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We will g lorif y G od by be i n g i n creasi n g ly tran sfo rmed i nto the l i keness of C hri s t

our life together

ANNOUNCEMENTS (continued) Winter Haven Emergency Shelter for women and children returns to Sligo December 18 - 31. Contact Dr. Donna Robinson at 240.888.6775 if you wish to donate winter items. Financial contributions can be made online at <> Sligo church is looking for families who will devote one hour per week for Bible studies, to be held in their home. We are especially looking for families with one or two neighbors or friends that could attend the study. Studies will begin the last week in January. Sligo church will provide the Discussion Leader for each group. For more information call Pastor Castillio at 301.270.6777, ext. 136 Eat Chocolate. Pathfinder Candy is back for the holidays - it tastes great and makes a wonderful gift. Stop in the Atrium today to place your order and help out the kids. Orders must be placed by December 10 and will be available for pick up on December 17. For more information email <> YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS

Welcome to Sligo! Today is the first Sabbath of the Advent season. Advent symbolizes the present situation of the church in these “last days” as God’s people wait for December 3, Saturday the return of Christ in glory to consummate his eternal Young Adults GLOW, Memorial Chapel, 9:30 a.m. kingdom. At the end of the Old Testament, Israel, in Sligo Underground, Youth Room, 11:15 a.m. much the same way waited with great expectation for the coming of the Messiah. As Israel looked back to God’s gracious acts December 4, Sunday of leading them out of bondage from Egypt into the Land of Promise, 55+ Club Christmas Brunch & Potluck, Fellowship Hall A, they looked to their redeemer to again act on their behalf, but this time 10:00 a.m. in the person of the promised Messiah. Now again, during this season of Advent the church looks back to this great event of Christ’s coming December 5, Monday in the form of a babe, while at the same time looking forward with Regeneration Ministries, Office Conference Room, 7:30 p.m. great expectation to the Savior’s second advent when He shall come to take the redeemed home with Him. The theme that we selected to December 7, Wednesday celebrate this special season is, “The Light of His Glory” with today’s Prayer Gathering, Sanctuary, 7:00 p.m. message, “Hold Up the Light.” - Charles A. Tapp (or by phone: 949.229.4400 Pin:4997774#, 7:35 p.m.)

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MISCELLANEOUS Bulletin information deadline is Monday evening! E-mail information to: <> Sunset: Sabbath celebration ends today at 4:46 p.m. and commences on Friday, December 9 at 4:46 p.m. Sligo Live: If you have a story, a subject or an individual that you would like to see featured on Sligo Live, please contact Pastor McFarlane at <> or 301.270.6777, ext. 116 *Consent To Use Photographic Images: Sligo SDA Church films all worship services. Attendance at, or participation in Sligo worship services constitutes an agreement by the participant to Sligo’s use and distribution of the attendee’s image, voice, or likeness in photos, video, electronic reproduction and audio tapes of such activities. Follow us now on Facebook and Twitter

at worship THE CHURCH

Summary of our Beliefs worship schedule SABBATH, December 10, Communion Sabbath Church Service, Sanctuary, 8:45 & 11:00 a.m. Speaker: Charles A. Tapp Mizo Service, Office Chapel, 11:00 a.m. Kerala Church, WAU Richards Hall, 10:00 a.m.

profile of giving - November 26

CHURCH BUDGET: This offering pays for the outreach and

Paintballing: Join us for our Youth Social on Sunday, December 4. We will be leaving the church at 10:00 a.m. and anticipate a return at 4:00 p.m. The cost will be $25, plus additional money needed for lunch or personal use. Come join us for a day of fun and adventure.


nurture ministries of the church and the church school, along with necessary expenses such as utilities and maintenance of the church building. Last Year: This Year: Nov. 28 $ 10,012 Nov. 26 $ 12,933 Nov. 28 YTD $507,400 Nov. 26 YTD $479,817 BUDGET FOR NOVEMBER 26 YTD: $508,863

Budget Booster: Nov. 26 YTD $ 12,402


Church Building Improvement: Greenwood Avenue Entrance Women’s Bathrooms Nov. 26 YTD $ 71,717 Total Raised

$ 30,000

• 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).

CHRIST FIRST D E C E M B E R 3 , 2 016 8:45 & 11:00 A.M.

directory PHONE: 301.270.6777 EMERGENCY: 301.980.1009 FAX: 301.270.3518 WEBSITE: Domestic Violence Hotline: 240.777.4000 SENIOR PASTOR Charles A. Tapp, ext. 126



Atrium Roof and Skylight: Total Raised $ 91,052 Goal $350,000 Needed $ 258,948 Outstanding Pledges $29,927.02 Tithe: All of these funds are sent to the Potomac Conference. Last Year: This Year: Nov. 28 $ 49,978 Nov. 26 $ 47,301 Nov. 21 YTD $2,165,764 Nov. 26 YTD $2,215,864 2016 Goal $2,800,000 Remaining Goal $ 584,136 Today’s designated offering goes to Local Church Budget. Loose offering goes to Church Budget.


PASTOR FOR DISCIPLESHIP & CONGREGATIONAL CARE Pranitha Fielder, ext. 127 PASTOR FOR YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS Joseph Khabbaz, ext. 119 PASTOR FOR CHILDREN & FAMILY MINISTRIES Gerardo Lopez, ext. 122 PASTOR FOR MEDIA & OUTREACH Richard Castillo, ext. 136 PASTOR FOR WORSHIP Cheryl Wilson-Bridges, ext. 123

The Washington Adventist University Church


HEAD ELDER Erwin Mack 301.434.1622

HEAD DEACON Manuel Rosette 301.370.1255

HEAD DEACONESS Marion Hudson 301.980.1862

7700 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912 I 301.270.6777

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 .



we gather in his name

we go to serve

SANCTUARY – 8:45 A.M. AND 11:00 A.M.

