ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE

Saturday, December 24th at 7:00 PM

Our church has an old tradition: On Christmas Eve, as the candles are extinguished at the end of the worship service, the Christ candle remains lighted from the Advent wreath. This is to signify the Light of Christ remains forever. So that the Light of Christ can come into our homes on Christmas Day, you are invited to bring your own safe container, light your own candle after the service, and bring it home with you as a reminder that Jesus, our true Light, was born on Christmas Day.

John 8:12: Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE

Sunday, December 25th at 9:30 AM

Hymns and readings will be enjoyed this special day of days. Join us.

Worship

Each Sunday we gather for worship at 9:30am. We begin together in the sanctuary for prayer and songs of praise. After a special music selection there is a children’s message. Then the kids and their teachers go to the Fellowship Hall for Sunday School for kids ages 3-12. (For info on Sunday School, please contact Snookie Patterson, (518)828-3503 to get on the Sunday School email list)

There is a nursery for little ones in the Fellowship Hall as well. The service continues in the sanctuary with scripture readings, sermon, sharing of joys and prayer concerns, the offering of gifts, and a benediction/blessing.

We all meet up afterwards in the fellowship hall for light refreshments and conversation. (In the summer we gather on the patio). The service lasts about an hour.

We celebrate the sacrament of communion on the first Sunday of every month, Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday. Our Communion is open to all who believe in Jesus and have chosen to follow Him.

On the first Sunday of every month there is a food collection for the local food pantries. Other missions chosen by the Mission Committee are highlighted each month such as the CROP walk for hunger, Onesies collection for needy infants in the local hospitals, and Souper Bowl Day of Sharing. We also provide monetary support for missionaries Rev. Brad and Robin Kautz who serve the Jicarilla Reformed Church on the reservation in Dulce, New Mexico.

Each Sunday we gather for worship at 9:30am. We begin together in the sanctuary for prayer and songs of praise. After a special music selection there is a children’s message. Then the kids and their teachers go to the Fellowship Hall for Sunday School for kids ages 3-12. (For info on Sunday School, please contact Snookie Patterson, (518)828-3503 to get on the Sunday School email list)

There is a nursery for little ones in the Fellowship Hall as well. The service continues in the sanctuary with scripture readings, sermon, sharing of joys and prayer concerns, the offering of gifts, and a benediction/blessing.

We all meet up afterwards in the fellowship hall for light refreshments and conversation. (In the summer we gather on the patio). The service lasts about an hour.

We celebrate the sacrament of communion on the first Sunday of every month, Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday. Our Communion is open to all who believe in Jesus and have chosen to follow Him.

On the first Sunday of every month there is a food collection for the local food pantries. Other missions chosen by the Mission Committee are highlighted each month such as the CROP walk for hunger, Onesies collection for needy infants in the local hospitals, and Souper Bowl Day of Sharing. We also provide monetary support for missionaries Rev. Brad and Robin Kautz who serve the Jicarilla Reformed Church on the reservation in Dulce, New Mexico.

Special Services

In September we have a special service and picnic.

Christmas Eve Candlelight service takes place at 7:30 pm on December 24th. It is a beautiful service of spoken word, music, and light.

Ash Wednesday there is community potluck at 6pm and a brief service at 7pm with informal communion and imposition of ashes to mark the start of of the penitential season of Lent.

Maundy Thursday we remember the Last Supper time of Jesus with his disciples before his crucifixion on Good Friday. There is a solemn service of scripture and the extinguishing of candles at 7pm.

Music

We have an active choir and are blessed with weekly selections of sacred music. The choir rehearses on Thursdays at 7 pm. Fall through Spring the choir rehearses on Thursdays at 7:30 pm. We also have a bell choir that performs on special occasions.

To learn more about the choirs please contact music director and organist Andrea Mastrianni (518) 265-3661. For more info on the bell choir please contact Lloyd Lawrence at lloydlawr@gmailcom.

Yule Booth

The Women’s Group Yule Booth Committee makes crafts for the Annual Christmas Bazaar that happens on the third Saturday in November. They meet from 10 am to noon, Wednesday; 7 – 9 pm on Wednesday evening. For more information contact Kim Plass 518-851-7406