December 16, 2012 Worship at 10:30am Sunday School at 9:00am (All ages)
God Together December 16, 2012 Prelude
Welcome & Ministry Opportunities Call to Worship (Nate Caldwell) Hymn of Praise * Opening Prayer (Pastor Cliff) Advent Candle Lighting (The Daly Family) Songs of Praise & Worship Morning Prayer (Jane Stevenson) Offering /Offertory Hymn of Preparation (Children are dismissed for Jr. Church )
Message (Pastor Cliff) Closing Hymn* Benediction Postlude * Please feel free to stand or be seated during the singing ** Junior Church is for children in grades pre-K - 4th grade in the Education wing. Age appropriate lessons, activities & snacks are provided. â€˘
Requests for a recording of today's service may be made immediately following the service at the media booth. The recordings can be picked up one week from the date of request at the booth. Podcasts of recent sermons are available on our website!
We welcome you to our worship service this morning and pray that you will be blessed in the presence of the Lord Jesus. It is our desire to glorify God as a community of Christ followers who love God, love people, and make disciples because Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus or have questions about your faith, please feel free to speak with Pastor Cliff, Pastor Phil or one of the Elders.
Communication Cards ~ please feel free to use these cards to ask for prayer or to update information.
If you are a visitor, we would like to have a record of your visit. Cards may be placed in the offering plate or given to an usher on your way out of the NOTE: The nursery will not be staffed during the Christmas Eve Service. It will be open if needed, but the staff will be spending time with their families. We invite your infants and toddlers to our nurseries where there is a competent staff waiting to care for them during the service. This Week (12/16): • • •
Crib: 9:00 - Brenda Mills Crib: 10:30 - Cindy Marshall, Tracie Dionne, Alise Dowling Toddlers: 10:30 - Chantelle Moon, Carly DeLeonardo
Next Week (12/23): • • •
Crib: No Sunday School Crib: 10:30 - Rachel King, Becca Kraines, Laura Benner Toddlers: 10:30 - Kim Switts, Megan Benner
*NOTE: The Financial Peace Class begins at 8:45am! (All other Sunday School classes start at 9am) Nursery Staff, please arrive no later than 8:40 so all parents can get to their class on time
The excited exuberance of children, the soft glow of candlelight, and melodic voices raised in the melodies of beloved Christmas carols is just part of the treasured tradition of our Christmas Eve service at East Glenville. The Word become flesh retold through Scripture and song is the setting of one of the most beautiful worship services of the year. On Monday evening, December 24, at 6:30pm, we will once again celebrate the most wonderful gift ever given to man, the birth of our Savior. Plan now to make this service a special part of your Christmas tradition. Invite family members, friends, and/or neighbors to come and celebrate Jesusâ€™ birth and experience the wonder.
Lifetouch photos are in! If you did not order a photo package, your free 8x10s have arrived and are waiting for you in the church office.
CITY MISSION-TOY STORE COLLECTION Each year, for 3 days in December, The Schenectady City Mission transforms itself into an amazing toy store. This is the place local families can come and Celebrate the Christmas season by selecting toys (free of charge) for their children. This year, our church family would like to participate by focusing on a toy collection for the teen boys and girls up to age 14. Items such as hair products, nail polish, fashion scarves, headphones, fashion bags, sports caps, footballs, basketballs, bath products, body spray etc. are welcomed. Be creative! Bring your items to the Giving Chest located in the Hall of Missions no later than Today and help us be a blessing to our community!
Media Requests Please contact our Media Ministry Leader, Steve Blais, (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any special media requests.
Please remember to continue to pray for our Pastoral Search Committee
The search committee is now working on compiling and reviewing survey results, creating church, community and historical profiles and exploring procedures we will use for connecting with pastoral candidates. We thank the congregation for your ongoing prayer support. The Youth Group is looking for large vehicles (SUVs, minivans) to borrow for their Winter Retreat to Stowe, Vermont - January 4th-6th. Please contact Nate Caldwell if you can provide Assistance. Thank you!
