December 2019

     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.

In this season of preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth let us open our hearts and let the all-powerful happening evolve in our life, that we may always be grateful, humbled, filled with and sharing His love with our fellowman.

In His Light, Pastor M

610-987-6637


BREAKFAST CLUB

December 11th, @ 8 A.M. @ Temple Family December 31st, @ 8 A.M. @ Breakfast Hut

 

BRIEF CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

To approve the budget for 2020, immediately following our service on Sunday, December 8th.


BIBLE STUDIES

Wed. Bible Study change-now Tuesday @ 10 am

All interested persons are invited to join us on Tuesday Mornings at 10:00 A.M. or Friday morning at 9:00 A.M.-(Women’s Bible Study)

for approximately one hour.


SALVATION ARMY ANGEL TREE

Gifts should be returned by Sunday,

December 8th. Thank you to everyone that purchased angel tree gifts.

Any questions see Sue Barnett


SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM

Sunday, December22nd

Sunday school program 9:00 A.M.

Entertainment- Ventriloquist

Everyone invited.

Cookies, Cake & Hot Cocoa afterwards

Also Jesus’ birthday party December 22nd


NEWLETTER ARTICLES

ARE DUE THE SECOND TO LAST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH


FUTURE PLANNING

The new 2020 church worship calendars are available on the table in the Narthex.


SPIES DART BASEBALL

December 4th – at Zion’s Spies E.R.

December 11th – at Zion’s Spies E.R.

December 18th – at Zion’s Spies E.R.

Questions call Kenny Manwiller at 610-944-0729.


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

“FINDING LOVE”

Let us bind our hearts and minds together as we realize that God sent to earth the greatest love for mankind forever.

Dec. 1st - “Love Identified”

Dec. 8th - “Love promised”

Dec. 15th - “Love Prepared For”

Dec. 22nd – Cantata “A Noel Celebration”


“A NOEL CELEBRATION”

Arranged by Lloyd Larson

You won’t want to miss the Christmas Cantata this year on Sunday, December 22nd at 10:30 A.M.


“A Noel Celebration”

This collaborative cantata looks at the Christmas story through the eyes of first-hand witnesses, who share their unique perspectives on the miraculous birth of Jesus. Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, a shepherd, a wise man, and the aged saint Simeon all share their stories through dramatic monologues. A blend of original and familiar carols provides a dramatic sonic backdrop for these inspiring stories. 


THE PASTOR WILL BE AWAY

Monday thru Friday (Dec. 9-12)

Elders will be available for any emergencies.

Call the church office- 610-779-9787 or

610-987-6637


ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES AND WORSHIP

SUN., Dec. 1st Holy Communion

SUN., DEC 22nd Sunday School program & 9:00 A.M. Jesus’ Birthday Party

Cookies, Cake & Hot Cocoa

SUN., Dec. 22nd Christmas Cantata

10:30 A.M. “A Noel Celebration”

TUES., DEC. 24th

7:30 P.M. Christmas Eve Candlelight

Service

SUN., JAN 5th Holy Communion


POINSETTIA ORDERS

Hopefully everyone ordered their poinsettias.

Thank you for making the church more beautiful for the Christmas season.


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


CALENDARS & DAY PLANNERS

The various charities are starting to send out their 2020 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.


WOMENS MINISTRIES UPDATE

Sooooo-here we are! All of our major autumn fundraisers are behind us!

We want to thank all who donated their time and effort to our bazaar – Especially the Men’s Ministries, who once again, provided us with their excellent cooking for breakfast. Thanks Guys.

The sales of Mince Meat, Potato Filling, and Pepper Cabbage were a success. Thanks to all who ordered and all who helped.

The best thing about all of this activity is the great fellowship and fun that we have together.

As always, we invite all the women of the church to join us, as we meet, on the second Tuesday of every month at 11:00 AM. It is our goal to always keep God at the center of our “busyness”.


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.


STEWARDSHIP

The 2020 budget was presented to the consistory and approved. It will be presented and voted on by the congregation on

December 8, 2019 after the church service.

Next Meeting April 20th at 6:30 P.M.


NURSERY STAFF

The nursery is available for infant thru kindergarten age children. Parents of the children are asked to take turns supervising the nursery. Older children are asked to stay for the remainder of the service.


MEET AND GREET

(Sunday Morning Fellowship)

Feel free to join in for conversation, goodies and coffee, etc. every Sunday Morning in the Social Hall starting at 7:45 A.M. Christian Education classes are available for every age from 9-10 A.M. should you care to sit in for these or stay and fellowship with church families and friends.

Contributions of baked goods are always welcome. Contact Judy Marisseau 610-987-6637 with any baked goods contributions


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. It becomes difficult sometimes to keep up with everyone’s moves which results in extra traveling.

Thanks so much.


2020 ALTAR FLOWER / BULLETIN SPONSOR CALENDER

The Altar Flower / Bulletin Reservation Calendar is in the Narthex and ready to be filled out for 2020. 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.


STATISTICS

ATTENDANCE

SEPTEMBER                                                                 OCTOBER

                                                                                         1           70                                                                        6          83

                                                                                         8        100                                                                      13          80

                                                                                        15           77                                                                     20          73

                                                                                        22          76                                                                     27           70

                                                                                        29       100


MEMBERSHIP

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Respectfully submitted,

Susan Barnett, Secretary


CHURCH TREASURER’S REPORT

SEPTEMBER 2019

Congregational Offering Receipts $10,979.84

Total Operating Expenses $ 9,967.31


OCTOBER 2019

Congregational Offering Receipts $ 8,579.00

Total Operating Expenses $13,329.50

Respectfully Submitted,

Susan Barnett, Treasurer


HELP OUR HOMELESS VETERANS

Looking for men’s jeans, sneakers, socks, sweaters, blankets, and sleeping bags. Drop off in the Narthex or in the Social Hall. Check out the information on the table in the Narthex about the mission. Envelopes available on the table if you would like to make a monetary donation. Next lunches – January 19th


T’WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

T’was the night before Christmas

God glanced over earth.

He looked to and fro, All over the girth.

They missed it again He said with a sigh,

A heavy heart and a tear in his eye.

I gave them my son so they could be free.

My greatest gift to them from me.

They traded me in, for a man in red.

A little tree, and a horse drawn sled.

How do I save them, and make them see.

My love is complete, my grace is free.

How do I help them, when all that they know.

Is a talking snowman, and a box with a bow.

Maybe next year, they will stop and see.

That the biggest gift of Christmas,

Is the little child from me.

Author Unknown


There’s More to Christmas…

There’s more, much more to Christmas
Than candlelight and cheer;
It’s the spirit of sweet friendship
That brightens all the year;
It’s thoughtfulness and kindness,
It’s hope reborn again,
For peace, for understanding,
For goodwill to men!

Author Unknown


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


My Christmas List Of Blessings

My Christmas List is more

than just a way to keep track of

The special people God has brought

into my life to love.


It's like a teeasured scrapbook

filled with pleasant memories

Of all the times God's answered prayer

through friends and family.


Every name's a touchstone

that leads to a place and time,

Where God has used another's heart

to reach out and touch mine.


It may have happened years ago

or even yesterday,

But every person on my list

has changed my life some way.


Through simple conversation,

a warm hug or a shared meal,

Every person on my list

has helped me grow or heal,


Or laugh or love or learn or smile...

the blessings never end

As God allows our paths to cross

as family and friends.


So please know that this greeting

is more than a Christmas wish.

It's a "thank you" card to God

for putting on my list

Each and every one whose name

I've come to hold so dear...


Those who've shown me Christmas joy

each day of the year








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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