December 10, 2017

The Approach to God

Pre-Service Music                     

Invitation to Worship

*Congregational Greeting

*Song                                   Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus             -No. 168

Responsive Confession                                                                                                          

Words of Assurance and Law of God    

 (Children age 3-2nd grade released to Children & Worship)

The Word of God

*Song                                         Come To Us                                            -Walton

Trio                                  “Mary, Did You Know?”                            -Lowry/Green

Scripture                                    Matthew 1:18

Message                                   "Merry X-mess”

                                                    Pastor Rich

Prayer for Blessing

 The Response to the Word

Mission of the Month Video

Offering    

*Doxology                  Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow         No. 382                                            

Offertory Prayer 

*Song                     How Can I Keep from Singing Your Praise? -Tomlin/Redman

*Benediction

Post Service Music                        

*Those who are able are invited to stand.                            

Hymns projected by permission of CCLI #95502

Mission of the Month:   ICRC Camp Grants.

 Please Join us in Praying for:

Pastor Rich, Staff, and Immanuel leadership and ministry teams

Members with Health Concerns:  Vicki B.,  Mark B.,  Howard C.

Sandy F., Carol G.,  Roland H.,  Eleanor N.,  Sandi S.

 Paul H.:   hospice care at home. 

Linda H. Rehabilitation after knee surgery

Save these Dates:

Christmas Program/Brunch/Afternoon Caroling – Sunday, December 17

Christmas Eve Morning and Evening (6p.m.) Worship – Sunday, Dec. 24

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

December Consistory Calling Team is Tod V.W. and Brian W.

Flowers for December will be poinsettias.  You may help to purchase these by signing up BY DEC. 10  to sponsor plants, which can be taken after the Christmas Eve Service.

CONNECT:  Plan to join in the celebrating of Christmas fun this Weds!   Dinner is 5:30 p.m and the Church Christmas Party will follow. We have had GREAT attendance and fellowship in all ages.  Choir will resume that night at 8:00 p.m.!

Mission of the Month:  The ICRC Camp Grants will be our emphasis this month.

December Consistory Calling Team: Tod V. W. (627-8397) and Brian W. (490-7697).

Flowers for December will be poinsettias.  You may help to purchase these by signing up BY TODAY to sponsor plants, which can be taken after the Christmas Eve Service.

Mission of the Month:  The ICRC Camp Grants will be our emphasis this month.  Thanks to Daisy and Brian W. for our video today!

CONNECT:  There will be no CONNECT dinner or classes until we resume January 10.  Have a blessed Advent and Christmas!...

Painting Class, however, will be holding the last class of the year this Tuesday, the 12th, at 6:30p.m., so you can come there and make a fun painting to take home.

Staff Gift: The church as a whole gives each paid staff member a Christmas gift, so if you would like to contribute, please mark your check and put it in the offering. If any individual would like to do personal gift, that is also welcomed. 

Nursery volunteers NEEDED!  I’ve had people requesting to be taken off this service opportunity; if you are willing to help fill in the gaps, please sign up in the Family Life Center and write down how often you are willing to help. The families appreciate an opportunity to worship without distraction once in a while.  Thank you.

The 2018 Flower Calendar is posted in the Family Life Center. This is a great opportunity to honor a loved one or special occasion. Please note next to your name, or via an email/call to the office by Tuesday of the week you’ve chosen, if there is a particular dedication (and please print clearly to help the secretary).

Compassion Sponsorship:  Our young friend from Bangladesh, affectionately referred to as “Z”, will be receiving the children’s cards and pictures soon.  Please pray it brightens his Christmas celebration and the heart of his family and community.  We have no idea the impact of such simple gifts to someone who has nothing.

Siloam Church:  Our Brothers and Sisters have been blessed to be here and so very thankful for our openness to welcome them.

Eleanor N. wants to send a special thank you to the Burcham Small Group and others who have sent her cards, calls, visits and fellowship.  She may be waiting to meet her Savior, but you have made her life a bit of heaven on earth.         

Another Thank you from the H's:

It is with humble hearts that Pastor Rich and I thank all our ICRC family for your support the last few months.  Your prayers and encouraging words were a great help in keeping me calm and positive going into knee replacement surgery.  The dinners brought in were all tasty and kept from having Richard overloaded with my care.

It’s been 3 weeks now since surgery and the pain is lessening and I can walk without even a cane.  However, we covet your continued prayers as the sciatic pain and “sitting situation” has not gone away.  We do have a referral to U of M Neurology and hope to hear from them soon.

Thank you again for the cards and visits and food.  We have experienced the knee miracle and now wait for the next one.  God Bless!

Siloam Church:  Our Brothers and Sisters have been blessed to be here and so very thankful for our openness to welcome them.