Weekly Bulletin

The United Methodist Churches of 
Cresco and Zion
  January 20 & 21, 2018
Pastor Kayla Lange 
First Church Service Saturday - 5:00 P.M.
 Zion Service - Sunday 8:30 A.M. 
First Church Service - Sunday at 10:00 A.M.

Prelude—Zion-Gaye Pedersen
                Cresco-Judy Strike

Worship Leader—Vicki Reinhart

Welcome/Announcements—Please pass the friendship pads.

Mission MomentHuman Relations Day—Pat Joiner

Opening Prayer:
Loving God, you are trustworthy and kind to all who seek you.  Thank you for comforting us when we are afraid about what the future may bring.  Send us patience through your Spirit so that we can cheerfully bear with one another as a community of faith.  Help us grow in wisdom and die to self as we wait for your purposes to be fulfilled in this world. Amen.

Call to WorshipResponsive Reading #861—Psalm 148

*Hymn #354— “I Surrender All”

ScripturePsalm 25:1-22

Prayers of the People
The Sharing of Our Joys and Concerns
The Pastoral Prayer                              
     The Lord’s Prayer

Hymn #451— “Be Thou My Vision”

Gospel Reading1 Peter 3:18-27

The MessageDying to Self
The Sharing of our Tithes, Gifts and Offerings
                            * “The Doxology”

*Hymn #389—  “Freely, Freely” 

Response— Cresco-“The Blessing”
         Zion-Hymn #557- “Blest Be the Tie” (verse 1)


V Sunday, January 21
           We thank Becky Ullom for being with us today.
V Monday, January 22
           Items for the February newsletter are due in the office.
V Tuesday, January 23
           The Cresco unit of “Days for Girls” sewing workshop in
           First Church basement-9:30 A.M.-4:00 P.M.  Please
           bring a sack lunch and any material or sewing equip-
           ment you need.  Everyone is welcome.  You may iron
           or cut fabric if you don’t want to sew.  Snow day is Tuesday, January                 30th at the same time.
Hope Team meting at Assisted Living-7:30 P.M.
V Wednesday, January 24
Bible study-9:15 A.M.
Praise Singers-6:30 P.M.
Confirmation/Youth Group-7:30 P.M.
V Thursday, January 25
Choir-6:30 P.M.
V Saturday, January 27
V Today, January 21st, the VFW is having their Pancake Breakfast from 8:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
V It’s National Mentoring Month!  Make it your New Year’s Resolution to better our community.  Make a difference in the life of a child between the ages of 5-16 by spending 4 hours per month with them.  Contact Kathy Schwartzhoff, Helping Services for Youth & Families, at (563) 387-1720.  Be a friend.  Become a mentor!
V Ash Wednesday is February 14.
V If you are interested in being the church’s Chancel Steward, please talk to Pastor Kayla.  We need someone to fill the candles with oil, change the altar cloths, restock offering envelopes in the pews when needed, and take care of flowers in the sanctuary at different times of the year.
V Sign up sheets at the back of church:
—Provide treats for fellowship
—Adults and/or youth to light candles
V The church has a website at www.crescoumc.com.
V The church’s email address is crescoumc@gmail.com and the church secretary’s email address is umc@outlook.com.
V Watch us on Internet TV, live/recorded. Go to www.ustream.tv, click on WATCH, then SEARCH and type in CUMC.
V The NE District Weekly on Wednesday’s website is
      northeast.iaumc.org/weeklyonwednesday. Click on the
      date you want.
V Have a great day and a great week!

Christmas Eve Service
December 24, 2017
5:00 P.M.


Call to Worship:
L: On this holiest of nights,
P: we come, joining the shepherds who are stunned by wonder.
L: On this most silent night,
P: we come, our hopes and dreams joining those of Mary and Joseph.
L: On this night of carols and candlelight,
P: we come, our glad songs joining with the choirs of angels over us.

Opening Prayer/Lord’s Prayer

Advent Reading—Kevin, Julie, Chance and Connor Carter

Advent Song TFSW #2090—“Light the Advent Candle” (verse 5)

Hymn #230—“O Little Town of Bethlehem

ReadingJohn 1:1-5, 14

Hymn #238—“Angels We Have Heard on High”

ReadingIsaiah 9:2-7

Praise Singers—“What a Glorious Night”  

ReadingLuke 1:26-38

Hymn #234—“O Come, All Ye Faithful” (verses 1-3)

ReadingLuke 1:39-56

Choir—“On This Still, Silent Night”

ReadingLuke 2:1-7

Hymn #219—“What Child is This”

ReadingLuke 2:8-20



Candle Lighting—Hymn #239—“Silent Night”