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calendar of events December 14, Sabbath Christmas Caroling, Youth Room, 4:00 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS (continued) Sligo Adventist School’s third Annual Christmas Craft Fair and small business showcase will be held tomorrow, December 15 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Come shop and share in the holiday spirit with your school and community! Vendor space is available for $35 a table! Call 301.434.1417 for more information. To help Adventist women around the world attend college, come visit the “World Market” booth (unusual donated items from around the world) at the Sligo School Craft Fair, Sunday, December 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All proceeds go to the GCWM program, “Scholarshipping Our Sisters.” Adult Sabbath School Teachers needed: If you wish to serve as an Adult Sabbath School teacher, please fill in one of our information cards to indicate this. Alternatively, please email Pr. McFarlane at email@example.com Bulletin Information Deadline is Monday evening! E-mail information to: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is probably no more exciting time in the life of a husband and wife than the December 15, Sunday birth of their first child. There is something Adult SS Brunch & Training, Fellowship Hall A, 10:00 a.m. very special about the birth experience that December 16, Monday brings with it a feeling of joy and hope. But Regeneration Ministries, Office Conf. Room, 7:00 p.m. this feeling is not simply limited to the birth SAS Christmas Craft Fair, SAS Gym, 11:00 a.m. of a child, for there is a sense of hope and expectation that accompanies any birth; whether it is the birth of a child, an December 17, Tuesday idea or even the birth of a nation. As we continue to celebrate Prayer Gathering, Sanctuary, 7:00 p.m. the season of the Advent here at Sligo, we do so with the December 18, Wednesday understanding and amazement of the incredible duality that we find in the birth of Jesus. Not only was He the firstborn of Sligo Ringers, SAS - Room 114, 7:00 p.m. Mary and Joseph, but clothed within His birth lies the hope of Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room, 7:30 p.m. a nation and the entire world.
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Pathfinder Fundraiser: Sligo Challengers are headed to the International Camporee in Oshkosh Wisconsin and we are kicking off our fundraising with the return of Pathfinder Candy. You can taste samples of our hand made gourmet candies and chocolates in the Atrium today. Orders will be taken today. Candy will be ready for pick up the weekend of December 21st. Please help us meet our goal of $38,000. For more information contact Pr. Lopez at email@example.com or Darrell Milam at firstname.lastname@example.org
DECEMBER 7, 2013
Christmas Caroling this evening, December 14, from 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Join our Youth along with your families in the Youth Room at 4:00 p.m. as we minister to our neighbors! Prayer Room, Friday December 20, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Youth Room. Join us as we fellowship and develop a closer relationship with God.
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SABBATH, DECEMBER 21 Church Service, Sanctuary, 8:45 & 11:15 a.m., Sligo Underground, Youth Room, 11:15 a.m., (Youth Service) Crossroads, WAU Activity Center, 11:15 a.m., (Young Adult Service) Mizo Service, Office Chapel, 11:15 a.m.
CHILDREN & YOUTH
• The Bible is the inspired word of God and our only rule of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). • Jesus Christ is the Divine Son of God and our personal Savior from sin by grace through faith. (John 1:1-3; Ephesians 2:8). • Having been saved, followers of Jesus live in obedience to Him by observing the Ten Commandments. (Exodus 20: 1-17; John 14:15). • The Sabbath – the seventh day of the week- established by God at creation and honored by Jesus in His earthly ministry, is to be observed by the followers of Jesus. (Exodus 20:8-11; 1 Peter 2:21). • Jesus is coming back to earth personally and visibly to raise the righteous dead and give His faithful children of all ages immortality in an earth made new. (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; Revelation 22:12; 21:1-3). • Our love for God is demonstrated primarily by our love for our fellowmen. (1 John 4:20; Matthew 25:34-40)
CHURCH BUDGET: This offering pays for the outreach and
nurture ministries of the church and the church school, along with necessary expenses such as utilities and maintenance of the church building. Last Year: Nov.Online Dec. 8 Dec. 8 YTD
$ 7,998.54 $ 7,489.34 $ 492,316.35
at worship THE CHURCH
This Year: Nov. Online $ 10,623.09 Dec. 7 $ 6,603.77 Dec. 7 YTD $ 510,317.79
BUDGET FOR DECEMBER 7 YTD: $ 567,246.00
Media Projects: Dec. 7 $ 1,440.00 Total Raised $ 23,873.41 Goal $45,000.00 Needed $ 21,126.59 Tithe: All of these funds are sent to the Potomac Conference. November 2013 contributions are $ 242,010.49 November 2012 contributions are $ 193,549.89 Today’s designated offering goes to Adventist Community Services/WB. Loose offering goes to Church Budget.
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directory PHONE: 301.270.6777 EMERGENCY: 301.980.1009 FAX: 301.270.3518 WEBSITE: www.sligochurch.org Domestic Violence Hotline: 240.777.4000 SENIOR PASTOR Charles A. Tapp, ext. 126
PASTOR FOR ADMINISTRATIVE & ADULT MINISTRIES Don McFarlane, ext. 116 email@example.com PASTOR FOR CONGREGATIONAL CARE Debbie Eisele, ext. 127 firstname.lastname@example.org PASTOR FOR MEDIA AND OUTREACH Paolo Esposito, ext. 136
PASTOR FOR YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS Pranitha Fielder, ext. 119 email@example.com PASTOR FOR CHILDREN & FAMILY MINISTRIES Gerardo Lopez, ext. 122 firstname.lastname@example.org PASTOR FOR WORSHIP Cheryl Wilson-Bridges, ext. 123
HEAD ELDER Erwin Mack 301.434.1622
7700 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912 I 301.270.6777
a seventh-day adventist church The Washington Adventist University Church
OUR MISSION We s eek to g row passi onate d i sc i pl es of J es us th ro ugh wor shi p of God , nur ture of o ne a noth er,and outreach to the worl d .
