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December Worship

December 7- Second Sunday in Advent- Communion- The Candle of Peace

Sermon:  Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Scripture:  Isaiah 40: 1-11 God Comforts the People; Mark 1: 1-8 John the Baptist Prepares the Way

Hymns:  Blessed Be the God of Israel 209; Comfort Now My People 87; Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus 82; Creator of the Stars of Night 84; Communion Invitation

December 14- Third Sunday in Advent- The Candle of Joy- New Members Received- Pageant- All Church Brunch

Sermon:  Getting the Message Right

Scripture:  Isaiah 61:  1-4, 8-11 God Delivers the People; John 1: 6-8, 19-28 John’s Baptismal Identity

Hymns:  O Come, O Come Emmanuel 211; On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry 96; O Lord, How Shall I Meet You? 104

December 21- Fourth Sunday in Advent- The Candle of Love- Delivery of our Angel Tree Gifts

Sermon:  Something to Sing About

Scripture:  Luke 1: 26-38 Mary’s Magnificat; Psalm 27 Wait for the Lord

Hymns:  Angels from the Realms of Glory 220; Angels We Have Heard on High 238; The First Noel 245

December 24- Christmas Eve- 7:30 p.m. Wednesday- The Christ Candle Completes our Advent Wreath

Sermon:  New Beginnings

Scripture:  Isaiah 9: 2-7 The People in Darkness See a Great Light; Luke 2 Jesus’ Birth

Hymns: O Come All Ye Faithful; It Came Upon a Midnight Clear; Away in a Manger; What Child Is This?; Break Forth O Beauteous Light; Silent Night; Joy to the World; Peace, Peace

December 28- First Sunday of Christmas- Christ’s Story Continues in Our Stories

Sermon:  Sermon will be given by the Rev. Dr. James L. Harring

Scripture:  Isaiah 61: 10- 62: 3 God Sends a Savior; Luke 2: 22-40 Jesus is Presented in Temple

Hymns:  Hark the Herald Angels Sing 240; Good Christian Friends, Rejoice 224; Joy to the World, the Lord is Come

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Angel Tree Ministry

The Church of Christ Uniting is again a proud participant in the Angel Tree Ministry (ATM) program.  This partnership with Prison Fellowship Ministry gives us the opportunity to comfort and minister to children having a parent who is in prison at the Christmas season.

On the first Sunday of Advent, November 27, a Christmas tree will be on display in the Narthex decorated with angel ornaments listing the names, ages, sizes, and Christmas gift wishes of these children.  We invite you to select one (or more) of the angels from the tree, as you are able, and purchase at least one gift of $20 to $25 for each child.  The goal of the Angel Tree organizers is to serve every eligible child and, as a result, they have reduced the minimum from two gifts to one.  However, let your conscience be your guide on the number of gifts you purchase.

When you select your angel, please remember to complete the attached white contact angel form with your name, phone number and the angel’s code and leave it in the basket provided next to the tree.  Attach the yellow angel form to the gift.  If you purchase more than one gift, please group your gifts together and put the child’s name and code on each package.  The wrapped gifts should be left under the tree in the Narthex on Sunday, December 14, and no later than Friday, December 19, at 12:00 noon.  We are also looking for volunteers to help deliver the gifts.  Please call the church office at (570)288-8434 if you are interested in helping.

Please join in for a rewarding experience of joy.

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Annual Tree Trim

The Annual Church of Christ Uniting Tree Trim will be held Sunday, November 30th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Please join us in making ornaments and decorations for the tree that will decorate fellowship hall during the advent season.  Enjoy time with the congregation and local community while enjoying pizza and refreshments.

You will also be able to have a family picture taken to be used in an ornament.  And we will be working on tie blankets to be given as gifts to the Catherine McAuley House.

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Night in Bethlehem

Sunday, December 9, 5-7pm

Visitors of all ages visit A Night in Bethlehem to experience what it was like on the night of Jesus’ birth. Participants wear period costumes and tour Bethlehem’s shops and stable. Admission and all activities are free, with light refreshments provided.

Stations

The Bethlehem Village Entrance
Build excitement long before visitors actually see the shops and smell the baking bread! As guests approach your building, they’ll hear festive music and the buzz of a bustling village.

The Registration Station
Each family or group receives a photo keepsake, along with a Family-Time Devotions booklet that’s packed with easy, faith-building activities that families will love doing.

The Marketplace Shops

Welcome to an unforgettable experience — exploring the busy Marketplace in Bethlehem. Here, guests might create a toy top, craft a laurel wreath, or design an authentic Roman bulla. Each experience helps guests better understand what life was like when Jesus was born.

