PRAYER FOR THE WEEK
Joy-making, shepherding God, your love, goodness, mercy, and grace are constantly before us.
May we know you so well tht we implicitly trust you, and unselfconsciously live to your glory and praise
Advent and Christmas
November 30th: 1st Sunday in Advent: A family is invited to light the first candle of our Advent wreath. The Creche will be on
a table and the children will add a few creatures waiting for the coming babe.
December 7th: 2nd Sunday in Advent. A family will light the second candle. After Worship, all are invited to help decorate the sanctuary
with greens and candles.
December 13th: 3rd Sunday in Advent. Another family is invited to light three candles. The tree is up and has lights. Children
will be asked to put a shoe in front of the altar. Coffee hour will include Christmas cookies and hot cocoa. You are invited to bring
a dozen of your favorite cookies to share.
December 21st: 4th Sunday in Advent. A family will light the four candles in the Advent wreath. Worship will include a carol
sing and the children will be involved in the service, and they will see what is in their shoes (and hear a special story).
December 24th: Christmas Eve: A service of Nine Lessons and Carols at 7PM. Worship closes with a traditional candlelight
ceremony to usher in a holy Christmas Day, a day we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
WE HOPE YOU WILL CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WITH US!
POINSETTIA ORDER FORMS DUE NOVEMBER 29TH TO BEV KNOX
Order Now - $15.00 per plant. Forms are available on the back table of Sanctuary
or on the church website or by contacting Bev Knox or Laura Ranker
INFANT & Toddler CARE
We welcome Ellisa "Lisa" McCarthy into the church community. Lisa attends Norwich University as a cadet and comes highly
recommended to serve as our childcare provider on Sunday mornings during the worship service.
Lisa will be available to care for infants and toddlers from 9:45 to 11:15 as needed,
Please introduce yourself to Lisa and extend your hospitality to her.
Annual Stewardship Campaign
The Finance Committee is finalizing the pages and pictures for the notebooks that will be used this year in our annual stewardship
drive. Thank you for all pictures submitted. We are looking forward to Rev. Jim Thomas who will be our guest preacher on September 7th
and he will speak on stewardship and faith. The Campaign will "officially" start on September 21st with a special hymn sing service and potluck meal to share afterwards. We are looking forward to everyone having a chance to be involved this year!
CERV still needs winter clothing in good condition. Use basket in sanctuary for your donations. Fall and
Winter are fast approaching. Warm clothing, especially children's and men's winter coats and snowsuits,
Fall clothing for women and children, and shoes in good condition will be gratefully received. Use the
large woven basket in the sanctuary to place your donations and Linda Gray will bring them to CERV.
"Friday night Suppers" are now "Community Suppers":
The first one will be at the United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Sept 9th.
It is hoped we will pick up a Tuesday night a month. Perhaps our first one could be on September 22nd?
Please talk to Pastor Sherry if you are willing to help out with this important mission
of our church that has become an expression of our faith in action in this community.