time memorial contributions and special offerings. Please note that you can create your own personal login and password, so you can change recurring donations at any time. If you interested in online giving, go to the our church website, www.salemdarmstadt.org, and click on the online giving tab. Please call the church office for assistance, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SALEM CHURCH IS COLLECTING ITEMS for the Christian Life Center. The items for the month of November are canned soups and shampoo. There is a collection box at the entrance to the Fellowship Hall. Thank you!
The Women’s Guild invite all women of the church to our Annual Christmas Program and luncheon on Tuesday, December 4th at 10:30am. We have invited the women of 10 neighboring churches to be our guest. Please come and bring a vegetable or salad and a dessert. The Guild is furnishing the meat, potatoes, and drinks. …
We will be rehearsing the Children’s Christmas Play at 10:00am on Saturday, December 8th. Everyone involved with the play should attend if at all possible.
THE SENIOR YOUTH will be meet on Sunday, December 9th from 6:00pm-7:30pm for their Christmas party. The theme is “Reindeer Games”. They will have dinner and then activities.