* Metalworking Shop
* Wreath Shop
* Scribe Shop
* Carpentry Shop
* Pottery Shop
* Bakery
* Leatherworking Shop
* Candy Shop
* Painting Shop
* Stonemason Shop

The Stable
An excited group of shepherds will lead groups of guests to the stable, where guests can interact with a very special — but weary — couple and their newborn. This isn’t your typical “living Nativity” because guests will talk with Joseph and Mary, ask them what it was like to stay in a stable, and discover that God used regular people to fulfill his promise. What a remarkable reminder of God’s amazing love for us!

We will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Al Beech West Side Food Pantry at Night in Bethlehem.  If you are able please bring an item to donate to the pantry.

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Annual Tree Trim

December 2, 2012 — 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.

  • Make ornaments and decorations for the tree that will decorate Fellowship Hall during advent
  • Enjoy time with the congregation and local community
  • Have a family picture taken and receive a family project to create
  • Enjoy pizza and refreshments

We will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Al Beech West Side Food Pantry. If you are able please bring an item to donate to the pantry.

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Christmas Eve and Christmas Service

Please make Church of Christ Uniting part of your family Christmas traditions as we celebrate Jesus’ birth. All are welcome to participate in the worship services, whether you’re a longtime member, occasional attendee, or first-time visitor. Enjoy this time of fellowship with our church community this weekend.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7:30pm

Order of Worship (pdf)

Christmas Day Communion Service at 10:00am

*Please note that although the nursery is closed on Christmas Day, children and infants of all ages are encouraged to worship with their family and friends in the sanctuary.

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December 2011 Worship Schedule

DECEMBER WORSHIP

December 4 The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated

Scripture

Psalm 85; Mark 1: 1-8 John the Baptist prepares the way

Sermon

One step back, in order to take two steps forward…

Hymns

Blessed be the God of Israel
I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates

December 11 The Annual Christmas Pageant and Brunch

Scripture

Psalm 126 John 1: 6-8, 19-28 True Light in our Darkness

Hymns

O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
Away in a Manger
The Friendly Beasts

December 18 The Anthracite Brass prelude

Scripture

Psalm 89 Luke 1: 26-38 Mary’s Song of Praise

Sermon

Bearers of the Promise

Hymns

The First Noel
Angels from the Realms of Glory
Angels We Have Heard on High
Hark, the Herald Angels Sing

December 24 Christmas Eve – Worship at 7:30pm

Lessons, Carols, and Candlelight

Hymns

O Come, All Ye Faithful
O Little Town of Bethlehem
What Child Is This
It Came upon a Midnight Clear
Silent Night, Holy Night

December 25 Christmas Day!

Holy Communion served at the rail

Sermon

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace

Hymns

Joy to the World
Sing We Now of Christmas
While Shepherds Watched their Flocks by Night
Good Christian Friends, Rejoice
Of the Father’s Love Begotten

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Night in Bethlehem

Sunday, December 4, 2-4pm

Visitors of all ages visit A Night in Bethlehem to experience what it was like on the night of Jesus’ birth. Participants wear period costumes and tour Bethlehem’s shops and stable. Admission and all activities are free, with light refreshments provided.

Stations

The Bethlehem Village Entrance
Build excitement long before visitors actually see the shops and smell the baking bread! As guests approach your building, they’ll hear festive music and the buzz of a bustling village.

The Registration Station
Each family or group receives a photo keepsake, along with a Family-Time Devotions booklet that’s packed with easy, faith-building activities that families will love doing.

The Marketplace Shops

Welcome to an unforgettable experience — exploring the busy Marketplace in Bethlehem. Here, guests might create a toy top, craft a laurel wreath, or design an authentic Roman bulla. Each experience helps guests better understand what life was like when Jesus was born.

* Metalworking Shop
* Wreath Shop
* Scribe Shop
* Carpentry Shop
* Pottery Shop
* Bakery
* Leatherworking Shop
* Candy Shop
* Painting Shop
* Stonemason Shop

The Stable
An excited group of shepherds will lead groups of guests to the stable, where guests can interact with a very special — but weary — couple and their newborn. This isn’t your typical “living Nativity” because guests will talk with Joseph and Mary, ask them what it was like to stay in a stable, and discover that God used regular people to fulfill his promise. What a remarkable reminder of God’s amazing love for us!

Volunteers are still needed for various stations! Please contact Karen Lindsey at rk.linds12@gmail.com if you are interested in helping or if you have any questions.

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Night in Bethlehem Meeting (11-15-11)

                                        

A meeting to plan and prepare the Night in Bethlehem program will be held on Tuesday, November 15, at 7 p.m. in Lukens Lounge off of Fellowship Hall.   The Night in Bethlehem program will be on Sunday, December 4 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Fellowship Hall at Church of Christ Uniting.  Anyone interested in helping is welcome to attend.  For information contact Karen Lindsay at 287-9964.

