We are glad you are here, and we hope you enjoy this opportunity to worship God with us.
Join us for prayer in the conference room @ 8:45 am on Sunday Mornings
Week 1 of Advent - Joy
Welcome & Prayer
Advent Candle Lighting - Trent & Kiersten Gascho
Hymns of Worship
Advent Drama: “Meet Mary from the Midwest”
Message: Pastor Dave Maurer
"The Joy of the Lord IS Our Strength"
Songs of Worship
Live stream sign-off
Sharing and Pastoral Prayer
11 am Sunday School Opportunities
- Children - - Classes ages 2-5th grade in the basement
- Youth - c/o Pastor Bill Eberly in the Youth room
- Adults - 2 options
Please take an advent candle for your family to enjoy lighting during our advent season.
The Soil and The Seed Project's Volume 1 for Advent/Christmas and Epiphany is available on the table in the fellowship hall. Families with young children or anyone wanting a family Advent activity are welcome to take an envelope. This project nurtures faith through music, art and Little Liturgies for daily and weekly use in the home during Advent. The music for the Little Liturgies can be found on Spotify under The Soil and The Seed Project or at thesoilandtheseedproject.org.
The Youth will have their annual Soup Cook-off & Fundraiser on December 7th starting @ 6 pm. Mark your calendar for this fun event. There are many ways you can support these efforts. Sign up at the Welcome Desk to make a soup for the event, or would you be willing to make a handmade item for the auction?
Huron County Hunger Relief group will have their wrap up meeting for this past year growing season. All are welcome to attend on Monday, December 5th @ 7 pm.
The Gifts Discernment Committee has been working hard on the ministry affirmation ballot for 2023. We still have a few spots that we need your help to fill.
Everence Advocate: Informs the congregation of avenues of stewardship opportunities and oversee Sharing Fund grants.
Historian: Records all church activities, including bulletins, births, & baptisms. Also, responsible to prepare an annual report.
Mission/Relief Committee: Coordinate activities related to the Fairview Relief Sale, college student packs, and Christmas packs.
Worship Ministry: Coordinate with the Pastor as to preaching themes, service format, and schedules.
If interested, contact Debi Ackerman at 989-553-1745. Detailed job descriptions are available in the church office.
Bible memory cards are available to "train up your child in the way they should go". Please contact Dana to get your child started today!
Ready to get into the Christmas spirit? Grab a Christmas fictional book at the library for those travel plans or just to enjoy as you sit by the tree.
Mennonite Disaster Service has available slots for volunteers in February. There is a group planning to go to Texas from Michigan. You could go along and offer your service for a week or two. Contact Tim Maust for more details.
Coffee Orders are due next Sunday, December 4th.
If you would like to participate in the Advent Readings during the worship service please contact Barry Maust.
The Relief/Missions Committee will be packing Christmas treat bags for our Primary Dept. children, our seniors (ages 65 and above), and inmates at the Huron County jail. Individually wrapped homemade cookies & treats or store bought cookies and candy are needed to fill approximately 135 bags. If you would like to contribute, please leave your items on a table marked in the Fellowship Hall by Sat., Dec 10 @ 9:00 am. Thank you for giving generously as we bless those around us.
Offering Today: PR Ministries - You can mail in your donation. Our online giving portal is on our website You can also check out how easy it is to set up giving through the Faithlife app or text. Simply text the word “GIVE” to (989)217-8181. We appreciate your generosity and flexibility.
Offering next week: Harvest Offering Kick-off
Worship Leader this week: Pastor Bill
Worship Leader next week: Rich Swartzendruber
Fellowship Greeter this week: Jill Champagne
Fellowship Greeter next week: Ken & Judy Dietzel
Pastoral Care this week: Brenda Maust
Pastoral Care next week: Diane Wilson
Nursery this week: Ruth Osborne & Silas Maurer
Nursery next week: Nicole Shupe & Mariam Shupe
Prayers for the local church
· Plans for this year's Men, Meat, the Messiah on Dec 10th.
· Thankful hearts and anticipation of Christ's coming
· Health Concerns/Situations
· Ken & Judy's son-in-law receiving legal status
· Ruth Osborne - family member to hear & accept the truth
· Rae Reiter - wisdom for treatment in recent cancer diagnosis
· Leslie Eberly's sister-in-law health difficulties during her pregnancy
· Matthew & Jonathan - recovery from ear infections
· Gerry Swartzendruber - back pain
· Children that experience trauma in their lives
· RI - Mediterranean - David & Emily- Pray for this couple as they build relationships with their neighbors through business and agriculture. Ask for courage to boldly share the Good News, and for good soil and open hearts to receive it.
· Earthquake victims in Indonesia
· People in European countries, Ukraine & Russia suffering due to war & with winter dynamics