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Church Newsletter December 2012

Church Newsletter December 2012

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THE
LONGSWAMP
UCC
BEACON
DECEMBER
2O12
CALLING
YOU
HOME
Dear
Mem&ers
and
friends,
At
the end of
December
the
Newsweek magazine
I
have read
for
thirty
years
will stop
publication
as
a
printed magazine.
It
will only continue
as an
online
electronic edition.
A
couple
of
weeks
ago I got a
letter from
my
bank
-
they will
no
longer
be in the
business
of
selling
the
travelers checks
I
have used
for
thelast forty years. Thesearejustacoupleof themany changeswemust navigate.
Now,
sad as it may seem, the
church leadership must impose similar changes.
For
many years
wehave
sent a newsletter to church members and friends using what the Post Office calls "bulk mail". Thebulk mail costwasonlyafractionof theFirst Class mail,and webelievedit wasmoney
well
spenttokeeppeople informed about our congregation. However, effective January
1,
2013 there are new postalregulationsandpricingforbulk mail. Thereforeat theNovember consistory meetingourleaders votedtodiscontinue
mailing
thenewslettertoevery member.The newsletter will continue in an abbreviated form and people will be able to access it through our
website www.longswampucc.org.
If you do not have internet access consider asking a
friend
or familymember to
print
it off for you. Printed copies will also be available to be picked up after Sunday worship.
Or
members and friends can subscribe to the church
newsletter
and it will be mailed out First Class.We are naturally sad when comfortable and familiar routines are changed, but not all change isbad.
This
Christmas come and enjoy singing carols in our beautiful sanctuary. In the olden days peoplehad to
carry
a
little
charcoal foot warmer as there was no heat in the church. Today, thanks to thegenerosityofmemberswho
help
to pay thefuel bill,youwillbewarmand toasty.ComeandcelebrateChristmas
at
Longswamp United Church
of
Christ.
'Best
wishes,
Pastor
Xatfiy
Consistory
Corner
Another busy month has come and gone, and now the holidays are upon us!
Your
Consistory met on
Monday,
November
19
th
with a very
full
agenda. In keeping with the three
identified
key areas, wefocused on the many building and maintenance issues (Stewardship), and made
timely
decisionsregarding the storm damage from Hurricane Sandy to the roofs of the parsonage and Fegely
Hall,
amongother
things.
Congregational
Care
&Nurturingwasaddressed throughtheformationof thesurveyyouhopefully took at the Congregational Meeting on Sunday, December 2
nd
This survey was designed toallow the Consistory to get a clearer understanding of what the congregation's vision is for the church andsurrounding campus, in light of the Walbert bequest. In addition, we discussed the use of the proceeds ofthe successful November Bazaar going towards care for shut-ins and outreach, and how we can increase
our
membership and attendance, with special attention to the Advent Season and the Christmas Eve
services.
Youth and Families was addressed through future planned events
like
caroling at the ToptonLutheran Home, Faith World, and the
Global
Gateway Program for our confirmands. So many great
ideas!It
hasbeenanexciting yearin thelifeofLongswamp UCC, witha lotbeing accomplishedin arelatively short period of
time.
You have been a very dedicated and steadfast
congregation...
but there isstill much to do. Get ready for another eventful year in 2013! Your service to your church will be needed
in
the months ahead.From your Consistory, we wish you the most blessed of
Christmases.
We hope you remember He isthe Reason for the season, and we pray that you
will
continue to feel His comforting presence in the New
Year
and
beyond. Merry Christmas!
In
Christ,KimJenkins
 
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ip
December
ZO12
Sunday
December
2
Advent
1
SundayDecember
9Advent
2
Sunday
December
16Advent
3
Sunday
December
23
Advent
4
MondayDecember
24
Christmas
Eve
7pm &
11pm
SundayDecember
30
ScriptureJeremiah 33:14-18, Luke 1:5-25BirthofJohnisannounced.Luke
1:26-38,
Luke 1:57-80Birth
of
Jesus
is
announced
Malachi
3:1-5,
Luke
3:1-18
John's message,
Micah
5:2-5Luke 1:39-55
Magnificat
Isaiah
9:2-7Luke 2:1-20 Thebirth of Jesus &shepherds' visit.
Colossians3:12-
17,Matthew 2:1-
12.
Three KingsWorship Notes
FAITH
WORLD education forchildren ages 3-12, HolyCommunion, Annual MeetingCelebration of SaintNicholas. Blessing ofPhoebe Home gifts.
Choir
UCC
Christmas Fund
Special
Offering
Candlelight
Worship, Holy
Communion,
Christmas
music
gift
CD for
eachfamily.
Congregational
Hymn Sing.
Please
pick
up
yourpoinsettia.Food Bank Items Needed
Crackers,
tuna, cannedpotatoes, baby formula, toiletpaper, toothpaste, cannedorangesCanned hamburger BBQ,Italian Wedding Soup, bathsoap, instant oatmealRice, canned
ham,
cookies,
shampoo, tooth
brush,cream
of
celery soup,HamburgerHelperPancake
mix
(complete),pancake syrup, condiments,
juice,
canned carrots,
dish
washer powder, cannedturkeyPlease pray
for
families that
are
struggling
to
make endsmeet, especiaily thehomeless. Remember thatJesus
was
born
in a
stable.
Potato flakes,
gravy, bakedbeans, paper towels, dentalfloss, spam,
lentil
soup, TunaHelper.
CHRISTMAS
CAROLING...
Do
you
like
to
share
the
beautiful sounds
of
Advent
and
Christmas with others? If
so,
mark
your
calendar
for
Friday. December
14.
2012
at
7PM.
We're
looking forward
to
taking
a
contingent from
LUCC
to theHenry
Health Centerat theLutheran HomeatTopton that eveningto go
Christmas caroling.
Aftercaroling, we will have some
light
refreshments. Please sign up on the sheets posted in the
narthex,
bellroom,
andoutsidePastor Kathy'smailbox.For
more
information, please
contact
Jill
Shade (610-395-0970: elateacher1@hotmail.com). Hope to see you there!
£j0fating
qftfae
^.dvent
*Wreatfa
During
the
Advent Season
we
will
be
including
the
Lighting
of the
Advent Wreathduring each
of our
Sunday
services
as
well
as
both
services
on
Christmas Eve. Thus
we
encourage
families
to
participate
in doing so,
especially
those with
young
children.
Please
contact
the
church office
to
sign
up for any of the
following dates
and we
will
get the
informationto you in
advance.
Sunday, Dec.
2:
Weidman
FamilySunday, Dec.
9:
Nancy
&
Cindy Snyder
and
Allison IsamoyerSunday, Dec.
16:
Jenkins FamilySunday, Dec.
23:
Monday,
Dec.
24:
7pm:
Jill
&
Vern
Shade
Monday,
Dec.
24:11pm:
 