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Annual Tree Trim (upated 11/21)

Free and open to the public, for all ages.

Sunday, November 28, 5-7pm.

Please celebrate the start of the Christmas season at Church of Christ Uniting’s Annual Tree Trim!

Friends and families will gather in Fellowship Hall to create beautiful, unique, handmade ornaments and crafts – some to take home, some to give to local missions, and some to display on the church tree until New Year’s Day.

Light refreshments served, all materials provided.

Announcement for COCU members (UPDATED 11/21)

Work off those extra Thanksgiving calories! Five able-bodied men are needed to join Charlie Dancheck in the raising and lighting of the Christmas Tree in Fellowship Hall at 10am on Friday, November 26.

photo by Fred Adams, The Times Leader. Reprinted with permission.

We are still accepting:

  • Cardboard tubes such as paper towel rolls and frozen juice cans
  • Home & garden magazines
  • Empty thread spools
  • Candy – Life Savers, Rolos, candy canes

Please place donated items in designated Tree Trim Box in Fellowship Hall.  Thank you!

If you would like to bring veggie/fruit or cookie trays and bottled drinks, please contact Laine Little by Sunday, November 21.

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Adult Sunday School for November

Classes held in Lukens Lounge, 1st Floor of the Educational Building, beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Enjoy some refreshments in Fellowship Hall following worship and then come to class for some spiritual refreshment.

ALL ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THESE CLASSES

NEW DVD SERIES FOR ADVENT – “A Savior is Born with Pete Briscoe”

It’s one of the most familiar stories in human history: The birth of Jesus in a lowly manger in Bethlehem.
A Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

Yet, can we prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of our Savior in our frantic, consumer-driven society?
How do we make sure the Christmas Holiday remains a Holy Day?

Video Preview and Free Downloadable pdf Workbook available from bluefishtv.com

No Class on November 7 – Stewardship Brunch

or November 14 – Annual Meeting

November 21 – “Hope”

Presenter: Jim Kersey

November 28 – “Peace”

Presenter: Dr. Michael Little

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Christmas Poinsettias Orders

Under the direction of the Altar Guild, poinsettias will be placed in the sanctuary on Sunday, December 19, 2010. They will remain in the sanctuary for the Christmas Eve Service on Friday, December 24, 2010. You may pick up your poinsettias after that service.

Donors will be listed in the bulletins for both services. The cost of each plant is $7.00. Window arrangements are $30.00 and will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. The deadline for flower orders is Sunday, December 5, 2010. In order to accommodate the bulletin deadline, no late orders will be accepted. Payment must accompany your order.

Please make your check payable to COCU Altar Guild. Orders may be placed after worship or by mail with Carol Johnson or Barbara Swanson. Please do not mail order forms to the church office.

Poinsettia Order Form

IN HONOR OF ___________________________________________________
___________________________________________________
IN MEMORY OF ___________________________________________________
___________________________________________________
GIVEN BY ___________________________________________________
AMOUNT ENCLOSED $_________________________
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Christmas Giving to Those in Need

Please prayerfully consider how you can help our community this Christmas. Here are some opportunities that COCU is sponsoring:

2009 CHRISTMAS BASKET PROGRAM – A member of the Church and Community Ministry Team will be in the Narthex on Sunday to accept your donations in support of the Christmas Food Baskets which will be distributed to 75 needy families on December 18. A $15.00 donation will buy a $15.00 gift certificate to be used toward the purchase of perishable food items. The total cost of the certificates for 75 families is $1,125.00. Will you please help us reach our goal? Donations can also be mailed to the Church office. Please make your checks payable to COCU and marked “Christmas Baskets.” Additionally, food items are needed – Canned potatoes (sweet and white), cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, and candy canes. Please bring your donations to the stage in Fellowship Hall or the Narthex. Thank you for your participation in this wonderful ministry. (Contact: Mike Little)

EARLY HEAD START CHRISTMAS – DECEMBER 7 – FELLOWSHIP HALL Contributions of books (from Dollar store) for children –infant to 3 years – and cookies needed. Please place cookies and books in church office on December 7. THANK YOU. (Contact: Mike Little)

Donations of Clean, Warm Winter Wear and Blankets are Needed!!! If you have extra gloves, hats, scarves, jackets, coats, blankets (anything that would keep someone warm that is exposed to the cold for long periods of time) please drop them off into the large barrel in Fellowship Hall. Donations will be given to places like V.I.S.I.O.N. and Ruth’s Place to keep men and women warm this winter. Any donation would be greatly appreciated. (Contact: Lesley O’Boyle)

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