Mark Your Calendars! Dec 16 Dec 17 Dec 20 Dec 21 Dec 23 Dec 24 Dec 30 Jan 1 Jan 4-6 Jan 7 Jan 8 Jan 9
Sunday School—Caroling at Holyrood 6:30-8:30pm Youth Christmas Party @ Nate’s House Preschool Christmas Program (3yr olds) Preschool Christmas Program (4yr olds) 8pm-12am Youth End of the World Party No Sunday School/Youth Group 6:30pm *Christmas Eve Candlelight Service No Sunday School or Youth Group New Year’s Day—Office Closed Winter Youth Retreat Annual Report Deadline 6:45 p.m. Lose It For Life Board Meetings Wednesday Night Program Resumes
*Please note that the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service has been changed to 6:30 p.m. You will find that Church Matters has it occurring at 7pm which is no longer the case. Sorry for any confusion!
Weekly Finance Report: Weekly Budget: Tithes & Offerings:
$ 7,721 $ 7,189
PoinsettiaRemembrance Flowers Mr. & Mrs. William Harkness, In memory of Bob & Scott Harkness Nancy Jane Batten, In memory of Jane & Al Batten - beloved parents; In honor of Ron & Paula and Ellen Shaw Anonymous Ed & Nancy Snyder The Williams Family, In memory of Helen Wyatt Mark and Margaret Shaver, Thanks to God for family and friends Peg Shaver, in memory of George Shaver Ruth Ormsby In honor and remembrance of her sister, Patty Bullis Mr. & Mrs. Michael Williams, In memory of David Williams Cindy & Robb Marshall and Family, In memory of Sis Greg & Susie Bandy, In memory of our parents: Carol Milford and James Bandy The Flint Family In memory of Grace and Glen Flint The Cernik Family, In memory of Harry L. Darrow; In honor of Janet Smith Sonshine Singers & Salt and Light In honor of Melisa Olson for directing the childrenâ€™s choirs
Go to www.egcchurch.org and check out our new website! Thank You - Alex Crum and Steve Blais for dedicating so much time, energy, and creativity to the project!
Do you like to work with children? Do you want to be a part of teaching them about Jesus and His love for them? Are you a member of EGCC? We are looking for Junior Church teachers starting in the spring. The children are in two classes: 4 years old - 1st graders and 2nd -4th graders. The classes meet during the second half of the Sunday Worship Service. We would provide you with curriculum which includes activities as well as a Bible lesson. There is a rotating schedule, on which you would teach once every 5-6 weeks. This is a great way to serve our families at EGCC. Itâ€™s exciting to see children's enthusiasm and wonder as they learn about the God who loves them in an interactive setting. If you are interested in volunteering and/or have questions about this opportunity, please contact Susan Perregaux at 3847296.
Come and pray for our church and its leaders. We will meet in rooms 5 & 6 on the 2nd & 3rd Tuesdays of each month and pray for our church and its leaders while the Boards and Elders have their meetings.
The Wednesday Night Program will resume on January 9th, 2013
Stowe Mountain Winter Youth Retreat
We will be departing from the Grace Chapel parking lot (996 Main Street, Clifton Park) at 5pm on Friday, January 4th and returning to the same location on Sunday, January 6th at 10pm.
Middle School & High School h t u Yo stry ni i M
Sundays: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Growing Students into life-long followers of Christ
Tonight - Christmas party for the youth group held at Nate Caldwellâ€™s house (1401 Rt. 146 Rexford NY 12148) It will take the place of Youth group. It will be from 6:30-8:30. Please bring a piece of junk wrapped in Christmas paper (please do not spend any $ on this.) Bring a dish to share. Dec. 21 - The world is coming to an end and we are going to celebrate it by having an END OF THE WORLD PARTY. We will be meeting at Grace Chapel in Clifton Park (996 Main St.) at 8pm, and we will be going till midnight. It's for both Middle School and High School. Come on out and bring a friend. Jan 4th-6th Youth WINTER Retreat at Stowe Mountain.