Assisting
In Dur
Warship...
*Communion
Sunday
HEAD
USHERS:
*Dec.
2 -
Dylan
Weaknecht
Dec.
9-KyleKoiler
Dec.
16 -
Barbara WeaknechtDec.
23 -
Dale Loch
*Dec.
24
-
7pm
-
Don
Siegfried
llpm
-
Dylan WeaknechtDec.
30 -
Shirley
Solt
GREETERS:
*Dec.
2 -
Cindy Conrad
& Sue
McElreaDec.
9 -
Diane Shoemaker
Dec.
16 -
Ellie
Long
&
Andrew Thomas
Dec.
23 -
Nancy
&
Cindy Snyder
&
Allison Isamoyer
*Dec.
24
-
7pm
-
Vera
&
Jill
Shade
llpm
-
Dec.
30 -
NURSERY
HOSTS:
*Dec.
2 -
Erica Jones
&
Sarah ReedDec.
9 -
Diane Shoemaker
&
Kelly
Fronheiser
Dec.
16 -
Marion XiquesDec.
23 -
Dawn
&
Skylar
Strunk
Dec.
30 -
Cindy
&
Jake Learner
FELLOWSHIP
HOSTS:
*Dec.
2 -
Friendship Discussion Hour
Dec.
9 -
Dec.
16
-
Dec.
23 -
Dec.
30 -
ALTAR
GUILD:
December
-
Artena
Unger
&
Laurie Heagy
ACOLYTES:
*Dec.
2 -
Allison IsamoyerDec.
9 -
Jenna
Masenheimer
Dec.
16 -
Garrett
JenkinsDec.
23 -
Nicholas Strunk
*Dec.
24
-
7pm
-
llpm-
Dec.
30 -
Trevor
Learner
FLOWER &
BULLETIN
SPONSORS;
*Dec.
2 -
Walbert
EstateDec.
9
-
Jill
&
Vern
Shade
Dec.
16 -
Amy
Riovo
&
Jennifer Kressley
Dec.
23 -
Dec.
30 -
Mabry
Family
Cost: Altar Flowers $35.00
Bulletins
$10.00
Total:$45.00
Please drop
a
note
or
call
the
church
office
or
sign
up
on the
charts
in the
Narthex
if you
would
be
interested
in
sponsoring altar
flowers
and/or
bulletins for any of the
open dates
for
2012.
READERS:
CO
CO
03 ffl
*Dec.
2 -
None NeededDec.
9 -
Andrew Thomas
Dec.
16 -
Ellie Long
Dec.
23 -
Amy
Riovo
*Dec.
24
-
7pm
-
Valerie Jenkins
llpm
-
Dec.
30 -
Barbara Weaknecht
ATTENTION:
We
are
still
in
need
of
greeters
for
,
.
December
'24*
(11pm)
&
Dec.30
th
& fellowship
hosts
for
December
9
th
, 16
th
,
&
23™
&
30
th
.
Please contact Barbara Weaknecht
by
phone (610-682-2406)
if
you're
willing
to
greet
or
host fellowship
on any of the
above listeddates. Your
dedication
to
serving
as
greetersand/or hosting fellowship
is
greatly appreciated.Thank
you for
serving your church
in
this
way!
A
SPECIAL NOTE
ON
HOSTING
FELLOWSHIP...
If
anyone
is
interested
in
donating food,beverages,
or
financial
donation
for
fellowship
on
a
specific Sunday,
but not
wanting
to
host
it,
please
call
the
church office
or
talk
to the
Pastor.
Just
a
Reminder...
Anyone hosting fellowship
or
after church
activities,
please make sure
that
the
church
or
Christian
Ed
building
is
locked, windows
are
closed,
and
lights
turned
off
before leaving.Thank you.

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