DECEMBER 2021


          

There are certain things that you will never see. You will never see the sunrise in the west. You will never see a failed sunrise in which the sun gets stuck on the horizon and not have the power to heave itself above the rim of the world. You will never see a news release that will say due to high energy demand the sun will rise thirty minutes late tomorrow morning. You will never see the sunshine at half power even though it may not always be as visible to us.

The sunrise speaks a language to us that is dynamic and is present in every nation on the face of the earth. As the sunrise speaks a universal message, so does the season of Advent and the dynamic impact of the birth of our Savior.

We are in a time as never before when the uncertainty of the future of Covid-19 is present. We need to turn to this season of God’s great love and the birth of His Son our Lord and Savior and pray with all diligence and faith we can muster to both be ever grateful and thankful for the ultimate gift of His Son and to see and pray for His divine presence and direction in the months to come.

In His Light, Pastor M

610-987-6637


BRIEF CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

To approve the budget for 2022, immediately following our service on Sunday, December 12th.


BIBLE STUDY

Every Wednesday night @ 7:00 P.M.

All Welcome


MEN’S MINISTRIES

Next meeting, December 11th at 8 A.M.

Bring leaf blowers to clean-up leaves


FUTURE PLANNING

The new 2022 church worship calendars are available on the table in the Narthex.


CHRISTMAS EVE SPECIAL MUSIC

Please see Jeff Griffin, if you would like to share your musical talent at the upcoming Sunday Services or Christmas Eve Service.


NEWLETTER ARTICLES

ARE DUE THE SECOND TO LAST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH


SNOW CANCELLATION OF CHURCH ACTIVITIES

The Pastor and your Consistory have a telephone call schedule set up in case of questionable weather. The church family may feel free to phone any of these persons or tune

the radio to our local stations – WFMZ or WEEU for cancellations or check the Church’s web site – www.zionspieser.com


THE PASTOR WILL BE AWAY

Monday thru Friday (Dec. 6-10)

Elders will be available for any emergencies.

Call the church office- 610-779-9787 or

610-987-6637


THE SEASON OF ADVENT…

THE COMING FORTH OF THE CHRIST CHILD

In preparation for Christmas… the final coming of the Christ Child, we use in our Church Sanctuary the ADVENT WREATH and remember the following symbolism:

The CIRCLE of the wreath reminds us of God’s unending love for mankind.

The FRESH EVERGREENS remind us of the fresh, new life we realize in knowing Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

The FOUR CANDLES remind us of the four Sundays before Christmas; candles representing

HOPE, PEACE, JOY AND LOVE.

The large WHITE CANDLE in the center of the wreath is the Christ candle and is lit on Christmas Eve as we remember the birth of Jesus on that first Christmas night.


SERMON SERIES FOR ADVENT

“ETERNAL LIGHT”

His Unending Presence

Nov. 28th - “First Light”

Dec. 6th - “Star Light”

Dec. 12th - Sunday School Drama

“Drama of Light”

Dec. 19th - Cantata-“Bethlehem’s Child”

Dec. 26th - “Son Light”


ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES AND WORSHIP

SUN., NOV. 28th Holy Communion

FRI., DEC. 24th

7:30 P.M. Christmas Eve Candlelight

Service

SUN., JAN 2nd Holy Communion


JUST A REMINDER! Please remember to notify the church office regarding anyone in the hospital or of any transfers from hospitals to home or to any other facility.


CALENDARS & DAY PLANNERS

The various charities are starting to send out their 2022 calendars. If you do not want them please bring them to the church and give them to Linda Wilson. She will pass them on to the soup kitchen.


EVANGELISM & OUTREACH COMMITTEE

The Evangelism & Outreach committee is actively involved throughout the year in the various ministries of our church. They provide the excellent appointments in our sanctuary for the various seasons of celebrations. Harvest Home, the Fall Season, Advent, Christmas, Spring and Summer are examples of their attentions to various details to make our sanctuary meaningful for worship.

In addition they monitor and recommend to the helping hands ministry any needy families or people and assist in their care, if possible. They also make possible the list of persons 80 years old and older as well as the shut-ins to which we are encouraged to send birthday cards and well wishes. Our committee is always open to any recommendations or suggestions from our church fellowship.


BIRTHDAY CARD SHOWER SHEETS

for January thru April available on the Narthex table for anyone willing to participate in sending cards to church family members 80 yrs. & over. Also available on our website.


STEWARDSHIP

The 2022 budget was presented to the consistory and approved. It will be presented and voted on by the congregation on

December 12, 2021 after the church service.   Next Meeting April 18th at 6:30 P.M.


HELP OUR HOMELESS VETERANS

Looking for blankets, and sleeping bags. Drop off in the Narthex or in the Social Hall Envelopes available on top of the mailboxes in the Narthex if you would like to make a monetary donation.

Next lunches – January 16th


STATISTICS

ATTENDANCE

SEPTEMBER                               OCTOBER

5         60                                          3             85

12       77                                        10             67

19       76                                        17             63

26       72                                        24             70

31       63

MEMBERSHIP

November 29, 2021 270


GAINS (0) DEATHS (4)

Pearl Seyler

Karen Dautrich

Earl Dautrich

Jean Manwiller

LOSSES / TRANSFERRED (0)

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Barnett, Secretary


CHURCH TREASURER’S REPORT

SEPTEMBER 2021

Congregational Offering Receipts $ 9,190.00

Total Operating Expenses $16,675.00

OCTOBER 2021

Congregational Offering Receipts $13,181.00

Total Operating Expenses $12,814.00

Respectfully Submitted,

Susan Barnett, Treasurer


CHRISTMAS CARDS

Christmas cards may be placed in the mailboxes in the Narthex. If you wish not to come into the church Sue will put them in the mailboxes for you. On Sunday mornings the ushers can assist with picking up your cards.

Shut-In’s card can be mailed directly to the shut-in’s. Their address list is on the table in the Narthex or can be found on our website- www.zionspieser.com.

Address change- Shirley Shuman

Laurel Center (Genesis)

125 Holly Rd.  Rm. 317-2

Hamburg, PA. 19526


Weekly Bulletin

If you would like the weekly bulletin emailed to you so you may follow along with the service on Facebook please call Sue Barnett

in the church office @ 610-779-9787


2022 ALTAR FLOWER / BULLETIN SPONSOR CALENDER

The Altar Flower / Bulletin Reservation Calendar is in the Narthex and ready to be filled out for 2022. Please use the dry erase marker that is provided. Should a specific date have already been filled, you are invited to sponsor a “separate arrangement” on that date which will be placed in the chancel area.


THANK YOU

Mary Dautrich & Family would like to thank everyone for all the sympathy cards, prayers, birthday cards, and the beautiful birthday flower arrangement.


NEW SOUND/STREAMING SYSTEMS

We will be having a new streaming system and sound upgrades installed mid-December. Thank you to the Sunday School and Women’s Ministries’ financial support to make this improvement possible.


Christmas Lights

Bright Christmas Stars shine on high,
Golden stars in the wintery sky;
Christmas candles in windows bright,
Sends greetings into the night.

While in our hearts the Christmas flame,
Glows with a love like His who came;
The infant Christ of lowly birth,
To bring good will and peace to earth.

By Marie Irish



MONTHLY PRAYER LIST

 Monthly prayer lists are located on the side table in the Narthex. If you have requests for the list, you can fill out a prayer request form which will be on the table in the Narthex and give the information to Jessica Houck 610-823-0183.If you have any questions about this list or our  prayer chain you can see Jessica Houck or Bob Hallman. New lists will be available the Sunday following our monthly prayer meetings.

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