Prayer Guide Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer. - Psalm 4:1 Praises • • •
The Christmas Musical and everyone in our church family who contributed to its success The Women’s Christmas Party Caleb Sloan’s successful completion of Marine Boot Camp and that his family/friends were able to make the trip to celebrate his graduation Our new website is up and running
Prayer Requests • • • • • • •
A Healthy Winter for our church family, friends and loved ones Church finances EGCC family’s & friends’ salvation Pray for EGCC, our Transition Team, Elder Board and Search Committee Send us into people’s lives to share God’s love in Christ through our witness Those who are unemployed, especially those who are a part of our church family The marriages and families within the church
Loved ones and friends who need our prayers… • • • •
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Comfort and peace for Barbara Harkness and family for the passing of her brother, Bob Caroline Briaddy, for relief from complications following a concussion Rain Rippel, pray for good test results and doctor’s wisdom Adrian Perregaux’s brother, Dave, for effective treatment of surgery and radiation for squamous cell skin cancer Linda, Co-worker of Kristen Capeci, reoccurrence of brain tumor Melissa Foti’s stepmother, Donna Hughes, for the recent loss of her niece Friends of Kris Brown: Robin who has upcoming heart surgery and Kelly who has upcoming surgery for breast cancer Leon, Kathy Kelly’s father, for healing from illness , and strength for Kathy’s mother Michelle Sloan, father diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. Pray treatment is effective and pain is relieved Ron Edwards, prayers for love & relationship with father and brothers Laura Shaver’s husband, Jason - ongoing health issues Latasha Thompson’s parents; health concerns Michelle Seydler, friend of Heather Briaddy, receiving chemo for breast cancer Ethlyn McCall, Heather Chevalier’s mom, relief from chronic pain (spinal stenosis & arthritis)
Serving Our Country & Community • • •
All active members of the military, the veterans, and all of their families Our President and National Leaders Our local leaders and government
Missions • •
Glen & Beverly Ewart, New York (IVCF) Joseph & Tamara Hill, Arizona (PIONEER)
Unfortunately, space limits the requests we can run continuously. Please continue to pray for those not appearing in this week’s bulletin. Please contact us if your prayer request needs to be updated.
Sermon Notes: Sermon: “Jesus Comes to the Home of a Publican” Scripture: Luke 19:1-10
I. Meet Zacchaeus
II. Zacchaeus Sought the Lord Diligently
III. Zacchaeus Received the Lord Joyfully
IV. Zacchaeus Followed the Lord Enthusiastically
Missionaries John & Melinda Bernard, South Carolina (UWM) Sharon Carlson, New York (IAM) Alex & Laura Crum, New York (WBT) Glen & Beverly Ewart, New York (IVCF) Joseph & Tamara Hill, Arizona (PIONEER) Paul & Nanette Holt, New York (IVCF) Rev. Ted & Diane Holzmann, Germany (TEAM) Alex & Fran Knauss, North Carolina (TWR) John & Gail Morris, Colorado (AOE) Cherie & Rick Vedder, New York (YFC) Gordon & Sara Williams, Wisconsin (WBT) Mark & Rae Wilson, Guinea (SIM)
General Outreach Conservative Congregational Christian Conference, East Glenville Christian Preschool, National Association of Evangelicals, Mekeel Christian School, Spa Christian School, Dorcas Society and Flannelgraph (EGCC), City Mission of Schenectady, Capital District Youth for Christ, Latham, NY
Retired Missionaries Paul & Grace Bartholomew (WBT), Claire Burford (BCM), Ruth Gibbs, North Carolina (SIM), Cliff & Melba Greene (WBT), Betty Hoffman (AWM), Rev. Michael & Athena Kantartjis (OC), Richard & Priscilla Mellen (WBT), Rev. Edwin & Sharon Pedersen (SAM), Natasha Poysti (RCR), Ardy Soules (ISI), Fred & Goldie Stoll (SIM), Chuck and Muriel Davis (AIM), Evie McNutt (MM)
Remember to pray for our missionaries and supported agencies daily
EGCC STAFF SERVING IN HIS NAME Rev. Phil Sears Assistant Pastor
Rev. Cliff Christensen Interim Senior Pastor Sandie Wanamaker Director of Worship Ministries
Nathan Caldwell Director of Student Ministries
Susan Perregaux Director of Childrenâ€™s Ministries
Gina Vendetti Administrative Assistant
ELDER BOARD Bill Switts, Chairman Greg Bandy Dave Brzozowski Jim Fischer Don Kraines Gary Williams
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