Announcements for Sunday, November 17, 2019
Prayer of Preparation
Lord God of all the ages, the One who is, who was, and who is to come, stir up within us a longing for your kingdom, steady our hearts in time of trial, and grant us patient endurance until the sun of justice dawns. We make our prayer through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Reprinted by permission from Book of Common Worship, © 1993 Westminster/John Knox Press.
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!
JR YOUTH THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION — On Thanksgiving Day if you want to be HAPPY give something away! Come to the Junior Youth Thanksgiving Celebration TODAY after the 10am church service in the Fellowship Hall to make a craft for our Christmas shut ins, play in the big gym, and enjoy pizza. We look forward to seeing you!
ECHO ARTICLES ARE DUE on Monday, November 18th.
ANNUAL BUDGET MEETING – Salem’s annual budget meeting is planned for next Sunday, November 24th following the 10:00am service. There will be no 8:00am service or 11:30am service next Sunday to encourage member attendance at the meeting. Should there be a reason Church services are not possible on the 24th or there is not a quorum, the budget meeting will be on December 8th. Also to be voted on is a change in one of our World Wide Ministry recipients. Copies of the budget are available in the Narthex.
THE SR YOUTH will meet on Sunday, November 24th at 6:30pm.
ADVENT BIBLE STUDY – Join us each Tuesday in the weeks leading up to Christmas beginning December 3rd, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, in the adult Sunday school room. Pastor David will be leading a 3 session in-depth study of the Christmas story in Luke.
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) this Sunday through Sunday, November 24th. 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.
REMINDER : THERE WILL BE NO SENIOR CENTER, CHOIR REHEARSAL, OR PRAYER GROUP on Wednesday, November 27th due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
THE CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED on Thursday and Friday, November 28th and 29th for the Thanksgiving holiday. Please turn in all announcements by Tuesday, November 26th since bulletins will be printed on Wednesday morning.
SALEM JR. CHURCH AND NURSERY SERVICES: As we move into the holiday season and hope to have many family and other visitors worshiping at Salem, the Board of Christian Education would like to remind everyone of some of the resources we have available for those attending with young children. During the 10:00am service, our Nursery is available for the entirety of the service for children who are Pre-School age or younger. Also, after delivery of the Children’s Message by Pastor David in the 10:00am service, we welcome any children from Kindergarten through 3rd grade to participate in our Jr. Church curriculum. Because this program is tailored towards children within this younger age group, and due to our average class sizes, we respectfully ask that older children remain in the sanctuary for the rest of the church service. If you have any questions about the location of these services, please feel free to ask an usher! If you have any questions about our programs, please contact Rachel Day at (812) 760-6714 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
HOW THE GRINCH FOUND THE CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS — For the next 5 weeks our children will be hard at work to bring you a message of redemption and hope this Christmas. Please join us in the gym on December 15th at 10 a.m. to support our kids and share in the blessings of this wonderful season. The Children have begun play practice and will continue each Sunday until 12/8. We will also practice with the whole cast on Saturday, December 14th at 10 a.m.
FROM THE PASTORAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE: Each December we meet with Pastor David. At that time we share with him any compliments or any suggestions we have been given by those who attend our church. We will include your name when we meet or your comments may remain anonymous. Please let us know your comments by the end of November. This is also a time when Pastor David can tell us of things he feels would be an addition to the life of the church. We regard this meeting as one where we can share your ideas and receive any requests from Pastor David. In this way, we can encourage each other as we all strive to glorify God by our work in our church. Thank you, Margi Scott oldcoots2@ yahoo.com or 812-457-2958; Sharon Fesmire email@example.com or 812-476-3171; Warren Hill firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-319-4090.
POSITION AVAILABLE: Mary Farney is retiring after many years of taking care of the flower ministry for the church. Thank you to her for her years of service! That leaves a position available. If you are interested, please call the church office at 812-867-3142.
JR. CHURCH TEACHER NEEDED! Starting in January, 2020, we will be in need of one new Jr. Church teacher. This role involves leading our Jr. Church curriculum for Kindergarten through 3rd graders, during the latter portion of the 10:00 am service. We typically have 4 teachers in our Jr. Church rotation, so each person is scheduled to teach about once per month. Our teachers are great about working with each other to switch spots when conflicts arise, and we also have substitute teachers available. The curriculum is provided by the Board of Christian Education, and often includes a video, a short lesson, and an activity. If you are interested in working with the children of our church in this role, please contact Rachel Day at (812) 760-6714 or email@example.com. Thank you!
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 3rd 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.
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 7th. We are in need of cookies and ask them to be brought to the kitchen on or before Thursday, December 5th. Please mark the containers for “shut-ins” or “servicemen”. Thank you!
WANT TO GET IN THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT? Join us Saturday, December 7th 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!
PAINTING WITH A TWIST — Ready for a fun night out? Join us on Tuesday, December 10th from 6-8pm to make a holiday themed painting. The cost is $35 which covers the teacher fee and supplies. Light refreshments will be served. We need at least 8 people to participate, so feel free to invite a friend or your teenager! RSVP by December 3rd to Karen Emerson Agee — 812-774-0777.
OUR DAILY BREAD for December, January, and February is in the Narthex. There are also some copies of a large print 90-day sample devotional if you are interested.
MEMBERSHIP SUNDAY—Our next Membership Sunday is coming up in the next few months. We invite all those considering church membership to contact the church office or you may contact Pastor David directly. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
SALEM CHURCH IS COLLECTING ITEMS for the Christian Life Center. The items for November are canned soups and shampoo. There is a collection box at the entrance to the Fellowship Hall.
LIVING NATIVITY — First Baptist Church located at 320 Cherry St in downtown Evansville is having their living nativity on December 6th & 7th from 6pm-8pm. Actors and live animals create a live nativity outdoors at the church. Come and learn about the birth of Jesus at this completely FREE event.
Seniors from throughout the community meet each Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Salem Church in Darmstadt. A Bible study begins at 10:00 a.m. for those who wish to participate. Others may play cards, walk indoors or out, play games or just enjoy conversation with other seniors. Lunch is served at 11:00 a.m.…
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