Needs: cold cereal, potatoes (dry or canned), mac ‘n cheese, tuna or hamburger helpers, cookies, canned items including: tuna, fruit, soups, and canned meat
Apostles Assistance Fund
Needs: laundry detergent, women’s deodorant, paper towels, toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes
During the first three Sundays of each month, you have the opportunity to buy grocery cards in the office after service. You can buy cards for the following month and pick up the ones you ordered last month. Remember, the discount we earn from purchasing cards in bulk from Giant, Stauffers, and Weis provide food for the Saturday Breakfast downtown once a month. Helping others is easy, as well as a wonderful thing!
The Education Commission is in the middle of reorganizing the Nursery. We are currently searching for a paid staff member, but, in the meantime, we are looking for extra volunteers who already have their clearances on file with the church. For the 9:15 service, we will need to have two volunteers for the Nursery for ages 0-3. For the 10:45 service we will have the Nursery open as a crying room only without volunteers.
Kick off the yuletide season by attending our annual Christmas Banquet on Friday, December 8 at 12 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Following the banquet, we will enjoy a time of Christmas Caroling. Van transportation will be provided for Homestead residents. Cost is $20 per person. Please RSVP and submit payment to Cathy Bernhardt (717-299-3605) by December 3.
Breakfast with Santa & Children’s Christmas Shopping
Have breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 9 from 8:30 am – 10:30 am. Story time begins at 9:30 am. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, juice, milk, and fruit. Adults $6. Kids 2-10 are $3. Bring your camera for a picture with Santa!
The Parent Council of Apostles Community Preschool will again be offering its annual Christmas Shopping Room from 8:30 am—12:00 pm. During this time, children will be able to secretly shop for inexpensive gifts for family members.
If you did not order a photo package to be delivered to your home, your free 8×10 is now available to pick up outside the church office.
“Blue Christmas” Service
If Christmas is difficult, come to this quieter Christmas service on Wednesday, December 13 at 7 pm to still remember the wonder of God’s gift in Jesus Christ and acknowledge that Christmas no longer feels the same.
December 24 Services
There will be one worship service on Sunday, December 24 at 10 am. Our 3 pm and 7 pm Christmas Eve services will recall the birth of the Christ Child and provide the opportunity to sing beloved carols. The afternoon service will be a traditional service with candlelight and communion and will feature our children’s choirs, solo instrumentalists, and vocalists. The evening service will be a traditional service with candlelight, and feature an orchestra plus our adult choirs. Let’s celebrate the gift of our Savior!
Bethany and Hoffman Homes
As in the past, our Christmas Eve offerings will be dedicated to UCC affiliates Bethany and Hoffman Homes, which serves young people with residential and mental health needs. Donations to these special homes provide safe, comfortable, and spiritually- nurturing environments. Please use your special offering envelope on December 24th to give generously to support these homes.
Financial Pledges for 2018
If you have not yet handed in your pledge card for 2018, please get one today at the Welcome Center. Please complete the form and place it in the offering plate or in the large white envelope marked “2018” Pledges at the Welcome Center. Thank you.
9:15 Service Lay Readers
Glenn Ebersole is beginning to plan the schedule for Lay Readers for the 9:15 am services in 2018. If you are interested in volunteering to be a reader for this service, please contact Glenn at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (717) 575-8572.
It’s time for our Holiday Ministry of gifting Martin Elementary School students for Christmas. Please consider helping to make a youngster’s holiday brighter this season. Please take a gift tag from the poster on the Outreach bulletin board in the Narthex and return the wrapped gift with that gift tag attached no later than December 17. We are also collecting new hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves for the students in the School District of Lancaster who have been displaced due to the hurricanes.
Children of church members may register for Apostles Community Preschool’s 2018-19 school year (starting in September 2018) by calling Linda Lewis, Registrar, at (717) 392-5598, or you may email her at LLewis.email@example.com.