THE CHURCH AT STUDY
THE CHURCH AT WORSHIP we gather in his name
SANCTUARY – 8:45 A.M. AND 11:15 A.M.
Postlude Long Time Ago in Bethlehem / arr. David Campbell
Charles A. Tapp
Adult Sabbath School SANCTUARY – 10:00 A.M.
*Hymn of Praise Joy to the World / No. 125 Prayer
Bryan Abel +Cezary Jednaszewski
Anthem O Holy Night +Gesu Bambino / arr. David Campbell *Advent Candle Lighting
Abel Family +Jednaszewski Family
we reflect +Baby Dedication Naomi Larmie
Scripture Matthew 1:18-21 (KJV)
Jazmin Abel +Abigail Jednaszewski
+Music for Meditation O Holy Night Sermon The Birth of Hope
Theme Song The Wonders of Redeeming Love Scripture & Prayer
Manuel Rosette & Marion Hudson, deacon & deaconess on duty
Invitation to Give
Charles A. Tapp
Offertory Go Tell it on the Mountain / arr. David Campbell
we go to serve *Hymn of Reflection We Have This Hope / No. 214
Leading our music today are: Victor Phillips Jr., organist Jon Gilbertson, chorister Carole Dorlipo, soloist Jessica Jamieson, accompanist Footnotes: Cezary, Carol, Seth, Abigail and Malina Jednaszewski Cezary and Carol met in Poland and have been married for more than 21 years. They were married right here at Sligo Church. Carol is a many generation Adventist - her great great great grandfather was John Byington the first GC president. Cezary is the first Adventist in his family. Abby and Seth attend Sligo school. Family activities they enjoy include visiting nature centers, and walking at Great Falls. When Bryan Abel met Jazmin, he noticed something special about her and realized it was her faith! Following in-depth studies and baptism, they were married at Sligo Church on May 27, 2012. Calia was added to the family on June 16, 2013 and was dedicated here in October, 2013. The family enjoys singing songs together on Sabbath evenings and are currently enjoying a daily devotional, “Streams in the Desert” by L.B. Cowman.
Charles A. Tapp
*Congregation is standing Congregation is kneeling where possible + 11:15 service only
+Song of Gathering Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee / No. 12 Welcome and Church Life Gerry Lopez +Debbie Eisele we honor and praise him
Prelude Ukranian Bell Carol / arr. David Campbell
OUR LIFE TOGETHER
Advent Calendar/We Have This Hope Thursday, December 19 Sligo Adventist School Christmas Concert Sligo Adventist School Gym, 7:00 p.m. Sabbath, December 21 A Celebration of Christmas Sanctuary, 8:45 & 11:15 a.m. Sabbath, December 28 Speaker: Charles A. Tapp / We Have This Hope Sanctuary, 8:45 & 11:15 a.m.
Mission Feature Lesson Study Class Leaders Our Prophetic Message Benediction & Offering
Zelma Edwards, pianist
Let us hear from you! To write the pastors a note, make a prayer request, or inquire about becoming a member of Sligo Church, please use a card from the hymnal rack. ANNOUNCEMENTS Simple Truths for Life: Sligo’s Radio Ministry, can be heard each Sabbath morning from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. on WGTS 91.9 FM. Listen with a friend, then invite them to come to church in person at 11:15 a.m. We hold in prayer those who: Have lost loved ones: Castro, Cox, Obi & Job families Request healing: Mary Peters, Carol Hammond, Poleta Hutchinson & Hisnelle Phillpotts Message from Ann Gray: Heartfelt thanks, Sligo, for your tremendous support of my family and me as we grieve for Roland. Sanctuary flowers are from the Hostens and Lorna DeLancy in celebration of Carmen Lynch’s 96th birthday! *If you would like to enhance the beauty of our worship by providing flowers, please contact Flor Balay at the Church Office, 301.270.6777, ext. 114.
litany for advent candlelighting We light this candle as a sign of the coming light of Christ, coming again to reign in glory. Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice! Keep awake, therefore, and be ready. The Lord is coming at an unexpected hour. The kingdom of heaven has come near. Go and tell what you have seen and heard: The virgin will conceive and bear a son, And they shall name him Emmanuel, God with us. Prepare the way of the Lord!
Nominating Report (second reading): Adult Sabbath School Associate Superintendents: James Gulley and Lidija Plantak Children’s Sabbath School Superintendent: Margaret Grant Sligo Adventist School Board: Gerald Thompson Blood Pressure Screening, sponsored by the Health Action Team, will be held in the Atrium from 10:00 to 11:15 a.m. today. Sabbath School Lesson Orientation: Dan Solis, the author of next quarter’s lesson on discipleship, will be meeting with our Sabbath School teachers and leaders tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in Fellowship Room A. Those who are interested to serve as Sabbath School teachers are welcome to attend. A scrumptious meal will be served. Treasurer’s Note: Many of you will be giving your year-end offerings in the month of December. There are several ways that you can give in addition to your giving at church. You may contribute through our on-line giving, or if you prefer, by mail, but it must be post-marked by December 31. You can also put your giving envelope in the church office Mail Slot during the week. Thank you for your faithfulness in giving your tithe and for supporting your local church by giving liberally and systematically to the Church Budget.