*Hymn of Reflection I’d Rather Have Jesus / No. 327

Prelude O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright / James Mansfield +Concerto for Trumpet and Strings, Allegro / Johann Baptiste Neruda +Song of Gathering O How I Love Jesus / No. 248 Sligo Live Advent 2016

Richard Castillo

Welcome & Church Life +Baptism Victoria Audrey Browning

Pranitha Fielder Gerry Lopez

we honor and praise him *Hymn of Praise Hark the Herald Angels Sing / No. 122  Prayer

Bernie Lajoie

Anthem Angels We Have Heard on High +Rejoice and Sing! / John Rutter *Advent Candle Lighting Hylton family we reflect

+Children’s Message

Gerry Lopez

Scripture Dan Conway Matthew 5:13-16 (NKJV) +Music for Meditation The Virgin’s Cradle Song Suo-gân / arr. J. Bingham Sermon Hold Up the Light Invitation to Give

Charles A. Tapp

Charles A. Tapp

Offertory Open The Eyes of My Heart / Paul Baloche +Suite No. 4, Fourth Movement / Ottorino Respighi



Adult Sabbath School SANCTUARY – 10:00 A.M.

Charles A. Tapp

Postlude Jubilations on Adeste Fidelis / Kenneth Logan +Carol Sing! / John Leavitt

Song Service

*Congregation is standing  Congregation is kneeling where possible + 11:00 service only

Welcome & Prayer

Sylvan Coke & Jamie Trefz, deacon & deaconess on duty Leading our music today are: Paul Byssainthe, Jr., organist Vernon Rogers, chorister Duawne Starling, vocalist Columbia Collegiate Chorale of Washington Adventist University James Bingham, director Jose Oviedo, trumpet Denique Isaac, soprano New England Youth Ensemble of Washington Adventist University Preston Hawes, director

Theresa Garza 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.

Theme Song I Know Whom I Have Believed / No. 511 Yuri Tomenko

Special Music Mission Spotlight


Lesson Study The Wrath of Elihu Prayer

Lauren Lombard

Yuri Tomenko

Norman Martin, pianist

Footnotes: Dan Conway is the Director of Transportation at the German School in Potomac, MD. A lifelong Sligo member, he enjoys playing basketball and softball. Dan lives in Laurel with his wife, Tammie, and daughter, Danielle.

Duawne Starling, is a singer, composer, and author, who describes himself as a simple man with a passion for God, family, and ministry. Starling released his debut solo CD, “Inside Out,” in 2004 and his sophomore solo CD, “Deeper Faith,” in December of 2015. When asked what faith means to him, he responded, “Faith is not so much defined as it is experienced.”

n e x t w e e k , h e r e a t S l i g o . . . Next week here at Sligo, Pr. Tapp will preach his second Advent sermon on the theme, “The Light of His Glory.” Music will be provided by the Washington Adventist University Band and WAU vocalist, Giulia Bratosin.

Prayer Requests Families of these deceased: Mercedes Singleton Mitchell, Luther Robert Palmer, Jr. & Jesse Cooley For healing and comfort: Dorothy Dorsey & Ponnamma Mark Congratulations to Erwin and Sylvia Mack, who celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary this week! Communion rehearsal takes place today, following the 11:00 a.m. service. Members of the diaconate are invited to be present. Please meet by the platform at approximately 15 minutes following the close of the worship service.

Kenrie, Kathia, Karissa and Konnor Hylton hail from the island of Jamaica. Kenrie and Kathia have worked with the church throughout their careers and as a family, they aspire to be a blessing to others as they journey through life. Bernie Lajoie is a junior at Washington Adventist University, double majoring in Counseling Psychology and Pastoral Ministry. He enjoys reading books on history, autobiographies, fantasy, and the Bible. Bernie loves to sing, listen to music, cook Haitian foods, exercise and play soccer.

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 friends, then invite them to come to church in person at 11:00 a.m. Download past episodes or subscribe to future episodes for free from Simple Truths for Life by Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church from the iTunes Store. You can also go to simpletruthsforlife. org/podcast

sabbath devotional

1st Advent Candle Lighting: 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! Prepare the way of the Lord!

JESUS PROJECT: Desire of Ages, Chapter 54, Dec. 4 - Dec. 10

Holy Communion will be celebrated next Sabbath, December 10, in both the first and second services. The Communion service, a celebration of our freedom from sin, is one of the highlights of our church life. If you know anyone who needs to have communion brought to his or her home, please contact Erwin Mack at 301.434.1622 or Pr. Fielder at 301.270.6777, ext. 127 Budget Booster: Please give extra to our budget through the Budget Booster. Our goal this year is $30,000. In faith, we allocated more for our ministries at Sligo. Thank you in advance for your generosity and for your continued support of the needs here at your local church. Treasurer’s Note: Many of you will be giving your year-end offerings in the month of December. There are several ways in which you can give in addition to your giving at church. You may contribute through our on-line giving (Go to <www.sligochurch. org> and click on GIVE and choose one of the options). 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.

December 3, 2016  

Sligo Church Bulletin

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