December 23, 2012 Worship at 10:30am Sunday School at 9:00am (All ages)
God Together December 23, 2012 Prelude
Welcome & Ministry Opportunities Call to Worship (Nate Caldwell) Hymn of Praise * Opening Prayer (Pastor Cliff) Advent Candle Lighting (The Drosdick Family) Songs of Praise & Worship Morning Prayer (Travis Phillips) 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 sanctuary. NOTE: The nursery will not be staffed during the Christmas Eve Service. 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 (12/23): • • •
Crib: No Sunday School Crib: 10:30 - Rachel King, Becca Kraines, Laura Benner Toddlers: 10:30 - Kim Switts, Megan Benner
Next Week (12/30): • • •
Crib: No Sunday School Crib: 10:30 - Sherri Benner, Kelly Fischer, Shelby Switzer Toddlers: 10:30 - Becky Blais & Katie Jahn
*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
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
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. Children are invited to attend as our nursery will be open for your use, but not staffed.
Mission Trip to Germany I want to invite you to join me on a Mission Trip next summer. For years I have heard about the wonderful things that God has been doing in the lives of teenagers in Germany who have attended English Camps. These 10 day camps offer a rare opportunity for teens, ages 13-17, the chance to practice their English and learn about Jesus. The camps are run by Teach Beyond and staffed by North American churches like ours. There are positions available for counselors, Bible teachers, worship leaders, cooks and activity coordinators. Teach Beyond provides training for all positions. All staff must be at least 19 years old. There are 2 sessions that still need staff: July 7-21 or July 21-Aug 4. I am available for either. I would love to see God raise up a team from EGCC to staff one of these sessions. Would you pray about joining me and being a part of what God is doing in Germany? I have brochures with more information. On January 6th at 12pm in CE room 1, weâ€™ll have a meeting for those interested in learning about the trip who might consider joining us. Please contact me if you are interested in being a part of this team or with any questions about it. Michelle Kraines at 399-6199 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Media Requests Please contact our Media Ministry Leader, Steve Blais, (email@example.com) if you have any special media requests.
Please remember to continue to pray for our Pastoral Search Committee
The search committee will be holding an informational meeting following the service on Sunday, January 13th.
SCHENECTADY CITY MISSION
Our hope is to once again bless our friends at the City Mission by collecting the following items throughout January: • Over the counter medication- to support the weekly clinic held at the Schenectady City Mission • Towels and Washcloths- to support the Men’s shelter at the Mission (these can be gently used) These items can be placed in the Giving Chest, located in the Hall of Missions. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Melissa Foti.
Mark Your Calendars! Dec 23 Dec 24 Dec 30 Jan 1 Jan 4-6 Jan 6
Jan 7 6:45pm Jan 8 Jan 9 Jan 11 Jan 13
6:30pm 9:00am 11:45am 6:30pm
No Sunday School/Youth Group *Christmas Eve Candlelight Service No Sunday School/Youth Group New Year’s Day—Office Closed Winter Youth Retreat Mission to Germany Meeting No Ignite Annual Report Deadline Lose It For Life Board Meetings Wednesday Night Program Resumes Church Matters Deadline SPARK Generation Change Search Committee Update Ignite
*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 $ 7,023
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!
3rd grade-5th grade students Friday Jan 11th, 2013 6:30-8pm in Buchanan Hall "Cookie
Decorating and Hot Chocolate"
Games, Bible lesson, activity, snack! Come and bring a friendâ€Ś $1 donation per child requested Contact Susan Perregaux, 384-7296
Lifetouch photos are in! If you did not order a photo package, your free 8x10s have arrived and are waiting for you in the Narthex.
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.
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!
th u o Y stry ni Middle School & High School i M THURSDAYS 7pm Youth Basketball
Sundays: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Growing Students into life-long followers of Christ
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 • • • •
Rain Rippel, good test results 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
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 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 • •
Paul & Nanette Holt, New York (IVCF) Rev. Ted & Diane Holzmann, Germany (TEAM)
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 Your Home” Scripture: Revelation 3:14-22
I. The Seven Churches of Revelation
II. The Church at Laodicea
III. The City of Laodicea
IV. The Verdict and the Hope
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
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! East Glenville Community Church 335 Saratoga Road Glenville, NY 12302 Office Phones: 399-3151, 399-3105 Fax: (518)399-0302 OFFICE HOURS 9:00 am- 2:00 pm Monday through Friday WEB SITE: www.egcchurch.org E-MAIL: Office: firstname.lastname@example.org Sandie: email@example.com
EGCC Christian Preschool 335 Saratoga Road, Glenville, NY 12302 Linda Wachtel, Director 518-399-6894 or firstname.lastname@example.org Conservative Congregational Christian Conference
We are affiliated with:
National Association of Evangelicals
The Last Advent Bulletin for 2012.